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post #1951 of 2048 Old 06-07-2019, 06:14 AM
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As far as sex ed goes, fair enough. It should be a sexual education course, in terms of experiments and in depth stuff they can learn from books, porn, etc but they should have comprehensive classes because I think adults with experience could learn a lot from those courses but of course it be optional and not public school curriculum

I also believe that in terms of Scandinavian countries, people are pretty responsible here. I think there is also less stigma of women owning their sexuality and knowing what they want and taking charge. It's pretty egalitarian in the North ! I dont think people should run hog wild with it but there is something to reduced stigma and people being responsible. The Nordics in general are very different IMO from the rest of Europe. There is the law of Jante here. It makes a difference. I think there is still a sense of individuality but the big thing of it is not exploiting each other or having such a high sense of entitlement that you genuinely believe you're better or more important than anyone else. Sometimes they take it too far and in some ways I think it holds people back from reaching their full potential but there is also a real fight and determination. Not a perfect society but a good one.

Also note Finland and Iceland are NOT a part of Scandiavia. Just Denmark, Norway and Sweden which is why I say the Nordics which include Finland and Iceland. Greenland is considered a part of Denmark (Sort of) and the Farroe Islands.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_Jante
What is Janteloven? The Law of Jante in Scandinavian Society

I also get SUPER annoyed with Americans who try to host Denmark as the example to completely misunderstand the political, legal and cultural system to perpetuate their ideas and Im like you guys dont understand The Nordic or Scandinavian ways at all. The way the Danes do things would NEVER work in America, had long discussion with Danes about it they all agree. America is too corrupt vs the vikings would be up in arms over running the capital and over throwing the government if their government was as shady and corrupt as in the US or southern european countries. The viking blood is still there!! Sorry I love my home and I am 70% Scandinavian

As for the song of Solomon, I think the Bible is full of lust, sex and seduction. It preaches one way but people behave another. David and Bathsheba to produce Solomon for example and the crimes against God David committed to obtain Bathsheba.

This song is supposedly about that. And it's just a great song.
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post #1952 of 2048 Old 06-07-2019, 07:28 AM
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Electronics: the fewer, the better. The cheaper, the better. In building our house, we went with the "best" brand: Siemens. Within 6 months, the fridge had died, and within 8 the washing machine. And not just a little bit, either. We're talking full-out electonic systems being replaced. Anyway, a few complaint letters later, and they extended the warrantees.

Ants: these are the only insects I actually kill. No fire ants here, just biting ants, so you don't want those near your outdoor dining areas. If they get near my figs, I also kill them. One year, while we were on vacation, they at every last fig on the tree.

PIGEONS!! It is nesting season here, and they are a major PITA. All over our balconies, trying to nest between the beams of the porch. We used to have a kestrel living on the porch, and I really wish he'd come back... Any suggestions?

Danes & Scandinavians: I am often asked if I am Scandinavian, and I have even had Danes and Swedes approach me in their languages in Madrid. I have often though it would be fun to visit a Scandinavian country to experience the feeling of "fitting in", which I never get here. I stick out like a sore thumb and turns heads in Spain.

My mum's cousin (diplomat) married a Danish woman. They were not able to have children, so they adopted two children while stationed in Korea in the 70's (so, the kids are my age). Apparently, they had lots of fun shocking people in Copenhagen by speaking perfect Danish, way back when before there were Asians in Europe.
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post #1953 of 2048 Old 06-07-2019, 07:40 AM
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To not take over your thread, I will answer trail ride comments on Over 40. But, since our @egrogan is a wee babe, I'll thank her here.

P.S. It was two-tempis, not one.
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Last time I looked, @Spanish Rider , there wasn't any quota on how long a thread can be. It's sort of, "How long is a piece of string?" Have you got any photos to post on the Trail Riding Thread? ...I guess I'll have to mosey over and see!

Hello, @MissLulu ! Sorry you got bruised! Interesting hobby we have, no?

Hope you're enjoying your study break, @DanteDressageNerd !

I'm a bit like this: ...so will return here when more awake! Have a good day, everybody!

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To not take over your thread, I will answer trail ride comments on Over 40. But, since our @egrogan is a wee babe, I'll thank her here.

P.S. It was two-tempis, not one.
Haha, in three more months my eligibility kicks in

Any flying changes I ride are accidental so twos or ones look equally magical to me!
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Flying changes are like collection: I never ask for them, but I sometimes get them. I generally prefer them to collection. Collection is pretty worthless for most of where & how I ride, although Bandit can do it fine when he feels a need. Slipping between the desert cactus is mostly done at a walk.

Ants: They may be wired to respond a certain way to electronic signals. You can force fish to come to you using electricity. In the old days, they called it "dialing for fish" because the equipment used with hand-crank phones could also create the electrical charge that resulted in fish swimming to one electrode. I did it a long time ago as part of a biological study on fish populations.

