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#21 miocean

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:47 AM

Okay, plurals. Double the "s" and add "es." So why is it "buses"?

I could swear I was taught to put punctuation inside quotation marks but I guess that's not so.

Math: subtraction, I was taught to borrow. Made sense. Then it was renaming, I discovered this one day when I was covering a class. Now there is some new, very confusing way according to my teacher friends.

I remember the milkman, the breadman (when my mother wasn't home I would always get the cupcakes :lol: ) and the traveling sales men that would come around.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:22 PM

Yes, punctuation goes inside the quotation marks! We still have a milkman! I was no good at maths whatever I called it! :lol:
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 01:01 PM

Maths....I was taught to borrow and then pay back in the next column, but was never any good at it! I could never understand algebra? :emoticon-dont-know:

English was my best subject and although I went to a frankly rubbish school they did teach us grammar and punctuation.

I used to have a milkman until recently, (unfortunately he priced himself out of the market ! ;) ) and I remember the Rag and Bone Man (like Steptoe and Son ;) ) coming round with his horse and cart ( we lived in London and I used to rush out to see and pat the horse!)

Aah.......happy days!!! :lol:

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

Yes. This speaks to me. Growing up in England I remember the Rag and Bone man, the milkman, and the eggman with one arm from WWII - and how did he balance those eggs? As for maths (or math) I ended up teaching pre-algebra and learned all the names for things I already knew. Las plus ca change....
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:05 AM

And I have never used algebra never!!! :yes: :emoticons-yes:
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:31 PM

I am returning to the main topic of this thread because.... :emoticons-line-dance: THIS is my favorite holiday! Memorial Day (weekend) in the U. S.

It is a time to remember those who have given life for this country but is the unoffical start of summer. And I am starting it off with a BANG!

Tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. :emoticon-insomnia: I will be up at the beach for a kick off concert. I have never gone before but this year it is two of my favorite musical groups. There will be hundreds of people. Hopefully they will all be young and I'll be able to get a handicapped space. We have been fogged in most of the week and it has been chilly but I am prepared for spending most of the day on the sand until I have to pack up and go to the nephrologist...and that will probalby be the start of another thread. ;)

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 11:10 PM

Hi Miocean,

It's actually been very good weather here at last for the last week or so......amazingly! It would normally be a bank holiday this weekend here in the UK but this year it's been moved to next week, to coincide with the Queen's Jubilee.

Have a fantastic time at the concert!! :emoticons-clap:

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:26 AM

I have just been watching the world news on TV and seeing all the people in Britain who have been skiving off at the beach. Hope your summer is better than the one we have just had.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:53 AM

Hi miocean! Like you, this weekend is a time to remember our fallen military, who demonstrated great valor, so please honor their memories, as well as those who are no longer with us.

Now! Where I live, our weather and temperatures are expected to be in the 50s range, along with intermittent showers (with snow possible in the mountains), so I will more than likely be spending most of my time in the house, curled up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book!

Enjoy your time on the beach and the concert; I will be anxious to hear how all went.
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Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:07 PM

My start of my favorite holiday went well, not nearly as crowded as I anticipated for the concert but cold and foggy on the beach. There was no way I was going into the club, I tried to get close to the stage to get a picture but only got about 4 rows in the back and decided my days of shoulder to shoulder with people who have had WAY too much alcohol by 8 a.m. is not fun! Good beach goer that I am I had warm clothes on and brought a blanket to cover up with, even brought gloves but I left them in the car (DH went to get them for me.)

I guess skiving means swimming? I was tempted to go in, the water is cold but that doesn't bother me, the waves were a little bigger than I would have liked, and I had to go to an dr. appointment in the afternoon so that would have meant cutting beach time to do the girl thing and clean up, hair etc. Maybe tomorrow. I feel much more confident about swimming again. I used to swim a mile in the ocean a day back before...then couldn't even go in while on dialysis which broke my heart, then have been tentative about the kidney and my lungs. We have a pretty rough beach, sandy but with a steep slope and it can be difficult getting out. You have to time the waves and let them help you get up the slope without getting clobbered by one and getting caught. I was a master at it but am way out of practice. I've walked a mile on the sand almost every day and have no leg pain!!!

The BEST is I was talking to a woman, friend of a beach friend, and we were talking about how much we love the beach and she said "your skin looks really good." !!!!! She was talking about sun exposure from being on the beach so much. I told her how much that means because I have a skin disease, didn't go into it too much. YES!!

(I can't use the icons right now but picture them all over the place.) SO THAT REALLY MADE MY DAY!!!

The highways are packed around here with everyone coming "down the shore" as the beach is referred to here. I'd like to write more and add to other posts but I've been up 19 HOURS today. Yikes!!! And tomorrow is another day.

I hope get through the weekend before I crash, I'll take it easy the next couple of days, I've been making cookies all night for my lifeguards.

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:33 PM

Oh no Mio, skiving doesn't mean swimming - it means taking a 'sickie' from work and having fun instead!! I was surprised to hear the commentator on the BBC using a slang word but it gets the message across I guess.

