[Error: unknown template qotd]We have a land line. All it took to convince me was the Loma Prieta quake back in 89. Cell towers were out for a while. Our land line worked. Sure, I had to wait several minutes to get a dial tone but it worked. This is earthquake country. If I need emergency assistance, by golly, I'm going to have every possible access available. Besides that, cell phone reception isn't as good as land line. I find the occasional echoes, digital break ups and dropped calls to be very annoying.
[Error: unknown template qotd]Yes, I am. With asthma and allergies controlled by medications and steroids that list "colds and flu" as side effects, I'm high risk for complications so of course I'm worried. When the CDC raised the pandemic rating to 5 yesterday, I emailed my instructor and did not attend class last night. My friend who teaches there is very ill and still didn't have her test results back. Two high schools in our area were closed yesterday after students tested positive. I already fight paranoia in my daily life, doing my best not to give in to it. Things like this put me over the edge. I'm still going to work doing IT tech support but I'm doing my best not to actually touch people's keyboards and mice. Soap and water are my friends.

My doctor last fall insisted I get a flu shot. She was genuinely worried for me if I didn't. Isn't that a reason I should be worried, too? I think so.

Is it hype? Maybe. Probably. The fact that so many people die every year without every death and infection being in the news is a good indication that it's mostly hype. If they could use comparison charts to a normal flu year vs this one would enable us to put it into perspective.
[Error: unknown template qotd]I saw the sea put on her dress of blue mid-summer loveliness.
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If the embryos are going to be destroyed anyway, I think they should be used to find ways save or improve lives. Why waste them? I'd love to see a cure for diabetes, paralysis and a myriad of diseases that could be eliminated.
[Error: unknown template qotd]Not at all. Both my dad and my hubby were born on 13ths so it's been a day of celebration every few years. If I know anyone with that fear, they've kept it secret.
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* Sitting in a grocery cart seat in a dress with a scratchy petticoat and my mom letting me choose between two packages of multicolored plastic pants to go over my diapers.

* Walking through a cow pasture with my sister and our two teenager cousins and being told not to step in a cow pie. I froze in fear because I didn't know what a cow pie was. They had to carry me over and show one to me before I could move.

* "Swimming" in an irrigation ditch with the same cousins. They were wading. I was three so it was deep for me.

* Being dragged into the house suspended between my cousins as we ran from a bull that got out and watching him trot past the house from the kitchen window.

There were two more memories from that time but I don't want to go into them. They were blocked anyway until I was an adult and able to deal with them.
[Error: unknown template qotd] Not bad. We showed up 15 minutes after they opened and were out of there 30 minutes later.
[Error: unknown template qotd]"So Happy Together" by The Turtles. I got their autographs when I was a kid back when they were called The Tikis. My sister was too shy to approach them when they were at a local record store so she took me with her to get autographs for her. They asked me my name and wrote it to me. She made me go back in to get one with HER name! lol
[Error: unknown template qotd]Fave: The Circus Geek town. Yes, my dead cousin came to comfort me moments before the phone rang with news that a mutual cousin had suddenly died. His mom saw him that day, too.
[Error: unknown template qotd]Staying indoors away from the wildfire smoke with my hubby, watching for tornado news on CNN.
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Five pairs, 3 of which I wear on a regular basis. New Balance walking shoes, SAS Sandals, knock-off crocs, SAS dressier shoes and half of a pair of flip flops. The other half is here somewhere...
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Clean the litter boxes, take my night meds, do my sinus cleaning protocol, floss, give Scampi her night med, remove my glasses and put on my CPAP mask. Then I call Cacti-cat. She's my bed cat. I'm already in my pajamas. I change into them when I'm reasonably sure nobody is going to knock on our door.
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Silicon Valley - Formerly "The Valley of Heart's Delight"

I love the micro-climates we have here, the green redwood forest mountains on one side of the valley and the dry grassy mountains on the other, the fact that I can drive 45 minutes to get to a beach, 30 minutes to be in the mountains surrounded by redwoods or 20 minutes to be at the San Francisco bay. In the winter, snow is a few hours away though we don't get any except on top of the mountains that surround our valley on two sides.

I love the diversity of the people here. I love the mix of cultures and the vast choice of authentic ethnic foods at restaurants.

I love the few places that have remained from my childhood and trigger happy memories, like the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, the Rose Garden near it, the olive tree at my old high school that my class planted as our Senior Gift to mark the end of the war in Vietnam. That tree is so huge and beautiful now.
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