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Posts by AnAmericanMother

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  • Dems Once Thought It Cool to Call Out Journalists, Even Threaten Them

    03/13/2018 10:40:55 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    AnAmericanMother to Post5203
    Me too. He's cheering for Stormy Daniels.

    I don't understand, given the conservative bent of most of WSB's audience, why in the world they keep that self-satisfied, obnoxious, fair-weather "Christian" on the air.

  • Mystery as Reality

    03/13/2018 9:59:18 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    AnAmericanMother to Carpe Cerevisi
    Highly recommend "The Great Divorce".

    It's a quick read, very well written, as usual Lewis is a master of dialogue. You'll recognize a number of the characters.

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on Virginia train crash involving Congress members

    03/06/2018 10:33:15 AM PST · 84 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to Olog-hai
    Our old house was inside a big sweeping loop of the CSX main line from Atlanta to Chattanooga. We had THREE grade crossings within earshot. Two of them were very close - 500' and 2000' respectively. Two had gates, one was an old sawbuck because there was really nothing on the other side but a couple of old shacks that homeless guys hung out at - and they didn't drive. Before the quiet zone the engineer pretty much blew continuously for Paces Ferry, Paradise Shoals, and Woodland Brook . . .

    IIRC, what we heard when we encountered the fellow stuck on the track was not the horn for that crossing but for the crossing about a half mile north. Or maybe the one that's a mile further north of that . . .

  • Ivy League glee club ends decades old gender restrictions

    03/05/2018 8:29:53 AM PST · 27 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to sphinx
    When I sing tenor, I sound like a woman singing tenor.

    When I sing baritone, I sound more like a baritone, but you can still pick out that there's a woman singing.

    And I have a relatively rare voice - true tiefer Alt, range about C# in the bass clef to C in the treble. I can sing a limited number of Es and Fs in the treble, but I'm really in my falsetto and my account gets overdrawn pretty quickly.

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on Virginia train crash involving Congress members

    03/05/2018 7:41:17 AM PST · 82 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to Olog-hai
    Union rules, probably, it being Jersey and the home of Frank ("I am the law!") Hague.

    Grew up in Atlanta, old railroad town, dad was a railroad buff, I married one too - the South had relatively few gate crossings (most were just sawbucks and it's on you to watch for the trains!) and they were automated pretty early.

  • I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun

    03/05/2018 7:36:41 AM PST · 28 of 38
    AnAmericanMother to richardtavor
    Seriously, exciting events stick in your memory even when you are very small.

    My first memory is my (unsuccessful) attempt to run away from home at around age 2. My second is missing my 3rd birthday party because I had the chicken pox . . . :-(

  • I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun

    03/05/2018 7:35:13 AM PST · 25 of 38
    AnAmericanMother to richardtavor
    OK, sport - it appears that you are expressing skepticism.

    Here's my story:

    I was about 12 years old - very similar situation, except there was a porch on the back of our split level house, so the fellow just walked right up and started jimmying my bedroom window at about 2 a.m.

    I managed to slip out of bed and ease towards the door in my best Marine belly crawl - until I got to the top of the stairs and my nerve broke - I ran the rest of the way yelling "Daddy! Daddy! there's a man on the back porch!"

    Daddy snatched up his old Parker double barrel and ran out the side door in time to see Mr. Burglar take a flying leap from the high end of the porch. He got him with the choke barrel in mid-air and the scatter barrel when he hit the ground. He screamed so loud you could have heard him in DeKalb County and went running off into the dark and rainy night.

    Dad got to thinking he might bleed out or break his neck falling off one of the old farm terraces in the side yard . . . so he went out looking for him. Never found him, but did find a horse running loose . . . but that's another story.

    Atlanta's finest did show up after about 45 minutes (after my mom's panicked call of "shots fired - man down" . . . hey, he was down very temporarily . . . ) All he could offer was to take a report and volunteer that Mr. Burglar would tell all his friends and we probably wouldn't need to worry about any future visits from anybody . . . we never did . . .

