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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    Ha! "No, I have no regrets"... over a montage of scenes in which people clearly have regrets. (You never call your insurance agency because everything's fine.)
    “I aint got nobody, nobody cares for me “ and lesser known in US I guess, “yes, we have no bananas” but I am sure “ I can’t get no, no, no,no, no satisfaction” is known. it is emphasis without the alternative expletives.
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    Live Christmas tree sales are up dramatically this year.
    This is the opposite of my reaction to the pandemic. We usually buy a live tree, but dug an old artificial tree from the attic so I could avoid shopping for a tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Live Christmas tree sales are up dramatically this year.
    This is the opposite of my reaction to the pandemic. We usually buy a live tree, but dug an old artificial tree from the attic so I could avoid shopping for a tree.
    People are taking refuge in tradition this "joyous" season. Just as we seek comfort food, we seek comfort trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Live Christmas tree sales are up dramatically this year.
    This is the opposite of my reaction to the pandemic. We usually buy a live tree, but dug an old artificial tree from the attic so I could avoid shopping for a tree.
    Our favorite tree farm ran out of trees before we got one (they are an outdoor operation, and with masks and social distancing, I wasn't concerned about safety). That's fine, but it does demonstrate your point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Live Christmas tree sales are up dramatically this year.
    For some value of the word "live".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Our favorite tree farm ran out of trees before we got one (they are an outdoor operation, and with masks and social distancing, I wasn't concerned about safety). That's fine, but it does demonstrate your point.
    When we went to Safeway a couple of days ago, none of the trees they had left were over three feet tall. Some half that.

    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For some value of the word "live".

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    Even the cut ones aren't totally dead. Yet.
    Ideally you plant the live ones in the yard after the holidays. But we've been using the same fake one for around 30 years now. We're thinking of leaving it up and redecorating for Valentines Day. It helps raise our spirits.
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    Graham's actually thinking about going out today to see if anyone has a clearance fake tree, which he'll put up in his workshop. I haven't had the inclination of energy to consider getting a tree this year, but we have fundamental differences about Christmas trees, so in future years the plan will be fake tree for him and real tree for me. Because compromise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Graham's actually thinking about going out today to see if anyone has a clearance fake tree, which he'll put up in his workshop. I haven't had the inclination of energy to consider getting a tree this year, but we have fundamental differences about Christmas trees, so in future years the plan will be fake tree for him and real tree for me. Because compromise?
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    This one... [sigh]... Space Force soldier demoted after skipping training in order to get a PS5.

    https://www.vg247.com/2020/12/17/spa...r-demoted-ps5/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    This one... [sigh]... Space Force soldier demoted after skipping training in order to get a PS5.

    https://www.vg247.com/2020/12/17/spa...r-demoted-ps5/
    Hah! The priorities of some very young guy. I’m impressed he admitted why he was late. He probably couldn’t think of a better excuse when put on the spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    This one... [sigh]... Space Force soldier demoted after skipping training in order to get a PS5.

    https://www.vg247.com/2020/12/17/spa...r-demoted-ps5/
    At first glance I thought PS5 was some military terminology. Realizing it's the game system makes it even more disappointing.
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    That sounds like quite the... space farce.
    The greatest journey of all time, for all to see
    Every mission makes our dreams reality
    And our destiny begins with you and me
    Through all space and time, the achievement of mankind
    As we sail the sea of discovery, on heroes’ wings we fly!

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    "Soldier"? Not "Spaceman"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    "Soldier"? Not "Spaceman"?
    The traditional pulp sci-fi terminology for an enlisted space person is Spacer.

    At least he wasn't a ...Cadet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    The traditional pulp sci-fi terminology for an enlisted space person is Spacer.

    At least he wasn't a ...Cadet.
    Go ahead. Just say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Go ahead. Just say it.

    Space cadet.
    Yes, that was the joke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Go ahead. Just say it.

    Space cadet.
    Already done, in the "Space Force" television series.
    So . . . does this look as bad as it looks?

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    Up in the air, junior Space Man.
    Up in the air, wings on high!
    Up in the air, junior Space Man.
    You can almost touch the sky!


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    Apparently it seems to be a updated version of "Up in the Air, Junior Birdman" which was a theme song for [I]"[I]The Junior Birdmen of America was a national organization for boys and girls interested in aviation and model plane building, founded (ca. 1934) and promoted by the Hearst newspaper chain, with the cooperation of the U.S. Bureau of Air Commerce.[1" [/I[/I]]It was defunct by 1939 so you have either got a very good memory for a childhood long, long ago or have previously heard one of the various reworked versions which were apparently popular in the US - including at summer camps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizuHg_c7Ng

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_Birdmen[I][I]]

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Apparently it seems to be a updated version of "Up in the Air, Junior Birdman" which was a theme song for [I]"[I]The Junior Birdmen of America was a national organization for boys and girls interested in aviation and model plane building, founded (ca. 1934) and promoted by the Hearst newspaper chain, with the cooperation of the U.S. Bureau of Air Commerce.[1" [/I[/I]]It was defunct by 1939 so you have either got a very good memory for a childhood long, long ago or have previously heard one of the various reworked versions which were apparently popular in the US - including at summer camps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizuHg_c7Ng

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junior_Birdmen[I][I]]
    I recognized it as “Junior Birdman”. My father, used to sing the song. I always thought it was just a parody of the Air Force March. He was born in the early 1930s, and served in the Air Force, so his knowing the song fits with Ozduck’s findings.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ9z8s-hD5w
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    For some value of the word "live".

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    Well, some people do buy potted Christmas trees and plant them after.
    Information about American English usage here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampyankee View Post
    Well, some people do buy potted Christmas trees and plant them after.
    They tend not to thrive, because of the way people are now decorating their trees at the start of December (or even earlier)--keeping them warm indoors for weeks on end isn't good for them.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    They tend not to thrive, because of the way people are now decorating their trees at the start of December (or even earlier)--keeping them warm indoors for weeks on end isn't good for them.

    Grant Hutchison
    For a few years there, Mrs. M would buy a small tree, set it up indoors and let the kid decorate it, after which it was planted in the yard. However, she (a botanist) took care to select some species suitable for the local conditions (even if it didn't fit the classic Christmas Tree model), and these trees did very well once relocated. The oldest tree towered above the house by the time we moved.

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    A couple down the road from us always have a "live" decorated tree in their window from the last week of November to the first week of January, and a dying tree in their garden for the first half of the new year. Repeat. I think we've been round that cycle five or six times, now. It certainly falls into the "stuff I don't get" category.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    "Soldier"? Not "Spaceman"?
    Apparently they are to be called Guardians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    The traditional pulp sci-fi terminology for an enlisted space person is Spacer.
    Is that because they’re just there to take up space?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Is that because they’re just there to take up space?
    Sailor, Spacer... Walker, Flyer, Coast Guarder?
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    Guest towels. Purchased because they look nice, hung carefully in the guest bathroom, and nobody uses them.
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    In preparation for a dinner party, a friend of mine cleaned the guest bathroom, but didn't want her husband or three teenage boys to make a mess of the place before the guests arrived. So she wrote a note and placed it on the guest towels:

    "If you touch these, I will kill you."

    It wasn't until after the dinner party was over that my friend noticed that she had forgotten to remove the note before the party started.



    (Old joke.)

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