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post #1921 of 2048 Old 06-01-2019, 07:31 AM
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HAHA perfect!! That sounds perfect, leopard seal banquet and buffet. Maybe polar bears can join too!
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You'd have to buy them an airline ticket to fly south!

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LOCAL TRAILS


I'm riding at least every second day on the tracks closer to home. Sunsmart is great fun; raced the dog up the big green hill on the neighbour's place yesterday with no prompting from me, just an "OK!" and whooooosh! The horse is 22 and has mild Cushings, but he still rides better than the average young riding school type horse. And his sense of humour, and his enjoyment of exploring his surroundings and looking at views, make riding him in scenery like hiking with a really good friend.

THE HAUNTED MICROWAVE OVEN

I don't have much in the way of news at present - the most exciting thing I can think up is that we have two haunted electrical appliances at home - the microwave and the stereo system. The microwave oven's turntable round-and-round thing broke years ago, but since we're old enough to remember pre-turntable microwaves, we simply pretended it was one of those, and put up with the odd exploding potato and volcanic eruption. And now something strange is happening: When we open the microwave and the light switches itself on inside, the turntable starts to turn slowly around and around when you're trying to put stuff in there. And then it stops when you close the door and heat your food. The moment you open the door, the turntable springs back to life and slowly, ominously turns around again... wooowoooowoooo...

The stereo is funny too... the CD player stopped working, worked again for no discernible reason (it can't have been that I shook it and said some rude words to it, can it?), and then stopped working again for no discernible reason. Maybe I need to shake it and recite the same words again? These days, you can't easily open these things to take all the dust out that's probably causing the problem... not made to be fixed grrrrr... It's not our only CD player, but still annoying...

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We had a haunted microwave too. It made a coarse buzzing noise when we turned it on. I thought it must be going out, but the food still heated. Then one day, I looked in the vent that came down from the ceiling and there was a bee in there! The vent went outside from over the stove and connected to the top of the microwave. Some bees had made a nest near the roof, and some were getting lost down the vent. Poor things, we were able to get nest out and screen it off.
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Sorry to go back to the previous topic, but I would like to respond to this:

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That can't be blamed on a man just because he was half of the equation
It was not my intent to play the 'blame game'. I was merely referring to the physiological mechanics of impregnation. There are plenty of other sexual practices that do not involve risk of pregnancy, and men need to take more reponsibility for their actions. In raising 2 teenage boys, I have been very clear with them on this point.

And, in reference to the protection of condoms, I was surprised to just check and find that the protection rate is now listed at 98%. Well, I don't know what's happened in the past 30 years, but I remember that in the AIDS-hooplah era, they were supposedly 99.8% effective. Looks like the boys have got to get their act together.

This is probably TMI, but, for medical reasons, I am not able to use hormone-based contraception, so my DH uses condoms. In doing the math, over our twenty-odd-year marriage, if condoms really are only 98% effective, I should have a couple dozen extra little Spanish Riders galloping around. Just sayin'.
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In doing the math, over our twenty-odd-year marriage, if condoms really are only 98% effective, I should have a couple dozen extra little Spanish Riders galloping around. Just sayin'.
Maybe the statistics are like our local weather reports. If they say there is a 5% chance of rain, it really means there is a 5% chance that it will rain all day.
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. @gottatrot !

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There are plenty of other sexual practices that do not involve risk of pregnancy, and men need to take more reponsibility for their actions. In raising 2 teenage boys, I have been very clear with them on this point.
This is very laudable!

And it means it's likely there's some BS their partners won't have to confront, that we've had to confront in our generation.

