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4 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I bought a Martin left-handed acoustic guitar today. I drove 400 miles round trip to Oklahoma City to do it. Left-handed guitars are hard to find. The shops just don’t stock them much. I haven’t played in many years.

This shows how optimistic I am…someone with arthritic hands who hopes to build calluses on my finger tips and wrap them around the neck of a guitar and bend them to the strings.

I’ll be starting from scratch. I’ve forgotten all of my chords.

My grandson plays right-handed even though he’s left-handed. I never could, I tried it. The shop owner called me a “hard” left-hander. I could never find the rhythm when trying to strum with my right, and got the pick tangled up in the strings. People who are soft left-handers usually can learn to play right handed with persistence, because they have better fine control of their right hands than I do.

My right hand can hold a Margarita just fine. And even hit my lips with the rim of the glass most of the time.

That’s a great read - I’m a guitarist too. I’ve been in a few bands over the years although I’m too old and don’t have enough time these days. Good luck with picking it up again.  Martins are great guitars. 

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10 hours ago, Bryan said:

A component had failed within the hub, looked like a cover over the freewheel pawls. Both that and the freewheel unit were replaced. I had previously replaced the little piece of metal that the selector screws into. I put it down to violent gearchanging by swmbo. It's the BWR hub, a special made just for Brompton. Mine has been fine. The bike has led a hard life.

Wow. Never known an internal failure, that would probably be beyond me. I have never been in there. I suppose if you pedal through gear changes instead of backing off it might wear faster, but otherwise I don't know how you abuse a 3-speed!

Not much you can do except keep up the lubrication I suppose.

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7 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I bought a Martin left-handed acoustic guitar today. I drove 400 miles round trip to Oklahoma City to do it. Left-handed guitars are hard to find. The shops just don’t stock them much. I haven’t played in many years.

This shows how optimistic I am…someone with arthritic hands who hopes to build calluses on my finger tips and wrap them around the neck of a guitar and bend them to the strings.

I’ll be starting from scratch. I’ve forgotten all of my chords.

My grandson plays right-handed even though he’s left-handed. I never could, I tried it. The shop owner called me a “hard” left-hander. I could never find the rhythm when trying to strum with my right, and got the pick tangled up in the strings. People who are soft left-handers usually can learn to play right handed with persistence, because they have better fine control of their right hands than I do.

My right hand can hold a Margarita just fine. And even hit my lips with the rim of the glass most of the time.

 

This right handed/left handed thing is a funny animal.

 

Explanation below.

 

I am classed as LEFT handed because I use a pen, paint brush, screw driver, etc. in my left hand.

 

If I play football I also use my left foot to kick the ball so am left footed.

 

I hold a tennis racket in my left hand.

 

A rifle is also held left handed

 

Now if I play cricket I hold the bat the RIGHT handed way.

 

If i pick up a guitar it is the RIGHT handed way.

 

I also swing a golf club the RIGHT handed way.

 

Knife and fork are held/used the RIGHT handed way too.

 

I am NOT ambidextrous either.

 

Does not make any sense.

 

Allan

 

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21 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

This right handed/left handed thing is a funny animal.

 

Explanation below.

 

I am classed as LEFT handed because I use a pen, paint brush, screw driver, etc. in my left hand.

 

If I play football I also use my left foot to kick the ball so am left footed.

 

I hold a tennis racket in my left hand.

 

A rifle is also held left handed

 

Now if I play cricket I hold the bat the RIGHT handed way.

 

If i pick up a guitar it is the RIGHT handed way.

 

I also swing a golf club the RIGHT handed way.

 

Knife and fork are held/used the RIGHT handed way too.

 

I am NOT ambidextrous either.

 

Does not make any sense.

 

Allan

 

 

Other half is also left handed or South paw (just learnt that expression and love it) and is also a mystery.

Writing: left hand

Hedge cutter: left hand

Guitar: right handed way

Ping-pong: right hand. And he plays very well, he beats me and I'm pretty good at it! Damn it!

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5 hours ago, Colblimp said:

That’s a great read - I’m a guitarist too. I’ve been in a few bands over the years although I’m too old and don’t have enough time these days. Good luck with picking it up again.  Martins are great guitars. 

As an optimist, I always think, “I can do this” until proven differently. It works a lot of the time, until I contemplate electronics. There, I am timid.

