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Do You Have Any Phobias?
« on: April 14, 2007, 05:45:48 pm »
This is a picture of Ronald McDonald through the years. The black and white picture at the bottom is Ronald McDonald from back in 1963.

Now I think I understand where my fear of clowns came from.  >:(






I also have a fear of being alone, although I wouldn't consider it chronic or serious. I just don't like it. I'm not too crazy about storms either; especially thunderstorms.  :P
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Re: Do You Have Any Phobias?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2007, 06:38:05 pm »
Heights don't really bother me but edges freak me out.  I can be near balcony edges, railings, airplane window seats...I go really wild.

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Re: Do You Have Any Phobias?
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007, 01:04:26 am »
I'm afraid of heights (acrophobia) if I am not in an enclosed space.  We went to Grand Canyon as a side trip on one of Bob's research summers and I freaked out big time.  I should have guessed, when I was a kid my poor father had to drive the mountain roads on the wrong side of the road so I wouldn't freak out on him...If he had to move back into his lane due to oncoming traffic I would lay on the seat and pray VERY LOUDLY.   I guess you could probably extrapolate it further and say I have a fear of falling

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007, 01:08:45 am »
I'm afraid of heights (acrophobia) if I am not in an enclosed space.  We went to Grand Canyon as a side trip on one of Bob's research summers and I freaked out big time.  I should have guessed, when I was a kid my poor father had to drive the mountain roads on the wrong side of the road so I wouldn't freak out on him...If he had to move back into his lane due to oncoming traffic I would lay on the seat and pray VERY LOUDLY.   I guess you could probably extrapolate it further and say I have a fear of falling

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Since you are afraid of heights, are you afraid to fly too Dottie?

My mother had a terrible fear of heights. But she was okay just as long as there was something between her and the drop, such as a wall or railing. So she was comfortable flying because she had a wall between her and the outside. But she hated climbing up step ladders or stairs without railings. In other words, she was more comfortable flying in a plane at 40.000 feet than she was climbing 2 feet up on a step ladder.  ???
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Re: Do You Have Any Phobias?
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007, 01:30:31 am »
Since you are afraid of heights, are you afraid to fly too Dottie?

My mother had a terrible fear of heights. But she was okay just as long as there was something between her and the drop, such as a wall or railing. So she was comfortable flying because she had a wall between her and the outside. But she hated climbing up step ladders or stairs without railings. In other words, she was more comfortable flying in a plane at 40.000 feet than she was climbing 2 feet up on a step ladder.  ???

I'm just like your Mom, I'm OK in tall buildings as long they aren't all glass and I have no problem flying but I insist on the aisle seat :-\ but climb a ladder more than 1 or 2 steps, forget it, I never climbed fences when I was a kid, I always used the gate.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007, 01:39:35 am »
I voted other...

my weirdest phobia is of paper cutters...you know the kind they had in school with that big ol guillotine arm?? I was/am SURE that one day...someday, somehow I am gonna lose a finger to one of them!!

but the MAJOR phobia i have is of waterbugs!!! just writing the word gives me the willys!! There used to be one that lived in my front yard and if I came in after dark he would stand at the top of the steps and not let me up! I had to go around to the back to get in! This went on for like FOUR years!! I would run around to the back and get a can of Raid and run out there and it would be too late! he kept outsmarting me! He knew I was going for the Raid so he would wait til I broke and ran for the back door and then he would run and hide HIMSELF!

One morning I got up and the house was shaking....there was one of them in the bathtub bigger than a BUS!! Thank GOD for DON!! (wasn't the one from the porch....musta been one of the gang)

and did you know they FLY!!?? FLY!

and they don't live IN the house so you can't exterminate your house and keep them out...they live in pine trees and Don won't let me hire someone to come in and chop down all the pine trees on our farm!

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007, 01:40:22 am »
Rats! 
Unfortunately, there are lots of rats in Chicago.
And they are BIG!
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007, 01:55:50 am »
Jess and Fran, your posts made me think of something else. When I lived in Fort Lauderdale Florida, we had little lizards that lived in the bushes. They were really cute, but they would get inside my house sometimes. I guess you could compare them to a mouse. They were cute, but very fast and they would dart across the floor when I wasn't looking.

EWWWWW I hated those things.   >:(

We have lizards here too, but most of the time they don't try to get into the house. We call them "fence runners" because they often sit on fences and railings to sun themselves.



