Would you like to try another cryptogram?

Comments on this Puzzle:

Guest
February 23, 2019, 4:51 pm
lynnbbal
February 26, 2019, 12:13 pm
We need a man like John Adams in politics today.
imsoeasy
March 3, 2019, 10:42 am
My uncle, Jim Adams, could fill the bill.
Johnlocke
March 3, 2019, 11:44 pm
Agreed, Lynn. The constitution is under attack like never before.
kahvecowgirl
March 5, 2019, 1:09 pm
So, sorry to interrupt this discussion, but this is interesting...at least, to me. I got to this thread through a glitch. As far as I know, I never solved this quote by (apparently) John Adams. I discovered that since the site migration on 2/23, it's possible to return to a puzzle using the back button, but that hitting the check button again doesn't take me to the comments page for that puzzle--it takes me here. Also, the first comment I see on the thread is a blank comment by Guest dated 2/23, which shouldn't be possible, since as far as I know, guests can't leave comments. So I'm wondering whether other people get to this page by re-submitting a solution, or if it's just me. I should probably let Stephen know about the glitch, but it seems to be inconsequential--it doesn't affect solve times or number of puzzles solved--so I kind of wanted to investigate a little more.
pickleball
March 6, 2019, 7:45 am
you go kcgirl i could not leave mess. as a guest -- now i m sign in and never seen john adams quote
darkyr
March 6, 2019, 4:43 pm
Yep. Got here the same way.
darkyr
March 6, 2019, 4:44 pm
Twice.
pickleball
March 7, 2019, 9:46 am
seems like this happens every time i come to this site
RustySkipper
March 7, 2019, 5:24 pm
I haven't logged on in months. Got here immediately after logging on today. Had just solved a Sarah Palin quote. Then realized that I could not leave a comment because I was not signed in. So I will leave my comment here. If you do a Spoonerism of Sarah Palin's name it sounds like parasailing.
pickleball
March 7, 2019, 6:07 pm
i m back no puzzle again
Roxanne
March 8, 2019, 9:07 am
I solved a quote of John Barrymore's about stew. Then I thought I clicked 'try another cryptogram' and I got the same quote, which needless to say I solved extremely quickly. But when I clicked Submit I ended up here.
kahvecowgirl
March 9, 2019, 2:06 pm
Ah, I can also get here by trying to open the author bio in a new tab. Poor John Adams. I wonder what he said.
pickleball
March 9, 2019, 9:03 pm
i m back
pickleball
March 10, 2019, 1:48 pm
sos somebody help me!
pickleball
March 10, 2019, 8:55 pm
sos
pickleball
March 11, 2019, 11:36 am
hi
pickleball
March 11, 2019, 11:56 am
again ,is there anyone out there
RustySkipper
March 13, 2019, 12:50 pm
Hello pickleball. I heard Annie Won is out there, but Noh Won isn't.
RustySkipper
March 13, 2019, 1:01 pm
I want to learn Latin so I can read Lorem Ipsum Dolor's book.
pickleball
March 13, 2019, 4:16 pm
annie cousin won ton took second
pickleball
March 13, 2019, 10:33 pm
yep
pickleball
March 14, 2019, 10:33 am
yep
skeeter
March 16, 2019, 7:58 am
What IS this place? Crypto Limbo?
pickleball
March 16, 2019, 11:48 am
yep
pickleball
March 17, 2019, 12:36 pm
HAPPY ST PATRICK S DAY !!
skeeter
March 17, 2019, 3:43 pm
Happy St. Pat's to you, too, pickleball.
pickleball
March 18, 2019, 3:28 pm
skeeter it s called cryto-twilight-zone
kahvecowgirl
March 19, 2019, 3:28 pm
When I get stuck in the crypto-twilight zone, I find it helpful to close my laptop. In case of extreme emergency, I might also go outside and take a few deep breaths.
pickleball
March 19, 2019, 7:24 pm
welcome to the cry-twi-zone kcowgirl , it seems only a select few make it here!! deep breaths of fresh air---quicksilver, great song
imsoeasy
March 20, 2019, 6:40 pm
I'm here but where is here?
pickleball
March 20, 2019, 9:19 pm
welcome, you have now enter the cry-twi-zone
darkyr
March 21, 2019, 12:20 am
I'm just here for the hors d'oeuvres. It is a delightful pleasure to be here tonight.
pickleball
March 21, 2019, 11:35 pm
where they at?
skeeter
March 22, 2019, 3:05 pm
Here, have a glass of wine with those hors d'oeuvres.
jbb33054
March 22, 2019, 6:10 pm
i was here
pickleball
March 23, 2019, 10:47 am
seems like i ll stuck in here---wonder if john adams had something to do with this
pickleball
March 23, 2019, 9:01 pm
and please leave the bottle, i ll going to need it here in the c-t-zone
318WOZ
March 25, 2019, 12:09 am
Now I have also reached the nether realm of cryptograms. The quotation I just had was from B. C. Forbes: "Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert."
318WOZ
March 25, 2019, 12:34 am
Whoa! Here I am again, just minutes later...
318WOZ
March 25, 2019, 10:37 am
Okay, something strange is going on.
skeeter
March 25, 2019, 5:01 pm
It happens to me when I hit the "return" key very hard, after finishing my puzzle, and it sort of double-sends my answer, thus putting me here.
pickleball
March 26, 2019, 5:55 pm
HEY THIS PLACE IS GETTING CROWDED!! where Serling!!
jbb33054
March 29, 2019, 4:28 pm
99
bigdave
March 29, 2019, 5:21 pm
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity ...
imsoeasy
March 29, 2019, 10:20 pm
I am sure I've been here before. Should have left a message. I'm starting to f.a...d...e ...... a.......w...
imsoeasy
March 29, 2019, 10:26 pm
I was fading away and then I was brought right back to Crypto Limbo. I see that I've left messages three times before.
pickleball
March 31, 2019, 9:28 am
careful easy ,you might not be so lucky next time
kb83
April 1, 2019, 11:04 am
And never by a full house.
318WOZ
April 1, 2019, 1:04 pm
Now all we need is for comments to start appearing out of chronological order.
skeeter
April 2, 2019, 8:53 pm
insert weird spooky music
pickleball
April 2, 2019, 11:16 pm
how about "Funeral March of a Marionette'
318WOZ
April 3, 2019, 11:21 pm
This is happening too often now.
imsoeasy
April 6, 2019, 5:05 am
Pickle, I count you have been here 22 times. You you have other-world capabilities we should know about?
darkyr
April 6, 2019, 11:53 pm
If you complete a puzzle, then hit the back button on your browser, you can repeat the same puzzle but end up here after.
pickleball
April 7, 2019, 8:42 pm
easy - if you only knew [ i don t ] kcowgirl said she was looking in to it and haven t heard from her since haven t heard from skeeter-r u still w/us? --still don t know what jonny boy adams said. cryptro-twilight-zone oh ps i m sure i m in the bottom ten and proud of it !! but i enjoy the comments the best feeL,l like i know you , so farewell to all!! NEVER FORGET!!
318WOZ
April 7, 2019, 10:45 pm
We're like a special club, here.
skeeter
April 8, 2019, 10:18 am
I'm b-a-a-c-k. I end up here when I hit "enter" twice after a puzzle.
kahvecowgirl
April 8, 2019, 12:21 pm
Well, I was thinking of pointing out to the baron that there's this place, 'cause I don't think we're supposed to be ending up here...there should probably be a page with an error message or something. But now it's like a little community, and I wouldn't want it to disappear. And for now, at least, I can come and go at will.
bigdave
April 8, 2019, 2:19 pm
I'm sent here when I log in.
kahvecowgirl
April 8, 2019, 3:36 pm
As with any community, some choose to move here, and others are blown in by the winds of fortune.
Eureka
April 9, 2019, 10:05 pm
I've just been blown in by the winds of fortune. I have no idea how it happened. I finished a puzzle and then it appeared again when I was closing my computer, so I did it again and now I'm here! Weird!
LLapp
April 10, 2019, 12:51 am
WOW, now I'm here too. I had written a heartfelt comment on the previous quote, hit Submit, and then remembered somebody saying recently that you could hit "back" and see your comments, so I tried it . . . and wound up HERE instead. But guess what? When I got here, I found my exact same comment waiting for me here in the "Add Your Comments" box, pre-typed and ready to submit. No, this isn't that comment; I deleted it and wrote this one instead. But I wonder, if I click Submit this time, will I then wind up on the side of the road near Exit 13A of the New Jersey Turnpike?
Eureka
April 10, 2019, 1:42 am
This time I chose to move here. I'm back to read LLapp's comment! This is a weird and wonderful wormhole.
LLapp
April 10, 2019, 2:02 am
Do you think if I keep coming back and finally just stay here, I will stop aging?
Eureka
April 10, 2019, 2:07 am
It's definitely worth a try!
wvwoman
April 10, 2019, 2:29 am
i made it this time--thanks for the great instructions. but i can't see any reason for coming back unless it's to plan an online party--we used to have some good ones. how about a barbeque this friday night? i can bring deviled eggs, and i think i have some tequila i can bring along.
NotTooOld
April 10, 2019, 7:38 am
I just had a quote about eternity and the soul and ended up here. I hope I can get back to reality. Let me know when the party is and I'll bring some veggies.
skeeter
April 10, 2019, 10:05 am
wv, I'll bring the fried chicken and potato salad, plus some white lightnin' -- the best illegal hootch in the territory. And LLapp, you are correct -- this IS Exit 13A of the New Jersey Turnpike! Welcome to Crypto Limbo, y'all.
Eureka
April 10, 2019, 11:55 am
Okay, since I'm feeling generous, I'm bringing steaks for everyone! And I might as well bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies while I'm at it. Sorry, what time again?
montyb
April 10, 2019, 2:23 pm
Hokey smokes, Bullwinkle, where am I? And why do I keep hearing Rod Serling's voice laughing?
jbb33054
April 10, 2019, 5:31 pm
144
Eureka
April 10, 2019, 5:49 pm
Jbb33054, although you lack a large vocabulary, you more than make up for it with your sense of humor.
LLapp
April 10, 2019, 6:55 pm
jbb posted his TIME? Now that is surreal.
kahvecowgirl
April 10, 2019, 8:15 pm
As long as we're having a virtual bbq, chocolate for everyone! Including me!
LLapp
April 10, 2019, 8:58 pm
I'll bring virtual gluten-free gluten.
pickleball
April 10, 2019, 9:42 pm
just came back from the outer limits
Eureka
April 10, 2019, 9:46 pm
Jbb33054 posted his/her time not once, but twice! That made me laugh. Can't wait to try that gluten-free gluten! I'm thinking it might be good dipped in chocolate.
wvwoman
April 11, 2019, 7:24 am
eureka, i guess we didn't set a time. fri evening barbeque--i don't have a time preference. up to you folks. and it's kind of you to bring steaks!
Eureka
April 11, 2019, 11:21 am
If 6:00 works for everyone, I'll get there a little early to get the steaks going. The forecast is calling for sunshine, so that's good!
bigdave
April 11, 2019, 5:44 pm
What a blast! Great party! Food & drinks were everywhere. Killer band, I thought Mick was still recuperating. And the hookups! I dont think anyone was surprise at jalapenoman and jasonjujitsu, but llapp an andy? No way!
Eureka
April 11, 2019, 6:02 pm
Not so loud, bigdave. I've got the worst hangover ever from skeeter's white lightning. And I think LLapp and andy were just talking. I didn't see them leave together.
wvwoman
April 12, 2019, 12:19 am
wonder whose party bigdave attended? ours is tonight (friday).
LLapp
April 12, 2019, 12:48 am
Yeah, and who was that person talking with Andy? I wasn't even there.
Eureka
April 12, 2019, 11:43 am
It must have been someone who looked like you, LLapp. I just assumed that time was fluid in this wormhole that we find ourselves in, and that bigdave was speaking from the future. But I guess I just don't like to miss a party, especially one where the Rolling Stones are performing. And I must confess I found myself randomly giggling last night, every time I thought about bigdave's comment.
skeeter
April 12, 2019, 4:46 pm
Looking forward to our 6:00 (Eastern Time) Crypto Limbo wingding. I'm here a little early to spread out the vintage tablecloths, and I brought several coolers of ice. The white lightnin', fried chicken, and potato salad are on the table. Woo-honkin'-hooo!
skeeter
April 12, 2019, 5:58 pm
All right!! Let's get this party started!!
skeeter
April 12, 2019, 6:08 pm
Yum! Fried chicken, potato salad, steaks, chocolate, white lightnin', and LLapp's gluten-free gluten! Dig in!
kahvecowgirl
April 12, 2019, 8:14 pm
I'm feeling virtually very full. Not sure if I can squeeze back through the portal into reality.
LLapp
April 12, 2019, 8:15 pm
Hey, I made it. Late, but I had a wonderful long phone call with my son, who exists in real time. Let's see, hmmmm......oh those tablecloths are great, Skeeter! Think I'll try some of the white lightnin' -- what is that, anyway?
Eureka
April 12, 2019, 8:43 pm
I'm here also, enjoying all the great food. (not to mention the drinks). I may just have to take a nap after this.
skeeter
April 12, 2019, 9:17 pm
LLapp, not to worry about arriving late. We saved you some of everything! White lightnin' is bootleg liquor made from corn squeezings and distilled in copper stills, usually hidden deep in the woods away from the eyes of authorities since it is illegal. The roots are in North Carolina, and the boys running the booze down the mountain to go and sell it had to outrun the "revenuers" (government men). Junior Johnson, in particular, is credited with this start. His dad made the liquor, and Junior did the whiskey runs. These high-speed chases gave birth to NASCAR. (No kidding.) Junior left his whiskey runs on the back roads for the race track. Here are the details: (link) And be sure and check this out: (link) . II taught high school in one of the most prominent bootleg counties in NC, and the practice was widely known. My sister, who is in the Virginia mountains, is currently friends with the top bootlegger in her county. He is fond of putting a peach in his corn liquor to absorb the toxins. The taste is smooth as silk. You throw the peach away and do not eat it; it just flavors the liquor. Another term for white lightning is "mountain dew," and the soft drink company took that name on purpose, as a kind of joke. Some white lightning is not carefully made and can taste too harsh. It can curl your toes.
LLapp
April 12, 2019, 10:35 pm
So "stock cars" really were STOCK cars, for bootlegged whiskey? I had no idea. Those links are amazing. The South is a different country.
wvwoman
April 12, 2019, 11:00 pm
oh, man, this is quite a spread and is so delicious! my deviled eggs are going fast, but with all these jugs of skeeter's moonshine here, i don't think anyone is gonna want my tequila! PARTY ON!!
LLapp
April 12, 2019, 11:19 pm
I need to hold off on the tequila. I'm teleporting out of here later.
LLapp
April 13, 2019, 12:43 am
Oh man, did somebody accidentally pick up the keys to my teleporter?
LLapp
April 13, 2019, 2:12 am
Fine, I'll just stay here and wait for my keys to come back. Hmmm, wonder if these deviled eggs are still any good....
kahvecowgirl
April 13, 2019, 11:17 am
Virtual deviled eggs last a long time, but they may not be the best hangover food.
Eureka
April 13, 2019, 11:36 am
Sorry, that was me, LLapp. Returning your keys now. I'm back to pick up my trays. Glad the steaks all went. Same time next year?
Eureka
April 13, 2019, 11:53 am
I just realized I forgot to put out my chocolate chip cookies! Well, I'm just going to leave them here and those who visit can help themselves!
pickleball
April 13, 2019, 4:25 pm
wow !!!! can we get any more boring??? it use to be crp-twi-zone, now you got .....
LLapp
April 13, 2019, 4:32 pm
So say something interesting. I'm just here to pick up my keys. Thanks, Eureka.
Eureka
April 13, 2019, 7:18 pm
Have a cookie, pickleball. You'll feel better.
wvwoman
April 14, 2019, 1:28 am
thanks, everyone--it was fun!
kahvecowgirl
April 14, 2019, 1:55 am
There is nothing boring about chocolate chip cookies. They are both exciting and dangerous. Thank you, Eureka.
Eureka
April 14, 2019, 10:41 am
LOL kahvecowgirl!
pickleball
April 14, 2019, 11:01 am
Eureka, thank you i needed that , my favorite
Eureka
April 14, 2019, 12:35 pm
Any time, pickleball.
darkyr
April 15, 2019, 2:58 pm
I'm sorry I missed the party, but I see some leftovers, and as I said a month ago, I'm just here for the hors d'oeuvres.
318WOZ
April 15, 2019, 11:59 pm
Holy cow! Quite the party going on in the Crypto-Twilight Zone.
skeeter
April 18, 2019, 6:34 am
Great deviled eggs, wvwoman, and your steaks were fabulous, Eureka. I'm having one of your remaining cookies now. Yum! Glad you got to talk to your son, LLapp. Glad you could make it, pickleball, darkyr, 318WOZ, kahvecowgirl, and bigdave. We should make this an annual picnic.
bigdave
April 19, 2019, 4:26 pm
Why stop at all?
Eureka
April 19, 2019, 9:59 pm
If we have one continuous party here, when will we have time for cryptograms?
abra
April 20, 2019, 2:15 am
Do any of you get here without going back, but just by hitting play again? I think that's how I got here this time. I'm not used to trying to reach the wormhole, so I don't think I did it out of any habit. While I'm here, did anyone bring wine? LOL
kahvecowgirl
April 20, 2019, 4:43 pm
I'm sure there's a bottle here somewhere. Everyone was busy drinking the hootch.
abra
April 21, 2019, 2:08 am
I found half a bottle under the couch cushion. I'll stay and tidy up a bit.
skeeter
April 22, 2019, 4:57 pm
Abra, I get here one of two ways. One is by hitting the back button after finishing a puzzle. The other way is hitting "return" twice when I've completed the puzzle.
Spellbinder44
April 23, 2019, 8:03 am
Second time here in two days.
Spellbinder44
April 23, 2019, 8:23 am
Third time here in two days, Look at the time stamp on my comments !
skeeter
April 23, 2019, 4:55 pm
I end up here many times per day as well.
Spellbinder44
April 24, 2019, 10:23 am
Again. Hello!
Spellbinder44
April 25, 2019, 11:06 am
Again? OK. Hello !
ernests
April 25, 2019, 12:43 pm
Hello Twilight Zone.
pickleball
April 27, 2019, 9:15 pm
you have now enter...........
montyb
April 28, 2019, 9:48 am
Did I miss anything?
puzzleme
April 29, 2019, 12:36 am
Huh. My first time in Crypto-Twilight Zone! I'm so excited. I missed the party but, at least, I didn't end up in Ft. Lee with Mr. Richard Feder, right?
marcopassa
April 29, 2019, 3:09 pm
hi
skeeter
April 29, 2019, 7:30 pm
Welcome, puzzleme and marcopassa! Monty, you missed the party! !
skeeter
April 29, 2019, 10:23 pm
But we saved you some hootch.
skeeter
April 29, 2019, 10:24 pm
Oops. Make that "hooch."
Elephino
May 1, 2019, 1:03 pm
This is amazing! I don't know how I got here, so odd and surreal.... I'm a little scared
pickleball
May 1, 2019, 1:15 pm
welcome Elephino you are among friends sit back and enjoy the ride in the ' cryto-twilight-zone'
Disturbed1
May 2, 2019, 1:34 pm
Wow, it's my first visit here. I love the décor. They all SEEM friendly, Elephino. I don't think we need to be scared.
Disturbed1
May 2, 2019, 2:11 pm
Well here I am again...
imsoeasy
May 7, 2019, 1:11 am
Guest made the first comment which was a non-comment. The following comments were about John Adams but then kahvecowgirl got here from a different quote. Questions need to be answered. Who is Guest? Was it Guest who opened the worm hole to Crypto Limbo? Is Guest a real person? Serious questions deserve serious answers. We probably won't get any help from those party goers in finding the truth since they are apparently all drunk.
bigdave
May 7, 2019, 3:59 pm
Such effrontery! I thoroughly resemble your remarks concerning my current state of inebriation! This shall not stand! Actually, neither will I. Can someone please bring me another beer?
Eureka
May 7, 2019, 7:41 pm
Here you go, bigdave. If I'd known there was beer here, I'd have dropped by sooner.
Eureka
May 8, 2019, 1:04 am
And by sooner, I meant come back sooner. I've been here a few times before....
kahvecowgirl
May 8, 2019, 12:15 pm
Skeeter, the little window that pops up when I right-click, which I consider to be the ultimate authority on the subject, says that either "hooch" or "hootch" is correct.
kahvecowgirl
May 8, 2019, 12:42 pm
What really intrigues me is that Guest's comment was left on the day of the site migration. Was there really a guest who arrived and accidentally left a blank comment before guest comments were disabled, thereby preserving a place that was supposed to be annihilated in the remodeling of the young universe?
Eureka
May 8, 2019, 6:14 pm
Oh, I didn't notice the date, kahvecowgirl. Quite the mystery.
mellav1
May 9, 2019, 3:44 pm
So is there anyone else who can come here whenever they want? I will admit, I've been observing the festivities for a while, but as with most parties my social anxiety kept me from piping in until now :) If i click in my address bar, I get a list of "Top Sites", one of which is Crypto Results - if I select it, this is where I end up...
skeeter
May 9, 2019, 5:03 pm
Mellav1, as far as I can tell, anyone can get here anytime on purpose by clicking the back button after completing a puzzle. However, I also get here if I hit "enter / return" two times in quick succession after a puzzle. kahvecowgirl, thanks for the research! Now I don't feel bad about spelling it two ways.
skeeter
May 9, 2019, 5:12 pm
A-a-a-a-a-n-d here we go again.
Eureka
May 10, 2019, 11:10 pm
Interesting, mellav1. That is the first time I've heard of someone coming here using your method. I come by the first method skeeter described. And welcome to the discussion! Do you ever leave comments after quotes or on the chat page? Your name doesn't look familiar.
pickleball
May 11, 2019, 8:31 am
skeeter, you might as well leave your toothbrush
Eureka
May 11, 2019, 12:07 pm
Just saw a comment that you left on a quote, mellav1, so that answers my question!
pickleball
May 12, 2019, 12:00 pm
Happy Mothers Day- to all the cryptogram Moms
Eureka
May 12, 2019, 1:07 pm
Thanks, pickleball. Happy Mother's Day to all.
pickleball
May 12, 2019, 3:41 pm
Happy Mothers s Day to all the Mothers
skeeter
May 13, 2019, 4:56 pm
Thanks, pickleball. I've left my blue toothbrush by the sink.
pj48
May 13, 2019, 7:08 pm
I was going to describe how I got here, but after reading all the above, I don't remember.
pj48
May 13, 2019, 7:16 pm
Hmmmn. This time it was by clicking 'sign in'. I remember the first trip....I wanted to leave a comment on an Arthur Miller puzzle, but found I was not signed in, so I signed in, then clicked the back button (knowing it was futile, but hope springs eternal?). When I got back, I was again on the Arthur Miller puzzle! And the 'sign in' button was again available; I clicked it; voila!
pj48
May 13, 2019, 7:17 pm
And THIS time I simply clicked to refresh the page. I hope I can actually return to the puzzle pages.
Eureka
May 13, 2019, 9:28 pm
Oh, sorry skeeter! I thought that was my toothbrush.
jnoodles
May 14, 2019, 12:52 am
Adams. The president who stated clearly that the USA was NOT a Christian nation. Thanks John!
mellav1
May 14, 2019, 10:20 am
Eureka - looks like you answered part of your question, I think maybe I commented in a forum chat once as well but I don't remember for sure :)
kahvecowgirl
May 14, 2019, 3:41 pm
Again with the John Adams references. If someone gets here again from a John Adams quote, and they can see all these comments about the cry-twi zone, can they please say something? Maybe it's like we're ghosts--we can see them, but they can't see us.
skeeter
May 14, 2019, 4:18 pm
That's okay, Eureka. You don't have cooties, and neither do I.
Eureka
May 15, 2019, 12:20 pm
Thanks, skeeter. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Virtual germs can't hurt us." (or maybe that was Jack Handey)
skeeter
May 16, 2019, 1:53 pm
Ha-ha, good one, Eureka.
pickleball
May 19, 2019, 3:12 pm
Happy Birthday Mom!! miss you!
LLapp
May 22, 2019, 11:17 pm
Awwww.
318WOZ
May 23, 2019, 1:34 pm
I follow all of Abraham Lincoln's advice about the Internet. He was a smart dude.
