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The Lighter Side / Re: Say it all in Six Words!
« Last post by CellarDweller on Yesterday at 11:29:17 am »
don't be such a drama queen
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The Lighter Side / Re: Life Advice in Three Words
« Last post by CellarDweller on Yesterday at 11:28:55 am »
read a book
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Q. How did Ma Twist celebrate Pentecost?

A.  She'd sing "Water Walkin' Jesus"

Q.  Did Pa Twist celebrate with her?
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I am always highly impressed by your mastery of not just English but idiomatic English.

Come to think of it, your English -- at least as used here and on FB -- even seems to be the American version. I think you use American spellings (e.g., flavor vs. British flavour), or at least I've never noticed otherwise. Here's a user-friendly list of differences between British and American English

https://www.boredpanda.com/british-american-english-differences-language/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

Obviously you haven't had occasion to use all of these words, but I don't recall ever seeing you use a British version (with the possible exception of "grey," which Americans also use a lot). Yet I would think Europeans would learn British English. Do you know both and just adjust depending on your audience? Or do they teach the American version there? Or have you written "colour" or call a sweater a "jumper" and I just didn't notice? Or ...?


Yes, we learn British English at school.
Movies, TV and books are a big American influence. Spending thousands of hours on an American online forum is, too :laugh:
And whenever I look up a word in my dictionary, which is is only one tab away on my computer, it gives me both spellings, if applicable. Then I usually go with the American one, except in some instances, when the American version seems "wrong" to me. For example travelling/traveling. In my book it's just wrong to leave out the second l ;) ;D

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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by Penthesilea on Yesterday at 10:31:38 am »
I remember when Oliver started school. He must be at university by now.


Nope, not yet. Still one more year of school for him. There are three different school forms in Germany, and the longest one takes 13 years in our federal state. After that he plans to spend a year in Canada before starting university.
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by Penthesilea on Yesterday at 10:22:36 am »

I'm not doing any special kind of walking.  I just put on my sneakers and go out for a walk.  I downloaded an app on my phone that acts as a pedometer, and was counting my steps per day.  I was horrified at how stationary I had become.  It's not good.  I've now set a goal to walk an extra 2,000 steps a day, which is the distance of one mile.  It's not a lot, but it's better than sitting in the apartment all day doing nothing.  After some time, I'll increase the steps per day.


Ah, I see. An extra mile a day is good! :)
I'm also using apps: counting steps, measuring distance, speed, etc. I love it! It helps me to stay motivated since it makes it easy to see progress. I keep tabs over my times and distances, meaning writing them down on a calendar and adding them at the end of the month. I know the apps do that too, but I don't always take my phone with me, I know the distances of my regular rounds.
Oh, the joy of seeing how many kilometers I've walked in a month or how many hours I've exercised. :laugh:
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by CellarDweller on May 08, 2021, 11:27:59 pm »
Tell me about it, if you want.

I took up walking about a year ago after 52 years of hating and refusing any kind of sports :laugh:.

I had re-gained some weight, which is bad for my diabetes, thus the motivation. So April 2020 I took on jogging, but after only three times my knee burst, so to speak. The orthopedist found my patella is somehow not correctly aligned, which I never before noticed, since I didn't do any sports. Long story short he told me to start power-walking. It's like Nordic walking, but with weights (bar-bells) instead of sticks.
After almost a year of fighting with those damn additional weights and recurring shoulder problems I decided to ditch them completely. Now I go either power-walking without the weights (same motion sequence however, looks stupid but I don't care) or alternatively I take my sticks and go Nordic walking.

I started very low-key, twice a week for 30 minutes each. Meanwhile I go walking three times a week, twice for 50 to 60 minutes and once for 80 minutes. So far it's not working in regard to weight-loss, and it drives me crazy. But I've gotten more fit, clearly a difference to one year ago, and I keep my weight in check at least.

I still do not enjoy doing sports, even after a year. It's still a nuisance every time
but I stick to my schedule, no matter the weather. And I do enjoy the feeling afterwards, I'm proud of my progress and my stubbornness.

What kind of walking are you doing?


I'm not doing any special kind of walking.  I just put on my sneakers and go out for a walk.  I downloaded an app on my phone that acts as a pedometer, and was counting my steps per day.  I was horrified at how stationary I had become.  It's not good.  I've now set a goal to walk an extra 2,000 steps a day, which is the distance of one mile.  It's not a lot, but it's better than sitting in the apartment all day doing nothing.  After some time, I'll increase the steps per day.
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by CellarDweller on May 08, 2021, 11:25:25 pm »
Hopeful! :)

Three of my family have their first vaccination shot with the second one coming soon. My husband is now eligible for vaccination, which leaves only my son to wait longer. The third wave in Germany and Europe seems to have broken, even if it's still a while to go. States tentatively start to loose some restrictions, which gives me new hope for travelling!  Today, we'll have two guests for a BBQ for the first time since last summer. I can't believe how much I'm looking forward to it :laugh:

I had hoped to be able to travel in June, but as of now, this might be too early. But as long as our family vacation end of July/early August can take place, it's ok with me. I can switch my June travel plans to September. Or go on short notice in June, if possible.

I can see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel O0
Other than that, business as usual, which is a good thing for me.

Hello Chrissi!  I'm glad to hear that three of your family have their first vaccines!  I hope your son is able to get his first soon.   I'm sure you'll have a great time at the bbq.  I know when I went to my friends' house for a backyard gathering, you could just feel how excited the attendees were to see everyone again.
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I keep hearing stories about the situation in India.  Citizens there must be in a constant state of panic.  I can't imagine being there now.
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BetterMost People / Re: Collectibles!
« Last post by CellarDweller on May 08, 2021, 11:08:22 pm »
I ought to Google Apache Chief and see if I can learn something about his story line. He looks a little stereotypical and maybe even politically incorrect for the current climate of concerns about Diversity and Inclusion. (I write this because for work I recently had to view a short video about racism directed at Native Americans/First Nations/Indigenous Peoples. It was really eye-opening.)


I can help you out with this.

In 1977, The All New Super Friends Hour debuted, and it included three new "diversity" characters, added because the majority of the characters were white.  The new characters included a Japanese man, a black man, and a Native American.

While it seemed to be a step in the right direction, the animators and writers didn't bother to come up with secret identities for them, or even origin stores (Apache Chief did get one later).  Even their names were problematic, as they were named after aspects of their ethnicity rather than their powers.

The black man could turn himself into electricity and shoot electricity from his hands.  He was Black Vulcan.  The Japanese man could turn into the wind, turn invisible and turn himself into fire.  He was Samurai.  The Native American could grow to 50 feet tall.  He was Apache Chief.

Their powers were also ill-defined.  Samurai could change into all of those things, instead of one thing.  In later episodes, Apache Chief grew much larger than 50 feet tall, in one episode becoming bigger than planet Earth.  Black Vulcan started to only change his bottom half into electricity to fly, instead of turning his entire body into a bolt of lightning.

Later, in the 80s, a 4th character was introduced.  A man from South America who could teleport, create illusions, and use telepathy (again, a multiple of ill-defined powers) and he was named El Dorado.


Here is a two minute clip that gives the origin of Apache Chief, and his nemesis, Giganta.





A later cartoon called Justice League resurrected the three diversity characters, but gave them names that matched their abilities as well as their cultures.   Black Vulcan became "Juice".  Samurai became "Wind Dragon" and Apache Chief became "Long Shadow".
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