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Many of us have posted together for years. Many of us are just getting acquainted. Let's give each other a little more to go on. Post as much information as you're comfortable sharing.

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Let's see if I can remember how to do this.

My name is really Roberta; my nickname is Robbie. I put the Miz in front of it so that gender is clear.

I'm 70-mumble. I retired at age 60 from being the chief labor negotiator, management side of the table, for a school district in a suburb of Seattle. Prior to that I worked in personnel (as it was called then) for Seattle School District. And long before that, I was a junior high (yes, before we changed to middle schools) teacher for one whole year before going to work in personnel.

I'm divorced from my son's father, and am now widowed from the love of my life. My son and daughter-in-law live in Bellingham, WA, where I have now lived for the last eleven years, after they encouraged me to move up here. It was a good move. I live with my 14-year-old Shiba Inu, Kudo (it's a Japanese name, not a misspelling of the Greek word "kudos"), and I'm lucky every day I still have her.

I wish I had a passionate interest in something I could do as a retiree. Unfortunately, I never did develop such an interest while working, nor have I since retirement. I'm bored a lot. I took up learning to knit last November and have become the Queen of Scarves and Hats, but my arthritic hands limit my knitting time.

I love to write but, as noted elsewhere, I have nothing to say, although I say it well. I'm hoping one of our former members finds us in our new home. He and I do crazy creative writing together which I enjoy tremendously.

I have *four sockies on this board: Miss Grundy, Ms Doll, Wendy Moonshines, Dusty Rhoades, and Cheap Writer. Everyone else is quite free to have sock puppets, too, just as long as they aren't used to avoid board rules.

I wonder what I've forgotten, and whether it's of any importance...

*EDIT: Sometimes we call this number "five."

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quote:

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Many of us have posted together for years. Many of us are just getting acquainted. Let's give each other a little more to go on. Post as much information as you're comfortable sharing.



I need to go get dinner prepared for Mr. Queue, his brother and SIL. I have meetings tomorrow, but I will try to post the basics of my life here before I head down to the family cabin on Friday. emoticon
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My real name is Doofus.

I live in Oxford, MS and am retired from teaching and practicing law, mostly teaching which I really enjoyed. I also have a music degree and was a band director before I went to law school.

The ex and I decided about 25 years ago that it was just the best thing to do, so made drinks and toasted 22 1/2 good years. I have two children, a daughter and a son. Son is in Knoxville, and my daughter, known as DD, lives with me most of the time.

I'm a government and political junkie, and love music. I had to give up guitar because of my hands, but I'll find out something about them Wednesday. Typing is getting more difficult, although not from pain. I've just gotten fumble fingered.

I love to cook and I enjoy playing video games on my Xbox One. I poured some wine and created tonight. I'll post what I did in the RR later.

I am staff for one young coal black female cat, Shadow. She is past spoiled rotten ruint! If I think of something else, I'll add it.......lol.

Oh.......for what it's worth, I'm related to Mark Twain.
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Folks may see "Doofus" called "Jep" from time to time.

One of those names is on his birth certificate.

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My nickname is Bellelettres, but everybody calls me Belle. When I was signing up to go into cyberspace ca. 2002, I accidentally misspelled "belles lettres," but decided I liked it, so I left it. Belles lettres means literature. Literature and politics are the gods I serve.

Reading, writing, printing, and publishing have been my life. (In the beginning was the Word, and hard on its heels came the publisher.) In the midst of my life, I met a man who felt the same way about the Word. We sold everything we couldn't get into an RV and small Toyota and old green pickup that pulled the RV, and left Texas together to go West in 1977, communicating by CB radio.

We spent a year in Albuquerque, then moved on to the Pacific Northwest. After living in the RV for a while in Everett, WA, we bought a house in Oak Harbor on Whidbey, an island shaped like a prawn with elephantiasis, about halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Here Mr. Lettres built a printshop across from our house and installed a linotype machine and a hot-metal printing press. We printed, bound, and published books out there until a few years before his death in 1997.