Disgusting little critters.  :P


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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007, 02:07:04 am »




Disgusting little critters.  :P

David, I'd take lizards over rats any day.

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007, 02:08:15 am »
I ticked fear of flying but not fear of heights, but it's not quite true. Well, I do fly of course but I don't like it. I'm ok when the plane is in the air, but I don't like the taking off and the landing. Also I hate hate it when during the flight the plane starts to shake..

I don't mind heights when they are natural heights. You know, mountains, cliffs, trees. But I go all shaky when I have to climb on ladders or stairs without railing. I'm not panicking, but I like it when it's over!

Fear of animals - well, sharks! Good thing is, you don't meet or see them very ofen... I'm not sure why really. Is it the 'Jaws' films? Though I don't mind watching them.. (not that I do every day..). I remember being in Portugal at the seaside once. I got into the water very hesitantly - from a dock of rocks and the minute I was in the water I saw a finn coming out of the water about 450 yards away. I was out of the water in NO TIME! Then I saw that it was a dolphin! Poor thing! I think it must have got lost, because usually they swim in groups, don't they?

Also, I hate speaking in public!! I'm terryfied, petrified, shaking. Hate it! I used to sing in a choir and when we performed (standing in the front row or not!), I was always kind of paralyzed..

I don't mind spiders, as long as I see them before they see me.. When they are inside my home, I take them and put them outside.


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Re: Do You Have Any Phobias?
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2007, 02:47:05 am »
I ticked fear of flying but not fear of heights, but it's not quite true. Well, I do fly of course but I don't like it. I'm ok when the plane is in the air, but I don't like the taking off and the landing. Also I hate hate it when during the flight the plane starts to shake..

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I don't like flying either, i'm afraid of heights, and i don't like things that go very fast. But like you Jude, it doesn't stop me from doing things. I fly if I have to but get very nervous about it. Strange thing is that it's getting worse as i grow older. I didn't mind flying years ago. Thinking about how long i'm going to be on a plane when we go to Canada is giving me the jitters already.

My fears haven't stopped me from learning new things like skiing or horseback riding. I cantered for the first time last week and it was fun! I felt exhilarated, just like when i'm skiing down the mountain. I'm careful an get worried too much, but i can still enjoy it immensely.

Maybe tackling your fears headson is the way to do it? 

I'll never stop being scared of spiders though... :-\
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2007, 08:02:42 am »
I'm afraid of heights (acrophobia) if I am not in an enclosed space.  We went to Grand Canyon as a side trip on one of Bob's research summers and I freaked out big time.  I should have guessed, when I was a kid my poor father had to drive the mountain roads on the wrong side of the road so I wouldn't freak out on him...If he had to move back into his lane due to oncoming traffic I would lay on the seat and pray VERY LOUDLY.   I guess you could probably extrapolate it further and say I have a fear of falling

 :-\

I have no issue with flying and actually enjoy it, but one time, Rick and I took a road trip vacation to Cape Bretton and the Cabot Trail...I was driving, and no one told me to take the trail west to east to stay on the inside lane, so we went east to west on winding cliffside road that dropped off miles down to the sea...I didn't go over 20 mph all the way...I abolutely freaked

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Re: Do You Have Any Phobias?
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2007, 08:14:20 am »
SPIDERS!       YECK!



PS:   That black and white picture of Ronald McDonald is actually TV weather man Willard Scott.   That was his first job!

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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2007, 02:27:14 pm »
This is a picture of Ronald McDonald through the years. The black and white picture at the bottom is Ronald McDonald from back in 1963.

Now I think I understand where my fear of clowns came from.  >:(






I also have a fear of being alone, although I wouldn't consider it chronic or serious. I just don't like it. I'm not too crazy about storms either; especially thunderstorms.  :P


I've always thought clowns are scary. I have a younger sister. She is 20 years my junior. When she turned one year old, my dad hired a clown for her birthday. She did nothing but scream and cry everytime the clown he got close to her. She wasn't the only baby afraid of the clown. My dad had to tell him to change clothes and do his act looking like a normal person. He was saying it wasn't the first time kids got scared at him.
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2007, 09:23:28 pm »
I HATE freakin spiders! :P
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« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2007, 12:38:17 am »
I choose four.  Heights, crowds, animals (spiders), and shot/injections.