LLapp
May 24, 2019, 12:13 am
I come here today directly from this quote, which oughta be the only entryway to this zone: "If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door." -- Paul Beatty
Eureka
May 24, 2019, 11:01 pm
Perfect, LLapp!
imsoeasy
May 25, 2019, 11:47 am
I got here from a different quote by pushing (I thought) enter. My comment was "Ditto LLapp." Eerie or coincidence? Could LLapp be a new portal? Questions, questions. No answers.
imsoeasy
May 25, 2019, 11:51 am
It was the enter key! Just pushed it again on another quote and here I am. Sorry LLapp, looks like it was just coincidence last time, unless there is some plot to throw me off the trail.
imsoeasy
May 25, 2019, 11:54 am
No! No! No! I'm back on the enter key. I'm signing out now for rest of day.
jnoodles
May 26, 2019, 5:11 pm
Waaaaaaah Watusi
pickleball
May 26, 2019, 6:08 pm
R .I. P. to all our Armed Forces who gave their lives for us . Thank you, and GOD BLESS
LLapp
June 2, 2019, 6:03 am
Something about John Adams. Haha, just kidding. I got here the usual way, by going back to the solved quote and resubmitting it. But Kahvecowgirl, I really like your hypothesis -- that they can't see us, but we can see them.
pickleball
June 2, 2019, 1:36 pm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!!!
jbb33054
June 5, 2019, 6:41 am
here
jbb33054
June 5, 2019, 7:05 am
here
mmfs83
June 6, 2019, 3:35 pm
I'm here too often. It's quite annoying. I get here frequently when I hit check after solving a puzzle. I don't get my score on the puzzle and have no chance to comment. I thought it was only me because I've left many comments about it on chat but no one has said they've had the same experience. ?????????????????
pickleball
June 6, 2019, 11:12 pm
D-day , thank-you and we will never forget
318WOZ
June 7, 2019, 12:19 pm
Unrelated to anything else, I took my family to Lagoon yesterday, because my kids have never been there and we're off to New York soon, and I briefly met Brandon Mull. I shook his hand and told him that I really enjoyed his Fablehaven series and The Boeyonders trilogy. We were both there with family, so I didn't want to pester him much, but it would have been fun to have chatted with him about writing. Granted, he's been published a lot, and I only have my one little self-published book with barely more readers than I can count on fingers and toes, but it was fun to meet him briefly.
abra
June 9, 2019, 5:24 pm
Just checking to see if I can leave a comment.
skeeter
June 9, 2019, 8:29 pm
And there you are, abra!
pickleball
June 10, 2019, 11:02 am
good morning my fellow cryptos i just wondering did anyone ever see a 1969 film named Putney Swope by Robert Downey Sr welcome back abra
Eureka
June 12, 2019, 12:33 pm
No, pickleball, but I did see the 1969 Woody Allen film "Take the Money and Run", which made me laugh uncontrollably.
Eureka
June 12, 2019, 12:36 pm
Putney Swope does sound very interesting, though. Did you enjoy it, pickleball?
pickleball
June 12, 2019, 2:43 pm
it was a very low budget but it was way ahead of it s time. i ran into some of the actors in white plains ny, very interesting crew, and yes ,very enjoyable, thanks for relying. i enjoyed woody s film Bananas
munchlet
June 13, 2019, 12:43 am
Wow, so I've been wondering why CHAT has been rather dull of late. Everyone's been hanging out here. Great party you guys had back in April. Are y'all still a bit hung over? No, wait, it's time to start planning the 4th of July. I've got a virtual keyboard to play Sousa march tunes. John Adams died on July 4th, so that ties us into the original thread. RIP (both Adams and the quote that somehow got detached from the comments above).
mellav1
June 13, 2019, 10:11 am
Happy Friday Eve, everybody!
mmfs83
June 13, 2019, 3:42 pm
When I was here last week, it wouldn't allow me to leave a message. I get here after I solve a puzzle. Instead of giving me my points etc, I get a message saying "do you want to solve another" I can play from this page but usually go to recent games to make sure it's registered as solved. That's doubly difficult with the puzzles being numbered instead of being listed by author.
azhang941
June 14, 2019, 10:56 am
anyone know why i somehow always end up here?
3rdof8
June 14, 2019, 5:14 pm
We have traveled through a wormhole and ended in near parallel world.Are we still who we were? Is this new reality a better place? Hmm...
mmfs83
June 14, 2019, 5:22 pm
I'm back but I still can't figure out why I get here.
munchlet
June 14, 2019, 10:18 pm
Well, I went back and solved the same cryptogram twice. Second time, I ended up here.
Eureka
June 15, 2019, 10:15 am
I think it sometimes has to do with accidentally or purposely clicking your mouse or enter key more than once when you check your puzzle. It could register twice if you click too hard or hold it down a bit too long. That's how I got here the first time, but then learned from others that you can just arrow back on a puzzle you just solved and then hit "check puzzle" again. And, yes, munchlet, I am still a bit hungover from the party in April. I blame the white lightning.
LLapp
June 16, 2019, 1:58 am
Pickleball, "Putney Swope" was a big hit with my parents and their somewhat hip suburban friends back when it first came out. They must have seen it in one of the art houses, right? I don't think it ever played the usual movie theater circuit. I was always curious about it, though also wary since it sounded like pretty dicey material, and then at some point I finally saw it -- either on late night TV or maybe at Theater of the Living Arts in Philly, back when they ran a different film every night. So about the story: I recall it was considered quite hip, that it boldly pushed boundaries of racial humor, but I found it actually pretty racist. How long has it been since you've seen it?
jbb33054
June 16, 2019, 5:17 pm
here
pickleball
June 16, 2019, 8:58 pm
"Happy Father s Day" to all the dad s and thank you moms for putting up with us!! LLapp oh man that makes me feel old ha ha, it was around 1965/66 in a dive movie theater that we snuck into, it was very funny , like i said met a few of the actors ,very down to earth people and very funny.a friend sent me a video of it a few years back, i figured this crew would of heard of it,but not their PARENTS!! welcome munchlet, your in a good place, ps skeeter i found your toothbrush,you don t want to know!!! that s it all, enjoy
LLapp
June 17, 2019, 2:16 am
Pickleball - Why would that make you feel old?? Parents are just people. That movie came out in 1969, so my mom was 40 and my dad was 41, still plenty young enough to hang with the bohemians at the art house. I was 13, a few years too young to join them, and I'm glad I didn't. You definitely need some age and perspective to take that film in the spirit in which it was offered.
munchlet
June 17, 2019, 9:26 pm
Hi, Pickleball, and thanks. Do you play pickleball as well? From your user handle, I'd guess you enjoy it quite a lot.
badbob
June 18, 2019, 1:40 pm
shit now i'm here
LLapp
June 19, 2019, 3:08 am
Pickleball, as long as we're here, do you mind expounding a bit on "Waldo"?
pickleball
June 19, 2019, 10:16 pm
LLapp- you obviously didn t know my parents! no harm meant , always enjoy your comments. i thought it was a very funny movie
pickleball
June 19, 2019, 10:34 pm
munchlet --yes i do, it s a fun game. are you familiar with it?
pickleball
June 19, 2019, 10:59 pm
imsoeasy how s your uncle jim adams doing?did you see the john adams quote that started the cryto-twilight-zone as you were the 3rd to comment?
pickleball
June 19, 2019, 11:11 pm
Time to start planning july 4th party! Eureka, i ll get the steaks,are the stones playing again? skeeter, don t forget the White lightnin" big hit last party. someone hold on to LLapp s keys this time
Disturbed1
June 21, 2019, 10:18 am
Ooh a party? Can I come? Please please please!!!!!
Eureka
June 21, 2019, 11:28 am
My first celebration of the 4th of July! Looking forward to it! I can bring chicken wings! Yes, Disturbed1, you are invited. It is open to anyone who lands on this page.
Deanna48
June 21, 2019, 2:25 pm
Hello everybody! My turn to accidentally end up here. I was wondering how a comment thread could possibly be this long! Guess it's a special thing...wonder if I'll ever be back?
munchlet
June 22, 2019, 12:01 am
Hi, Deanna. Yes, you'll be back here... soon or late. The Stones are playing this weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago -- but not on the 4th of July! I'll be marching with John Philip Sousa -- Stars and Stripes Forever, Washington Post, Semper Fi. Maybe Bruce Springsteen?
badbob
June 22, 2019, 9:46 am
i'm here again
darkyr
June 25, 2019, 5:56 pm
This is my first time here. Any comments previous to this one that you think I left earlier I actually leave later.
Eureka
June 26, 2019, 3:26 am
Were you in Back to the Future, darkyr?
LLapp
June 27, 2019, 4:01 am
I miss John Adams.
318WOZ
June 29, 2019, 8:09 am
. I'm wondering if this is going to be removed someday.
Eureka
June 29, 2019, 10:52 am
I had a rather close encounter with a bear yesterday. I was out walking my dog in the mountains when I came across a rather large cinnamon colored black bear on the path ahead of me. The only way back to my car (other than a very long detour back up the mountain and down a different trail) was past the bear, so I had to figure out a way to get it off the path. I picked up a stick and started waving it and walking towards it, and it sauntered off into the woods. I think I earned some street cred with my dog. I was so tempted to take a picture of it because it was such a beauty, but didn't want that to be the last photo I took when people found my phone later. (Can't you just hear the comments? "The lady took a photo instead of trying to save her own life. Well, she got what she deserved, didn't she?") It is funny what you think about in those situations!
Eureka
June 29, 2019, 7:24 pm
"It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order - and yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order." — Douglas Hostadter This quote just seemed to belong here.
CarpeLanam
June 29, 2019, 11:12 pm
Ooh, weird. It's like that Star Trek episode where aliens constructed a replica of the Enterprise and beamed Captain Kirk there so they could steal his blood to infect their people with Vegan choriomeningitis to solve their overpopulation problem.
pickleball
June 30, 2019, 12:22 am
Eureka that is some story,what kind of dog and wasn t he barking? i hope you were winging a big stick. glad your ok ps find another trail to walk the dog ha, ha
Eureka
June 30, 2019, 10:31 am
Thanks, pickleball! My dog is a mixed breed about the size of a corgi. She barked at first but soon stopped. And my stick was pathetically small and would not have done me a bit of good, but it was enough to get the bear to move along!
pickleball
June 30, 2019, 12:45 pm
we make light of this but it could of been much worse, please be careful.also we need you at next party. i wonder if that bear knew that quote from hostadter
Eureka
June 30, 2019, 6:08 pm
I'll be careful, pickleball! I don't want to miss our 4th of July party, which is coming up soon! The bear looked quite knowledgeable, so it's possible s/he'd heard the quote before.
pickleball
June 30, 2019, 11:29 pm
welcome,Disturbed1 Deanna 48, as eureka said all are invited to 'cryto--twi--zone
pickleball
July 1, 2019, 8:45 am
munchlet enjoy your March--Stars and Stripes Forever
Deanna48
July 4, 2019, 8:19 am
I just watched a video on facebook where a mama black bear actually opened a car door and went inside! Whoa! I never knew they were so smart!!
Eureka
July 4, 2019, 10:09 am
Yes, Deanna48, we have a lot of bears around here, and they do get into vehicles from time to time. The worst part is when the door shuts behind them. They then proceed to shred the interior of the car in their effort to get out. Happy 4th of July, everyone! Cookout at 6, followed by fireworks!
pickleball
July 4, 2019, 7:53 pm
HAPPY 4TH everybody!! please stay safe. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!
pickleball
July 4, 2019, 8:14 pm
Eureka, if you live in chicago , would that make him a " chicago bear"
Eureka
July 4, 2019, 8:23 pm
Haha, yes it would, pickleball!
darkyr
July 5, 2019, 4:08 pm
Yes, I was in Back to the Future, thank you for noticing. I played John Adams but my part was cut before it was filmed.
Eureka
July 5, 2019, 7:52 pm
Bahahaha! Thanks for the laugh, darkyr!
pickleball
July 5, 2019, 9:01 pm
kahvecowgirl
July 10, 2019, 11:34 am
Everyone's been so quiet lately.
abra
July 12, 2019, 2:57 am
This time I got here by accident. Other times I have deliberately hit the back button. This time nothing happened when I hit ENTER, so I mashed the key twice kind of hard. Voila. I didn't know that ya'll were having a barbeque for the 4th or I would have come and stayed for the fireworks.
badbob
July 12, 2019, 3:21 am
i'm back
skeeter
July 12, 2019, 4:45 pm
I'm late for the July 4th party so everyone's invited to my place tonight for a TGIF party. I have every refreshment imaginable and an oceanfront deck. Come on over!!
Eureka
July 13, 2019, 12:04 am
That sounds awesome, skeeter! Count me in.
skeeter
July 14, 2019, 10:53 pm
Thanks for coming over, Eureka. What a blast we had!
Eureka
July 15, 2019, 11:00 pm
Thanks for inviting me, skeeter. Loved that view!
skeeter
July 18, 2019, 11:54 am
Ah, Limbo. Twice in a row.
badbob
July 18, 2019, 1:34 pm
back again BTW the comments are hilarious
pickleball
July 20, 2019, 2:11 pm
just came back from Woodstock 69, WOW !!!
Eureka
July 20, 2019, 3:12 pm
Time traveling, pickleball?
pickleball
July 20, 2019, 10:29 pm
Boy , i sure was,----Far out man!! hope you re reading this in good health Love, Peace and Happiness
Eureka
July 21, 2019, 5:23 pm
Kewl!
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:15 pm
I know exactly how I got here. I was on another quote and in the comments section for that one, there were 2 (count 'em 2) bansai comments, within a minute of one another. Below that, somebody commented some snark about how bansai's a cheater and blah blah blah, scamming the system by knowing how to get to the same puzzle over and over again and abra defended him below that, saying that in some previous version, you were able to hit the "back" key to return to the same comment page after posting a comment and that that's all that bansai (that trickster!) had done. Well, of course, that made me curious as to what would happen to me if I were to hit the "back" key from that comment page ... and it got me here! After posting, I'm definitely going to hit "back" again and see if I can add another comment right below this one. Hmmmm ...
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:20 pm
Yup! Super easy. I got the same original quote again - the one Bansai commented on twice - it's a James Bond quote that says "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success". I'm going to do it again and go to previous puzzles and see if it's recording my solves on this one puzzle. If so, I'm going to type really fast and see if I can get a totally illegal unfair record on that one. I probably can't even if I type it over and over again ... but I'm curious as to what will happen. This is all academic, I'm sure you understand.
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:21 pm
again.
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:21 pm
again
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:22 pm
again
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:23 pm
again
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:23 pm
again
Fudi
July 21, 2019, 7:28 pm
Okay ... this time, I went to a new puzzle (by Mary McCarthy), solved it, and pressed "back" from the comment page and got the Mary McCarthy quote again immediately. So I solved it, bringing me here. Apparently, that is the (or maybe just "a") definitive way to join this party ... to be part of this particular virtual in-crowd ... just press "back" from any comments page. Voila. It also gives you practice answering the same puzzle over and over, if you so desire. Hmmmm ... Thanks for having me. I'll let myself out now!
Eureka
July 21, 2019, 8:51 pm
Welcome, Fudi! Yes, we're in an alternate universe, sometimes by our own choosing and sometimes not. Parties happen, people time travel, jbb33054 randomly leaves his/her time to give us a sense of the familiar, we say weirder things that usual just because we can, and mostly we wonder when Stephen (the admin person) will discover this little flaw in the system and shut it down.
mellav1
July 23, 2019, 10:04 am
Look at Fudi, getting all scientific!
jbb33054
July 23, 2019, 2:01 pm
here
kahvecowgirl
July 23, 2019, 9:37 pm
Every time someone (including me) leaves one of these "I wonder when Stephen will find out about this place" kind of comments, I expect a comment to appear, all scintillating and sparkly, saying ***HE KNOWS***
Eureka
July 23, 2019, 10:43 pm
Haha! That would be funny, kahvecowgirl! And thanks for throwing in a word, jbb33054.
skeeter
July 24, 2019, 9:46 am
I'm always just here for the party.
blueladyblue
July 28, 2019, 5:50 pm
Ooooh, crypto twilight zone! I made a mistake in my comment so I was hoping I could bring it back before it "saved." For the record, I am not addicted to my life -- or wildflowers -- I am allergic to it. Ah-choooooo. And I'm kinda glad Andy hasn't found this page. It would have taken me forever to scroll to the bottom.
CarlM
July 28, 2019, 6:47 pm
Don't know how I got here. It wasn't the first time, I doubt it will be my last. Is this the Twilight Zone?
Fudi
July 30, 2019, 1:29 pm
I blinded you guys ... with SCIENCE! (And harumph, mellav1, I am ALWAYS scientific. Or, errr ... at least my alternate twilight zone persona who parties here is. We can be anything we want to be HERE. Tee hee.)
darkyr
July 30, 2019, 6:19 pm
I feel compelled to write this: ***HE KNOWS*** Not sure what came over me.
lesliecomelastly
July 31, 2019, 1:35 am
Wow! My 1st time here. Bummed I missed the parties.But comments made it almost like being there. I got here by accident after my internet went down, and when I 'restored previous sessions, I hit return to try to get back to my last crypto, and here I am. Took a half hour to read the comments. A puzzle baron anomaly. Honored to be here. And if I can get back, I'll definitely be at the next party. I'll bring a decadent dessert, and margaritas. Even though they'll play a distant second to the white lightning. Party on! .
Eureka
August 1, 2019, 5:25 pm
Decadent desserts are always welcome, lesliecomelastly. I was thinking it would be fitting if your comment was the very last one ever left here, but now I've gone and ruined it!
pickleball
August 10, 2019, 4:53 pm
maybe HE KNOWS , was the guest who started these comments
skeeter
August 11, 2019, 6:18 pm
CarlM, yes, it's kind of a Twilight Zone. It's Crypto Limbo. And woo-hooooo, I just brought MORE white lightnin'. Party's on, people!
GtrZan
August 11, 2019, 7:59 pm
Bueller?
Eureka
August 13, 2019, 12:31 am
You could be right, pickleball!
kleinw2000
August 14, 2019, 8:02 am
Hi all. I got here after solving a John Adams quote, and then accidently hitting the back button. So , what happens if I hit the back button now???
kleinw2000
August 14, 2019, 8:03 am
Ah! So, that is what happens. I'm back.
Eureka
August 16, 2019, 12:04 am
Welcome and welcome back, kleinw2000.
kleinw2000
August 16, 2019, 12:19 pm
Thanks, Eureka. It's nice to be here.
pickleball
August 17, 2019, 2:33 pm
can not believe it s been 50 years since Woodstock!!!!
lesliecomelastly
August 20, 2019, 1:36 am
Wow! I'm here again! And the 1st time in my 3 or so year crypto history that I got to see one of my previous crypto comments. And so exciting to see a fellow cryptoer comment on my comment Eureka. (It doesn't take much for me). And honored yet again that you thought it fitting if my comment would be last one. you didn't ruin a thing. As long as this twilight zone glitch anomaly is left unchecked, our entertaining comments re same will continue indefinitely would be my guess. I'm in the habit of keeping my crypto window open always, so when I restart, and restore previous session my crypto window is right there, usually with my last crypto solution. But this time, that same crypto was there again, so I resolved it, and hit 'check solution', voila! ... here I am again! Pickleball, Did you mean 'The Baron' knows, and he was the one who started it all as the 'guest'? Wacky stuff. And it is hard to believe 50 years. Where the heck did those 50 years go??? Nice to be back all, and to be part of this crazy funness ...
lesliecomelastly
August 20, 2019, 1:41 am
Just tried hitting 'back', and that got me here again. Good to know that works, in the event I ever just wanna 'drop by' ...
skeeter
August 20, 2019, 8:58 am
Welcome, kleinw2000 and lesliecomelastly !
pickleball
August 20, 2019, 8:50 pm
yes , welcome kleinw2000 and lesliecomelastly ! i have no idea who the Baron is ,just pick up on what skeeter said. but it is strange as that s the only guest to comment. enjoy your night to all the cryptos
pickleball
August 20, 2019, 8:59 pm
correction , not skeeter s remark but darkyr s on 7-30-19
jbb33054
August 21, 2019, 10:21 am
here
Eureka
August 22, 2019, 1:27 pm
Glad I could add some excitement to your life, lesliecomelastly. It is fun to come to this comment section any time, rather than waiting to get back to the same puzzle again. The Baron is named Stephen. If you go to the forum, you will see that LLapp corresponds with him quite regularly about things on this site. She is our unofficial "union rep".
skeeter
August 24, 2019, 8:19 pm
Ha-ha, Eureka. That's a great way to define LLapp. On a new note, hey, it's Saturday night. Everyone come over to my house for some par-tay time!! See you soon. Directions are easy -- cross over the lake and left at the big oak!
zengard
August 25, 2019, 12:06 am
I am only leaving this comment because I just want to record that I kept getting here after solving a quote by a Matthew Trump that said "Democracy is the art of knowing what not to say." Obviously not related to the Donald.
zengard
August 25, 2019, 12:11 am
I only came back when I realized I had typed democracy instead of diplomacy as I submitted it. It seem the art of typing is knowing what not to type.
pickleball
August 25, 2019, 11:18 am
i think LLapp deserves a raise!! skeeter i just flew over the lake but i got stuck in the oaks trees branches ,how did the party turn out ? sure miss some of that "white lighin"
blueladyblue
August 27, 2019, 4:07 pm
Yay, I've entered the twilight zone! I've been here before, but this time decided to leave my mark.
blueladyblue
August 27, 2019, 4:09 pm
Oh, I guess I did leave a comment July 2019.
abra
September 2, 2019, 2:43 am
Wow, there's no plans for a Labor Day picnic or barbeque? Well, I'm known as the deviled egg queen around these parts. I've brought those and some brats cooked in beer. Also brought wine, but I've heard that I have tacky taste in wind. ;o) I'll stay awhile and see if anyone shows up.
pickleball
September 3, 2019, 12:43 pm
hey abra i think dorian had/has everyone hunker down. there is no such thing as tacky if you have deviled eggs and any kind of wine. stay safe everyone
Eureka
September 4, 2019, 6:37 pm
I've been away in the real world, but am happy to be back online. I went to the remote north (Tuktoyaktuk) where there is spotty cell service. It looks like I missed a party hosted by skeeter! And you are right, pickleball, LLapp definitely deserves a raise! I love deviled eggs, abra. Those are always a treat. Oh, I remember your comment from July about Andy, blueladyblue. It made me chuckle! I haven't seen a recent comment from Andy so I wonder if he still plays.
pickleball
September 8, 2019, 11:57 am
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!.
Eureka
September 9, 2019, 11:18 pm
Do I have play?
Disturbed1
September 10, 2019, 10:42 am
Well, if you have to screw the top off of the wine bottle, I think that qualifies as tacky, but I'm no expert! As long as you enjoy what you're drinking, that's all that matters. And if other people won't drink your "tacky" wine, that just means more for you!
abra
September 13, 2019, 10:10 pm
No, the wine has a cork but I hear that it's really '80s. We are very thankful that for us Dorian was more hype, and preparation than actual storm. At one point they were predicting 9 1/2 inches of rain for us. We got a little over and inch. It was windy but not really bad. The scariest part was being in a tornado WARNING for hours. Party on. It's time to start planning for Halloween.
imsoeasy
September 14, 2019, 5:16 am
Nobody sent me an invitation to the party. I feel unloved.
Eureka
September 14, 2019, 12:14 pm
Imsoeasy, you are cordially invited to any and all cryptoparties in the crypto twilight zone. Please check back frequently for upcoming dates. No further notification will be given.
Elephino
September 24, 2019, 2:02 am
Huh! Definitely the longest comments thread here - from what I can tell the following have circled the vortex a scary amount of times: pickleball, RustySkipper, skeeter, kahvecowgirl, LLapp, Eureka, wvwoman, Spellbinder, Fundi.... and more! WHEEEEEEE!!!!
Elephino
September 24, 2019, 2:17 am
OK, for me (2nd time here tonight - and it's not 2:00am) the next puzzle wouldn't load so I hit the reload (circular arrow on the title bar on a mac) which then prompted if I wanted to "submit the form again" went with yes, and got here!
Elephino
September 24, 2019, 2:18 am
HAHA! I did the same thing again with this page, and I'm back in at the vortex party!
Elephino
September 24, 2019, 2:20 am
"Are you sure you want to send this form again? To reopen this page Safari must resend a form. This might result in duplicate purchases, comments, or other actions." .... hit send, and here I am :D
Elephino
September 24, 2019, 2:21 am
yep. g'night all
Eureka
September 24, 2019, 10:23 am
Welcome, Elephino!
mohamm1
September 25, 2019, 12:15 am
No option to vote on "Americans are cruel due to worshiping lucre" That's a cold hard truth. Except that it leaves out the partner in crime of lucre... Power. And one other... Paranoia. Safety uber alles!
Elephino
September 26, 2019, 12:51 am
haha - thanks Eureka! ps, another 'symptom' - the screen goes grey before i hit the reload (circular arrow)
Eureka
September 28, 2019, 1:44 am
Wow, that's one I haven't heard before, Elephino. Apparently there are many ways to get to this crypto twilight zone.
zengard
September 29, 2019, 6:36 am
I wish someone would fix this trap.
pickleball
September 30, 2019, 5:36 pm
welcome , Elephino no trap ,Zengard , we re all here on our own free will ---- no eureka , no need to play
Eureka
September 30, 2019, 7:56 pm
Glad to hear it, pickleball. I'm not a good football player.
lesliecomelastly
October 3, 2019, 12:55 am
Thanks to Eureka, skeeter, and pickleball for welcoming me. Sorta forgot about this place since my last visit Aug 20. Eureka, you're right re making point to drop in for fun instead of waiting for the 'glitch', like just now; had to do a computer re-boot, which brought me to re-do my last crypto, and into the portal I stumbled. And it was pickleball who said he didn't know who 'The Baron' was. It was cool to learn re Baron Stephen, and that LLapp is our 'rep'. Cool 'insider' crypto stuff. Many thanks. Oh ... and PS ... Andy has never found this party Eureka. Blueladyblue, you're comment made me chuckle too. (And I'm glad too). Although, I get a little 'windy' myself sometimes. I gotta watch that. Party on!
lesliecomelastly
October 3, 2019, 4:51 am
Just for fun, here's some crypto twilight zone portal stats for you ... (And Elephino, Noticed you must have done a quick scroll to notice some of these things) ... (And please note: I wouldn't take bets on these numbers being exact, but they're close). As of today, October 3, 2019, 3:50 AM ... Since this portal opened on February 23, 2019: 43 people have left approximately 310 comments. Only 14 people have left only one comment. Kahvecowgirl, Pickleball, and Skeeter, were among the 1st to comment on this anomaly. Kahvecowgirl was the 1st to address the anomaly, on 3/5/19 Pickleball holds the record with 59 very entertaining comments since 3/6/19. Eureka, 2nd place with 52 since 4/919 Skeeter 3rd place with 30 since 3/16/19 Honorable mention to LLapp with 18 since 4/10/19, and to long time or regular commenters Imsoeasy, darkyr, 318WOZ, wvwoman, jbb33054, abra, and elephino. (Apologies to so many not mentioned that were so entertaining). Skeeter ~ for the longest, arguably most interesting comment (re 'white lightening') on 4/12/19 Was gonna give one for 'funniest' but there's too many. Legends bansai and nanrich have never been here, or if they were, never commented. Legends skeeter, munchlet and kb83 have been here. (And probably a couple others I missed). And thus concludes the 1st crypto twilight zone portal statistical analysis.
lesliecomelastly
October 3, 2019, 4:59 am
I thought I said I was gonna watch out for being so 'windy'.