After his death, I joined a writing group and published a few stories in regional anthologies, but never quite made it into a national magazine, and never quite finished the novels I started writing. Since expression is the need of my soul (as archy the cockroach put it), I pour out my expression in letters to the editor and posts to cyberspace boards.

This looks like a wonderful place to do that, among you witty people.





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Good morning everyone.

My given name is Andrea - an old Italian male name. However, when I came to the U.S. at age 17, my paternal grandfather decided no grandson of his was going to be saddled with a girl's name. Therefore he unilaterally christened me "Hawk". Why Hawk? Only my late grandfather knows. In any event the only people who maintain the right to call me Andrea are my mother and my sister. Even my wife, my brother and for some strange reason my youngest daughter call me Hawk. My oldest daughter calls me Papa. And my son generally refers to me as "hey you".

I was born in 1950 in Trieste -- then the Free Territory of Trieste, which was created by the U.N. Following WWII, and then re-annexed to Italy by U.N. Edict in 1954. My mother is an Italian national of largely German ancestry. My father was this rather eccentric American expat who first came to Italy from North Africa as a pilot with the U.S. Army's 11th Air Force during WWII. And then just never went home to Minnesota following the war. Actually he stayed on initially as a part of the occupation gorges. And then beginning in 1947 he was a senior military member of the joint British - American team that administered the Free Territory for the UN. Then by the time he retired from the Army in 1954, he had met and married my mother and my sister and I had come along. And he stayed in Trieste and became active in my mother's family business (coffee traders).

As I said, in August of 1967 my father decided to wash his hands of me, and sent me to the U.S. To live with his parents in rural Minnesota for my final year of high school. Take this 17 year old who lived his entire life on the Italian - Yugoslavian (present day Slovenian) border, and dump him into a small Minnesota town straight out of Prairie Home Companion, and you have instant CULTURE SHOCK. lol.

Following graduation from the University of Chicago I spent four years in the U.S. Navy. The came back to Chicago for grad school. And then I spent the next 13 years based in San Francisco, traveling internationally for the evil corporate Enpire. After 13 years of that madness I had enough. And I packed up my very pregnant wife, our two oldest children and all of our belongings to move 2,000 miles to accept a faculty position at a non-description little liberal arts college, literally on the edge of a cornfield in rural Iowa. All this for a salary that was one fourth of what I was making in San Francisco. All that was 27 years ago. And I have never regretted the decision for a moment. And initially it took my wife six months to stop crying. But then a miraculous change took place. And ever since them her feet are so deeply entrenched in this black dirt prairie that you will never get
her to leave -- beyond the summer months we have spent at my family home north of Trieste.

My wife and I have been married for 38 years. And as I mentioned earlier we have three grown children. Our oldest daughter and her husband and two daughters live on a farm three miles down the road from our place. Our so and his wife live at about 8,000' elevation in New Mexico. And our youngest daughter and her husband, a German national are at home in Graz, Austria. So, I guess you can say we cover a lot of territory both geographically and culturally.

My political and social philosophies are a bit eclectic to say the least. On one hand I am definately a pro-business, free trading fiscal conservative. Yet on the other hand I RATHE from slightly left of center to a flaming liberal on social issues, and foreign policy. And I suspect I make both Republicans and Democrats cringe at how militantly liberal I am on the environment. And then I also have this oddball liberal libertarian streak that raises its head from time to time.

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Oh dear. I forgot to mention my three "girl friends" - Brigitte Bardot, my hyperactive little beagle that my wife brought home from the pound a few years back; Little Annie Spaniel, this spaniel mix that came wandering up our lane as aa abandoned puppy on New Years Eve about three years ago; and Angel, a Collie mix that my daughter found at the dump when she was a puppy, that was literally covered in motor oil. How or why anyone would do that to a defenseless little animal totally escapes me. So much for our little orphans.

