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It was probably around $250000 or so right Moonman ?

$250,000 is exactly right ;) My how things have changed. I wonder if it has anything to do with the US Presidential salary. As the Chief of the US gov. no gov. employee can make a higher wage, or death benefit payout. I wonder if this rise in the death benefit payout is a reflection of the rise in the US Pres. salary?

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I'm driving through the subdivision of Bear Creek (off Hwy 6 near Clay) dropping off some letters I painted for a client. I see nice houses, nice yards, and then a few really crappy yards and crappy houses. This is too bad, because it looks like it's a cute little neighborhood (perhaps their HOA sucks?). What I do see a lot of is American flags hanging off of the houses, crappy and nice. I have always liked that; I grew up in a home that had a flag flying 365 days of the year.

I turn onto my client's street and notice one of the crappy houses is particularly crappy. Right next door is a beautiful house with a well-manicured yard and a fresh paint job. The crappy house, however, has seen better days. The brick needed to be power washed, the driveway was full of old cars and someone's broken-down ATV. The yard was overgrown with clover and weeds, and the thing that bothered me most was a giant Mexican flag that was strung up on a makeshift PVC "flagpole" that was duct-taped (classic silver, no less) to their mailbox.

Why did this bother me so? I really thought a lot about it. Was it the fact that there was no American flag with it? Maybe. But then, why does an Australian or Dutch flag flying from someone's yard not bother me? Maybe because European and Australian ex-pats aren't screaming they are the "Master Race" and begging for all of the same social benefits Americans receive. Perhaps it was the way it was put up; it was as if this family was shooting the bird at all of their neighbors, kind of a giant "Fu*k You" to everyone from the neighborhood cats to the HOA board to Americans in general, including little old me just driving down the street.

My client rolled her eyes when I made mention of it. They apparently moved in barely a year ago and had just put it up, in protest during the Fourth of July holiday. She said they had not yet contacted the association president.

Anyway, it bothered me. I'm not gonna lose sleep over it, but I just wanted to see what you all thought.

Yeah, so????

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I hate to resurrect the dead but here I go.

My ribs are hurting from extreme laughter in how so many people got steamed on this topic. It was like a snowball rolling down a hill that just grew and grew! Each response just came in such repitity I became spellbound. Even a Hollywood screen writer couldn't have accomplished such a feat! Seemed like everyone and thier dog joined in. Reminded me of a Marx Brothers comedy.

This one should have won an Emmy hands down.

I am in complete hysterics...gotta go now Sister Bertrille is calling me now!

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Rising from the turbulent 1960s and drawing on the century-long foundation of Mexican American experience, the Chicano "La Raza" movement has finally become a dynamic force for societal change. The movement is not a monolith, but is rather an amalgam of individuals and organizations who share a sense of pride in Mexicanidad, a dedication to enhancement of Chicano culture, mutual identification, a desire to improve the Chicano socio-economic position, and a commitment to making constructive changes in U.S. society.

From A History of Mexican Americans in California:

Rising from the turbulent 1960s and drawing on the century-long foundation of Mexican American experience, the Chicano movement has be come a dynamic force for societal change. The movement is not a monolith, but is rather an amalgam of individuals and organizations who share a sense of pride in Mexicanidad, a dedication to enhancement of Chicano culture, mutual identification, a desire to improve the Chicano socio-economic position, and a commitment to making constructive changes in U.S. society.

In case anyone was interested...

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From A History of Mexican Americans in California:

Rising from the turbulent 1960s and drawing on the century-long foundation of Mexican American experience, the Chicano movement has be come a dynamic force for societal change. The movement is not a monolith, but is rather an amalgam of individuals and organizations who share a sense of pride in Mexicanidad, a dedication to enhancement of Chicano culture, mutual identification, a desire to improve the Chicano socio-economic position, and a commitment to making constructive changes in U.S. society.

In case anyone was interested...

Actually I got it from here:

http://www.chicano.org/newsite/index.php?o...mp;limitstart=2

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Agreed.