Eureka
October 3, 2019, 10:38 am
Wow, those are some impressive statistics, lesliecomelastly! It must have taken you awhile to compile them. And I have always assumed that Pickleball is female, but now I am not sure! Help, Pickleball! BTW, this is the only place on this site where I will ever be in second place!
pickleball
October 3, 2019, 11:54 am
good work lesliecomelastly, thanks for updates!! Eureka you re always #1
lesliecomelastly
October 4, 2019, 1:55 am
Thanks for the kudos Eureka and pickleball. And Eureka, this is clearly an illustration of a soul with way too much time on their hands. lol (Although, maybe not so funny). I had to do a quick scan to see where I indicated pickleball as male. Just found it. Hmmm ... didn't even think about it at the time. Pickleball, only you can solve the mystery. It's funny, but someone up there in the archives referred to me as 'he', and I'm a 'she'. Well ... I'm certainly glad we cleared that up.
pickleball
October 4, 2019, 9:25 am
hahahahaha pretty funny lesliecomelastly, i m like Pat on the old SNL and you can get windy all you want here,----- "wouldn t it be a real drag it we were all the same" - Savoy Brown
Eureka
October 4, 2019, 11:49 am
Haha, Pickleball Pat, let the mystery continue! I assumed you were female, lesliecomelastly, as am I. I'm going with pickleball being female as well. I love that you went through and counted the comments. That is awesome! Kb83 would be proud, as I recall he is a statistician.
kahvecowgirl
October 14, 2019, 4:42 pm
Well, for every grammatical case, you get a pronoun, and who says you have to have a matching set (sez the person with a gender implied in her username)?
lesliecomelastly
October 17, 2019, 2:15 am
Wow! Savoy Brown! ... That brings me back. I was just compelled to look up Savoy Brown on youtube, and ended up listening to same for about an hour! I had special affection for 'Jack the Toad'. lol Thanks for the walk down memory lane pickleball. Glad you liked the stats Eureka. Made the ridiculous time I spent doing that feel like it had some worth. I just became curious, because our little portal here really is a phenomenon, reaching momentous magnitudes.
abra
October 19, 2019, 2:27 am
I got here in the usual way, but not on purpoose. Since I am here, I just wanted to say that I've always enjoyed your name, lesliecomelastly.
lesliecomelastly
October 22, 2019, 5:46 am
People take bets at partys on how late I'm gonna be, or what time I'm gonna show. I really need a supervisor. As long as I can remember they called me lesliecomelately, but for the purposes of alliteration I opted for the lastly for email etc. And abra, I can't deny that it warms my cockles, and gladdens me that you enjoy my sillyness.
montyb
October 22, 2019, 1:10 pm
This is my second time today in the Twilight Zone. Odd that it just happens to be my birthday. I wonder if Mr Serving is attempting to tell me something or is possibly trying out a new script.
montyb
October 22, 2019, 1:13 pm
Dear Lord! How do I get out of here?
Disturbed1
October 22, 2019, 2:23 pm
I hope you made it out safely monty.
montyb
October 22, 2019, 9:31 pm
I didn’t. ??
kahvecowgirl
October 23, 2019, 2:25 am
Happy b-day, Monty. Maybe Mr Serving (is that a Serling/Server hybrid?) is trying to tell you to go do something more fun for your b-day. I'm not sure what timezone you're in, but I hope you do/did!
lesliecomelastly
October 23, 2019, 5:54 am
Happy belated B-day montyb, and an awesome year wished to you!
badbob
October 27, 2019, 8:13 am
if there is a "longest comment" section in the Guiness book we have it. i'm glad i did my part
pickleball
October 28, 2019, 9:52 pm
and a hell of a part you did badbob Happy belated B-day to you montyb HAPPY BIRTHDAY " MIKE OC "
mellav1
October 31, 2019, 12:22 pm
Happy Halloween, Crypto peeps!
abra
October 31, 2019, 10:01 pm
Happy Halloween, I thought there'd be a party. I brought pumpkin pies, and Sloppy Joes.
pickleball
November 2, 2019, 5:34 pm
Happy Belated Halloween and i would sure love some Sloppy Joes or Sloppy Janes
Crunchman
November 3, 2019, 5:38 pm
As far as I can tell whenever I get here it's when I hit the check it button twice before it loads, or when i reload the checked page. I guess until its fixed we'll all be reveling in the full glory of John Adams for a while. Cheers!
kahvecowgirl
November 5, 2019, 5:57 pm
Hmmm...John Adams/pumpkin pie...John Adams/pumpkin pie...
jimknock
November 11, 2019, 4:55 pm
I believe that quote is from Robert Browning and not Elizabeth. (link)
Crunchman
November 12, 2019, 12:38 am
wait... this comment makes it seem like it could be from another quote???????
kahvecowgirl
November 12, 2019, 1:55 am
Quick, someone define "it"
pickleball
November 12, 2019, 9:07 pm
don t tell me that was a knock knock joke,jim?
blueladyblue
November 13, 2019, 4:31 pm
Yay, back into the PARTY ZONE!!!! Last one in the pool isn't a true crypto nut! Weeeeeee!
kahvecowgirl
November 13, 2019, 5:00 pm
Ok, I'm in the pool, and according to my clock, your post is still in the future!
kahvecowgirl
November 13, 2019, 6:13 pm
(Ok, I'm in a different time zone, not time traveling.)
Eureka
November 20, 2019, 1:01 pm
But time traveling is definitely an option in the crypto twilight zone. Both bigdave and pickleball have done it.
badbob
November 21, 2019, 5:53 am
i.21 jigawatts will bring you here but where are Doc Brown and Marty?
Eureka
November 21, 2019, 11:24 am
Oh they're here, badbob. They just use aliases.
badbob
November 23, 2019, 6:40 am
in the words of Douglas Mac Arthur " I have returned"
badbob
November 25, 2019, 7:18 am
and i have re-returned again
BriddlesBob
November 25, 2019, 7:28 am
I FEEL CHEATED. This is the first time I've been here.. Had worked a John Adams quote...and ... poof.....joined all of you folks (quite belatedly, I see)
Eureka
November 25, 2019, 11:57 am
Welcome to the party, BriddlesBob! Please help yourself to the drinks in the fridge. Snacks are replenished nightly.
Blemish Cardigan
November 25, 2019, 8:39 pm
Best quote on the site.
Disturbed1
November 27, 2019, 11:12 am
Back again in time to say Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow cryptogrammers. I am thankful that I get to read all of your comments on this site. I am particularly thankful for monty, who makes me laugh multiple times a day.
Synonymous
November 27, 2019, 6:23 pm
Been here before, enjoying all the comments --again. Especially Time Travel. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
pickleball
November 28, 2019, 10:53 am
GOBBLE,GOBBLE GOBBLE!!! as Eureka said welcome BriddlesBob i m so very thankful, good health to all the crypto's , enjoy the day
Eureka
November 28, 2019, 9:27 pm
Good health to you also, pickleball!
lesliecomelastly
November 30, 2019, 1:40 am
Welcome BriddlesBob. And Blemish Cardigan and Synoymous, I believe this was the first time you 'commented' so welcome you both too. And welcome back Disturbed1. The waters fine. Glad to have you all aboard. Eureka, you were gone since October 4. I was afraid you were being denied access. lol. Happy belated Turkey everyone. I brought leftovers. Good health and happiness wished all around. I'm grateful for you all!
Eureka
November 30, 2019, 8:10 pm
Haha, lesliecomelastly, I will always find a way back here! I'm just trying not to take pickleball's #1 spot away.
pickleball
December 1, 2019, 2:27 pm
yes, we are all here due to a johns adams quote we haven t read and i agreed w/Disurded 1, montyb should be up on the stage!!-- Eureka you seem like the welcoming Queen here in crypto land thank you for that and as i said on 10/3 you will always be #1 in my crypto world
Eureka
December 2, 2019, 11:54 am
Thanks, pickleball. That is very sweet!
Synonymous
December 3, 2019, 12:18 pm
Back again into the Twilight Zone of Cryptograms. And, thank you lesliecomelastly for the welcome message.
Synonymous
December 3, 2019, 6:27 pm
Just logged in again and came directly to the Twilight Zone.
OptimusPrinceps
December 5, 2019, 7:23 am
Whoa. I think I got here by pressing submit twice.
cryptoderes
December 5, 2019, 1:53 pm
Hi OptimusPrinceps!
OptimusPrinceps
December 5, 2019, 2:00 pm
Hi! I'm back!!
Disturbed1
December 6, 2019, 11:15 am
I just had that same experience, Synonymous. As soon as I opened the website I landed here.
mistyswiss
December 6, 2019, 9:16 pm
Just spent ten minutes reading all the prior comments looking for Rod Serling.
badbob
December 9, 2019, 3:49 am
back again with nothing witty to say. except that I make my own granola and will bring enough for everyone next time
Eureka
December 9, 2019, 12:18 pm
Looking forward to the granola. And so is Rod Serling.
318WOZ
December 9, 2019, 10:17 pm
The other day I watched what was easily one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes so far: "A Piano in the House". My youngest kids aren't always enthusiastic about the show, but we enjoy it as a family during dinner sometimes. In other news, I still only have seven reviews on my book. It would be interesting to be a full-time author and have time for marketing.
Elephino
December 10, 2019, 9:33 pm
xxxoooxxx!
badbob
December 11, 2019, 3:54 am
i use oats, peanuts, pistachios, cashews, butter, condensed milk coconut, dried blueberies, cranberries ,golden raisins and cinnamon enjoy
Eureka
December 11, 2019, 11:33 am
Yum!
mistyswiss
December 11, 2019, 12:00 pm
318WOZ - I haven't been to Lagoon in 40 years. How was it???
Eureka
December 12, 2019, 2:27 pm
318WOZ, at one point you provided a link to your novel, either in the comments section after a quote or in the chat box. I recall it was science fiction and had some great reviews. I am impressed that you have 5 children and a full time career, yet still find time to write and solve cryptograms! Impressive!
colettec
December 12, 2019, 8:05 pm
Sexist. It reinforces the stereotype that fathers are neither capable -- nor expected -- to do as much as mothers. Parents, regardless of gender, need to be actively involved in parenting. Not just women.
colettec
December 12, 2019, 8:05 pm
Sexist. It reinforces the stereotype that fathers are neither capable -- nor expected -- to do as much as mothers. Parents, regardless of gender, need to be actively involved in parenting. Not just women.
Eureka
December 12, 2019, 8:31 pm
Was I implying that 318WOZ doesn't participate in parenting his children? That was certainly not my intention nor is it my belief. I was just admiring his time management skills.
colettec
December 12, 2019, 9:36 pm
I'm concerned about a President who compromises the security interests of the United States to promote his own personal interest. That's what communist countries do. Asking a foreign power to dredge up dirt on a political opponent as a requisite for foreign aid is not normal. It is an act of a self-absorbed, corrupt leader. We are living a nightmare. At least the global economy is decent for now, in spite of sloppy trade negotiations.
pickleball
December 13, 2019, 10:21 am
Eureka, there was nothing sexist about your comment, some people just have hate in their system-- male or female!! enjoy the day cryto's
kahvecowgirl
December 13, 2019, 3:28 pm
We have all frolicked freely in this virtual world of the cry-twi zone, even those of us with really strong opposing political opinions. It's been a safe place. I, for one, have enjoyed that. Aside from John Adams, who is an honorary guest on account of having been dead for a really long time and also being in the second ever comment, could we perhaps agree to keep presidents, presidential candidates, and world leaders out of this thread? And all can be welcomed, regardless of what they've said here or elsewhere. I realize I'm not the moderator. It's just a suggestion, to keep it a safe place.
Eureka
December 13, 2019, 4:10 pm
Thanks, pickleball. I'll chalk it up to a misunderstanding. I agree, kahvecowgirl. We really need a "politics-free zone" for the sake of our sanity.
puffybob
December 13, 2019, 8:06 pm
My first time here! See you in a bit, puffybob
Eureka
December 14, 2019, 12:39 pm
Welcome, puffybob. I can't believe it's taken you this long to get here!
colettec
December 14, 2019, 5:25 pm
Cats. Don't love 'em. Don't hate 'em. I just don't get them. Every now and then you meet one that's cordial.
darkyr
December 14, 2019, 5:39 pm
Every time that I get here I feel likes it is earlier than when I arrived. Has anyone seen my science project?
pickleball
December 14, 2019, 8:57 pm
welcome puffybob, just in time for the holidays,--darkyr, i think i seen it blast off into space.- arn t Cats sexist too!!
Synonymous
December 16, 2019, 9:39 pm
Happy holidays everyone.
LLapp
December 18, 2019, 7:35 am
Omigosh, there are way too many comments here to catch up on!! Happy December, everybody!
Blemish Cardigan
December 19, 2019, 11:37 pm
Thank you leslie. It will be unfortunate when they finally fix this bug.
Eureka
December 21, 2019, 11:43 am
I just saw a comment from Deanna, where she said that her daughter also plays on this site. I wonder what her username is! That's fun. Does anyone else have a relative that plays here?
badbob
December 22, 2019, 5:41 am
but wait!!!, there's more act now and you will get a SECOND of whatever crap we're selling. just pay shipping and handling
badbob
December 22, 2019, 8:01 am
less than three hours this time
pickleball
December 24, 2019, 9:05 pm
'Merry Christmas' and ' Hanukkah Sameach ' to all the cryto's, May 2020 bring good Health and Joy to all
318WOZ
December 24, 2019, 10:59 pm
Mistyswiss, Lagoon was actually a lot of fun. They have some great new rides there (new to me, at least), and the old Colossus is still fun and easy to ride repeatedly now that there are newer rides. Eureka, thank you! It's actually six children, now, and I am pretty sure six is all for us. I feel like I haven't gotten much done by way of personal projects this whole year, including writing, but I am very blessed all the same.
abra
December 26, 2019, 2:41 am
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, coming up.
colettec
December 26, 2019, 5:44 pm
Love this quote. So true. 'killdozer' has it right! I consider myself an atheist, but I also believe fervently in truth as our guiding light. Based on this quote, maybe I need to re-think the atheist label.
lesliecomelastly
December 27, 2019, 4:28 am
Which quote colettec? (didn't get here via John Adams, and have oft' wondered which quote it was?) ( Can someone hum a few bars so I can look it up?) And if killdozer was right, it wasn't via a comment on this twilight zone crypto portal, 'cause killdozer has never been here.'Tis all a mystery ...
lesliecomelastly
December 27, 2019, 4:59 am
Oh ... And PS: Wicked Merry belated Christmas, and Merry everything, and a wicked Happy Happy healthy fun New year to all my crypto portal cohorts!
xenia
December 27, 2019, 7:14 am
I just got here - and all I did was solve a cryptogram. And it was not by Adams.
Synonymous
December 27, 2019, 3:40 pm
I come to this portal each time I logon. Very interesting comments. Happy New Year to all the cryptogramers on this site. I hope 2020 is a good year for each of you.
Synonymous
December 27, 2019, 3:41 pm
P.S. Welcome xenia.
kahvecowgirl
December 27, 2019, 5:56 pm
Maybe colettec's comments are being sent to the cry-twi zone even though colettec her(?)self is not. That would explain all her(?) comments, which otherwise seem out of place, and also mean that she(?) didn't say anything harsh to Eureka (whose comment I didn't think was sexist). It's like that episode of Star Trek where one psychic had to give another one insomnia so that they knew that they should direct hydrogen into the singularity to blow it up...or something like that. Colettec, if you can hear us, say something!
xenia
December 28, 2019, 7:24 am
Thanks Synonymous! I am here again - once again after solving a cryptogram, the whole thing "hung' and I ended up here! Happy New Year to you too!
Eureka
December 29, 2019, 2:51 am
Oh, that could be, kahvecowgirl! Colettec's comments seem very random. Happy New Year all!
mellav1
December 31, 2019, 10:37 am
Wow, I've missed a lot...hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Happy New Year, see y'all in 2020!
pickleball
December 31, 2019, 9:32 pm
A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL THE CRYTO'S OUT THERE!!! 2020!!
pickleball
January 2, 2020, 9:29 pm
wow from last to first. my resolution -- to be in the top 1000!!
Synonymous
January 2, 2020, 9:49 pm
Solved a quote by Howard Crosby clicked the back button, re-solved the puzzle, clicked the check-it button and wound-up here. Weird. Happy New Year.
badbob
January 3, 2020, 5:30 am
i have re-re-returned for another time
318WOZ
January 5, 2020, 2:02 pm
The fact that colettec's comments are showing up here seemingly without her knowledge is a fascinating aspect of this bizarre little place.
badbob
January 5, 2020, 2:28 pm
nothing sarcastic to say
therocknerd
January 5, 2020, 10:28 pm
@ OptimusPrinceps - I made it!
BriddlesBob
January 6, 2020, 4:09 am
So, THIS is what takes place on "the cloud"!
Blemish Cardigan
January 6, 2020, 5:08 pm
Again.
Synonymous
January 6, 2020, 10:13 pm
Welcome to the Crypto-Twilight-Cloud BriddlesBob
therocknerd
January 9, 2020, 1:45 pm
Hi cryptoderes! I'm back!
cryptoderes
January 10, 2020, 12:02 pm
Hi therocknerd !! Nice to see you again.
mohamm1
January 11, 2020, 8:57 am
ERROR: Double-clicking [Check Results] brings a person to this limbo chat.
imsoeasy
January 12, 2020, 7:44 am
I had forgotten this "place" "exists". Does anyone else lose memory of "it" when not here or am I just senile?
Eureka
January 12, 2020, 1:39 pm
I only remember it because I visit so frequently. I did forget to congratulate 318WOZ on his sixth child. I think momof7 still holds the record for most children on this site. That is seriously impressive! Does anyone else have more than that?
LLapp
January 13, 2020, 3:30 am
Mohamm1 - Don't tell the admin! We don't need this limbo to be fixed!! This is our green room. Here, have a cup of tea.
LLapp
January 13, 2020, 3:33 am
I am also intrigued by Colettec's comments. Maybe she(?) double-enters her solution without realizing it, winds up here, also without realizing it, and enters her comment without realizing it's not the right solution page. No wait, that can't be it -- her comments seem to be in response to other comments but not any comment on this thread. Fascinating.
bigdave
January 13, 2020, 6:02 pm
I always play a warm up game before logging in. When I log in, whoomp here I am. Always remember the first rule of the twi-cry zone. Nobody mentions the zone outside the zone.
xenia
January 14, 2020, 9:52 am
Hey, I put a comment in here yesterday and it vanished!
kahvecowgirl
January 14, 2020, 12:16 pm
Uh oh...if comments vanish from here, where could they go?
Synonymous
January 14, 2020, 5:53 pm
^Cryptoland...next door neighbor to Disneyland. You'll need an E ticket to continue reading the comments.
Tacocat332
January 15, 2020, 6:58 pm
nice.
kahvecowgirl
January 16, 2020, 5:14 pm
And yet...
Synonymous
January 17, 2020, 6:49 pm
kahvecowgirl, thank you for using your E ticket. LOL...
imsoeasy
January 19, 2020, 12:08 am
LLapp, I'll gave a scone with my tea, if you please.
Eureka
January 19, 2020, 12:59 am
Oh, I just made date scones. Will that do, imsoeasy? (I FINALLY found my E ticket!)
Synonymous
January 19, 2020, 11:22 pm
Congrats, Eureka. I'll have tea as well, no milk, just a wee tad of sugar and lemon.
blueladyblue
January 27, 2020, 7:59 pm
I always try to go back to a comment immediately and correct it, but come to this page. I meant moot, not mute. Oh for pete's sakes.
lesliecomelastly
January 28, 2020, 7:25 am
Llapp, I think you have the best explanation of Colettec's comments. It does seem like she/he is commenting on comments that aren't here. Can I bring crumpets? And Eureka, those date scones sound delightful. I'm on my way.
Fudi
January 29, 2020, 8:49 pm
You're right, lesliecomelastly, that Llapp's explanation of Colettec's comments makes sense. But, on the other hand, I'm wondering if Colettec's just f*ing with us all. (Pardon my French, sil vous plait.)
Eureka
January 30, 2020, 12:40 am
LOL, Fudi. That thought has crossed my mind. S/he's been pretty quiet recently.
kahvecowgirl
February 1, 2020, 2:08 pm
So no takers for the psychic in a coma theory?
kahvecowgirl
February 1, 2020, 7:10 pm
^*psychic-in-a-coma theory
Synonymous
February 2, 2020, 12:38 am
^Steven King?
kahvecowgirl
February 2, 2020, 1:29 am
Star Trek. "Eyes...in the dark...one moon...circles." (Wow, did I see that too many times.) I thought Christopher Walken was only psychic after he woke up.
kahvecowgirl
February 4, 2020, 2:47 pm
Ok, fine. Colettec is probably not a psychic in a coma.
Eureka
February 4, 2020, 5:10 pm
At this point, I am not ruling out anything, kahvecowgirl.
badbob
February 7, 2020, 8:12 pm
nothing witty to say. on this site i am always getting out wittied llapp, is that a word?
imsoeasy
February 9, 2020, 7:24 am
I haven't forgotten the date scones Eureka. They sound tasty. Can smell the aroma wafting across the internet.
Eureka
February 9, 2020, 11:56 am
I'm making another batch today, so come on over! I'll put the kettle on.
Synonymous
February 11, 2020, 6:28 pm
Good tea. Fortnum and Mason?
Eureka
February 12, 2020, 11:25 am
Thanks. King Cole, actually.
Synonymous
February 12, 2020, 2:45 pm
Still good tea. Canadian. :-)
Eureka
February 12, 2020, 5:32 pm
Haha! Yep, my favourite.
kahvecowgirl
February 12, 2020, 5:43 pm
Hmmm...sounds good. (If you don't hear from me again, just assume I ODed on theanine.)
Eureka
February 13, 2020, 10:12 am
I would have taken you for a coffee girl, kahvecowgirl.
kahvecowgirl
February 13, 2020, 4:47 pm
I belong to the same school of thought on that matter as Blues Traveler. In fact, with enough tea, I can sometimes go for days without coffee. I also like both cats and dogs.
lesliecomelastly
February 14, 2020, 4:55 am
I'm not sure about Colettec being a psychic in a coma kahvecowgirl (I saw that ep too), but I just have to tell you, Steven King 'Dead Zone' is a great book, and the movie is in my top 5 best movies. Walken is so great. I'm a coffee girl Eureka. But those date scones will still go great with coffee.
colettec
February 14, 2020, 10:42 pm
The Crusades, ongoing wars in Israel and Ireland and pedophile priests lend credence to this quote. Zealots have to work hard to defend those atrocities.
Synonymous
February 14, 2020, 11:40 pm
colettec is back! Welcome. But the quote you're responding to is not visible. You're in the Crypto Twilight Zone...
kahvecowgirl
February 15, 2020, 5:21 pm
Hmmm...sounds like it could have been a Bertrand Russell quote. Or maybe Colettec is a Bertrand Russell reader. But it doesn't go any further toward explaining why Colettec alone seems to have her comments copied here. If she ever does find her way here, she'll probably be quite surprised to find that she's famous.
kahvecowgirl
February 15, 2020, 5:24 pm
And Leslie, I remember the Dead Zone fondly, too, but it has been a looong time since I saw that one.
abra
February 15, 2020, 9:24 pm
Colettec is not on the member list. I'll just throw that in to the strangeness surrounding her. There's a possibility that's she's just putting us on. I brought some valentine cookies. They're on the table over there. Enjoy.
Synonymous
February 15, 2020, 10:45 pm
Ummm...cookies and tea. Thanks abra. I'm mostly a coffee drinker, but on some cold and blustery winter evenings, a cup of cinnamon spiced tea fills me with joy and comfort.
abra
February 16, 2020, 1:40 am
This the second time tonight I've arrived here unexpectedly. I'm not sure if I double clutched of if the spirit of the TWZ took over,, but here I am. You're welcome Synonymous.
318WOZ
February 16, 2020, 3:17 pm
It's fabulous to see another colettec comment.
badbob
February 21, 2020, 12:15 pm
it's girl scout cookie season and i am taking full advantage. please don't tell my endocrynologist
Eureka
February 21, 2020, 7:27 pm
Your secret is safe with me, badbob.
Eureka
February 23, 2020, 11:22 am
Synonymous asked for the name of your book, 318WOZ, in a comment on a quote. Maybe it would be better if you mentioned it here, since you may never get that quote again, or Synonymous may never get back there again if you do answer. Or you could PM them if you feel it is inappropriate to mention it here.
