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A conversation the other night during band practice got me thinking.  The "older" drummers were worried that kids who don't learn cursive won't be able to sign checks or other documents.

But, those kids won't be writing or signing checks; the system is trending paperless for money transactions.  Signatures will become fingerprints, or some other bio-metric information, and your ID will become your iris pattern.  A sample of your DNA will replace the little footprint ID at birth.

Everything we buy will be tracked and the IRS will know when we have spent more than we earn.  I have resisted a debit card for 30 years just to maintain some privacy.  I acquired and used cash, but since "direct deposit" in retirement, checks have become my first line option for paying.  Cash sales can be private, but checks are not.

I have long worried that the money system will break down if there is an event that interferes with electronic money; will we be left with only our change jars and a keen sense of barter?

Should I continue to keep some currency in a pickle jar in the back yard?
Even with the crisis of World Wars and some governments just printing so much money that inflation was staggeringly out of control, there was still something a family could hold in its hands to trade for what it needed, but the use of paper currency here in the US continues to decline, and there is nothing tangible about electronic money.
Do you have cash, or is your wallet filled with cards?
So my question to you is.... What else do you see changing as we continue down the path to an electronic future, and citizens must use "new and improved" ways to do their daily business?
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  •  Good morning. (13+ / 0-)

    Today's diarist didn't have a diary in the queue.    The above diary is a fill-in.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 12:12:26 AM PDT

  •  My wallet is full of cards. (12+ / 0-)

    AAA card. Medicare card. Health insurance card. Dental insurance card. My YMCA card is supposed to be in there but it's hiding. Cards with doctors' appointments on them. My Costco card. A debit card, now two debit cards.

    Cards for this. Cards for that. Mostly cards that remind me of things. People whose numbers I need to know. Docs. The ferry ticket. Oh yeah, my ID and my disability ID.

    No credit cards, and I use cash when I can. Call me old-fashioned. I just wrote two checks recently.

  •  Random Quilt for today (10+ / 0-)

    Today's subject is tough to find a coordinating quilt

    Dawn Prayers on the Ganges~Quilt by Meri Henriques Vahl

    Dawn Prayers on the Ganges~Quilt by Meri Henriques Vahl
    This quilt was show at the Pacific International Quilt Festival

  •  Currency is like the alphabet, symbols that (13+ / 0-)

    represent quantities and value, rather than ideas and sounds. The mistake many people make is taking the symbol for the thing. What the dollar symbolizes is an obligation between people and a promise (it's a promisory note) that this obligation will be satisfied, somehow, by somebody. Currency is a social utility, which actually why the entities that issue it (the U.S. Treasury, the European Central Bank, the UK Central Bank) have a right to call it back (as revenue) by levying a tax. The object is not to get it all back at once, but to keep the currency in the current, circulating. The problem we have when the tax system is not adequate is that the current stops and things dry up downstream.
    Now, whether the symbols are on paper or transmitted electronically doesn't so much matter. What matters is that the issuing and the collecting is not artificially interrupted on a whim or to make a political point (the sequester).
    Congress, which is in charge of the U.S. currency, has let the country down. It's not so much because they delegated the issuance of the currency to go through the Federal Reserve, as, by rationing the amount that's spent for public services and using the tax system to reward their cronies, they've almost brought the current to a halt.
    There's a graph that shows that.

    The number of people using a particular currency depends largely on the credibility of the issuing agency. Which is why the U.S. Treasury is concerned about forgeries. But, the nice thing about currency is its anonymity. Dollars don't care who uses them and they don't care whether the user knows how to read and write. Indeed, currency makes it possible for people who can only read numbers to enter into contracts and memorialize their obligations without having to write anything down. Money enables transactions; it's an aide memoire that illiterate people can depend on. (The whole country of Zimbabwe is now running on U.S. dollars). Where we have a problem is when people are restricted from accessing the use of currency, shut out from normal intercourse, as, for example, are the recipients of food debit cards. People deprived of adequate pay for their labor (enough to sustain them and their off-spring) are now being required to accept a substitute for the currency everyone else gets to use and restricted to just buying food. Which is not very different from some people being restricted from certain residential districts in times place. Debit cards for food are discriminatory. But the poor, you see, are not yet a "protected class." It's entirely legal for agents of government to treat poor people differently because they have no right to sustenance. People have a right to life, but not to live. A living has to be earned by being subservient.

    Just as marriage is a contract between two adult persons and doesn't require a document to be valid, an obligation to provide a good or service need not be documented by a public promisory note. Currency just facilitates the passing of obligations around.
    Of course, many of our public officials seem not to get the concept of obligation. We should not elect such people to public office, which requires them to take an oath to carry out obligations, but hiring is always a crap shoot. That's why we have firings.

