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Lady Florida.

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  1. I went bowling with my boyfriend when REO Speedwagon was popular. There was a guy in the group next to us named Mario and all night long his (very loud) friends were calling him Mario Speedwagon. We laughed at first but were so tired of hearing it by the time the night was over.
  2. Oh I remembered another one. The Long and Winding Road ( @Dotwithaperiod's Uncle Albert post made me think of it). It came out after we moved to FL but at that point we were still making frequent visits to family in NJ. I had cousins who lived at the top of a hill and at the end of a long, winding road. We used to sing the first line because the long and winding road really did lead to their door. 🙂 I was listening to the Beatles station on Sirius not long ago and heard the song. It transported me back to those days. There are really so many. It's funny what music does to us in relation to memories. Kodachrome by Paul Simon was actually playing on the radio as I was on my way to my high school graduation. "When I think back on all the crap Iearned in high school" 😂😄 I still think of that when I hear the song. In case you're wondering why I still hear all these old songs, it's not me listening to oldies stations. Ds likes 70s and 80s music so we listen to it a lot when he's around, and we've been listening to it since he was in his early teens (he's 21).
  3. Ah, okay. Thanks for clearing that up. For some reason I thought it was a church choir. This is what I was trying to explain. The lack of angst extends to celebrating Christmas.
  4. I have some questions for those of you who buy your glasses from Zenni or any other online provider. Do you wear glasses all the time? Do you stick with the same frame style each time? Have you ever gone to a local store and tried on different frames before coming home and ordering online? Frame styles change and while I will keep the same frames through a few prescription changes, at some point I want new frames. I wear my glasses almost all the time (I wear them more than I wear my contacts) so frame styles are something I care about. My glasses are a part of me and I want them to look as good as they can for my budget and insurance coverage, plus keep up with changing frame styles. Do they have a photo thingie where you can "add" glasses to yourself? Even then I don't think it would be the same as actually putting on frames to see and feel them. I have a hard time imagining how frames would look and feel without trying them on.
  5. From what I've heard from friends in the UK (both online and RL friends) the attitude is different than it is in the U.S. It's very common for the holiday to be seen as just a secular celebration. Non-Christians aren't looked down on for it. I don't know how to really describe it. An example is our own @Laura Corin who sings in a church choir even though she's an atheist, And that's accepted. It would not be seen favorably if atheists in the U.S. joined church choirs just because they like to sing and like the songs/music. (I'm hoping that by tagging her she'll see this and do a better job of explaining than I've done).
  6. This makes sense. In Western societies even many (most?) non-Christians know the major stories so it's become part of our literature tradition to allude to them. Sometimes it has a religious meaning, sometimes it doesn't.
  7. I live in an older but still desirable neighborhood. By older I mean the newest houses were built in the 90s. There are really 3 sections - houses built in the 60s, the 70s, and the 80-90s. Our house is at the end of the oldest section and was built in 1969. We have an HOA but it has no teeth. None. They can't even truly require the dues, which are $25 a year. Yes, $25 a year. We have an elected board. The only thing that the HOA really does is keep the entrance looking nice and decorate the entry wall each season/holiday (the kind of wall that has the subdivision neighborhood name on it). I was looking at a gated subdivision near where we want to move to and was surprised at the relatively low prices of the houses there. Most nearby subdivisions are much higher for the same type and age of homes. Then I found out the HOA dues are $752 a month! They have a pool, golf course, two clubhouses,, and they do all your lawn maintenance. They do roof repairs/replacements, stucco repairs, and keep your irrigation system (which all of the houses have) maintained. They also paint the exterior of your house and pressure clean your driveway. I still think it's crazy. I could handle all of those things for less than the monthly fee, and while we'd use the pool, we have no interest in golf and are unlikely to ever use the clubhouses. I immediately crossed that place of our list of possibilities.
  8. If you get tired of the no-resolution type of true crime, I just started listening to Case Closed. As they say in the intro of every episode, it's a true crime podcast about the times the bad guy didn't get away with it. I'm only a few episodes in, but they're all pretty short. There's one full season and they're two episodes into the second season.
  9. I think I was posting while you were. I saw that the neighborhood with amenities has "older" homes.
  10. Florida has done a little of that. HOAs used to tell people what kind of grass and plants they could have in their yards. Keeping a lawn is not only expensive in Florida, it uses a lot of water. Around 10 years ago the state passed a law known now as the Florida-Friendly Landscape Law. HOAs can't prevent people from having "quality landscapes that conserve water, protect the environment, are adaptable to local conditions, and are drought tolerant." The ink on the bill barely dried when some HOAs tested it. They lost. A qualifying word is "quality", so an HOA can still tell you that you can't have a ratty looking lawn and claim that it's because the plants are Florida friendly. They can insist it be landscaped and not just full of random wildflowers. And just this year the state legislature passed a law that allows people to have a vegetable garden in the front yard. I haven't seen the details of the bill but basically it's what it sounds like. There will probably challenges to it and they'll settle on some do's and don'ts but I'm glad this passed. We're going to have to deal with an HOA when we move. The area we want to move to has almost nothing but HOA neighborhoods. It's not something I'm used to and I'm not looking forward to it. @DawnM, I agree with calling to try and find out what the difference is all about.
  11. I'm not denying that the wizards celebrate Christmas, just questioning why.
  12. Yes, those people were muggles. What puzzles me is the wizards celebrating Christmas. Though they don't mention going to church they do have Christmas break.
