Our Daily Thread 2-8-19

Good Morning!

It’s Friday!

And it may or may not still be Jo’s birthday.

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Today’s pics are from Cheryl.

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Anyone have a QoD?

52 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-8-19

  1. I still have two hours left of my birthday here! Had a nice dinner at the guest house with four couples that I invited. The food was good and they made a cake and I brought one too, so we had plenty.

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  2. The last recess of the day I opened my ipad to check email and noticed two videos sent from my daughter. She had also tried to facetime. Since I had ten minutes, I called her and talked to Archie and Lucy. What fun. Then the bell rang so I took the ipad with me to the door and let Archie watch the kids come up the stairs and they all waved and told Archie Hi. very special.

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  3. Thanx Peter . Later. Too much going at the moment.
    On Fridays i take Elvera to the Adult Center. It’s costly, but she needs to be with other people some..
    If Jo’s BD is 8 February, it is just starting. She wasn’t born in Papua, she was born in some time zone in the USA. And that time likely hasn’t happened yet.
    When she celebrates it is her choice.
    Mary used to celebrate the entire month of May. That’s when the world got her.

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  4. Good morning! Happy Waning Birthday, Jo!

    We broke the record yesterday by going up to eighty degrees. Today we go down by thirty degrees to fifty. Wardrobes are getting a workout.

    I have lost status with Miss Bosley. Art has been feeding her. She is showing appreciation to him and neglecting me.

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  5. Now you know where Miss Bosley’s allegiance lies.
    It’s the next meal.
    It is 69 degrees here. We have had Native American Summer for a couple of days.
    But it’s supposed to get back to normal later.

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  6. Good Morning. Tonight is the Awards Dinner for work. It will be at the Pensacola Yacht Club. BG is going with me. Nephew did her hair Tuesday night. She is almost a Platinum Blonde. He cut a good 7 or so inches off so now it is right at her shoulder blades. Niece brought her a very simple but very pretty cocktail dress to wear. I bought her some sparkly earrings yesterday to dress it up a little more. A little (or a lot) of bling never hurts. The good news is that she will probably sleep until 10 this morning so she can drive us home at 10 tonight!!!!! I can catnap on the way home.

    Mr P has been sick. He has been hacking up a lung for a week now. He has seen the doctor and is on antibiotics, a steroid, and an inhaler. Last night he said something about needing an expectorant. BINGO! I asked him if Mucinex would work. Why, yes it would. Now Amos and the Dog Daddy are sharing medicine. (It’s what Amos takes to keep his esophagus from collapsing).

    I had told you a while back that I had lost some weight. This week I hit my goal. I now weigh what I weighed in my 20’s when I thought I was fat. Now I think I look quite slim. Oh what a difference the years make. LOL.

    Today is the one year mark of my friend Leslie dying. Her husband has posted something on FB about it with the caption that he will always love her. I am having a hard time replying to him or consoling him on his loss. He sure did replace her rather quickly and with someone who has alienated him from most of his (his and his wife’s) friends. Her mother is in South Carolina with the Navy Wives remembering her. I was a little jealous I wasn’t included, but then I was never a Navy Wife, so it is OK.

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  7. The photo: I took my ramble that includes the pond and part of a walking trail, and I had four sightings of red-shouldered hawk. How many specific birds I saw (one to four) I don’t know. I suspect that I saw both of the breeding pair, but it’s not impossible I saw one bird four times or more than two birds. One of the sightings I saw it fly a couple of times and thus saw in it at least three different trees. (It might have been more than three, I don’t remember.) Twice I saw it go down to the ground (attempts at prey) and I didn’t see whether it caught the first attempt (I lost sight of where the bird went–that was the end of my second sighting), but it didn’t seem to catch anything the second time.

    Here it flew in to a tree with a clear, open view from me. I read that red-shouldered hawks are a shy species that like to live in areas with trees and near water–but that they sometimes hang out near people and then they ignore them. This bird seems to have gotten used to people over the winter, since earlier in winter it flew when it was much less visible than in this sighting. One hates to flush a raptor in winter, since flying means using energy, and if it hasn’t been eating well it might not be able to spare the energy–and it also might be on that perch because it’s a good hunting spot, and you hate to make it leave. This is a small raptor, though, so it isn’t like flushing a bald eagle. Still, I prefer to have the hawk be comfortable staying where it is, and not flying because of me. And this one stayed. I moved forward a few yards (giving it a better background) and still it stayed. So I got several good shots over several minutes. It was close enough to me to get a fair amount of detail with the zoom–including the fluffed-out feathers where the second talon is pulled into its breast for warmth.

