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So long and thanks for all the fish.

By: palmettobug53 , 2:07 PM GMT on March 16, 2017

[On Speakers]
People of Earth your attention please. This is Prostectic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planet Council. As you no doubt will be aware, the plans for the development of the outlying regions of the western spiral arm of the galaxy require the building of a hyperspace express route through your star system and, regrettably, your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes thank you very much.


MANKIND: [Yells of protest]

VOGON CAPTAIN:
There’s no point in acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years so you’ve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaints and its far too late to start making a fuss about it now.

MANKIND: [Louder yells of protest]

VOGON CAPTAIN:
What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh for heaven sake mankind it’s only four light years away you know! I’m sorry but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs that’s your own regard. Energise the demolition beams! God I don’t know…apathetic bloody planet, I’ve no sympathy at all…

Scene 7: Ext. Space.

The Earth is destroyed in a huge explosion.


Apparently, the member blogs and photo galleries here on WU are experiencing the same thing the people of Earth did in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', when the Vogons appeared in their big yellow spaceships and made the above announcement. We are being demolished to make way for a bigger, fancier, more cutting edge wunderground. It's also a bit like taking a small, family/residential barrier island town and letting the developers in to kick out the local community and build hotels, condos and McMansions and make more money. Just my humble opinion. I think it's a mistake but ... it's their site and they can do what they like with it. I don't have to like it.

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who visited my little blog, whether you posted or simply lurked. You've made my time here on WU a very enjoyable one. I'll miss the community we have had here on WU. We made friends and had a lot of fun. We supported each other during personal and/or family crises and celebrated the personal and family happy occasions. We've laughed, we've cried and we've whooped and hollered.

You can find me online now as Lowcountry Bug at Flickr in Sandi's WU Survivors group. I am also signed up with Rain's Seeds of Weather Underground and will probably sign up with Rob's The Ark site. I may eventually join WordPress. I just need to take my time, get used to the formats and how each site works before deciding which will be my home base and which sites will be visited on a more or less regular basis.

I guess that's it, then. So........ So long, and thanks for all the fish!




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37. palmettobug53
1:36 PM GMT on March 29, 2017
Hi, GG!

Sandi, black market veggies?! LOL

No, youngsters today have no idea. They, and we, are spoiled. I admit it is nice to be able to run errands and shop on holidays and Sundays but I also think we have lost something. It provided one day that was dedicated to worship (if you chose), family, friends and a bit of relaxation from the usual grind.
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36. sandiquiz
8:44 AM GMT on March 29, 2017
Bug - Like you, I am old enough to remember Sunday closing.

We had a little newsagent in town that sold a small selection of groceries as well. He wasn't suppose to sell food stuff on a Sunday, only newspapers.... but you could buy fruit and vegetables, but he always said as he put them in a brown paper bag.... "if you are stopped by the bobby, tell him you got them at the allotment"!! lol

Looking back, it seems strange, but it was the way it was. The youngsters today have no idea, do they!!

Happy Hump day!!
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35. GardenGrrl
2:33 AM GMT on March 29, 2017
Doing late night rounds of the blogs before the lights go out.
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34. palmettobug53
6:50 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
AZ , you are exactly right; it's mostly schools that observe holidays. The working world and commercial world? Not many.

Sandi, I am old enough remember when everything closed for all Christian holidays and every Sunday. If you ran out of something, including gas, you were out of luck until the next morning. I guess the current fashion is partly political correctness (mustn't discriminate with the various religions) and partly The Almighty Dollar.

WTS, I thought my previous blog would be the last one, then someone at Flickr mentioned 'Vogons.' I was inspired! lol

Who knows? While all of us are mourning the loss of our home on WU, perhaps the future holds something bigger, better and brighter. I hope so, anyway,

I think we've done a pretty good job of exchanging outtie mails and setting up new abodes online, so that we won't lose touch. I'm thankful that there are folks here that know how to do that, 'cause I sure don't. My techie skills are sadly lacking!
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33. azgrandma
5:51 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
Sandi, here it is mostly schools that observe Easter holidays. Sometimes it is Good Friday & Easter Monday. Many times school & university spring breaks are either the week before or the week after Easter, so include Easter weekend. If Easter is late, the spring holiday is often placed more in the middle of the semester (we just had ours last week) and Easter is either ignored or there might be one holiday on Good Friday.
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32. WatchinTheSky
4:33 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
Re sandi - Doesn't seem like so much of a paid day off holiday as a food/candy shopping holiday here ...

