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post #271 of 352
Thread Starter 
this is a tough one!

I really liked your answer Mel Angelina Jolie looked incredible in that movie! She wasn't too buff (I don't like a lot of muscles, very manly IMO) but she was very fit and tone.

I would like to be Joan Allens character in 'the contender' because her character is so strong. I won't give away the ending but it always give me goosebumps and makes me tear up. What a powerful, powerful movie.
post #272 of 352
. . . I'd like to be James Stewart in Frank Capra's film It's a Wonderful Life.

This being the fifth and last response to the above question, I now take the liberty of asking a new question.

What is your philosophical reaction when you encounter homeless people?

post #273 of 352
I can't say I have a philosophical reaction, I have a heart reaction. The first thing I think is "There, but for the Grace of God go I." I remember hearing somewhere that most Americans are only 3 paychecks away from homelessness. I always want to do something for them, but sometimes, I just can't. I just do my best at the time, though I do steer clear of the people who roost on the off ramps of the freeways holding up signs. A few years ago, while in a parking lot for the better part of the afternoon, Mike and I saw this supposedly homeless person holding up a desperate sign, his wife and child were across the road on another off ramp looking equally pitiful. At the end of the evening, they gathered up their meager belongings and started walking across the street together. They passed us in the parking lot, not paying us any mind, and then jumped into an almost brand new motor home and drove away! Those are the ones, I do not help, but the people on the street, the true derelicts, I try to help if I can.
post #274 of 352
"Give to him that asks"

A Jewish friend of mine used to say that, it's probably from the Talmud.

I had a friend who used to try to assess whether the person was homeless or an addict / alcoholic, because she felt that giving money to addict was only encouraging him. She'd give him coffee or a sandwich or the directions to a shelter, but no money. I suppose in one way that was wise, but how can you assess a stranger's real need based on a 10-second encounter?

I prefer to give to known charities - I always give my daughter something to put in the Salvation Army bucket or the Red Cross can at the grocery - but I have definitely slipped some change or a buck to a panhandler when I had it, and just hoped for the best.

Added 12/19

I forgot this: Most big cities have a homeless paper, usually called something like Spare Change. It's written and published by homeless people on donated equipment, costs about $1. If I ever see someone selling it, I buy it. I figure, if someone is at least trying to earn some money rather than simply panhandling, I can support that. Plus if I stop and chat for a second, then other people are more likely to stop and see what's up.
post #275 of 352
This is likely to be the unpopular opinion, but I often wonder. A friend of mine once rode with a trucker at his gas company on his route. The driver knew everyone of the "homeless" on his route, and the story behind each. Many were scam artists, collecting a nice chunk of change every day. I suppose I just have a suspicious nature. It comes from working in a school where 95% of the kids are on free and reduced lunch, yet their parents drive up in brand new Cadillacs, Mercedes, Lexus, you name it. Every kid has at least 2 pair of $100 Nikes and plenty of gold. Call me a pessimist.
post #276 of 352

There are a lot of homeless in Toronto. I will give food and sometimes money. If I give food I know then that they at least have some food for the day. There is a homeless man who sits by my subway entrance. He has a sad looking dog. He always appreciates food and he shares with his dog. I give to hime at least once a week, depending on if I see him.
post #277 of 352
You know, I am very lucky to be living in a town where there isn't one single homeless person. We are a very tight-knit comunity and when someone finds themselves in financial difficulty, theres a mulitude of people, either family or friends, who step in and help out. I have encountered panhandlers in Halifax (a city about 3 hours from me) and I tend to give money if they are doing something to earn it. I've seen people playing guitar or washing windows at traffic lights for money and I give my money to them.

Ok, new question- Do you have any special New years traditions? How about Resolutions?
post #278 of 352
A new years tradition in my family is to have a late family lunch and talk about what we all did on new years (as we normally spend it not together) and we have a few drinks to get rid of our hang overs....
New Years resolutions....never made them because I never keep them, although each year I try at midnight to say I will quit smoking...it lasts all of 10 minutes LOL
post #279 of 352
I swear I am keeping up with my diet and exercise routine. As soon as I need a size or so smaller, this will be a breeze!

As to traditions, sorry none. New Year's is another night where you anticipate a great time, and often it doesn't occur. This year I expect nothing.
post #280 of 352
Thread Starter 
I agree with you Deb, New Years Eve is always a let down. Maybe because expectations are so high. I did spend one new years in Korea, and that was kind of cool.

We don't have any traditions. All of them pretty much died with my mom
post #281 of 352
To stay on the Dean's List on the first semester back to college.
And to go on more evening walks with my hubby once the rain stops.

traditions? Mike and I have a nice dinner usually corned beef and cabbage, and then we snuggle on the couch and discuss the ups and downs of the year, and what we hope to achieve in the next one. No wild parties, or fireworks, half the time we crash before midnight, but it is just our time to be together
post #282 of 352
New Year resolutions-

1-Lose weight
2-Become financially secured
3-finish my education
4-become a better person

I don't have any traditions but watch tv.

Question: What was your favorite activity in high school?
post #283 of 352
Answer #1

Three friends, Hav-A-Tampa Jewels, Southern Comfort and poker!


post #284 of 352

The H.O.P.E. group. (help oppressed people everywhere) We volunteered at shelters, collected things for the homeless, demonstrated at peace marches etc
post #285 of 352

I think I was on the yearbook staff. It's getting to where it's too long ago to remember (he he). I also was on the bowling team. We had a blast doing that.
post #286 of 352
Skipping class to hang out with guys !! :goodbad:
post #287 of 352
History and Sociology

Who do you think Man of the Year is going to be, that will show on Time's cover soon?
post #288 of 352
I think maybe Bush will be man of the year, just because the way he is handling everything since Sept. 11th. And, I think he deserves it!

