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    Western, anyone?

    Midnight blue velour finish Ukrainian rabbit fur body, true vintage ribbon, roan sweatband. Just the thing for that Western-themed wedding.
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    You know you are getting old when:

    “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.” — attributed to Mark Twain
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    You know you are getting old when:

    Like injections in the eye, the thought of having a toenail come off is worse than the experience of it. Such is my experience, anyway, which quite differs from closing a car door on the thumb. That was memorable.
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    Vintage toasters

    ^^^^^ I, too, happen to have a Sunbeam T9. It’s now on a shelf in the basement utility room. I used it regularly until an unexpected twist of fate dropped a gee-whiz Breville motorized toaster on my kitchen counter. The old Sunbeam’s lever that lowered the bread didn’t always “catch” properly...
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    You know you are getting old when:

    ^^^^^ Couldn’t tell you, Bob. I’ve had toenails come off completely without help from any health care provider, laser gizmo or not.
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    You know you are getting old when:

    My podiatrist trimmed my big toenails back to nearly nothing. Now I apply this anti-fungal stuff daily. There’s a treatment involving a laser which, according to the podiatrist, is all but certain to do the job. But it runs $800 and insurance doesn’t cover it. I recently saw an ad for a laser...
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    The Brotherhood of the Thin Ribbon

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    The Brotherhood of the Thin Ribbon

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    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    ^^^^^ You know the kinda cliche adage “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”? There’s a reason cliches become that. I don’t ever expect to get the kind of deal you got on that Staub stuff, but if I came across it at five times that price I’d snap it up.
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    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    And to think I thought I got a steal on this Danish Copco enamel-on-iron stuff, for which I paid $120 several months ago, as I recall. It’s true vintage, though, and they ain’t making it anymore and haven’t for quite some time. I see pieces from this line come up on eBay at what seem reasonable...
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    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    ^^^^^ It’s almost stunning that a seller in this day and age wouldn’t take a few seconds to look up online what that stuff costs.
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    ^^^^^ I can understand how what’s been called “cultural appropriation” might rub the wrong way. Native Americans, for instance, long ago had their fill of the caricatures and pale-faced actors in war paint playing “noble savages.” Still, though, we associate potatoes with the Irish and the...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    In either case, they ought be impounded. What too few people realize (or even care enough to consider) is that for people who need that space to get out of and back into their wheelchair accessible vehicles, not having it is not a minor inconvenience. Wanna do some grocery shopping? Can’t do it...
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    If you don’t know what’s wrong with these pictures, you’re in need of some skoolin’.
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    So trivial, yet it really ticks you off.

    I can’t help but think that whatever it is that makes special occasions special gets thoroughly diluted by these increasingly early reminders of them. If it’s the Christmas season for three months prior to the day itself a person has his fill of it long before that day arrives. It’s little...
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