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User Name: L.Rai
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Joined: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Last Visit: Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:52:00 PM
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Topic: California hits 2 million covid19 cases
Posted: Friday, December 25, 2020 3:41:14 PM
This is exactly why I can't leave China and won't be able to go back home this coming year. People thought I was insane Feb 2020 when I came back to China...hmmmThink

So far we are virus free where I am and the educational department has insisted that ALL teachers and students stay in place. So, I am taking a staycation, a few days of R & R at a local hotel. It's not glamorous but at least it's a different view and room service..LOLWhistle

Like Hope said, just wear a mask, and I will add, wash your hands and stay home if you are not well. WOW, really people?
Topic: Americans think Canadians can’t invade them. Think again. "22 Minutes"
Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:10:41 AM

I've had a particularly bad week...well a few to be honest...thank you for the belly laugh. I am glad to see our stupid politics are feeding the Canadian humorists. Glad we can be of help there.

God bless the US of EH. LOL

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2020 6:32:25 PM
Dear Ali:

OMG, I can totally relate to how you are feeling...been there. I am so sorry you are feeling so discouraged and I for one would like to offer my sympathy.

Here is what I have learned about this site and the point system, and I freely share it with you. You can earn daily points by clinking on all the links. There are 10 links you can click on, 7 of them are 30 points, 2 are 15 points and 1 is 60 points. If my math holds that should be 300 points. then you can get 10points each day for the first 5 correct answers on the grammar quiz. So another 50 and you now have 350. You can get 15 points per correct word, if you do the spelling bee at the highest level, I am not sure the limit but let's say you can do 20 words so another 300 points and now you have 650. Then if you do word-in-word and you can get a perfect score on one, that will net you 100 points but only once per day. So now you have 750 points. Oh, you can also click up to 20 articles at 5 points each and there's another 100 points, so you now have 850 points. Then if you keep going it's not difficult to rack up another 150 points doing word-in-word and then hit 1000 points in a single day.

Unless you are a game junkie and do all the app type games which rack up more points I find that the most I can do in a day is 1500 points. Now that's just me, other people maybe can share how they do it.

I stopped caring about the points once I discovered there was no toaster to be won. (inside joke) However, I am an English teacher in China and I use this site as a resource for my students. I can encourage them by showing them how many points I have racked up. That has been the ONLY reason I do this.

So, while I totally relate to your problem and frustration, I encourage you to find another motivation for doing this and don't lose sleep over it. The PTB at TFD don't lose any sleep, I can assure you of that. They have a site that makes them revenue, and people come to spend time and learn, or not. It's a choice...I hope you can find a motivation for doing this that isn't connected to neurons, that's my best advice to you.

One more thing, we have both been on this site for the same number of years, but you have 40% more neurons than I do, what's your secret? You obviously are doing something right.
Topic: Sunday Nov. 22 Today's Holiday?
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 10:24:35 PM
Well TFD? It's now Nov. 23 and still no holiday is showing..hmmm. Let's see how long it takes for someone to notice. :)
Topic: Sunday Nov. 22 Today's Holiday?
Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2020 12:28:38 AM
Where is the post for today's holiday?
Topic: 2020 - The Perfect Storm
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020 8:52:13 PM

I know you are me, I have had my venting too just not here. I am feeling overwhelmed by "nice" people who want to tell me about my government and my country...please don't.

I have chosen to live abroad for the last 13 years. I love my country, I just can't stand to live there right now. However, being an American abroad at this time is not fun either. We are held accountable for the actions of a country where we really can't do much except to vote out the really bad apples. Sometimes however, they remain because of the apathy of the voters.

In my opinion as an American, our system is broken and has been for decades. We were never meant to have a two party's not in our constitution. We were supposed to give voice to ALL but right now only those who can shout the loudest are being heard. This is not how it's supposed to work.

I apologize for how badly we (America the USA) has acted. I apologize for our rotten leader who has caused more problems than he will ever solve. I wish that more of the people who truly embody what it means to be an American would stand up and be heard and make the change that we really need right now.

Please understand, I didn't vote for this, I don't support it, I really want no part of it but it is my responsibility to take a stand and let my voice be heard. It won't be easy to do living abroad, but daily I try to embody what it is that makes America special. I try to be a living example of what the founding members of our nation tried to create. A place where people could live lives free from tyranny, able to choose who and how to worship (or not), work together to create communities where everyone matters...that is at the heart of what America is supposed to be. If each of us who claim to be citizens can do that then just maybe the "dream" lives on.

I pray for the day when the Independent Party steps up and we really can have choices for change that will matter. After this fiasco, it will be a tough job for the person who takes over to truly "make America great again" because right now we are not.

Topic: 2020 - The Perfect Storm
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:47:51 AM

I will not and can't stop you from ranting. Thank you for permission to trash talk your leader however, no matter what the facts say, I don't feel it is my place to do it. You can do it if you wish, but please do understand that for some of us who are Americans we feel it's really not your place to do it. There are enough of us who are fed up. We hate what we have become to the global society because of him, but that can only be fixed by our citizens who vote and decide it's time to fix it. You can have your say but it won't change anything if those who are more entitled (because of citizenship) fail to do their part.

Sorry but I stand by my opinion it's really up to Americans to deal with this, as we are the only ones who can change it.

Topic: 2020 - The Perfect Storm
Posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:28:28 PM
While it is easy to wag a finger and say the obvious about the idiot in the White House, the real blame lies with us the American public who put him there.

Now it's up to us to either do another 4 years of this or not. While it's not a perfect system it is what we call democracy and like it or not it's what our country is based upon. We are in "theory" a government of the people, for the people and (most importantly) by the where is the adult??? Look in the mirror and vote.

BTW while what we do as a country does affect those around us, those around us really shouldn't be pointing fingers. I am fairly brave when I say that you probably don't have a perfect government either and just because our government has made it a lot easier for us to be poked at doesn't mean you don't have issues too. However, I for one don't feel it's proper to speak out about your governments (as I am not a citizen) it would be thoughtful if you did the same.Whistle
Topic: The Struggle with China is not a Replay of the Cold War
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2020 8:07:27 PM

As someone who lives in China...this is dead on. Thanks for posting the link, I will be passing it along.
Topic: things are not working right
Posted: Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:59:03 PM
TFD Support finally responded to me, the bell is there to let us know when a new word is posted or feature articles change. So finally an answer. Yippee.