Synonymous
February 23, 2020, 3:33 pm
Thanks Eureka for the follow-up.
318WOZ
February 23, 2020, 10:45 pm
Synonymous and Eureka, I am always honored when people show interest in my work. I don't mind sharing; it does reveal my real name but I've never had a problem with that. I'll give a two-part answer. First, the title of my book is Demons and Dark Essences: Luctus. Luctus is intended as the first of a trilogy (assuming that I make time to finish the second book and then continue on to the third). You can find it on Amazon.com if you search for that title. As of this date, the book still has a total of seven (7) reviews, which is highly unimpressive, but perhaps someday I can put some energy into marketing. Second, I have been (re-)reading it to my wife recently, which has been reassuring on one hand--in that I'm distanced enough from its writing, chronologically, that I can take more of an objective look at it, and I like it--and a little frustrating on the other as I have noticed a few errors (like extraneous words, for example). So I intend, soon, to upload a new interior file to correct a few errors and also adjust a little bit of wording that is grammatically correct but doesn't read as naturally as it could. I should have originally paid for a professional editor; I was aiming for being thrifty and I am naturally very careful, but I think that I just experienced some fatigue, and it becomes so hard to catch everything in our own work. That being said, the few dozen people I know of who have read it in its current form have liked it, and once again I would be quite honored for you to read it as well. Beyond having a professional editor take a look at it soon, I also am making arrangements with an audio production company for an audiobook version, which will be very expensive, particularly as I haven't made any net money from my writing, but I'd like to think that in a month or two a full, high-quality audiobook will be available. Anyway, thank you very much for your kind interest, and if you end up reading it I would love to hear your thoughts on it, and more reviews would be invaluable to me as people tend to give more credibility to works that are more reviewed.
Synonymous
February 23, 2020, 11:40 pm
318WOZ - Thank you for the response and information. Just ordered your book on Amazon. Will let you know how I enjoy it. Recently I've started consuming 2 to 3 books every 2 weeks. Long story, not for here. I am a retired Technical Writer and Professional Editor. And Thank You Eureka.
Eureka
February 24, 2020, 12:05 pm
Awesome!
Eureka
February 24, 2020, 12:31 pm
And you're welcome, Synonymous. I'm glad it worked out. I may order the book as well.
blueladyblue
February 24, 2020, 3:44 pm
Yay, I'm back in the Twilight Cryptozone! Usually I get here by trying to get back to a puzzle immediately after jumping out of it. But this time was different. I did accidentally jump out of a puzzle, but I jumped into an ALMOST identical quote by the same person, but it was just a different version with an additional adjective. Anyway, I solved it extremely quickly and got sent here. I know I can access this room any time because I know how now, but it's more fun when it's an accident. See you the next time I "accidentally" jump in!
lesliecomelastly
February 25, 2020, 12:15 am
Abra, the cookies are sooo good. Are you making a batch for St. Patty's too. I'll be over . Dead Zone made the rounds again recently kahvecowgirl, and it was just is intense as I remembered. You can tell a movie is good if you can watch it over and over again, and be just as glued. I am absolutely convinced that Colettec has nary a clue that she's here, and has never read any of our corresponding confused amazement comments regarding her comments. Either that, or she really is messing with us, and marches to the sound of a way different drum, and has absolutely no interest in interacting with the likes of us crypto portal people. But if I was a betting woman I'd opt for my nary a clue option. I believe her comments on whatever crypto she's commenting on are getting 'blackholed' here by accident And 318WOZ, I'm honored to know you and admire you so much for publishing a book. I've got a book or two in me, but have never had the discipline to get my head out of my behind and sit down and do it, let alone get it in print. God bless you. A wonderful achievement! And I'm sending you only the best encouragement, and rooting for you fully to finish off the trilogy. And in closing for this long chapter, the way that works for me every time, which was an accident the first time, is ... to solve a puzzle. then hit back page, solve it again, and then click check it again, and voila ... here I am in the crypto portal once again. It's sorta weird, and funny, and wonderful. I sorta love this place, and all of you portal-lytes. Til next time ...
lesliecomelastly
February 25, 2020, 12:25 am
Oh ... And PS: ... Can somebody tell me what the John Adams quote was, that several of you portal-lytes seemed to transcend here by? Many thanks.
jbb33054
February 25, 2020, 1:36 pm
here
jbb33054
February 25, 2020, 1:43 pm
here
jbb33054
February 25, 2020, 1:45 pm
here
Synonymous
February 25, 2020, 6:20 pm
Glad to see you made it jbb33054. Now you can sit down and enjoy the show with the rest of us. :-)
Synonymous
February 25, 2020, 6:24 pm
Last visit for: jbb33054 March 22, 2019, 6:10 pm i was here
318WOZ
February 25, 2020, 6:35 pm
Synonymous, thank you very much! Please forgive me when you see those errors that I've found. If you want to be really kind, you could give me a review when you finish. Either way, I hope you find the book to be of value or at least entertaining. Lesliecomelastly, thank you so much also for the kind words.
Alienantropolgist
February 26, 2020, 8:26 am
I have been working crytograms on Baron's for a decade now. I never registered yet always read and enjoyed the comments.....Then I landed here, and felt compelled to join the party. Cheers !!!
pickleball
February 26, 2020, 5:11 pm
welcome Alienantropolgist!! i didn't know you could read the comments without registering,though this site was started by a guest, wait til kahvecowgirl hers about this
Synonymous
February 26, 2020, 9:09 pm
Yes, Welcome Alienantropolgist. I too, worked the puzzles for a few years, but not a decade like you, before I got enough nerve to register and work the puzzles without hints. I'm still very, very slow but manage to break 100 seconds some times..
Synonymous
February 26, 2020, 9:12 pm
318WOZ got the book today. Will leave a review when I'm done and very much looking forward to diving in with both feet to the pages. THANK YOU!
pickleball
February 26, 2020, 9:17 pm
just notice it's been 1 year exactly today of joining this great game, don't even worry about the time just try to solve as much as possible . 318WOZ I would love to know name of your book if you don't mind sharing . enjoy all crypto-- beware ,we are getting closer to the leap
318WOZ
February 26, 2020, 10:24 pm
Here I am again! Indeed, welcome, Alienantropolgist! pickleball, I mentioned it above, but my book's title is Demons and Dark Essences: Luctus. It is available on Amazon.com. I am flattered that people show an interest.
kahvecowgirl
February 27, 2020, 1:53 am
Welcome, Alienantropolgist! Pickleball, I was under the impression that guests couldn't post comments, but could see them. I might have seen some references to a time in the ancient past when guests could post comments, but maybe it was just that they could set records...maybe there's an old-timer here who knows.
Synonymous
February 28, 2020, 12:40 am
Not an old timer, only been on about 5-6 years. BUT, once I logged in as "Guest" many years ago, set a record, saw the Baron and left a comment. Hasn't happened to me since then. Now I am registered.
pickleball
February 29, 2020, 7:30 am
are you feeling a little frogging today ?? that's because it's LEAP YEAR!!! hahahaha enjoy all you crypto's
kahvecowgirl
February 29, 2020, 1:40 pm
Happy leap day! I used to say on forms that I was born on 2/29/1989. That doesn't work anymore.
Eureka
February 29, 2020, 7:50 pm
Am I right in assuming your birthday is on March 1, kahvecowgirl? If so, happy birthday tomorrow. I do miss having the birthdays listed on the site. And happy Leap Day everyone!
Synonymous
March 1, 2020, 12:20 am
I second both those motions. Happy, Happy.
kahvecowgirl
March 1, 2020, 10:59 pm
Thanks Eureka, but, no, I just liked being difficult. My birthday is in another month altogether. (OK, June. It's just hard to talk about. And also not 1989.) Happy last-week-without-daylight-savings-time, for all who live in daylight-savings-time places!
Eureka
March 2, 2020, 12:47 am
LOL kahvecowgirl! And I'm hoping we'll do away with changing the clocks soon. They keep talking about it here on the west coast, but haven't done it yet.
JohnnyFive
March 2, 2020, 2:21 am
First time in The Crypto Wormhole. This is the coolest place ever! And what a great bunch of people! This is obviously a bug in the code but I hope they never fix it.
JohnnyFive
March 2, 2020, 3:24 am
And now I know how to get here on purpose. Sweet!
Eureka
March 2, 2020, 10:35 am
Welcome, JohnnyFive! As Admin struggles to remove some bugs that are slowing down the Cryptogram site, I hope this page doesn't disappear! I keep checking to make sure it's still here!
kahvecowgirl
March 2, 2020, 12:59 pm
Welcome, JohnnyFive! I'm sure Stephen must know about the cry-twi zone by now, but he's probably never had time to read all the comments, so he may not realize how much we like it here. (For that matter, he may never have had to time scroll through all the comments!)
Synonymous
March 2, 2020, 4:27 pm
318WOZ. just finished reading your book. EXCELLENT!
Synonymous
March 2, 2020, 6:47 pm
Welcome JohnnyFive.
lesliecomelastly
March 3, 2020, 2:31 am
Welcome Alienantropolgist and JohnnyFive. It is a great party, and a great bunch of people. Glad to have you aboard. kahvecowgirl, I thought like you that guests couldn't post comments, but could see them. But what's a mystery, like pickleball mentioned, is that it was a 'guest' that started this anomaly (on February 23, 2019). I didn't know that you could log on as a 'guest' Synonymous. Twill remain a mystery. I hope they never fix it either. kahvecowgirl and pickleball, you two are the senior 'vets' of this portal. You were the 5th and 6th ever to comment here. And except for 'guest' who started it all, two others before you have never been back. imsoeasy is the other senior vet, the 3rd ever to grace our crypto portal. Happy belated leap year and happy DLS to all.
JohnnyFive
March 3, 2020, 3:39 am
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Makes me feel right at home. I suspect the initial guest comment was the programmer doing some testing on migration day. Once he/she discovered the "error" they fixed it so guests couldn't post. I've played here for years and only recently registered so I too could leave comments, hopefully as witty and insightful as others. Those playing as guests can indeed see the comments but cannot post their own. The comments are the best part of the puzzle! All too often they lead me down the rabbit hole surfing the super highway for information I had no idea about. So much fun! Someone asked earlier if anyone had relatives that played on this site too. When the newspaper (remember those?) in my mother's town went online-only, I turned her on to this site. She'd worked the cryptogram in that daily paper since before I was born. Now she comes here every day to do a few and loves it. kahvecowgirl: You might be right about him not having time to read all the comments. Took me well over an hour to get through them all. But I was laughing the whole way through! It would be so much fun to take this group of folks and put 'em all together at a coffee shop. Oh what a conversation would ensue!
LLapp
March 3, 2020, 6:24 am
JohnnyFive, your hypothesis of how this place happened sounds pretty plausible!
JohnnyFive
March 4, 2020, 4:17 am
Thank you, LLapp. I do have a question for you pros: How in the heck do people solve puzzles in mere seconds?!? Is there some secret crypto-solving strategy?
JohnnyFive
March 4, 2020, 6:23 am
LLapp: Disregard the question. I just found your thread in the forums about this very topic. Having now seen the video of Bonsai in action all I can say is "Wow."
pickleball
March 4, 2020, 10:13 pm
welcome JohnnyFive!! funny that talking about turning back the clocks i realize i don t have them anymore. speaking of crpto-twilight-zone/ maybe admin./stephen/baron/guest are all part of this little mystery. like to hear from lynnbbal as she was the one who comment on the John Adams that nobody knows about- as we all are now entering the ..........
Eureka
March 4, 2020, 11:28 pm
Well Synonymous, you've convinced me! I've just ordered 318WOZ's book. I probably won't read it as quickly as you did, as I've got a few other books lined up ahead of it, but look forward to reading it.
Synonymous
March 5, 2020, 9:29 pm
Was a very good read Eureka. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I'm working on 2 more books as I type, I get lots of recommendations from family and friends and of late have had a voracious appetite for good books. Enjoy.
Eureka
March 6, 2020, 1:35 am
Thanks, Synonymous.
318WOZ
March 7, 2020, 9:14 am
I'm so glad you liked it, Synonymous! And thank you for the review--that's like gold to me, and apparently it had been almost a year since I got one. I've been trying to get back here for several days to thank you, but it seems like I usually only can when my Internet connection isn't working well, which hasn't been the case. Today, I tried just refreshing the page from the score screen of any quotation and it worked. Eureka, I hope you appreciate my writing as well. (And like Synonymous, I hope you can forgive a few errors that I've found and will be correcting soon.)
Synonymous
March 7, 2020, 12:30 pm
Most welcome 318WOZ, and I'll look forward to your next editions.
Blemish Cardigan
March 12, 2020, 10:05 pm
Here.
lesliecomelastly
March 13, 2020, 12:47 am
Welcome back Blemish Cardigan. Pickleball, lynnbbal, the 1st ever to comment here (after 'Guest), was one of the 2 I mentioned, (when I was talking about 'vets' to this portal), who have never been back. Johnlocke, the 3rd to comment has also never been back. Oh ... and others here have mentioned the John Adams quote, and I'm still hoping someone who found there way here via that quote will return, and tell me which quote it was??? 318WOZ, To get back here, and this goes out to anyone else that has trouble getting back), solve a quote, then hit back page, and solve the same quote again, then hit 'check' your solution, and here you'll be. Guess they won't let you do the same puzzle twice in a row 'cause your solve time would be really quick, and it would mess up the average and fast times solved maybe. Anyway, that's how I get back here, and it works every time. JohnnyFive, I like your possible explanation too. And it's funny you mention getting us all together in a coffee shop. Lately I've been wondering what part of the country some of us 'frequent portal flyers' are from? I wouldn't mind having a real portal get together. And if they're up for it, Abra could bring cookies, and could Eureka could bring some date scones. (teehee). Anybody from New Hampshire? (my stomping ground).
Synonymous
March 13, 2020, 1:41 am
lesliecomelastly, like your stats and comments. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area. An online "portal" get together would be so cool, maybe Skype or an online conference room?
lesliecomelastly
March 13, 2020, 2:01 am
Thanks Synonymous, Sometimes when I re-read my comments, I realize I for sure do have a way of going on and on, and wonder how many wish I would just shut up already. Yup ... Reckon a San Fran to New Hampshire would be a little bit of a trek. It would be way cool though. Such a darn good bunch o' folk. A skype conference. Hmmmm ... Reckon it's something to look into?
lesliecomelastly
March 13, 2020, 4:23 am
Whoops ... Delete the 'a' before San Fran. (I hate typos).
JohnnyFive
March 13, 2020, 6:54 am
Hey, if'n y'all do make the trek, be sure to swing through southeast Texas. We'll go out fer some BBQ and dancin'.
JohnnyFive
March 14, 2020, 1:03 pm
Was just re-reading, and laughing out loud to, some of the comments way up above and realized that the second annual Cri-Twi-Zone Social (CTZS) is coming up in about a month. Shouldn't we start planning? There's some new faces now (me!) and this ought to be one HECK of a shin-dig! A theme perhaps?
Eureka
March 15, 2020, 1:00 am
Is it that time already, JohnnyFive? How time flies. The signup sheet is on the door. Please indicate whether or not you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Synonymous
March 16, 2020, 12:22 pm
Signed-up. No food restrictions, I'm on a see food diet.
bigdave
March 16, 2020, 5:26 pm
may have to delay this year, Covid 19,ya know. I know we could go virtual, but the face to face was such a blast last year. And virtual food and drinks are never good.
JohnnyFive
March 17, 2020, 9:23 am
You might have something there, Bigdave... It's sad but true. Maybe we could do it at multiple locations where only 10 were in attendance at any one, and then have a live video and audio link to all the others so we could interact as if we were all in the same place. At least we could see who's wearing the lampshade. For me, I'd rather hang out with 10 of the awesome folks here than none any day. Might cut down on virtual travel costs too. We could help the environment. Those virtual hotel rooms ain't cheap, ya know. Have you seen the prices in the virtual mini-bar lately? OMG.
Eureka
March 17, 2020, 9:07 pm
I'll just save you some time and effort and tell you right now that I am wearing the lampshade.
vintage38
March 18, 2020, 11:51 am
I will bring lutefisk.
Eureka
March 18, 2020, 2:31 pm
Can't wait, vintage38. I'll pick up some haggis.
Blemish Cardigan
March 18, 2020, 9:09 pm
Here. 2nd time in a week after a long drought.
pickleball
March 18, 2020, 10:37 pm
Happy ST Paddy's Day gang , i know i'm a day late but it's to hard to explain Anyway i like your style JohnnyFive- already looking to party but i believe bigdave is right on . So please stay save everyone
Synonymous
March 19, 2020, 1:09 pm
Happy first day of Spring everyone. And yes, stay safe.
Eureka
March 19, 2020, 9:26 pm
Let's hope that the coming of Spring means the going of Covid-19!
kahvecowgirl
March 20, 2020, 8:26 pm
I think it's in our hands (all of us, collectively, that is) to get it under control. But yes, let's hope we manage that soon.
318WOZ
March 20, 2020, 11:49 pm
Lesliecomelastly, yes, I find now that the easy way to get here (intentionally) is to just select the URL after solving a puzzle and then hit Enter to navigate to the page that I'm not allowed to reach again, which then causes me to be diverted here. I wonder if at some point this page will become too long to be practical, but I like it that it is the one comment section where we have normal conversation. i wonder how many times someone has conversed with me that I haven;t seen yet.
Eureka
March 21, 2020, 11:45 am
Yes, I like that aspect as well, 318WOZ. I received your book and was planning to save it to take on a trip next month, but that trip has now been cancelled so I have started reading it. Will give my feedback when I'm done.
Synonymous
March 21, 2020, 12:37 pm
318WOZ you've started a fan club in the Crypto-Twilight-Zone. Good luck. Eureka, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
Eureka
March 21, 2020, 6:24 pm
Thanks, Synonymous. So far, so good!
OptimusPrinceps
March 22, 2020, 3:16 pm
Hi!
Nannienettie
March 22, 2020, 10:54 pm
Where are we?? Strange times how fitting this time in history is like one of those dystopian books
vintage38
March 23, 2020, 2:37 pm
Time to avoid Margaret Atwood.
Eureka
March 23, 2020, 4:36 pm
I just had this John Adams quote. I have no idea if it was the originator of this comment section or not. The comments that followed did not include any that are here. "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." — John Adams
kahvecowgirl
March 23, 2020, 6:16 pm
It's amazing how our founding fathers foresaw so much about lawyers and congress in the modern era. (Actually, I've known some lawyers that I liked and respected. I'm not saying anything about congress at the moment.)
Synonymous
March 23, 2020, 6:39 pm
kahvecowgirl you were the 5th to enter the Crypto-Twilight-Zone and look at all the off-shoots from your original planting just over a year ago. Keep 'em comin'.
pickleball
March 23, 2020, 8:08 pm
hahaha Eureka that's a,funny quote, don't think that was Adams quote that got us here but i like it. Welcome Nannienettie, you have enter the 'cryto-twilight-zone' though we may be a little strange every now and then but dystopian we are not!! please everybody stay save
therocknerd
March 23, 2020, 11:00 pm
Hi OptimusPrinceps!
imsoeasy
March 26, 2020, 12:25 am
I got here by logging in this time. The ground is shifting as new portals open. Does Who know why?
pickleball
March 26, 2020, 8:48 am
i don't know, but what's on second!
Nannienettie
March 26, 2020, 4:57 pm
I meant the times are distopian. Not people. All the pandemic news does sound disturbing
318WOZ
March 26, 2020, 5:52 pm
Nannienette, these times are interesting, though I think things could be a lot worse. We've seen some empty shelves in stores and some bad behavior from people sometimes, but contrast that with, say, the scene form World War Z where people are looting stores and killing each other. Things haven't gotten that bad. We have no guarantee that things won't get worse, but we have no guarantee that they will any time soon, either. I'm planning on seeing the world return to normal, though maybe not for a while. The goal (globally, nationally, and locally) has been to "flatten the curve", or reduce the infection rate; as we succeed in achieving that goal, we are increasing the amount of time it takes for the overall concern to be handled. That being said, at some point, we should see a much greater number of people having contracted and recovered from the disease. Presumably at that point we can get back to life largely as we've previously known it.
318WOZ
March 26, 2020, 5:53 pm
Synonymous, I'm thrilled to have a fan club even if it's tiny. I hope Eureka likes it. Thanks again for being friendly.
kaga
March 26, 2020, 6:51 pm
Was jolted out of bed this morning. By a 5.0 mag. earthquake located about 175mles west of here. (my first one). Greeted by a sink filled with dirty dishes, last nights carnage, courtesy left by my beloved grandsons. This is the third week of self quarantine, and I am still perplexed as to how one can ace precal. but still has no knowledge of how a dishwasher works. Then something quite marvelous happens. I stumbled upon this place! Now you can keep all your stories about wormholes, string theories and Unicorns with pots of gold. I like it here, yes if I may have a cup of tea with a splash of moonshine. I would truly be grateful. Next time I can bring some hoarded poptarts, that if my grandsons haven't found those yet.
Synonymous
March 26, 2020, 6:53 pm
Most welcome 31WOZ. Also WELCOME OptimusPrinceps and Nannienettie.
kahvecowgirl
March 26, 2020, 7:07 pm
And welcome, kaga! Virtual poptarts are just as good as the real thing here.
Nannienettie
March 26, 2020, 7:31 pm
I can’t wait to get back to normal. I don’t like talking my life in my hands every time I have to go to the grocery store . Delivery isn’t possible where we are and pickup is more than a week out . I guess I’ll have to get up early and rush through before the crowds descend.
Synonymous
March 27, 2020, 11:12 pm
kaga! Welcome! Sorry I misses your post during my last welcome message. Hope you've recovered from the earthquake. Didn't notice your post until kahvecowgirl mentioned you. Thanks kahvecowgirl. Be healthy and safe everyone.
Eureka
March 28, 2020, 11:26 am
I finished your book last night, 318WOZ. I agree with Synonymous; it was an excellent read. You are a great storyteller and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. It was so nice to see a strong female protagonist, finding her way in the world. I really hope you go on to write the next two books. I look forward to reading them. And I can't help thinking it would make a great movie or miniseries. I tried to leave a review on Amazon but apparently I don't qualify because I have not met their minimum order requirement! I usually order from my son's account because he gets free shipping. If I am able to qualify later, I will go back and write a review.
xlr8r
March 28, 2020, 11:34 am
I've been here many times but I never thought to look at the comments. I was wondering through the forum threads and found one that discussed this anomaly so this time I scanned the comments. I expect **HE KNOWS** about this and, even though it is probably an unintended fork in his code (a bug?), has decided it is an elegant, useful solution to unexpected input. Everyone stay safe, at least we have something to keep us occupied during this trying time.
318WOZ
March 28, 2020, 6:54 pm
Xlr8r, I hope this comment thread stays for a long, long time. Eureka, I am so glad you enjoyed my book! It just makes my day (and at least my whole week, if not much longer) to know that someone has appreciated it. I do need to spend some time writing and finish the second book, and I very much appreciate your encouragement. I would be very happy to get a review from you when you are able. Thank you again for reading it.
Synonymous
March 28, 2020, 7:07 pm
318WOZ the fan club expands...:-)
pickleball
March 29, 2020, 8:23 am
welcome kaga, never have or hope to experience an earthquake, glad you are safe and enjoy those grandsons. Nannienettie, i tend to kid a lot, but on a serious note , we are very fortunate to still have electricity in these trouble times. Be safe everyone and good health to all
Nannienettie
March 29, 2020, 9:35 pm
Yes thankful for electricity and cable . Everyone keep safe.
318WOZ
April 3, 2020, 7:50 pm
The Zone is so quite right now! We'd definitely be in a worse situation without basic utilities. Running water and electricity are great things. It's anyone's guess how much we'll go back to things as they were before; in some ways people will have acknowledged that we don't have to do everything the way we did before. I hope that in many ways we do get back to "normal" soon. The other day I went in to my office to grab a monitor to take home, and before driving home I looked out over the Hudson River for a little while, and it was beautiful but my heart kind of hurt for people. My family and I are doing just fine, and I still consider myself basically the most blessed person I can think of, but I like to be around people more.
318WOZ
April 4, 2020, 1:29 pm
*quiet
skeeter
April 4, 2020, 4:17 pm
Whoa, it's been months, I think, since I landed in Crypto Limbo, but here I am again. Stay safe, everyone!
Synonymous
April 4, 2020, 11:20 pm
skeeter August 24, 2019, 8:19 pm
jbb33054
April 8, 2020, 8:12 am
here again
kahvecowgirl
April 9, 2020, 7:35 pm
Quite quiet.
skeeter
April 10, 2020, 11:19 am
World's longest thread, methinks. (And thanks, Synonymous.)
Synonymous
April 10, 2020, 10:18 pm
Most welcome skeeter. Stay safe and be well everybody.
imsoeasy
April 11, 2020, 8:08 am
Back again. Two frozen cryptos in a row and then here I am. Is this the place you get dumped when nothing else is working?
jbb33054
April 12, 2020, 8:06 am
here
imsoeasy
April 12, 2020, 8:15 am
Another frozen crypto and I'm here. There is so one size fits all answer for getting here.
pickleball
April 15, 2020, 6:21 pm
hey gang!! kcowgirl it's very quiet , sorry you feel as though you got dumped here imsoeasy, this is a special place to belong to- please stay safe all you cryto-twilight-zoners
Synonymous
April 19, 2020, 1:08 pm
A little humor: (not original, saw it on one of the quotes comments) A piece of string walks into a bar and walks up to the counter. The bartender says, "Sorry mate, we don't serve pieces of string in here, get lost." Upset, the piece of string walks out the door. A sudden thought strikes him. He ties himself in a knot and messes his hair up. He walks back into the bar and approaches the counter. The bartender says, "Oi, aren't you that piece of string from before...?" "No," says the piece of string, "I'm a frayed knot."