You aren’t too old. If nothing else, it’s a great way for “you” time, and to take your mind off problems. I remember once when my sister was strumming her husband’s guitar, and the two of us worked on a new song that had just become popular on the radio. She sang melody, I sang harmony, and there was a part where our sister voices blended so pure and sweet that I got cold chills. I remember it to this day. Nothing is a better stress reliever than music. Well, almost nothing.

It’s funny about left-handers, I hear a lot of stories like those above, people who mix it up. That is sooo not me. Although I think I’m right footed, if leading with the right foot when I stand up and begin walking is how you tell. I’m right-eyed.

 

Allan, if I put the stock of a rifle against my right shoulder, support with my left, pull the trigger with my right hand finger, am I shooting right or left? That has to do with being right-eyed to aim through the sight.

My son eats with his left and writes with his right. Sometimes I think soft left-handers are changed from hard because of adults who discourage left-handedness when they notice it. My husband took things out of my son’s left hand and put them in his right as soon as he was old enough to hold a rattle.

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35 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Allan, if I put the stock of a rifle against my right shoulder, support with my left, pull the trigger with my right hand finger, am I shooting right or left? That has to do with being right-eyed to aim through the sight.

 

Hi Betty. As you describe holding a rifle that is Right handed.

 

I also look trough a camera VF with my Right eye but if I have a scope on the rifle I use my Left eye but even without a scope I still sight with my Left eye. Stock in left shoulder support with right hand and press the trigger with my left forefinger.   NOTE you do not pull the trigger and these days you do not even squeeze it.

As far as eyes go I am ambidextrous in that department.

 

Allan

 

 

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For anyone who doesn’t know this trick, here it is. Put both hands together, the length of your arms, leaving a hole between them.  That would be creating a hole with both thumbs and forefingers.  With both eyes open, look through the hole and center it on an object across the room that fills the hole. Now, close one eye while not moving your head or hands. Then close the other eye while still looking at the object.

Your dominant eye will leave the object dead center in the hole in your hands. The object will disappear from the hole with the non-dominant eye.

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14 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

For anyone who doesn’t know this trick, here it is. Put both hands together, the length of your arms, leaving a hole between them.  That would be creating a hole with both thumbs and forefingers.  With both eyes open, look through the hole and center it on an object across the room that fills the hole. Now, close one eye while not moving your head or hands. Then close the other eye while still looking at the object.

Your dominant eye will leave the object dead center in the hole in your hands. The object will disappear from the hole with the non-dominant eye.

I've now got this image of lots of different various people across the world squinting at a pot plant through their fingers 😄

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1 minute ago, Martin L said:

I've now got this image of lots of different various people across the world squinting at a pot plant through their fingers 😄

You made me laugh out loud! 😂😂

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On 05/07/2021 at 09:34, Dave Richards said:

Living in the UK? Check your council tax band.

I checked mine, challenged it and have just got back a sizeable reimbursement for years of over payment. That's a very good thing!

 

I know I've been over paying on my city council tax. In the lockdown, there's been no place to go to talk to them. What I dislike, is that all the mail notifications they send me read like threats. 

 

Edo

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6 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I know I've been over paying on my city council tax. In the lockdown, there's been no place to go to talk to them. What I dislike, is that all the mail notifications they send me read like threats. 

 

Edo

Not good. Threats get my back up.

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2 hours ago, Sally R said:

 

I just did Betty and, wow, it was an obvious difference between my left and right eye. Through my left eye the object stayed exactly where it was. Through the right eye it moved over to the right to be obscured by my hand. So I'm definitely left-eyed. Fascinating!

It’s really cool, isn’t it? I remember when I first did it, I was amazed at the shift. Do you look through the viewfinder with your left?

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5 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

It’s really cool, isn’t it? I remember when I first did it, I was amazed at the shift. Do you look through the viewfinder with your left?

 

Just tried your little experiment. First couple of times my Right eye came up as dominant. Then I tried again and really concentrated and the Left eye came up as Dominant.

 

My reasoning for that is I have a weak muscle in my left eye which, when I am not concentrating on a subject, it allows the left eye to wonder to the left so I am really seeing with my right eye.

 

The funny thing is I can get someone to watch my eyes closely and make it look as if the left eye comes in from the left hand side to the right and my right eye continues from the left to the right hand side. Also works the opposite way too.