    It’s a beautiful bird, and four sightings in one day seemed a special treat.

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  8. The owl reminds me of a story.

    When my daughter was in third grade, she fell in love with the Greek gods so for a school project, she dressed as her favorite, Athena.

    To complete the costume, she needed a wise owl to hold on her arm. We went to the animal feed supply store and bought a plastic blow up owl–which worked perfectly.

    Fast forward a few years and we found the blow up owl in her closet. She obviously didn’t need it anymore, so I thought I’d take it outside and attach it to the garden fence.

    A few hours later, our wonderful Gordon setter Suzi trotted around the corner of the house and spied the owl.

    The beautiful dog’s paw went up with her tail straight back, nose and eyes staring at the bird with great intensity. She began to quiver.

    Honestly, we felt bad, but we laughed and laughed and laughed.

    The owl didn’t so much as blink, and I felt mean showing her it was fake and so we were not going to shoot it.

    I’m not sure she ever trusted us on a hunt again.

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  9. I had a long night’s sleep, 9 hours. I was so tired last night as the night before was restless, the military is doing drills in both ports right now so there were some explosions through the night Wednesday. One of them unnerved the dogs and Tess actually crowded into the tiny bathroom with me, she wasn’t leaving my side.

    Last night was quiet and I had a vivid dream that I was moving into a quaint little 1920s apartment. I had some misgivings, and Real Estate Guy and Sewer Line/Outdoor Lights/Slow Painter Guy were helping get the place ready (I was upset when Slow Painter replaced some window glass, swapping out that cute wavy glass for new glass). They were telling me it would be a big change for me, going back to apartment living. But I said I’d always lived in apartments before “the house” so would adjust. I woke up glad I was still in the house. Just the mere notion of moving would probably do me in these days.

    It’s very cold in the house this morning, the heater is on so it won’t be long before it’ll feel better. But in the meantime it’s in the low 50s inside and I’m shivering, even with a sweatshirt on.

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  10. Do you know why people are rude and want to kill people? It is because of voice mail trees. I am tired of talking to automated voices who keep asking me stupid questions, none of which cover the reason I am calling and saying “Customer Service” repeatedly just causes them to ask more questions so they can better serve me.

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  11. Then they transferred me to a call center with someone who doesn’t speak English very well and isn’t allowed to think outside of the box and has to speak to the customer (the seller I represent). I am trying to handle all of this in the background so I don’t have to call the seller yet and tell him we aren’t closing Monday.

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  12. saying “Customer Service” repeatedly just causes them to ask more questions so they can better serve me.

    And then the CSR asks some of the same questions, such as your account number or name, because the voice mail is in the US and the CSR is in India and doesn’t get all the info you gave to the voicemail. I usually just keep pressing 0 until it either kicks me out or rings a CSR.

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  13. Kim, if they put a person in there, you would have to pay him/her.
    If you put someone there who knew what it was about, you would have to pay more.
    “Customer Service” is a universal lie.
    I have noticed that too.
    I have forgotten the situation, but In Hendersonville, I was trying to deal with a problem and dealt with a real person
    A guy (probably) from Bangladesh who didn’t speak English.

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  14. Bonne Anniversaire, Jo.

    Fighting a cold. I don’t have time to get sick right now. Too much to do and another set of clinical shifts to get through. I have one more week to go before the mid-semester break – I can get sick then.

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  15. DJ, on the typhus story you are covering, now there is a highly unwelcome blast from the past.
    Typhus was the principle pestilence that caused the deaths of hundred of thousands during WWII. It is passed from person to person by body lice, and the spraying of DDT began in WWII to control lice. There is a growing trend, from parents whose children have had to be kept home from due to head lice, to claim that head lice are natural and harmless. I even heard someone interviewed on the radio on the subject say that lice in their wild state did not carry any diseases.
    He was being mendacious, since human lice do not exist in a wild state, as they are human parasites, and they are indeed carriers of the rickettsia bacteria that causes typhus; but it is typical of the tortured reasoning currently used by ultra-naturalists (to coin a term) to portray the human plagues of the past as being ‘natural’ and thus ultimately benign.