Q. If you get a Christmas gift that you don't like, what have you said to the person, and what did you do with it?
post #289 of 352
I have to agree with Tigger..I think Bush deserves that spot. He's handled the whole thing rather well IMO, and deserves the honor of being named Man of the Year.

Just to answer Tiggers question too..I never ever tell someone I don't like the gift they got me. I feel that if someone loves me enough to give me something I owe it to them to appreciate and cherish it. To return a Christmas gift (other than to exchange it for a different size) is unthinkable to me.
post #290 of 352
Man of the Year for Time magazine? If I was choosing, it would be easy: The Honorable Rudolph William Giuliani, Mayor of the City of New York. He was there, on the ground, during the tragic events of 11 September 2001. Of course, during a time of national emergency one ought to support the President of the United States of America; but Giuliani, whose political philosophy I'd always found distasteful, rose to the occasion and was an inspiration to millions of people (myself included).

post #291 of 352
Joe, don't count this as a response, but I second the vote for Rudy Giuliani
post #292 of 352
I'd now have to say Rudy & George -- both are great men..... I will be sad to see Rudy leave office.
post #293 of 352
Where is your question for the group? My dad always like to say "as you get older there are two things you lose, one is your memory and.........I can't remember the other thing!"
post #294 of 352
I think.

post #295 of 352
I screwed this up by saying not to count my response, so I'll (gulp) post the next question. (I really hate this part. I can never think of good ones).

Q: (sitting staring blankly at screen)

Ok, what was the best part about Christmas morning that you remember from childhood?
post #296 of 352
Was the magical part, the believing in Santa part when we would come downstairs and see dolls, and doll houses under the tree, all unwrapped and waiting. I remember one year, my poor father struggled to like 2:00 a.m. putting together Jellystone Park and leaving all the critters out for my sisters and I to discover. I learned many years later that he was the official "I can put this thing together and NOT look at directions" Christmas elf! But that was the best part, embracing the magic that a fat man in a red suit could actually visit each house on Christmas and leave such wonderful gifts.
post #297 of 352
My best memory of Christmas morning as a child is a tradition that continues to this day (it now includes my husband and kids of course)After opening our gifts, We all sit down to a traditional breakfast of lobster mixed with scrambled eggs (a true Maritime treat ) and then we go visit my Grandmother (my only surviving grandparent) and watch her open her gifts. Christmas is such a family oriented time for me, one of the few times we all forget our differences and have a good time together.
post #298 of 352
openning our stocking (by far the best part of Christmas) followed by Christmas mass & singing in the Church choir.
post #299 of 352
Sunday, 23 December, 2001, 14:20 GMT

Giuliani wins ‘Time’ accolade

Mr. Giuliani did not "shrink from the pain."

The influential news magazine Time has named New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as its Person of the Year. The editors said they had agreed on Mr. Giuliani because of his handling of the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.


“When I said the spirit of the city [New York] would be stronger, I didn't know that. I just hoped it.†— Rudolph Giuliani


Competing for the honour was the man the U.S. holds responsible for the 11 September attacks — Osama Bin Laden — and world leaders including last year's winner, U.S. President George Bush.

Mr. Giuliani said he was humbled by the honour.

The editors of Time said they chose the mayor "for having more faith in us than we had in ourselves, for being brave when required and rude where appropriate and tender without being trite, for not sleeping and not quitting and not shrinking from the pain all around him."

Time staff spent hours debating whether to give the title to Bin Laden, managing editor Jim Kelly said; and the magazine had been widely expected to name him.

The accolade is meant for the person who has had the biggest influence on the news, whether good or bad; and previous winners include Hitler and Stalin.

Rudy Giuliani says he is ‘humbled‘

But the editors decided Bin Laden was "too small a man to get the credit for all that has happened in America in the autumn of 2001".

Mr. Giuliani's communications director, Sunny Mindel, said: "The mayor is very humbled and feels this honour is really being given to the people of the city of New York for their courage and bravery during the most horrific attack on the United States."

Within hours of the attacks Mr. Giuliani was at the scene, helping to co-ordinate the emergency response.

He told New Yorkers: "We're going to rebuild, and we're going to be stronger than we were before. . . . I want the people of New York to be an example to the rest of the country and the rest of the world that terrorism can't stop us."

Osama Bin Laden: ‘Too small a man’ for the honour

Time's online announcement of the award includes an audio account of 11 September, as told by Mr. Giuliani and his aides.

Asked how much of his visible confidence had been a bluff, the mayor responded: "Some.â€

He added: "Look, in a crisis you have to be optimistic. When I said the spirit of the city would be stronger, I didn't know that. I just hoped it. There are parts of you that say, 'Maybe we're not going to get through this.' You don't listen to them."

Before the attacks, the mayor's popularity was reaching an all-time low, with U.S. newspapers full of details about his divorce and accounts of his angry public outbursts.

But his conduct earned him high praise from New Yorkers and national politicians.

Barred from running for a third term, Mr Giuliani leaves office on 31 December when his successor, Michael Bloomberg, is to be sworn in.

— 30 —

post #300 of 352
I'm glad Rudy got it.

We heard them interviewed about bin Laden. They said he didn't vanquish a continent or come up with a new idea that changed people's lives, he was just an angry man with a lot of money. That really reduces him in importance, doesn't it?
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