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Old March 8th, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Crikey!
That took longer than the 54 bus to Ludmilla. I thought you guys were doing a criminal check on me just to let me in. (that old biddy I mugged! She hit me first).
Now I'm in I don't know where to start. The list of options is longer than my wife's 'to do' list.
And I read some of the comments. Gee! There are some pretty smart people here.
You will take it easy on me, won't you? I'm old and have a weak ticker.
I know! I'll start with a picture of myself taken by my 8 year old grand daughter. I stole her bear and she was recording the event to dob on me to her grumpy grandmother. Boy, did I get a pasting. The bears name is Scraggs, by the way and I'll knock the stuffing out of it next time I find it swimming in the toilet bowl.



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Old March 9th, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Hi Tom,

Now that you're in, welcome to OPF. The OPF crowd is pretty diverse, from successful professionals to aspiring amateurs (people who don't make a living out of photography, not necessarily their skill level). A quick way of getting some inspiration to join some discussions is to follow the "recent posts" under the quick links. Once you feel you can contribute something to questions being asked, or want to ask a question yourself, just jump in. Above all, have fun.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 01:34 AM
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Welcome Tom,

We have a single point of entry to OPF, Asher has to approve all registrations by himself and he is not at work 24/7 as you can imagine. We have been 100% successful in keeping spammers at bay, thanks to the rigorous (and manual) procedure. The downside is, as you have discovered yourself, the waiting period for approvals and it may drive away some people eventually. But I am glad that you have persevered. Nice to have you with us. Just start posting as you wish and also please do not forget to comment on others' pictures too. Have fun.
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Old March 9th, 2012, 07:55 AM
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Hello Tom,

It's worth the wait for here, there is some interesting stuff and interesting people.

Will Scraggs join also?
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Old March 9th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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You shall not steal teddy bears from your grandchildren, you, naughty boy. That's bad manners.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 02:06 PM
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Welcome, I have a feeling I will enjoy your threads....

Got me laughing form the first post!
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Old March 10th, 2012, 04:06 AM
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You shall not steal teddy bears from your grandchildren, you, naughty boy. That's bad manners.

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Adults must exert their superiority over children.
Adults unite! Don't share the bear!
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Old March 10th, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Crikey!
That took longer than the 54 bus to Ludmilla. I thought you guys were doing a criminal check on me just to let me in. (that old biddy I mugged! She hit me first).
Tom,

Actually, we did and being from a penal colony, we had to check your lineage. It turns out, that your great (nth) grandfather stole teddy bears from little girls and boys! I find a note, however, from Charles Dickens, himself, attesting to the lad's high moral character:

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Not one bear was actually punched or violated. All the bears they recovered from the Thames were intact.
The vicar in Whitechapel, however, devastated at the loss of all the bears from the local orphanage, reported the thefts and demanded the lad's arrest. This was a grave error and he relented but, alas and alack, it was too late. The wheels of justice had started turning already and punishment was simple and rote. The vicar, full of self-recrimination, was horrified by the magistrates summary judgment and sentence! He petitioned to the Whitechapel court that even though the total value of all the bears stolen was, indeed, more than 5 shillings, hanging a boy of 11 was too cruel. He argued for mercy and assured the court that "down-under, the kangaroos at least could have chance to get away!"

So that's the story, as best as I could assemble it, and shows that the family, although stricken with an unusual passion for toy bears, themselves, bear no grave risk for the community.

Glad you arrived safely!

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Old March 10th, 2012, 09:44 AM
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Was tempted to put a photo of my Teddy here, he's called Ted and I got him when I was six months old, hmmmmmmmm, could start a trend.
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Old March 10th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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I've already shown that picture, but I somehow find that I should post it again here:

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Old March 10th, 2012, 02:56 PM
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What have I got myself into here?
And I thought I was weird!
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Old March 10th, 2012, 03:00 PM
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What have I got myself into here?
And I thought I was weird!
No such thing as weird my friend. Only different from what one may be used to.
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Old March 10th, 2012, 06:16 PM
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No such thing as weird my friend. Only different from what one may be used to.
You haven't met my relatives yet, Jake.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 09:25 AM
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A belated welcome Tom. It was a pleasure to meet you.

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Old April 15th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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A belated welcome Tom. It was a pleasure to meet you.

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Thank you, Fahim. I look forward to our continuing discourse. The pleasure is equally mine.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Yes we are, the real question is what will we do?
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Old April 27th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Yes we are, the real question is what will we do?
You show me yours and I'll show you mine.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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You show me yours and I'll show you mine.






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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:19 PM
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I think we need a tea party so we can bring our 'friends' although Jerome's friend looks a bit shy. Your mate looks like Chucky's sister, MArk. She's scary.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 11:48 PM
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You show me yours and I'll show you mine.

Tom,

When I first tried that, I was cheated. I showed mine and she didn't even have one!

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Old May 9th, 2012, 02:20 AM
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Tom,

When I first tried that, I was cheated. I showed mine and she didn't even have one!

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As Adam said to Eve on their first meeting: 'you had better stand back. I have no idea how big this thing is going to get.'

As with most women, there is usually a look of disappointment that follows.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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As Adam said to Eve on their first meeting: 'you had better stand back. I have no idea how big this thing is going to get.'

As with most women, there is usually a look of disappointment that follows.
Cheers
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Hmm! Let's think about that scene. Adam was how old then? Eve was just a few hours old, for sure. Me? I was 5 and so was the girl! We both were in the hallway outside the class room door, as they were having Protestant religious instruction. She was Catholic and so was excused from hearing the last words of the Lord's Prayer, "for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory". (After all, The Pope, is the representative of that "power and glory" and the last phrase was added as an insult, so i'm told.)

Anyway, she made a bargain under false pretenses. It was essentially a bait and switch.

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Old May 9th, 2012, 02:47 PM
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She was Catholic and so was excused from hearing the last words of the Lord's Prayer, "for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory". (After all, The Pope, is the representative of that "power and glory" and the last phrase was added as an insult, so i'm told.)

The doxology "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." is found in the majority of Greek manuscripts and is part of the Roman Rite Mass.

As to disappointed women, I don't know. Ask them.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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The doxology "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." is found in the majority of Greek manuscripts and is part of the Roman Rite Mass.
Jerome,

I do know that English and Scottish Catholics don't want the doxology added when praying at their deathbed! I had one woman sit up when she was supposed top be dying. I restarted and left out the last stanza and she passed with a smile on her face!

A good reference to the British experience is found here. I was amazed at the strength of conviction can summon a dying person's strength of conviction and protest, even as they are using their last precious breath.

"Are we there yet?", I ask myself. Then I realized, "...... yes." and let go of the hand, close the eyes and bring up the sheet to cover them respectfully.

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Old May 9th, 2012, 09:43 PM
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Don't hold my hand, Asher. With all due respect, I'd prefer that to be Christine and if she's not about I have a short list of other possibilities.
As for dieing words, mine might be "**** off, I'm not ready yet!"
I will let you take the photos though. Just some casual snaps with the 'point and press' will be sufficient. You know what I think of the arty farty stuff

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Old May 12th, 2012, 02:51 PM
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I think we need a tea party so we can bring our 'friends' although Jerome's friend looks a bit shy. Your mate looks like Chucky's sister, MArk. She's scary.
Sounds like a cunning plan .... she has a heart of polyester beneath he grim exterior .
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