"Weekend Chat" - All Members are Invited! (7-8 Aug 2015)

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Welcome!  This is an ongoing "Chat" post that can be added to throughout the weekend.  All members of WikiTree are encouraged to join in, especially first-timers!

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in The Tree House by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (603k points)
'Lo,

I'm Betty Fox and I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Hubby and I live in Oregon now and I do miss the warm beaches. Seems like the northerners don't understand politeness around here. You do a good deed and they nearly drop dead from surprise. Down South that's just being neighborly. I miss that as well.

When I'm not pouncing on questions in G2G trying to be the first to answer I'm out turning bowls, pepper shakers, and spinning tops on my lathe in the shop/garage or cooking up cinnamon bread in the kitchen or planting termaters in the garden or quilting like a crazy person. Crazy quilts of course.

The weather in Oregon is hot and dry. My hubby finally got me an air conditioner. How I love that man. :)

Oh and my husband would die for that Challenger.

*edit cause hubby said it's a challenger instead of a camaro*
 

 

Betty
Your husband is close. It is a 70 Plymouth Cuda.
So, now hubby wants to know where you got it, how much you paid, what the interior color is etc..........

Oh and is it a 440?

 

Betty
well you should allow people to upload larger gedcoms

Hi Katy, welcome to G2G :)

How large do you believe we should allow gedcoms to be?  Should they have any standards such as sources?

(Of course, most older profiles already exist on WikiTree, so those aren't needed)

Any and all input helps!

 

Hi everyone I'm Angeline Self (Sargent) I'm from the Gold Coast Queensland Australia. I'm married with 4 daughters & 2 grandson. I'm originally from Hobart Tasmania but we decided to move to Qld 26 years ago for the better weather.  The winter weather on GC today fine sunny & 22°c but will go past that I'll say 24-25°c. I have Crohn's Disease which I've had for 22 years. I have no idea which side of the family it came from or if I'm the start of it. Something for me to find out..

I'm currently do a family tree on my fathers side of the family which are descendants from Samuel Sargent born 1801 he was a convict sent to Australia from England to do his time. It's my first time doing a family tree and I must say it's fun & so interesting. I'm already planning On doing a second one.

I also currently in the middle of making my very own cookbook for my daughters for Christmas. It's all there favourite recipes that I cook and I'm adding grandparents, G-Grandparents, Aunties, G-Aunts ect. Recipes as well. Have to keep those recipes going through the generations.

I'm my spare time I enjoy cooking, cleaning gardening (I grow my own veg/herbs/fruit) camping, Traveling overseas & spending time with my children & grandchildren.

That's about it for now. Thanks for reading :)
Angeline,

WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!! I would have loved it if my mother had made a cookbook for her four daughters. Oy vey, my cooking is mostly atrocious and she was such a good cook.

Nicetameetcha!

Betty
I bought it in 1975 for $1500.00. It was a 340, 4barrel ,4 spd, black interior, the exterior color is Lemon Twist. It had 35,000 miles on it.
Very nice. Hubby has a 2013 Mustang (red of course) and a 1968 El Camino that he's restoring. He got in the Guiness World Book Of Records for the most Mustangs in one place last year on the fiftieth anniversary of the Mustang. He's quite proud of that. The El Camino is in pieces in the garage at the moment.

I have a 1968 F-250. It's in the painting stage. I'm 5 foot 4 inches so I like to be taller.

Betty
Hi Betty!  I live not far from your hometown!  I live in Hampton, South Carolina.  So nice to meet another Carolina Girl in this big ol' world!  Any time you need some southern hospitality, just hit me up! I will be glad to say "Hey Ya'll" back atcha!

 

This pass couple of months has had me down, thank goodness for Wikitree, and family searching!  I lost my job of 17 years, without notice about 2 months ago.  But I am thankful to say that this past Monday, I have entered the workforce again!  And I don't have to work Saturdays, unless I want to! (Gives me more family searching and wikitreeing time!!)  I am also gearing up for a few family reunions in the near future.  We have one this weekend, that I am just attending and sharing my information with.  But the big one for me will be at the end of the month!  The Zahler Reunion in SC is my baby!  This will be our 8th reunion, and although it is not as big as I wish it were, we are groing!  Each year I am able to add a few more people to the invite list!