Right on! As the old adage goes "When In Rome do as the Romans do".

Imagine going to a party you weren't invited to then start complaining about the food and the music and expecting all the guests and host to cater to you? I dont think so! The real sad thing is the country has become so scared over lawsuits, riots an so on that everyone is so scared to say what they really mean.

If I went to live in France (I wish) I would immediatly immerse myself in the language & culture. I wouldnt expect them to kiss up to me! I guess you would have to have been through car wrecks with these people to really get where I'm going with this. Most of my family has been wrecked into by non English speaking people whom did not have insurance, driver license or took off running. I was left with long time injuries because of an illegal that was driving DUI. I wont even get into having to live next to some that had cock-fighting and pit-bull fighting going on (yes in Harris County) plus the gunshooting & boozing 7 days a week. The local stores seemed to caved in to them too. Your lucky if anyone speaks English in these places. Talk about being non-inclusive! Enough of that I could write a manifesto, but someone is still going to bark back as they normally do here. Start the egg tossing!

and MidtCoog was correct I would not impose my flag elsewhere out of sheer respect for that country.

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We can disagree on Architecture design and all that but all these political threads do is just makes everyone get pissed at each other :( Are parents used to say don't talk politics with your friend's, to hell with the political/gay/religious threads.

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We can disagree on Architecture design and all that but all these political threads do is just makes everyone get pissed at each other :( Are parents used to say don't talk politics with your friend's, to hell with the political/gay/religious threads.

So True, then we all better avoid the new topic/thread on Neighborhood - East End - Protest at Home Dep. I'll have to sit this one out. Doctors orders :P

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Things that bother ME...

a. Sports broadcastes continuously using the phrase something to this effect..."he can ill-afford to do that." Maybe that's grammatically correct, but I just hate the way it sounds.

b. People younger than me who call me "buddy"

I'll think of more later.

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Things that bother ME...

a. Sports broadcastes continuously using the phrase something to this effect..."he can ill-afford to do that." Maybe that's grammatically correct, but I just hate the way it sounds.

b. People younger than me who call me "buddy"

I'll think of more later.

Well all I can say to you, "buddy" is I am with you 100% on sportscasters and appreciate that you've never addressed me as "buddy." Us older guys appreciate the courtesy.

B)

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Well all I can say to you, "buddy" is I am with you 100% on sportscasters and appreciate that you've never addressed me as "buddy." Us older guys appreciate the courtesy.

B)

You ain't an 'older guy' .. you're a 'better guy'.

But seriously, the things that gets me sometimes about all this spanish culture stuff is this.

Yes, we are in the United States of America. Everyone that has come here has assimilated to some degree (African slaves, Italians, Germans, Jews).

But the Spanish just seem to be almost Borg-like. Resistance is futile...

Everything becomes ... Spanish sooner or later until just about all things English fade away. Just look up and down 1960 ... taquerias, businesses, etc. ... all in Spanish.

Now, I am not shy about interacting with Spanish-language people, but often they seem uninterested or downright rude about interacting with me, and so I feel ... awkward and often unwelcome in their presence and/or establishments.

Is it because I am black? Not sure ... American ... not sure?

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You ain't an 'older guy' .. you're a 'better guy'.

But seriously, the things that gets me sometimes about all this spanish culture stuff is this.

Yes, we are in the United States of America. Everyone that has come here has assimilated to some degree (African slaves, Italians, Germans, Jews).

But the Spanish just seem to be almost Borg-like. Resistance is futile...

Everything becomes ... Spanish sooner or later until just about all things English fade away. Just look up and down 1960 ... taquerias, businesses, etc. ... all in Spanish.

Now, I am not shy about interacting with Spanish-language people, but often they seem uninterested or downright rude about interacting with me, and so I feel ... awkward and often unwelcome in their presence and/or establishments.

Is it because I am black? Not sure ... American ... not sure?

You've got to know that many from Mexico and even the Central American countries had never seen a black person until they came here, except for the thugs on MTV perhaps, and with the abilty to live here almost entirely within their own subculture, interaction with other types of people is still possibly a non-event.

