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alysonsee (Hz)

alysonsee@hub.disroot.org

  
Strom’s a’rollin’ in. That weather app screenshot shows a drop from 16 to -3 for you Celsius users. The wind is creaking the doors and flapping the vent covers. And the Italian Greyhound is characteristically in that blanket pile somewhere. It’s good thing I finished watching “The Haunting of Hill House” yesterday.
#weather #dogs

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Brrrr! Wrap up!
  
Woohoo, I GOT ONE! Paul is an IRL friend, has embraced the #deleteFacebook movement, and just joined #friendica. One of the downsides of my leaving FB was that I no longer got updates on where his wit, curiosity, and politics took him. This is gonna be great. Please welcome him, and give him a follow if you like smart, funny, humble, left-leaning people who never stop learning.

Paul, I'm looking forward to pictures of the cats in front of the fireplace, your melting basset hound, and the latest holiday decorations.

#newhere #dogs #cats #colorado #vegetarian
Paul AlterPaul Alter wrote the following post Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:38:46 +0100

New Here


Hello friendly people of Frendica,

I'm #NewHere. I decided to try this after a friend, @alysonsee (Fca), recommended it. She had done research/trying out of some federated social media services and seemed to like this one.

I had been becoming disenchanted with my primary social media service, Facebook. But the recent news about FB first covering up their discovery of the Russian's interference in the election process in 2015, then their use of Russian disinformation tactics to cover their behavior and try to lay blame on other competitors, well, that was just too Trump for me. Deleted my account and here I am.

Enough about that. What about moi? I'm an unrepentant liberal. What does that mean? I won't apologize for thinking we should care for the most needy in our society. Nor for the environment, education, universal medical care, and all those other socialist leaning policies. As the columnist Gene Weingarten is fond of saying, "I'm so liberal the trees hug me." When you raise the boat for one, you raise it for all.

Speaking of columnists, my favorite is #LeonardPitts. If you want to get a good insight into my social and political leanings, he matches my thoughts about 99.9% of the time. https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/

I'm retired from the software/IT industry. I worked for #IBM for 15 years, then left to a small, local startup called #MDI, which was bought by #Sybase. I worked there for 6 years, then went back to IBM for another 15. My education was a double major in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Computer Science from the University of Colorado in Boulder #CUBoulder. I started working in the CU Boulder MCD Biology department, got married, and needed some real money to survive, so I went to work at IBM as a lab technician in analytical chemistry. A few years later, IBM retrained me as a mainframe programmer, and the rest - as they say - is history, I suppose.

My favorite aspect of my career was the people I worked with. Whether writing software, leading a team, being a manager, or working with clients, the individuals around me were the primary reasons the work either made, or broke, my enjoyment.

Next came the intellectual challenge, whether trying to figure out an algorithm, shooting a tough bug, figuring out how to make a good work environment for my team, helping an individual succeed, or with a problem that may/may not relate to work, figuring out an IT architecture, those were the things that motivated me.

Now that I'm #retired, my wife & I (she's also a former IBMer) (1) take care of our elderly furr-babies: a Norwegian Forest cat, a formerly feral racoon-tailed momma cat from Chicago, and a 15 year-old #BassetHound named Maggie. (2) volunteer with the City of Boulder Open Space/Mountain Parks #OSMPBoulder as a trail guide. We also volunteer with Voices for Children as Court Appointed Special Advocates (#CASA). We work with kids in the court system because of abuse and neglect, and make sure their needs are heard by the court.

We audit classes at CU Boulder, particularly enjoying astronomy and astrophysics. It's great not to feel the pressure of homework and tests, and just focus on learning! We have done some traveling, but are grounded right now because of the needs of our pets.

I love to cook. We're vegetarians and I enjoy coming up with creative recipes. They don't always work, but what the hey, gotta try. Oh, and I love to eat. That's a constant struggle with me...

I love a variety of movies, from romcoms to action to drama to mystery. I tend towards binge watching - not a good thing - and lately my wife & I have subscribed to #Acorn. We get lots of British, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand shows with that. We also have to watch it with closed-captioning so we can understand with their accents and slang. But we love it.

I decorate our yard heavily for #Halloween, I love #Christmas, and I love all things #Disney. My favorite project at IBM was working with Disney for about 5 years. What can I say? Great people, and intellectually challenging!

