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  •  Yikes! My brother used to tease me because (6+ / 0-)

    many, many years before Survivor™, I had come up with all of these survival plans for being caught in the desert...on a deserted island--you get the picture. Do not ask me why those thoughts consumed my childhood. I don't think I would have liked that sign.

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    We've all been there, kid: While learning how to ride a bike in LaPorte, Ind., 4-year-old Izaiah Vazquez comes in contact with loose gravel for the first time. He wasn't hurt.
    Photo: Bob Wellinski / Laporte Herald Argus
    Photo Via SFGate Day in Pictures

    It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ---Muhammad Ali

    by mjbleo on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 06:02:10 PM PDT

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    •  Once upon a time, on a family trip, (4+ / 0-)
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      my father encountered one of those signs in another part of Nevada. 99 miles, and we had less than a half tank of gas, in a Chevy station wagon pulling a camper. Me and the other kids in the car were very worried; I guess kids worry about being stranded in the desert more than their parents do. If Dad was concerned, he didn't show it.

      We had already gone about 20 miles from the previous town, and we kept going. Barely made it to that station 99 miles away!

      •  I think it was a steady diet of shows like (5+ / 0-)
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        Gilligan's Island and Death Valley Days that did it for me. One of my brothers finally had to say to me, "You live on the Gulf Coast. What are your chances of being stuck in the desert, miles from the highway?"
        You and I must be born survivalists.

        Meerkat family
        The Meerkats, co-produced by the BBC, follows a tight-knit, long-whiskered family under threat from predators including snakes, eagles and scorpions in the Kalahari desert. The Meerkats is a rite of passage tale narrated by the late Paul Newman and written by Alexander McCall Smith.

        It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ---Muhammad Ali

        by mjbleo on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 06:30:42 PM PDT

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        •  Awwwww... I luff meerkats! (3+ / 0-)
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          Speaking of cuties... Didja see the pix of the baby olinguito a couple of days ago?  Scientists just discovered this new species of olinguito a very few months ago.

          Your Cute-Meter will need extra batteries to look at this darling little teddy-bear-looking ball of Cuuuuuuteness!  :-)  [I fell in love instantly, of course.  :-)]

          Cute Pictures: Baby Olinguito Found in Colombia

          Even the adults are cute!  :-)

          Scientists Discover A New Mammal - The Olinguito

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 07:42:18 PM PDT

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          •  You shouldn't ask me, NonnyO. I think that *all* (3+ / 0-)
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            babies are cute.

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            A cute baby sloth cuddles up to its teddy bear at the sloth sanctuary, Costa RicaPicture: Rebecca Cliffe/HotSpot Media

            It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ---Muhammad Ali

            by mjbleo on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 08:19:05 PM PDT

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            •  Awwwwwwwww..... (3+ / 0-)
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              ~♥~H~e~a~r~t~♥~M~e~l~t~♥~

              We could be sisters from different mothers when it comes to how we each feel about baby animals - well, human babies, too - the feeling is identical to falling in love at first sight, be it human or animal babies.

              They can all make me smile!

              :-)

              I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

              by NonnyO on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 09:18:25 PM PDT

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              •  The thing about sloths, in my opinion, is that (4+ / 0-)
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                they are not cute...but they don't seem to know it. And they appear to be smiling and posing...most of the time.

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                A sloth has photobombed a holiday picture in the jungle. A team on an International Student Volunteers expedition had gathered in Costa Rica to help cut paths in the woodland. After completing their work, they posed for a photograph, only to be gatecrashed by the inquisitive creature. Manuel Ramirez, 44, anthropologist and tour guide, said: "As I looked through the camera lens I could see something creeping in to the frame. When I realized it was a baby sloth I clicked the button as fast as I could, not that he was going anywhere fast "
                Picture: Caters News Agency

                It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ---Muhammad Ali

                by mjbleo on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 05:29:24 AM PDT

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                •  :-) 'Zaktly...! (2+ / 0-)
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                  Not cute..., but also not ugly.  They are what they are, so they smile, smell the flowers along the way, and they're happy and contented to be sloths.  They are endearing little creatures.

                  They also remind me of some of our greatest comics in the entertainment world.  Remember Phyllis Diller?  Not a beauty..., but not ugly, and her smile was dazzling.  It made her otherwise plain looks beautiful, even under the fright wig.

                  Robin Williams is another one.  Not handsome..., but not ugly, his entire body sometimes seems like it's made of silly putty with some of his contortions and exaggerated walks, and some of the facial expressions are priceless... and when he's happy and smiling, he becomes handsome.  People often forget he's also a gifted dramatic actor as well as being able to do comedy roles.

                  The animal kingdom is endlessly fascinating!  :-)

                  I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

                  by NonnyO on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 08:59:02 AM PDT

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                  •  I agree, NonnyO. The great comics and anyone who (2+ / 0-)
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                    can make me smile are handsome and pretty.

                    ...and her smile was dazzling.  It made her otherwise plain looks beautiful, even under the fright wig...
                    I think that Lily Tomlin is very pretty too. She has always been able to make me laugh.

                    Lily Tomlin
                    Hollywood star Lily Tomlin reacts as she takes part in the 2011 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Saturday, March 5, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

                    It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ---Muhammad Ali

                    by mjbleo on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 04:52:35 PM PDT

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                    •  Agree! Lily is Gorgeous! (1+ / 0-)
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                      One of my favorite Funny Ladies!  I've followed her since her Laugh-In days.

                      :-)

                      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

                      by NonnyO on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 07:55:49 PM PDT

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