    •  You are so correct about the poor being denied (7+ / 0-)

      access to the US medium of exchange.  When banks and governments take away and control how individuals access markets, they have essentially made them dependent.  Not a choice many people would make for themselves.

      Several of the individuals helped here at Kos by community fundraisers no longer have access to banking.

      Another good reason to support the Post Office, it is the most reasonable alternative for some to acquire cash.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:57:30 AM PDT

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      •  Now that everyone is hooked on money, (7+ / 0-)

        people are poor because they have no money.
        Why do they have no money? Because some people refuse to let them have any and other people steal what they have.

        The easiest way to accumulate money is to steal it. Legal theft makes it even easier. The irony is that while money is easy to quantify and thus a theft should be easy to prosecute, our lawmakers have jiggered the laws so that a theft of money, which is constructed so as not to reveal who owns it, is difficult to prove. If that sex was coerced is hard to demonstrate, that money was stolen is even harder.
        Obviously not impossible, which is why self-dealing is now explicitly permitted in the "boiler plate" language of powers of attorney. Now, when a person gives a power of attorney ahead of time to provide for the possibility of being mentally incapacitated, s/he actually surrenders the right to charge mismanagement when an agent rewards himself handsomely on the spot. Consent trumps abuse.
        You see how that works. That was also the legal basis for DADT. Military personnel were considered to have surrendered all their human rights when they consented to be subservient to the military code. Apparently the legal beagles were able to come up with an excepting formulation, but it took a while.
        Traffic law enforcement is predicated on the premise that, in accepting a license to operate a motor vehicle, the person consents to be stopped and interrogated and ordered out of the vehicle at any time. Law enforcers would like to extend that principle not just to all occupants of a vehicle, but to all persons they encounter in the vicinity of vehicles, such as pedestrians looking to cross or even walking along side a street or thoroughfare (e.g. the prohibition of walking along highways). People in cages on wheels are so easy to deal with! Everyone should be so compliant!

        •  I know a guy that was walking in the LA area (5+ / 0-)

          several years ago.  A patrol car rolled up to him and asked him to "pull over".  

          A person alone in a car can ask that the cop's supervisor come to the scene of a traffic stop before exiting the vehicle.

          There are many things about modern law enforcement that trample on rights individuals have to move about freely.

          The "red-light" traffic cameras are able to collect info on anyone's auto to see where it goes during the day.  The potential for abuse at every level of government is apparent.

          I don't like the feeling of being watched, whether it is tracking my transactions or tracking my car.  

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

          by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:18:42 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning, everyone. (10+ / 0-)

    I dont use checks any more.  I use cash for little things, and bigger purchases go on a credit card that gives a discount or rebate.  I pay all bills in full each month through my credit union's electronic banking.

    •  My husband made a poor business decision (9+ / 0-)

      a long time ago.  Our accounts were frozen, then emptied.  Our bank let us know that it was happening, so I was able to avoid the embarrassment of not paying bills.  I learned not to keep it all in a joint account, and to keep some access to cash that is not dependent on a bank.  In his next business, he was a sole proprietor.  That probably saved me $100,000 when he passed away.  I was not responsible for those debts.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:02:42 AM PDT

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  •  My mother still pays in cash, writes (8+ / 0-)

    checks, does not have a debit card. She has a couple pf credit cards that she uses when traveling or for making purchases online.

    I rarely carry cash--usually only in NY, oddly enough--mostly use a debit card. I write checks to NARAL and PP because they send me snail mail. Also magazine subscriptions.

    I have a couple of credit cards that DH pays, and one double-secret credit card in my name only, from before I was married. It has a 7.24% APR. I rarely use it.

    I am miserable that I am up this early =( Boo. I went to bed after midnight =(

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 04:05:45 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    Going up to the 80's today, and sunny.

    I'm a credit card girl.   We only have 2 credit cards.   One is for everyday use, and the other is only for online use.   Both of them are Disney cards, and they give us Disney Dollars, which we use when we go to Disney World in the winter.

    I rarely carry more than $25.00 with me, and I never carry a checkbook except to Costco.  

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:15:12 AM PDT

    •  Good morning broths! (6+ / 0-)

      In our business we like checks, in fact we no longer take credit cards because the companies that processed them were ending up with 15% of our credit card sales.  The fees to "comply" and  "belong" were much higher as we went along, the swipe fees we could manage.

      We still offer credit for big purchases like lawn tractors, but we offer a 3% discount for cash on those items, saving the customer what we would have to charge them for access to the credit.

