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    Hail is just chunks of ice that had already formed up in the clouds as opposed to sleet which starts as rain but freezes on the way down.

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    Today I learned that there's a Web browser made especially for African-Americans.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    I knew there were a lot, but I had no idea that New Jersey has more towns than Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Maryland combined. A whopping 566!
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    100 years ago today, Louis Chevrolet and recently ousted GM creator William (Billy) Durant created Chevrolet, which then went on to purchase GM! (not the other way around)
    Not my monkey, not my circus. - Old Polish Proverb

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    That although this is a "buyer's market", the overall supply of homes in our price range and select locations is relatively low.
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    "Factotum" is more descriptive of what we do than "Planner".
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    TIL what Skyrim is, and why so may seem obsessed with it.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    "Factotum" is more descriptive of what we do than "Planner".
    I think the pron industry has "Factotuming Director" trademarked and patented.

    But I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    "Factotum" is more descriptive of what we do than "Planner".
    Indeed that is what we are -
    a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Today I learned that on a coldish day, with absolutely nothing to do but watch college football on t.v., RJ is prone to delve into his cellar and share his wines. Yum.

    Also, unfortunately, that crime in my hometown has become much worse since I moved away. Too bad.

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    You can play a horrible football game, come back, have a great play to win the game, and have your kicker screw it up....
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    There are several villages in France that were completely destroyed in World War I. They remain incorporated, but they're completely depopulated, kept as memorials and considered towns that "died for France".

    In French, the name for such a town is ville détruit; "destroyed village". One letter off.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Cattle can go upstairs but they can't go down. Also, a kangaroo can't jump backwards, so if you are being attacked by one just get behind it.
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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    If I wanted to get the three credentials that could mean something to me it would cost XX.

    APA/AICP: ~$500
    ICMA: ~$200 then around $500
    LEED-AP (ND): ~$800?

    So that would be $1800 a year in fees for the Hink, AICP, ICMA, LEED-AP.... glad I am not in the private sector
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Cattle can go upstairs but they can't go down. Also, a kangaroo can't jump backwards, so if you are being attacked by one just get behind it.
    Good fact about kangaroos. I will file that one away in case I make it to Oz land. And, while it is true cattle can go upstairs, they can come down as steaks, chops, and hamburger, if you aren't too squeamish and can get them to stand in the bathtub.

    And that is what I learned today.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

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    Birds don't have sphincters.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Isle Royale contains several lakes, some of which also contain islands
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    According to my 18 y.o., calling someone a "scumbag" is really lame and so '70's. Apparently there are much more graphic and imaginative insults out there today. Who knew?

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Birds don't have sphincters.
    No sh!t?...
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    unfortunately we all know that's not true.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Today I learned that Donner is Rudolph's father. I also learned that Donner and Blitzen were originally known as Dunder and Blixem. Who knew?!

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    Quote Originally posted by rcgplanner View post
    Today I learned that Donner is Rudolph's father. I also learned that Donner and Blitzen were originally known as Dunder and Blixem. Who knew?!
    I learned them as Donder and Blitzen. Google tells me that Donner, Donder, and Dunder are all variations. Still, I associate Donner with eating your family & friends, not the way I want to think about Christmas. Milk and cookies are sufficient.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    ...I associate Donner with eating your family & friends....
    Although the party was named for the two brothers who were part of it, there is no evidence that any of the Donner family members resorted to cannibalism, while others in the party did.
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    Today I learned (OK, actually it was yesterday):

    the rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles. Damaging any 1 of them could fall under the "rotator cuff injury" category. One of the muscles in the group is located under the clavicle. Of course, that's the one I've injured in some fashion, and am now unable to pitch, throw or otherwise toss a baseball.

    Good thing I don't do that for a living.

    No surgery or sling, but I've got some rehab to do. And I am now limited in what I can lift with my dominant arm. Cooking last night was interesting - I had to plan around my arm and my hubby's willingness to help. Hello limited menus!
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Standing on one foot, with your eyes closed, for 20 seconds is more difficult than one would think.

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