When my brother, in his early 40s and married, decided to jump into bed with his secretary just out of school and barely in her 20s, my (incidentally church-going!) mother saw nothing wrong with that. She didn't like his wife, who'd brought two children from a previous relationship into their marriage, and thought that wasn't really a marriage. When the girl got pregnant, it was considered her responsibility. I was fuming with my entire family - this was not just about cheating on a partner you were still married to (marriage on rocks or not, I don't think it's right to sleep with someone if you're still formally a couple with someone else, living with them etc), it was also a huge breach of duty of care of an older employer to a young employee. It's NOT OK ethically, in my book, for someone in a power position through being the employer to be having sex with a really young person in their employ - for a middle-aged man to be making eyes at a girl barely out of high school. This power imbalance also applies in some other circumstances, e.g. university lecturers who are grading students shouldn't be sleeping with them, even if both parties are over the age of consent. ...I suppose my mother really wanted a little virgin bride for her golden boy (no joke, she had been shopping for one and set up dates before my brother met his wife-to-be), who would carry his slippers for him too, and know her place. Don't get me started on misogyny and how women themselves perpetuate it too - not just men.


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And, in reference to the protection of condoms, I was surprised to just check and find that the protection rate is now listed at 98%. Well, I don't know what's happened in the past 30 years, but I remember that in the AIDS-hooplah era, they were supposedly 99.8% effective. Looks like the boys have got to get their act together.
I think it depends on the sample group etc. Also, at the peak of the HIV panic in the 1980s and 90s, condoms with nonoxynol-9 tended to be very popular, because this chemical fairly reliably kills the HIV virus as well as sperm, providing very good protection from HIV and pregnancy even in case of condom breakage / unnoticed leakage (effectiveness cited as about that figure; non-spermicidal condoms are less effective). Of course, even 99.8% effective means 2 in 1000 people are going to get pregnant in any given year using that method (and potentially get HIV - the risk rate for that is higher than for pregnancy since you can get it at any stage in the female cycle), which is not good if you happen to be those people.

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This is probably TMI, but, for medical reasons, I am not able to use hormone-based contraception, so my DH uses condoms. In doing the math, over our twenty-odd-year marriage, if condoms really are only 98% effective, I should have a couple dozen extra little Spanish Riders galloping around. Just sayin'.
On the other hand, couples who use barrier contraception tend to notice if a condom "blew up" and then use morning-after contraception as a backstop - giving them excellent pregnancy prevention statistics. It's when you don't notice that it becomes a problem, which is another case for keeping the light on!

This gets me back to the old family planning joke: How many condoms can you make out of a used tyre? ...365 if it's a Goodyear.

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It's when you don't notice that it becomes a problem, which is another case for keeping the light on!

My husband had a sex ed teacher in middle school- Miss Bailey- who he and his friends still talk about today because she was so memorable. Her most memorable line, on the theme above: "Students- you must INSPECT YOUR PARTNER. Turn those lights on and get to know them!"
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And watch out for jewellery - metal and latex don't mix well!

Our SexEd teacher blushed like a beetroot, and he made us fill out anatomical diagrams and role play "no". I swore I'd do better when I started teaching!

Horse testicles were always a hit, especially in Chinese take-away containers...

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This gets me back to the old family planning joke: How many condoms can you make out of a used tyre? ...365 if it's a Goodyear.
This made me cry of laughter

Also interested about the spermicide condoms vs regular condoms. I think spermicides are less popular because of the chemicals and there isnt as much as fear of HIV, thought maybe there should be?

I really think men and women are lacking a proper sexual education, I dont really remember a lot of sex education but it had barely anything to do about sex. Just about the parts of boys and girls, what they do and how sex works. But not how to put on a condom. More how to say no and that you can still pregnant, even with protection. The teacher teaching got pregnant in High School while on the pill, taking it at the correct time daily and her bf using a condom. I dont think she was lying, I think just bad luck. I also dont think she was prude, just had to teach by the districts requirement.

But gotta say seems most sex ed is on self discovery and education, rather than in a class room which is not comprehensive at all and barely covers female anatomy and sexual function. Always about men and how they ejaculate and that leads to conception. With nothing in terms of female enjoyment or pleasure. Just not a great dialog.

Think anything public is still exceptionally prude in the western world.
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