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Somebody on ThriftyFun asked for a gift suggestion for her mother's birthday, and mentioned she had $412 saved up. Here is what I suggested: By now your mother probably has more "stuff" than places to put it. You can buy her a cheap $300 - $400 laptop online, and set up Skype for her. Nowadays almost all laptops have web cams built in, and with Skype she can video chat with family and friends for free. Skype is free. The ability to do that will mean a LOT more to her than ANY material goods. Setting it up is easy, and you can rig it so that it automatically starts, and all she has to do is select the person she wants to chat with. This year you can set her up with a $10 head set, next year give her a desk microphone and a set of speakers (or connect a speaker cable to her home stereo), so that she can continue chatting while working in the kitchen. When I see how my father lights up, when I skype him at his breakfast table 8 time zones away from here, I KNOW that there is no better gift than giving the ability to communicate. Have FUN! DearWebby
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Larry's barn burned down and his wife, Susan, called the insurance company. Susan told the insurance company, "We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money." The agent replied, "Whoa there, just a minute, Susan. Insurance doesn't work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of the barn just before it burned, and provide you with a new one of comparable worth, up to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars." There was a long pause before Susan replied, "In THAT case, cancel the policy on my husband RIGHT NOW!."
During the cold war we had a series of radar sites known as the "Distant Early Warning" system or "DEW" line, a string of big huge radar stations in Northern Canada, powerful enough to microwave a goose at 5 Miles, advanced enough to look over the North Pole into Russia, accurate enough to tell the difference between a thrown rolling pin and a missile. Gradually the satellites took over the surveillance job and the DEW line got abandoned and just sat there rusting away quietly. Only recently some contractors were sent up there to dismantle the sites and bury or cart away the remains. One mechanic stationed there asked his buddy at home to arrange a date for him when he got leave. The buddy did so, but told the girl that she'd better be careful, as the guy had been working on the DEW line for 6 months. She replied, "No problem. I've been working on my 'DON'T line' for six years."
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to Roderick Lewis, 23, in Westhaven, Conn Man bites police dog It's often said if a dog bites a man it's not news, but if a man bites a dog, you've got a story. Well, here is that story. West Haven, Conn., Officer Scott Bloom was on patrol with his K-9, Onyx, near the Rite Aid on Elm Street early Thursday morning, when he noticed Roderick Lewis walking toward him. Lewis yelled out, "I need a bag of dust," referring to angel dust, or PCP, according to police. Lewis, 23, walked toward the officer and reached into his waistband, police said, and the officer grabbed Lewis's arms and told him to stop. That's when Lewis punched officer Bloom in the face, according to police. Onyx, the police dog, jumped from Bloom's cruiser and attacked the suspect, latching onto his leg, according to police. But then Lewis did his own chomping, biting into the dog's side, police said. Lewis didn't let go until the officer was able to pull him off the dog, police said. Lewis was charged with assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals. Officer Bloom and Onyx were treated for their injuries.
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Duane Re: Unzip program Hi Webby, Do you know of a free program that will unzip files? I can't afford to pay for one if there is a free one. Thanks, Duane Dear Duane 7-Zip works fine and is free. Some say it works better than WinZip, some say it doesn't. I say, whichever one of those two you are used to, will appear to be better. The differences seem to me to be mostly religious and based on the fact that the fanatics of one have not read the instructions of the other. The only REAL difference I see is that 7-Zip is free and will never nag you about paying all over again and again, whenever you change machines or they have some cosmetic upgrades. The actual compression ratio is slightly better with 7-Zip. Don't do it when you are in a frantic hurry. First un-install any other zippers that you may have accumulated in the last 20 years, or what remnants of them are still lurking in the depths of your hard drive. While you are doing that, put a dollar or some spare change into a jar set aside for the Secure UnInstaller. It's cheap anyway, but if you put a buck into it's jar every time you wish you had it, it won't be a budget item when you do get it, and you can just jump for it. It's a good idea to clean up first before any new program, but when you get a program like 7-Zip, that you will be using for the rest of your life, then it is well worth it to make a clean foundation for it. Once you got it installed, grab a coffee and browse the manual and help just enough to know where to look, if you come up with any questions. It's all quite simple, but just like the Catholics do things different from the Protestants, 7-Zip has some controls and buttons labeled differently from other similar programs. Each one has a different user interface. Have FUN! DearWebby
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Arthur goes into the travel agency and proclaims, "I've seen your ad about a $49.00 trip to Hawaii, and I'd like to go." The travel agent says, "Listen, friend, this is my first day here, but I know about all the details of that crumby $49.00 offer, and believe me, you DON'T want it. Take the next best offer, which is only $1,399.00." "Oh, no you don't," says the Arthur, "you're not going to catch ME with that bait and switch. The ad says `$49.00 to Hawaii,' and THAT's what I want." "Okay," says the agent, who takes his money then grabs a baseball bat from under the desk and hits him on the head. Arthur wakes up a few hours later, on a raft out in the Pacific Ocean! He looks around, and there's NOTHING, only he and another guy on the raft. "What are we going to do?" cries our hero, "surely they'll send a ship for us." -- "I don't think so," responds his new-found travelling companion, "they didn't the last two years."
Daily tip from Use Chili Sauce as a Copper Cleanser My mother is in her late 70's and has a lot of copper pots, which have tarnished over the years. She had been using copper polish but feels it is becoming too expensive. Last week, she spilled some " Taste of Asia " chili sauce on one of her pots. When she wiped it it off, she found that it had cleaned the pot as well as the copper polish. She was so pleased that she did all of her pots with the chili sauce. At less than a $1.00 (Canadian), she was ecstatic. By Solarbaby If you want to have sucess with small back yard or balcony farming with a minimal investment of time or money, check out Food Wealth. Avoid mistakes and focus on what works! DearWebby Check out ThriftyFun's Blog at also has a newsletter. If you want more than just one tip per day, or if you want to share your tips, then you can subscribe to it here:ThriftyFun Highly recommended! If you like the list, you can vote for it here:
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