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  1. Although I'm an avid read, I rarely learn anything new because I gravitate to fiction for entertainment. However, I recently learned something in one such book that I would like to pass along. In this book, one friend told another friend that she was a "diamond of the first water". Although the context told me that was a nice thing to say, I had no clue what it meant. That led me to finding out that a "diamond of the first water" is an old term used to describe the very best, the most perfect of diamonds. So, if you are ever looking for a unique way to pay a compliment to someone special in your life; tell them that they are a "diamond of the first water".
  2. This is the time of year when there are festivals and fairs in almost every town and city. For Fort Wayne, the big event is the "Three River's Festival" which will be observing it's 49th year. It runs from July 7th-15th and pretty much has something for everyone. This year, the Cooking Channel will be coming to tape segments from "Junk Food Alley". There, one can find the more normal fare such as elephant ears, pulled pork, funnel cakes, and lemon shake-ups. For someone who wants a HUGE sugar over-load, there is the "Everything Elephant Ear" . . . an big elephant ear topped with a funnel cake, deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried Hostess cupcakes, and deep-fried marshmallows. It is then dusted with sugar, cinnamon, and other toppings such as caramel or chocolate. There is the more bizarre such as "chocolate covered bacon on a stick" or "chicken feet". I can't imagine paying for those chicken feet. Instead, I am wondering how much someone would have to pay me to eat them.
  3. I think it's because the US Army built a fort which was under the direction of Anthony Wayne. However, I have no clue how John Wayne got his name.
  4. My self-imposed restriction on my time spent online has made it difficult for me to keep up with this great thread. So, my apologies if I ever share anything that has already been posted. My contribution today will be to add that John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) is buried in Fort Wayne. This year will be the 43rd anniversary of the Johnny Appleseed Festival which is lot of fun because it takes one back to those days with recreations of what life like when John was alive.
  5. I wish I could attest to the validity of all those claims, but the only one that I know for sure to be true is the calculator because the father of one of my sister-in-laws was the VP at Bowmar.
  6. I'm frequently in Decatur, but have never been to the Back 40. One of my favorites in Decatur is the breaded tenderloins at the West End . . . although I doubt that my arteries approve.
  7. Vera Bradley . . . although I will never understand the popularity of their items. The patterns often clash with what I am wearing. The items don't wear well. And, if you accidentally knock your Vera Bradley purse into a motion-detecting sink; those things soak up water like a sponge.
  8. I don't mind your asking in the least, but I'm sorry to say that I never even thought to ask him his name. All I know is that he made a lasting impression on me and especially on my mother because she would have picked him out to be the last person to offer assistance rather than the only person to do so.
  9. IMHO, we would be better off if cell phones only did what phones were originally invented to do . . . place and receive calls . . . because I see too many addicted to their phones. Last week, a guy plowed his shopping cart into mine. He was so busy texting that he didn't even see me. When I visit my mother at her residence, I often see other visitors who spend more time on their phone than they do conversing with the person they came to visit. It's for reasons such as those that I still have an old flip phone. I already have problems staying away from my laptop and fear that I would become one of those whom I find annoying. I don't have a teenage driver in my life, but I would think that cell phones may present both a worry and a blessing to parents. A worry in that I would be concerned that a cell phone would lead to distracting a young driver. And, a blessing in that the phone would enable them to get in touch with someone should an emergency arise. That's especially important because the days of my mother asking if I had a dime for a pay phone are long gone. Now, it's like playing "Where's Waldo" to find one. Which reminds me of Mo Rocca and his "Last Call for Phone Booth".
  10. While I rather doubt that either of you are loosing any sleep over grey dryer lint, I'm here to give my explanation as to why I believe this happens. If you dry a load of all white materials, the dryer lint will be white. Although I have never dried a load consisting of materials that were all another color, I assume that the same would be true in that a load of all red material would bring red dryer lint, etc., etc. Since we usually dry materials of different colors together, the fibers that accumulate (aka lint) mix together to give us grey. It's similar to my grandson and play dough. He can never seem to keep the colors separated. So, after a few days those five containers of different colors all become five containers of an ugly, muddy grey play dough.
  11. I'm that person who rarely gets anything close to road rage, but have a problem with cart rage. Seeing your posts reminded me of an episode of "What Would You Do?" that left me wondering . . . what would I do? If you don't want to take the time to watch, the scenario is that of a customer with one item who asks if he can go ahead of you in line. That guy then becomes the 5 millionth customer and wins a trip to Hawaii. I would like to think that I would have been as gracious as those in the video, but I'm doubtful.
  12. Thank you for the warm welcome! I'll try to help when I can, but I don't have a lot of time to spend online and can't say that I know a lot about the history of FW. I'm one of those who loves to read history, but has a hard time retaining it. I did see a post about Wonder bread and do have something FW related to add. The short video that I am adding is of the Sunbeam bread sign in FW. It has been there since 1957. Little Miss Sunbeam used to sit on top, but she was removed after being damaged by the wind.
  13. @Lucky Colts Fan I'm so sorry to read about your grandmother. My mother-in-law had Alzheimers and I know how difficult that can be for everyone. For me, it was if the woman I knew and loved had already passed; but her body was still with us. We felt bad if we didn't visit and bad if we did because she never knew who we were. I can't imagine how your grandfather is still able to care for her, but I hope that he will be willing to realize and accept if/when the day comes that he is no longer able to safely do so.
  14. I had my ears pierced when I was 16. The holes have since grown shut and a few friends have urged me to get them pierced again. My response has been, "No, thank you. At my age, my body can find pain on it's own. I don't need to go sticking any unnecessary needles into it." While tattoos and piercings aren't for me, I do want to add something to this thread by telling a part of my "Trip to Hell" story. This trip took place about 8 years ago when I accompanied my mother on a flight to NC to visit my brother. One of the many things that happened to us was that we were told at the Detroit airport that we had to be the last to board. I'm someone who flies about once every ten years. So, maybe things have changed regarding the boarding of passengers. But, I always thought that disabled passengers were among the first to board . . . not the last. The other passengers filed past us without taking any note of the elderly woman who was standing there waiting and waiting. Then along came a young man who had multiple piercings. His arms and legs were covered in tattoos. And, he had a long braid of hair. He was the one who stopped. He was the one who tried to help us by voicing his displeasure to the airline staff. My mother grew up in a time where judging someone based on their outer appearance was more of the norm. So, she learned a lesson that day. A lesson that I have been trying to teach her for years. The lesson of not judging a book by it's cover because underneath all those piercings and tattoos was a man who had more compassion than all the smartly dressed passengers that looked the other way when they saw us.
  15. My favorite is Aladdin because it gave me so many laughs. Not to mention, that I thought Robin Williams was terrific as the Genie. "Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the neck".

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