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household cleaning tips


cups and mugs with coffee and tea stains can be cleaned with denture tablets.

fill them with warm water, add a tablet and when it stops fizzing empty and 

wash with your regular load of dishes.


To whiten cloth napkins, linens, and even socks, fill a large pot with water,

drop in several slices of lemon. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat.

Add the linens, and let them soak for about an hour. Then launder as usual.

remove soap scum off shower doors

Place about 1/2 cup of baking soda in a plastic container and pour enough

white vinegar on it to form a pasty mixture. Use a spoon to mix them up.

when it stops fizzing scoop some up with wiht a sponge and wipe it all over

the shower door and let it sit for 15 minutes or so ....while you go watch

television or have a snack.


use a window scrubber and squeegee like you use for your car windows

to clean it off - also paper towels.

some will have gotten  on the shower floor but that is not a problem.

it washes away.


keep the shower door clean afterwards by using Windex or some other

window cleaner.


I got these and other tips from DIY sites and have used them myself.

also they are 'old wives tales' and one of my great aunts told me

you didn't know that?   Every house wife out here knows those:P

Easter Island

I visit Easter Island waiting for the Easter Bunny to bring my eggs and got lonely.

so I'm back at Gamespot.

seriously though i was glad to through level 63 which took forever.

then I looked up 64 in the leveling guide and it goes even slower.

so Geez Louise be prepared for when you reach these two levels.

Ramadan Mubarak 1392


Decorations and Festivities are part of Ramadan


It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind

of tune-up for their spiritual lives. There are as many meanings of Ramadan as there are Muslims.

The third "pillar" or religious obligation of Islam, fasting has many special benefits. Among these,

the most important is as a means of learning self-control. Due to the lack of preoccupation with the

satisfaction of bodily appetites during the daylight hours of fasting, a measure of ascendancy is given

to one's spiritual nature, which becomes a means of coming closer to God.

Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur'an, giving charity, purifying

one's behavior, and doing good deeds. As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing

hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate, and learning thankfulness and appreciation

for all of God's bounties. Fasting is also beneficial to the health and provides a break in the cycle of

rigid habits or overindulgence


Ramadan is a time for family

While voluntary fasting is recommended for Muslims, during Ramadan fasting becomes obligatory.

Sick people, travelers, and women in certain conditions are exempted from the fast but must

make it up as they are able. Perhaps fasting in Ramadan is the most widely practiced of all

the Muslim forms of worship.


Preparing Suhoor


The daily period of fasting starts at the breaking of dawn and ends at the setting of the sun.

During the daylight hours -- Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking, and marital sex.

The usual practice is to have suhoor (prefast meal) before dawn and break the fast with iftar after sunset.


Since Ramadan is a special time Muslims in many parts of the world prepare certain favorite foods

during this month. It is a common practice for Muslims to follow the custom of the Prophet Mohammed(pbuh)

by breaking their fast at sunset with iftar(dates). This is followed by the sunset prayer, which is followed

by dinner. Since Ramadan emphasizes community aspects and since everyone eats dinner at the same

time Muslims often invite one another to share in the Ramadan evening meal.

Some Muslims find that they eat less for dinner during Ramadan than at other times due to stomach

contraction. However, as a rule, most Muslims experience little fatigue during the day since the body

becomes used to the altered routine during the first week of Ramadan.

with the increase of sweets many people also find they gain weight during Ramadan.

I did last year!

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is also believed to be the month when

the Holy Quran was sent down from Heaven as a "guidance unto men, a declaration of direction,

and a means of Salvation."

Ramadan may fall during any month of the Gregorian calendar. It takes approximately 35 years for

Ramadan to cycle through the entire solar/Gregorian calendar.

Muslims traditionally break their fast with dates(iftar), since that is what the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh)

is believed to have done.


Iftar for sale at the market


shopping for fanous


the Crescent Moon - symbol of the Holy Month

my first concerts

when I was watching adverts for CDs I was reminded of my first concerts.

while in high school I saw:

Gordon Lightfoot and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

and in the next year or two

I got to see Jefferson Airplane and Cold Blood

Santana, Tower of Power, Black Sabbath, and Merle Haggard

I even went to the Metropolitan Opera in San Francisco a couple of times.

Barber of Seville and Sweeney Todd

I liked every type of music even when I was young.

I got to see the folklorico at the community centre.

this was all my early experiences with music.

notice I say Jefferson Airplane NOT Starship.

