Freaky Friday Rants & Raves 4-28-06

Apr 27th, 2006, 08:47 PM
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Freaky Friday Rants & Raves 4-28-06

Rant: Skin Cancer season is here again. Thousands of people will be diagnosed with malignant Melanoma again this year because of "sun tanning". All sun tanned skin is an indication that your skin is being attacked by ultra violet sun rays. There is no such thing as a healthy tan or a so called base tan. Parents of children have a responsibility to protect their children and themselves with sun screen from UV rays and skin cancer.

Rave: Sun screen and awareness of Melanoma in recent years. I wish people would have known about it when I was a kid.

Rant: That totally amateur portrait of Bill Clinton for the National Portrait Gallery. I can't understand how such a bad painting can come out of what should be the best of American portrait artists. If I were the director of the gallery I would have it burned and get a new artist.
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Apr 28th, 2006, 12:02 AM
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I agree,Jorr..being 3/4 Irish, I don't tan, I just burn...hard to tell most of the year where legs stop and socks begin! Daughter's donor(oops,I mean biological father)is Ecuadorian,so while she has the ability to tan, I have always lubed her up right after myself with the block! I notice alot of people here in my area go to the fake and bakes- just as bad for the skin, I assume,and a horribly fake look half the time, anyway!

Dare I rant about gas prices?? Just consider klr6773 annoyed about that every week! Officially spent $312.70 on gas last 4 weeks....how high is it going??
Rave: DD comes home Sunday,and I can't wait! The whole "time for yourself" theory, while definately true for some, just had me sitting around not knowing what to do with myself. If I let her go back to Jersey in August, maybe I'll have an easier time w/o her around...

I hope all of the news is good!
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Apr 28th, 2006, 12:10 AM
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Yes, jorr, thank you for the reminder.
* I saw my dermatologist today. Happy to say, everything is fine
*Baby boy got super duper new job ( still in Japan but not for long)
*Baby girl is spending the weekend in Las Vegas celebrating her birthday with 5 girlfriends.. ( watch out Las Vegas! lol )
*Plans for Buenos Aires trip are coming along..
*Weather in Portland has been faaabulous..
Pup and the Yankee and I are having Fun. Wishing all my Fodorfriends the same
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Apr 28th, 2006, 12:23 AM
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Scarlett,I' sure you agree that this is the weather that makes dealing with that terrible rain all Winter worth moving here in the end..(among other things, of course!
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Apr 28th, 2006, 06:56 AM
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Rant: Mom is in the hospital. Nurses and doctors are so inconsistent. Some are amazingly kind and patient. Others need to consider another career. Hopefully she will be discharged soon.

Rave: DD struck out 4 in her two innings of pitching last night. One hit and one unearned run. Team lost though.

Rave: We really are experiencing Spring here in New England. Spring is a rare event and its wonderful.
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Apr 28th, 2006, 06:59 AM
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It's Friday and this board is still a little freaky!

Rant: Taking meds all week that alter my level of energy and clarity with one more week to go.

Rave: With so many people in need I am grateful for the health care I receive.

Rant: Feeling overwhelmed by the plights of the world.

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Apr 28th, 2006, 07:06 AM
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Rant: I'm at work.
Rave: I'm off the WE!
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Apr 28th, 2006, 07:18 AM
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Rave--The beautiful weather we are having! I even planted a bunch of flowers yesterday and am hoping to find some peas to plant today.

Rave--Had a friend from WA here this week. Always good to see old friends.

Rave--No rants

jorr--I agree with the tanning. I have a teenage daughter who thankfully slathers the spf on each day. So happy she understands!
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Apr 28th, 2006, 07:35 AM
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Rave: We're in Paris! And it's sunny! (for the moment)

Rant: We leave Sunday.

Rant: DH is getting over bronchitis, still not up to speed, so we had to cut trip short and didn't get here til late last night

Rave: I didn't catch it (knock wood)

Rant: Sister-in-law (also in Paris on business trip with her husband) has been suffering all week from a urinary tract infection. She had an absolutely miserable flight from U.S. and terrible first few days of her trip. She's just starting to get better (saw a very helpful French doctor on Tuesday) but feels like the trip was wasted--she spent the first half holed up in the hotel room. Had to cancel reservations at all the restaurants they had wanted to try; has been living on soup and cranberry juice instead.

Rave: Their 5 yo daughter has been a model of patience and sweetness, entertaining herself quietly in the room for four days while Mom slept (when she wasn't throwing up) and Dad was at meetings. Didn't complain once, just said she hoped she was "helping Mommy feel better." Her Dad rewarded her with a father-daughter day trip to EuroDisney.

Rant: Still can't get sunscreen with Mexoril in the U.S. I bring over bottles for Mom in Florida. What's the holdup?
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Apr 28th, 2006, 07:44 AM
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Rave: After a frustrating week of negotiations and redrafting I've finished an annoying work project yesterday.

Rave: Tight "Kate hugs" from the daughter this morning. Hugs are rare in the mornings as she's usually too busy chasing the dog or wheeling her bear around in the baby stroller to pay me much attention.