It has been HOT!!!! This week, with some much needed rain yesterday! Hopefully the weather will start to cool off soon so that I can get back out to the cemeteries!
that's a tough one. my family tree for my mom's side of the family has over 7000 people in it, but sometimes i forget to add the source to the gedcom even though i have bookmarks of many different sources
Hi Katy, thank you for your feedback :)

You feel we should allow gedcoms with at least 7,000 profiles regardless of sources... would you have any limits at all to prevent damage to the tree, or just trust that it works out ok?
Liz,

Nice to meet another GRITS (girl raised in the South). It must be awesome getting to see the faces of all the people on your family tree at the reunions and eating all the Southern food. I hope it's a pot luck. That's too much cooking in hot weather. I'm happy to hear you are employed again. Being out of work is tough.

Betty
well maybe you could program it not to make duplicate entries and perhaps detect possible same entries with manually inputed entries and those imported entries from a gedcom. also perhaps one could upload a large gedmcom but yet have option to only import ancestors of a chosen individual  at a time.
Those are great ideas Katy... in fact I think every word of it is how we do it now (except for the "large" part).  We have a process called GedCompare where you can upload large gedcoms of up to 5,000 individuals.  It will then show you possible duplicates (same entries), and you can select which ones to import and have WikiTree make new profiles for.  If you have not yet tried it you might find it very interesting.  It can help you decide which parts of your gedcom can be easily trimmed if needed to get it the right size to import.

You are certainly not the first to ask for the ability to import larger gedcoms, I've heard others voice the same.  It's a valid request for sure.

Thank you Katy!

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by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (603k points)
We had a rule at our house about food too. 1. Don't turn your nose up at something until you've had one bite. And Mom would put just enough for 1 bite on my plate. If I needed another taste, I got a bit more. and then If I really liked it, I could have even more. The one thing my dad never made me attempt to eat was bbq goat. "Good that much more for me!"

2nd rule, eat whats on your plate. And since everything on your plate was stuff you already liked, because if you tried the bite on something new and you didn't like it, it wasn't on your plate.

3rd Rule, if you are at someone's house, their rules applied and you better eat everything on your plate.

Well, we were over at one of Dad's co-workers and they had english peas. I didn't like then then and still don't like them now. And I asked the man to Please only give me a very small amount because I don't like peas. And before my mom to tell him I didn't eat peas at home, he had a double helping on my plate. There wasn't enough other food to hide that many peas. When I finished, I promptly made it to the bathroom and threw everything up. The man did apologize to my parents, he thought I was just turning my nose up. Mom reminded him that I had asked for a smaller portion, I wasn't refusing to eat them.

I didn't have to drink a glass of milk with dinner or any other time, I didn't drink it. I would eat milk on cereal, but not by the glass. I would have ice cream, cheese, butter milk especially with cornbread, cottage cheese, every dairy but not drinking milk to be drinking milk.
An American apology to any Englishman(or woman) that read that, they don't know you should eat mushies or another form of peas each day, every meal, constantly and forever and ever and from now on.
We did have goat also. That was actually very good. I am the same way with milk. I love all things dairy, but, I cannot drink milk. I wish I knew why. Everyone that loves milk, really loves it. My husband and sons go through about 3 gallons a week.
Oh I can't imagine eating goat meat.  There such cute little fellas, especially when they're young.  Even the one that butted me in my rear one time when I turned my back on him when I was about a six year old kid myself.
My apologies to any English person... I should have said big green peas, but I grew up calling them English peas, I'm not known for being politically correct.  I will eat black eyed peas, purple hull peas, those itty bitty brown peas I  think they are called crowder, cream peas, but the only green peas is petites in a salad with lots of bacon, cheese, water chestnuts, and ranch dressing.
Don't eat rabbit either. Nor squirrel. I've had bear, and of course venison. rather have a small pan size fried fish with the bone in over filets.
I can't eat them if they've been frozen.  I like 'em fresh or from a can or jar.  I remember TV dinners usually had them and I couldn't eat those (...had been frozen I guess).  Do TV dinners still exist?  We always had one meals' worth in the freezer in case of an emergency meal was needed and I guess we suffered through about one emergency meal per week or so as I remember it.  They did earn their own song after all!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-6mI708yWc
We had the rule about eating everything on your plate too when we were kids. I can remember getting things served up for breakfast when my parents got bored with waiting for me to finish.  My brother solved the problem of getting served with the same portion of rice pudding numerous times, which he loathed by spooning it under the table.