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on Virginia train crash involving Congress members

    02/26/2018 10:57:14 AM PST · 75 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to Olog-hai
    Most gated US crossings used to have four gates. They went away from that when they were fully automated.

    That must be back in the days of Thiele the Crossing-Keeper, dude sitting in the guard shack listening for the whistle on the down train . . . pretty much well before I was born, and I'm 62 . . .

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on Virginia train crash involving Congress members

    02/26/2018 10:49:36 AM PST · 73 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to Major Matt Mason
    Then why stay on the train tracks? If the crossing rail is down, why not just drive through it with the truck? There was a train barreling down on them, after all, why worry about damaging the crossing rail vs. losing your life? Sorry, but this is fishy.

    Not fishy - couple of reasons. This is from my personal experience as my husband and I witnessed a near miss at our local crossing, which is 2 blocks from our house.

    The crossing was under maintenance and closed, barricades up. Idiot in a jeep drove AROUND the barricades and onto the crossing. Promptly got stuck, wedged between the edge of the asphalt and the rail. Just as we drove up to see what was going on, we heard the horn.

    My husband ran up while I turned our truck around and got out the tow strap. The driver was FROZEN behind the wheel like a deer in the headlights. My husband had to physically unbuckle him and DRAG him out of the driver's seat, yelling all the while.

    Fortunately for all concerned, the train was under a go slow order because of the crossing maintenance, and he had enough sight distance to throw all the brakes on and stop about 50 feet short of the crossing. That engineer boiled out of the cabin - he was like a little banty rooster and he was cussing mad! You have to imagine my husband (a big guy - 6'6" and about 250 with a bushy red beard) and the conductor (who was not as big but big enough) talking this itty bitty engineer out of trying to rend the idiot driver limb from limb. It was funny afterwards but not very funny at the time.

    I used to investigate crossing accidents for the old Southern before they merged with C&O . . . most don't end so happily.

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on Virginia train crash involving Congress members

    02/26/2018 10:42:18 AM PST · 72 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to Alberta's Child
    That was how it was sold here.

    Now, admittedly, the blow post for the south crossing was DIRECTLY outside our bedroom window, so you could say I had a dog in that fight. But after a few weeks, we slept right through it - even in mild weather with the windows open!

    Took awhile to get used to NOT hearing the horn after they installed the new crossing!

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on Virginia train crash involving Congress members

    02/21/2018 11:54:42 AM PST · 16 of 84
    AnAmericanMother to Alberta's Child
    The 4-gate European style crossings are becoming more and more popular.

    They are harder to circumvent - you cannot enter after the gates are down unless you actually leave the roadway.

    I used to live a block and a half from one, and people WOULD still try to squeeze through. You can't claim it happened due to inattention, though.

    Downside is that they are outrageously expensive.

  • Florida Republicans Face Mounting Pressure to Act on Gun Control

    02/21/2018 10:46:18 AM PST · 6 of 141
    AnAmericanMother to ilovesarah2012

    Yes, they do. .223 is light for deer (although legal in some states), but perfect for coyotes, prairie dogs, etc. It’s much less expensive than the .243 and similar small, flat-shooting cartridges.

  • Ivy League glee club ends decades old gender restrictions

    02/13/2018 11:20:13 AM PST · 24 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to Hillarys Gate Cult
    Can't do barbershop without the big bass.

    I HAVE known one girl who could sing bass - real bass, not baritone. But she was kind of a one-off, never heard another. I can sing 2nd tenor but I have to fudge the notes below C#.

  • Ivy League glee club ends decades old gender restrictions

    02/13/2018 10:07:52 AM PST · 14 of 27
    AnAmericanMother to Oldeconomybuyer

    Unfortunately (for the politically correct) there are significant differences between men and women.

    Particularly in the voice department.

