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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

GUEST 02 Mar 05 - 11:43 AM
GUEST,Stilly River Sage 02 Mar 05 - 11:45 AM
Rapparee 02 Mar 05 - 12:14 PM
Amos 02 Mar 05 - 12:49 PM
Bunnahabhain 02 Mar 05 - 01:00 PM
GUEST,MMario 02 Mar 05 - 01:10 PM
Rapparee 02 Mar 05 - 01:37 PM
Amos 02 Mar 05 - 02:48 PM
Rapparee 02 Mar 05 - 03:05 PM
Bunnahabhain 02 Mar 05 - 04:17 PM
Amos 02 Mar 05 - 05:22 PM
Teresa 02 Mar 05 - 05:39 PM
Acme 03 Mar 05 - 12:06 AM
Rustic Rebel 03 Mar 05 - 05:02 AM
Amos 03 Mar 05 - 08:09 AM
GUEST,MMario 03 Mar 05 - 08:50 AM
GUEST,Michael Dell 03 Mar 05 - 09:16 AM
GUEST,Bee-dubya-ell 03 Mar 05 - 10:57 AM
GUEST,MMario 03 Mar 05 - 11:04 AM
GUEST,Bee-dubya-ell 03 Mar 05 - 11:08 AM
Amos 03 Mar 05 - 12:06 PM
Layah 03 Mar 05 - 12:33 PM
GUEST,De Judge 03 Mar 05 - 12:57 PM
GUEST,MMario 03 Mar 05 - 01:04 PM
Amos 03 Mar 05 - 01:05 PM
Acme 03 Mar 05 - 02:11 PM
Amos 03 Mar 05 - 02:19 PM
GUEST,Jim Bob Floyd 03 Mar 05 - 02:37 PM
Rapparee 03 Mar 05 - 03:28 PM
Acme 03 Mar 05 - 04:32 PM
Teresa 03 Mar 05 - 05:35 PM
Amos 03 Mar 05 - 06:45 PM
GUEST,MMario 04 Mar 05 - 11:59 AM
Rapparee 04 Mar 05 - 12:05 PM
GUEST,MMario 04 Mar 05 - 12:25 PM
Rapparee 04 Mar 05 - 12:55 PM
Amos 04 Mar 05 - 06:02 PM
Amos 04 Mar 05 - 07:31 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 04 Mar 05 - 09:23 PM
GUEST 04 Mar 05 - 09:23 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 04 Mar 05 - 09:24 PM
Amos 04 Mar 05 - 09:48 PM
Acme 04 Mar 05 - 11:36 PM
Rustic Rebel 05 Mar 05 - 03:25 AM
Acme 05 Mar 05 - 11:24 AM
GUEST,Bee-dubya-ell 05 Mar 05 - 12:01 PM
Amos 05 Mar 05 - 01:06 PM
Layah 05 Mar 05 - 01:10 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 11:43 AM

6600 Amos's? Wow - that's a lot. Don't you get confused as to who is whom?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 11:45 AM

Amos, wow, a double double!

Flamenco Ted is busy researching fibroids for his wife, so I was going to go a little easier on him if he did try to snag this one, but only this time. :)

"Bickering" is too simple a term to describe the convoluted discourse on this thread. It describes a tone of voice that is largely absent from this forum. (There is some whining, however, and pontificating, and well, lots of BS . . . )


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 12:14 PM

Whining? Pontificating? Absolute nonsens, my dear! Why, the Pope has never posted here! And you knooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww it....

(Was anyone else amused by the Vatican's recent announcement that the Pope's doctors had recommended that he not speak? I was -- the man had just had a tracheotomy.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 12:49 PM

I kind of like the metaphysical implications of having the Pope constrained to silent beams of goodwill.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 01:00 PM

"The tendency of a small, insular group of people to argue incessantly among temselves over the exact meaning, derivation and pronunciation of obscure words with which the majority of the population is largely unfamiliar."

I would dispute this definition. A majority of the population would be familiar with most of the words we discuss. Probably. Sort of

And we're not insular. We welcome anybody willing to put up with us....