Nannienettie
April 19, 2020, 7:53 pm
I think this is going to last in some form or another for a year or more. It’s like the movie contagion came true . Everyone keep your spirits up . We will survive.
Eureka
April 20, 2020, 4:24 pm
Ha, Synonymous! Nice one! I wonder who left it in the comments.
Synonymous
April 20, 2020, 8:22 pm
Thanks Eureka, I think it was montyb, in reference to a scientific quote about the String Theory. I hope I get the quote again someday, solve it and read that comment. I'll then get the attribution right.
pickleball
April 20, 2020, 9:29 pm
' i'm a frayed knot' hahahahaha
Eureka
April 20, 2020, 9:33 pm
It does sound like montyb!
xlr8r
April 21, 2020, 8:58 am
Back again. I just read my first comment and found a spelling glitch. I mentioned I was "wondering" through the threads when I meant "wandering". But... I suppose, "wondering" through the threads could be a valid activity.
Eureka
April 21, 2020, 9:20 pm
The grammar/spelling/typo police will be cancelling your ticket, xlr8r.
Nannienettie
April 22, 2020, 12:34 am
Back again how I don’t know.
Eureka
April 22, 2020, 1:45 am
Ours is not to reason how. Ours is but to press "play" now.
mellav1
April 22, 2020, 12:56 pm
Happy Earth Day, cryptos!
Synonymous
April 22, 2020, 11:19 pm
Ditto mellav1
pickleball
April 22, 2020, 11:36 pm
and to you also
Synonymous
April 23, 2020, 12:00 am
Thanks pickleball, and to you!
Synonymous
April 26, 2020, 1:15 am
Last puzzle I solved "Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail" was my 2,000th puzzle solved. I erroneously left a comment claiming 1,000 solved. I was over excited. Calmer now. Back to solutions.
NotTooOld
April 26, 2020, 8:14 am
I'm here too! Wherever this is. It took so long to arrive that I no longer remember what my quote was. I think I did hit check a second time when nothing seemed to be happening.
pickleball
April 26, 2020, 9:21 pm
Synonymous- hip-hip-hooray!! it's the crypto-twi-zone
NotTooOld
April 28, 2020, 8:16 am
Here I am again. It was so slow when I hit enter that I decided to click check it as well. Are we having a party?
imsoeasy
April 29, 2020, 8:17 am
^Ditto got me here again.
kahvecowgirl
April 29, 2020, 4:02 pm
A virtual coronavirus party is the only kind to have (in my opinion).
kahvecowgirl
April 29, 2020, 4:02 pm
It's the only kind I'd go to, anyway.
LurkerSmurf
April 29, 2020, 6:05 pm
Hey, it's my first trip here, since kahvecowgirl shared the secret knock. I NEVER would have done that combination of clicks on my own. Does anyone remember the cartoon Freakazoid! from the 1990s? It's like Dexter's cat hitting random keys to zap him into cyberspace. I'll be back in my other guise next month to start arranging the Memorial Day BBQ.
Altoid701
April 29, 2020, 7:32 pm
Wow, I had no idea this was a thing. Thanks for sharing, kahvecowgirl!
Eureka
April 29, 2020, 7:39 pm
Welcome LurkerSmurf and Altoid701! Yes, our virtual coronavirus party is happening! I'll bring the Corona.
pickleball
April 29, 2020, 7:44 pm
PARTY!!! we haven't had a partee in quite a while, Yippee
abra
April 29, 2020, 9:28 pm
You all have spiffied the place up since I was here last. My chair in the corner is still there though. I'll sit over there and observe.
Synonymous
April 29, 2020, 10:35 pm
We had a wonderful tea party in January and February, with Canadian tea and scones. Valentines cookies in February and mention of a virtual meeting earlier this year; and now a "virtual coronavirus party" thanks to kahvecowgirl. I'm In. Let's get it on, and abra we'll get you out of the corner, up and mingling with the best of 'em. Having fun! 318WOZ bring copies of your book!
318WOZ
April 29, 2020, 10:42 pm
Will do! I'll also make waffles. (Maybe they aren't a party food, but I made them for dinner for my family tonight and they still sound good.)
Eureka
May 1, 2020, 6:26 pm
I'd never say no to waffles, 318WOZ. Sounds good!
abra
May 2, 2020, 5:03 pm
I put some hot wings on the table. Hope you like them. My grandsons say I make the best. Waffles sound good 318WOZ. This time I did not arrive here on purpose.
Synonymous
May 4, 2020, 12:25 am
Chicken and waffles good combination and both yummy.
Synonymous
May 4, 2020, 12:27 am
Thank you both abra and 318WOZ...Great party.
vintage38
May 5, 2020, 1:43 pm
I'll be back in two clicks.
Eureka
May 5, 2020, 2:06 pm
Off to get your lutefisk are you, vintage38?
vintage38
May 6, 2020, 8:18 am
There is never a shortage.
Eureka
May 6, 2020, 10:53 am
Ha! I wonder why?
OptimusPrinceps
May 8, 2020, 3:22 pm
pickleball
May 8, 2020, 7:53 pm
thanks for the input, OP
imsoeasy
May 9, 2020, 9:27 pm
Thanks for the output, pickle.
pickleball
May 9, 2020, 10:44 pm
thanks i try my best, easy, by the way did you get any lutefisk
badbob
May 11, 2020, 6:48 pm
i'm not wearing a mask
Nannienettie
May 12, 2020, 8:12 pm
Been a while since I landed here . Hope everyone is doing well . I need some jokes.
Eureka
May 13, 2020, 5:36 pm
Knock knock! Who's there? Isabelle! Isabelle who? Isabelle necessary on a bicycle? (That's the best I can do on short notice, Nannienettie.)
pickleball
May 13, 2020, 8:02 pm
i'm not wearing any pants
pegxpeg
May 14, 2020, 5:54 pm
Ha! Finally made it to the end of comments. Now I'm trapped.
pickleball
May 14, 2020, 9:24 pm
hope you're wearing pants, unlike the news guy on TV last week
Eureka
May 15, 2020, 6:33 pm
I'm starting to think you might be a news guy, pickleball.
mohamm1
May 16, 2020, 11:53 am
to LLapp, re January 13, 2020, 3:30 am "Mohamm1 - Don't tell the admin! We don't need this limbo to be fixed!! This is our green room. Here, have a cup of tea." - - - - - Agreed. Thanks for the tea. Mmmm nice and strong, just how I like it. - - - - - To get here at will, complete any cryptoquote, then refresh the webpage. Cheers, all.
vintage38
May 17, 2020, 2:49 pm
For lutefisk, you need a mask.
Synonymous
May 17, 2020, 7:24 pm
Sans pants and masks, plus waffles, chicken, tea (strong) and lutefisk. Party hard.
pickleball
May 18, 2020, 11:23 am
Eureka--- you mean the news girl
Eureka
May 18, 2020, 6:55 pm
Oh, thank you pickleball for finally confirming that you are female! :)
kegosgyl
May 19, 2020, 2:29 pm
Hello all. I've landed on this page many times and only now realized that this conversation was happening. Planning to visit often now that I've found you, and being Canadian, I will bring butter tarts!
pickleball
May 19, 2020, 4:59 pm
welcome kegosgyl , trying to lose weight but i love me some butter tarts. .haha, first name Pat, so you never know! happy birthday Mom!
Eureka
May 19, 2020, 8:55 pm
All right, another Canadian! High five, kegosgyil! And butter tarts are always welcome. Now I'm thinking I should make some Nanaimo bars. Oh, Pickleball Pat, you are a mystery!
Elephino
May 20, 2020, 12:15 pm
I followed LLapp's instructions from a "Twilight Zone" quote on how to get here - The key to the portal! I haven't been here since December 2019
Eureka
May 22, 2020, 2:30 pm
Welcome back, Elephino. You've missed some riveting conversations, to be sure.
imsoeasy
May 24, 2020, 8:39 am
I'm passing on the lutefisk along with Surströmming and Smalahove. You Nordic peoples have strange tastes. I'd rather have fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with lots of chocolate chips in them. .
mohamm1
May 25, 2020, 7:43 am
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in. Better than yesterday, for sure. Anyone want a peanut butter and raisin sandwich? It's sort of like peanut butter and jelly, but not as messy. The raisins don't squirt out when you bite it.
pickleball
May 25, 2020, 11:46 am
is that a kenny rogers song you referring to mohamm1
pickleball
May 25, 2020, 11:48 am
R.I.P. to all of our vets god bless you
mohamm1
May 29, 2020, 12:19 pm
Thanks for remembering the ones that died in service to the USA, pickleball! Yes, it was KR & the First Edition, when he was still trying to be a rock star with a country voice. Today my computer crashed, so I had to refresh the crypto page after Chrome restored the previously opened pages, so here I am again.
vintage38
May 29, 2020, 7:44 pm
My daughter just set out to make banana muffins with no bananas. Go figure.
Eureka
May 30, 2020, 8:40 am
Check the freezer, vintage38. I can usually find a banana or two tucked away in my freezer somewhere.
pickleball
May 30, 2020, 5:47 pm
good for her vintage38 maybe she starting a new recipe, Eureka, what's with these frozen bananas
318WOZ
May 30, 2020, 11:55 pm
Frozen bananas are legit. They brown up very well and are great for banana bread and the like.
Eureka
May 31, 2020, 1:05 am
I always put overripe bananas in the freezer and then use them later for muffins or bread. They can also be used in smoothies. I never throw away bananas.
pickleball
May 31, 2020, 10:10 am
for some reason i'm always hungry after reading these quotes
Eureka
May 31, 2020, 9:09 pm
LOL pickleball.
vintage38
June 3, 2020, 8:21 am
Ever tried a lutefisk smoothie? With lefse?
mohamm1
June 3, 2020, 8:10 pm
Groucho Marx comes to mind after reading the recent comments... - - - "Time flies like an arrow... Fruit flies like a banana."
Synonymous
June 4, 2020, 1:21 pm
pickleball May 25, 2020, 11:46 am is that a kenny rogers song you referring to mohamm1. Pickleball you've got a good memory. The very early days of Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.
pickleball
June 4, 2020, 11:20 pm
ha! i go into a room and forget what i was going to get. i related to that song growing up in the 60's early 70's
Synonymous
June 5, 2020, 4:39 pm
^Me too. One of my all-time favorite singers.
abra
June 5, 2020, 5:35 pm
I accidently clicked something and ended up with Pinterest. When I hit the back arrow, I got my blank puzzle again. I was pretty sure I'd end up here, but not certain enough to skip it. Party on Crypto People.
kahvecowgirl
June 5, 2020, 6:14 pm
Thanks, mohamm1. It's always good to see a Groucho quote that hasn't yet been put on a t-shirt or a coffee mug.
kahvecowgirl
June 5, 2020, 6:15 pm
OOOPS. I should have checked first.
mohamm1
June 6, 2020, 11:09 am
You're welcome, kahvecowgirl.... From the "Oops" comment, I take it that you found it on a shirt or mug. It's one of my favorites. ======================================= Going back to KR & T1E... Yes, I was listening to rock music when KR first started singing. It's hard to accept that most of my favorite singers / band members of the mid-late '60's are dead and gone. Their music lives on, and if there's a rock and roll heaven, they've got a hell of a band, for sure.
Synonymous
June 6, 2020, 11:41 am
mohamm1, yes "...if there's a rock and roll heaven, they've got a hell of a band" That was a good tune as well.
NotTooOld
June 6, 2020, 8:19 pm
I went back for chips and dip and a month went by! The party has music now? Sorry for rushing off but I think I may have left a puzzle unfinished.
pickleball
June 6, 2020, 9:28 pm
one of my all-time favorites 'The Rolling Stones' "are still rocking' as with Pink Floyd, Santana, Eric Clapton and many more still going strong
pickleball
June 7, 2020, 4:26 pm
not to mention all the R & B and Jazz groups still kicking butts but yes Heaven be rockin' also
Eureka
June 10, 2020, 9:45 pm
"The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." — John Adams Just had this John Adams quote. Don't know if it is THE John Adams quote.
abra
June 11, 2020, 1:37 am
Again, I did not arrive here on purpose. I'm happy to see you are all hanging out and having fun.
mohamm1
June 11, 2020, 7:17 am
Hi abra, I stopped in intentionally, but now that I'm here I don't know what to add to the conversation. I just solved Rudyard Kipling's "Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your thing, but don't lend it to the neighbors." - - - i had a clever comment there, sort of. Everyone else had better comments, so it was fun reading the comments. Maybe I'll use this chat room to comment on the comments I particularly like... This conversation moves a lot faster than conversations on any given puzzle...
oddcouple
June 12, 2020, 6:50 am
And here I am in the Twilight Zone after solving a puzzle in eight seconds wondering if I possibly have beaten out nanrich. Probably not, but at least I got a nice variety of comments.
Wilbur
June 12, 2020, 1:09 pm
Wow I feel like I just stumbled into the backstage VIP room. I didn’t bring any potluck but just wanted to say I was here.
Eureka
June 12, 2020, 4:55 pm
Welcome, Wilbur! First time visitors are not expected to bring anything. Next time, however, we hope you will consider it. Meanwhile, please help yourself to whatever appeals to you. If you need the microwave, it is behind the door next to the kettle. I find, from experience, that 318WOZ's waffles do not do well in the microwave (they get too soft), so I'd suggest toasting them.
pickleball
June 12, 2020, 8:20 pm
Welcome Wilbur!! nice to have you drop in,Eureka will answer any questions you have, by the way would you happen to know a Mister Ed?
Synonymous
June 12, 2020, 10:06 pm
pickleball LOL...nice welcoming...and Welcome Wilbur.
Baylor Bears
June 16, 2020, 5:25 pm
Is LLapp still alive?
imsoeasy
June 18, 2020, 7:21 am
There'e been a lot a food and music brought in since I was last here. It just gets better and better. Thanks for the party everyone.
Wilbur
June 20, 2020, 6:53 pm
Thank everyone. LLapp put a comment on a Hawthorne quote a couple days ago asking for someone to verify that her two consecutive comments were posted. They were.
Eureka
June 21, 2020, 11:46 am
Wilbur, I am going to put your comment in the chat room for LLapp to see, since she hasn't been in the crypto twilight zone for quite a long time. I am sure she will appreciate seeing it.
pickleball
June 21, 2020, 1:07 pm
happy fathers day to all !!
Wilbur
June 21, 2020, 6:03 pm
Thanks Eureka that is what she requested, but being kind of new here I don’t know what the “crypto chat room“ is :) I figured it would get to the right place if I posted here.
Eureka
June 21, 2020, 7:31 pm
LLapp's response to the news was "Woohoo!" in case you didn't see it. :)
Synonymous
June 27, 2020, 11:46 pm
Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in...
badbob
June 28, 2020, 8:30 am
it's been a while since i was here.sorry i forgot the secret handshake
imsoeasy
June 28, 2020, 8:35 am
^Stick out your tongue and say aah.
pickleball
June 29, 2020, 4:11 pm
Synonymous - Miss You -- 'Stones' badbob you re well known here, doors always open for you - easy,easy with that tongue talk!
Synonymous
June 30, 2020, 10:53 am
Hi pickleball, still here. Sheltering-in-Place. Granddaughter graduated from Cal-Poly, UC San Luis Obispo...very proud grandparents and parents. Everybody stay safe, wear your masks.
mistyswiss
June 30, 2020, 4:48 pm
Curses! I left a dumb comment on the previous quote and was hoping to go back and "retract" it!
Synonymous
June 30, 2020, 5:25 pm
mistyswiss LOL...done that too...Welcome!
Eureka
July 1, 2020, 11:16 am
Congratulations on your granddaughter's graduation, Synonymous! Proud moment, indeed!
pickleball
July 1, 2020, 11:58 am
yes congrats Synonymous, i'm still having trouble getting out of 8th grade! mistyswiss easy on the curses, as we are a family oriented crew, NOT!! just kidding--welcome to the cryto-twi-zone
Synonymous
July 1, 2020, 2:12 pm
Thanks Eureka and pickleball.
pickleball
July 3, 2020, 10:31 pm
a very happy and safe 4th of july to all the crypto-twilight-zoners stay safe
hrossa
July 4, 2020, 10:15 am
Thank you Pickleball! Now it is the 4th. No idea what I did to get here, I was trying to comment (sagely of course) on some cryptogram or other.
OptimusPrinceps
July 4, 2020, 2:26 pm
Happy Fourth of July!
pickleball
July 4, 2020, 5:22 pm
welcome hrossa to crypto-twilight-zone, that's how most of us landed here! our welcome committee led by Eureka will help you with all your needs. thank you OptimusPrinceps. stay safe everyone!!
Synonymous
July 4, 2020, 5:48 pm
Happy 4th to all!! What a great country we have in spite of all the issues, it's still one of the greatest places on earth. Independence rocks!
pickleball
July 4, 2020, 7:05 pm
GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! Happy Birhtday
mohamm1
July 5, 2020, 6:18 pm
:) - - - The great social behavior here has left me smiling. :)
hrossa
July 6, 2020, 12:59 am
Fun, here I am again. Good cookies everyone!
Eureka
July 6, 2020, 11:42 pm
I just saw one of your comments about Connie Willis, hrossa. Which of her books do you recommend? I've never read any, but am interested.
badbob
July 7, 2020, 7:22 am
one of the bright spots about quarantine is that i have devoured novels at an alarming rate. John Grisham, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci are my favorites. the only problem is that the used book store has been closed so i have been forced to pay retail.
pickleball
July 7, 2020, 9:54 am
good morning all ,glad to survive the 4th!! badbob , i get books from the library, they have curbside pick-up just go on-line to your locale library. hope this helps, retail too much money, stay safe everyone
hrossa
July 8, 2020, 12:35 am
Now I see how to get here "on purpose" :) Kindl or the like are a nice option, books are cheaper, smaller to pack, and you can buy one anytime you have an internet connection. Perfect for a Grisham novel; not good for maps or artwork.
Synonymous
July 9, 2020, 5:43 pm
badbob I'm with you: Grisham (also), Rosemary Aubert, Isabel Allende, Jay Britton Fisher, Matthew Desmond...stacked on my desk.
Eureka
July 10, 2020, 10:57 am
Hey, I like that fourth author, Synonymous. He's on my bookshelf too! ; )
mohamm1
July 10, 2020, 9:52 pm
I was a fiction book addict from the time i learned to read. I've got over 4000 in my library. Perhaps 800 not even read. At the peak of my addiction i was working 46 hours per week, spending three hours per day on other activities, and the remainder of the time was spent reading seven to ten novels per week. I would keep myself awake to finish novels, and catch up on sleep on Sundays (instead of going to Church). I quit fiction cold turkey in 2011 when my Dad nearly died from surgery complications. While he was in the hospital, semi-concious, day after day, I compared his life of Christlike service to others and my life of reading, and did not like it. That said, I see nothing wrong with one or two fiction books per month. MY recommendations would be Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, and Simon Sinek books. Worthy reading for intelligent people like I have met here.
318WOZ
July 10, 2020, 10:11 pm
You guys are great. BTW, as a fun side note, my narrator was recording pick-ups today, and while I'll still need to review the entire first mastered version before probably asking for a revision in spots, it shouldn't be that long before I have an audiobook version. It's kind of exciting.
Eureka
July 10, 2020, 10:27 pm
That's very exciting, 318WOZ!
pickleball
July 11, 2020, 1:38 pm
that's very interesting mohamm1, too much of anything is not good- take care of business [life] share time with love ones and enjoy reading part-time, good luck and god bless!! though i don't know anyone here at crypto-twi-zone i feel we have a little family -that said Great news 318WOZ best of luck, keep us posted-- please stay safe all!!
hrossa
July 11, 2020, 10:27 pm
That's worthy, Mohamm1. Interesting topics from the Drs you mention. Take care!
Eureka
July 11, 2020, 10:29 pm
Good advice, PB. Everything in moderation, even cryptograms!
Synonymous
July 12, 2020, 1:23 am
318WOZ yes, an audio version would be a nice treat when my partner and I are able to take road trips again. Of course, I do listen to audio books and other audio material through the library, she does too. And, Eureka hope we can both grace our book shelves with 318WOZ's next edition. Stay safe all, wear a mask.
Eureka
July 14, 2020, 11:17 am
Looking forward to the second book as well, Synonymous. Hey pickleball. I just read one of your comments where you say you are a firefighter. Interesting!
pickleball
July 15, 2020, 12:34 am
Sherlock Eureka , that is true, but i am retire now, as i said firefighter , not fireman !! there are many woman firefighters though i must say, i better watch my step in the future, warm wishes from Firefighter Pat to my private eye Eureka !! enjoy your night .Please stay safe all
Elephino
July 15, 2020, 12:42 am
best - group - text - ever- haha! I'm bettering LLapp will laugh at the 6/16/20 comment.... This is pretty amazing folks. Howdy all, and I have to admit I've been a little prickly in my comments lately - apologies and no intent to offend, just spouting off! I'll bring donut holes next time.
Eureka
July 15, 2020, 12:49 am
Haha, pickleball. I did notice that you used the term firefighter. You stay safe as well my friend.
hrossa
July 15, 2020, 9:48 am
I keep mulling over retirement. I'm lucky I still enjoy my job (mostly) but there are so many other things one could be doing. My husband will probably never truly retire, though. I thought it would be fun take up drawing in retirement and bought some art supplies to dabble a little.I have yet to open the box. Does that mean I'm too busy to draw or I'm not cut out to be an artist?
pickleball
July 15, 2020, 2:38 pm
hrossa here's my 2 cents- if you truly enjoy your job ,hold on to it, especially if you have co-workers that you get along with and you can still start being an artist in your spare time. Stay safe all
Synonymous
July 15, 2020, 9:55 pm
hrossa and pickleball, RETIRE if you can afford it...I resisted for years, because I LOVED my profession (Self-Employed Technical Writer) but my partner convinced me to retire in 2013 and we have been traveling the world since. Every year somewhere new and exciting. I thought I'd be bored but Naaahhh...no boredom here. We also, read a lot, listen to audio books, take classes at the local universities, online classes, go to operas, symphony hall and volunteer part time, both of us. Right now with the Shelter-In-Place we are not traveling, staying close to home and staying safe and we're still busy -- gardening and she makes masks for neighbors and friends. No regrets in retiring. Go for it!
318WOZ
July 15, 2020, 10:40 pm
Mohamm1, I find your story interesting. I just caught another comment from you after a puzzle. When I read fiction, I don't do so as an escape, but there is something that I find thoroughly enjoyable about fiction. As I look at the books and movies on my shelves, I tend to find laudable virtues being promoted in the fiction that I choose to keep in my home. On a completely different note, my 4-year-old son broke his arm two days ago. He fell off a taller-than-normal bed, and it was a pretty bad break. No open wound or apparent nerve damage, though. We waited a loooong time for surgery , but he finally got it last night (four pins in the end of his humerus), but I'm grateful for modern medical professionals and facilities. It has been good to see him feeling much better today.
Synonymous
July 15, 2020, 11:42 pm
318WOZ All good wishes and thoughts coming your way for a complete recovery for your son.
318WOZ
July 16, 2020, 8:38 am
Thank you! Here's a great bit to add: my dumb dog killed a skunk *right* *behind* our house late last night. She has been sprayed by a skunk before, and evidently did not learn. :/
Eureka
July 16, 2020, 3:08 pm
Elephino, I haven't come across any of your prickly comments yet. I look forward to the donut holes.
Eureka
July 16, 2020, 3:13 pm
As Synonymous said, I hope your son recovers quickly from the break, 318WOZ. It must have been hard to see him in such pain before his surgery. And my first dog got sprayed repeatedly by skunks over the years. My current dog got sprayed once and has learned her lesson. That smell is overpowering and very hard to get rid of. It stayed in our house for weeks.
pickleball
July 17, 2020, 8:17 am
318WOZ never a dull moment!!!
mistyswiss
July 17, 2020, 11:28 am
Wow, I was leaving a really great comment on another quote, and my cat came and walked on the keyboard. Some where out there is a comment that started of reasonably intelligent and ended up all }q[Tkl\098lk*&^;l
mistyswiss
July 17, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forgot to say how much I love this place! Next party, I'll bring the Gruyere. 318WOZ, your book has all 5star ratings on Amazon now. I'm getting it right now. When can we expect the next one?? Also, are you still near Lagoon? I lived in Layton from 1974 to 1983. Back then, Kaysville, Layton, Roy, Sunset and Ogden were all distinct towns, but last time we drove through, they had all sort of merged together. Is that old drive in movie theater still open? Now would be a great time for a drive in movie! Final thought: best wishes to your son for a quick recovery. My daughter had surgery on her ankle recently, so I empathize with your son's plight. I hope he hasn't had too much pain, and that he heals up soon!