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Postscript to my introduction. Belle, you have been added to the list of those special people who can call me Andrea. For Andrea is a proud name I share with the great Italian navigator Andrea Doria, and a pretty fair Tenor Andrea Bocelli.

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Thank you, Andrea. I have many names for you. Il Falcon is the one I use when I'm feeling playful.

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I've posted as bricklayer from the very beginning. I first looked for political bulletin boards in 1996 on CNN's website. It led me to Pathfinder. From there I found my way to TOL.

I'm a retired bricklayer, but I spent the last twenty years of my work life as a project manager/estimator for a medium sized masonry contractor. I was also a General Contractor for over 10 years in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 70s and 80s.

I somehow wound up here in North Central Florida. I would never have predicted it, but family considerations brought me back here 30 tears or so ago and here we've stayed. Even though my politics put me in a small minority I've grown attached to it.

My wife, Sandy and I have 3 great kids and 5 wonderful grandchildren. We have two of the kids, my two daughters and their families living nearby while our son and his family live in Pittsburgh.

I'm a lifelong Democrat but not a rubber stamp ideologue. I'm a civil libertarian and a left leaning moderate on most issues.

It is great to see new faces and perspectives. Welcome to all of the new(to us) posters.
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Bricklayer, I am so envious of you, for living in Santa Fe for 10 years! Santa Fe is my favorite city (although "city" is the wrong word for it; it's city size, but village style). Santa Fe architecture, though, is not made with bricks as we know them. How do you construct Santa Fe architecture, bricklayer?
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I forgot to mention that I served in the AF from 1966-1970 as an Electrical Systems Analyst on the Minuteman I ICBM in Minot, ND. Talk about shock, going from central Mississippi to 40 miles S of Canada! The people were pretty much like we are, except they talk funny. emoticon
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Belle and Hawk, what interesting people you are! I'm so glad to get to know you a little better.

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Thanks, Robbie. Hawk really IS interesting. I'm glad both of us have been lucky enough to find all of you. Cyberspace is a gold mine, and panning for that gold has been a grand adventure of my old age.

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Robbie and Belle, thank you both for the compliments. As I think about the beer commercial, I am definately NOT the most interesting man in the world. Although I might be one of the more interesting guys you will run into at the Farmers CoOp in West Union, Iowa. lol. Seriously like most guys who are pushing 70 and have been around the block a time or two I do have a few interesting (for lack of a better term) memories ranging from when my girlfriend and I mooned some East German border guards in Berlin to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - the highest peak in the world that can be climbed without the use of specialized equipment.

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I was "Streamline" at the old CNN boards. That was over 20 years ago. Jeesh! When I landed at Robbie's place in '01 or '02, I had to go with "Streamline2001", which was the moniker I'd adopted for another board that used that same platform. Who knew that Streamline was such a popular name?

So, who the hell is Streamline2001?

Born New York City in 1957
Political Affiliation Independent, votes DEM more often that not. I'd be best described as a Sandernista.
Career Worked as a newspaper reporter, mail order consultant, fishing guide, magazine writer, author of 3 books, and a sales and marketing consultant. I am now a real estate investor. I buy condos and apartment buildings, fix 'em up, fill 'em with nice people and keep them all happy and safe.
Home Vermont. I strayed for a year and moved to Florida. But, I got over it and moved back to the Green Mountain State late last summer.
Spouse Married for 32 years and it's still more fun than should be legal.
Kids One daughter. She lives and works in New York City.
Pets A little black cat named Koko and a corgi puppy named Haffie. As some folks here will remember, I was also an adviser to Star the Wonder Beagle, a candidate for POTUS in 2000. The allegations that she was unable to stop baying every time either Al Gore or GWB was on TV, because of her animus to both of them, proved to be unfounded. It turned out that she just wanted to go for a walk.

My friends call me Peter.


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I like "Sandermista."
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Thus spake Bullwinkle!
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