Sadly I didn't learn any lessons from this, I just continued it with my own children until the day I was spring cleaning and moved a heavy bookcase to clean behind it and found several dessicated pork chops.
The heavy bookcase also reminds me of a problem I've been busy tackling.  Easy cleaning.  I've been putting wheels on everything in my house.  But I guess an explanation of that can wait for another thread.
How could anyone hate rice pudding? We had little to eat when I was growing up so we ate everything we could get our hands on. I ate everything voraciously except salmon patties. It's a tiny bit of salmon mixed up with a LOT of bread. Hated it to no end. Cried, fussed, whined. Nothing worked. My adoptive parents finally gave up on the whole thing and sent me to bed without supper. It wasn't the salmon I found out in later life, it was the recipe. Now I love salmon with just a little lemon pepper and butter. DELICIOUS!!!!

Betty
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Happy Weekend Everybody,

 

Wikitree was uneventful this week. Vacation hangover I guess. New Hampshire sure is pretty. Weather is a littler cooler today which is nice.

Anyone remember their first car? This was my baby & no Vincent, I'm not wearing socks with my flip flops:

 

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by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (2.4m points)
edited by Mags Gaulden
Sweet ride Doug!

I had a Mach-1 Mustang that was almost that exact color.  It wasn't my first car though, my first was a piece of junk.
Very nice ride! My future wife's first car was a blue 1970 302 Mustang.
Really wonderful picture, Doug!  Terrific car - and your well deserved pride shines through!

My first car was a 12 year old hand-me-down from my mother-in-law.  The purpose was so that I could get some driving experience under my belt without having to worry about putting dings and scrapes on anything of value!  I loved that car, though - it had 2 big doo-dads sticking up from the hood above each headlight, so I could easily see where the car begins and ends.  It had big fins on the back, so I could see the same in the rear view mirror.  Some teenager had once owned the car before my mother-in-law had it and had replaced the horn with a little pushbutton on the dashboard.  When you pushed it, everyone thought you were a submarine about to dive.  

I didn't even mind its one drawback - it just added to its personality.  Automatic chokes were a pretty new thing and this one didn't work too well.  It was fine when the car was cold, but after it had been running a while if I wanted to re-start it, I had to open the hood, unscrew the butterfly nut, remove the air filter, and stick a big old cooking spoon (that I kept in the glove compartment for this purpose) in it to hold the cute little flip-flop open.  Then I could get in the car and start it, and finally remove the spoon, replace the air filter, close the hood, and be on my way.
What did you call that thing? The "General Sherman", or "Colonel Mustard". :D
Gaile I would think a 12 year-old car when you were young might have one of those cranks you had to do by hand on the front of the car. :D
I remember my uncle had one of those Ford Falcons (probably a '61 or so).  It had little antennae-like things by the front wheels that stuck out to help you park next to a curb.
We called it the Banana Cuda.
Mine was a 50-something Mercury and Vincent, for your information, I wasn't that young when I learned to drive.  I grew up in New York City, where most people didn't have cars.  There was nowhere to park them, plus there was an extensive subway, bus, and trolley transportation system that was 10 cents to go anywhere on the system - if you were switching between different trains/buses/trolleys, you asked for a transfer that would get you on the next vehicle free.

That car had automatic transmission, power steering, but I don't think it had power brakes and the only crank in the front was me when I had to change a tire, which happened all too often.

My husband had grown up on Long Island, a suburb of New York City, where cars were the only way to get around.  When we were first married, we lived in New York City, but moved to Long Island in 1968 - that's when I learned to drive in a hurry - it was 5 miles to the nearest supermarket.
My former company where I worked ran the facilities at Jones Beach.  But I always heard it called in New Yak.
Jones Beach is in Queens, which is one of the five boroughs of New York City.  I grew up in Brooklyn and used to go to Brighton Beach and Coney Island by subway with my friends when I was in high school.

When I moved to Virginia, people used to deliberately mispronounce New York and Long Island as "nooooo yawk" and "lawn guyland" but *I* never said them that way.  My momma done larnt me how to spitch good!!!
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Some expressed an interest in the profiles I have been putting into wikitree so
I will give you a few more.

Last week I talked about William Billy Barker a Gold Prospector
 http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Barker-5420

Now for the rest of the story the town of Barkerville had a lot of people
who caused problems so in comes The Hanging Judge:

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Begbie-43

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Lots of great stories about him.