 

Allan

 

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16 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I know I've been over paying on my city council tax. In the lockdown, there's been no place to go to talk to them. What I dislike, is that all the mail notifications they send me read like threats. 

 

Edo

Probably no good going direct to your council. I think you should deal with it through the Valuation Office Agency. Hope this helps.

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3 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Just tried your little experiment. First couple of times my Right eye came up as dominant. Then I tried again and really concentrated and the Left eye came up as Dominant.

 

My reasoning for that is I have a weak muscle in my left eye which, when I am not concentrating on a subject, it allows the left eye to wonder to the left so I am really seeing with my right eye.

 

The funny thing is I can get someone to watch my eyes closely and make it look as if the left eye comes in from the left hand side to the right and my right eye continues from the left to the right hand side. Also works the opposite way too.

 

Allan

 

Of course, you have to be different! 😊

If your right eye had been patched as a child (under 6 or 7) for a couple of months, the left might have been strengthened. Patching the strong eye forces the left (or whichever is weak) to do all of the work and makes it strong.  That’s what the ophthalmologist I worked for did. If that didn’t work, he did surgery and corrected it. I saw children who saw 20-50 in the weak eye get to 20-20 with a straight eye with simple patching.

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no sale yet - joined Alamy just June 23rd with 25 pics as of today - but:
I consider it a good thing to have my first view 🙂 
Everybody starts somewhere, right? 

BT

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2 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Of course, you have to be different! 😊

If your right eye had been patched as a child (under 6 or 7) for a couple of months, the left might have been strengthened. Patching the strong eye forces the left (or whichever is weak) to do all of the work and makes it strong.  That’s what the ophthalmologist I worked for did. If that didn’t work, he did surgery and corrected it. I saw children who saw 20-50 in the weak eye get to 20-20 with a straight eye with simple patching.

 

I used to have to go to the eye infirmary to have eye exercises which helped a great deal so did not have patching or an operation.

 

The effect is only noticeable when I am tired then the eye wanders. But I can make it do it at will.

 

Will does not like it, it scares him.🤭

 

Allan

 

 

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I have 45 tomatoes on my 3 plants, and I’ve picked 7. I’m obsessive about counting them. 😁

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On 07/07/2021 at 17:18, Betty LaRue said:

For anyone who doesn’t know this trick, here it is. Put both hands together, the length of your arms, leaving a hole between them.  That would be creating a hole with both thumbs and forefingers.  With both eyes open, look through the hole and center it on an object across the room that fills the hole. Now, close one eye while not moving your head or hands. Then close the other eye while still looking at the object.

Your dominant eye will leave the object dead center in the hole in your hands. The object will disappear from the hole with the non-dominant eye.

Can't remember ever having done that before, but the pot plant disappeared when looking through my left eye. Very strange. Getting some new specs at the end of the week, interested to see if they make any difference.

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8 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I have 45 tomatoes on my 3 plants, and I’ve picked 7. I’m obsessive about counting them. 😁

Ate our first red tomato yesterday, great taste. Currently trying an experiment, growing two plants one as a bush, the other as a cordon to see which yields the heavier crop. I should really weigh the crop, but not sure I have the patience. The variety is Gardener's Delight, normally grown as a cordon. We've got 20 plants in total. 12 under glass, the remainder outdoors. Some varieties, e.g Tumbler or Red Alert, will grow happily outdoors in our climate, while Gardener's Delight is a bit iffy, preferring a roof over its head.

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On 07/07/2021 at 12:18, Betty LaRue said:

For anyone who doesn’t know this trick, here it is. Put both hands together, the length of your arms, leaving a hole between them.  That would be creating a hole with both thumbs and forefingers.  With both eyes open, look through the hole and center it on an object across the room that fills the hole. Now, close one eye while not moving your head or hands. Then close the other eye while still looking at the object.

Your dominant eye will leave the object dead center in the hole in your hands. The object will disappear from the hole with the non-dominant eye.

 

Very cool Betty!

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21 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I have 45 tomatoes on my 3 plants, and I’ve picked 7. I’m obsessive about counting them. 😁

 

That means you only have 36 tomatoes left.

 

Allan

 

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A new 2 seater sofa was delivered today to replace one that had been badly mauled by our cat. Come to think of it, all of the sofa's we have had over the past 40+ years have been replaced due to our adorable cats. Had a difficult time getting it into our front room, it is larger that the previous one, but is extremely comfortable.

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