Heights making me extremely dizzy and sick to my stomach, crowds do the same and I'm definitely scared of being seperated from my party in a crowd.  I'm terrified of spiders and have designated spider killers for each portion of my day:  my husband at home, a co-worker at work and my friends just know I can't handle it.  And I'm not as afraid of shots/injections as I am of needles in general.  Can't stand them - I get very anxious.
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« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2007, 12:50:07 am »
I choose four.  Heights, crowds, animals (spiders), and shot/injections.


6 people chose "heights', and I've noticed a couple of people mention spiders, so you're in good company Amber.

The fear of needles I can certainly understand. I had a terrible fear of needles as a child, but I overcame it when I started sticking my finger every day to check my blood sugar. I am hypoglycemic (as opposed to hyperglycemic, or diabetic). My blood sugar has a tendency to drop for little or no reason.

The crowd part I can understand too. If something terrible happened and I was in a crowd, I would have little control over my decisions. There would be a stampede and I would basically be at the mercy of those around me.

Thanks for taking the poll Amber!  :D
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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2007, 04:44:54 am »


   I picked other, simply because I am not only afraid of hights,,,which im not unless its on a edge, like Scott mentioned...Im not afraid of the fall, its the sudden stop im afraid of..
   But seriously I have a Bridge Phobia, that is most pronounced...How easily do you think I get around in a City that has many many of them...I am getting better, but i still have it...
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« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2007, 05:33:13 pm »
I ticked off four: flying, wide open spaces, heights, and public speaking. And that's about the order they come for me,with the first being the worst and the last being the least dreaded. I have flown before, but not in over twenty years, and I simply can't imagine ever doing it again--it would feel like dying.

Wide open spaces has been a phobia of mine since December 1985; I wrote at some length on this in Andrew's 'BaroqueBach and beyond' thread. Suffice it to say that I know I'm gonna have some problems on that drive up to Colorado (I've seen online photos of Baca County :o).

Heights has been right up there with flying for me. I'm astonished by folks who are afraid of heights but are A-okay with flying. I mean, you can't get any higher than on a jet flight, barring leaving the earth's atmosphere. And there's nothing but air between that airplane floor and the thousands of feet to the earth's surface.

I'm also not fond of going at great speeds, but I seldom ever go much faster than 65 to 70 m.p.h. on a highway, so that rarely gets into phobia territory for me (but does play into my dislike of air travel).

I do fear public speaking, but know I can pull it off with adequate preparation. I certainly would avoid doing it if I could (and one of my most painful adolescent memories involves a horribly flubbed class speech), but know I could survive it.

I'm not fond of the idea of encountering germs or bacteria, and have been accused of being obsessive-compulsive in the past in terms of washing my hands, but I don't think my concerns along these lines veer into the phobia end of the spectrum.

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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2007, 10:34:12 am »
I fear the government and politicians because I don't trust them.

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« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2007, 11:36:38 pm »
I don't have a fear of heights.  I have a fear of widths.  ;)

Actually, I think it's falling I fear.  If I'm up really, really high, but I feel secure in the notion that no way I'm going to fall, I'm fine.

I've always lived by the adage that I see no reason to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

I feared public speaking for years to the point of actually changing careers to avoid it.  But ever since I had my son, I've become fearless where that's concerned.  If I really know my subject, I'm fine.  I do still get freaked out, though, if I realize I don't.  I'm not a born salesman.  I never was much good at bull-shitting.

As a born introvert, I must admit that the scariest thing I can imagine is walking into a room full of people I've never met before.  That's even scarier than jumping out of an airplane.

Oh - and I HATE clowns.  Interesting that you bring up the Ronald McDonald thing.  I've always wondered why pretty much everyone of my generation loathes them all.  Now I know.
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« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2007, 03:10:35 am »
I ticked flying and animal (spiders). I'm pretty much OK with just about anything life throws in my direction. Except for flying and spiders. I have a morbid, irrational fear of both. I used to fly as a child and as a young adult, but the older I get, the more I want to stay away from flight and absolutely anything to do with it. I can't be sure, but I suspect it's become worse since 9/11.

I have always detested spiders, to the point where I have become quite paranoid about them; i.e., I'm absolutely convinced they're out to get me! I'm serious! We have some dreadfully disgusting spiders here in Australia, that have the capacity to kill you, if you are not treated with antivenene in time. Once upon a time, in the days before antivenenes were developed, only a couple of decades ago, you would die if bitten by one of these spiders. What an insulting way to lose one's life - to be killed by a hideously ugly big bug! Almost as bad as being killed by a shark. Not exactly a romantic, noble death, to be killed by a fish!