Aloha for now. I'm looking forward to finding new e-friends here.
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Welcome @Paul Alter
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@Michael Vogel , per our troubleshooting conversation, here is a comment from a Diaspora user on my Hubzilla post that came across, unthreaded, to my Friendica account’s feed as a Hubzilla post by my Hubzilla account.
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welcome n-n
  
We won’t know just how worried we should be until we see the specialist (tonight or tomorrow). So, for good measure, we are practice-worrying right now. And giving her lots of loving.
#dogs
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:51:44 +0100
Miss Roo developed an internal infection this weekend. We’ve had her at her regular vet today. But she needs to be seen by a specialist tomorrow (if not tonight). If it is what they suspect, the usual treatment would be surgery. But she is somewhere between 15 and 18 years old and her skin is paper thin. I don’t think she would survive surgery.

It is going to be an emotional, stressful few days.

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For tonight, I have my three cuties and my wife all together ....


Wow, that came out wrong. Four--FOUR--cuties (including my wife). I blame it on the poor man's Old Fashioned I just drank. (Recipe for @Steve has ☕️ for brains : 2 fingers of Russel's 10-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon and approx 1 teaspoon of juice from Tillen Farms' Bada Bing Cherries plus 2 cherries.)
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I'm glad to hear that for now she is okay. I hope nothing too seriously is going on for her! I hope you can relax a bit. Take care!
  
Thanks, @Marieke Bednarczyk , the infection seems to be clearing up. We'll go back in a couple of weeks to see if we can get a clearer diagnosis. In the meantime, she isn't in pain and is eating well. So, I'm not worried (as much) anymore.
  
Sunday was short-sleeve weather, and Pasha and I went cruising. Forecast for tonight: snow!

#dogs #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse #denver
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sun, 28 Oct 2018 21:18:55 +0100
Sunny sundays are for cruising with Pasha.

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i think i never voted in my whole life loudly crying face for a long time the options were SPD (social democrats, center-left), CDU (christian democrats, center-right), or FDP (free democrats, center-god-knows-what). i really didn't see a point then: was all the same anyway.

then, some 30+ years ago i left for india where i'm still living. during the last election i happened to be in berlin for a short visit and decided that, with all the neo-nazi stuff going on i simply had to vote. unfortunately i was registered in west bengal, means i would hava had to apply for a mail-vote, and when i found out it was already too late. so still: no vote from me...
  
@phanisvara das You are forgiven ;-) It must be a lot harder to keep up with what's going on, living that far away. I would imagine that you're a lot more concerned with local politics than with what's happening halfway around the globe.

@alysonsee Sorry, somehow your cruising dog post became about politics... my fault, I guess ;-) It's really hard to keep politics out of anything these days.
  
@Tanja I hear you. We are outnumbered by dogs in our house. And they tend to vote unanimously pro-chicken, pro-peanut butter, and anti-bath time. According to the dogs, we are freedom-hating treat hoarders who discriminate against those without opposable thumbs. :)
  
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:30:02 +0200
When it comes to the sunny spot, sharing is caring.

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#dogs #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse
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awesome dogs!
  
Thanks, @Lil' Beanie . They are my joys. Last night, the Italian Greyhound had breathing problems, so I propped her up along my chest and she slept there for hours. Pure bliss.
  
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sat, 20 Oct 2018 22:30:02 +0200
When it comes to the sunny spot, sharing is caring.

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#dogs #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse
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Sunny spot

  
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:06:18 +0200
Every 15 minutes, I drag their beds by a few inches to recenter them in the sunny spots. I need some enterprising engineer to figure out how to mount a dog bed on top of a Roomba and to reprogram it to follow the sunbeams. Please take me money!!

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#dogs #milliondollaridea
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That would take a long time to get the hoovering done.. :-)
  
@squozebrain , that's hysterical. And a sound warning considering that I have an elderly dog that can't always make it through the day!
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@alysonsee Ok that made me laugh. I'm thinking maybe going with the command, Rover move over, might be the way to go. But then again I'm no expert :)
  
Jose LuisJose Luis wrote the following post Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:56:24 +0200
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#Humor #Fauna

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Every time I sniffle, Suki swings her head around and gives me a startled, worried stare. I don’t know for sure but her level of concern suggests that she expects I will explode on inhale.

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#dogs #photo #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse
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My #cat_I_miss, Paciorek used to meow with disapproval after every our sniffle.
  
