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    No. No fireworks for the Town of Vienna. This year it will be some kind of laser light show. Going to be very low key to say the least. And actually Viva Vienna does not (in the past anyway) have a fireworks show.
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    Question Um, Yeah............

    Quote Originally Posted by rhvfd1214 View Post
    DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT LET THEM HAVE A FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!! If they still do, run, run like the wind, and come back after the carnage to care for the wounded....

    Hey Rick?? Someone on your side of the River have that happen to them ??.........
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    Do not let the lessons of the past be forgotten in the future, or else we will be doomed to repeat them again, and again, and again, and again..

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    Hey Rick?? Someone on your side of the River have that happen to them ??.........
    Maybe I should have provided reference to Rick's post in the Firefighters Forum : "First M C I"

    But then, he would reply with his other post to follow up the story, "End of an Era.."
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhvfd1214 View Post
    Do not let the lessons of the past be forgotten in the future, or else we will be doomed to repeat them again, and again, and again, and again..



    Maybe I should have provided reference to Rick's post in the Firefighters Forum : "First M C I"

    But then, he would reply with his other post to follow up the story, "End of an Era.."
    Ya gotchyer SMARTY PANTS on to go with yer clown shoes and red nose? LOL

    But in a serious answer, the Town of Vienna will not be hosting fireworks again (at least for a long time), which is a sad thing, I think. Not having fireworks on July 4th is kinda like not sharing gifts at Christmas time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Ya gotchyer SMARTY PANTS on to go with yer clown shoes and red nose? LOL

    But in a serious answer, the Town of Vienna will not be hosting fireworks again (at least for a long time), which is a sad thing, I think. Not having fireworks on July 4th is kinda like not sharing gifts at Christmas time.
    Does Canada have a similar holiday?
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    Yep we sure do. It comes two days before yours, so that way we have time to get over the hangover when yours kicks off. hehehehehe

    And since I am down here "south o da border", I get both days off as statutory holidays. WWOOOHHHOOOO. Too bad that there are two days between them Oh well. I've made up for that deficiency by taking the weekend of 26 June to 1 July off. Gonna get outta Dodge for a few days.
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    The other day, I flipped through some old pictures that a friend of mine took when we carried an oversized load to Towson, MD in 2001. It is funny what inspires people to take pictures. On our trip around the Beltway, north of DC, (while sitting in a traffic jam,) he took pictures of women in SUV's. Somewhere, among the FOUR disposable cameras, he also got a picture of a tractor trailor load of green beans in West Virginia, a one lane bridge near Somerset, KY, and a gas truck in front of us on I-40 in Tennessee near Knoxville. It was an interesting trip.
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    In the news....

    Turkish bath worth the embarrassment

    Melissa Myers Sunday, June 1, 2008

    In my travels I've pounded down a fistful of live termites in Costa Rica, pierced my septum at a Maori tribal ritual in New Zealand and attempted to ride a cow in Wales. I don't recommend the latter.

    But none of these, I discovered, is one of the 1,000 Things I'm Supposed to Do Before I Die. Had I been wasting my time?

    On a recent trip to Istanbul, I was longing for an adrenaline rush, so I followed a Turkish friend to the Asian side of town to a promised "very exciting location - one of the '1,000 Things to Do Before You Die.' "

    I pictured hang-gliding over the Bosporus or bungee jumping from the Aya Sophia. But I soon realized that the Thing to Do, apparently, was to get a Turkish bath. My heart sank. This had better be one extreme bath.

    As I approached the outside of the bathhouse, the welcome mat and a giant arrow sign pointing to the building suggested that if I were indeed going to die, it would be OK to do so after taking my bath.

    A Thing to Do or not, at this point I had to use the toilet after drinking the requisite five glasses of Ali Baba's Apple Tea at the hotel before leaving for the day.

    As I entered the bathhouse, I was handed a menu of "pampering options" ranging from the $20 Massaging Relax Package to the $64 Turkish Delight. I went all the way, because I'm like that.

    Handkerchief or loincloth?
    After paying, I was briskly ushered into a massive women-only atrium, shown a small dressing room and handed what looked like a handkerchief, presumably to cover myself.

    After undressing, I picked up the loincloth and reminded myself that I was in Europe, and here women were always topless on the beach, playing paddleball, slathering themselves with cooking oil, surfing, jogging. No one looked twice at breasts in Europe. You're an adventurer, I told myself. This is a Thing to Do!

    I walked out of the little dressing room, bare-chested and wearing the three-sizes-too-big wooden flip-flops they had given me. Clip-clopping along, my steadily gathering apprehension now turning into raw abash, I noticed that all the European women in the atrium had apparently been given some kind of tutorial on how to tie the loincloth just so, to cover all private regions, including their breasts. And here I was, exposed, the only topless woman - an American no less - in the room.

    Before I could examine their European loincloth-tying techniques any further, my masseuse, a rather enormous Turkish woman, pushed me, wordlessly, into another atrium. Here I beheld a Renaissance painting: women of all ages, shapes and sizes reclining luxuriously on the marble floor, completely nude.

    Of the 1,000 Things to Do, I wondered, how had sprawling buck-naked on a wet floor made the list?

    Once in the Naked Atrium, I was taken to the center of the room and pushed onto a tall marble platform, apparently so the other women could stare at me and point out my physical flaws in their various foreign tongues.

    As I sat on the platform wondering what was going to happen to me, my masseuse took off her bathing suit and washed herself under the nearby shower.

    "Please, oh please, God, put the suit back on!" I whispered to myself. As I did, the woman came over to me - completely nude, but now squeaky clean - and thrust me down on the marble, face-first.