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I don't know if I've already responded to this thread but something that really irritates me is what I call "bag eaters". They are people who take a "family sized" bag of chips or a box of cookies or crackers or what have you, and they carry it around, sit it on their lap, etc, and eat straight from it. My little nephew was over the other day and he was carrying around a brand new bag of tortilla chips eating out of it. I refuse to eat from it when I see that going on. I hate that. If someone's going to finish off the bag/box then that's fine. But not if a person is going to eat from it until they've had enough and then put the rest back in the pantry or whatever. It's already been contaminated. Their germs have already fallen in, skin cells have already fallen from their hands inside the bag.

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I don't know if I've already responded to this thread but something that really irritates me is what I call "bag eaters". They are people who take a "family sized" bag of chips or a box of cookies or crackers or what have you, and they carry it around, sit it on their lap, etc, and eat straight from it. My little nephew was over the other day and he was carrying around a brand new bag of tortilla chips eating out of it. I refuse to eat from it when I see that going on. I hate that. If someone's going to finish off the bag/box then that's fine. But not if a person is going to eat from it until they've had enough and then put the rest back in the pantry or whatever. It's already been contaminated. Their germs have already fallen in, skin cells have already fallen from their hands inside the bag.

Here's the trick. You have to get to the bag FIRST!

I live alone, but still pour out my chips, or nuts (minds out the gutter) onto a plate or napkin 'cause I don't feel like digging in the bag myself ... and I keep clean hands.

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I'm all about clean hands. When I sit down to eat I have what's called a clean hand and a dirty hand. The clean hand (left one) is for using silverwear and touching the food, though I wish I had a third hand for just silverwear because sometimes my dirty hand accidentally touches the handle of my silverwear if I'm not careful. The dirty hand (the right one) is strictly for answering the phone or using the remote control and for touching the outside of my drinking glass.

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It's already been contaminated. Their germs have already fallen in, skin cells have already fallen from their hands inside the bag.
I'm all about clean hands. When I sit down to eat I have what's called a clean hand and a dirty hand. The clean hand (left one) is for using silverwear and touching the food, though I wish I had a third hand for just silverwear because sometimes my dirty hand accidentally touches the handle of my silverwear if I'm not careful. The dirty hand (the right one) is strictly for answering the phone or using the remote control and for touching the outside of my drinking glass.

Kimberly. Dear.

That's abnormal. It's irrational and unhealthy. You cannot avoid germs. You're a healthy young woman who has less to fear than you think. Germs are not the problem; fear is.

Bacteria are normal; you couldn't live without them. Your mouth, your gut, your skin are rife with bacteria. Lucky you! They protect us, they help us digest food. An utterly sterile environment is not desirable (despite advertising to the contrary).

Cleanliness is a virtue. Like many virtues, it can be perverted.

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To various extents I've been this way since I was a tiny girl. When I was about as young as four-years-old, I can remember never wanting to drink after anyone. The few times I did drink after someone, I would turn the glass around to where their mouth hadn't been. That was at a very young age.

You're not telling me anything I don't already know. I understand that most of it is illogical. Part is habit, part is cautiousness. I'm not a sickly person, nor have I ever been. It's not hampered my life in any way.

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I'm all about clean hands. When I sit down to eat I have what's called a clean hand and a dirty hand. The clean hand (left one) is for using silverwear and touching the food, though I wish I had a third hand for just silverwear because sometimes my dirty hand accidentally touches the handle of my silverwear if I'm not careful. The dirty hand (the right one) is strictly for answering the phone or using the remote control and for touching the outside of my drinking glass.

Isn't that what Buddhist's do?

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Kimberly. Dear.

That's abnormal. It's irrational and unhealthy. You cannot avoid germs. You're a healthy young woman who has less to fear than you think. Germs are not the problem; fear is.

Bacteria are normal; you couldn't live without them. Your mouth, your gut, your skin are rife with bacteria. Lucky you! They protect us, they help us digest food. An utterly sterile environment is not desirable (despite advertising to the contrary).