      Some of our old timers take the word cash literally, bringing us old hundred dollar bills they have had stashed in the wall.  We have had to explain where we got the large cash deposits to the guvmnt.  We might be selling tractors to money launderers or drug dealers instead of to old farmers raised during the depression.

      I carry two checkbooks, a smidgen of cash and have cards that I keep active by buying gifts and making online donations.

      What really bugs me is all the cards I have to carry to get the deals at the stores.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:06:28 AM PDT

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  •  You do know that in Europe (9+ / 0-)

    a response to this by somebody under about 25 would be "what's a personal check? (or cheque to use the British spelling)"  No shop will accept them at the checkout.

    In London it costs you double fare if you use cash rather than a pre-payment "Oystercard" or contactless debit or credit card.

    Mind you there are very strict personal data protection laws  (which in part was behind the dispute with the US over transmitting passenger details in advance of flights). Also, before debit cards became the norm, cheques were supported by a guarantee scheme which covered the whole of the EU (and wider) based around the UK's cheque card, through the Eurocheque scheme.  The need for a separate book of these special cheques was negated when the guarantee system extended so, in effect, the local bank's cheque became a Eurocheque (a bank card carried the "EC" Eurocheque logo, the cheque guarantee Shakespeare hologram and the logo of whichever of the UK cash dispenser (ATM) groupings the bank belonged to (both Visa and Mastercard co-operated by making their ATMs interoperable so any machine could be used by a customer of any other bank).

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 05:32:35 AM PDT

    •  Definitely, I have two worries about electronic (6+ / 0-)

      money, the first is the ability for you to be tracked via your transactions and the second is the concern about having the entire system crash or intentionally crashed by a bad actor.

      One huge money system means only one successful attack could change the world.  I am a believer in having several redundant systems as a safety measure.

      I would feel better with better privacy protection and requiring the NSA to have a warrant,  I think that folks' private transactions remaining private is implied in "right to be secure in your home and papers".  

      We 'mericuns have a long history of resisting authority and I try to do my part to keep the tradition alive!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:30:07 AM PDT

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      •  It's a matter of utility (4+ / 0-)
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        There is a balance between the sacrifice of personal information and  a benefit in terms of convenience and security.  I would have thought that the near universal use of government documents such as a driving license or SS card in the USA would actually mean you are giving away more information about yourself than is available in a debit card transaction, not the least of which is your address which is certainly not required for things like a family's weekly shopping.

        As another example, in Europe travellers' cheques are mostly used as a means to take cash cheaply while on holiday - at the moment the charges at ATMs in other countries have still not been regulated as heavily as the roaming fees for cellphone use. It is extremely rare for them to be accepted in shops other than those in larger tourist areas and only then probably in major and exclusive shops (Harrods etc) Surely they are themselves a form of record of your transactions when used in shops and requesting them tells your bank that you are about to travel even if it is only to a few states away.  

        Even ordinary US cheques are electronically transferred between banks so your information is "in the system" anyway.

        We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

        by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:47:01 AM PDT

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        •  Not only where you live, etc, but also where you (3+ / 0-)
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          are at a given time and what you buy.  I got a canning kettle that uses pressure to process red beets a short while back, I would hesitate to shop for one of those today.

          I recognize the utility of having one universal account that is accepted by all, but even little banking errors can cause havoc in an individual's life.  

          I have been using checks at Rite-aid for years, suddenly, their check verification system is denying them.  I have had the same account since 1978,  I don't think it is something I did, but so far, the off-shore verification company has not been able to resolve the error.  Tractor supply uses the same system, so now there are at least two stores that are losing my business.  I don't want to charge things.

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

          by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:05:12 AM PDT

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          •  Well consider this (3+ / 0-)
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            Rite-aid almost certainly record the details of your transaction, including what you purchased, for their own records. Stock keeping is the primary reason they start this but of course store "loyalty" cards give them an opportunity to analyse your purchases.

            I'm quite happy to do this as I get the equivalent of a 1% money back and targeted vouchers - I am a vegetarian so it would be neither sensible  nor sensitive for them to send me coupons for money off meat products for example. I'd rather that than having junk mail two insurance companies dump on me almost every week despite me sending back increasing heavy return messages saying stop using their prepaid envelopes (my contribution to the mail system).

