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BigV 02-13-2008 10:49 AM


The Good news is you're ok.

Bad news is your poor car....

So sorry.

Sundae 02-13-2008 10:52 AM

My Great Aunt Alice died on Sunday morning at 07.30.
Also I had intended to write a long(ish) post in her honour today, to remind myself why I loved her and to share some funny stories with you.

I've just found out that the library is closing at 17.00 instead of 17.30 and now I won't have time.

I will post more about her when I can though - she was a great woman and I loved her more than my Grandmother. The funeral will be next week sometime and I know I will find it hard to get through.

We went to see her in hospital on Friday, although it was only to show we cared as she was expected to be out within days. Mum said to me on the way there, "You do have something to wear to the funeral don't you, if and when it comes up?" Which really made me laugh at the time as she's spent most of my life trying to get me out of black. I said, "Mum! If anyone has black clothes it's me!" I had no idea I'd be wearing them so soon.

Alice Doyle RIP.

BigV 02-13-2008 11:56 AM

My condolences, SG. I have a very dear Aunt too. I'm sure you miss yours.

limey 02-13-2008 01:42 PM

Hugs SG.

Aliantha 02-13-2008 04:51 PM

I'm sorry for your loss SG. If there's anything I can do let me know.

Also, I note your Aunts name is Doyle. My Nana's maiden name was Doyle. I wonder if somewhere down the line we could be related. Wouldn't that be a trip and a half.

My thoughts are with you my friend.

DanaC 02-13-2008 05:18 PM

*Hugs SG* My condolences, never easy. Fill us in when you can, chuck.

jinx 02-13-2008 08:08 PM

Aw, Im sorry SG.

Clodfobble 02-14-2008 10:12 AM

Wow, lots of sadness in the thread... Very sorry to hear about your respective woes, HM and SG. :(

Griff 02-14-2008 03:48 PM

Too true Clod. Chins up everybody.

Aliantha 02-14-2008 03:49 PM

I'm going to try and keep all my chins up. ;)

(that was a little joke. I hope people can have a little laugh at my expense) (I'll put the bill in the mail)

LabRat 02-15-2008 01:29 PM


Originally Posted by Armin (Post 411233)
This is pretty damned upsetting.


Originally Posted by classicman (Post 411370)
"The Coffee House reported in May about the North Pacific gyre becoming a dead zone for human plastic trash.


Originally Posted by BigV (Post 411398)
Another good writeup of why it's not "visible from space, for pete's sake! twice the size of Texas! Gimme a break" [/skeptic]


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 411462)
Because the media has completely misrepresented what it actually is. It is in no way an "island," nor is it floating. It is basically just dirty water, a soup of tiny bits of plastic.

The question, just like with global warming, is not whether it "really" exists but what it means. Is it a long-term danger? Is there realistically anything we can do about it?

In case anyone is interested, another article about the central Pacific gyre by Captain Charles Moore Aboard Oceanographic Research Vessel, Alguita. Explains how this has happened, meteorologically.

Apparently they have done photography and spent time studying this...

"As we drifted in the center of this system, doing underwater photography day and night, we began to realize what was happening. A paper plate thrown overboard just stayed with us, there was no wind or current to move it away. This is where all those things that wash down rivers to the sea end up. On October 10, during our return trip to Santa Barbara, we discovered something never before documented -- a Langmuir Windrow of plastic debris. Circular ocean currents with contrary rotation create long lines of material, visible from above as streaks on the ocean. Normally these are formed by planktonic organisms or foam, but we discovered one made of plastic. Everything from huge hawsers to tiny fragments were formed into a miles long line. "
Interesting read...

Chocolatl 02-18-2008 02:49 PM

To cut a long story short:
My grandmother is dying.
She can't come to my wedding.
My dad is trying to take care of her and make her as comfortable as possible.
As a result, he may not be able to come to the wedding, either.
The wedding is 3 weeks away.
I am currently curled up in the university library crying my eyes out.
And I can't skip class tonight.

Clodfobble 02-18-2008 02:52 PM

I'm so sorry, Chocolatl. How far away does your grandmother live?

Chocolatl 02-18-2008 02:56 PM

She is currently about four hours away, at my dad's house in South Florida. I got to see her last weekend when she was in a hospital about an hour away from here, but my dad says she's gone "downhill" since then, so they sent her home with him.

Aliantha 02-18-2008 04:29 PM

I'm sorry about your situation Choco. I guess you have some tough choices coming up maybe.

My thoughts will be with you and kits.

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