    She wasn't much for conversation. I closed my eyes, trying to imagine I was doing one of the other 999 Things - something more pleasurable, like going on a safari, riding a camel or getting thrown into a Turkish prison.

    Suddenly I could feel her hands all over me, soaping my back, butt, legs, in between my toes, my arms, fingers, neck.

    It was almost as if she had four hands, gently washing in circles. As I lay there, finally starting to enjoy this sensation, it suddenly dawned on me that two of those were not hands - they were her abundant, sagging breasts swinging back and forth against my back like cloth strips at a drive-through car wash.

    Interrupting me before I could wonder what her other parts were doing, she turned me over. I had just enough time to note that she was sitting cross-legged as she washed me. I have since added this image to my own list of 1,000 Things I Wish I Had Never Seen.

    After my thorough washing, I was escorted to a small area at the side of the atrium. Finally out of the limelight of what I had convinced my paranoid self was the U.N. panel of Breast Inspectors, I actually relaxed at bit.

    Not so bad
    My washer-woman wasn't so bad, especially now that she finally put her bathing suit back on. She wasn't so brisk; maybe she didn't like the U.N. panel, either.

    She seemed to sense my turning the corner because she, kindly now, began lathering up my hair. As she worked her lavender-scented soap and fingers through my long mane, rinsing it with a copper bowl filled with warm water, I was transformed, naked and innocent as a child. I no longer worried about my imperfect body, regrettable tattoos and rampant leg hair.

    As she began to ease her comb through my tangles, memories of the evenings when my mother would spray Johnson & Johnson "No More Tears" on my hair, singing softly under her breath, flooded over me, down my back and legs and pooled gently in my mind, bringing me closer to happy tears than I have been in years.

    I would never have guessed that the Turkish bathhouse would actually end up on my list of 1,000 Experiences in My Life That Were Worth the Risk of Embarrassment; a true road-less-traveled.

    Displaying my saddlebags, stomach rolls and ill-groomed body hair to a group of women who, honestly, had seen it all before, was worth it for those few moments when I was transported back to a time when none of these things mattered.

    What was important was being warm, clean and safe while my mother hummed "You Are My Sunshine" in my ear.

    This is Melissa Myers' first story for Travel. To comment, visit sfgate.com/travel.

    This article appeared on page E - 3 of the San Francisco Chronicle


    Well, I thought it was worth a good laugh anyhow.
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    Malahat, where's the phone number to sign up for the Turkish bath??
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    Well, you can't go back to Constantinople.

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    I took the day off work to run errands. Across from my building, our new apartment building is going up. I happened to notice last night when I got home, the construction is about level with my apartment window now (and maybe 75 feet across the parking lot). I can see them no problems. I have mini blinds on my window (which is roughly 6' wide by about 4' high). I get up this morning just before 7 AM, open the blinds to let the morning light in. Nice clear bright morning. no construction workers yet (they start at 7 AM but as I am usually at work by then). Go jump in shower, come out of bathroom about 10 minutes later, naked and my my what do I see but about a dozen orange vests standing on the construction working. Did I ever go and run back into the bathroom. I guess I can't walk around naked till they move higher up.

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    I don't understand why not.

    You've got your rights!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEWTFL View Post
    I don't understand why not.

    You've got your rights!
    Yes, but I am not the exhibitionist type. If I can see them, they can see me. They are all of about 50-75 feet away. If I waved, they would wave back.

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    That sounds quite neighborly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superchef View Post
    I guess I can't walk around naked till they move higher up.
    I don't see why not. I'm sure htat they wouldn't mind...
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    Talking yummy

    I am sure they probably would since this is a stuido, the whole room is on view when I have both sets of blinds open. Before the construction started, it was just a parking lot and I am on the second floor so I never had any worries about my lack of attire. I don't see the need to wear clothes around the house by myself.



    On another note, on the way to the gym after work on BART (metro system here), I was in my usual seat that is adjacent to the closed door but it faces the doors that open reading one of my textbooks. A very good looking man gets on, impeccably well dressed, too much so for the financial district which is where he got on. He gets on, walks to the opposite doors (by me) and stands with his back to the train for a minute. Given he was just to the right of me (and the seat here has a side to it, (good place to rest your head when you are tired), he adjusts his suit jacket for a second so I can see he has a badge attached to his belt, then turns around and moves directly across from me and faces me.(there were no seats on that side next to the door. My guess is he was a federal officer. BART PD are always in uniform. I was a bit curious as to why he moved his jacket aside so I could see his badge and I would have been the only one as no one was sitting on my left.

    But hey, he made my night whoever he was.

    All I can say is yummy, the Feds are recruiting some fine looking men.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superchef View Post
    ... If I waved, they would wave back.

    Well Cheffie, I guess that it would depend on what you were waving at them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladder8 View Post
    Well Cheffie, I guess that it would depend on what you were waving at them...
    That has to be one in every crowd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by superchef View Post
    That has to be one in every crowd!
    Every crowd nees a Randy!
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    A randy what?

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    Smile brownies anyone

    On to the other favorite topic on this thread-food.

    I finished baking and will be taking a nice big plate of fudge brownies to my favorite station tomorrow morning.


    You think a busy firehouse will like a plate of homemade brownies?

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    I can just see the guys all weighing this out ... being brought Cheffie's fudge brownies or seeing her wave naked to the construction guys ... decisions decisions decisions LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by RspctFrmCalgary View Post
    I can just see the guys all weighing this out ... being brought Cheffie's fudge brownies or seeing her wave naked to the construction guys ... decisions decisions decisions LOL
    Why not just be honest, and be greedy? Take BOTH!
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    No no, my friend. It isn't being greedy at all.

    The two circumstances are not mutually exclusive.

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