Cleanliness is a virtue. Like many virtues, it can be perverted.

Not sure I would classify this as abnormal? I mean, I keep hand sanitizer in my desk drawer, the car, and in my laptop bag. I see guys all the time not wash their hands after using the bathroom. They touch door handles, etc.

I tend to use a towel to open the door into a bathroom and if I must touch it going in, I will use a shirt sleeve or something (thank goodness for push-In bathroom doors...) ... often, if I am really paranoid, I will wash my hands BEFORE touching my stuff (my hands are imminently dirtier than what I'll be touching...).. Oh yeah, and I sanitize once I get back to my office desk.

Is that abnormal too?

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Not sure I would classify this as abnormal? I mean, I keep hand sanitizer in my desk drawer, the car, and in my laptop bag. I see guys all the time not wash their hands after using the bathroom. They touch door handles, etc.

I tend to use a towel to open the door into a bathroom and if I must touch it going in, I will use a shirt sleeve or something (thank goodness for push-In bathroom doors...) ... often, if I am really paranoid, I will wash my hands BEFORE touching my stuff (my hands are imminently dirtier than what I'll be touching...).. Oh yeah, and I sanitize once I get back to my office desk.

Is that abnormal too?

i would say that washing hands is required as is using towel to open doors in bathroom. your use of hand sanitizer seems overboard.

concur on design of bathroom doors.

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Not sure I would classify this as abnormal? I mean, I keep hand sanitizer in my desk drawer, the car, and in my laptop bag. I see guys all the time not wash their hands after using the bathroom. They touch door handles, etc.

I tend to use a towel to open the door into a bathroom and if I must touch it going in, I will use a shirt sleeve or something (thank goodness for push-In bathroom doors...) ... often, if I am really paranoid, I will wash my hands BEFORE touching my stuff (my hands are imminently dirtier than what I'll be touching...).. Oh yeah, and I sanitize once I get back to my office desk.

Is that abnormal too?

Yes. It is. But, hey, if swimming against tides is your thing, who am I to criticize?

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I was at a Chinese Buffet and there was a woman getting some noodles. She scooped them up with the serving utensil and then proceeded to pull the noodles off the utensil with her bare hand and put them on her plate. Not her fingers, her entire hand. She grabbed the noodles the same way a person would grab their hair to pull it back into a pony tail. Seeing that almost gave me a panic attack. Her two children were literally rolling around on the floor around the buffet. One of them picked a peice of broccoli that had fallen on the floor and put it in his mouth. At one point one was picking the other's nose, they were screaming, putting their hands in their mom's plate. They made me so nervous. I grumbled under my breath, but then I later felt bad because someone like her can't possibly be sane.

musicman:

add stair handrails.

Oh no! A nightmare come true: it wasn't a stair handrail, but a rail outside by a parking lot, I put my hand on the rail and when I took it off I had some stranger's big green booger on my hand! I thought I was going to die.

I hate public doorknobs. Especially doorknobs in a public restroom. I always using a paper towel to open the door and then throw the towel in the trash. If there's no a trash can within throwing distance, I hate to do it, but I'll throw it on the floor.

With door handles in a public place, I'll just try to use a little of my hand as possible like my pinky.

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Parrot said they put the flag out IN PROTEST of the Fourth of July.

Ok, I have no problem with flying another country's flag, but if its done to protest the VERY REASON that they came here? Doesn't that bother anyone? They are killing themselves to get over here for the freedom that holiday represents. Why spit in the face of it?

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This is a MUST! I can't (literally I cannot) imagine what organisms are living on door handles. But I surely know I do not want to touch them.

You are right, and 100 other folks thought the same thing so they decided to turn the knob with their elbow and swing the door open with THEIR dirty hand, just like YOU just did, never thinking that their are GERMS on the door now also.

You just can't think about the world like that or you will wind up locking yourself in your house and never step foot outside anymore.

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Parrot said they put the flag out IN PROTEST of the Fourth of July.

