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    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    It's frustrating, isn't it. I've got the added fear of having lost a parent to dementia.

    I do know that now that I've cut out processed foods, my cylinders are firing much more rapidly.

    @southerndad - I know you were doing Atkins. Did you continue? Did you get to where you were going?
    Excercise, exercise, watch me do my exercise. My 6 month old baby used to watch me, then get up on his knees,rock and say the word. The whole family accused me of lying until he got up in the middle of a family gathering and Said, Exercise! That was a TV show.

    Not kidding guys, get moving. I know BD does. 1000 calories a day to lose weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Some 17 percent of Brits want to get rid of their monarchy, according to the latest figures from pollster IPSOS Mori. That's around 7.8 million people when taken as a percentage of a total voting public of 45 million. Only 55 percent said they'd be disappointed if the monarchy ended after Queen Elizabeth II dies, another study found this month.

    The central argument is this: An unelected family, whose members achieved their status through the lottery of birth alone, has no place reigning over a modern democracy.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/b...edding-n874366
    17% of the UK public are clueless of the Crown. I know, I live here and ask people. Their knowledge is lacking, they haven't a clue what the Crown pays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Without a single exception, EVERY world champion has learned how to play the game by the time they were FIVE years old. So, by all means, teach your daughter NOW. Pattern recognition skills are best learned YOUNG.

    I myself did not learn how to play until I was about 11. I devoutly wish I had learned the game at a much younger age.

    My own chess-playing skills peaked when I was in my young twenties, which is true for MOST people; at that time, I was one of the stronger players in the state of Colorado. But at that time----in the late 1970's and early 1980's----Colorado did not have a lot of great players.....
    We have a Chess Champion among us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    We have a Chess Champion among us!
    Ha, not any more! I won a few tournaments when I was in my early twenties! Those were my glory days playing chess! I went for a LONG time not playing in any tournaments, and then started playing in some again when I was about 50. I was pleased that I won about $200 in the first tournament I played in after several decades without playing in any, but haven't won any money for a long time now. But also haven't played in any tournaments for probably the last five years. Now that I'm retiring, maybe I'll give that a try again. Have nothing better to do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I know how to play chess, can't say was ever super good at it though lol Card games were always more my thing... Mostly because I learned quickly enough how to cheat in them You do learn that shit fast, in the basement of a Moscow school...

    Chess is much more of an intellectual game, takes actual brain power to win, not just luck and/or cheating skills haha Too hard for me, it always was...
    Benjamin Franklin loved the game of chess. When he and John Adams were both posted as diplomats in Paris, he SHOCKED John Adams one time, when John burst in on him sitting in a bathtub with a French countess, playing chess! Adams was very much a New England Puritan, you know! And Franklin was anything BUT a Puritan!

    Franklin was playing chess with a gentleman once who had to excuse himself to go use the restroom. When the man came back to the chess game, he was puzzled for a moment, and then realized that Franklin's King was no longer on the board! When he pointed this out, Franklin said that he removed his King, because he was a TYRANT!! HA !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    Not nice, Arkady! But we all know beauty is only skin deep. You do not have to be beautiful to be fascinating.
    Funny how beautiful women marry ugly men and men do the same.
    Wait, men marry ugly men?!??


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnne View Post
    Not nice, Arkady! But we all know beauty is only skin deep. You do not have to be beautiful to be fascinating.
    Funny how beautiful women marry ugly men and men do the same.
    Funny song from the 1950's:

    If You Wanna Be Happy Lyrics - Jimmy Soul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    Enjoy your brain functioning at that level while you can. Looking back, I see mine started declining around at 30. I'm still able to learn new material well, and I've got a good memory, but I'm slower, and I always feel a bit fogged compared to how I was when I was younger (and I'm still just in my mid-40s).
    You are not old (my mum will be 41 next birthday - and while she is in good shape, I suspect she still thinks of herself as relatively young,) and from your posts, you have no cause for concern as to your intellectual abilities. We may not agree upon every aspect of the British Monarchy, but I think you have a very good grasp of world affairs, and I look forward to learning much from you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Ha, not any more! I won a few tournaments when I was in my early twenties! Those were my glory days playing chess! I went for a LONG time not playing in any tournaments, and then started playing in some again when I was about 50. I was pleased that I won about $200 in the first tournament I played in after several decades without playing in any, but haven't won any money for a long time now. But also haven't played in any tournaments for probably the last five years. Now that I'm retiring, maybe I'll give that a try again. Have nothing better to do!
    Oh,yes you do! And I am waiting. You will find plenty to do, based on your talents I would suggest Tutoring after you have rested for a year or two. There is a great need. Even my Grandson did that at the Library last Summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Wait, men marry ugly men?!??

    Smart men marry women who can stand alone and have great personalities.

    My Husband did! He was handsome, the best loooking Of 6 brothers. So there! He could never shut me up. He tried, but I also learned an awful lot from him. He had the look. Stop!
    Last edited by MaryAnne; 18th May 2018 at 03:48 AM.
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