    As a "tiefer Alt" or true contralto who is often called upon to fill in for tenor, I am very familiar with this issue.

    Without getting into the tall weeds on the issues of breath, resonance, falsetto, and vocal cords, women do not sound like men!. This is particularly true with the male alto/soprano sound that is the Whiffenpoofs' specialty.

    Just for example, I want you to take a minute to listen to this very accomplished male alto singing a work that was written for that voice part - Orlando Gibbons' "This is the record of John".

    This is the record of John

    Listen and you will hear that this is definitely a man, with male voice qualities, and a woman singing it would be completely different. I have in fact sung it - but I would never record it. Here's a local version with a contralto singing the solo part - over at Emory. Listen to the timbre, the breath - aside from the fact that they had to drop it 2 whole steps from the original key -

    This is the record of John

    The women (especially women who have runaway soprano vibrato) are going to stick out like sore thumbs. Moreover, the director will have to change all the settings, harmonies and keys to accommodate the female voice.

    R.I.P. Whiffenpoofs - you had a good run.

  • Democrat Running in Virginia Discovers New Southern Accent in New Home State

    02/11/2018 3:17:30 PM PST · 50 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to RegulatorCountry
    There's a German Village on St. Simons Island, GA.

    You can pick out the descendants.

  • Leander ISD school assignment has students draw themselves as slaves

    02/11/2018 10:58:49 AM PST · 13 of 29
    AnAmericanMother to Tax-chick

    Sounds good! :-)

  • Democrat Running in Virginia Discovers New Southern Accent in New Home State

    02/11/2018 10:55:05 AM PST · 47 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to trisham
    It's disappearing on account of the deleterious influence of television and radio.

    It started disappearing after Edison invented the Victrola!

  • Democrat Running in Virginia Discovers New Southern Accent in New Home State

    02/11/2018 10:54:04 AM PST · 46 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to Rebelbase
    Exactly. The eastern slope and the western slope are two different genetic and language pools.

    I have about 4 accents that I slip into and out of, depending on where I am. Difference is, unlike Hillary, I actually speak all of them.

  • Democrat Running in Virginia Discovers New Southern Accent in New Home State

    02/11/2018 10:51:56 AM PST · 45 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to I want the USA back
    That idiot who moved down here and tried to run against our local Secretary of State for a House District seat made an utter fool of himself and all the people who spent money on him.

    He was almost immediately shown up as a semi-carpetbagger poseur who didn't even live in the district, and had been living with a medical student without benefit of marriage for years and years. The general reaction was that if he wouldn't make an honest woman of her, he couldn't be trusted to be honest in Congress.

    I am honestly having trouble recalling the little geek's name. John "call me Jack" Ossoff, that's it. He was VERY unimpressive in person, classic beta male.

  • Democrat Running in Virginia Discovers New Southern Accent in New Home State

    02/11/2018 10:47:04 AM PST · 42 of 51
    AnAmericanMother to Tennessee Conservative
    Well, you have the coastal accent, of which Savannah is a subset, then there is Augusta, very specific local sound. The Piedmont is probably the closest to a "standard" southern accent, spoken from Columbus to Macon and points thereabouts. Rome has its own quirks, as does the northeast area up around Young Harris, Blairsville, and Mineral Bluff (that's your "mountainy accent". And Old Atlanta (not all the corporate types who are there on their way to somewhere else) has a distinct sound as well. Since I *am* old Atlanta, I can tell you that there are two "shibboleths" by which we recognize one another . . . the pronunciation of "Piedmont Road", and the pronunciation of "Ponce de Leon Avenue." You can't fake it, you take it in with your mother's milk.

    There are at least four general accents in Georgia, if you don't count very local dialect survivals like Geechee and Gullah.

    Joel Chandler Harris of "Uncle Remus" fame was instrumental in recording many of those accents before they vanished. Read "Daddy Jake, the Runaway".