Nice final blog, bug! I forget how much I like the Hitchhiker's Guide ;-) I'll surely miss the environment here, the flexibility, the friends. Well, at least the friends are still around thanks to sandi, Rob, and others setting up new ports of call!
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31. sandiquiz
2:12 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
Does anyone in the States get Easter as a religious holiday as we do here?

All banks close for Good Friday as do many offices and shops.
Easter Sunday is THE only day in the year when every shop/office /establishment has to close. Supermarkets can open on Christmas day if they wanted, but they have to shut on Easter Sunday!

You should see the queues in the stores of folk buying extra food... you would think they were closing for a week...not one day!!
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30. palmettobug53
1:59 PM GMT on March 28, 2017
Sandi, no, we get very few holidays now where the office closes. If you want off for Easter, you have to take PTO. The employees here who still work for the State of SC get oodles of paid holidays, where they don't have to take it out of their leave time.

Patti, I don't think school glue is going to do the job! lol You might try Gorilla Glue or super glue but it is probably going to mean calling in a tile guy. Unless you know how to regrout tiles.

I spent most of my break time trying to find the Alcoa Osprey cam up on the Yadkin River in N.C. but they've changed the URL or something. The link Uncle Google provides just takes me to the main Alcoa web page and I can't find a link to the cam. I'm pretty sure the cam is still up - IF I can find it.

There's other osprey cams but I liked viewing one that was just one state over.
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29. redagainPatti
7:13 AM GMT on March 28, 2017
Popped In to wave hi and see comments about - having a towel bar snap off.-- I just had my END holding thing break off from the tile wall ... I was lucky in the fact, the towels on the bar, wrapped around the end bit so it did not crack on the floor. All I got to do, is reglue it back up.. I think school glue however will not work here. .. life is such fun sometimes....I will figure it out or get somebody over to fix it..
Meanwhile-- hugs and my prayers for your sick friend....
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28. sandiquiz
8:13 PM GMT on March 27, 2017
Sorry to hear about your friend... :(

Weekend chores? Soon be Easter ... do you get a three day weekend? If so, you can catch up then!
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27. palmettobug53
1:49 PM GMT on March 27, 2017
Hey, ho, folks.

Here we are - our last week on WU. I will be around this weekend for the last hoo ha, even if I have to let some of the household/yard chores slide.

Am watching elephants in the rain on the African Waterhole cam on explore.org. It's two cows with babies and one without.
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26. palmettobug53
1:50 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
I've got a death grip on my towel, GG! lol

This has been a bit of a rough week and I'll be glad when it's over.

I got bad news this morning. A former coworker is not doing well and doesn't have much longer. She is my age and was the one that trained me, when I first started to work here. She retired about 5 years ago. Was diagnosed with cancer back in Jan, was given a good prognosis but her pain levels overrode her appetite, she lost weight and was unable to start her chemo on schedule. The cancer has now spread and she's out of time.

She was a character. A lot of fun, with the same kind of warped sense of humor that I have and we got along like a house on fire. The idea of her passing way too soon is depressing. Bugger.

Off to check a couple of blogs and be back at lunch.
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25. GardenGrrl
9:33 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Dang, don't lose you towel now. Hope the toof thing works out soon so you can spend money on fun stuff instead.
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24. palmettobug53
4:26 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Hi, ho, everyone!

Sandi, sorry for the confusion. I think if my hand had snapped, you would have heard me screaming all the way across The Pond.

One of the girls at my dentist office said, yes, you can get spring loaded towel rod replacements. She's had to do that once before.

Mass, it seems like a domino effect. One thing goes wrong and a whole bunch of stuff just follows suit. All of which cost beacoup moolah.