These killer Australian spiders are not restricted to the far outback. I live in a high-rise building, very close to the centre of Australia's biggest city, Sydney. And even here, I occasionally get a spider in my home. I live on a tree-lined street with lots of big, old camphor-laurel trees around, and I guess they live in the trees. I also occasionally get them in my car. I drive a black car and I suspect they think it looks like a tree stump or something, 'cause they crawl inside when I'm not there (god knows how - they're soooo sneaky!), and only come out from under the dashboard when I'm travelling at 60 kph across the Harbour Bridge! I told you, they're out to get me!

I have all sorts of strategies to get rid of them, including a regular spray of special anti-spider surface spray to the exterior and interior of my car. I also carry a fly-swatter in my car!

Spiders? Ugh! Shudder!   
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« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2007, 11:41:20 am »
You bring to mind an important point, Kerry.  It's not flying I fear - it's crashing.  Thus, I *really* dislike take-offs and landings/descents.  But once we're up there at altitude, even if it's a little bit bumpy, I'm in heaven.  That's my Zen state.  I especially love flying on a clear night when you can look down and see the lights of the cars on the highways and such.  Seeing how small everything looks from above works like nothing else to put all my little worries and insecurities into perspective.

Spiders don't bother me much.  But if I see one in my bedroom at night before going to bed, I catch it and release it outside.  Or if that's not feasible, I kill it.  Sorry, but I can't stand the thought of that little bugger biting me in my sleep.  Don't you hate it when you wake up and have one or two or three nasty bug bites on you that you know you didn't have when you went to bed the night before?  I just had that happen last week.  Stripped the bed and set off one of those bug-killer bombs in the bedroom while I was at work, and lo and behold, no more bug bites.  Blech.
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« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2007, 07:46:04 pm »
I ticked flying and animal (spiders). I'm pretty much OK with just about anything life throws in my direction. Except for flying and spiders. I have a morbid, irrational fear of both. I used to fly as a child and as a young adult, but the older I get, the more I want to stay away from flight and absolutely anything to do with it. I can't be sure, but I suspect it's become worse since 9/11.
I can definitely sympathize with your feelings on flying, Kerry (and I, too, did it some in my younger days, and now can't fathom ever doing it again).

I did wonder, though, how isolating that might be for you Down Under, where I have the impression that air travel is such a paramount means of getting around the country, not to mention visiting overseas. Here in the States, which like yours is a vast country, flying-phobes such as myself can conceivably board a train, car, or bus and cross over into Canada or even, theoretically, go as far in the opposite direction as Central America. And though long distances often separate the various American cities and towns, there are always even small hamlets along most of the land routes one can take, to accommodate in terms of lodging, nourishment, and rest. In Australia, I have the impression that the interior of the country is largely empty of human habitation, so that though one can drive as far as the roads will take them, one must be very well prepared in terms of fuel and food lest one not encounter another community for many hundreds of miles.

Just wondering, and I beg the pardon of anyone reading if I unintentionally offended with my ruminations.

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« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2007, 09:25:34 pm »
Spiders don't bother me much.  But if I see one in my bedroom at night before going to bed, I catch it and release it outside.  

I've heard this said before here at BetterMost. There was another thread somewhere where the despicable subject of spiders was raised and someone said that they always caught spiders they found in the house, and released them outdoors. Spiders must be different overseas. Or slower, anyway. Because Australian spiders travel at the speed of light! The huntsman spiders that I occasionally find in my place are not deadly, but they can give you a nasty bite. They're big and hairy and can move so fast, they'd win gold in the Olympics! It's impossible to pick them up. Ugh, I'm shuddering just thinking about it!
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« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2007, 09:45:17 pm »
I can definitely sympathize with your feelings on flying, Kerry (and I, too, did it some in my younger days, and now can't fathom ever doing it again).

I did wonder, though, how isolating that might be for you Down Under, where I have the impression that air travel is such a paramount means of getting around the country, not to mention visiting overseas. Here in the States, which like yours is a vast country, flying-phobes such as myself can conceivably board a train, car, or bus and cross over into Canada or even, theoretically, go as far in the opposite direction as Central America. And though long distances often separate the various American cities and towns, there are always even small hamlets along most of the land routes one can take, to accommodate in terms of lodging, nourishment, and rest. In Australia, I have the impression that the interior of the country is largely empty of human habitation, so that though one can drive as far as the roads will take them, one must be very well prepared in terms of fuel and food lest one not encounter another community for many hundreds of miles.