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  16. On comment threads: I do not like to see comments from Christians invoking God on a news thread on a culture war topic. We are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves, and part of that wisdom is knowing when airing our convictions will be casting our pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6, 10:16). Christ did not always speak out, sometimes he remained silent,even at times when we, accustomed to the modern evangelical mindset of needing to seize every opportunity to speak, would have thought it was the perfect ‘witnessing’ opportunity – for example, Christ had nothing to say to Herod, although Herod seemed apparently willing to listen (Luke 23:8-9). Jesus knew Herod had listened willingly to John the Baptist, but John the Baptist’s words had no effect whatsoever upon Herod’s life (Mark 6:20).

    Also, invoking Christianity in political/cultural debates to score points is misusing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To go back to the example of John the Baptist and Herod, John was right in applying the law of Moses in telling Herod to his face that he was sinning by taking his brother’s wife, but if John had used the law of Moses to argue for political freedom for the Jews from Herod and Rome’s rule, he would have been misusing the law of Moses, which was given, as Paul said, for conviction of the sinner (I Timothy 1:9). John addressed Herod as an individual in need of repentance, not as a political leader who could change the historical course that God had willed for the coming of His kingdom. Jesus walked away from all attempts to draw him into political debates and Paul had nothing to say about the emperor Nero’s excesses. The purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ and the building of his Church was not to change this world, for this world is doomed; but to bring people from every tongue, tribe, and nation into the kingdom of God, which, as the vision of Nebuchadnezzar foresaw, will consume all other kingdoms (Daniel 2:44, Revelation 11:15). Any cultural benefit of Christians in a nation merely comes from the fact that Christians are salt and light – when Christians cease to be salt and light, the benefit ceases (Matthew 5:13-16). Since Christians are only salt and light as long as they walk in the Spirit of God and abide in Jesus Christ (John 15:4, Galatians 5:13-16), the cultural benefits of Christianity cannot be invoked by political means.

    When a politician invokes Christianity to score political points, that is not a good thing, neither for the politician nor for the politician’s followers. Taking God’s name in vain goes far beyond the swearing of oaths that use God’s name. Any time God is invoked by those who are insincere in their own attitude towards God, God’s name is taken in vain (Deuteronomy 5:11, Proverbs 20:9). In Acts, at the beginning of the Church, there are several times when God’s name is taken in vain, by people who wanted to use Christianity for their own personal gain: by Ananias and Sapphira, who wanted to have their money and be seen to give it away; by Simon the Magician, who wanted to become a more powerful magician by using the power of God rather than demons in his magic; and by the sons of Sceva, who thought their exorcisms would be more efficient if they used the name of Jesus. Ananias and Sapphira ended up dead, Simon the Magician was warned by Peter that he was headed for hell, and the sons of Sceva were severely wounded by the demoniac they experimented upon (Acts 5:1-13, 8:9-24, 19:13-16). Each incident served as a serious warning to outsiders to not meddle with the Church’s unique power, a power that is not rooted in the humans that made up the Church body, but in the Spirit of God through the person of Jesus Christ. It would be far better for the Church today if outsiders had the same kind of fear of using Christianity carelessly.

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  17. There are wise and effective ways to discuss issues on social media. Unfortunately, some (most?) of the threads seem to attract Christians who are neither and they become all too easy to ridicule. It becomes an immature food fight that just makes you shake your head. 😦

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  18. Jo’s mention of taking a cake to her own birthday dinner reminds me that Nightingale makes her own birthday cakes. 🙂 She enjoys doing it, and her cakes are better than any I could make or buy. 🙂

    As for the matter of Christian’s commenting on social media, there are truths in our faith that are not helpful to broadcast among those who don’t understand. My analogy for that is that there are sometimes certain matters that are talked about among family members, but never to those outside the family, who wouldn’t understand the family dynamics.

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  19. Kizzie, yes — throwing around the charge of “abomination” on a thread that simply announces a gay pride festival is being planned isn’t helpful. 🙂

    Then you get the other side claiming the Bible endorses slavery and says eating shellfish is a sin and …. Well, you get the picture. Both sides just repeating half-truths way out of context for inflammatory purposes only.

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  20. Our pastor says online discussions should always aim to be irenic (esp if among Christians of differing opinions). For discussions with non-believers, they should be calm, wise and not be aimed at “winning” an argument, rudely if one must, but in appealing to those who are reading with respect, clarity and gentleness.