Thanks for the tip on the fridge door handle. I'll keep that in mind. Hubby is not particularily handy. If it can't be fixed with WD-40 or duct tape, he's lost. I'm the one that watches all those home improvement shows. I think I know more than he does. Besides, Dad was very handy and spent a lot of my childhood years watching him at work.

I now have a new crown. All in one visit. No more impressions, sending them to the dental lab, having the crown made, then mailed back to the office and me going back in for a second appt to have the temporary cap removed and the permanent crown placed. My dentist now has the capability to scan my mouth, create a custom tooth in a computer program, then send the specs to a machine that sculpts a small square of ceramic to fit.

Since the cracked crown may have been a result of the implant work on the spot just in front of the crown, my dentist has told me that he will adjust off any balance. after insurance. Whoo hoo!

I still have two more crowns to do. Sigh.

My dermatology appt went well, I think. I had a few barnacles frozen off. He did a scrape biopsy of a spot on my face but I don't think it's going to be anything to worry about. It's just a big lentigo and it's been there for years with no change.

I'll check to see if the path report shows up tomorrow. If not, I'll check Monday. One good thing about working where I do; I can see all my labs, visit notes, etc.



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23. masshysteria
12:52 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Quoting 21. palmettobug53:

Cal, I've taken a quick peek online and they do make spring loaded replacement rods. I'll be hitting Lowe's and Home Depot this weekend. I have the pieces, which I can take into the store. Just hope they have them in stock. If not, I'll have to order online. I have a clothes rack that I've set up in the spare bedroom, no have to nip in there and hang my wet towels up.

So, yes... I do know where my towel is!


Hi Bug! ~ You're not alone when it comes to having a towel bar snap off. The same thing happened awhile ago to my hubby, whom soon thereafter, went to the Home Depot, found a reasonably priced duplicate and managed to easily replace. I don't know how he did it, but I'm glad he's still capable and handy at times around the house. We had our five yr old refrigerator door loosen up on us, not too long ago, and he figured out how to access the screws, within the handle, to tighten. I would have called for an expensive repairman because I couldn't figure out where to access the screws. The handle looked molded onto the door. I guess there's a side to the handle which is designed to snap off so to access and tighten any looseness and then snap back on again. Sounds simple enough now but, visually speaking, it originally looked complex.

You're also not alone when it comes to sudden tooth issues. For a year now, I've been through the mill myself with a particular visible tooth and am hoping I can remain salvaging the half that's still visible. The other interior part cracked off. My dentist told me, however, that one can have a small tooth bridge made that can snap in and out if the worst case scenario evolves. I certainly couldn't afford an outrageously expensive implant. It's absolutely amazing how costly dentistry has become in recent decades. It feels like now one must be either really wealthy or able to re-mortgage a home in order to retain a full set of teeth.


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22. sandiquiz
8:02 AM GMT on March 23, 2017
I leaned my hand on my towel rod and it SNAPPED.
Heavens woman - I had been reading about your teeth snapping and then I read the above and I thought your HAND had snapped!! You are getting to the "wrap-in-bubble-wrap stage"!

I think the first week you do not have an appointment... somewhere... you should celebrate!! :-)
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21. palmettobug53
3:58 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Cal, I've taken a quick peek online and they do make spring loaded replacement rods. I'll be hitting Lowe's and Home Depot this weekend. I have the pieces, which I can take into the store. Just hope they have them in stock. If not, I'll have to order online. I have a clothes rack that I've set up in the spare bedroom, no have to nip in there and hang my wet towels up.

So, yes... I do know where my towel is!
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20. calpoppy
2:16 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Oh no, towel and tooth!!!! They do have tension rods which would be what you want, though whether they will fit in the ceramic holders that is another thing. I use the tension rods in the cupboards of the Minnie, to keep things upright and separated.

I need to get on keeping a few of my blogs, mostly for the comments! Some of the commenters aren't about the blogs anymore:((
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19. palmettobug53
2:01 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Sorry I haven't been around much this week. I had a doctor appt yesterday, which meant no breaks. I've been spending much of my spare time trying to save a few blogs into Word, until I can find another place to put them.