Sources

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/transactions/3/begbie_mb.shtml When he presided over a court, Judge Begbie never lowered the barriers of form. He expected, and he was generally given, the respect due to his position. In an interesting account of Begbie's life and career, Selwyn Banwell makes this point: "It has been remarked," he wrote, "by more than one eye-witness that though Judge Begbie had sometimes to sit in strange circumstances, at unusual times and in incongruous surroundings (he frequently held Court in a log shack or in the open air, in a clearing in the forest, sitting in his saddle as upon a bench of justice), nevertheless the serene dignity and formal air of an English High Court of Justice seemed to pervade the whole proceedings. [20]

http://www.barkerville.com/vol4/first.htm Barkerville, Williams Creek, Cariboo JUDGE MATTHEW BAILLIE BEGBIE: FIRST AMONG MEN
Of all Barkerville's 'native sons', it is Begbie that is most readily remembered through the ages, and no discussion on the early years of Barkerville, nor for that matter, those of British Columbia, could be complete without an account of the Chief Justice...first among men of Cariboo.
Judge Begbie is what many would call 'a Renaissance man', master of many skills, possessor of sundry qualities. He was a judge, to be sure, but he was also an administrator, a legislator, a cartographer, an environmentalist, an advocate of minority rights (when this was unknown), and sometimes counsel for the defense and prosecutor at at the same time. An amazing person...one for all seasons it seems. But who was he, what was his background? Where did he come from and for what reason?

Then:

The Stagecoach company started by Francis Barnard. A couple of his sons were interesting
as well.

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  • Francis Jones Barnard

Birth: 1829 Death: Jul. 10, 1889
Founder of British Columbia-Barnard Express (BX) stagecoach company serving the Cariboo gold fields; father of Sir Frank S. Barnard MP for Yale, B.C. (1879-1886)

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by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (337k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway
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Then there was a Canadian survivor of the Titanic who testified in court. He was in the lifeboat with the unsinkable Molly Brown.
13:18: You uploaded Peuchen-2.jpg for Arthur Peuchen.
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Peuchen boarded Titanic at Southampton on April 10th 1912 as a first-class passenger on his fortieth transatlantic voyage. He reportedly was concerned that Captain Smith was in command, because he thought Smith to be a poor commander and also that Smith was too old. On the night Titanic sank, Peuchen saw that Lifeboat 6, the boat which contained Quartermaster Robert Hichens and Molly Brown, was poorly manned and came forward to Second Officer Lightoller, saying he was a yachtsman. Captain Smith was standing nearby and suggested Peuchen go down to the Promenade Deck, so he could break a window and climb into Lifeboat 6. Lightoller replied, however, that Peuchen could slide down the ropes to enter the boat if he was as good a sailor as he claimed. Peuchen then took a rope, swung off the ship, and climbed hand-under-hand down to Lifeboat 6. He was the only male passenger that Lightoller would allow into a lifeboat that night. He later claimed he did not realize Titanic was doomed until he viewed the ship from the lifeboat.

Because Peuchen was a military officer, he came under scrutiny for allowing Hichens to prevent the boat's occupants from going back for survivors and for tolerating the verbal abuse Hichens reportedly gave. Peuchen was also criticized for exaggerating his own role, and did not recognize the pivotal role Margaret (Mrs J J) Brown played in leading the lifeboat's occupants in rowing and in raising morale. It is possible that Peuchen, as a yachtsman, may have thought that second-guessing an officer in charge would encourage mutiny.

Lots more about him on his page.

The real truth of why the Titanic was sunk did not not come out until after they found the ship.
It turns the the ship was its sister ship the Olympic.

 

This is how JP Morgan sunk his unsinkable Titanic to create the Federal Reserve Bank.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLJWFQniEpM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOca_wTZ5BQ

 

by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (337k points)
edited by Keith Hathaway
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Found a photo my Dad took back in 1976 of an oil tanker that exploded near where we lived, the Sansinena. I never heard of it but found the story on-line. Fun to find these old photos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Sansinena

Good weather here which means some yard work this weekend. Just ripped out an old hedge and found the previous colors of the house still under the window boxes, some dark brown and even some of the original blue.

by Peter Whalen G2G6 Mach 2 (24.7k points)
A blue house?  Cool.  I live in the third blue house on the right, it's just after the pink one but before the red one.  If you see green ones you've gone way too far!
That's a great picture Peter.  A moment from 40 years ago as live as life today.  Hat's off to your dad :)
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I have a hobby of thinking of new ways to be environmentally friendly.  Where I live by regulation you must put your glass refuse into a nearby container separate from the normal house garbage.  And more recently paper and plastic as well.  Used batteries go back to any shop that sells batteries (they have a used battery container for this).  And there's more... We don't want to leave a dirty place for the next guys.

