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    Cool - sounds like a lot of fun

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    Wow, Hednic. That sounds wonderful!



    Here come the daffodils!
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    I hope you don't mind a gratuitous "cat shot". I can't believe my iPad worked so well this close!


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    After the joyous experience of selling my house in NY, moving across the country, renting a house until the one I bought was ready then moving again...the only place I want to go is back to NYC for my granddaughters birthday. No matter where I go NY will always be home.


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    That is exceedingly cool....I am sure everyone will have an unbelievable experience...enjoy.


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    In June/July, I'll be in Brazil for 2 World Cup matches with my two sons (really excited) and then later in the beginning of August an 8 day European cruise on the Adriatic (Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy) with my wife.
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    Any animal shot is welcome..gratuitous or not...that is a nice looking cat.



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    I am not a big cat lover, but how could one not fall in love with that creature above! Beautiful photo.
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    Thanks, MrNY & Hednic, she really is a special little cat. She loves to climb up trees and run around on our flat roof. :-)

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    Record Basejump off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - thrilling!

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    Very cool hednic!

    Well, say goodbye to the internet as we know it. It's been fun while it lasted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Very cool hednic!

    Well, say goodbye to the internet as we know it. It's been fun while it lasted!

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    Record Basejump off the Burj Khalifa in Dubai - thrilling!


    Super cool and scary! How do they do it?

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    Wow, how awesome. How beautiful is Dubai? Jeeze!

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    Super cool and scary! How do they do it?
    Don't know, but not even for all the fragrances in the world would I get up there and do what they did!
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    Wow… flippin nutcases….

    I saw that a couple of them had grounded themselves forever fairly recently. Apparently missed a deeper turning. What a sacrifice for a thrill. I'm not prepared to be a danger mouse. I like my terra firma and my children are too precious to me to risk anything.

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    Their suits have built in wings like those flying squirrels.
    for swap/sale:



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    took this photo just now

    View of the burj from my in laws place

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    Hey, nice view! That's one tall structure!

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    I see the Sear's Tower every morning on my way to work, from about 20 miles away...always impressive seeing such large man-made structures. Still can't believe this tower is about 1000ft higher than the Sears. Dubai looks like a gorgeous city.

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    took this photo just now

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    I wouldn't mind looking out my window to that view every day!
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    This was my old view when I was living downtown in the South Loop. I miss that and nothing much else about living downtown...I used this photo for a work blog I wrote about photographing skylines. Definitely the best photo I've taken...Chicago looks like Gothem City!

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    As if the Sears (Willis) Tower weren't scary enough, they've apparently added the "sky deck" to frighten the poop out of you.


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    Still haven't done this yet, although, I did go visit the Sky Deck as a kid. Pretty cool experience, but not worth the 2 hour wait in line. If you're ever Chicago on a nice summer day...skip the Sky Deck and do an architectural tour of the city by kayak!

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    As if the Sears (Willis) Tower weren't scary enough, they've apparently added the "sky deck" to frighten the poop out of you.

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    My husband and I went up in the 1980's (I think it was) but this was evidently added recently. It was scary enough then. I couldn't go close to the windows, which were dirty, BTW but that was ok, if they had been crystal clear, it probably would have been even creepier. As soon as I got up there I wanted to turn around and go back down. I don't know how people work in offices up there. It would be too weird. The building sways. The elevator takes a long time and your ears pop. It's not normal!

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    Haha, very true your ears do pop on the way up. It's crazy to think that people work that high up in offices. I'm not sure how I would feel about the swaying of the building...even though that's what it's designed to do. That would definitely freak me out. I was fine when I went up on a field trip back in the early 90s...but now I'm afraid of heights...mostly instability and heights really. I don't mind being high up in an enclosed space or on a plane...but put me on a shaky ladder or near a cliff's edge and I'll start sweating profusely haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    My husband and I went up in the 1980's (I think it was) but this was evidently added recently. It was scary enough then. I couldn't go close to the windows, which were dirty, BTW but that was ok, if they had been crystal clear, it probably would have been even creepier. As soon as I got up there I wanted to turn around and go back down. I don't know how people work in offices up there. It would be too weird. The building sways. The elevator takes a long time and your ears pop. It's not normal!
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    Off topic: I need to rant.

    I can't hate my mail carrier. In fact, I shouldn't even complain. My mail carrier is a really nice person. She's always friendly and chatty. And she's so good at her job that when a friend sent me a package and got my address totally wrong, she (the mail carrier) recognized my name and got the package to me. The address had been for a previous street address before I moved - but even that was wrong, because it had the wrong apartment number. The only thing my friend got right was my name, city and zip code. And yet, the mail carrier delivered it. Really, I can't complain.

    But, come on!!! Why does my building have to be last on the mail carrier's route?!? I've got goodies in the mail today and my package tracker app shows they're out for delivery!

    I used to live in a building where the mail was always delivered first thing in the morning. Oh, I miss those days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post


    As if the Sears (Willis) Tower weren't scary enough, they've apparently added the "sky deck" to frighten the poop out of you.

    This looks awesome! Definitely on my to-do list now...

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    If you come to town...let me know. We'll do a mini-meet up and do some fragrance hunting on Michigan Avenue!

