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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 23, 2020, 04:52:23 PM »
I didn't catch a hint of anything masonic about this particular group. Just a bunch of people 'of a certain age' who had become friends and really seemed to actually care about stuff and each other. Very little talk of politics and certainly no religion...but, jesus I'm temped to get one of the 'seeing eye' medallions and wear it to next month's 'meeting,' just to get a reaction.  ;D

the quasi-religious stuff seems to have been lost along the way.   maybe they know where the skeletons are

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/odd-fellows-found-skeletons

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 23, 2020, 04:20:57 PM »
I got in contact with 'Paul' at the Camden Branch and the very nice 'chap' informed me that since the end of our covid lockdown they are now starting to organise informal monthly lunches. And this month's just happened to be today, outside at the Ice Wharf on the canal at Camden. So I went along and had a couple of pints with them. What a great bunch. Warm, friendly and welcoming, but of course that may have just been because I was 'fresh meat.' :)

Anyhow, their main membership criteria appears to be 'breathing and capable of taking a joke.' So, if I want, I'm in...and I don't have to go through any form of 'eyes wide shut' initiation ceremony!



This is awesome.   Wear this on a neck chain they may start calling you the leader



lot more Odd stuff for sale on ebay (check out the priest robes!)

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR11.TRC2.A0.H0.Xodd+fe.TRS1&_nkw=odd+fellows&_sacat=0

I tell you the more I read into the Odd Fellow the more I am a fan.    With their quite liberal values and the push back they got from the Catholic Church seems to be right up my alley.   I think they had an alternate religion kind of thing going here.. I am really surprised there is not more analysis on this group out there.  I guess its up to us to figure this shit out!

Ok I'm going to reach out to my local Odd Fellow.. I see there is some chapter hq in town next to me... looks to be a house.

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Election 2020 / Re: #Trumpistoast
« on: July 23, 2020, 12:35:33 PM »
Seriously, what other explanation is there other than that they believe him to be their intellectual superior? The mopes are honestly impressed by his ability to recognise an elephant and parrot the words "person, woman, man, camera, TV."

Do they love him because they think he is intellectually superior or do they love him because he is on their intellectual level- question for the ages.

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Election 2020 / Re: #Trumpistoast
« on: July 23, 2020, 09:59:28 AM »
I think it goes a long way to explaining why it is that newsrake's mopes are so impressed by Trump.

It's amazing how they stick with him despite he is an obvious fool.    I guess it's too late.

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Election 2020 / Re: #Trumpistoast
« on: July 23, 2020, 08:49:20 AM »

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 06:51:17 PM »
Now now. I didn't say it wasn't my choice.

It is very expensive to live in the city and even more expensive to raise kids in the city. At the time that I moved out here I wasn't working in the city and I wasn't making that much money. It's not so great riding out here unless you enjoy having cars and trucks whizzing past your elbow at 50 mph.

I do walk to the train and back so I get exercise and part of the attraction here is great public transportation. I have devised various routes to avoid main thoroughfares. This is a very large metro area and riding 70 miles a day in a wool suit just isn't practical.

We are about to be empty nesters and it is time to downsize and we could move into the city. But again you're talking more expensive for everything. Even car insurance is like the twice the price.

This is why I moved away from NYC.. too damn big for a quality of life and in particular having a decent home lifestyle at an affordable price requires farther and farther commute (typically).    This is what attracted me to the Boston area - no too big!

Here's a question for myself maybe you too: do you even need to live near a city?   I am 100% remote work from home since March and looks like that will continue.   I am thinking I could buy the nicest house in Welch, West Virginia for example.    Actually there appears to be no house nice enough for me there.  but someplace cheaper and more remote - a lot of people are thinking about this these days I think!

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 03:26:46 PM »
ok screw google maps you can walk this down.. there's our building at 21:00


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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 02:32:06 PM »
Can we wrap this thread up with a bike ride through Welch, WV?   Man it looks good for it..

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 01:56:46 PM »
You've been in London many times, right?  ;)

Yes and I did not have a bike in London but I only lived there for 3 months.   I did ride my bike in Manhattan for 10 years often with a Sony Walkman playing in my earphones.   

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:49:48 AM »
I have to admit that there is pretty much no reason for ever having to get in my car unless I'm actually travelling to somewhere...but almost everyday I do. And even moreso during the winter. I'm not proud of it.  :)

If you change from driving to biking when you can you'll add some years to your life.. with the caveat unless you get hit by a car while biking  ;)

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:46:05 AM »
It's too far for me to commute by bike, or I would.

Don't blame "it" man you gotta take responsibility.. personal choices.. say it with me "I made a decision to live where I cannot commute by bicycle" or "I decided to work at a job too far from my house".    ;D  ;D

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:25:26 AM »
Gentlemen... I've built my life around riding bicycles.    I have always ridden since I was a kid.   I strategically live so I can commute by bicycle since the late 80s.    It's not by chance I live next to the best bike path in the nation (how I get to work if life was normal)


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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:06:28 AM »
I found a pic of the bike we rented

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History / Re: That's Odd
« on: July 22, 2020, 08:48:53 AM »
No, haven't visited Holland years and then only Amsterdam. I had a search and Texel does looks like a great place to explore by bike. In fact, other than getting there and back, it looks like an ideal place for an isolated trip during a pandemic.

Best 'biking holiday' we ever had was completely unintended, we rented a place on Langkawi which just happened to include a couple of bikes...saw some amazing sights and places we would just never experienced otherwise.

btw you won't need to bring those bikes, plenty to rent and its flat. 

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