This also goes for energy.  Not so much for the money, though money is a good motivator.  The by-product of most energy in use today is pollution.  CO2 pollution is a sort of almost invisible litter.  So if you can reduce your energy consumption you can reduce this litter.  

In the future it will be less easy to create this pollution than it is today.  But it's not a bad idea to try to work towards this.  The general word "out there" is that this is a bad for the economy.  "Au contraire".  You will find to go "green" is rather expensive.  Going green means buying a new refrigerator, changing your light bulbs, insulating your house, buying all cotton clothing that is made well, kill switches that terminate your stand-by appliances, cooking with induction, collecting rainwater, etc., etc....All costly endeavors.  But if you can begin to start buying things more in this direction than the old-fashioned way it would help.  Just the electrical delivery in appliances has changed drastically in the last decade.  Just think about how small your smart-phone is to what it was compared to ten years ago.   The same is true for PCs (opened one up lately - there's nothing in there, especially if you buy solid state hard drives that don't need fans).  The same kind of improvements are happening with other appliances as well.

Being able to afford to waste energy is not a valid reason to waste energy.  I can afford to throw an aluminum can out my car window when I'm driving but why would I do that? (because I can afford to miss the can?)  No, it's just not on.  Punt uit!  Case closed.

I would be nice to see one-word answers of what you do for the environment such as solar panels, don't litter, insulate the house, etc......Of course this whole discourse I just laid-out is likely to be not even commented on I realize.  But that would be a pity I'm hoping won't happen.
by Vincent Piazza G2G6 Pilot (241k points)
edited by Vincent Piazza
Our outside lights are set on motion detectors and timers. We do have high powered lights, but they are only on for a few minutes and only come on when something triggers the motion.  Oh solar would work fine here for nearly everything, but as you said, if it still works, why change it? Replace it with something better when it quits.  There is a big turbine windmill farm on the eastern slope of the Southern Sierra Nevadas 14 miles away from me. And the thriving metropolis of Kramer's junction or affectionally known as 4 corners to us old time SoCallies... has a solar plant. The Kern River has hydro plants, the river has a strong current because of its rate of descent. And at the inactive volcano just north of me is a geo-thermo plant.
I looked at Google Earth and I can see those solar power plants, I see another one as well by Lockhart.  Must be a good investment. Must be why the CEO Anthony F. Earley Jr. of PG & E earned $10,671,367.00 in 2014.http://www1.salary.com/PACIFIC-GAS-ELECTRIC-CO-Executive-Salaries.html  :D
Probably from poisoning Hinkly again.  We get gas from PG&E and Electric from Southern Cal Edison.  The Kern has had hydro plants ever since we've been here, or at least in my memory. they did have some problems back in the 60s when the Kern flooded.
Wow Lynette, not sure what system they were planning on putting in for you but mine cost a third of that. No doubt there are scam companies out there here too but the incentive over here comes from the Government nothing to do with the installing company.
Good point Vincent about not replacing appliances until one needs too, that makes me feel less guilty as that is the premise I work on.