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    This looks awesome! Definitely on my to-do list now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    If you come to town...let me know. We'll do a mini-meet up and do some fragrance hunting on Michigan Avenue!
    I travel a lot, Ryan, so I'm bound to get back to Chicago at some point. I haven't been there for probably a year and a half, or so ... but I'll definitely let you know!

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    It's a shame that their time is short lived!
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    https://screen.yahoo.com/so-cute/hor...080704765.html

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    That was really cute!
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    Yes, so sweet. Some animals can really connect. It's so amazing.

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    I'm definitely not one for cliche internet cat videos ... but this one really kinda got me.

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    Seriously cute. It's so deliberately affectionate.

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    Finally got my big doggy (Caucasian Ovcharka) to agree to go rides in the car with me. He's so smart he thinks that the car = trip to the doctor !

    Therefore, for more than 4 years, the doctor has been paying us house visits for yearly shots etc, just because he doesn't like to get inside the car.

    Also, all our daily trips/adventures consisted of just being "on foot".... until now

    Big accomplishment ! I'm so happy we got over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdwctdwc View Post
    Finally got my big doggy (Caucasian Ovcharka) to agree to go rides in the car with me. He's so smart he thinks that the car = trip to the doctor !

    Therefore, for more than 4 years, the doctor has been paying us house visits for yearly shots etc, just because he doesn't like to get inside the car.

    Also, all our daily trips/adventures consisted of just being "on foot".... until now

    Big accomplishment ! I'm so happy we got over it.

    LOOOOOL.
    reminds me of this vine lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    LOOOOOL.
    reminds me of this vine lol
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=3&theater
    Hehe, good one
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    Another garden report from the middle of the US. This is our cherry (pie) tree. We lost the center portion of it in an ice storm. Now it looks pretty pathetic. The white flowers still sparkle, though. I have to fight the grackles for the ripe fruit.
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    You can see the sexy red bark.

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    Here are some ostrich ferns, Virginia bluebells and hosta coming up near the stairs to our outside studio. The purple flowers are the 'redbud tree'.

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    Just for fun, here's another photo. Sorry if this is really dull. You can see hostas coming, and peonies. And weeds.

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    This is interesting. And very high up.

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    Last edited by kumquat; 29th April 2014 at 12:56 AM.

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    Laughing..that is great. Reminds me of the Lexus or BMW commercial where the woman sends directions from her phone to the car. The woman, her daughter and the dog pile into the car. The directions come up on the screen. It is directions to the vet and the appointment says neutering. The little girl asks her mom...what is neu-ter-ing as she tries to sound it out. The dogs ears perk up, he gives a small yelp and promptly jumps out of the car. Never had that problem with my two dogs. They just fight who will be the navigator.


    Quote Originally Posted by tdwctdwc View Post
    Finally got my big doggy (Caucasian Ovcharka) to agree to go rides in the car with me. He's so smart he thinks that the car = trip to the doctor !

    Therefore, for more than 4 years, the doctor has been paying us house visits for yearly shots etc, just because he doesn't like to get inside the car.

    Also, all our daily trips/adventures consisted of just being "on foot".... until now

    Big accomplishment ! I'm so happy we got over it.
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    I was not familiar with this breed....Caucasian Ovcharka.....I just finished looking at some pictures. Those are magnificent animals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    This is interesting. And very high up.
    That was absolutely amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrnybluesman View Post
    I was not familiar with this breed....Caucasian Ovcharka.....I just finished looking at some pictures. Those are magnificent animals.
    It's considered an "almost" rare breed. There are only one or two breeders in the US i think. It's one of the oldest breeds in the world and one of the few that kept the same temperament of its oldest ancestors. Not gonna talk about their lengthy history but you can google it

    They're extremely smart. My dog understands sentences, not only words. They are very powerful and the opposite of what is considered a "gentle giant ", especially during play time ! They're naturally very suspicious and hostile towards strangers and other animals, therefore, heavy socializing is an absolute must with puppies at an early age. They're very independent and need a owner that shows consistent leadership or else they will take the role of the leader and it would be a disaster.

    With that being said, they're very affectionate towards family members.

    I can talk for hours about them, but like i said, you can just google and read more
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    I had to look up what a 'grackle' was too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    I had to look up what a 'grackle' was too.
    That's great! Yes, they're from the starling family. We also have gobs of them. The funny thing is, they were brought here by the English, who were lonely for them. They thrive here and blacken the skies in places.

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    More garden stuff. At least we're getting some rain. Yay! (Ice King daffodils)
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    Hyacinth, they smell divine!
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    I think these are pretty great. Very tough compared to the real thing. These are "false forget-me-nots". Brunnera
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    A really nice hosta. I'm pretty sure this is called "June".

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    Beautiful Hostas, kumquat - they'd be chewed away in no time by the snails in my garden & have to be grown in pots with copper bands around them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Beautiful Hostas, kumquat - they'd be chewed away in no time by the snails in my garden & have to be grown in pots with copper bands around them!
    Thank-you! I did have some problem with slugs when it was wet, but lately it's been dry. Sometimes they do eat holes in them, though.

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    I wish many of my plants looked as nice as those!
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    Yes, hednic - they're obviously very happy plants

    @kumquat - we find that the blue ones are more slug-resistant over here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I wish many of my plants looked as nice as those!
    Thanks for putting up with my daffodil addiction. It's almost as bad as my addiction to perfume.

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