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I am now 2 years shy of 50. How in the actual eff did that happen. Last time I looked I was in my twenties!!!!!
I had to respond to a background investigator a few years ago in response to an employee who had used me as a reference. at one point they asked my age and I started to say thirty---- but the math wasn't adding up and I had to correct myself and say 47 (or whatever, don't exactly recall, I'm old after all :argh: get off my lawn). It was a little awkward but the guy just laughed and said he had just recently turned 50 so he got it.

I don't feel 50 something, my grandparents seemed so old when they were fifty, but that was the 70s when 50 was old. :hehe:
 

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The other night, as we were eating dinner, my wife said "deer!" At first I answered "Yes, honey..." but then realized that she meant the animals.

Through our back window, we could see a small herd of ten to a dozen deer that had descended on our yard. I feed the birds (and squirrels) and have been putting out more seed recently because the weather has been harsh--we've had snow lying for about two weeks now with nary a bit of ground in sight.

We put dinner on hold, turned off the lights (it was twilight) and watched the deer move around the back yard, methodically visiting all the places I deposit seed and nibbling on a few shrubs. They were absolutely silent. If she had not seen them, we could have eaten our dinner and never known they were there.
 

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We have them all over the place in my subdivision- partially because it's verboten to do anything about them, so they roam free and multiply. Good luck getting anything to grow as they eat almost anything...
 

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We have them occasionally. Last summer and fall we had a mom and three kids living in our subdivision. We live on very steep hillsides so when it's closer ld and rainy people generally don't go down the hill. It's pretty cool. I've also seen otter, bald eagles, seahawks, nutria and herons. It's one of my favorite things about living here. We used to have a cedar tree that topped put just outside our master shower. There was a bald eagle that would sit there and stare at you while you showered. We called him Tom.
A wind storm knocked the tree into a neighbor's house. No more Tom visits.
 

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We have them all over the place in my subdivision- partially because it's verboten to do anything about them, so they roam free and multiply. Good luck getting anything to grow as they eat almost anything...
Fortunately, my wife and I like watching animals much more than gardening and we live in a climate where the main problem is keeping plants from growing, much of the year. I spend a lot of time in the summer and fall pruning, pulling out volunteer trees and shrubs, etc.

About a decade or so, we saw deer a lot more frequently than we do now. My neighborhood is heavily wooded, and not far from farmland and an Audubon sanctuary, so deer move in and out. We actually saw a fawn born and take its first steps in our backyard once. But then some disease swept through the local deer population and they became thin on the ground again.

It's actually not illegal to hunt them around here, in season, though I think shooting off firearms within the town limits is prohibited, so hunters have to use bows. Some other towns in the region have more problems with deer herds (and lots of collisions with cars) so they cull them by hiring hunters every so often.

One thing I've often read about wild animals in human spaces is that this is the result of us moving into their habitats. Now, in the very long-term sense this is clearly true, and it's true in the short-term sense for some places where settlement is actively moving into previously wild areas (say in some mountain regions of California). But where I live, the opposite is true. That is, around 1900 deer were driven to extinction--farmers saw them as pests and hunters wanted them for meat. They've only recovered in the last couple of (human) generations, as urban sprawl replaces farmland with semirural suburbs.
 

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We have them occasionally. Last summer and fall we had a mom and three kids living in our subdivision. We live on very steep hillsides so when it's closer ld and rainy people generally don't go down the hill. It's pretty cool. I've also seen otter, bald eagles, seahawks, nutria and herons. It's one of my favorite things about living here. We used to have a cedar tree that topped put just outside our master shower. There was a bald eagle that would sit there and stare at you while you showered. We called him Tom.
A wind storm knocked the tree into a neighbor's house. No more Tom visits.
Oh and of course we have the hated Canadians.
 

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I would like 2 belly rubs exactly, three and I will scratch and bite the shit out of you as per protocol.
Heh, reminds me of a feral cat at my first post-college apartment. I would squat down on the walk and allow it to approach me. It would rub against me and accept one pet, and then it would wander off. Never got scratched by it, I allowed the encounter completely on it's terms. Nice kitty...
 

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Heh, reminds me of a feral cat at my first post-college apartment. I would squat down on the walk and allow it to approach me. It would rub against me and accept one pet, and then it would wander off. Never got scratched by it, I allowed the encounter completely on it's terms. Nice kitty...
Are we talking about a cat or a Swedish gal?
 

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I've been in tune with cats since I was quite young. I've only been scratched a few times in my life and it's always happened when I am being a rockhead. My relationships with dogs on the other hand ranges from polite indifference to dislike.
 

