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Re: Observations on life

Post by Sir Charles » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:32 am

all41 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:47 am
... death lasts a looong time
Personally, I would get a "lifetime" subscription to "Deathflix".
I suppose that's one of the ironies of life, doing the wrong thing at the right moment -C.C.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by BG405 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:25 pm

WRT driving conditions in some places, it makes Nairobi seem like a walk in the park. Congested, yes .. and horrendous queues at peak periods, but drivers seem courteous and will let you in if you stick an arm out the window (or get your passenger to do so). Usually it also works to dive into gaps (or even use the wrong carriageway if it's REALLY bad; I'll admit to being the leading bad example in one instance, folowed by about half the cars & matatus behind me) ..

More rural areas are a pleasure to drive in usually. There are a few dodgy places (Nanyuki comes to mind) but for the most part it's fine. Just avoid driving at night if you can. Didn't worry me though.

More hairy in the rural areas with the Matatu drivers racing round blind bends on the wrong side of the road, at night. Knowing the excellent level of maintenance on these vehicles, I'm sure they could avoid a collision :mrgreen:

I think Rome is worse; all those little Fiats diving into every gap. Didn't drive in Rome but have done in the Civitavecchia area.

I've been in the care of a Turkish minibus driver too. That was a bit scary. High up a cliffside on a narrow road, on the wrong side .. :shock:

Worst places to drive in the UK are probably Leicester, London and Nottingham in my personal experience. Nottingham only gets a vote for its dearth of street name signs. That may have improved since my last visit. Leicester has some areas with horrendous driving (Melton Road, Narborough Road, city-side St Matthews) & also high parking charges with very restrictive permit schemes.

People have been known to moan about Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham. No worries if you look at the signs. Easier to miss the turn-offs off the M6 to Birmingham International than it is to get lost on Spaghetti, IME.

London, you're OK if you park in one of the cheap bays (near a hotel for example) & get the bus or tube into the central zone. Bus is cheaper & quicker in some cases, e.g. going to the Albert Hall. Finding the parking spots in the first place is the issue though; unless you know the area, there are no maps identifying them which I can find.
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There certainly is, and I can assure you from first-hand experience that being dead turns out to be not dead. Furthermore there is a whole new branch of science emerging on this very fact.
I'm fascinated by this stuff. Had several very close calls, but never had an NDE if that's what you're referring to. Knew someone who had, though. Really wish I'd asked Ray, just felt awkward.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by catweazel » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:27 am

BG405 wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:25 pm
catweazel wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:29 am
There certainly is, and I can assure you from first-hand experience that being dead turns out to be not dead. Furthermore there is a whole new branch of science emerging on this very fact.
I'm fascinated by this stuff. Had several very close calls, but never had an NDE if that's what you're referring to. Knew someone who had, though. Really wish I'd asked Ray, just felt awkward.
You probably should have asked. Many people don't talk about the experience because they're concerned people will label them a lunatic. The best thing you can do for those people is listen, keep an open mind and don't unscientifically dismiss it as the ravings of an oxygen starved brain :)
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Re: Observations on life

Post by MurphCID » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:36 am

You know a nice day off where you get to spend it by yourself at the bookstore for a bit, then heading over to Bombay Hall for the best Indian food in San Antonio is a small pleasure. It is the little things that count.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by SwanRider » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:40 pm

No matter where you go some one who is not disabled will park in the disabled parking bay. People just don't understand the difference between M.E. and CFS and if you are disabled and use a stick to help you walk you become invisible to people. You always take your health for granted until it fails you. Oh and there are only two certainties in life Taxes and Death and neither can be avoided, because sooner or later both will catch up with you. :D

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Re: Observations on life

Post by majpooper » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:47 pm

MurphCID wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:07 pm
Atlanta scares me, I did it once back in 1983 when I was at fort benning, and it was nightmarish then.
I knew you were Army - "CID" of course was a dead give away - I thought you guys always stayed incognito. Bet you started out as an MP.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by MurphCID » Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:15 am

majpooper wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:47 pm
MurphCID wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:07 pm
Atlanta scares me, I did it once back in 1983 when I was at fort benning, and it was nightmarish then.
I knew you were Army - "CID" of course was a dead give away - I thought you guys always stayed incognito. Bet you started out as an MP.
Nope, I work in CID these days, but I went to Fort Benning's School for Wayward Boys, and walked out as an 11C3Z back in the day. I earned my blue cord, and still have it close to my heart.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by BG405 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:59 pm

SwanRider wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:40 pm
if you are disabled and use a stick to help you walk you become invisible to people
This is really sad, thankfully (most) people round here are not like that. Have had a few periods of mobility issues myself over the past decade or so & know what it's like; one can feel trapped & get "Cabin Fever". Using the sticks is a challenge, especially with the compound back & shoulder injuries having had several accidents in the past as a pedestrian & cyclist.