            We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

            by Lib Dem FoP on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:55:55 AM PDT

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  •  Debit card and cash. (6+ / 0-)

    I messed up with credit cards when I was very young, so I wouldn't have one now, even if I could.  I rarely carry much cash and use the debit card a lot.  I do think about being "followed" electronically, but the card has helped me control my finances.  I consider that a benefit that nearly balances my privacy concerns.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 06:41:34 AM PDT

  •  Have to go to the office today. :( (6+ / 0-)

    It's going to be interesting getting down the driveway and then back up it this evening. Mr. C had to take a long detour home last night because roads were flooded. It wasn't supposed to rain here yesterday, but it did. thankfully not too much on our property, but there was a huge monsoon in the area.

    I haven't written a check in years. I have one credit card and always have an envelope of cash hidden away. Mr C is a computer systems developer, and he wrote one of the first credit card processing systems in the US. We know the fragility of the system. Kind of like the US power grid. :0

    Have a great day everybody!

  •  My son was unable to learn cursive (6+ / 0-)

    because he saw it as art, and could never read it. He could copy it perfectly, but it took him hours literally. So we moved to typing and worked harder on his printing. The only cursive we did work on was his signature. And we practice that periodically to make sure it sticks. He sees it as an artistic word. He still can't tell you the individual letters, other than he knows it has to be because he knows how to spell his name. He needs the start and stop of each letter in printing for his brain to process it.

    But, you can tell your drummer friends that just because a kid doesn't learn cursive doesn't mean they can't develop or learn their signature :).

    Now Bit loves cursive, for her it's a lot easier than having to deal with letter spacing vs. word spacing. I think it's in part a dyscalculia thing because it's less spacial reasoning to worry about. She just started cursive and she's already faster with it with the letters she knows than she is with printing. AND she can read it. The S through her at first, but I think it does everyone.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 07:22:50 AM PDT

  •  I like the way this diary took on at least three (7+ / 0-)

    divergent tracks!!  We are a lively bunch!  :-D

    First of all.....interesting theme, weck!  I keep a "stash" of "real" money on hand because there are still places that only accept cash.  They deal in ice cream, and if you think I'm going without my ice cream, well, there are bridges I could sell you.....cheap.  For cash.  heh.

    Years ago, The Beloved and I had a conversation about electronic deposit.  He didn't like it.  I had to "essplain" to him that there was not an actual drawer at the bank with our name on it, wherein there was "our" money.  There were numbers on paper that represented money.  That money represented value.  That value represented the hours he had worked.  That's all it ever is.  Unless you barter, and even then......represent.

    Second.......the possum vanishes!!  Last night, housemate borrowed my car and went to run an errand.  Was gone for two solid hours and returned with a wounded possum which she promptly stashed in the only bathroom to which I have access.  Hence cactusgal's warnings of the rabid possum.  I think she meant the wild one, not the housemate, but who knows??  This morning....the possum, the housemate and my car are all gone.  The plan, I believe, was for housemate to take possum to be treated at the Wildlife Sanctuary, but who know??  For all I know.......

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    In which case, I shall have to have a chat wiff da boys...

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    Thirdly.......

    I think we should all be doing diaries!  Well, all of us who want to!  Why not?  Not everybody wants to, or has time, certainly, but anyone who does, should be able to, without fear of toe-stepping.  Just write it and pop it in there.  

    This is a perfect place to not only keep track of each other, but get our toes (and feet) wet in the diary writing process.  There are excellent hints in the Welcome New Diarists pages to help, and both weck and broths have been just aces at helping a n00b like me get 'er done.

    So.......why not just let 'er rip?  I'll try to get one or two done in the next few days.  I've got a few things on my plate, though, so I'll be a bit slower than normal, so bear with me, please.

    If more of us at least try our hands at the diary thing....I think IAN will be a lot more fun, a lot more interesting, and a lot more engaging for all of us.  betcha folding money!!

    There!  I covered all three things, and it only took me most of the morning.

    Now....what the ever lovin' blue-eyed hell is a ROUS????
    Rat
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    Unusual
    Size????

    Rumsfeld's
    Often
    Unused
    Soul???

    Don't get me started!!!!

    bwaaaahaaahaaaahahaaahahahahahahahah!

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:06:20 AM PDT

    •  How's your head? (5+ / 0-)

      I am a work in progress. Still.

      by broths on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:34:24 AM PDT

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    •  Marti, how about you take Sept 16 for me? (5+ / 0-)
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      We're having a party on 9/14, with two or three houseguests for sure. If it's a REALLY good party, we'll have MORE houseguests =)

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:36:19 AM PDT

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    •  Rodent of unusual size. Found in the Fire Swamp (5+ / 0-)

      described in "The Princess Bride".   Movie is well worth seeing again!  Some of the best character actors, ever!  Horses, sword fights! True Love!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:41:13 AM PDT

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      •  No, No, No!!! Dat's wuve...twue wove!!! :-D!!!! (4+ / 0-)
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        I completely blanked on that....and I ADORE that movie!!!