318WOZ
July 17, 2020, 5:37 pm
Thank you, Eureka. I have really enjoyed holding the little guy in the last few days--even more than usual. My wife used some combination of stuff to wash our dog this time and it actually worked very well in removing the odor. Mistyswiss, I hope you enjoy it! I"m suspicious that some people would have left a 4-star or 3-star rating but didn't want to spoil the "perfect record", though of course I'd be happy for more sincere ratings and reviews even if they weren't 5-stars. Still, it's rewarding to see that people have appreciated my work. I need to get writing to finish the second book. I appreciate the encouragement! My wife and I both still have family members in Utah, but I am in New York for my current Army assignment. Utah has grown and any time I've passed through that northern Utah area in recent years it always strikes me as a very prosperous area. I remember there being a drive-in theater in central Utah somewhere, but I don't know if any are still operating. In the midst of COVID-19 concerns, drive-ins really should be popular. My little guy is doing quite well now, and especially given that he should heal entirely, I really consider us quite blessed. Thank you all for the concern and care.
hrossa
July 19, 2020, 1:16 am
Thanks Synonymous, I take that to heart. And Pickleball, I love(most) of my coworkers. And you are both right...:)
abra
July 19, 2020, 1:46 am
I'm here by accident again. I'm not sure if I was whisked here magically, or if I hit the back button by mistake. I looked at the comments back till April and didn't find the name of WOZ's book, but I'll do a more thorough search for it. I do always enjoy your comments. WOZ. I am so glad that your little guy is going to be fine. I did bring lemon bars, a favorite in our family.
pickleball
July 19, 2020, 8:38 pm
318WOZ my daughters birthday date is 3-18-?? so every time your name pops up i think of my baby [ though she's in her 30's now]
imsoeasy
July 20, 2020, 1:16 am
Back again and don't know how. I think the site is unstable and may blow anytime.
abra
July 20, 2020, 1:49 am
I'm here again too. Usually I come here by choice but I think this is the third time in the last two days that I arrived unintentionally. I brought Kolaches. Bought them from a bakery. I never had very good luck baking them, but OH they are wonderful.
vintage38
July 20, 2020, 9:04 am
Oops. Bad mouse. Krumkake anyone?
Eureka
July 20, 2020, 11:18 am
I've got to stop coming here. I am gaining way too much weight.
318WOZ
July 20, 2020, 8:19 pm
Abra, my book is titled, "Demons and Dark Essences: Luctus". I would be delighted to hear your thoughts about it (and online reviews are invaluable). Thank you for the encouragement. I sometimes feel like I open my mouth too much, so to speak, but I try to be both thoughtful and kind in my comments. Pickleball, I think 3-18 is wonderful. The actual story behind my screen name is not very mearningful; I just picked something many years ago when I started using this site, and it goes back to an extremely simple high school experience. It's just been something unique that has served occasionally as a screen name for me. So I like your mental association with it.
Baylor Bears
July 21, 2020, 6:40 pm
Seems to be a good threat to get things off of ones chest.... because no one's gonna read it, anyway. LOL
Synonymous
July 21, 2020, 6:51 pm
Baylor Bears, wrong! Some of us LIVE for the comments section of cryptograms and this Crypto-Twilight-Zone is so much fun and full of information. Some of us _do_ read-on. Welcome!
318WOZ
July 21, 2020, 10:27 pm
I find this site, and this comment chain in particular, to be rather delightful. I find friendship here, albeit in a somewhat distant way (probably like how it is with pen pals).
hrossa
July 23, 2020, 12:24 am
I do to 315WOZ. I haven't been crypto-ing all that long but so far find crypto people to be a good bunch! I like this spot because the conversation can happen in weeks, rather the years that go by in the comment threads on the rest of the site ;) Wishing Crypto Zoners fresh chocolate chip cookies!
hrossa
July 23, 2020, 10:26 am
* I do too 318WOZ Didn't mean to short-change you!
hrossa
July 23, 2020, 10:33 am
Eureka, I didn't see you query about Connie Willis until today. My two favorites are "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and "Bellwether" (humorous quirky sci-fi). I also loved "Doomsday Book" but don't know if I will ever read it again because it was so sad. If you find you like her stuff, WW II era "Blackout" and "All Clear" are also enjoyable.
Eureka
July 23, 2020, 1:30 pm
Thanks, hrossa! I will start with your two favorites. (LOL at your typo correction above)
pickleball
July 23, 2020, 4:45 pm
Baylor Bears welcome to Crypto-Twilght-Zone you're absolutely right ! it's good to get things off your chest, though i don't understand it as a threat or did you mean a treat. everyone reads these comments but what does it matter to you, you don't know anyone here [ or do you? ] so say what you want maybe get some feedback, but no hard feelings meant , so enjoy !! -.hrossa- 318 WOZ is a specai code STAY SAFE ALL !!
Synonymous
July 23, 2020, 8:20 pm
While we're at it, pick-up a copy of 318WOZ's book: "Demons and Dark Essences: Luctus" you won't be disappointed. Stay Safe and wear your mask.
abra
July 23, 2020, 10:14 pm
I bought a copy. I will read it next.
mistyswiss
July 24, 2020, 11:45 am
hrossa, you are right about Connie Wills! Eureka, "To Say Nothing of the Dog" is a must-read! Her short stories are also great.
Eureka
July 24, 2020, 12:35 pm
Looking forward to reading it, mistyswiss. And I see that it is a tribute to Jerome K. Jerome's classic "Three Men in a Boat", so I guess I'd better read that as well!
pickleball
July 25, 2020, 1:07 pm
don't forget Montmorency in the boat!
Synonymous
July 26, 2020, 12:20 am
abra, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Be well.
hrossa
July 26, 2020, 1:28 am
Montmorency! Connie Willis made me read "Three Men in a Boat" too :)
Cheese555
July 27, 2020, 7:13 pm
how are yall doing today
Synonymous
July 27, 2020, 7:38 pm
Just fine! Went for a 6 mile bicycle ride. Nice. Any other cyclers out there?
pickleball
July 28, 2020, 8:27 am
welcome cheese555 hopefully we're all doing fine, Synonymous, i do ride a bike but would not consider myself to be a 'cyclist' . that is how i walk my dog, he runs along side me without a lease, he needs to run , walking him does him no justice, we just came back from a half hour run now though its too hard wearing a mask as i see some people do!! so have fun and stay safe
Eureka
July 28, 2020, 11:51 am
I enjoy bike riding, but had my bike stolen awhile back so haven't gone for a number of years. It's certainly a great way to exercise.
Cheese555
July 28, 2020, 5:06 pm
i cycle to class but not really as a hobby, i might try starting that soon now with nothing to do
Synonymous
July 28, 2020, 5:30 pm
Thanks all. Yes the Covid-15 (pounds) was catching-up to me, so I needed to do something. Hence cycling...did 6 miles again today. I do wear a mask which makes it harder to breathe but I put safety first. And welcome cheese555. Ride On.
hrossa
July 28, 2020, 10:06 pm
I haven't ridden a bike in years, more's the pity.
oddcouple
August 1, 2020, 6:37 pm
17 second solve, and it sent me to the Twilight Zone.
abra
August 3, 2020, 3:02 am
I was here, a non intentional visit. Hope everyone is safe and healthy.
CryptoB
August 3, 2020, 5:05 pm
Goodness, what does this have to do with cannibals preferring those who have no spines?? ha! Fun to be here
badbob
August 3, 2020, 7:10 pm
i don't know if anyone remembers the Nero Wolfe novels by Rex Stout my all-time favorite series after Rex died, his family held a contest to see if someone could write in his style. a writer named Robert Goldsborough was chosen his style was nearly perfect. and now Nero and Archie Goodwin(and Fritz) live on
hrossa
August 5, 2020, 12:40 am
What fun! I've heard good things about Nero Wolfe but have never read them, will have to give 'em a try.
Eureka
August 10, 2020, 9:11 pm
Nice common merganser avatar, hrossa. Just noticed it.
Elephino
August 11, 2020, 2:48 am
Oh my - THIS TIME I GOT HERE THROUGH THIS QUOTE: "Sometimes it's useful to know how large your zero is" WTF! PS: Hello Eureka - I was only able to pull a 1/2 dozen through, but they are GLAZED!
Cheese555
August 11, 2020, 4:08 am
Eureka
August 11, 2020, 11:00 pm
Thanks, Elephino. Since I'm the only one here right now, I might just polish them all off myself. Glazed donut holes, yum. My zero is getting larger by the minute.
pickleball
August 12, 2020, 1:18 am
Oh No, i hope you save me a little piece Eureka!! your zero is just perfect Thanks El, it's always good to know your zero's, hopefully i can tell you about those donuts! Cheese555 , how's the riding going , traffic is getting heavy off road. badbob, i just ordered Nero Wolfe. stay safe everyone!!
Eureka
August 12, 2020, 2:05 am
I only ate two. The rest are yours, pickleball.
Synonymous
August 13, 2020, 7:32 pm
Donut holes and chocolate chip cookies, Yummmmmy! BUTT now that I'm cycling daily, I've started to shave a few of those Covid-15 pounds and am excited. So, I'm going to pass on the CCCookies and donut holes for now...I can be tempted! LOL
Jrdad
August 13, 2020, 11:57 pm
Wow! What a strange place. I'm not sure how I got here, but it looks like this is where the cool kids hang out. Can I join in?
Eureka
August 14, 2020, 12:38 am
Welcome to the crypto-twilight zone, Jrdad. Everyone is welcome here.
hrossa
August 14, 2020, 12:41 am
Hi Jrdad, jump on in! For synonymous this we can have chicken skewers and tossed salad. Same happened to us all. I get back here by hitting the back button after solving a crypto, and clicking Check It! again.
hrossa
August 14, 2020, 12:43 am
Thanks Eureka! I haven't had it long, but was tired of seeing the blank avatar. I love ducks - there is a river near my office where I occasionally see mergansers among all the mallards and Canada geese.
pickleball
August 14, 2020, 9:47 am
welcome Jrdad to the crypto-twilight-zone, any questions Eureka will answer, i only had one donut due to Synonymous comment 'BUTT' . as far as 'cool' kids, i'm sure there's another word more proper towards us!!! stay safe all, this too shall pass
Eureka
August 14, 2020, 11:43 am
Hrossa, there is a lone Mandarin duck that has been spotted on a couple of our local lakes. I'd love to get a picture of it. It is very far from home and I'm not sure how it got in our waters. We've got plenty of native wood ducks, which are just as pretty.
Eureka
August 14, 2020, 11:51 am
And I'd say my last comment disqualifies me from being one of the "cool" kids. LOL
pickleball
August 14, 2020, 2:05 pm
Eureka, you're cool even when you're not trying to be
Jrdad
August 14, 2020, 4:21 pm
Thanks for the warm welcome. I have enjoyed reading comments from you all back over in the ortho-cryptoverse, all with a very improvy, "yes, and" feel. I'm glad to be a part of it. Now back to trying to get out of the very slow lane.
Eureka
August 15, 2020, 10:49 am
You are too kind, pickleball. Good luck with your times, Jrdad. Practice, practice, practice.
abra
August 16, 2020, 2:18 am
This time when I finished my quote and hit ENTER nothing happened. I hit it again and ended up here. I didn't even realize at first that I was here :o).
Baylor Bears
August 16, 2020, 6:53 am
I just "swat" flies; never considered "timing" them!
Synonymous
August 16, 2020, 2:52 pm
Jrdad Welcome!! hrossa chicken skewers and salad sound good but nothing can take the place of cccookies and donut holes! pickleball I got a good laugh out of your comment -- that BUTT was in reference to mine!! I'm slowly but surly working it off, unfortunately we're suffering under a 100+ degree heat wave and it's too hot to cycle, so here I am sitting on my...
Eureka
August 19, 2020, 11:25 am
Speaking of which, time for me to get off my butt and on with my day. On that note, here's a poem to help you beat the heat, Synonymous, and to help motivate me to finish up a project I've been working on: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.
Synonymous
August 19, 2020, 11:55 am
Eureka THANK YOU so much. This is one of my all time favorite poems by Robert Frost. Had to memorize it in grade school and never forgot it. I feel cooler already. Heading our for a bike ride. :-)
Eureka
August 19, 2020, 6:49 pm
I have no idea why it popped into my head but am so glad it is a favorite of yours, Synonymous! And the fact that it has stuck with you says a lot. I love the image of winter that it creates.
Synonymous
August 21, 2020, 12:21 am
I used to drive the back roads in Wyoming and Idaho when I was younger and very often in the dead of winter this poem would pop into my head as I was driving. Great times and fond memories. of Yellowstone National Park in winter.
Eureka
August 22, 2020, 1:51 am
It must have been beautiful there in winter.
hrossa
August 22, 2020, 1:30 pm
I've always loved that poem! Synonymous, when I was a kid we used to camp at some of theIdaho lakes in summer, Priest Lake and of course Coeur d'Alene, when I was a kid. Beautiful country!
hrossa
August 22, 2020, 1:34 pm
Eureka we have a lot of "visitor" water fowl too, which aren't usually counted as native but show up here in Washington anyway. State.
Eureka
August 23, 2020, 12:03 am
I'm just north of you in Vancouver, Canada, so we probably get the same birds passing through. The border is not closed for them.
Synonymous
August 24, 2020, 12:40 am
hrossa YES. My spot was Lucky Peak Dam. Hiking, fishing and just being outdoors in summer. Very fond memories. Haven't been back for a few decades but the memories are extremely fresh I can smell the area. LOL
Synonymous
August 24, 2020, 12:45 am
Eureka Vancouver, Canada, yet another beautiful part of this planet! I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area now and love it here, we have lots of wild birds in the parks and marshlands as well. Retired and enjoying life, except for the Pandemic.
Eureka
August 24, 2020, 2:15 am
We drove down as far as San Diego a number of years ago and really enjoyed the San Francisco Bay area. There is so much to see along the west coast. Hopefully we can get back to traveling again soon!
writeon
August 24, 2020, 2:31 am
I used to live in Ventura Beach, CA and loved it. But now I would not endure the smog, traffic, crowds, or cost of living. Northwest Arkansas is beautiful country.
mohamm1
August 24, 2020, 9:07 am
I'm still around, just have not dropped in lately. Nothing to add to the present conversation. Thanks for the kind comments about my reading addiction back in July.
therocknerd
August 24, 2020, 3:43 pm
Hi! It's good to be back @OptimusPrinceps
imsoeasy
August 25, 2020, 11:57 pm
If anyone wants to know, I wasn't here. Ever.
Synonymous
August 26, 2020, 12:47 am
imsoeasy LOL!!! Your secrets safe on this site.
badbob
August 29, 2020, 8:28 am
my daughter gave me four Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay. i had never seen the TV show and now i am binge watching it from season one interesting concept the protagonist is also a serial killer the Sisters of St Joseph would not approve oh hell, they didn't approve of anything
Eureka
August 29, 2020, 11:58 pm
I'd forgotten the series was based on a novel. I really enjoyed that show, maybe a little too much, considering the subject matter.
jbb33054
August 30, 2020, 3:17 pm
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Eureka
August 31, 2020, 5:56 pm
Pickleball, did you make it? I came to see if you'd been here!
pickleball
August 31, 2020, 7:55 pm
yes!! i made it, enjoy comments in chat room about maybe me not being me, with no first name but i know you remember SNL haha
Eureka
August 31, 2020, 8:05 pm
Oh yes, I remember!
pickleball
August 31, 2020, 8:08 pm
badbob my daughter name our dog Dexter! show got a little crazy at ending for me- he also was in a show called 'SIX FEET UNDER' strange and different but i enjoyed it - i love the dad
kahvecowgirl
August 31, 2020, 8:21 pm
I enjoyed Dexter, although I didn't like some of the implications about what makes someone a serial killer. Oh, well; it's just entertainment. I liked the sailing-into-a-wall-of-water thing. The sister was one of my favorite characters, though.
kahvecowgirl
August 31, 2020, 8:23 pm
Ooops. I mean, I didn't watch the ending and I don't know what happened.
kahvecowgirl
August 31, 2020, 8:26 pm
Here's where being able to edit comments would come in handy. I watched it ages ago, so I probably don't really remember it, anyway. I just finished watching GOT after being told that I had to watch it for years. After the first 3 episodes or so, it was hard to stop. Next I plan to watch the leftovers, but my husband won't watch it because people who wear all white and smoke all the time are creepy.
kahvecowgirl
August 31, 2020, 9:04 pm
And I have been in verbose mode for a while and need to switch out of it.
Synonymous
August 31, 2020, 10:00 pm
Nothing wrong with verbose mode in the Crypto Twilight Zone! Write On.
318WOZ
September 1, 2020, 5:18 pm
I'm usually in verbose mode. Not always.
pickleball
September 1, 2020, 6:05 pm
i'm totally opposite , long time no hear 318
318WOZ
September 2, 2020, 6:22 pm
I'm totally still around! I've been very busy with the start of the semester, but cryptograms are so easy to come back to.
Eureka
September 3, 2020, 11:51 am
Sherlock Eureka is on the case. "Is there anything worse than being called the 'It Girl?' By definition, there will be a new one in two weeks." — Brit Marling pickleball June 16, 2019, 1:28 am been there done that, wait --"it boy"
Eureka
September 4, 2020, 11:29 am
For anyone who hasn't been following along, pickleball has always maintained a bit of mystery by not clarifying his/her gender and has given me a challenge by leaving some clues along the way.
pickleball
September 4, 2020, 1:34 pm
my husband got a laugh out of that
Eureka
September 4, 2020, 7:15 pm
A clue or a red herring. I guess I'll never know! LOL
pickleball
September 6, 2020, 2:34 pm
i'm sure you know Sherlock Eureka
Eureka
September 6, 2020, 11:31 pm
Haha, yes I'm pretty sure I do!
pickleball
September 7, 2020, 3:40 pm
pickleball
September 7, 2020, 4:12 pm
enjoy your labor day all and stay safe
Eureka
September 9, 2020, 11:20 pm
Synonymous, your avatar is so beautiful! Where is that? Did you take the photo?
hrossa
September 11, 2020, 10:43 am
318WOZ do you mind sharing what you teach? My sister teaches college math and physics to non-science and soft science students.
318WOZ
September 12, 2020, 9:22 am
I was new to the Academy last year, so I taught eight sections (four per semester) of the introductory computer course that all cadets take; it covers various topics, but also includes a fair amount of Python programming. I'm only teaching one section of that course this semester, but I'm also directing and teaching our Network Services Management course, and this spring I'll direct and teach a user interface design course. I have various other non-teaching responsibilities, but that's the way of an Army officer. I have always loved teaching--any topic--so I feel particularly blessed that I get to do a lot of it for this assignment.
Synonymous
September 12, 2020, 2:32 pm
Eureka,thanks. The scene is from Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. No, I did not take it myself, got it from the Net. We had planned to go there in 2018 but had a death in the family, then again in the spring of 2020 and the pandemic hit. I've been there many times when I lived in Arizona and a few times since moving to California. What a beautiful land in that area, also there is Canyonlands National Park, in Moab as well, another beautiful spot on this planet. When you go, I hope you post to the Crypto-Twilight-Zone, if it's still up and running. Be well and stay safe.
Eureka
September 13, 2020, 7:44 pm
I've never been to Utah before. Some day, I hope!
Synonymous
September 14, 2020, 12:24 am
Good Luck! You should. It's one of many of our beautiful states for outdoor scenery. I hope this link works: (link)
Eureka
September 14, 2020, 11:51 am
Thanks for the link, Synonymous! Wow, what stunning scenery! Really amazing. I'll probably skip the snowy areas though because I can see plenty of that in Canada. :)
Newbe Here
September 14, 2020, 7:06 pm
Bye!
Synonymous
September 15, 2020, 12:07 am
Newbe Here Welcome!
Synonymous
September 15, 2020, 1:53 pm
Eureka you have some absolutely beautiful lands in Canada as well and I love Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver too.
Eureka
September 15, 2020, 5:05 pm
I hope you've had a chance to drive through the Rockies between Jasper and Banff. That is a very scenic area. Peyto Lake is one of my favorite places.
autumngirl
September 15, 2020, 7:23 pm
Hey, y'all! I was here for that April bbq, but was having a treatment and didn't much feel like leaving a comment. But loved the comments, y'all crack me up. Thanks for that. I'm better now, tho. They are still calling it "Gulf War Syndrome" 'cause there are so many different health problems. That's why I come here so often, to read the comments. Y'all get me through it all. Thanks again!! Love y'all!
Synonymous
September 16, 2020, 1:37 am
autumngirl very sorry to hear of your ills. I'm a disabled Viet Nam vet and have a few issues from that era. I wish you all the best and hope the V.A. is taking very good care of you. They have been good to me for just over 50 years now. I know they get a bad rap sometimes, but I've been lucky to find good caring doctors and nurses. I wish you the same.
Synonymous
September 16, 2020, 1:38 am
Eureka, haven't driven that area yet, it's on my bucket list, looking forward to the trip.
Eureka
September 17, 2020, 1:57 pm
I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Synonymous!
autumngirl
September 25, 2020, 12:58 pm
Hey, y'all, I'm back! Thanks Synonymous for having the courage to lead the way and give me something to fight for. I appreciate you and your sacrifices on behalf of our country. I don't regret a minute of it and would do it all again, even knowing what I know now. And will still go in a heartbeat if they would have me and needed me. You are correct about the VA. Love my nurses and most of the docs. They are doing their best for me and I really appreciate them. Take care and love to all y'all.
Eureka
September 26, 2020, 7:52 pm
What a great attitude, autumngirl. You are a credit to your country.
318WOZ
September 26, 2020, 10:55 pm
I'm glad you guys get good help from the VA.
mohamm1
September 27, 2020, 3:57 pm
Hi all... Nothing to add to the ongoing conversation, except that most of the people at the Austin TX VA clinic are awesome people that make a visit a pleasure. ===================================== Here's a tip... If you want to add a PS to your comment, close the browser tab, then use Shift-CTRL-T to reopen the tab, and you can comment a second time on the quote. - - - To end up here intentionally, refresh any page after solving. Or hit the [Check] button two or three times instead of just once.
Eureka
September 28, 2020, 2:19 am
"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." — John Quincy Adams I just like to add any Adams quotes I come across, hoping to find the one that started this long conversation.
Eureka
September 28, 2020, 11:31 am
Apparently John Quincy Adams is John Adam's son. My bad.
mohamm1
September 28, 2020, 1:05 pm
I just tried my trick to add a PS comment, and it did not work. Perhaps it was because I had done other cryptos in another tab. ================ JQ Adams had observed a peculiar phenomenon... People that think Christianity is a magical 'Get out of Hell free" transformation do not understand their own religion. The basic theme of Christianity is to study the life of Christ, and to behave like that. LOVE one another. Heal one another, if possible. It's that simple. It's not EASY, but it is simple. In Christianity, the ends do not justify the means... The end is to be as kind and respectful of others as possible. I'll step off the soapbox now.
318WOZ
September 29, 2020, 10:14 pm
Mohamm1, I'm with you, but I'm wondering which part of your last comment was a J. Q. Adams quotation, or if it was all extrapolation from something else from him.
pickleball
October 7, 2020, 2:42 pm
welcome autumngirl, hope health is better!! it's been very quite here at the 'Zone'. if everybody just treat people the way they would like to be treated , it'll be a better world, stay safe all!!
pickleball
October 8, 2020, 3:43 pm
quiet!! very quiet in the Zone !!
badbob
October 8, 2020, 4:10 pm
I'm back birthday number 74 came and went
pickleball
October 9, 2020, 7:47 am
happy birthday badbob , it's a good thing it went - otherwise ..... enjoy all and stay safe
Eureka
October 9, 2020, 10:57 am
Happy birthday, badbob. Wishing you many more.
Synonymous
October 11, 2020, 1:02 am
Happy birthday, badbob. Wishing you many more too. I'm another 1946'er. Stay safe, everyone.
Eureka
October 11, 2020, 11:45 am
We'll have to have a couple of virtual 75th birthday parties next year for both of you, Synonymous and badbob!
318WOZ
October 13, 2020, 7:02 pm
Hey, there's something I've never seen before. Before the "Would you like to try another cryptogram?" link, I see text that reads, "Warning: strpos(): Empty needle in /home/pbusr/cryptograms.puzzlebaron.com/check2.php on line 135". A little peek behind the curtain, there.
318WOZ
October 13, 2020, 7:03 pm
And when I submitted a comment, it said this: "Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/pbusr/public_html/global/template/shared/include_send_comment.php on line 23". I hope this doesn't become a problem for the Crypto Twilight Zone...
Synonymous
October 14, 2020, 12:33 am
Yep, it's there. We'll just have to wait to see if "IT" goes away or if "WE" go away. Good luck.
Eureka
October 14, 2020, 11:59 am
I guess there are a few glitches from the recent upgrade.
LLapp
October 15, 2020, 11:55 pm
Hey all, I haven't been here in so long that I need Cliff's Notes to catch up on the comments. Anybody care to offer a recap of the past, oh, 6 months or so?
318WOZ
October 17, 2020, 8:30 pm
Okay, Llapp, here we go; here are the updates since your previous visit: A few people read my book. (Yay!!!) We did some virtual partying with a variety of food. Kaga lived through an earthquake. Several newcomers arrived in the Zone. Pickleball wasn't wearing pants. Mohamm left you a message on 16 May that you can find with a Ctrl-F. We had some people point out possible quotations that inspired the early comments in this thread. On 16 June, Baylor Bears asked if you were still alive. (You were. As far as I can tell.) Eureka gave a response from you, by proxy, to someone else back on 21 June. We gave some book recommendations. Elephino apologized for being prickly in comments elsewhere. Hrossa was considering retirement. My four-year-old son broke his arm (big break) and recovered. Mistyswiss's cat was helping with comments. Some of us have gained weight and want to do more cycling. Eureka shared a good Robert Frost poem. Several crypto-solvers are getting good care from the VA. And then the Crypto-Twilight Zone started displaying some abnormalities. That's it, in a nutshell. (Only the nutshell is left; partiers ate all of the nuts.)
