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    • Inky99 on November 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Some of the peak experiences of my life include those last few steps to the summit of a mountain.   Always wanted to do more of it.

    • TMC on November 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    and at about this point everyone could use a chuckle. A friend sent me this. These are the reasons I DO NOT take Dr.TMC with me shopping because he has already done a couple of these things.


    After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to

    Target.  Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred

    to get in and get out.  Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women –

    she loves to browse.  Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter

    from the local Target.

    Dear Mrs. Samuel,

    Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our

    store.  We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of

    you from the store.  Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Samuel, are

    listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

    1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other people’s

    carts when they weren’t looking.

    2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute


    3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the

    women’s restroom.

    4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice,

    ‘Code 3 in Housewares.  Get on it right away’.  This caused the employee to

    leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that

    in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time and

    costing the company money.

    5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on


    6. August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

    7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children

    shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from

    the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

    8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and

    screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’  EMTs were called.

    9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a

    mirror while he picked his nose.

    10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked

    the clerk where the antidepressants were.

    11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the

    ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.

    12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by

    using different sizes of funnels.

    13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through,

    yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

    14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed

    a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’

    And last, but not least:

    15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then

    yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’  One of the

    clerks passed out.

  1. BUHDY! lol… kidding.

    FDL Book Salon Welcomes Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.

    But this book is special; it will hit close to home for almost everybody. Positive thinking is something we all know about, or think we know about. And its costs have been staggering. At its feet, in part, Ehrenreich lays Americans’ passivity in the face of downsizing, our acceptance of the bizarre skewing of wealth, and our almost complete failure to anticipate the disaster that was coming from the late real-estate bubble. This is a book that makes large, controversial claims about a beloved American idea.

  2. I can’t figure out how to get text to wrap around embedded photos in diaries.

    Here’s all that’s said at Dkos FAQs on the subject:

    In addition to changing the image size, you can change where the image appears in the text. By default, it appears at the left margin, and any following text starts beneath the image. You can get text to wrap around an image by using an “align” field:

    Text that comes after the image now wraps around the picture. You can get the same effect, but with the image on the left, by using align=left instead.

    Lastly, to keep space between the image and the text, use the hspace field, e.g. hspace=2

    I have no idea what this stuff means in the quote.  I am lost.

    Can anyone explain it?


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