        Plus, I am bowled over by the soundtrack...it gets me every single time.  

        Hmmm.  As soon as I treat myself to "Ghost Shark" (no, really!!!)  I'll have to watch it again.

        I had such fun watching "Sharknado"...the housemates do not get it...poor sods...but our mutual friend and I had a blast giggling madly at how utterly bad it was!  I've been waiting for "Ghost Shark".......and it was on the weekend before and I missed it!! Oh, noooooooooooooes!  Got it this weekend, though, along with "Sliding Doors" which is one of my other fav weird romantical movies.

        And to think all this started with another rodent playing dead.

        Weird I tells ya!

        We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

        by The Marti on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:59:12 AM PDT

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    •  What is an ROUS: (3+ / 0-)
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      That is an ROUS.

      As for diaries, if anyone wants to post on a Friday just let me know so I don't write one. School has started, so I have no problem giving up a Friday morning or two a month. Have at it.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 08:52:49 AM PDT

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      •  I can't do a 'regular' diary for a while, until I (5+ / 0-)
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        get all these doctors' appointments out of the way.  And it looks like it's going to be a while for those.  Pick a body part and I have an MD who wants to have at it!

        ewww.  That sounds a lot grosser than I intended!!  lolz.

        Besides........variety, people!!!  Step right up, getcher Friday Diary Date right chere,  C'mon........ya know ya want to, right?

        (wiggles eyebrows, grins suggestively)

        Well it used to work!

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        We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

        by The Marti on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:03:05 AM PDT

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        •  it's ok, that you can do a 'regular' diary (4+ / 0-)
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          I don't do 'normal' ones anyway :P. I just meant if someone wants to take one, they don't have to worry about my toes, just let me know you're taking it so I don't write one too lol.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:23:08 AM PDT

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          •  I'm doing the one on the 15th for BK...since Miss (4+ / 0-)
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            "Party Hearty" is going to be entertaining that weekend.

            Oh, the stories she should make up.....I mean tell!!!

            I might be able to get another one together to put in the queue for use 'as needed'.  

            My silliness is to encourage our other laggards to put fingers to keyboard and keep me from being the only one to flaunt my foolishness in public.  

            You know what they say:  Goofiness loves company!

            :-D

            We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

            by The Marti on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 09:32:12 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you, Marti! (0+ / 0-)

      For asking the question about ROUS. Does DKos have a FAQ regarding internet abbreviations and acronyms? If not, they should! I still wonder about a lot of the ones I see around. Sometimes I can figure 'em out eventually, and other times--I'm stumped! Maybe someone should do a diary on those? Just as a suggestion.

      Since I have done diaries elsewhere on DKos, I'd have no problem with doing one here. I just have to think a bit about what the topic would be, and I'm a little preoccupied with thinking about poetry for IK, and what I'm going to write about for NaNoWriMo....

      What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

      by Kit RMP on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 03:26:39 AM PDT

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  •  Morgaine update (3+ / 0-)
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    here: Open Letter from a Grateful Little Targ

    For anyone interested. Pics are included.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 11:31:50 AM PDT

  •  Halloween Ghost Milk Jugs-Really Cute! (3+ / 0-)
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    I had planned to post this early this morning but I had to go to bed before the diary went up.  This is a great decoration idea that don't cost money and you can recycle the milk jugs into something cute.  Passing this idea around now gives time to people, who would really get into Halloween, to save empty milk jugs.  It is something you can do with kids.  Enjoy!

     

    •  That is a cute idea! (2+ / 0-)
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      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 01:33:58 PM PDT

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    •  I bet this would work with glow sticks (2+ / 0-)
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      as well as the tea lights, and then you could get different colors. And then you wouldn't have to cut a hole in it.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Sep 04, 2013 at 02:13:57 PM PDT

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      •  Yes it would and also with white Christmas lights. (3+ / 0-)
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        If you don't have the money for battery tea lights or glow sticks, you can use last years Christmas lights through the top.  Just poke some down the top and set the next jug in place and poke some in that one until you have all the jugs and lights arranged.

        I would even use black paper for the face and then reuse the jugs for Thanksgiving with leaves. Luminaries are popular for Christmas here in South Florida so I may just use them again in a different Christmas theme.

        I found some ideas using toilet and paper towel tubes.  So I will post them also later in the week.  

        When you are out of ideas and money it is nice to find these little crafts for the holidays that you can do with kids or just dress the house up with.  I am always open for new kids craft ideas.

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