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Out of the Blue

The calendar keeps ignoring my requests to stop, and so it turns out today is another birthday for me. Celebrations are pretty subdued here, however, as we spent the day in the hospital yesterday saying goodbye to my step-grandma, as she requested to be taken off all of her life-support after her kidneys finally gave out. If she hasn't passed yet, she'll go soon, and we are heartbroken. She was a remarkable woman who lead a magnificent life for 93 years, and she will be missed... one of the next couple of days I'll write up a bit to justify that hype. On the brighter side, I'm considering my present this year to be Hudson the wonder dog, and the way she is hanging in there pretty well for the time being. There had been indications her kidneys were likewise failing due to her medications, but they have rebounded and she's doing better at the moment. Hudson and Grandma Belle are the same age (if you do that dog years math), and in an odd coincidence, each suffered a bout of congestive heart failure at the same time, and have spent the past several weeks sharing symptoms and prognoses in an eerie way, and only just in the past week did their seemingly intertwined outlooks diverge. Hats off to Belle, Hudson, and all their fellow elders who have to have the final frontier so bravely, and who have less need to live for themselves than for the rest of us who struggle so hard to let them go when they are ready.

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Dog Uses Stream and Ball to Play Fetch By Itself. Gunnar-man does the same with a hill.

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19. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 14:28 Creston
 
Sepharo wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 13:06:
The stop amounts to, "Hey we're doing a study and we'll pay you to participate but you don't have to if you don't want to." "No thanks I'm busy and need to get to my destination." "Okay, have a nice day."

You're still being pulled over, by a uniformed police offer, for absolutely ZERO reasons. If they want me to participate in a survey, how about they notify people beforehand?

This study is going on across the country and similar studies have been done for decades.

I'm fairly certain a roadblock done specifically for that goes against the fourth amendment. Not that our darling federal government gives a shit about the constitution, of course... The lawyer in that video even states that for the police to pull you over for no reason is simply illegal.

If they want it to be a survey, put up a big sign that says "Doing a survey! Pull in an earn 50 bucks!"

From the way the lady describes it, she tries to keep going, and the cop FORCED her to pull into the parking lot. That has nothing to do with a fucking survey anymore.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 14:14 The Half Elf
 
Jivaro wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:08:
Sorry for your loss Blue...

..and yours Half Elf. It sounds like you have a very healthy way of looking at it.

Thanks folks but here is how I look at it. My father had a 50/50 shot at surviving the liver transplant he had, and without it he would have been dead by the end of the year. With my mom (while it was unexpected) I got to say everything I wanted to say to my mother(because my father was on a respirator his entire time at the hospital, and I was 12 and just ignorant and naive to how things worked), and while I'm not a big fan of religion, I find comfort in thinking that they are back together after 26 years of being apart.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 14:02 1badmf
 
blue you gotta post a vid of the gunnar-man doing his self-fetching thing! i love it when pets get all mad scientist on us.  
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 13:49 EvilGrouse
 
Hard to say happy birthday when you've got so much going on. Try to make the best of it, and hopefully next year will be a straight forward day for you. Keep your chin up boy!  
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 13:43 Agent.X7
 
Verno wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:55:
NegaDeath wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:52:

Then there's the father that was arrested for picking up his kids on foot.. Apologies if posted before.

Hahah what the hell is wrong with humanity? That is the dumbest fucking thing I've read about in awhile, there must be something else to that we don't know.

Nope, just a deputy on a power trip. Sorry, Deputy, school policy is NOT law. I would sue the fuck out of the sheriff's office.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 13:18 Fly
 
Heartfelt condolences and blessings to you Blue. The strength you have is truly remarkable. Stay strong Blue and crew. When a loved one passes it's always a tough time to go through but alas, they have truly moved on to the next level. Something great and good they'll live and in their memories give strength and love everlasting.  
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 13:06 Sepharo
 
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:25:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 11:30:
That Texas story is a serious WTF.

No kidding, holy shit. Time to sue the police officers involved, I'd say. Voluntary survey, my ass, after a cop forces you to pull over.

Are they even allowed to pull you over in uniform if they're not on duty?

fucking ass federal government.

I read another article about these stops about a year ago... It's a night and day comparison between the two articles. This one is extremely sensational while the other was more scientific and about the study.

The stop amounts to, "Hey we're doing a study and we'll pay you to participate but you don't have to if you don't want to." "No thanks I'm busy and need to get to my destination." "Okay, have a nice day."

edit: Not the article I was talking about but a bit more information:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/us/drug-survey-roadblocks/index.html

This study is going on across the country and similar studies have been done for decades.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 12:55 Verno
 
NegaDeath wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:52:

Then there's the father that was arrested for picking up his kids on foot.. Apologies if posted before.

Hahah what the hell is wrong with humanity? That is the dumbest fucking thing I've read about in awhile, there must be something else to that we don't know.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 12:52 NegaDeath
 
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:25:
No kidding, holy shit. Time to sue the police officers involved, I'd say. Voluntary survey, my ass, after a cop forces you to pull over.

Are they even allowed to pull you over in uniform if they're not on duty?

fucking ass federal government.

Then there's the father that was arrested for picking up his kids on foot.. Apologies if posted before.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 12:25 Creston
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 11:30:
That Texas story is a serious WTF.

No kidding, holy shit. Time to sue the police officers involved, I'd say. Voluntary survey, my ass, after a cop forces you to pull over.

Are they even allowed to pull you over in uniform if they're not on duty?

fucking ass federal government.
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 12:18 El Pit
 
My condolences to Blue and Half-Elf. Nevertheless: happy birthday, Blue. Remember your step-grandma on every birthday from now on, but don't forget to party. She would party with you, if she could.  
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 12:17 Creston
 
Congrats on the level up, Blue, but my condolences to you and your family on your grandma...  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 12:08 Jivaro
 
Sorry for your loss Blue...

..and yours Half Elf. It sounds like you have a very healthy way of looking at it.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 11:31 Malachii
 
I suspect that a large sum of Blues traffic are older geezers that have been around for a while and nearing the time in our lives when loved ones will begin passing. As we get older we really appreciate life itself and health more than ever.

 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 11:30 jdreyer
 
That Texas story is a serious WTF.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 11:24 nin
 
A death on a day of celebration is a hard thing to deal with. My father's on mine, and my mother's on my sisters birthday.

Wow...that's sad.

 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 11:23 The Half Elf
 
A death on a day of celebration is a hard thing to deal with. My father's on mine, and my mother's on my sisters birthday.
But it's the memories of them, that get's me through.

My condolences Blue.
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 10:31 Verno
 
I guess saying happy birthday sounds kind of hollow when you're losing a family member so best wishes and sorry for your loss.  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2013, 10:28 nin
 
I'm very sorry for your family's loss, Blue. I suspect it's because we notice it more as we get older ourselves, but there does seem to be a lot of that lately, and it's always sad to hear.

I hope, at some point, you have a good birthday event. And thanks again for the site, as it's us that get the presents.

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This is why you never turn your back to a tiger.

I can't tell if he's playing or not...<keeps watching video> OK, yeah, I don't think he was playing.
 
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