Just wondering, and I beg the pardon of anyone reading if I unintentionally offended with my ruminations.

I'm really lucky in that I've never enjoyed travel. I'm a real home-body! I love my home and being at home. I dislike living out of a suitcase. I'm also not curious about visiting exotic locations. I love Australia and may see more of it when I retire. You can travel all over Australia, without leaving the ground, even to Tasmania, the state that is separate from the mainland by Bass Strait (via ferry). Contrary to popular overseas belief, Australia is dotted throughout with little towns and hamlets as well as substantial cities, where one can find a clean bed for the night in a local motel, a hot meal and a full tank of petrol to get you on your way. Granted, sometimes these facilities are somewhat few and far between in the major desert areas. What I'm trying to say, I guess, is that I'm not sitting at home, pining away, wishing I could get out of the house and fly somewhere. No, that is definitely not for me. And I don't like anything connected with flight. I hear people talking about the glamour of flight, or about being upgraded and how "fabulous" it was in Business Class, and all I can think is, to be honest with you, what a wank! Flying, no, I'll pass, thanks all the same! (I'm shuddering again!) 
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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2007, 09:27:10 am »
I'm kinda like you, Kerry.  I don't mind traveling and in fact kind of enjoy it, but that's probably because I do it so rarely.  And when I do, it's most often to visit family and/or friends in far-away places in my own country.  I see flying as a necessary evil to get to some of them, like the extreme Northeast and all parts West, but I prefer to drive if it's only a day's worth of it.  The trouble is I don't have enough time to do two- and three-day driving trips to get up North to my family.  But if I did, I wouldn't mind taking my time and seeing some sights on the way.

I have some friends who live to travel, and they've traveled all over the world.  I think "Good for them."  I couldn't care less if I ever see China or Africa or even South America, to which my husband flies regularly for his job.  I'm a huge Anglophile - always have been - so of course I had to see England the first chance I got.  I've been back twice since, I loved it so much.  I'd rather go there yet again than go to see Spain or France or Italy for the first time.  I'm sure they're all lovely, but I just really don't care.  They're for someone else, and power to them, but not for me.  I see all the beauty I need to see right in my own back yard.  Sure, sometimes I tire of the sub-tropics and want to get away up North to see a different season or a different kind of landscape, but I'm never away from home for too long.  I love my house and my neighborhood and I love just knockin' about in my own town.
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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2007, 05:59:30 pm »
I'm kinda like you, Kerry.  I don't mind traveling and in fact kind of enjoy it, but that's probably because I do it so rarely.  And when I do, it's most often to visit family and/or friends in far-away places in my own country.  I see flying as a necessary evil to get to some of them, like the extreme Northeast and all parts West, but I prefer to drive if it's only a day's worth of it.  The trouble is I don't have enough time to do two- and three-day driving trips to get up North to my family.  But if I did, I wouldn't mind taking my time and seeing some sights on the way.

I have some friends who live to travel, and they've traveled all over the world.  I think "Good for them."  I couldn't care less if I ever see China or Africa or even South America, to which my husband flies regularly for his job.  I'm a huge Anglophile - always have been - so of course I had to see England the first chance I got.  I've been back twice since, I loved it so much.  I'd rather go there yet again than go to see Spain or France or Italy for the first time.  I'm sure they're all lovely, but I just really don't care.   They're for someone else, and power to them, but not for me.  I see all the beauty I need to see right in my own back yard.  Sure, sometimes I tire of the sub-tropics and want to get away up North to see a different season or a different kind of landscape, but I'm never away from home for too long.  I love my house and my neighborhood and I love just knockin' about in my own town.

You sound like my soul-mate, Barbara. I agree with everything you said. Only difference between us is that you're a lot braver than me! I have a gentleman friend ;) who lives in a beautiful coastal town, seven hours drive, north of Sydney. If I were to fly, I could be there in under an hour. Instead, I prefer to drive and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. Now, post-BbM, whenever I make that long drive, I fantasize that I'm Jack, on my way to visit Ennis - which is, in fact, exactly what I'm doing! :D  I'm with you about England, too. It's where my family comes from and it would be nice to visit. But it's not a priority in my life. Maybe I'll take a boat there one day!   :laugh:
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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2007, 07:01:31 pm »
I often think of the Phil Collins song "We Said Hello, Good-bye" along these lines, especially the part that goes like this:

Well, it really [doesn't] matter much where you are,
'Cause home is in your heart - it's a feeling that you wake with one day.
Some people keep runnin' all their [lives]
But still find they haven't gone too far -
They don't see: it's a feeling inside - the feeling inside.