Eureka
October 17, 2020, 10:10 pm
^That just made my day, 318WOZ. Well done!!
Synonymous
October 19, 2020, 12:19 am
Excellent summary 318WOZ.
pickleball
October 19, 2020, 4:13 pm
very helpful and insightful 318WOZ - but i was wearing my favorite dress as i do enjoy dressing up sometimes!
Eureka
October 21, 2020, 1:07 am
LOL pickleball!
Synonymous
October 21, 2020, 1:28 am
pickleball nice dress and heels.
pickleball
October 22, 2020, 11:05 am
Sy. Your to kind though the heels are tough on the legs. Watch it detective Eureka
318WOZ
October 22, 2020, 6:44 pm
Dresses seem less common than they used to be. When a woman wears a dress I feel like it's a celebration of femininity. I bought my wife a skirt/shirt combo the other day; I haven't bought her a skirt in quite a while. She says she wants dresses more than skirts, but buying a dress that will fit her is a fairly hard target to hit for me. She wears pants most of the time anyway, but I like it when she wears dresses and skirts.
pickleball
October 24, 2020, 1:22 pm
yeah .my hubby don't care what i wear--,just not my birthday suit
Synonymous
October 25, 2020, 12:30 am
pickleball, no comment.
318WOZ
October 25, 2020, 1:08 pm
I do try to show interest in my wife's appearance. Too often she asks me something like what I think of her hair, and I have to stand there stupidly for a moment, wondering what is different. When I've given her skirts, it's partially just that I like to give gifts. I suppose when I don't notice a (fairly subtle) change in her hair, I probably should know better, but I also feel like I've followed my father's advice well. When I was either about to get married or just newly married, he told me two secrets for success in marriage. One of them I forgot, but the other was, "Let your wife do what she wants with her hair." I don't think I would have been very picky anyway, but either way, I think I took it to heart well. I think it extends to generally not being domineering in the relationship. I don't think I could be content with myself as a person if I was like that.
pickleball
October 26, 2020, 1:47 pm
318, i think you're a pretty kool dude, all that other stuff is petty, long as you have loving relationship,you're a lucky man!! -- thanks for the no comment Synonymous, it means so much to me
Synonymous
October 27, 2020, 1:12 am
LOL...Glad you have a good sense of humor pickleball.
318WOZ
October 27, 2020, 7:16 pm
Thanks, Pickleball.
hrossa
October 28, 2020, 12:36 am
318woz, love that recap for Llapp and love your father's advice!
Eureka
October 28, 2020, 2:37 pm
After I get a haircut, my husband invariably says, "It looks the same." You are not alone, 318WOZ. I think men and women have different observation skills.
Synonymous
October 28, 2020, 11:30 pm
Yes Eureka, I often say my partner looks at the surface and my head is usually in the clouds. Makes for some very interesting conversations, when one of us says "Look at that"...
pickleball
October 29, 2020, 6:13 pm
Synonymous, did you ever come across the famous Cloud Nine up there, beautiful experience stay save all
Synonymous
October 31, 2020, 12:19 am
pickleball That's the story of my life, always head in the clouds...It's made for a very interesting life overlooking the small stuff, not taking life seriously for I know I'm not getting out alive and enjoying every minute up here in the clouds; Oh and yes, 9 is a very cool cloud. LOL. Stay safe everyone.
Tansy
October 31, 2020, 1:38 am
I ended up here trying to comment on a quote by Vincent Van Gogh. Synonymous, you had said how you enjoyed the Van Gogh paintings in Amsterdam. I was going to say how much I loved all of his iris paintings -a whole room full of them. But instead I ended up in the Crypto Twilight Zone and there you were! Hope you got to enjoy the irises.
LLapp
October 31, 2020, 3:27 am
Thanks to Eureka for letting me know in the normal chat box that there was a recap waiting for me here. And 318WOZ, wow, that was exactly what I was hoping for!! What a wonderful recap! Thank you! I wanted to copy it and save it somewhere, but then I realized it's already saved right here.
Synonymous
October 31, 2020, 7:32 pm
Tansy so glad you enjoy Van Gogh. And thanks for the mention. My partner and I both LOVE the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and the city. (We too, love the Toulouse Lautrec museum in Albe, France.) We were scheduled to leave Amsterdam on one of our trips and decided to stay over one-more-day because we had not seen the Van Gogh museum and it was well worth the re-scheduling. Happy travels to you, whenever we get to travel again. (link)
RustySkipper
November 1, 2020, 11:51 pm
"For the rest of my life I'm going to trust that God is always at work in all things, and give Him thanks long before my simplest prayers are answered." — Nancy Parker Brummett LLapp July 7, 2019, 10:13 pm I'm going down to the Chelsea drugstore to get your prescription filled. To LLapp: Here are a few words from the Holy Bible.“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
318WOZ
November 2, 2020, 11:51 pm
The question is, how long will the Crypto-Twilight Zone last? Right now, it seems like so many things on the internet have become permanent, but many other things have seemed permanent and yet proved to be quite ephemeral.
318WOZ
November 3, 2020, 10:26 pm
It's election day. We get quite a few politically-oriented comments on this site (and I've probably complain about it a lot). I sent in my vote (finally) yesterday. I'll check in tomorrow to see who is supposed to be winning. My favorite thought four years ago came from a daughter who was then four years old, in what I liked to refer to as her "concession speech". (On Facebook. her mother had often campaigned in a playful way for her candidacy for president.) Anyway, her words were pretty simple: "We're all brothers and sisters." It's good when we remember our common humanity and our common citizenship; I hope for a lot of harmony and peace tomorrow no matter how the election ends up.
318WOZ
November 4, 2020, 10:55 pm
Okay, I guess the idea of the election being decided today was optimistic.
Synonymous
November 5, 2020, 11:28 am
We'll know for sure by February. It may be the first time in the history of the U.S.A. that two men give the State of the Union address.
CarpeLanam
November 7, 2020, 11:22 am
I'm just here to say that John Adams is my 5th cousin, 7 times removed. How do I know, you ask? I have been spending quite a bit of time doing genealogy on wikitree.com
Roxanne
November 7, 2020, 11:25 am
I read the thread in the forum about this place and actually got here on purpose. Reading about the party i the spring of 2019, I feel so out of it, like I'm wearing bell bottoms and platform shoes when everyone else is in jeggings and Uggs. Or maybe jeggings when everyone else is in comfortable sweatpants and bunny slippers.
Eureka
November 7, 2020, 12:58 pm
Haha, Roxanne. Every time I read one of your comments, I feel like you are the coolest kid in the neighborhood. :) Speaking of cool, CarpeLanam, it's awesome that you are a distance cousin of John Adams!
Synonymous
November 7, 2020, 1:14 pm
CarpeLanam what a proud event to have in your genealogy. Congratulations. Roxanne welcome, it's never too late to join the party and all are welcome. Help yourself to some hors d'oeuvres and a beverage. BTW, we have a new President, someone, hopefully, we can be proud of.
pickleball
November 7, 2020, 5:53 pm
welcome carpeLanam and Roxanne, here you can wear anything you want and i have a cousin Vinny who's a lawyer ! Eureka, don't be so shy, as you re known as one of the koolest. enjoy all and stay safe
mohamm1
November 7, 2020, 8:39 pm
Double-clicked on check it and here I am again. - It's an emotional weekend for some, meh for others. I'm gonna listen to The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again. - - "Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss." Or maybe different. By and large my life won't change much.
Eureka
November 8, 2020, 2:08 pm
I just wanted to let hrossa and mistyswitch know that I have finished reading "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the recommendation!
pickleball
November 8, 2020, 8:45 pm
mohamm 1 to bad we;re not back to 'My Generation'
Synonymous
November 10, 2020, 12:48 am
pickleball, Good song.
Synonymous
November 11, 2020, 6:04 pm
Happy Veterans Day to all who served!
Cheese555
November 13, 2020, 1:39 pm
Warning: strpos(): Empty needle in /home/pbusr/cryptograms.puzzlebaron.com/check2.php on line 135? that's new
Synonymous
November 14, 2020, 12:53 am
Cheese555 check ---> 318WOZ October 13, 2020, 7:02 pm
hrossa
November 14, 2020, 10:22 am
Hi all! Since Roxanne was wearing bell-bottoms and platform shoes I decided to wear a polyester miniskirt with a chain belt. Big News! I'm taking the site's consensus advice retiring at the end of the year! Or maybe a bit after, have to train the new employee. :)
Eureka
November 14, 2020, 12:45 pm
Congratulations, hrossa! Do you know what this means? More time for cryptograms!
pickleball
November 14, 2020, 7:31 pm
hey gang, just watched ' social dilemma 'on netflix
Synonymous
November 15, 2020, 1:31 am
hrossa Congratulations on retiring, I was petrified at first but settled down after about 90 days and we started working on our Bucket List. Been traveling the world (except for 2020) eversince
Synonymous
November 15, 2020, 1:34 am
...hit the wrong key and cut-off my ending. Been traveling the world (except for 2020) ever since 2013. Have fun. And keep us updated on your progress and plans.
blueladyblue
November 16, 2020, 5:54 pm
Whoowhooo! I always love getting bumped here when I hit a wrong key! But now I'm wondering if there are more than just 1 Dead Zone crypto boards. I could swear I've left more comments. It appears the last one I left was 9 months ago, and scrolling quickly I couldn't find any others I've left. Does anybody know? Ha, who am I kidding. It's going to take another 9 mos to get here and by then I'll have forgotten the question. Have fun, kiddies!
blueladyblue
November 16, 2020, 5:56 pm
Back again. These 2 bumps into Dead Zone were accomplished by right clicking on the "More" at the end of a short bio for the author. Good to know, 'cause in the past it's been from hitting a wrong key somehow.
Synonymous
November 17, 2020, 10:25 pm
"lynnbbal February 26, 2019, 12:13 pm We need a man like John Adams in politics today." I wonder if this is the John Adams quote and Bio which spawned the Crypto-Twilight-Zone? "You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket" John Adams. John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American politician and political philosopher and the second President of the United States (1797–1801), after being the first Vice President of the United States (1789–1797) for two terms. He was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States. Adams came to prominence in the early stages of the American Revolution. As a delegate from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress, he played a leading role in persuading Congress to declare independence, and assisted Thomas Jefferson in drafting the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. As a representative of Congress in Europe, he was a major negotiator of the eventual peace treaty with Great Britain, and chiefly responsible for obtaining important loans from Amsterdam bankers. A political theorist and historian, Adams largely wrote the Massachusetts state constitution in 1780, but was in Europe when the federal Constitution was drafted on similar principles later in the decade. One of his greatest roles was as a judge of character: in 1775, he nominated George Washington to be commander-in-chief, and twenty-five years later nominated John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the United States. Adams' revolutionary credentials secured him two terms as George Washington's vice president and his own election in 1796 as the second president. During his one term, he encountered ferocious attacks by the Jeffersonian Republicans, as well as the dominant faction in his own Federalist Party led by his bitter enemy Alexander Hamilton. Adams signed the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, and built up the army and navy especially in the face of an undeclared naval war (called the "Quasi War") with France, 1798-1800. The major accomplishment of his presidency was his peaceful resolution of the Quasi-War in the face of Hamiltonian opposition. In 1800 Adams was defeated for reelection by Thomas Jefferson and retired to Massachusetts. He later resumed his friendship with Jefferson. He and his wife, Abigail Adams, founded an accomplished family line of politicians, diplomats, and historians now referred to as the Adams political family. Adams was the father of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. His achievements have received greater recognition in modern times, though his contributions were not initially as celebrated as those of other Founders. Source: Wikipedia.org
MrEpithelium
November 19, 2020, 1:12 am
vintage38
November 19, 2020, 9:16 am
Well, well. The discussion seems to have moved on to fashion. Hey! I can wear a bikini at last!
Roxanne
November 20, 2020, 10:52 am
Thank you Eureka! You're a pretty cool kid too (I was definitely completely uncool in my childhood neighborhood, btw). Carpe Lanam -- I wonder how many of us are your distant cousins? A friend of mine was doing some genealogy research and found that she has an ancestor from 200 years ago with the same last name as mine. She asked if I were related to that man. I investigated and could not find a connection to him, but I am probably related to his wife...
Eureka
November 23, 2020, 6:33 pm
I bet a lot of us are distantly related. From my own work with genealogy, I've discovered a lot of American relatives.
hrossa
November 24, 2020, 12:53 am
I just finished reading a historical novel in which Abigail Adams is solving a murder against the backdrop of the Boston Tea Party. Not a fantastic story but fun anyway,
hrossa
November 24, 2020, 1:01 am
Eureka so glad you enjoyed the Connie Willis book! blueladyblue, I see 6 or 7 comments here from you so quite a few! I can get here by clicking "back arrow" on the browser and then clicking the crypto "Check It" button again.
badbob
November 26, 2020, 3:11 am
hello everyone it's 3:00 am Thanksgiving morning the wife and I just finished watching a Netflix movie called "Enola" about Sherlock Holmes' younger sister .we enjoyed it very much anyway happy thanksgiving to everyone
Jrdad
November 26, 2020, 8:19 pm
Happy Thanksgiving, all. I am grateful for your company. Crypto on!
CarpeLanam
November 28, 2020, 6:25 pm
Enola was a good movie, badbob. I recommend it too. Eureka, we are all cousins, it's just a matter of finding out how far back the common ancestor is.
Eureka
November 29, 2020, 11:52 am
^True enough, CarpeLanam. I tracked down someone who was connected by DNA to one of my relatives, and then contacted her and found out that my great-grandmother and her great-grandmother were sisters.
badbob
November 30, 2020, 7:16 pm
one more netflix movie recommendation "Hillbilly Elegy" Glenn Close and Amy Adams are outstanding
pickleball
November 30, 2020, 9:44 pm
thanks badbob , enjoyed Enola
Eureka
December 1, 2020, 11:16 pm
I watched Social Dilemma last night, pickleball. Disturbing, but not surprising.
NoiseLTD
December 3, 2020, 7:54 am
What the Republic cannot survive is shameless demagoguery.
318WOZ
December 5, 2020, 12:42 am
I just watched Always with my wife tonight. I'd picked it up on Blu-ray a while back, and it takes us a while to whittle through the stack of movies I have to watch. I saw it probably 25 years ago, but my wife hadn't. I rather liked it. We did the same thing with Forever Young something like a month ago. They're both kind of old movies about pilots with words related to eternity in the title, but I could only get Forever Young on DVD.
pickleball
December 7, 2020, 7:40 pm
Eureka i remember talking about Big Brother, but this is the whole family and all the cousins too!! they know where you are where you been ,what you buy, leave the phone home and use cash only, ,that will throw them off
Eureka
December 7, 2020, 8:24 pm
Good tips, pickleball. And they know we like cryptograms!
Eureka
December 7, 2020, 8:31 pm
318WOZ, I've never seen either of those movies. I try to avoid sad movies, although I know some of them are really good. My husband tried to get me to watch Terms of Endearment many years ago, but I just couldn't do it.
Eureka
December 8, 2020, 4:09 pm
Hey, we haven't had a party here in a while. I'm thinking we need a virtual Christmas party. I've decided I'm going to have t-shirts made for everyone that say, "Just one more crypto!"
imsoeasy
December 10, 2020, 10:16 am
Got here this time after a Windows update and hitting reset.
SuzyToo
December 11, 2020, 12:25 pm
Whoa! Better say something since I don't know whether I'll ever be back. Eureka, I like your idea of a "Just one more crypto" T-shirt. Yesterday I cam across a veritable motherlode of old T-shirts but they were all about serious stuff.
Eureka
December 12, 2020, 2:39 pm
Welcome SuzyToo! (And I am happy to see the crypto twilight zone survived the recent system upgrade.)
Elephino
December 12, 2020, 2:54 pm
Looks like I got here right after you Eureka - this time the quote was: "That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time." - John Stuart Mill
pickleball
December 13, 2020, 12:23 pm
great idea Eureka!! put it in crypto on the back
Eureka
December 13, 2020, 7:47 pm
Haha brilliant, pickleball!
hrossa
December 15, 2020, 1:12 am
LOL, Getting one for Christmas :) And Elephino, what could be more eccentric than the CTZ? We've been re-watching David Attenborough shows, and occasionally finding some we hadn't seen before (like "Into the Jungle" and "Ant Mountain")
pickleball
December 15, 2020, 11:25 am
Eureka, the only problem with that is they' ll be following me and i' m thinking they re checking out my butt, because i do shake when i walk
Eureka
December 15, 2020, 11:41 am
LOL pickleball!
mellav1
December 15, 2020, 12:31 pm
Whoa, I'm here! I got laid off a few months ago, and my computer at my new job doesn't work the same so I couldn't find my way XD 318WOZ - Always is one of my all time favorite movies!
autumngirl
December 15, 2020, 2:52 pm
Hey, y'all, I'm ba-ack! Congrats to hrossa on retirement. I hope you enjoy it. Update for me, if anyone is interested; I am feeling much better and was able to decorate the house this year for the first time in years. I went all out so now it looks like a Hallmark movie set. I was stove up for two or three days after but am now doing pretty good again. I was thinking of making some cookies and thought about us having a party. It's almost Christmas, we have a vaccine and it seems everyone here has done pretty well with the virus/quarantine and I haven't felt this good in years. For me, this is all something to celebrate. So, how about it? Crypto-Zone is safe, socially distant and you don't have to wear pants if you don't wanna. Merry Christmas y'all and here is to a much better New Year!!! RSVP for the party, please, so I'll know how many cookies to make! Love y'all, stay safe.
Eureka
December 16, 2020, 6:57 pm
Glad you are feeling better, autumngirl! Count me in--I love cookies. I hope we can hold the party at your "Hallmark movie set". Sounds awesome!
Synonymous
December 16, 2020, 9:56 pm
Cookies... did someone say cookies! I'm in. I'll make fruit punch and bring some egg nog. And, autumngirl, glad you feeling better and in the spirit. This is my favorite time of the year, I really get into the spirit of peace and good will. Merry Christmas and Happy whatever holiday you celebrate. Chanukkah, Kwanza, etc.
pickleball
December 19, 2020, 1:20 pm
autumngirl -- welcome back and glad you're feeling better, just don't over-do it this is my RSVP, looking forward to that old-time Moonshine!! stay safe all
SuzyToo
December 19, 2020, 11:18 pm
Mmmm, cookies? I am in. And this is the first time I've ever returned to a page where I have previously left a comment. Whoa. A milestone. Happy holidays, everyone!
hrossa
December 20, 2020, 10:37 am
autumngirl, welcome back, and thank you :) Cookies, please! Maybe moonshine too, not with the cookies. Happy holidays everyone!
hrossa
December 20, 2020, 10:38 am
And, my daughter is an ER doc. She's getting her vaccine next week, so, progress!
hrossa
December 20, 2020, 10:52 am
Pickleball,, why "waldo"? I often wonder :)
pickleball
December 20, 2020, 12:23 pm
i often wonder why too!! great news for your daughter and the family good luck and stay safe, good luck to all first responders and thank you all
Eureka
December 21, 2020, 12:11 pm
LOL! I just assumed your "Waldo" comments were a way of saying "I was here!" pickleball. Happy holidays, hrossa! I hope your daughter stays safe and isn't too overwhelmed and overworked by all the COVID cases. Let's hope the vaccine makes 2021 the year we defeat this thing!
pickleball
December 21, 2020, 2:44 pm
excellent sherlock Eureka!! otherwise i wouldn't remember i was there! it's also the name of the street i grew up on in ny. enjoy your birthday as they are flying by waaay too fast!! stay safe cryptos!!
Eureka
December 21, 2020, 7:08 pm
Thanks, pickleball. My birthdays are definitely getting closer together. I'm pretty sure my last one was just a few months ago.
Roxanne
December 23, 2020, 4:33 pm
I'm very annoyed right now. I had a very witty comment ready to type for a quote that was something like "One must take an interest in the human condition or be prepared to parade before the void" and monty had a funny comment (not surprising) about voiding before watching the parade especially if it is going to be long and there are no portapotties. But I hit the wrong key and here I am. Must go solve 1,999,956,732 cryptos right now so I can get it again and make my comment before I forget it.
Eureka
December 24, 2020, 4:09 pm
Next time just leave the comment here and if one of us gets the quote, we can add it for you, Roxanne!
pickleball
December 25, 2020, 12:06 pm
Merry Christmas and Health to all the cryptos
Eureka
December 25, 2020, 10:08 pm
Thanks pickleball. Same to you!
autumngirl
December 27, 2020, 11:55 am
Well, as always I am a bit late but I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas with the folks in their "bubble". My Christmas was very nice, even tho I have to stay away from literally EVERYBODY, but I still feel really good...oh, well, hopefully the new year will see me getting my vaccine and then I can go a'visitin'!!
Synonymous
December 27, 2020, 1:11 pm
Better late than never. Happy Holidays to all in the crypto world.
pj48
December 28, 2020, 12:45 pm
I got here again (again by accident); I had forgotten all about it. It's been more than a year and a half! If the Christmas Party isn't already over, I'll bring coffee. I've never cared for hot tea, like some folks here. I'm glad to hear that most of you are avoiding travel and holiday gatherings, and hoping the expected post-holiday spike isn't as bad as predicted. I've done much sewing this past year and my husband is still here, as are our two dogs, so we're somewhat insulated from the depression many people, isolated due to COVID, are feeling. We weren't going out as much due to his worsening arthritis, so our life didn't change drastically. I also made my grandson a quilt using his college colors (William and Mary green and gold) as a high school graduation gift, which I have yet to give him because we would have had to fly or drive from PA to Illinois to give it to him in person, and we figured we'd see him by Christmas, which of course didn't happen. 318WOZ, I found your book on Amazon and am deciding whether to buy the print or Kindle. Thanks to Synonymous et al for the travel recommendations. And thanks 318WOZ for the reference to dresses and skirts; I've lost around 40 pounds (intentionally) over the past 5 or 6 years, and I went through some clothing I still had from my teaching days. I've enjoyed wearing the skirts that fit me 20-plus years ago, so much so that I've made a few more. My only thoughts on the subject of skirts vs. dresses is that skirts are more versatile if you have tops that match several skirts and tops are easier to wash; but dresses are a complete outfit, take less time to don, and are easier to grab at the last minute. I'll probably wear my pajamas to the party. Oh, let me know if it's too late. That reminds me: I highly recommend the Moravian sugar cake from The Fresh Market as a wonderous, awesome alternative to waffles. They have curbside pickup, but not delivery. Stay safe, everyone, and wear your masks (at least).
contessawin22
December 29, 2020, 8:01 pm
Even though the list of previous comments goes on "for days & days", this is my first time here. I also arrived by accident. I finished a puzzle, then hit check, but nothing happened. tried a few times. Then I think that I hit back, and got a blank version of the puzzle I'd just finished.. Not sure what I hit to get here.The system must have some built-in safeguards to ensure that there is no cheating. This is definitely the longest Comment section I've ever seen! Happy New Year to All. Let's each do our part so that 2021 will be a better year!!!
contessawin22
December 29, 2020, 10:20 pm
An hour later, and I'm back here again!!! This time I know for sure what happened. By accident I double-clicked on Check It.
Synonymous
December 30, 2020, 1:23 am
pj48 welcome back. Sorry to hear about your husbands arthritis, hope it improves. I have arthritis in both knees, get shots every 4 to 6 months to ease the deterioration, but I'm fully functional. I too, hope you enjoy 318WOZ's book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. contessawin22 welcome! Happy New Year everyone and I hope 2021 is far, far better than what we just came through.
hrossa
December 30, 2020, 1:25 am
Welcome contessawin22! The crypto twilight zone is one of the reasons I love the community, collection or gaggle of people who frequent this site. So much fun! Today I'm thinking of Quaker Oats "original recipe" cookies, the ones with lots of butter. My husband puts hot mustard on these (I don't ask)!
318WOZ
December 30, 2020, 6:16 pm
PJ48, thank you! You remind me that I need to update the e-book version; currently, it has some errors in it. It's nothing drastic, but a few bizarre grammar mistakes like double words that should have been caught earlier. The print version is corrected, but I need to go reformat it sometime in the e-reader version. Either way, I hope you enjoy it, and pajamas to a party is just fine in my book, if you'll excuse the pun.
contessawin22
January 1, 2021, 3:31 pm
Shucks, I just did it again. I re-hit 'check' because I didn't think that my first click registered. I'll have to learn patience, so that I won't be re-directed here!!! But, hrossa,I agree with what you say about this community. I only recently signed up so that I could contribute comments -- but I have been solving puzzles on this site and reading the comments for years. I have always enjoyed the intelligence, quick wit, and humour (I'm Canadian. Haha!)Happy New Year, Everyone!!!
Eureka
January 1, 2021, 4:34 pm
Welcome, contessawin22! A fellow Canadian, high five! Happy New Year to all the crypto-twilight zone visitors!
318WOZ
January 3, 2021, 2:29 pm
There were 406 comments here in 2019, with 0.77 comments per day or roughly 3 comments every four days. There were 538 comments here in 2020, with 0.68 comments per day or roughly 2 comments every three days. This is a comment.