@splendorsolis@diasp.org That’s funny. I wonder what they are thinking. Maybe instead of worry, it’s disapproval, and they think we just have bad manners. :)
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I think it's very possible. :)
Sun Dog

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He loves his wubbie. So, of course, he brought it to share the sunny spot with him.

#dogs #photo #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse
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<3 Zoya loves to get new stuffed animals so our apartment looks like we have little child :)
Morning

  
Twenty minutes before my alarm went off, before the sun came up even, this guy climbed up the bed towards me, stood on my chest and sneezed 3 times in my face. So, no real point in sleeping after that. Once I was back in bed with a big cup of tea, he climbed onto my lap, faced me, and started doing the urka gurka. Bless him for giving me enough warning to transfer him off the bed and to a more suitable place to toss his cookies. He’s a very good boy, and now seems completely unphased and sure that I will share my peanut butter on toast.

#dogs #photo #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse

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Photo beautiful as always <3
  
Thanks, @splendorsolis@diasp.org ! Always a pleasure to see you out here.
Snuggle practice

  
Suki understands: You’ve had a long week, and it’s hard to settle down. But when you are ready, she is here to show you how relaxing and snuggling is done properly.

#photo #dogs #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse

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Runs errands with dogs

  
Miss Roo was good company on my errand run this morning. She got to go into the post office, the bank, and the dry cleaners. She is very calm, loves the adventure, and is content in my arms when we go inside places.

#photo #dogs #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse

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Napping

  
The poodles beat me to the napping spot.

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The remorseless face of a dog who ate something she shouldn’t have. On the upside, if Crayola calls, I have some suggestions for new names for vibrant shades of green.

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#dogs #photo #ailanthuswars
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New here, not new here

  
Hello, Federation friends and Fediversians. I'm not exactly #newhere. I joined #diaspora 6 years ago, disappeared after I got no response on my first 6 posts, and then came back 6 months ago. I've made some lovely connections, and my online world is the better for it. I'm now in the process of migrating my presence from D* to this Hubzilla account. If you knew me before, I hope you follow me here.

If you are bumping into me for the first time, I enjoy discovering kindred spirits across the globe. Thanks for sharing your life changes, challenges, and celebrations, and for making my world a bigger, more connected place.

Let's get down to #introductions. Here's some 411 to help you decide if I'm your cup of tea: I’m a progressive, middle-age, cis-gendered, able-bodied, white, first-generation middle class, American, female IT professional. Also #INTJ (#meyersbriggs). No kids—never had the urge. My wife is the same sex but different race, culture, and religion. Also, she is shorter and more idealistic. Despite our very different upbringings, we seem to keep each other constantly amused with common pop culture references. Went to grad school in both Computer Science and Jungian Psychology. Worked for years as a #programmer in the private sector; now work as an IT Manager in #publicservice. I live in a diverse, #urban neighborhood with the usual challenges that come with density, disadvantage, and differences. A shared sense community can be sometimes tough to achieve, but it is very rewarding when it happens. I used to #meditate a lot. Nowadays, I prefer sitting on the back porch and petting the #dogs. My day job can be pretty demanding so I really appreciate small opportunities to slow down and just be present.

Interests:
#kindness and #gratitude - I never tire of people being decent to each other and appreciative of what they've got--be it privileged or meager.
#dogs - You got ‘em? I love ‘em. Three of our own (the legal max where I live). Show me your dogs pics.
#iphoneography - Especially Hipstamatic with filters on “shuffle” because every picture is a surprise.
#cocktails - I never developed any interest in cooking, but I do a pretty good kachumber cooler.
#not-driving - OK, that’s not an actual hobby. But I’ve become a much happier human being since I ditched driving. There’s a lot of truth to #bowlingalone.

Favorite places evah:
#denver
#lisbon
#tavira
#barcelona
#udaipur
#essaouria
#whitianga
#annapolis-royal (Nova Scotia)

As far as making new friends online goes, I’m not your gal if …
* your posts are routinely N S F W.
* you think reverse racism is a thing.
* you think white privilege, male privilege, or class privilege is not a thing.
* you think feminism is up for debate.
* any of these are your main topics of conversation.

Carry on and #beexcellenttoeachother

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Welcome back (not "back" ;) ) @alysonsee!
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you sound really cool...thank you
  
Thanks, @organic420 mechanic# and @Allan Haverholm . I look forward to getting to know you.