The rest is spot on, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 01:10 PM

"The tendency of a small, insular group of people to argue incessantly among temselves over the exact meaning, derivation and pronunciation of obscure words with which the majority of the population is largely unfamiliar."

ethnovocabularization

also known as etymolargumentation


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 01:37 PM

I'm kinda partial to the phrase "running off at the mouth (or keyboard)" myself....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 02:48 PM

Cluckfester!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 03:05 PM

Who you calling a cluckfester? You lookin' for trouble, boy? You lookin' for trouble? Huh? Huh? Go on, knock the chip off my shoulder! I dare you! Go on, cross this line. Dare you to cross THIS line! Cross this line, then! Betcha won't cross this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. Or this one. By gosh, that'll teach you to call someone a cluckfester!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 04:17 PM

Cluckfester sounds Aussie to me. It would fit right into Burns as well.


Up and warn a', Willie,
Warn, warn a';
Then cluckfested sandie said
We'd do nae gude at a', Willie

You Bloody Cluckfester, you left the tinnes in the sun!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 05:22 PM

"The tendency of a small, insular group of people to argue incessantly among temselves over the exact meaning, derivation and pronunciation of obscure words with which the majority of the population is largely unfamiliar."


I have no word for this tendency to cluckfester, but I asm certain that a manifestation of the tendency, or an instantiation of the verb, is a cluckfest.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Teresa
Date: 02 Mar 05 - 05:39 PM

Not to be confused with certain other kinds of clusters?

Ok, bad me. Off to my room now. ;)

Teresa


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 12:06 AM

So who won that prize? I liked Leo's attempt (though none of them were within the time limit. I think. I don't feel like going back to look, but didn't it say submit the word by noon?)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 05:02 AM

---Aw shucks, Amos. I din't really write thet thang. I stoled it off a bafroom wall. It wuz writ right unner whar it sed "Fer uh good time call Rustic Rebel @ 669-6969!" ---

Bee-doubled ells, Are you trying to tell me something here? Don't you realize I have given up sex, talk of sex, thoughts of sex and anything that relates to sex for lent? You are very bad for me. You have gotten me to say, think and do sex now. I will have to reinvent my ways of lenting. I am forced to put down my cross-stitching and become a re-activated force of sexual squander. Well hell, Ell, thank-you!
P.S.- My word- tlippentsclantaries (see definition below)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 08:09 AM

He said, on announcing the contest on March 2, that all entries had to be in by March 3rd at noon. Howja like them apples? "Cluckfester" was added to the English language well before the deadline at 10:17 on March 2, along with the formal forms: "tribal logoneurotic pathology, or verbal cluckfester."

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 08:50 AM

Amos - whyfore you talking about logonerotiscism? Isn't there enough porn already on the internet?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Michael Dell
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 09:16 AM

Hey d00d, you're getting a...nevermind, they fired me and that commercial isn't running anymore. Just forget I was here. Forget it. You didn't see me. You didn't talk to me. I'm ashamed. Kick me.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 10:57 AM

That's right, boys and girls, just a little over an hour to get those cards and letters into Mudcat Central for the "Name 'that tendency of a small, insular group of people to argue incessantly among themselves over the exact meaning, derivation and pronunciation of obscure words with which the majority of the population is largely unfamiliar' Contest"! Hurry up! The judges will be arriving soon!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 11:04 AM

of course it could just be a sever case of MOABosis.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 11:08 AM

Oh, Rustic Rebel, I'm sorry about screwing up your Lenten celibacy. But, really, if you're going to give something up for Lent, make it something a little less vital than sex. Give up standing on your head while reciting Warren G. Harding's presidential innauguration address.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 12:06 PM

If she's gonna start doing that stuff standing up, I'm not sure we should be talking about it....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Layah
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 12:33 PM

For lent I gave up observing lent so I don't have to, so I don't have to give it up so I do have to, so I don't, so I do.....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,De Judge
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 12:57 PM

The judges have completed their deliberations, and the winner of the "Name 'that tendency of a small, insular group of people to argue incessantly among themselves over the exact meaning, derivation and pronunciation of obscure words with which the majority of the population is largely unfamiliar' Contest" is...

Mmario for his just-in-the-nick-of-time entry "MOABosis"!

The judging committee was leaning toward Amos, for "cluckfester" until someone pointed out that the word is already used in some circles to describe chicken hemorrhoids so it was disqualified.