And yes, I often think we are soulmates, too, Kerry.  :)
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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2007, 07:21:02 pm »
I like to know it when people like to not travel; brings a sense of 'home' to the mind that seems uncommon these days.

After 14 million miles on American airlines, i could use some home time (my house doesn't even recognize me!)

As for spiders, I like them; they bring good luck according to German fairy tales.

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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2007, 09:13:38 pm »
Well, it really [doesn't] matter much where you are,
'Cause home is in your heart - it's a feeling that you wake with one day.
Some people keep runnin' all their [lives]
But still find they haven't gone too far -
They don't see: it's a feeling inside - the feeling inside.

Lovely words, Barbara. Reminds me of the old Flanagan & Allen song, "Home is where the Heart is."   :D
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« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2007, 09:41:21 pm »
As for spiders, I like them; they bring good luck according to German fairy tales.

Hmmm, maybe German spiders are cute, but Australian spiders are definitely not cute. They are big and hairy and deadly. We have a barking spider and also bird-eating spiders. That's big! If they bite you and you are not treated with antivenene in time, you will literally die! Having said that, however, we have the superstition here in Australia that the presence of a spider in your home is supposed to foretell the coming of wealth. If you kill the home-invading spider, the result is supposed to be that you will not get the money promised by its presence. I suspect this superstition came down to us from our English forebears, where spiders are probably small and cute, just like your spiders in Germany! Personally, I'd prefer to be poor and alive!  :D
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« Reply #32 on: May 18, 2007, 11:03:23 am »
and actually, the use of tinsel and garland on Christmas trees that started a many decades ago in germany is symbolic of spider webs.

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« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2007, 12:13:11 am »
Fear of closed and confined spaces is my main fear from the ones listed in the poll.  I once went on a tour of some caves (with tour guides and a big group of tourists... and my parents) and I almost had a panic attack.  It was awful.
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« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2007, 01:00:25 am »
Fear of closed and confined spaces is my main fear from the ones listed in the poll.  I once went on a tour of some caves (with tour guides and a big group of tourists... and my parents) and I almost had a panic attack.  It was awful.

I know what you mean, Amanda. I always feel like if something happens, I won't be able to get out of there. Almost as if the walls are closing in on me.


Hmmm, maybe German spiders are cute, but Australian spiders are definitely not cute. They are big and hairy and deadly. We have a barking spider and also bird-eating spiders. That's big! If they bite you and you are not treated with antivenene in time, you will literally die! Having said that, however, we have the superstition here in Australia that the presence of a spider in your home is supposed to foretell the coming of wealth. If you kill the home-invading spider, the result is supposed to be that you will not get the money promised by its presence. I suspect this superstition came down to us from our English forebears, where spiders are probably small and cute, just like your spiders in Germany! Personally, I'd prefer to be poor and alive!  :D

YUCK!!  :P

The cicadas are already coming out here. My dog just caught one in his mouth and released it into my house. He's released 5 or 6 of them in here already. They're coming out earlier than normal this year. I guess they're anxious to crawl out of their nests after all the cold weather we had. God, I hate those things.
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« Reply #35 on: May 23, 2007, 01:58:28 am »
The cicadas are already coming out here. My dog just caught one in his mouth and released it into my house. He's released 5 or 6 of them in here already. They're coming out earlier than normal this year. I guess they're anxious to crawl out of their nests after all the cold weather we had. God, I hate those things.

I have a real soft-spot for cicadas, David. We had big old trees in our garden, when I was a child, and they would literally (well, it seemed like it to me at the time) vibrate with cicada song each Summer. I would collect them (alive), along with most other little boys my age. We tried to collect all the different beautiful colours, the most sought after being the Black Prince, with the jewel on his forehead. Last Summer I had a friend visiting one night. We were chatting over a glass of wine. A beautiful lime green cicada flew in the door and landed near a lamp, close to my friend. Now, this guy is straight, 6'2", and thick-set like a Rugby player. Well, I've never seen anyone scream so loud and jump so high in my life! He jumped to the other side of the room. I picked up the cicada and stroked it, and tried to show my friend how cute it was. But he would have none of it. He wouldn't return to his seat until I'd released the cicada back to the Summer night sky, from whence he'd come. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess! (and terror, too!) LOL   ;)   :)
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« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2007, 02:06:55 am »
Kerry, honey, are we talking about the same thing here?

