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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:54 am 
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I only have 19 Facebook Friends, and she was one of them, and sometime late Friday night her house in Cape Girardeau, Missouri (about three hours away) caught fire and pretty much burned to the ground. She barely managed to escape with her life, and to save some of her clothes, which are all sooty and smoke-smelling. Otherwise she basically lost everything.

And here I am, flat-broke, over my head in debt, and reduced at last to selling my most prized possessions, for pennies on the dollar, just to raise enough ready cash to pay rent, utility bills, etc.

I can't help her. I really want to, but I just don't have the means or ability anymore. What good is someone who can't even help his friends in need? This gets me down so bad. :-(

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:30 am 
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That sux, Cross. I hope she was insured.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:40 am 
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Well, I gather she did have some kind of insurance. I guess that might soften the blow a little, financially.

But what of the the family heirlooms and keepsakes? How do you insure the last surviving photo of a deceased parent or other loved one? The family Bible from 1880-something? Your late mother's hope chest, or the quilt she made? What price can be put on such things?

Even if I were rich I could do close to nothing about the loss of any of that. About all I could do (if I were rich) would be to, well, soften the blow financially. :-(

I'd pray for her, but I don't seem to be able to pray anymore. Something has died in me. :-(

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"The practical reason for freedom is that freedom seems to be the only condition under which any kind of substantial moral fiber can be developed — we have tried law, compulsion and authoritarianism of various kinds, and the result is nothing to be proud of." -- Albert Jay Nock, "On Doing the Right Thing", in The American Mercury (1925)

‎"Men in a state of decadence employ professionals to fight for them, professionals to dance for them, and a professional to rule them." -- G.K. Chesterton

"No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged." -- Montaigne

"But to live outside the law, you must be honest." -- Bob Dylan

"Unjust laws can be altered, as well as made. There's a new spirit in the world. Taxed out of existence, robbed of their independence by the government, the people must fight back how they can. What we're doing here is just a pin-prick. But a thousand pin-pricks put together ... " -- Christopher Syn

"Not in the flight of thought, but in the act alone is there freedom" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire ... Must be a yearning deep in the human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws — always for the other fellow." -- Robert Heinlein


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:07 pm 
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And the hits just keep coming. :-( Saturday night another of my few Facebook Friends, who also lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, fell and broke her humerus (the upper arm bone) badly near the shoulder. It'll probably require a surgical repair, with stainless steel pins and all that. I think she's about 47. Her age may complicate matters. I'm starting to get the feeling it's unlucky to be friends with me, like I'm a jinx or a "Jonah" or something. :-(

Though two of my friends are down, I am up two friends since last week -- up from 19 to 21, that is. Four of the twenty-one are apparently Turkish, two women and two men. Well, one of the men may be a Turkish Kurd. I think one of the women is a model, and the other may be a musician. I don't speak any Turkish, and I don't think they speak much English.

The rest are a rather motley crew or odd, hard-bitten lot of bartenders, bar maids, bar bouncers, martial arts instructors (one of whom specializes in training bar bouncers), burlesque dancers, circus performers, failed film producers/directors, three struggling authors, one college English professor, and one middle school art teacher. The last two I actually knew personally in my long ago college daze, though I haven't seen either in person since 2000 or 2001.

I had a slight, off-and-on, unrequited crush on the art teacher, who was a slip of a girl of 18 when I met her in 1989. Oh, she used to model nude for college art classes. I may have been the only person she knew in college who never saw her naked. She was one of the few people back then who tolerated me. Of course I was relegated to the dreaded (platonic) Friend Zone. I don't think she even knew I liked girls. :-(

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‎"Men in a state of decadence employ professionals to fight for them, professionals to dance for them, and a professional to rule them." -- G.K. Chesterton

"No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged." -- Montaigne

"But to live outside the law, you must be honest." -- Bob Dylan

"Unjust laws can be altered, as well as made. There's a new spirit in the world. Taxed out of existence, robbed of their independence by the government, the people must fight back how they can. What we're doing here is just a pin-prick. But a thousand pin-pricks put together ... " -- Christopher Syn

"Not in the flight of thought, but in the act alone is there freedom" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire ... Must be a yearning deep in the human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws — always for the other fellow." -- Robert Heinlein


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:56 pm 
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Keep going, Cross! You win a Facebook award when you reach 1,000 friends! 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:16 pm 
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Well, you know, I pretty much routinely "Friend" anyone who sends me a "Friend Request." I'm not really discriminating about it at all. I've never yet "Unfriended" anyone either (in spite of some provocations), though three people have Unfriended me, and my feelings were surprising hurt by it. :-( What children we are.

One thing I should say is that it now seems to me that the Turks have gotten a bad press from things like _Lawrence of Arabia_ and _Midnight Express_, etc. Judging from the photos of those Turks who have "Friended" me, or who have been "Friended" by me (who I admit may not be a fair sample), they are a handsome people with a certain charm. And I gather Turkey has lately become an attractive place for many Westerners (especially Brits) to retire. Though I daresay one would not want to go to a Turkish prison (or any kind of prison).

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"The practical reason for freedom is that freedom seems to be the only condition under which any kind of substantial moral fiber can be developed — we have tried law, compulsion and authoritarianism of various kinds, and the result is nothing to be proud of." -- Albert Jay Nock, "On Doing the Right Thing", in The American Mercury (1925)

‎"Men in a state of decadence employ professionals to fight for them, professionals to dance for them, and a professional to rule them." -- G.K. Chesterton

"No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged." -- Montaigne

"But to live outside the law, you must be honest." -- Bob Dylan

"Unjust laws can be altered, as well as made. There's a new spirit in the world. Taxed out of existence, robbed of their independence by the government, the people must fight back how they can. What we're doing here is just a pin-prick. But a thousand pin-pricks put together ... " -- Christopher Syn

"Not in the flight of thought, but in the act alone is there freedom" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire ... Must be a yearning deep in the human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws — always for the other fellow." -- Robert Heinlein


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