You'll have to let me know your thoughts on the loft. You've got some good ideas in this thread.
The ones that work with partial light, so that if a tree gets in the way it will still work. I kept listening to his repeated buzz words, and when certain ones hit, I'd shake my head at my brother. And thinking that we couldn't do our own crunching made me giggle. He wasn't the first to call or come by. The guy who wanted to instal the gas windows double pane, said we could get a credit of some much of the value of the house, put the payments on our property taxes, penalty for early pay off, increase our tax payments by more then we could plan for ... oh yeah retirees are just rolling in the dough. All I can say is THANK God Mom's boss gave her this house!! And we don't have a house payment to boot.
Vincent--the first year my husband and I went to Florida for the winter I noticed all of the aluminum cans along the side of the roads and thought "I wonder why no one recycles these for the deposit?"  New York had a 5 cent deposit on all cans and I imagined getting rich fast.  When I accumulated a sack full and started looking at them I found there was no deposit required, so no refunds.  Our trailer park seniors did, however, recycle them for about 1 cent each as aluminum and that bank rolled our hot dog roast funds.  Later we started to see individuals picking them up for themselves along the road, for living expenses I presumed.  Florida roadsides are very trashy, for some reason, compared to all of the rest of the states between New York and Florida.
In Tampa, where I spent the 1980s there were recycling machines for aluminum cans that paid about 2.5 cents.  So in Tampa you can throw an aluminum can out of your car window and that is considered a donation to the homeless because for sure it won't be there for more than 15 minutes (not that I did that I'm too cheap and recycled my own cans) before some unfortunate soul comes along and puts it in his shopping cart.  Florida is only second to Nevada in the people living there who aren't native-born, so I think that means there isn't so much local pride like in most places.  In Alabama since at least the 1960s there were signs warning of a $500 fine for littering and I think that's part of the reason you don't see much litter there.  Birmingham had one billionaire and he had his corporation collect all the litter from the Birmingham area Interstate System and make big piles of it with garbage bags with a sign reminding people that this is the mess they made.  I remember an effective tv-commercial that showed someone dropping a piece of litter and from the sky a load of garbage falls on them and then there is a caption that read, "Alabama doesn't litter on you!". :D
Vincent, it's a good thing you're not in Alabama now.  The trash is everywhere.  They have prisoners picking it up on the state highways.  There are signs in the road as you approach the areas where they are working warning that prisoners are at work.  I guess that's to make sure that, in case someone in an orange jumpsuit wearing a reflective vest asks you for a ride, you won't pick them up.  The rest of the roads have litter that accumulates very rapidly and many local groups (i.e. scouts, church groups, etc.) pick a section of a road that's particularly bad and go on a day's outing to pick up trash.  I have lived in New York City and a suburb of it, Long Island, which have the reputation of being dirty places, and when I moved to Virginia I began to understand.  Virginia is very clean and I thought it was a southern kind of thing ... until I moved to Alabama, which makes New York City look clean.

Well that's disappointing to hear.  I guess I should have pointed out that I haven't lived there in 35+ years.  

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Hey All,

Sunny and HOT here in NW Mississippi. This week I've been involved with the Sourcerers Challenge trying to get Unsourced Profiles off the #1 slot on Most Listed Categories. The is such a long way to go. If anyone out there has good sources, take a look at the August Challenge.
by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (200k points)
What's your favorite food from NW Mississippi.  Got any catfish over there?  I don't really like freshwater fish so much.  They taste fishy! :D  But I like catfish (tastes like chicken :D).  I've heard the only catfish that should be eaten are ones raised in a pond and hand-fed to avoid eating a catfish that ate the wrong thing.  Mainly I like the big saltwater fish like swordfish, tuna and shark and also cod which I guess isn't so big.
Memphis Bar-B-Q. Not a fan of freshwater fish. Like tuna and swordfish. Grilled with deep fried garlic is the best.
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Saturday has been a bright warm and sunny day in Brightlingsea, England. Spent the afternoon at our beach hut on the promenade enjoying the sunshine.

Have been researching my maternal grandmothers family and have found relatives that I was not aware of. She was born  Frances Mary King and sadly her mother died in childbirth so I am told. my grandmother was "adopted" by a local family in Lewisham, London and was brought up by them and they came to live in Brightlingsea in 1912.

Its all interesting stuff and lots to find out............

Have a good weekend everyone...
by Chris Burrow G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
What color is the beach hut, which year was it made and how long has it been in your family?
Our beach hut has been in the family for over 35 years. it is one of the few original beach huts built in the 1930s. At that time the shipwrights in the local shipyards built them as a sideline. we know our was built by Mr Wheeler. We have kept it the traditional white. It has recently been repainted and necessary repairs made. We have some very friendly hut neighbours.

Incidentally there is an association for Brightlingsea beach hut owners.

Hope this helps
+6 votes
Hi everyone,

I have been working on a free space page for background images for children's profiles. Our beautiful departed babies need a pretty place to live.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Background_Images_for_children%27s_profiles

[[Category:Background Images]]

I will be adding more in the future.
by Amy McAndrews G2G6 Mach 3 (30k points)
Thanks Amy... such cute images!

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