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« Reply #5955 on: November 22, 2016, 06:51:35 PM »
Black Friday? Go out? Nope!

Have a great holiday everyone.
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« Reply #5956 on: December 08, 2016, 08:47:03 AM »
A small collection of colloquialisms and their origins.

We can learn a lot about ourselves by looking to the past. History not only provides us with a nostalgic glimpse at how things used to be — like with these classic childhood toys — but its lessons can still teach us things today.Many of us fondly refer to “the good old days” when times were purer and life was simpler.


They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery.

If you had to do this to survive, you were “piss poor.”

But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were considered the lowest of the low.

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.

However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.

The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies.

By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!”

Houses had thatched roofs with thick straw-piled high and no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the term, “dirt poor.”

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.

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Hence, “a thresh hold.”

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot.

They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.”

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

It was a sign of wealth that a man could “bring home the bacon.” They would cut off a little to share with guests, and would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.

This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the “upper crust.”

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.

Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.

They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom of holding a “wake.”

In old, small villages, local folks started running out of places to bury people.

So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside, and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (“the graveyard shift”) to listen for the bell.

Thus, someone could be “saved by the bell,” or was considered a “dead ringer.”

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« Reply #5957 on: December 14, 2016, 01:24:48 PM »
Got an Echo Dot for my birthday (today)  Yipee!!!  Am setting it up through the Alexa app on my apple computer and I have gotten it connected to the wifi but I can't get it to complete the app.  Anyone able to help?  Please!!!!~!!!!!!~!!!!!!
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« Reply #5958 on: December 14, 2016, 02:08:00 PM »
Sorry Janet - can't help. Not getting out the Dots till 12/25. =)
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« Reply #5959 on: December 14, 2016, 05:43:43 PM »
I have an ECHO from last years Birthday and we love the damned thing... My wife found out I bought her a DOT for Christmas so I set it up as well. I would suggest you clear out the App and start fresh... It hooked up easily once I put in the password and went to the WI-FI settings in my puter ( you can put it on a smart phone too)...found the location and clicked on it to finish the process. Works great and I even (she doesn't know) got her a Bluetooth speaker to make it sound better. The ECHO impressed me with it's sound and I even got a remote for it. So far she has found out 2 presents that I had to hook up... an all in one printer as well. I can't hide crap in our home lol. Once you get it up and running you will like it. LOL I called "Alexa" names and she even got made at me. It is another Cortana or Siri... but I think more fun.



Got an Echo Dot for my birthday (today)  Yipee!!!  Am setting it up through the Alexa app on my apple computer and I have gotten it connected to the wifi but I can't get it to complete the app.  Anyone able to help?  Please!!!!~!!!!!!~!!!!!!
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« Reply #5960 on: December 14, 2016, 05:58:59 PM »
"Alexa! You're a stone cold bitch!"

"That's not very nice."
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« Reply #5961 on: December 14, 2016, 10:15:06 PM »
Oddly enough our Echo arrived today but we just got it hooked up and that's about it.
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« Reply #5962 on: December 19, 2016, 02:49:14 PM »
Got a hold of an old friend who was a Comp Sci major and he hooked me up via gotomeeting.  Cancel request - am thrilled to be enjoying my Echo Dot.Merry ChristmasJanet
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« Reply #5963 on: December 19, 2016, 05:39:35 PM »
The Echo and Dot we have are great... Echo is downstairs and the Dot upstairs. We also got wife's sister an Echo and one of our friends...a Dot for Christmas..


Got a hold of an old friend who was a Comp Sci major and he hooked me up via gotomeeting.  Cancel request - am thrilled to be enjoying my Echo Dot.Merry ChristmasJanet
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« Reply #5964 on: December 19, 2016, 07:40:32 PM »
We need to block off a few hours with it.

It's hooked up to the thermostat and the harmony remote now.

Next up the TiVo.

The wife wants lightbulbs for it now too.

Maybe there will be some nice new years sales on them.
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« Reply #5965 on: December 19, 2016, 08:33:56 PM »
Have a friend from work whose cousin is a paraplegicHis is hooked up to the lights, the furnace and they are working on it unlocking the front door.An absolutely spectacular thing for someone like him.Janet
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« Reply #5966 on: December 20, 2016, 12:14:53 PM »
I'd love to get something like this for my parents, however they do not even have a computer or a tablet.
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« Reply #5967 on: December 20, 2016, 03:52:18 PM »
Maybe get them a "smart phone" from tracfone.... or any pay as you go server. No need for tablet or puter.


I'd love to get something like this for my parents, however they do not even have a computer or a tablet.
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« Reply #5968 on: December 20, 2016, 05:40:57 PM »
Actually I could just add them on my T-Mobile account, but T-Mobile pretty much sucks around Meadville.
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« Reply #5969 on: January 14, 2017, 03:34:36 PM »
Internet upgrade at the domicile today. No internet until 3:15pm. It was an apocalypse like event for the kids!
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