Congratulations, Mmario! Your prize, as always, is a carefree no-expense-paid weekend at the beautiful Sandy Landing Yacht and Racquet Club in lovely Munson, Florida. Bring your own camping gear, mosquito repellent and snake-bite kit. And you might want to bring some Vaseleine or K-Y in case Bubba and Jim Bob happen to be camping on that same sandbar. Them boys get sorta rowdy and start imaginin' they're in that "Deliverance" movie. Might wanta practice up a bit on squeelin' like a pig while yer at it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 01:04 PM

Is the prize transferable? I don't have any free weekends - so I would like t0 donate my prize to Martin Gibson -


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 01:05 PM

You sound like a character out of Goder Eschel and Bach, Layah!! :D

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 02:11 PM

Congratulations, MMario. And I can't think of a nicer better guy to transfer that award to.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 02:19 PM

Dang, it's all in the timing. Congratualtions, MM -- and give my congratulations to MG, too -- tell him I said it wouldn't happen to a nicer guy!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Jim Bob Floyd
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 02:37 PM

Hey, Bubba! Ya'll hear thet? These fokes is gonna sen' some feller name uh Gibson t' camp out on th' sandbar. You bes' be headin' on out t' th' axess road an' pepper it with 'em roofin' nails so's th' feller cain't leave. I'll go git a coupla bottles uh whiskey.

Yee dawgies! We's gonna have some fun when thet boy shows up!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 03:28 PM

Watch it, Martin. They're gonna play "Dueling Banjos" again.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 04:32 PM

Speaking of banjos, I noticed that Steve Martin didn't have his with him when he appeared on the Mark Twain Award program for Lorne Michaels last night. (They did play a clip of the first Blues Brothers song, and Paul Simon was there to sing "Still Crazy After All These Years.")


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Teresa
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 05:35 PM

Yeah, I believe in People's choice or somesuch other kind of awards. The english language is dynamic and should be allowed to change and evolve. Words should be allowed to mean what the majority of users want them to mean. Mostly. Somewhat. Here and there.

there's my protest. Martin can have his award. :D

teresa


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 03 Mar 05 - 06:45 PM

"The bullshitter . . . does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are."




 


Excerpt:

On Bullshit

Harry G. Frankfurt

Princeton University


One of the most salient features of our cul-ture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry. In conse-quence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, we have no theory. I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullshit, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis. I shall not consider the rhetorical uses and misuses of bullshit. My aim is simply to give a rough account of what bullshit is and how it differs from what it is not, or (putting it somewhat differently) to articulate, more or less sketchily, the structure of its concept. Any suggestion about what conditions are logically both necessary and sufficient for the constitution of bullshit is bound to be somewhat arbitrary.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 11:59 AM

Pop to the top - which is differenet then hop on pop
which I for one don't want to picture Mom doing -
though i do want Mom to be on top -

and this whole thing is giving mental images that could cost me a bundle in psych care.

so instead - - -

"Refresh"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 12:05 PM

Ugly.

You'll need speakers and a media player.

I'm a-gittin' tired of this....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 12:25 PM

I just noticed I got #6633! Can't wait until 8844.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 12:55 PM

How about 7733.5?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 06:02 PM

Good point, Layah. Luge is pronounced more like stooge, or stoodzhe. The French liquid rooj is too soft for such a klugy concept as kluge.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 07:31 PM

It is raining again and I am booooooored....


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 09:23 PM

Amos is booooooored....

So log out and insult people anonymously!

Like this:


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 09:23 PM

Amos has stinky feet!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 09:24 PM

Big fun, huh?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 09:48 PM

Why do you think that was anonymous, Bee Dubya?

Hell's balls -- even I could tell it was you!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 04 Mar 05 - 11:36 PM

Yeah, we recognized your typing. :)

I told on of our librarians about the MOAB today, (even though I realized that I was risking being found out for all the time I waste BS-ing here). But as I told her about BWLs dog story, there were literally tears streaming from her eyes she was laughing so hard. So at least one librarian had a better than usual day, Rapaire!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 03:25 AM

And Blue Was Gone

Lying on her back looking at cement colored sky
Crimson flowers grow around her body creating pedal necktie
Ocean in the distance blends a salty lullabye.