You are very brave contemplating a swim at this time of year. It seems to me that it would be altogether too cold in the Atlantic just yet. I used to be a swimmer - competitive pool swimming and synchronised swimming were my sports, but now I am so unfit I can't even move fast enough to keep warm in a tepid pool. It has to be hot before I can go in and then it is too hot to swim properly. I was really surprised the first time I went for a swim after my stomach surgery in 2003 to find that I could not stay warm. It is no fun trying to swim with purple fingers and toes. Now 7 years later I doubt that I could even climb the ladder to get out even if I did swim a length.

Don't forget to have a good rest after your big day.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:24 AM

Judy,
We call it a mental health day here.

The sun is out, the beach is not fogged in, I just might take that dip. But like you, I don't want to end up sitting with blue fingers freezing after... You have to make sure that patch of blue in the sky will last for a while.

It is nice to be happy for a change...the ocean soothes my soul and heals me.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 11:38 PM

Hi Miocean,

I'm so pleased that you had a good day on your beach, enjoyed the concert and received such a lovely compliment. No wonder you're feeling happy now!

Although I'm very active, I'm afraid swimming is one thing I've never really got on with; I'm almost certain that it's a complete lack of confidence in the water. I don't like going out of my depth and I hate getting my face wet (how pathetic is that?! :rolleyes: ) I can swim and get from A to B in the water, but wouldn't win any medals for my style! ;) Also our beaches in the South of the UK are pebbly and full of seaweed and like most of the country, very crowded! We've been having fabulous weather (at last!) but it's very often cold and windy and I'm afraid I wouldn't contemplate getting my kit off for a swim unless it's at least 80F!! :lol: When I was very much younger, I went water ski-ing in the south of France; the instructor took one look at my swimming prowess and insisted I wore a rubber ring and inflatable arm bands (I suppose he didn't want a drowned tourist on his conscience!) ;) :o

I hope the sun carries on shining and you continue to enjoy your ocean! :VeryHappy:

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 06:43 PM

Well, I made it through the weekend, walked on the beach, went for a couple of swims, talked to beach friends I haven't seen since last summer. Unfortunately, there were two drownings here this weekend from people going in after the lifeguards went off and a couple of people had to be pull out. Not at my beach. but this coast is rough. Anyone who goes in without a guard on is taking a chance, one summer there were 15 drownings. I know most of the guards and am very careful to make sure they know I am going in and to keep an eye out now that my lungs are so bad.

My greatest joy in life is the beach, walking along the sand, watching the waves and the birds, seeing the colors in the water and the sky, going in the ocean (miocean, but I share). For years it was taken away from me and I could barely make it on the beach to just sit in a chair. I am much stronger this summer, still a ways to go, and I will never make it back to where I was but I plan to do whatever I can.

I've made sure I take it easy. The past two days I came home and slept. The next couple of days aren't going to be good weather so it is a good reason to take it easy and get ready for the next time.

I hope all of you take a couple of minutes to do something you love.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:13 AM

I've just realised after nearly three years, I've twigged what your user name means and how to pronounce it!! :emoticons-yes: Of course......'My-Ocean', not 'Mio-seen'!!! D'uh....Oh well, I've had a good laugh at myself; talk about dim (I am a bit slow)!!! :rolleyes: :lol:

I'm so pleased that you had a good weekend on your beach; may you enjoy many more!! :emoticons-clap:

(Shame about the drownings).

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:04 PM

Joelf,
That is so funny! I guess "twigged" means understand or get it.

I got such I big kick telling everyone about skiving!

My license plates (or "tags" as they would be called in the Southern U.S.) on my car are miocean as well and I've actually had people make negative comments about how can I think it is just mine!!

By the way, it is miocean, not Miocean, a little e. e. cummings there.

I really cannot put into words the joy I have walking on the sand again. Going into the salt water. Flirting with the lifeguards. My smile is so big, thankfully I don't have that little tiny scleroderma mouth anymore!

I've often wondered how to pronounce Joelf - jo elf?

Beach tomorrow...

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:29 AM

Hi miocean,

It's pronounced 'Joelf '........ all one word. It sounds a bit like 'joellph' ;)

To begin with lots of people thought I was a bloke......not so!! ;) :lol: It actually consists of the first two letters of my first name, two letters of my second name and the 'F' of my surname. My husband thought that up, so if it's a rubbish name, it's his fault!! ;)

You're quite right about 'twigged'.....it does mean understand or get it. Some of our English colloquial expressions are peculiar; one of my favourite authors is P.G.Wodehouse and so some of my expressions are a bit old fashioned! (He appeals to my very dry and caustic sense of humour!)

Have an absolutely spiffing weekend on your beach!!! :lol:

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:53 AM

I am sure I will have a "spiffing" weekend but what does that mean?

Next week is full of doctors so I am going to enjoy having Medically Free Days while I can!

My husband has so many nicknames for me I've lost count. One of my favorites is "Lunachick." Describes me to a "T."

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 07:51 AM

Hi miocean,

'Spiffing' means 'very good', 'wonderful', 'fantastic',!!! ;)

My husband also has lots of names for me.......most of them are not very complimentary and none of which I could quote on this forum!!! :wacko: :lol:

I love 'Lunachick'! :D

I hope you get on okay with your doctors' appointments next week. :)

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:15 PM

Huh. And here I thought "spiffing" was getting ready for a special occasion.

In Manysnowta it is, "Ya, thar goes Ole agin, spiffing up 'is nose hair for da polka party."
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