I first thought I didn't have anything I wanted to keep, then I remembered my Bermuda cruise travelogue. OH! That one is a keeper. That one was done in about 5 or 6 different blogs, not just one. Linda found the Hunu blog and I had to save that. I will have to edit all of the stuff I saved, as I simply copied the entire page and they don't paste correctly.

I needed to at least get them copied and saved NOW, since the blogs close down soon and I won't have access to the comments and there's stuff in the comments that wasn't in the blog header. Pics, too. I have time to edit them later. I also have a little time to save what I want from my pictures. The last I heard, the Photo Galleries will be available for downloading for another couple of months. Still, I'm going to get my stuff out within the next week or so, just in case.

I have an appt with dermatology tomorrow, which means no breaks again.

Mass, I really hated to see Berry go. I know he was really up there. Did you know he was still performing? And he has an album coming out, too.

Sandi, yeah, I think I could start my own chemist office!

GG - thanks for the towel! It will come in handy.

I see the dentist Apr. 4th. Due to having two upper molars pulled, my 'bite' has changed. Two teeth have shifted because of that and food is now getting up underneath, where it shouldn't.

To top it off, Monday night I was eating a cracker with cheese and heard a horrifc gritty crunch and felt something in my mouth. Spit it out and it is a huge chunk of tooth. Or crown. I am unable to determine which. It is from the tooth right behing my new implant. Now I have THREE teeth that need working on! Will it ever end???!!!

The next morning, I was getting ready to get in the shower for work, leaned my hand on my towel rod and it SNAPPED. I no longer have a place to hang my towels. Johnny has a small one on the wall at the end of the tub (opposite end from the shower head.) i'll have to go to Home Depot or Lowe's and see if they have some type of spring loaded rod that I can fit into the ceramic holders. I hope they make something like that. You'd think they would but that doeesn't mean they do. Otherwise, I'll have to have a tile guy come in and redo the thing.

WHAT NEXT???????
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18. GardenGrrl
3:42 AM GMT on March 22, 2017
Hey Bug, just stopping by to drop off your towel.
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17. sandiquiz
5:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2017
More scripts ... as you call them!? You must have had more medicines/sprays in your house than the local drug store!! :-)

IT's raining here... for a change!
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16. masshysteria
6:54 PM GMT on March 20, 2017
Quoting 15. palmettobug53:

Oh, we need a moment of silence to mark the passing of a rock & roll
legend this weekend: Chuck Berry. If it wasn't for him, the music world
would be far different!


Hi Bug! Thought I'd post you a Chuck Berry Youtube video tribute here
in honor of his recent passing.This performance was back in 1958 when
I was only six years old. YIKES! He truly was and always will be quite the
rock 'n roll legend!

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15. palmettobug53
3:49 PM GMT on March 20, 2017
Oh, we need a moment of silence to mark the passing of a rock & roll legend this weekend: Chuck Berry. If it wasn't for him, the music world would be far different!
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14. palmettobug53
1:48 PM GMT on March 20, 2017
Happy Monday!

I just realized that there are a few blogs I'd like to save. My Bermuda cruise travelogue. Best get cracking, as there's only two more weeks of WU blogs. I guess I ought to save a few of my photos and upload them to Flickr, too.

Rob, posting this seemed very apropos for the circumstances and it also made me pull out my Guide to reread. I've just gotten to the point where Arthur and Ford are on the Golgafrincham ship.

Sandi, I like Defiant, as well. When's the renaming ceremony?

I have a couple of appts this week, which means I won't have breaks on Tuesday or Thursday. I'll still have my hour lunch.
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13. sandiquiz
10:42 AM GMT on March 20, 2017
Quoting 11. palmettobug53:

Sandi, you've 'lost' Lazarus several times now, haven't you? He has his own cloaking device! lol

I better rename him Romulan - or it could be Klingon ("who received this technology from the Romulans circa 2268, when the two civilizations shared a political alliance") - or even Defiant, the first USS star ship to have a 'legal' cloaking device!
I like Defiant best, as he has "defied" all odds and survived!
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12. RobDaHood
9:42 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
I loved those books too.
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11. palmettobug53
9:07 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Hi, Mass! Just got signed up at The Ark. Fiddled a bit with my profile and avatar. Browsed a bit. It looks good.

