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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wisher1000, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. joannefiddler

    joannefiddler Chillin' With My Peeps

    So it appears that it is a combination of treaties from as far back as the Revolutionary war and as recent as when the Spanish gave up control of Florida that are all players in the boundaries...

    Alabama's Southern Gulf "foot"—the area south of the 31st parallel and west of the Perdido River—originated from the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, but its history dates back to 1719. At that time, France controlled Mobile Bay and Spain controlled Pensacola Bay just to the east. To resolve disputes over shipping rights and trade, the French commander at New Orleans and the Spanish commander at Pensacola agreed to recognize the Perdido River, a small stream halfway between Mobile and Pensacola, as the border between their respective jurisdictions. Some 80 years later, in 1803, shrewd American diplomats negotiating the Louisiana Purchase in Paris invoked this informal 1719 agreement as the precedent for setting the Perdido River as the eastern limit of the Louisiana Purchase. Because all of Florida east of the Perdido River remained in Spanish hands until 1819, Florida's panhandle region did not become part of Alabama. After Louisiana achieved statehood in 1812, Congress added the last eastern remnant of the Louisiana Purchase, between the Pearl River in present-day Mississippi and the Perdido rivers, to the Mississippi Territory. This "Addition of 1812" ultimately became the Gulf "foot" portions of Mississippi and Alabama.

    dsqard, Hurricane Ivan was terrifying! I'm glad I didn't have chickens then...I'd have been a nervous wreck! Navarre took quite a hit from it, you got out at a good time.
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Joanne we heard that our house there actually faired pretty well. It didn't get flooded (apparently it was far enough inland) and only lost some shingles off the roof. Not bad. I also heard that Pensacola got hit even harder. We had a friend who had his sailboat docked at NAS Pensacola. His boat wound up inland on the base. It must have been scary going through that.
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Pass this along!
  4. lularat

    lularat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2013
    As I mentioned earlier that I have started going to the gym and exercising to hopefully get these joints back in better working condition. For the last several months, I have been having increasing discomfort in my left thigh and groin. Also a little stiffness in my hip. I contributed it to my bad back. For the last 3 days my hip has been really stiff and painful, so I went to the doctor today. They did x-rays and it showed severe arthritis in both my hip joints, more in the left. Bone on bone, with very little cartilage. He is referring me to an orthopedic and told me I was looking toward hip replacements in the near future. I told him "not me" and he just smiled. It is going to have to hurt a lot more before I have surgery. I guess I'll have to wait and see what the orthopedic MD has to say. At least I know what I'm dealing with now. I'll continue to go to the gym, but maybe ease up a little.
  5. Pozees

    Pozees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2012
    Pueblo, CO
    I know two people who had hip replacements in the last 2 years, and the surgery has come a long way. Both are heavy equipment mechanics, and were back at work passing fit for duty physicals within 4 months. They get around quite well now.
  6. lularat

    lularat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2013
    That's reassuring. I worked on a med-surg floor 20 yrs ago and remember the older hip replacements. I know there has been a lot of advancement in the medical field with joint replacements. I really hate the idea of being incapacitated for any length of time. I'm really hoping to manage this medically for a while with meds and injections. I have a high tolerance for pain, and I guess that's why I tend to ignore things more.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  7. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    I thought for certain I was going to get knee surgery done. I was in pain 24/7 and no comfort anywhere, plus a rather slow gait. Then I discovered -- warning, blatant plug from a satisfied customer -- Source Natural's Hyluronic Joint Complex (with glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM) and it was like a miracle occurred. It can be found on It might be worth a try for you.
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Sounds great. You should be getting a lot of manure/compost by now.

    I usually feel great, no more aches and pains than I had in my 20s and I never get colds or flu any more (probably because I used to work nights and never got enough sleep). I start thinking I'm young and then I get that shock when I see that grey old man staring back at me.

    Don't you just love those ethnicities that still cook and use real cookware?
    We have quite a mix of ethnicities here. Our International Institute that I used to work for helps 7,000 new Americans from 75 countries each year - mostly refugees.
    A big Hispanic section, a couple large Asian concentrations- especially Vietnamese and Thai, a large Bosnian community, Iraqis, ethnic Egyptians, Sudanese, Ethiopians, Botswanans. Each group and section of town are great cultural centers for shopping, eateries and ethnic grocers.
    St. Louis is called Sarajevo West. Bosnia is in the World Cup for the first time. A story in the NY Times had this quote.
    “There’s pretty much three places in the world where you want to be right now,” said Akif Cogo, 30, a native Bosnian who immigrated to St. Louis in 2001. “One is Brazil. Second one is Bosnia itself, because of the sheer number of people. The third place is definitely St. Louis.”

    We still have ethnic enclaves that have endured from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The Hill is still all Italian. Affton, Bevo Mill and Baden neighborhoods, German Town, Hermann and my town Black Jack are German/Hungarian settlements. Dog town is mostly Irish as was Kerry Patch. University City (U City) used to be nicknamed Jew City and is still one synagogue after another. Founded in 1764 by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau, Soulard, LaSalle and Lafayette Square were French neighborhoods. There's also a Greek town. Every one has their festivals which bring droves of people for the tasty treats. Seems like one every weekend.
    Combining them all is the annual Festival of Nations that I used to provide the electric generation and distribution for will have anywhere from 20-30 different cuisines.
    I have a friend that would always answer the door in his underwear. That kept the JW visitations at bay for a long time.

    When people want to save my soul, I tell them I don't need to be 'born again' since I never died.

    I get my shade cloth by buying these remnants. The 90% is great but not often available as a remnant.

    That's just like Alaska. Two seasons - winter and the 4th of July.

    Very few states like Wyoming that are just rectangles.
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Like many of you, we've been getting way too much rain. Every day or every other day, I haven't been able to plant anything or cut grass in over a week.
    It just stopped raining, hopefully for the day. More on the way tomorrow. It will be at least Friday before I can cut grass. I guess it beats drought.
  10. heartsizedfarm

    heartsizedfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    We've had so much spring rain I had to mow the sheep meadow. Usually they "mow" it themselves but the grass grew so fast and so lush and the mosquitoes and other biting bugs multiplied in the cool of the long grass so much so that my sheep refused to go in their meadow. They hung out in the barn porch and wouldn't go near the open gate to the meadow, not even when I poked and prodded and threatened and chased. Just ran past the gate and back to the porch. So I mowed. Now they're checking it out.

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