Ok, I have no problem with flying another country's flag, but if its done to protest the VERY REASON that they came here? Doesn't that bother anyone? They are killing themselves to get over here for the freedom that holiday represents. Why spit in the face of it?

That is real, real, real, irritating.

That's why I get so pissed off at these f...ing politicians that actually side with these people. That only fuels the already ever growing anger of locals. Even more pathetic is the fact that anything new we build is to accomodate them and their children. That is like major fkd up. So remember the next time we go out there and demand better schools and better sidewalks and better highways THEY are benefitting from it. But THEY dont go to town hall meetings to push for these things they know we locals will do it. I am so glad the hospitals are finally turning away the freeloaders. If you or I or our children try to get in to emergency, we have to wait a whole day because the whole room is full of non-English speaking new arrivals. I could go on and write a manifesto but everyone has already done it here.

I vented it had to be done. I have a real feeling that the anger towards these people is only going to grow. Its the truth.

Lets just all think hard about how our parents struggled to pay for the schools we attended but these fresh off the boat people will just mooch it all up and gripe and sue the US like the s...t going on down in south Texas. These illegals are putting our patrols behind bars. boiling :angry:

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Lets just all think hard about how our parents struggled to pay for the schools we attended but these fresh off the boat people will just mooch it all up and gripe and sue the US like the s...t going on down in south Texas. These illegals are putting our patrols behind bars. boiling :angry:

I've got one for you: my mom works as an occupational therapist for the school district in McAllen and was recently assigned to evaluate a child that was a Mexican citizen enrolled at the district. She's done this kind of thing hundreds of times, but the mother (who was demanding treatment from the school district) refused to allow the "blue-eyed devil" to touch her child. After much negotiation, my mom was able to do the evaluation and ultimately see the child on a regular basis, but the parent always insisted on being in the same room watching like a hawk to ensure the safety of her child.

...and her hispanic friends can't understand why she's moving north in the next several months.

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Lets just all think hard about how our parents struggled to pay for the schools we attended but these fresh off the boat people will just mooch it all up and gripe and sue the US like the s...t going on down in south Texas.

Actually, I was thinking hard about how my 'fresh off the boat' grandparents worked so hard to make this country a better place for their kids...and, how I'd kick you in the junk if you were standing in front of me.

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Lets just all think hard about how our parents struggled to pay for the schools we attended but these fresh off the boat people will just mooch it all up and gripe and sue the US like the s...t going on down in south Texas. These illegals are putting our patrols behind bars. boiling :angry:

My wife, as well as her parents were once "fresh off the boat". Guess what, they're legal, as are most of those who come here by boat. You want to get mad, try getting mad first at yourself for not getting politically active. You could at least do the little things like voting for those who are for stiffer border control policies, and then writing them when they later "forget" why you elected them.

Coming here and bitching about illegals isn't going to fix anything.

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Things that irritate me, other than Mexican flags. . . well let's see. <_<

THIS, THIS,THIS, and expecially THIS! :huh:

There is a common denominator to all of these, can you tell.

And I am still trying to figure THIS one out. :wacko:

You are absolutely right Puma, those threads are almost as bad as the guy who posted that Midtown Vs. RedScare thread. Oy Vey, where do they come up with some of their stuff, I swear ! :rolleyes::wacko:;)

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Parrot said they put the flag out IN PROTEST of the Fourth of July.

Ok, I have no problem with flying another country's flag, but if its done to protest the VERY REASON that they came here? Doesn't that bother anyone? They are killing themselves to get over here for the freedom that holiday represents. Why spit in the face of it?

Add in they need to learn English.

The guy who does my lawn does not speak a lick of English.

I have to talk to his girlfriend to communicate with him, since my own Spanish is so weak.

How can you even fathom owning a business in America and not know English.

You are absolutely right Puma, those threads are almost as bad as the guy who posted that Midtown Vs. RedScare thread. Oy Vey, where do they come up with some of their stuff, I swear ! :rolleyes::wacko:;)

Talk to Trophy Property about it then, it is not my thread. :P

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