In some establishments it's difficult to get in and out of the entrance, the dunnies with the slippery floors & narrow traps etc. especially where there's a flight of stairs involved. Had a few falls - thankfully not on the stairs (at least when I was using the sticks) - really embarrassing :oops: thankfully plenty of help & support from the locals here. :D

I'm grateful that these episodes don't last too long. Wish others' disabilities could go away too.

It is also why I'm focussing a lot of my time on computer knowledge as this doesn't require much mobility. Preparation for all possibilities & all that. :)
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Re: Observations on life

Post by CoffeeFiend » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:55 am

I live in the Southeastern Virginia area known as Hampton Roads, which consists of seven cities. Here, our roads have bridges, tunnels, pot holes and tolls. Our weather forecast? Maybe it will rain. Or maybe not.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by BenTrabetere » Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:01 am

CoffeeFiend wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:55 am
I live in the Southeastern Virginia ... Our weather forecast? Maybe it will rain. Or maybe not.
I once called New Orleans home, and I have fond memories of the stock summertime forecast from Dan Milham "The Weatherman": Folks, tomorrow should be pretty <pause> but don't be surprised if it rains. (Thank you, Dan.)

I used to flip between WDSU and WWL just for the weather - Milham and Nash Roberts were two of the finest meteorologists ... ever. Nothing like the weatherporn that is so common today.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by CoffeeFiend » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:23 pm

Hattiesburg? My sister lives there. Well, she lives in Petal now actually. I was born and raised in McComb and spent the last couple of years of my childhood in Vicksburg. Went to New Orleans several times pre-Katrina. Only once since.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by lsemmens » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:06 am

Actually.. I Have been dead. Was killed by a drunk in 2001. The only thing I am rotten on is that I have no memory of it, or the accident that put me there. Wife says I "visited her and said that I was going to walk with Jesus for a few days and then I'd talk to her". Which is exactly what I did. When they pulled me out of the car I was pronounced dead and they laid me out. Then I started breathing (friend, at home some miles away, tell us she had a vision of God's hand on my chest at the same time - at that stage she knew nothing of the accident). They resussed me again on the way to the hospital, and again in casualty. The prognosis - I was not going to survive. God didn't want me. Then I was supposed to be a vegetable - don't much like them, then they asked how my house was set up for wheelchairs - I didn't even take a walking stick home from the hospital! Yes, I do have scars, I do have 21% permanent brain damage (I still reckon it is the bit that I never used)) and moderate hearing loss. I am truly blessed, but I wish I could remember something about my "death".
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Re: Observations on life

Post by catweazel » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:16 am

lsemmens wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:06 am
I wish I could remember something about my "death".
Been there, done that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbkgj5J91hE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhah5WdWRCk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdVoHhD7VaE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcRVUp26YN4

There's a lot of pap you have to filter out but Eben Alexander's story is probably one of the best, and the most convincing as he's a neuroscientist.
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Re: Observations on life

Post by lsemmens » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:27 am

I've seen many of those, It doesn't help my memory though....... :)
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Re: Observations on life

Post by Sir Charles » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:38 am

Is there a box somewhere to un-check if one wants to opt out the Afterlife?
I mean...for exercising one's Free Will :wink:
I suppose that's one of the ironies of life, doing the wrong thing at the right moment -C.C.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by catweazel » Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:52 am

Marziano wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:38 am
Is there a box somewhere to un-check if one wants to opt out the Afterlife?
I mean...for exercising one's Free Will :wink:
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Re: Observations on life

Post by MurphCID » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:20 am

When you tell someone that doing something is a really bad idea and they get mad at you, but go ahead and do what you warned them about. After it proves just as bad as you predicted, they blame you for not being "clear" enough.

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Re: Observations on life

Post by Captain Brillo » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:29 am

I have driven extensively in multiple cities on 3 continents. And believe it or not, the scariest place I've ever driven, which includes Spain, Morocco, and Italy, is plain old Toronto, Canada.
When I came back here, I couldn't believe it, and it's only getting worse.
Maybe it's something to do with our citizens having all learned to drive somewhere else, leaving no consensus among drivers.

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