Once the ants die, their little ant bodies emit pheromones that draw other ants to attack. Who then die. My AC had thousands of ant bodies in it.

Pack rats: I've had $2,000 in damage done in one night. I don't feel bad killing them near the house and my cars.
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Thank you so much @SueC , for your kind words and loving song. I showed them to my daughter. She is struggling along as best she can. I think the worst is over, and now she is just slogging.

I am so sorry that you missed out on your ride, Sue, because of all the needed repairs you had to do. I hope you get many more rides in the future. I used to get my work done and reward myself with a ride. But as I got older, I started enjoying the rides first thing in the morning no matter what work needed to be done. I've gotten kind of addicted to those dawn rides now and feel quite deprived when I can't do them. Ride first; take care of everything else later.

@DanteDressageNerd , I love that Hallelulia song. Thanks for posting that.

@Spanish Rider , I wish we'd get that tardis. I would so love to have someone share my morning rides and I have lively extra horses that you would love. I have 11 saddles so surely we could find one that didn't bother your back. I've found that the horse and the saddle make a big difference in the riders' comfort. Some horses make me tired and others give me energy.
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Aww, @knightrider , I missed the post about your daughter. It's so hard to break up with someone we love. When I graduated from college and had my first teaching job, I had my first serious relationship. It happened through a series of events that made it seem like the universe was in control- I was at the grocery store one night buying a few things to bring to a friend's house to make dinner. The line was long to check out, and I was standing behind a solo guy who was very cute. We struck up a flirty banter, the line moved, and we both checked out and went our separate ways. About a month later, that same friend whose house I went to for dinner talked me into a blind double date with a friend/colleague of her boyfriend. I showed up at her house, and who was my blind date but the grocery store guy!? It felt like fate. And truthfully, we did have a great relationship and I would say he was my first love. About a year later, I thought we were getting ready to move in together...and he broke up with me. I was so floored and unmoored I actually had to physically get out of town-as in, literally move from Baton Rouge to Philly, where another friend was moving and needed a roommate. I had no job, knew no one there, heck, I had never even been there. But I had such a visceral reaction to being so devastated, that all I could think was "get out now and go far, far away." (To be clear, nothing physically or emotionally threatening happened to me, he was and is a wonderful person but just didn't want the same level of serious relationship I wanted- I think my reaction shows I had a different interpretation of the intensity of the relationship than he did!! ). I was pretty sad the first few weeks I lived in Philly- I still distinctly remember sitting on a bench in a beautiful park across the street from my apartment, just sort of sobbing quietly, when a homeless man passed me, only to return a few minutes later with a bottle of juice and a flower he picked for me, telling me that "I looked like I was really going through something and needed cheering up." I made some dumb relationship choices in the short term, but moving to Philly turned out to be an amazing step in my professional life and my sense of independence, so while I would never want to go through that breakup with J again, it set me on a path I am 100% sure I wouldn't have gone down had it not happened. I'll be honest, that was nearly 20 years ago, and it still hurts to think about it. So I don't believe that you move on and "get over" things like that, but you figure out how to file it away with other big life events and put it in context. Hope her next steps are positive ones! (you too @DanteDressageNerd !)

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Yes, that Tardis would come in handy, wouldn't it? I'll get my eldest to start working on it straight away… right after he finishes inventing light sabers.

@knightrider , I'll have you know that I was once in Florida. Spring break, 1990. I had a friend from high school who was studying aeronautics at Embry Riddle and living in Daytona Beach at a gated community with a landing strip so you could land and 'drive' your little Cessna up to your house and park it in the driveway. Very chic-chic frou-frou. We did the beach thing, the bar thing and the Disneyworld thing. None of it was my cup of tea, and I would have much preferred meeting you and your horses then!

Thought of you: tryouts for the Puy du Fou re-enactment riding team is on Monday, and a 19yo girl from the barn is trying out. It's been so funny to watch her practice riding one-handed, swinging dressage whips around and screaming like a banshee on Salomon, a big 17yo dressage horse. Makes me wonder about the accuracy of the re-enactment: how many women will they hire? Will the women dress as women, or men? I mean, medieval accuracy is in direct conflict with contemporary equal rights on this point, so I wonder how they'll resolve that issue.
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There are very few women doing theatrical jousting. The armor can weigh 100 pounds and the lances are 6 foot closet poles. When I did theatrical jousting, I had "mithrael" armor that I made from aluminum and jousted with a bamboo pole. I simply was not strong enough to manage the weight. Since it was my troupe, I could do what I liked--if show producers didn't like it, they could decide to not hire us.

In many professional troupes, I would not have been chosen to joust. I know of only one woman who rode in that kind of armor with the real lance that they use . . . and she didn't do it for very long. I think now there are some women jousters, but they are amazons. I wasn't.
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