Because THIS is what I'm talkin' about....

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And those red eyes! Ewww!  :P

My dog keeps catching them in his mouth and carrying them into the house. I have 5 or 6 of them in here.  :P

They look like flying monkeys. I feel like I'm living in some warped version of the "Wizard of Oz".

 >:(  >:(
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« Reply #37 on: May 23, 2007, 02:26:49 am »
Kerry, honey, are we talking about the same thing here?

Because THIS is what I'm talkin' about....

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And those red eyes! Ewww!  :P

My dog keeps catching them in his mouth and carrying them into the house. I have 5 or 6 of them in here.  :P

They look like flying monkeys. I feel like I'm living in some warped version of the "Wizard of Oz".

 >:(  >:(

Australian cicadas sorta look like that, David! But I think ours are plumper and shinier than yours (I'm still talking about cicadas, y'all - LOL)  :laugh:

That looks a bit like our Black Prince, but not as shiny.

Do American cicadas have a glistening, jewel-like marking on their foreheads?

They're sooooo cuuuuute LOL!  :D
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« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2007, 08:43:20 am »
Here's an Australian cicada, David, like the one that flew into my living room last Summer:


They come in different colours, primarily green, yellow and black.
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« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2007, 09:15:45 am »
Hey, David, didn't you have an Attack of the 17-Year Cicadas a few years back in Indy?  Or was that more in Cincinnati and Dayton?  My brother lives in Dayton, and he said the sidewacks and roads were covered with them.  You couldn't walk outside without stepping on several, even if you tried not to.  Ewwwww.

Right now in South Florida, the "love bugs" are mating.  So when you drive anywhere on the Turnpike for any length of time, your windshield becomes littered with black and red.  Ugh.  But then again, as my Dad says, "As bad as that is for you, consider how bad their day just got."
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« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2007, 09:28:54 am »

When I was a child, I thought they might be related to fairies, because I thought their wings looked like those of a fairy.  :D
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« Reply #41 on: May 23, 2007, 03:02:35 pm »
Hey, David, didn't you have an Attack of the 17-Year Cicadas a few years back in Indy?  Or was that more in Cincinnati and Dayton?  My brother lives in Dayton, and he said the sidewacks and roads were covered with them.  You couldn't walk outside without stepping on several, even if you tried not to.  Ewwwww.

Right now in South Florida, the "love bugs" are mating.  So when you drive anywhere on the Turnpike for any length of time, your windshield becomes littered with black and red.  Ugh.  But then again, as my Dad says, "As bad as that is for you, consider how bad their day just got."

Hey Barb. Well, Cincinnati is very close to Indianapolis, so when something happens to them, it happens to us most of the time too. We had a cicaga outbreak in 2004. Northern Indiana will have a 17 year infestation this summer. Unfortunately, there are several cicada "broods" here in Indy, so we experience this 17 year thing every few years! We're due for another infestation next year I think. But we have annual cicadas every year in Indiana. They are emerging earlier this year than normal. I have several flying loose in my house right now!  >:(  >:(

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« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2007, 03:03:49 pm »
Here's an Australian cicada, David, like the one that flew into my living room last Summer:


They come in different colours, primarily green, yellow and black.

Kerry. Honestly, I don't know how you could possibly think those things are cute.

I don't understand it.  ???
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« Reply #43 on: May 23, 2007, 03:06:15 pm »
Hey, David, didn't you have an Attack of the 17-Year Cicadas a few years back in Indy?  Or was that more in Cincinnati and Dayton?  My brother lives in Dayton, and he said the sidewacks and roads were covered with them.  You couldn't walk outside without stepping on several, even if you tried not to.  Ewwwww.

Right now in South Florida, the "love bugs" are mating.  So when you drive anywhere on the Turnpike for any length of time, your windshield becomes littered with black and red.  Ugh.  But then again, as my Dad says, "As bad as that is for you, consider how bad their day just got."

Eww! I remember thos love bugs from when I lived in Plantation, Florida (Fort Lauderdale). I put a screen on the front of my car so they wouldn't clog up the motor.  :P
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« Reply #44 on: May 23, 2007, 06:51:40 pm »
Kerry. Honestly, I don't know how you could possibly think those things are cute.