And Blue was Gone

Reaching for a scent of air that caught a sigh
Touching a moment each glimpse would escape from the eye(s)
Feeling at that instant that the whisper was going to die.

And Blue was Gone

Cardboard world, cardboard houses, cardboard melody
Shot of whiskey colored carmel world was all that she could see
Round and round the merry-go-round, chase the monkey up the tree.

And Blue was Gone

Sheets of pedal white, layered with purple mist
Crowding out the angry sound of gray pounding fist
Filters smoke ring rising, breathing grounded spiral twist.

And Blue was Gone

Sheltered by a color, softened by the song
Causing pale beats of a soft heart frightened too long
Textured by memory fading away from the dawn.

And Blue was Gone


Dedicated to all MOABOSISISIS With Great fondness of heart and loving cumliness. Susie


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 11:24 AM

    San Diego, CA   
    Updated 03-04-2005 02:51 PM at San Diego - CA
    Detailed Forecast
    Today:
    Tonight: A few showers this evening with overcast skies overnight. Thunder possible. Low around 55F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
    Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. High near 65F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
    Tomorrow night: A few showers early with clearing later at night. Low near 55F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Looks like much of the same for Ol' Amos for the rest of the weekend. Cheer up, it looks like that here in Fort Worth also.

    Fort Worth, TX   
    Updated 03-04-2005 03:53 PM at Fort Worth - TX
    Detailed Forecast

    Today: Cloudy skies. High 61F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
    Tonight: Some clouds. Low 48F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
    Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 67F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
    Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy. Low around 50F. Winds light and variable.

Only maybe not quite as wet.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 12:01 PM

Forecast for Pensacola, FL

Saturday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High around 70F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday night: Cloudy intervals. Low 49F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday: A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. High 66F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday night: A few clouds. Low near 50F. Winds light and variable.

Monday (24 hours): Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s.

Tuesday (24 hours): Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 40s.

And it just goes on like that.... Disgusting. ain't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Amos
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 01:06 PM

Hey BeeDub -- I think I got some of your rain over here, pal. Ya want it back?

Oh, BTW, you ever finish cleaning up after that hurricane that wrecked the State? Or is that still a work in progress? How's that Governator of yours doing? What was his name again?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Layah
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 01:10 PM

The highest high in Edinburgh in the next ten days is 44. Bout the same as your lows. Plus rain half the week. I wouldn't mind the cold if I got the benefit of some snow, but no, just freezing cold rain and always cloudy cloudy. Next time I study abroad (as if I'm ever going to have that opportunity again) I'll do better research into the local weather. And the exchange rate. Wouldn't it be nice to go somewhere where I'm rich.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 04:56 PM

For Pocatello, Idaho (the next 10 days):

Tonight
Mar 05                 Clear                     25°         10 %
Sun
Mar 06                 Mostly Sunny         50°/30°         0 %
Mon
Mar 07                 Partly Cloudy         50°/32°         10 %
Tue
Mar 08                 Partly Cloudy         52°/29°         0 %
Wed
Mar 09                 Partly Cloudy         49°/30°         20 %
Thu
Mar 10                 Partly Cloudy         51°/32°         20 %
Fri
Mar 11                 Partly Cloudy         56°/34°         20 %
Sat
Mar 12                 Partly Cloudy         55°/32°         20 %
Sun
Mar 13                 Partly Cloudy         53°/26°         20 %
Mon
Mar 14                 Partly Cloudy         48°/26°         0 %


Quelle bore, n'est pas? And being dry country, a 50F feels like 70.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 05 Mar 05 - 05:02 PM

My personal cleanup from Hurricane Ivan is about 50% completed, Amos. We pretty much spent all of January cutting and burning fallen trees. All of our walking paths through the property are cleared and the area around the house is pretty much cleaned up. There are still lots of fallen trees toward the front of the property that haven't been dealt with, but I'll get to 'em when I get to'em.

Area-wide, there are still lots of folks waiting for insurance settlements, contractors to become available etc. Lots of houses still have tarps on their roofs over five months after the storm. Everyone's wishing they'd get the I-10 bridge repaired so traffic could get back to normal. It's so much hassle to get across the temporary bridge they built that everyone avoids it so all the other routes are jammed up too.


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