Congratulations to Andy Murray

While I have nothing against Novak Djokovic I also have to think it is only proper

for an Englishman to finally win at Centre Court.

After all it has been awhile since an Englishman won at the:

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club

heat wave

it has been a balmy 43 for the last couple days and will be the same until

wednesday when the high is expected to go down to 41 and stay there until

the end of the week.

Even at night the low is about 24.

In American 43 is 110 - 41 is 106 and 24 is 75.

and my area is far from the hardest hit by this heatwave.

some of the southwest has reached temperatures in excess of 50 (122)

I usually mow about 8.30 to 9.00 in the morning but is already 30 (84)

by then so I watered and let it go but eventually will have to mow

despite the heat.

Heat wave

Pregnancy Q and A


If you are planning or considering becoming a parent they you should think about it.

Here are a sampling of helpful questions and answers regarding

the miracle of childbirth.

Q. Should I have a baby after 35?

no 35 children is plenty.

Q. I'm two months pregnan. When will my baby move?

With any luck, right after college.

Q. What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?


Q. My wife is 5 months pregnant and so moody she is borderline irrational.

So What's the question?

Q. The childbirth instructor says it is not pain you feel during labour,

but pressure. Is she correct?

Yes, in the same way a tornado can be called an air current.

Q. When is the best time to get an epidural?

Right after you find out you are pregnant.

Q. Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my

wife is in labour?

Not unless the word 'alimony' means something to you.

Q. Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?

Yes, pregnancy.

Q. Do I have to have a baby shower?

Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly

Q. our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and

act normal again.

When the kids are in college.

ON NO a true emergency!

my mom called from the hospital and I could tell by her voice that something

was desperately wrong!

Was one of my sisters in a car wreck - did the house burn down -

who got divorced or lot their job.

it was even worse than that:twisted:

Her Kindle died :cry:

she said if you call right now you can get me a new one tomorrow.

Don't laugh when I told them my mother was in hospital and

she was lost without her Kindle they sent a replacement by one day UPS.

this is, by the way the second time they have sent a replacement.

many kindles have been replaced and most I know of personally is 7.

despite an even worse record than xbox or PS3 they will continue to

replace them free of charge so people keep coming back.

not certain but I believe amazon prime is a huge advantage. it is like

having a warranty that doesn't expire until you drop the prime account.

MS and Sony take a lesson.

everyone who has gotten thereselves a free kindle from the amazon prime

has become a fan and has given them some free advertising.

also has been helping the advance of casual gaming and

we see more things like WWF, Bejeweled, Angry Birds, etc.

Android games are starting to have a huge impact.

Jon Stewart captured in Cairo

The American political satirist Jon Stewart has appeared as a guest on Egypt's top

satirical TV show, which is modelled after his own programme "The Daily Show."

Stewart was brought onto the set of El Bernameg (The Programme) wearing a

black hood and introduced by presenter Bassem Youssef as a captured foreign spy.

Youssef, one of Egypt's most popular TV presenters, has been questioned by

prosecutors on accusations of blasphemy and insulting the president.

A trained heart surgeon, Youssef catapulted to fame when his video blogs

mocking politics received hundreds of thousands of hits shortly after the 2011

uprising that toppled former leader Hosni Mubarak.


photo and story from BBC 22 June 2013

It looks like he had as much fun as he usually does on his own show.

Ninth anniversary and ReKall

I joined Gamespot on June 16 2004.

in Instand ReKall of admins.

that was about the same time Bethany Massimilla started here.

Remeber those days? the glory days of Gamespot when

BethanyM was the community manager and CJayC was at GameFAQs!

when the boards merged she had admin powers on both sides

which were rarly used since she really was a link between the moderators

and CJayC but she was a more prolific poster and seen as an invader from

GS so when a popular GFAQer got banned for flaming Beth got blamed and

even after she was soley the Gamespot admin and CJayC posted that the

rumor was false and she never banned or evern modded GameFAQers they

always blamed and feared her.

Bethany was held in lower esteem at GameFAQs than the community here

has ever held any of our moderators, any of them you can name!

There was even a Make a BethanyM Mask day held in GF!

we liked and respected her in Gamespot even more probably because of the

way the GameFAQers disrespected our admint.

Jody came along to give her some assistance...then ........

Sophia....and ......

and so it we only wonder how long Syn will say with us!!!