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  21. “Christian’s” should have been “Christians”. I can’t believe I did the unnecessary apostrophe thing. How embarrassing. 😦

    Is it just my imagination, or is February a prime month for stomach viruses? It seems that it is always (or usually) February when the dreaded stomach bug hits the schools (and then me).

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  22. I was speaking of those who plow in on these discussions with little regard for their listeners or for actually reaching anyone. Not endorsing that, just saying that’s what I see all to often that makes me cringe.

    Our pastor has started doing short (2-3 minute) videos that he posts exploring the so-called contradictions of the Bible, kind of an interesting approach.

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  23. “(and should) not be aimed at “winning” an argument, rudely if one must,”

    It was part of a longer sentence and probably not very clearly written.

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  24. Seems like when I’ve come down with the flu in the past it hits mostly in January-February. I think these months are the peak ones for those illnesses.

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  25. The Boy is still with his dad. X texted that he threw up again, and was sleeping. I kinda wish he had brought him home so I could take care of him.

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  26. In this post, Dr. Mohler talks about the United Church of Canada (UCC), and its serious theological drift: https://albertmohler.com/2019/02/08/keep-die-church-wont-hold-heresy-trial-isnt-really-church/.
    The story he talks about is very old news to those who live in Canada. I heard about the minister in question years ago, and Christians in Canada were unsurprised at the UCC’s response, because, well, we know the UCC. Years before that story about the minister, my father had already called the UCC a social club. But in the article, Dr. Mohler attributes the disintegration of the UCC to its interest in social justice pursuits. In doing so, he is missing much of the story and also missing the point.

    The UCC was created in 1925, a merger between the Methodist Church of Canada, two-thirds of the Presbyterian Church of Canada, The Congregational Union (Reformed) and the Association of Local Union Churches, to which was later added, in 1968, the Evangelical United Brethren Church, making the UCC the largest Protestant denomination and the second largest denomination in Canada after the Catholic Church – a ‘success’ story of the ecumenical movement of the 20th century. As a merger of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational churches, the UCC also assumed the projects of these churches, including a number of residential schools – whose horrible history of abuse of First Nations and Inuit children I have related here before. The UCC has officially apologized for its part in the residential schools, but then, considering its apology for sending evangelistic missions to foreign lands, its apologies are not really significant and the First Nations and Inuit are a bit cynical about glib apologies that do not really change anything for the better.

    I have previously observed that the churches whose denominations were involved in the residential schools in Canada are the ones whose congregations are dwindling, and how it seems just. It is not only the fact that these churches failed to discipline the members who committed the abuse, it is not only the fact that the Gospel was twisted into a convert or be beaten dilemma for the children who were forced to attend the schools – both of which are facts that are horrifying in themselves. It is also the fact that in running these schools for the government, the churches were assisting the Government of Canada in violating the oaths the Crown had made in treaties and agreements to the First Nations. The stated purpose of these schools was to erase the culture of the First Nations people, forcibly assimilating them into Canada, and in so doing, releasing the Canadian government from its sworn obligations towards the First Nations. In other words, like King Saul tried to break the oath of Joshua to the Gibeonites (II Samuel 21), the government and churches of Canada conspired to break the oath of the British Crown to the First Nations of Canada. Israel was punished for Saul’s perfidy, and so, the churches who participated are also being punished for their willing acquiescence in the Canadian government’s perfidy, a perfidy disguised under the terms of ‘civilizing’ and ‘converting’. It is a shame, in his quickness to use the UCC as a morality tale of what happens when a church pursues social justice, Dr. Mohler misses the wider picture, of what happens when a church lends itself to the schemes of an unjust government under the guise of promoting Christianity.

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  27. From ATT home page:

    CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” snuck another anti-Trump message into the popular show’s credits on Thursday night, taking aim at press secretary Sarah Sanders’ appearance and Christian faith.

    “God told me he hasn’t spoken to Sarah Sanders since she was fourteen years old and praying for her skin to clear up. I have no reason to doubt Him,” an on-screen message during the show’s closing credits said.

    ‘BIG BANG THEORY’ STAR KALEY CUOCO SHARES STEAMY LINGERIE PHOTO

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  28. I’m not a watcher of “The big Bang Theory” though have seen a few episodes just this year. Its newer companion show, “Sheldon,” also takes hits at Christianity although it’s tempered with some portrayals of Christian characters (Sheldon’s mother) as sincere (if naive not always on the ball).

