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About walla299

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  1. Romaine Lettuce Dangerous?

    Good to know. I'm not that far from Yuma. Pretty sad when eating something "healthy" can sicken and maybe kill you.
  2. I've been broke, no car in an area where that is a serious limitation, dead end job, dead end life. That's basically been my experience too. I'm not being sarcastic when I say welcome to church in the USA. I had a bad case of culture shock when I came back from Germany, where we had a real church community, to . . . something else here in the US. It took around a year and a half to find my current church because I was looking for one where the Bible was still preached as God's Word. The church itself is small, too small for any "fill in the blank" ministry you'd like to name. We're also scattered all over a large area and so are limited to Sunday worship for the most part. At most churches in my area, you're on your own if you're single. Yes, I said it. I've had some act like I was a threat. Years ago I had some folks ask me if I was gay because I was in my mid-30's and not married. So any fellowship or soul winning takes place outside the local church for me. I spend a lot of time in recovery groups because I'm also a homeless drug addict that Jesus cleaned up, and that's a great place to share Jesus as the Spirit leads. I haven't done it in awhile, but I also used to do some volunteering at the local rescue mission. Both of these are great "mission fields" right in my back yard - and most in recovery know they're messed up already but not root cause. There's also the Salvation Army. They had a fellowship dinner thing going on every Friday not too far from my home, so I'd go there for some extra fellowship and networking. Check out some of the local churches, recovery groups, or homeless shelters in your area for some other ideas. The shelters usually have a good line on other programs in the area. The no car thing sucked. There's no other way to say it, so I won't bother. I lost many job opportunities because I was stuck on the bus and either couldn't get there on time to start work - or couldn't get home due to getting off work after the last bus ran! Drove me nuts to the point where I was really starting to hate life in general. The recovery groups and volunteering helped me to stay grounded because they gave me chance to serve others, which is something the Lord has called us to, and it probably kept me from doing something stupid and getting in trouble. I spent a lot of time on the bus and on my mountain bike even in the summer when it was over 100 degrees - one of the benefits of living in a desert.
  3. Hmm . . . sorry, bud, but that's starting to sound a bit Gnostic. Just sayin'. Deeper Relationship was the same thing the Gnostics were claiming and were roundly condemned in Scripture.
  4. Embassy move in May

    Protests most likely. There's always protests. Maybe the Useless UN will condemn Israel again, or not. Something to keep an eye on anyway. No need to worry since God's got this all worked out - and we know who wins in the end.
  5. That job was taken last I heard . . .
  6. Gonna add an amen here. There are many on the boards who have walked with the Lord for many years, and I'm not impressed with the tone of your posts either. They carry the flavor, if you will, of someone who thinks they are at some higher level in the Christian life, and its getting rather old. Pfft. Jesus said become a servant of all.
  7. I just don't understand the Facebook outrage

    Yep. Q. Wanna fix Windows 10 so you'll never have any more trouble with it? A. 1. Format the hard drive. 2. Install Linux (or Win 7 & Linux in a dual boot.) 3. Windows 10 is now fixed.
  8. I just don't understand the Facebook outrage

    Fun story: My tower system was in storage for about 8 months while I healed up from a medical issue. Finally got moved into my own apartment again and unpacked it and fired it up. It's set up with a boot menu because I mainly use Linux. Windows is only used because of 2 programs for work. I fired it up in Windows so 7 could do its updates . . . and came back to Windows 10 taking over the machine (kinda like a virus.) That made me mad, and got the Windows drive formatted. I'm not having an OS that acts like malware or virus. The machine has been happily Microsoft Free ever since. I've just been too busy to bother installing Windows 7 again.
  9. I just don't understand the Facebook outrage

    I spent some time in the old east block during that time also. Western Europe was trying to figure out how to integrate the east with late 20th infrastructure in the West. A daunting task, especially for Germany. I was a contractor and we were installing cell sites in the former East Germany and Poland. Fun times . . . like hitting a time warp and going back to 1945 in some respects. (Don't get me started on the state of the local phone systems!) Saw a lot of place I had only read about in books, which was cool. The wall coming down was special as it was put up the year I was born. Kinda nice to be able to say, "I outlived the Berlin Wall.) Might get a T-shirt made, now that I think about it. I know from my time in the Air Force that there was more than one point where the world came close to nuclear war. Many of those incidents were never publicized, and are probably still classified. Werner Von Braun was not the only scientist who came to the US and essentially got a free pass. Politics and the deepening Cold War. Von Braun did help put the US on the Moon, so there's that. There's a reason for that saying about politics making strange bedfellows.
  10. Wasted years?

    What wingnut- said. While it sounds like that fellow took the verse out of context, God has promised to provide for His people, which includes all who belong to Christ. I've wasted a lot of years in the past, yet God has still provided.
  11. You know you are getting old when...

    "Old age is not for the faint hearted." -- a 95 year old grandmother.
  12. I just don't understand the Facebook outrage

    That's why my tower system runs Linux. Certified Microsoft Free! My laptop came with Windows 7, and that's okay for a Microsoft OS. There is some software I need for work that will only work in Windows - so the laptop is set up to dual boot Windows/Linux. Problem solved. Windows 10 still has a huge amount of issues from what I've seen on the tech sites, never mind all the factory spyware that comes built in. Fun fact: Windows 10 does *not* like it when you disconnect it from the internet and can get kinda cranky from what several techs have told me.
  13. Strange Beliefs

    No, you can't. That's the point where you just have to walk away and pray the Lord will open their eyes to the truth.
  14. I just don't understand the Facebook outrage

    I always figured if "They" wanted to waste the resources to watch me . . . well, they would either die of boredom or get saved. I have a pretty boring life now that I'm older. Our family is scattered all over the planet, so they can eavesdrop on our Skype calls all they like. Pretty tame stuff. I use Facebook, LinkedIn, and the like only because I need to keep connections with some folks for references and so forth for work. 2008 should have taught everyone that anyone can be laid off at any time and being prepared takes a load off your mind when suddenly handed that pink slip (aka "the sack.") Certain info will never be posted online because once posted it never goes away. An old neighbor of mine who grew up in Estonia during the Soviet years looked at Facebook and just chuckled and shook his head. "The KGB would have been over the moon with access to this much information, and to think people post all this voluntarily! They would not even have to work for it! KGB Heaven it would be!" I've never forgotten that.
  15. I just don't understand the Facebook outrage

    That's because the latest dust up seems to have reminded people that Facebook and the other companies you mention are selling user's personal info and have been for a long time. Seems like some finally woke up to that reality . . . and now they're mad about it. Too late, I think. I think many forgot a simple rule: "If you're not paying to use a product or service, then you are the product or service." I'm ancient enough to remember the Timex-Sinclair and the TRS-80, and I had friends who had them and the Commodore 64. I had a c=64 until it got fried by a lightning strike. (Gotta love tornado alley!) Learned the Unix system in the Air Force . . . where we had one system on base that was still using paper tape to store data. Got stuck on the Upgrade team and we got to figure out how to move the data from that format to the new(er) PCs that were coming into use . . . fun times. Never thought I'd be doing that as an aircraft mechanic, but that's what happens when folks figure out that you "know something about computers!"