Cal, I thought you already had a spot on WordPress.

Having put up that bit about the Vogons makes me want to go back and read The Guide again. That book is such a hoot! One of these days, I'm going to learn how to fly. You watch me! LOL

Sandi, you've 'lost' Lazarus several times now, haven't you? He has his own cloaking device! lol

Well, best be off. I just signed up at the Ark, visited Flickr for a second and now I hear a Friday after work drink calling my name! Time to GO!

Everyone have a good weekend!
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10. sandiquiz
5:00 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Quoting 6. Ylee:


Did IBM get Lazarus, too? :(

I thought I had lost him but I saw him only the other day! Being totally black he is difficult to see unless the sunlight is on the water the right way!

I still have two shubunkins and Lazarus... so four altogether!
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9. calpoppy
2:19 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
That was such a funny book! I could never get into his detective books though:((

It has been a nice run with these blogs, but now that the initial shock is over I think I will take a bit of a break from doing blogs. Will still be talking on WU Survivors and learning the ARK. Don't know about Word Press, I doubt I will be doing a blog there. There are only so much time and lately it has been less then normal. I won't be going over to Disqus, just did not care for the format there.

A very Happy St. Pat's Day to you Bug!!!!
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8. masshysteria
2:07 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Hi Bug! ~ HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY to ya and may the luck of the Irish follow us today, everyday and onto
Flickr or the new Ark2.

Just thought I'd throw that in there, because I don't wish to get to too maudlin about the thought of leaving behind my WU
years just yet.

Still below freezing this sunny am Irish holiday. Still nothing to dance a jig about ... even when spring actually arrives on
Monday, as our legs seemingly remain far too frozen to move or dance with just yet.

Catch you either on Flickr or the new Ark2 as well! Take care!
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7. palmettobug53
2:06 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Yep, Shore, it's time to 'happy on.'

Sandi, you're down to one? I thought you had a screen over your pond. Are you sure they're not hiding on the bottom?

Azgrandma, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I did, too!

Huri, I'll look for you!

Ylee, be sure that you don't forget your towel. Everyone knows the towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. We can all say: "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ylee? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."
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6. Ylee
1:27 AM GMT on March 17, 2017
1000000 if could, lol! Perfect! Me and my towel are outta here in a couple of weeks! :' )

Quoting 3. sandiquiz:

So long from Eeny or Meeny or Miny or Moe! (I only have one of the goldfish left - Mr Heron (IBM) took the rest!! lol


Did IBM get Lazarus, too? :(

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5. hurigo
10:32 PM GMT on March 16, 2017
Oh this is precious Bug. Thank you. See you elsewhere.
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4. azgrandma
10:30 PM GMT on March 16, 2017
Bug, I've enjoyed your reading your blog. Hope to see you around in happier times.
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3. sandiquiz
2:23 PM GMT on March 16, 2017


So long from Eeny or Meeny or Miny or Moe! (I only have one of the goldfish left - Mr Heron (IBM) took the rest!! lol

It has been fun and without WU, you and I would not know each other .... :)
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2. shoreacres
2:22 PM GMT on March 16, 2017
It has been wonderful fun, hasn't it? So many memories... On the other hand, it's good to have new places to make new memories. Who knows what will come along to fill our days?

I'm just glad to be shaken out of my routines a bit. I'll look forward to keeping in touch through the new sites and otherwise. As one of my friends likes to say, "Happy on!"
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1. palmettobug53
2:11 PM GMT on March 16, 2017
Mass, thanks for that post on my previous (and next to the last) blog.

Yeah, Bob singing 'thanks for the memory' is a big part of my growing up and adult life. Loved watching his shows and I revered him for all the time he spent with our troops. Giving up time with his family during holidays.
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