    I’ve often thought that television’s “comedies” represent a stronger alternative culture (often harshly critical of the faith and stretching the limits sexually) than straight-forward dramas (which is partly why I prefer the latter).

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  29. I have never watched Big Bang Theory.i usually watch what Art watches except once in awhile I will turn on the news I did request to watch the State of the Union. Lately we have watched a lot of the Home Improvement sitcoms. i enjoy those. We still watch some NCIS and joke about how fake the New Orleans accents sound.

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  30. Can’t go too wrong with NCIS (though the NO version seems to be stuck on the same general plot line year after year lately?) The original is still the gold standard, but I am thinking it’ll pass away in another season or two. It’s been on a very long time. …

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  31. oh, the joy of a quiet Saturday, and, it is not raining. I slept in until 9, wow I must have needed the rest.
    middle school retreat is this weekend at our school and they are using my classroom, so I can’t go work at school! so glad that they are getting some sunshine.

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  32. The “Big Bang” at the end of the post was a different story. I didn’t notice until I posted it.
    I don’t know what “Big Bang” is. I presume it is a TV program from your posts.

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  33. Yes, briefly: Mensa-fied best friends and roommates Leonard and Sheldon, physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, may be able to tell everybody more than they want to know about quantum physics, but getting through most basic social situations, especially ones involving women, totally baffles them

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  34. I think it is actually CSI (Crime Scene Investigator) which I mix up with NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service). We watch both at times but more CSI-Las Vegas, Miami, & New Orleans. Tonight it is Miami but now he has switched it to Blue Bloods. I am cooking a slightly sweet treat. I found a recipe for Low Fat Apple Cinnamon Muffins which I changed into bars. We had extra Raisin Bran cereal left from our trip in December. They are pretty good and easy to make. All that to say I am in and out on the television watching because of cooking.

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  35. The new header photo was from a recent day above 60 degrees (a brief blip, I assure you–we were back down into the teens today) when the birds seemed to think it was time to prepare for spring. A hairy woodpecker was in one tree, and just a few yards away was a group of several thin trees growing close together, and in that group of trees were three downy woodpeckers flying around and calling. Two of them are in this photo; eventually (after several minutes) two of them left this tree and one stayed.

    Now, normally when I see a group of three creatures in what looks like territory establishment or defense or showing off for potential mates, I assume it is probably two males and one female. If it is just two creatures, it might be two females arguing, two males arguing, or a male attempting to persuade a female he’s worth her while. But three animals seems most likely to be two males arguing over a female.

    I don’t know exactly what was going on in this instance, though, because certainly there was at least one male and at least one female. I can’t see the back of the head in every instance, but the photos suggest two females and one male are involved. I basically just focused up where the birds were and hit the shutter every time they moved around, and figured I’d get something by doing so, and delete whatever wasn’t good. I didn’t as much “watch” the action, in other words, as I saw a lot of commotion and tried to interpret it later based on the photos I got. A video might have been more helpful, because . . .

    the bird at the top left is definitely a male, but the bird below is almost certainly a female. (I don’t see any red on the head, and a male that is being aggressive to another male would tend to raise his red feathers, not hide them–and I don’t know that downy woodpeckers can hide the red feathers anyway, though some species do hide their bright feathers when they aren’t being aggressive.) The bird below is calling and displaying–I got two shots of pretty much the same pose from her–and after doing so, it appears she flew by the other bird, moving left by him and then right by him again. Was it a courtship move with the female being the aggressor? Was it a female telling a male to get lost? I don’t know. But I always find it fascinating to see animal behavior that doesn’t fit known patterns. My photos of woodpeckers that day ended up with several of one of them displaying (spreading wings and/or tail), and in every shot it is either definitely a female or probably a female.

    The woodpeckers were so focused on one another that I moved closer to their trees and ended up below them, at the base of their trees. It’s much easier to approach a creature that is singing or arguing with another of its kind–though a dangerous maneuver if the animal itself is dangerous (e.g., elk or bear). With the smallest woodpecker in the US, it’s a safe enough maneuver. There are too many twigs on these trees to get really “open” photos, but getting closer allowed better shots than I would have otherwise had.

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  36. I’d never seen Big Bang Theory until just a couple months ago ~ never appealed to me from the sounds of it and it still doesn’t now that I’ve seen it. It’s been on since 2007, longer than I thought.

    Didn’t watch the CSI shows for some reason.

    Blue Bloods is good.

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