miocean

What's Your Favorite Holiday?

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My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I didn't grow up with it in England but have always enjoyed it in the US. It's a day of family, warmth (compared to December and January), great food and relaxation. No presents to wrap, trees to decorate, or customs to adhere to (unless you count football). And in southern NJ where I lived for many years, I heard the 'pronoun' ussens along with youse. As a former teacher, my pet peeve was u for you in formal writing. But I digress ... perhaps that's another topic.


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As a former teacher, my pet peeve was u for you in formal writing.............

 

Oh KayTee, I know exactly what you mean! ;) I even use apostrophes and capital letters when I send a text.......( how sad am I? No wonder it takes me half an hour to complete one!! :rolleyes: ) Mind you, I must confess to using "u" and other abbreviations in the chat room; I type so slowly that I wouldn't have a hope of keeping up with the conversations otherwise!! :lol:


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I happened to be fortunate to be selected as one of the teachers to take part in Bellcore's Teacher Institute in the early 90's. For those of you who may not know this, Bellcore was Bell Labs in New Jersey, USA, the scientific division of what is now AT&T. The scientists invented fiber optics, thereby changing the world. A select group of educators were placed into summer workshops based on their innovation in the classroom and were shown and taught what would soon be released to the world. We were shown the internet and were put in touch with people across the globe. At that time you were paying by the minute to use the internet so we were told not to be concerned about spelling, punctuation or grammar. On top of that, most of us had never used computers (they had green screens then) and it took forever to do something. As time went on, the educators my school determined that proper usage of language and spelling should be the protocol.

 

We were shown some very amazing things, especially for then. They programed all of our names into a computer and then played them back. Even very difficult names were pronounced correctly! So you can thank them for those awful voice systems you get placed into when you call somewhere today :P .

 

We were also shown a HUGE machine that they had inputted some major document into, I forget whether is was an encyclopedia, dictionary or religious document but there were thousands of pages. Then the put in the word "the" and every place it showed up was highlighted in yellow. Amazing! And searching was invented. :)

 

They also showed us Video On Demand and told us one day in the future you would be able to select a program to watch instead of having to watch what was currently showing. That took a while to hit the market. :rolleyes:

 

We were able to contact the scientists if a student had a question. For instance, if I was doing a lesson in painting Outer Spacescapes while the students were learning about the planets in the classroom and a child asked something about Saturn that I couldn't answer, I could consult with them. Of course, I didn't have a computer in my classroom so that meant going upstairs on my break to the one computer that was hooked up to the internet, asking the question, and then going back and looking for a response.

 

Interestingly, shortly after these extremely brilliant scientists made their discovery, Bell Labs was disbanded and they were all let go. It was kind of like, we don't need you anymore, thanks anyway. See you, goodbye!

 

I still don't use texting shortcuts, by the time you do some of them you could have properly put in the word.

 

Interesting how this thread has developed....

 

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APOSTROPHES!!

 

What are they for!!!!!!!!!!! Do you use them every time you add an S?

 

Do you think they don't get taught in junior school these days? I am getting old I know, and with it I am becoming a fussy old woman. I can accept that, but I can't get my head around poor grammar, particularly use of apostrophes and u. I have even seen L8 used in prose occasionally!!!! What is the world coming to.

 

Mind you, I get driven mad by my husband's lists. He abbreviates everything down to consonants with apostrophes for the vowels - why for heaven's sake!!! surely it is just as easy to write the word bread rather than br'd or milk rather than m'lk. He can't even use texting as his excuse because he doesn't do that either except to send a message saying 'phone me' and that's only the whole word because he doesn't know how to find the ' on his phone.

 

Your post is very interesting Miocean, I remember the second job I had as a Travel Consultant. I moved from a small local tour company to a NZ wide one and went from a diary type book to a 'computer' in another city no less. On an educational to Head Office I was taken into a room the size of my kitchen that housed the 'computer' and next door were the ladies who punched the cards!!! That was in 1972 I think. We have come a long way since then. Our first home computer was a Commodore on which the children could play games AND create greeting cards for their friends. I still have my first word processor which used floppy discs. We plan to have a clean out this summer and all those old bangers are going with our son-in-law to the Panasonic NZ Ltd recycling bin. He says they do retrieve some components but most actually still go to the dump.

 

I remember paper sacks at the supermarket, and the excitement when plastic singlet bags appeared, milk delivered to the gate in glass bottles (actually remember collecting the billy from the gate which the milkman filled from his big can - but don't tell anybody that!!!)

 

This is getting a bit too revealing, although I don't actually care who knows I am nearly 68. I am just as proud of that as always being the youngest in the class because my birthday was in the first week of the new year. My best friend (who I still see) hated it because she felt like a baby - I thought if I was youngest I must be smarter than the rest of them!!!!!!!

 

I really think I had better get on and do something constructive with the day, even though we are having a terrible summer with rain every day and I am running out of inside things to do.

 

Keep up the interesting posts - it gives me something to do that is out of the rain.

 

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Jo: You're right, I can't text with abbreviations either. And I'm so glad iPhone usually knows its apostrophes. Oh the years I spent teaching those things. Some students used to think apostrophes were like salt and pepper and you just sprinkled them around occasionally.

 

Miocean: I do remember Bell Labs and its programs although I was never a part of it. How wonderful for you and your school district.

 

I think these forums (fora?) are like conversations and if they wander occasionally into other topics, all good, or all's well, or ?


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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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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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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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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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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:

 

Best wishes


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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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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.

 

miocean


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