Rave: Skin cancer reminder. Thanks Jorr. I've been trying out the Jergens healthy glow; it works but it smells bad.

Rant: Working this weekend.


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Apr 28th, 2006, 07:48 AM
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Not really any rants or raves here. Just wanted to check in and say hi. Hope everyone is having a good week.
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Apr 28th, 2006, 08:16 AM
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Isn't that just an awful picture of Bill Clinton? And who told Clinton to pose like that anyway?
The artist should have been drawn out, quartered and shot! >

Rave: I'm in Jamaica...the weather's perfect. Blue skies abound...not a cloud to be seen anywhere...It's 10:15 on Friday and it's the last workday of the week! The Ten Commandments Day Events start next week in DC! I can't wait! \/
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Apr 28th, 2006, 08:20 AM
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Rants...dear cousin, like a sister, having surgery for breast cancer next week. very early stages, should be very curable. 3 of 7 1st and 2nd generation descendents of our dear departed grandma (who lived to be 89)have now had breast cancer. I hope I missed the gene on that one.

Raves...the early diagnosis and great chance for beating this monster that my cousin has. DH is involved in the oncology/radition business and was able to provide lots of info, leads, support, MD recmommendations for my cousin and her family.
...What gorgeous weather we are having. I'm stopping at the nursery on my way home from work to get some herbs to make an herb planter. too early for annuals here, but the herbs will be a great start to the gardening season.

...have a good weekend all.
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Apr 28th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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rave
the hummimg birds returned this week. Swallows are eyeing the new box we put up for them.

Jorr, I don't go outside without smearing my arms, face and bald head with sunscreen. I had several pre cancer spots removed last year. As a teenager, I was a beach rat and tan as could be.
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Apr 28th, 2006, 09:51 AM
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kureiff, I get a high off of the smell of Coppertone sun screen. It smells like its summer and I'm having fun. OK maybe that sounds strange!


klr6773, "fake and bakes" LOL I've never heard of that term and its a perfect fit for tanning salons.

Some of my Fellow Freaky Friday Fodorites know this but I have survived malignant melanoma since 1987. That is why I am so determined to pass along the word just as someone did for me back in '87. That person survived it because of a person a few years prior who passed the word to her. Hey, I'm trying to save a life here!
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Apr 28th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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Rave: Leaving for France Monday.

Rant (sob) Retinal degeneration no better after laser treatment :-B
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Apr 28th, 2006, 10:11 AM
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rave: my mothers bday this week. moving forward after loosing both of her parents in the last 16 months.

rave: saw dear friends last night.

rave: was at friends poetry reading event. the theme was political/economic, but it was just nice to hear the voice of my piers, and not negativity. (re: anything in the news)

rave: countdown ireland!

yes jor...as a kid, i would get a deep, brown color when i tanned, naturally. i've been on hormone treatment for 15 years now, and it has done a number on my skin. incredibly dry (at least no blemishes), and i burn now, never burned as a kid. i burn easily too. i've found using bain de soleil 4spf or 8spf (may still not be enough) gel works great, and i still get great color.

rant: trouble getting on the boards this morning.

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Apr 28th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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Jorr, I agree about wearing sunscreen. I wish I could get my girls to use it regularly. I constantly remind them. Unlikely they have more my DH skin than mine. I wish I knew about the dangers of sun tanning when I was young.

Rave: The Prince is with me, and he is a fabulous dog. He looks like a fluffy teddy bear. He gets so excited when I come in the door. I wish my family greeted me that way.

Ed, I wish there was better treatment for retinal degeneration. I hope you get some treatment that helps you.

Rave: My DH's birthday is tomorrow. He and his twin are going to celebrate it at our house. They will cook the dinner because they want this special seafood dish I don't know how to make. I would have just made reservations!

Rave: The beautiful weather in New York

Rave: Younger DD had a good report card.
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Apr 28th, 2006, 01:35 PM
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Rant: A slow day on the board. I want to hear from my fellow FFRR'ers!

Rave: Jorr's mission--I am a reformed sunworshiper. Now I'm a self-tanner fan and hopefully healthier for it.

Rave: Scarlett's going to BA. I was there 3yrs ago--let me know if I can help you w/anything. I really enjoyed Argentina and BA was a place I'd go back to someday.

OttO--Big hugs! How much longer til you kiss the Blarney Stone?

Rave: Am off to see the Mets whip the Braves tonight and get to sit in a corp. box thanks to one of my husband's customers and his boss deciding not to go w/OWJ2!

Rave: No more IEPs til next year! (That's special ed paperwork, for those not in the know!)

Rave: Unexpected surprises

Rave: Having our neighbors over for dinner tomorrow

Rant: Have lots of running around Sat. before then

Big hugs to all who need them. Wishing everyone a peaceful, enjoyable weekend
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Apr 28th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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RAVE:
Seeing Scarlett's BA!!! When?? Pay per view?

WOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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Rant: 3-4" keeloid scar across my chest as a reminder to use 30+ SPF AT A MINIMUM!
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