  13. Summer of 1969, My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder. When I hear it I can smell and feel the New Jersey summer air. That August, we moved to Florida. I've only been back to NJ in summer once since then, yet I can instantly be brought back when I hear My Cherie Amour. ETA: Not the song Summer of '69, but the actual summer of '69. 🙂
  14. Yes, but it's a very different attitude.
  15. It's not something I even thought about and yes, I'm an atheist. It never even crossed my mind to wonder about it. What I have wondered and I know I'm not the only one because it's been mentioned on fan sites, is why the wizarding community in Harry Potter celebrates Christmas. I know that in the UK it's often celebrated as a secular holiday and that's the explanation I've heard most often, but it still seems weird. 😄
  16. A lot of that is toned down after about the second season. It's not gone completely but there isn't as much gratuitous sex in the later seasons as there was early on.
  17. We don't have a dog anymore but fleas are a year round problem in Florida. OTC meds rarely worked (though some vet prescribed meds are now available OTC). We always got ours from the vet and we get our cat's flea meds there too. The cats are both indoor cats so they don't need protection as often as our dog did but we still apply it three or four times a year (as opposed to almost monthly for the dog).
  18. I have a Samsung phone too and though the Samsung smartwatches work with all Android phones as well as the iPhone, they're tailor made for Samsung phones. If you have unlimited data it won't be a problem. The watch actually adds another line though, so you'll be paying to add another device. At the time I had no interest in a smartwatch and in fact had stopped wearing a watch years before. When I was buying my phone in 2016 they had a deal where the watch was free and the line was only an extra $10 a month (plus fees and taxes) with a 2 year contract. I decided to go for it, and that's what showed me that I really like having a smartwatch. The Fossil smartwatch is better for me because I don't need a standalone smartwatch. I paid for the watch once and that's it. No contract, no monthly cost. It does everything I want it to and is compatible with the apps I want. I can go all around the house and yard and still be connected and when I leave the house I always take my phone with me anyway. It uses Gear OS which I prefer to Tizen. There were rumors the new Galaxy watch would use Gear OS but that didn't happen. Tizen is Samsung's platform and though the number of compatible apps is growing it still doesn't have everything I want, especially the Google Fit family of apps. I love, love, love Galaxy phones and have had 3 (just got the S10 last month) but I'm not a big fan of their smartwatches. YMMV, and your dss will probably like it. If you have an idea what apps he uses most you might want to check and see if they're available for the Gear watch. Samsung smartwatches are at the top of a lot of "best smartwatch for Android" lists. It's the top choice in this very recent tech radar article https://www.techradar.com/news/best-android-smartwatch My Fossil watch (Q Venture HR) is on this list that only reviews watches that use Gear OS https://www.businessinsider.com/best-smartwatch-android-wear-os#the-best-wear-os-smartwatch-overall-1
  19. I watch Game of Thrones so I"m excited about the final season, but I feel that way about a lot of reality shows, cooking shows, and sports events people won't stop talking about. I have never seen a single episode of This Is Us, American Idol (or Dancing with the Stars, or name another popular reality show), etc. but I can tell you quite a bit about them thanks to others who won't stop talking/posting about them. When they stop talking about stuff I don't want to hear about, I'll stop talking about my favorites, including GoT. ETA: Dh read all the books that have been published so far. I'm the avid reader in the family but I only read the first one. I couldn't get into them at all.
  20. I tried Murder Book which is hosted by Michael Connelly (author of crime fiction, including the Bosch series) but I found it completely uninteresting. I couldn't even get through the first episode.
  21. I did but it just wasn't for me. I never really needed a standalone smartwatch so once the contract was up I canceled it and sold the watch. It was reliable for texts and phone calls but I rarely leave the house without my phone. I didn't need what was basically an extra phone. The only thing I didn't like was that Samsung seems to be following Apple in having so many proprietary apps. I had to use Samsung Health. It was supposed to sync with Google Fit but that didn't really work. It's been 3 years so that might have improved but at the time I didn't feel like there were enough 3rd party apps. It had/has a lot of the main ones though - social media, messaging, weather, etc. I ended up buying myself a Fossil Smartwatch and I love it. It was pricey to start but now there's no monthly contract. It wouldn't be a good fit for anyone who wants to leave their phone at home but the wifi range is good.
  22. Samsung smart watches can be standalone or work with your phone. Number sync allows you to sync the number with your phone and even leave the house without your phone. That option does use a lot of data if that matters to you. Most of the time though, it will work through your phone when you have both nearby.
  23. Parts of the state are economically depressed. Dh's family is from the northeast near the Cumberland Gap, and it's pretty bad there. In recent years they've been trying to capitalize on the mountains and lakes as tourist destinations but coming from a tourist state I know that hospitality jobs are often just minimum wage jobs with limited promotion opportunities. Unless you're looking to retire in TN, spend some time researching job markets in different areas of the state. That said, Knoxville is beautiful. Since it's a college town there's a lot to do. We loved downtown Knoxville, and you're still close to mountain getaways even in the middle of the city. The Liberal Redneck Manifesto aims to correct those misconceptions (it's also aimed at fellow southerners). It's written by Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck) and a couple of his comedian buddies. edited to fix the name Trae. Autocorrect kept insisting I meant to type Tree. 😄 On the east coast of Florida there are bumper stickers that say "If everything was so much better up north, just get on I-95 and go home."
  24. I started listening to it and it's really good.
  25. @Robin M a Tardis would be so cool! Bill and I tried to watch the Librarian too. It was on Hulu at the time. We wanted to like it but just couldn't get into it.
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