I don't understand it.  ???

 :D I guess they evoke memories of my happy childhood, growing-up in the beach suburbs of Sydney. Most Australians would consider the sound they make to be representative of an Australian Summer. You cannot avoid the sound of cicadas in Australia during Summer. It permeates every aspect of life here during the Summer months, night and day, there's no escaping it. It can be quite deafening in woodland areas, and also in the cities. If you visited Australia at the height of Summer (Dec-Feb), it would be the first sound you would hear as you got off the aeroplane. Unlike American cicadas, however, they don't seem to make a nuisance of themselves here. They don't fall on the ground, to be squished underfoot, and very rarely fly indoors. In fact, even though they can be heard everywhere, they are quite difficult to find, because they live in the treetops. They do appear to provide a great deal of nutritious protein for our beautiful and abundant Australian birdlife. Like all Australian little boys, I bet Heath collected cicadas as a child. We collected them live and swapped them with out friends, keeping them in shoe-boxes. There are several different beautiful colours, the most common of which is the "Green Grocer" (as seen in the pic I posted yesterday) and the Yellow Monday (yellow). The most rare, and therefore most sought-after by the children, is the Black Prince. I've only ever seen a couple of Black Princes in my life.  :D
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« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2007, 02:37:43 am »
:D I guess they evoke memories of my happy childhood, growing-up in the beach suburbs of Sydney. Most Australians would consider the sound they make to be representative of an Australian Summer. You cannot avoid the sound of cicadas in Australia during Summer. It permeates every aspect of life here during the Summer months, night and day, there's no escaping it. It can be quite deafening in woodland areas, and also in the cities. If you visited Australia at the height of Summer (Dec-Feb), it would be the first sound you would hear as you got off the aeroplane. Unlike American cicadas, however, they don't seem to make a nuisance of themselves here. They don't fall on the ground, to be squished underfoot, and very rarely fly indoors. In fact, even though they can be heard everywhere, they are quite difficult to find, because they live in the treetops. They do appear to provide a great deal of nutritious protein for our beautiful and abundant Australian birdlife. Like all Australian little boys, I bet Heath collected cicadas as a child. We collected them live and swapped them with out friends, keeping them in shoe-boxes. There are several different beautiful colours, the most common of which is the "Green Grocer" (as seen in the pic I posted yesterday) and the Yellow Monday (yellow). The most rare, and therefore most sought-after by the children, is the Black Prince. I've only ever seen a couple of Black Princes in my life.  :D

Well, Heath is welcome to come and collect cicadas off of my doorstep anytime he wants!  :D

I just noticed something Kerry. You are 14 posts away from hitting 1000! Shall we look forward to it tonight, or wait until tomorrow?

Either way, I'll reserve a table for you over at the +1000 Posts Club!  :)
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« Reply #46 on: May 24, 2007, 08:52:21 am »
Well, Heath is welcome to come and collect cicadas off of my doorstep anytime he wants!  :D

I just noticed something Kerry. You are 14 posts away from hitting 1000! Shall we look forward to it tonight, or wait until tomorrow?

Either way, I'll reserve a table for you over at the +1000 Posts Club!  :)

Thank ya kindly, David. I look forward to becoming a member of the elite inner circle. Got a long way to go before I catch up with you. Doubt I ever will. I feel genuinely honoured to be a member of BetterMost.
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« Reply #47 on: May 30, 2007, 01:19:29 am »
Thank ya kindly, David. I look forward to becoming a member of the elite inner circle. Got a long way to go before I catch up with you. Doubt I ever will. I feel genuinely honoured to be a member of BetterMost.

Hey! Congratulations buddy!!!

Some people left you messages over at the club!

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« Reply #48 on: May 30, 2007, 08:43:54 am »
Hey! Congratulations buddy!!!

Some people left you messages over at the club!

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Many thanks, David. I just popped over to the 1000+ Club and read the lovely messages there. I feel very honoured.  :)
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« Reply #49 on: May 31, 2007, 08:30:18 pm »
I listed heights, and a certain animal.   I have a fear of large dogs.  Many years ago, I was riding my bike, and some woman in the neighborhood let her three dogs loose.  Two German Sheppards, and a Doberman.  They knocked me off my bike in the middle of the street, and bit me a few times.

I also have a thing about stinging insects.  Bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets...hate them all.


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