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Are we talking about a cat or a Swedish gal?
Sorry I've heard several people over the years describe Swedish gals as love em and leave of types. I was in a Swedish bar talking to a guy a few years back about the difficulties of getting local gals to commit to long term relationships and it was identical to listening to some of the gals here talking about how hard it is to get a guy to commit. It's the only place I've traveled to where the gender roles were so completely reversed as it relates to settling down
 

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Sorry I've heard several people over the years describe Swedish gals as love em and leave of types. I was in a Swedish bar talking to a guy a few years back about the difficulties of getting local gals to commit to long term relationships and it was identical to listening to some of the gals here talking about how hard it is to get a guy to commit. It's the only place I've traveled to where the gender roles were so completely reversed as it relates to settling down
So you're saying we need a mass population transfer of American men with Swedish women?
 

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Sorry I've heard several people over the years describe Swedish gals as love em and leave of types. I was in a Swedish bar talking to a guy a few years back about the difficulties of getting local gals to commit to long term relationships and it was identical to listening to some of the gals here talking about how hard it is to get a guy to commit. It's the only place I've traveled to where the gender roles were so completely reversed as it relates to settling down
We have Greece or Scotland in our sights but if these rumors are true I am seriously considering a Swedish vacation with Bunny. (obviously when Covid is finished). How is the chow?
 

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We have Greece or Scotland in our sights but if these rumors are true I am seriously considering a Swedish vacation with Bunny. (obviously when Covid is finished). How is the chow?
I am not the person anyone should rely on for gastronomical advice. I tell folks I like meat, cheese and a grain wrapper and that's pretty much it..

That's said Stockholm is a large international city with lots of good restaurants that are wasted on me. The galbi went with who's from LA seemed to like the food.
 

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My wife is now skeptical of the vaccine- she said she knows several people that have become really sick from it. She said that we haven't gotten it so far, and I pointed out to her we're only 'sort of' quarantining, i.e. she has a pod of kids that she's running school for, and the parents have become rather lackadaisical as all of them have their vaccine shots (which is crazy), and my son is 22 so he's not as careful as he could be.

I'm on the vaccine list- talking to the doctor about it, she said that I actually qualify because of a couple of factors I didn't know I had. We'll see when/if I get a callback..
 

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My wife is now skeptical of the vaccine- she said she knows several people that have become really sick from it. She said that we haven't gotten it so far, and I pointed out to her we're only 'sort of' quarantining, i.e. she has a pod of kids that she's running school for, and the parents have become rather lackadaisical as all of them have their vaccine shots (which is crazy), and my son is 22 so he's not as careful as he could be.

I'm on the vaccine list- talking to the doctor about it, she said that I actually qualify because of a couple of factors I didn't know I had. We'll see when/if I get a callback..
So me and my wife have had it as well as a few friends. We're all between late 30's and 50. From our experience it has varied. It's odd but older and male seems like it has less side effects. The people I know who've had it are white and Indians(subcontinent). We all got Moderna. The younger couple late 30's Indian male and early 40's white female both got hit much harder than I did (white 49yr old male). They seemed like they had the 24 hr flu. All of us had sore injection arms for 24-36 hours. My wife had a hard time lifting her arm the next day. I felt mild discomfort.

But no one complained about anything 36 hours later.
 

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So yesterday was rough. I worked a 12 hour shift Monday night, went home, slept about 2-3 hours, then had to come back to work for mandatory training required by DHS. I then went home for about 2 hours, came back and worked another 12 hour shift. I wasn't able to go to sleep right away, but after about 90 minutes, finally passed out. Woke up a few times to go to the bathroom, but ended up getting about 8 hours in total. Still feel ragged out. I have a 6 hour shift tonight at midnight, but I do have a four day weekend (since I took Sunday off). Hopefully I'll feel better by Friday.
 

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So me and my wife have had it as well as a few friends. We're all between late 30's and 50. From our experience it has varied. It's odd but older and male seems like it has less side effects. The people I know who've had it are white and Indians(subcontinent). We all got Moderna. The younger couple late 30's Indian male and early 40's white female both got hit much harder than I did (white 49yr old male). They seemed like they had the 24 hr flu. All of us had sore injection arms for 24-36 hours. My wife had a hard time lifting her arm the next day. I felt mild discomfort.

But no one complained about anything 36 hours later.
My father (white male mid 50's) had the Pfizer's vaccine and the only symptoms he got was a brief dizzy spell where he had to sit down the day after the first dose.
 

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So me and my wife have had it as well as a few friends. We're all between late 30's and 50. From our experience it has varied. It's odd but older and male seems like it has less side effects. The people I know who've had it are white and Indians(subcontinent). We all got Moderna. The younger couple late 30's Indian male and early 40's white female both got hit much harder than I did (white 49yr old male). They seemed like they had the 24 hr flu. All of us had sore injection arms for 24-36 hours. My wife had a hard time lifting her arm the next day. I felt mild discomfort.

But no one complained about anything 36 hours later.
This reflects my wife’s experience. She only had symptoms after the second dose, snd she had a 24 hour flu.
 
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