Eureka
January 5, 2021, 1:53 pm
No comment.
pickleball
January 5, 2021, 5:10 pm
318 you better get back to writing!!
contessawin22
January 6, 2021, 4:00 pm
I impatiently re-hit "check it", so ended up here again!!! Will I ever learn?!? "Too soon old, too late smart:!!!
hrossa
January 8, 2021, 12:18 am
He he, here I am again too. Commenting furiously. Furiously in the 'busily' sense. Still haven't made the cookies.Yay Canadians, I have some Edmonton relatives!
hrossa
January 8, 2021, 12:20 am
318WOZ! Enjoyed your comment stats! I wondered if you including your own, but, nope. Did not check.
lesliecomelastly
January 13, 2021, 6:17 pm
My my my ... Where has the time gone??? Remember me??? I've checked in a few times, and had so many newcomers to welcome, and others to welcome back, and comments to comment on, etc etc. But I got so behind with you all, by the time I caught up, I didn't have time to enter something pithy and witty, and apt responses to my beloved crypto portal buddies, and time slipped away. Just checked, and my last comment was March 13, 2020!!! Hard to believe. So much has happened since March. (There's an understatement). Anyway, for now , Eureka, Synonymous, 318WOZ ... Thanks for the JQ Adams quotes. Always wondered which quote started this all. But as there's more than one, we may never know? 318WOZ, I'm so pleased your book and your efforts to get it done are a hit. God bless you! And your recap updates for Llapp Oct 17th were really helpful (and funny). It looks like I've missed some great partys. I've still got a ton to catch up on. But to make a short story eternal (as I'm so apt to do), what got my head out of my butt and prompted me back here is ... Does it look like a new power that be, namely Arkadium, has taken over the Baron's site here??? It made me concerned that they might be poopers and put an end to this wonderfulness. Boy ... I sure hope not. That would be a sad travesty. I've missed kabitzing. Wicked Merry belated, and wicked Happy belated New Year to you all. And wicked Happy belated BDay badbob, and etal BDays not wished wicked Happyness. Long live the Crptoportal Twilight zone! I won't stay away so long henceforth ...(If anyone knows if Arkadium will be making unwanted changes, let us know). God bless all.
Eureka
January 16, 2021, 2:41 am
"Facts are stubborn things and what ever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they can not alter the state of facts, and evidence." — John Adams (This one looks promising! Maybe it was the quote that started it all.)
Newbe Here
January 17, 2021, 4:53 pm
Way back in November I hope you surely will recall, I composed a little poem for you --- yes, for one and all; Like you, I was glad the election was finally done; But now, my friend . . . Lo! It seems our troubles have just begun. Congress cried, “Impeachment! Impeachment!” with much drummed-up proof; We all knew, claims of “Russia! Russia!” were nothing but spoof; We heard,” Just wait ‘til the NEXT report to see justice done;” Yet, after four long years no one’s behind bars – no not one. Yes, POTUS called Ukraine to get them to investigate; "Oh! That was Treasonous! Sedition! Worse than 'Watergate!'" "How can our President pick on that POOR (?) Hunter Biden?" Folks cried: “POLITICS! There’s nothing Joe’s family is hiddin’!” Look at what new things over the summer we have now learned: Mobs ‘n Riots were called “PEACEFUL PROTESTS” while buildings burned; People who stand and use guns to protect their property Are actually criminals? --- Taken to trial properly! ? ! ? The media never told the truth about all that Trump did, Like improving folks’ lot; many groups had been in a skid; Not only a “man of many of words,” but one of action; Moving swiftly for four years, despite all of the faction. Peace Accords in the Middle East must mean nothing to folks; Killing the Islamic State . . . bringing troops home must be jokes; “The WALL” impedes thousands; NATO nations now pay their share, Trade with Mexico, Canada and CHINA are now fair. Each minority groups’ employment rates --- highest ever; Civil employees who don’t perform, we now can sever; Government Regulations and Red-Tape were trimmed way down; Businesses smiled. Pelosi, Schumer and CNN frowned. Military strength is back to being the best on earth; The rise in “Stocks” helps even the little guy have more worth; Really strong compact with Iran without sending a dime; Comp’nies back home . . . Self-Energy . . . I could go on, if time. And when the Covid Virus began its deadly attack, Trump moved quite swiftly, putting multiple things on “fasts track;” Factories re-vised so to produce medical equipment; And the military arranged to give speedy shipment. More beds made available; pharmacies hastened vaccines; All of these things were done faster than the world’s ever seen; Yet, when all’s been cured, it’ll take little imagination To see credit going to the NEW Administration. Appoint honest, conservative judges and then: “SO WHAT?” Even the great Attorney General proved he has no “GUT.” Videos, testimonies ‘bout fraudulent election Are insignificant to SCOTUS, thus their rejection. In the country’s institutions, I’ve lost all confidence; I present what I’ve written above as my evidence; Constitution, Justice, Congress, Liberty . . . you name it; Yes, each of these with cherished pride, I thought I could claim it. Now, much of the country from common sense have surely fled; I ‘m going to contradict what one former first Lady said, “For the first time I’m NOT proud to be an American!” Trump was “draining the swamp!” Why’d we not elected him again?
Synonymous
January 17, 2021, 6:58 pm
Newbe Here, WOW, great job citing POTUS' "accomplishments". You left out a few though: Alt-Right popularity, they could not have done it without him. KKK activation and acknowledgement. Proud Boys as a main stream "political" group upholding democracy and the right to be belligerent and violent. Make America HATE Again, a slogan whose time has come. OH! And the MAJOR accomplishment that no president in the history of the United States of America has ever accomplished... being impeached, not once, but TWICE. I say again, WOW, what a guy. And that doesn't come close to his ingratiating personality traits of a narcissistic, sociopathic, lying bully. Great guy. I'm glad you still have some Kool-Aid left. I hope it last you for at least 4 more years when we get to see him go down in flames again.
lesliecomelastly
January 18, 2021, 1:15 am
I apologize up front for this being soooo long ... ,Newbe Here, Your poem was brilliant, and such a good compilation of so many important facts and accomplishments. And all that, in the face of 4 years of relentless unwarranted assault. But the 1st thing I thought to myself was ... Uh oh ... one thing about our little wonderful crypto twilight zone portal, has been, that political leanings and opinions, have not reared their head here ... til now. Not once, since I entered the portal back in July 2019, has anyone here ever known what side of the very clearly huge 50% political divide in this country I was on. I have never known what side of this very huge fence Eureka, piclkeball, 318WOZ, Llapp, badbob. abra, and til now Synonymous, or any of the other wonderful 'vets' to this portal, was on. And I reflected frequently, as hot and nasty as this divide is, it's been nice that it hadn't entered our portal. I've never wanted to know what side of the fence all you wonderful 'vets' were on, because I feel like I love you all. I just re-read Newbe here's poem. There's not one 'hateful' thing in it. Just documentable facts. Boy ... am I gonna probably regret this ... but I can't let it slide. Synonymous, Us true libertarian conservatives, and that includes Donald Trump, support the Constitution, protection of the rights therein, individual freedom, America, and her sovereignty., life liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are not 'haters'. We, including Trump, have NEVER condoned or supported the 'alt-right', KKK, Proud Boys, or any of their ilk, or ANY, who resort to violence and destruction of property, EVER. (If some of you want to site Trump saying there were good people on both sides, in Charlotte SC, ('cause Proud Boys were there), he was referring to those on the side of trying to stop the destruction of historical monuments by a violent mob. Perhaps you never heard that detail on CNN). Ironically, the most palatable hatred I've ever witnessed in my 68 years, has been the hatred for Donald Trump, since before he took office, that resulted in his opponents providing lying dossiers, spying on him and his campaign, trying so relentlessly to take him down, and thankfully their illegal attempts to remove a legally elected President were revealed, and failed. And yes ... he was impeached twice, by a rabid Democrat led congress, and overturned in the Senate, because there was NO evidence to support impeachment. Probably all Presidents are at least somewhat narcissistic. It's been said that anyone running for this office would have to have a pretty big ego. But, 'sociopath lying bully'? 'when we get to see him go down in flames again'? Gosh ... That sounds sorta hateful to me. (Not to mention untrue). I've never drunk any Kool-Aid. I think perhaps the real haters have drunk it all. I follow politics, economics, and what goes on in this country quite closely, and the real results of the actions the politicians who are running things. And the many extraordinarily positive results for ALL in this country, as a result of Trump's efforts, were the reason I supported him, and still do. Please note, I have not said one hateful thing here. Newbe here's comment was the 1st political comment on this site, in the form of a pretty well put together poem siting facts. The 2nd was yours Synonymous. It's clear your not fond of Trump and which side of the 'huge fence' you are on. Something I wish I never knew, because I've always liked you, and kibitzing with you on this here portal. The 3rd, is mine, which I was compelled to do, in response to your comment. So now we all know what side of the 'fence' I'm on. Something it was not necessary for any of you here to know, in the always fun portal. I wish and pray, that Synonymous and my political comments here, could be the LAST ones, and that our so fun, so informative, so enjoyable discourse can continue, unhampered by the the sad ugliness of the two so unyielding sides. Nothing can be solved or gained by it here, except to ruin this so nice refuge. And that would be a such a real real shame. Thank you all for reading my thoughts on this matter. God bless us all!
Synonymous
January 18, 2021, 11:08 am
lesliecomelastly Thank you for your tongue lashing. You are right only on one point, we (myself and Newbe Here) somewhat spoiled a fun refuge. My apologies to all the Crypto-Twilight-Zoners. Now, let's get back to having parties, with cookies, ice cream, tea with Eureka's date scones and other goodies, oh and healthy discourse. Stay safe.
Eureka
January 18, 2021, 4:13 pm
As a mother, I have always punished the instigator more than the reactor. Yes, let's keep politics out of the crypto-twilight zone. There are plenty of "poetry" sites where such posts would be more than welcome, I am sure. Scones are in the oven and the kettle is on. I look forward to sharing them with you, Synonymous and anyone else who happens to stop by.
318WOZ
January 18, 2021, 9:20 pm
I've got some cans of A&W root beer chilled for everyone. (Diet, of course; they still taste fabulous and are oh, so refreshing when taken straight from the fridge.) And with my can of diet soda, I raise a toast to love among friends even amid disagreement, and to simple forgiveness. I'll also work on some frybread with honey. Pickleball, thanks for the encouragement. I need to review the audiobook files for DDE: Luctus and fix some problems with it before I can get back to writing. Incidentally, I think I paid too much and will look into skipping the audio production company next time.
lesliecomelastly
January 19, 2021, 12:59 am
Synonymous, I didn't mean it to be a lashing. Sorry. But God bless for suggesting back to the party. Eureka, damn those scones smell good. And 318WOZ. I just had to look up frybread. with honey sounds maaaarvelous. I'll bring some champagne and shrimp cocktail.
Synonymous
January 20, 2021, 1:39 am
lesliecomelastly No harm, no foul. I took your points to heart. This _is_ a fun place and I enjoy it. Thanks! Eureka, put out another cup of tea for me, I'll be over shortly and the date scones too. I'll bring some delights chocolate chip cookies and Syrniki.
lesliecomelastly
January 20, 2021, 4:48 am
Synonymous, I just had to look up Syrniki. They sound yummy too. And the delights too. I'm on my way.
Eureka
January 20, 2021, 1:19 pm
Let me just quickly vacuum and clean the bathrooms. Hold on. Okay, come on over! Mention of A&W root beer brought back sweet childhood memories of frosty glass mugs delivered to the car on trays that hooked onto the window frame.
Synonymous
January 20, 2021, 4:13 pm
Eureka those WERE the days!! lesliecomelastly my partner makes syrniki, the whole family loves them, she doesn't make them often enough, so they're a special treat and gone in 60 seconds...LOL
lesliecomelastly
January 20, 2021, 10:39 pm
Synonymous, I bet your house smells good al the time. At least when your sweetie is baking. You're lucky to have her. Eureka, the place looks beautiful. I remember getting A&W Root beer floats with vanilla ice cream. Absolutely orgasmic.
hrossa
January 26, 2021, 1:07 pm
Eureka, you are awesome to clean the Zone! I'll do the toilets next time if someone will get the tub! And I am now officially a retiree :) Happy to join those of you who beat me to it. Today I'm going to try making the cookies on Fudi's avatar!
Eureka
January 26, 2021, 11:24 pm
To be honest, I spend a lot of time here so it was the least I could do. Congrats on your retirement, hrossa! Making Fudi's cookies seems like a perfect way to celebrate. Let us know how they turn out! I'm planning to make syrniki as soon as I find "Farmer's Cheese".
pj48
January 27, 2021, 12:44 am
Greetings all. Just wanted to check in, but I don't have anything to say now, feeling depressed after reading the political comments. Sad that we are still so divided. I'll reveal a small amount about myself: I'm a fiscal conservative, but no longer a Republican. I applaud Mitt Romney for saying, "If inciting a [coup d'etat] isn't impeachable, what is?" The memory of it depresses me. I'll return another day, and scroll past the politics. Stay safe, everyone; wear your masks and try to get vaccinated.
Synonymous
January 28, 2021, 12:10 am
lesliecomelastly, Yes, she just made some yesterday and they're gone now. Eureka good for you, go for it and save some syrniki for the rest of us. Google "Farmers Cheese" and your search should give you locations to buy it in your area. When it comes to housekeeping I can pitch in anywhere but I don't do Apple, I'm a Windows man. And, last but not least, hrossa WELCOME to retirement. I truly hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (except for the Covid part). Stay safe all and we'll see you at the party.
DaddyOmar
January 28, 2021, 12:47 am
He looks like Mr. Firley from Three's Company my favorite show
lesliecomelastly
January 28, 2021, 7:43 am
The last and only political comment I made was on Jan 18, in response to Synonymous' comment. which was in response to Newbe here's poem. All 3 are still here. I thought the lid was firmly on that bucket. Since then most I've commented on is raisin scones, frybread and syrniki. But darnit ... if a falsehood is stated here, I can't let it slide. pj48, 'He' never incited a [coup d'etat], or anything of the like. Don't you think if he had, CNN etal would be replaying him doing so 24/7? And therefore he'll not be impeached by the Senate, because there's no evidence, once again, of any wrongdoing. There were upwards of 150,000 Trump supporters there that day , truly peacefully supporting him. And there were about 100 morons that stormed the Capital, that did so on their own, and had nothing to do with what Trump represents, or the rest of us. And all of us, including Trump, condemned those jerks. Please, check your sources, but I beseech us all once again, let's keep it out of our portal. The divide can not be bridged here. Please save the politics for other spots. I pray this is the last of it.
lesliecomelastly
January 28, 2021, 8:24 am
PS: Now I'm sorta afraid to go to the party. Maybe I'll just leave the Champagne on the stoop. Sorta makes me sad.
pickleball
January 28, 2021, 11:29 am
with these kind of comments, i don't think there will be any parties, maybe we should just start having boxing matches. come here to enjoy myself , but everything took a nasty turn, too bad cause it was fun while it lasted
318WOZ
January 28, 2021, 9:33 pm
Sometimes people say we shouldn't talk about religion and politics. I think religion and government are some of the best things to talk about, and we just need to be polite in doing so. That being said, political discussion here is kind of a drag; it's perhaps too much of a change in tone. I think we aim for lighter discussion here. But I do always hope that our crypto-community is more than capable of cohesion despite disagreements that are really very common in life and need not be divisive. What we really need is a good recipe for buffalo cauliflower. Surprisingly good stuff, that. I think if every starts sampling some buffalo cauliflower, the party will go on.
hrossa
January 28, 2021, 11:01 pm
Buffalo cauliflower, ha ha, I love it! That's new to me. (I checked online, I must be the last person to find out!). My first week of retirement was spent reading, cooking, walking and relaxing. Pretty nice!
Synonymous
January 29, 2021, 12:35 am
lesliecomelastly, Nonsense...come on in. The party is for everyone regardless of political affiliation. pickleball we'll save some syrniki just for you!! AND, buffalo cauliflower sound delicious, looking forward to trying it for the first time 318WOZ. (link)
pickleball
January 29, 2021, 12:13 pm
i love cauliflower ,eat it raw all the time. going to try buffalo cauliflower, thanks for the tip, enjoy all and stay safe
Eureka
January 29, 2021, 6:20 pm
I had cauliflower rice the other day and it was really good. I'll have to try making buffalo cauliflower. Yes, I found a couple of stores in the area that claim to sell farmer's cheese but I haven't gone to have a look yet, Synonymous. That was a rather random comment from DaddyOmar. I'm not sure who he is referring to. But welcome, DaddyOmar. If you ever get back here, please explain your comment.
pickleball
January 30, 2021, 3:27 pm
welcome DaddyOmar you trying to stir up something? haha
Eureka
January 30, 2021, 5:49 pm
Funny, I just saw a comment from locodad saying that Charles de Secondat looked just like Mr. Firley from Three's Company.
Newbe Here
January 31, 2021, 3:04 am
So, you have no appreciation of what Trump accomplished despite being harassed by the major media and those who hated him. Every minority group had highest employment and income rate….ever! Stockincreased helped even the little guy with his retirement funds. Training centers established for Negros. Prison reform. ICE deportation of 1,000s of criminals. Red tape/Gov. Regs reduced to allow businesses to thrive. Energy freedom from ALL other countries. Veterans Affairs streamlined. Gov. employees do their jobs, or are fired.
pickleball
January 31, 2021, 9:41 am
you feel better now Newbe, it helps to take a walk around the block, breath in some fresh air
318WOZ
January 31, 2021, 3:26 pm
I'm going to quietly slice a loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread and leave a butter dish near it. Not that anyone has to take any, of course. I mean, you don't haaaave to.
318WOZ
January 31, 2021, 3:47 pm
Incidentally, Newbe, I'm glad you can find satisfaction in what has happened during the last presidential administration. For as much as I like to discuss government, though, I'd prefer to leave that kind of discussion in the comments sections for quotations that directly address government. This particular space is better suited to more lighthearted sociality. Not that government, as a topic, is off-limits, but we appreciate it when the comments help everyone keep a smile. Some words are best reserved for other times and places.
lune
January 31, 2021, 4:54 pm
what is going on
Synonymous
January 31, 2021, 6:41 pm
lune, a Donkey ran a red light and hit an Elephant, right in front of a house party. Newbe Here, let it go and join the party. A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. We can agree to disagree -- THAT's the American way. Now...let's get back to the party, with cookies, ice cream, syrniki, tea with Eureka's date scones, 318WOZ's pumpkin chocolate chip bread (yummy) and other goodies, oh and healthy discourse. Stay safe!
hrossa
February 1, 2021, 1:12 am
Synonymous, thanks! I'm enjoying it immensely. And my office mate, whom I'll miss the most, still gossips by text and sends me movie suggestions. Maybe I'll even improve my crypto solve rate!.
Newbe Here
February 2, 2021, 12:38 pm
Yeah! I'll try to find some fresh air amidst the smoke form the destruction here in Portland!
blueladyblue
February 3, 2021, 5:34 pm
Yay, another Twilight Zone! I'm not sure if this is the same one I've been to before via glitches, but this quote was a Charles Darwin quote which I love: :If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."
318WOZ
February 6, 2021, 12:05 pm
My wife and I went to a movie theater last night for the first time in over a year and a half. The last movie we saw was Avengers: Endgame (blech), when it opened. Last night we saw Wonder Woman 1984, and despite a few silly things I thought is was actually quite good. I think I like it better than the first movie. People have given it a lot of bad reviews, but over the years I've come to think that a lot of the time, people don't know what they're talking about. Anyway, it was great to get out to see a movie together.
pickleball
February 6, 2021, 3:45 pm
did you get popcorn too!
318WOZ
February 6, 2021, 4:35 pm
Hmmm. Maybe we should have. We've long been in the habit of focusing on the movie instead of snacks, particularly, I think, if we're seeing something for the first time. The movie was pretty captivating for me, though, so it was still fun even without the popcorn.
pickleball
February 7, 2021, 4:19 pm
it was a big treat when i was a little guy!! enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, stay safe all
pj48
February 9, 2021, 10:14 pm
My husband and I are going to rent a movie every Sunday now that football's over. There are enough movies we wanted to see and missed, some of them might even be free by now. I'm wondering what it was like to attend a movie theater, 318WOZ. Were there many attendees, and were you well distanced? I'm not ready to do that yet. My granddaughter just had COVID, and now her dad has it. I spoke to her yesterday and she said she just finished her quarantine. So, while I'd love to go to a theater, we'll stream for now. I do love popcorn. I have an air popper and a microwave popper. I used to buy the microwave popcorn bags before I read that they contain a toxin. (link) I ate plenty of it, and so far no cancer, but the reports are scary. I love popcorn, salty and buttery.
Synonymous
February 10, 2021, 12:22 am
pj48 bring some popcorn to the party, I love it your way.
318WOZ
February 10, 2021, 8:11 am
It wasn't busy at the theater at all. I assume that was both because the movie had been out for a while and because people are no longer accustomed, generally, to going out to the movies. Where we were, there were big walls between each row of seats (surely since before COVID-19?) and there weren't many people in the room anyway, so we could barely see anyone else the whole time. During the pre-movie announcements, they said we should put our masks back on once the movie was over. We didn't see many people at all in the halls, either; mostly just a couple of employees to sell us a ticket and grant admission. I thought it was perfectly safe to be there, and I'd encourage anyone who likes going to the movies to do so. I'm sure the industry has been hurting, and I'd hate to see culture shift away from going out to movies so much that it became rare and thus difficult to do.
cryptoharvesting
February 11, 2021, 8:18 am
Call me crazy but aren't we overdoing the Covid thing? I mean it's not like it's straight out of Orwell's 1984 or anything. Handing over complete authority to a government. How could that possibly go wrong, even if there was an actual pandemic to worry about?
lune
February 11, 2021, 1:32 pm
oh god buttery popcorn is The Best
318WOZ
February 11, 2021, 5:45 pm
Speaking of popcorn, I'm reminded of a book that has a bunch of great popcorn recipes. It was actually written by a woman I used to know; her husband went through the same ROTC I did. We had them over for dinner once. I haven't seen them for years, but I think we picked up her popcorn book. (link)
pickleball
February 12, 2021, 2:33 pm
did you have some popcorn after dinner?
318WOZ
February 12, 2021, 7:44 pm
No, that was years ago, and we didn't find out about her popcorn recipes until much later. I don't know if she was even into it then. I have mostly forgotten about her book for a while; I should have my family try out some more of the recipes.
318WOZ
February 13, 2021, 8:04 pm
318WOZ
February 13, 2021, 8:04 pm
Woops. Pretend I said something witty in that last comment.
Synonymous
February 14, 2021, 12:21 am
318WOZ I like your witty comment: There are two rules in life: 1. Never give out all the information.
hrossa
February 14, 2021, 11:38 am
LOL Synonymous
hrossa
February 14, 2021, 11:41 am
My son and his bride had flavored popcorn as part of the wedding snacks (it was not a dinner), and gave the guests popcorn flavoring kits in their goodie bags. It was great!
pickleball
February 14, 2021, 2:01 pm
very witty indeed 318 -- well - Synonymous , still waiting for #2
hrossa
February 14, 2021, 6:10 pm
I think Synonymous doesn't break his rules.
Synonymous
February 15, 2021, 12:32 am
pickleball read #1 again. As for popcorn, I love it with butter but also microwave in a paper bag, pour into a bowl, spray lightly with olive oil spray and sprinkle a tad of salt and "Joe's Stuff" spice from the Louisiana School of Cooking in New Orleans. You won't be disappointed.
pickleball
February 15, 2021, 1:53 pm
well i'm still waiting
hrossa
February 15, 2021, 8:05 pm
My rule #2 might be:"Never try to season popcorn with olive oil", but, guess I should try it first! Especially for my Valentine who was born in New Orleans...
Eureka
February 15, 2021, 10:03 pm
Movie theater popcorn is such a treat. I haven't gone to see a movie in over a year. Normally I would go about once a month. A beautiful movie theater opened near my place in 2019 but has temporarily closed because of COVID. I look forward to going back when it finally reopens.
Synonymous
February 16, 2021, 1:21 am
hrossa, Olive oil contains much less fat than butter...BUT...butter is definitely preferred. After a certain "age" we have to watch our cholesterol.
Eureka
February 16, 2021, 11:44 am
I've had olive oil popcorn from Trader Joe's and it is very tasty. And likely healthier than buttered popcorn.
pickleball
February 16, 2021, 2:21 pm
well, i'm still waiting
Synonymous
February 17, 2021, 12:50 pm
pickleball LOL... Eureka, yes, I use spray olive oil very lightly on the corn I pop in the brown bag in the microwave.
pickleball
February 17, 2021, 1:01 pm
much much more healthy!! Eureka, your sherlock is soon to be requested
Eureka
February 17, 2021, 4:00 pm
At your service, pickleball. Unless you want me to find out what Rule #2 is. Then I'm afraid you're on your own.
pickleball
February 17, 2021, 6:40 pm
Eureka --- i already knew what rule #2 was, just messing with Synonymous. it's not me that needs your services, i read in the Forum that someone mention you stay safe all
Eureka
February 18, 2021, 11:12 am
Ah yes, the mystery of emma_rose. That is a tough one to solve.
Fudi
February 20, 2021, 12:17 am
Hey kids. I haven't TZ'd in a while. Hrossa - happy retirement! But you never reported back ... how did those Avatar Cookies turn out for you? Also, well, that DaddyOmar comment ... it sounds like one of those mysterious, unintentional things that we've wondered about in here from time to time ... like the ones from Nanniette (I think it was) that seemed apropos of nothing? Hmmmm.
Eureka
February 20, 2021, 1:10 pm
Oh yeah, I think that was colettec. I'd forgotten about those random comments. Haven't seen one for a while.
hrossa
February 25, 2021, 5:45 pm
Thanks Fudi, cookies were great! We ate them all before I could take any to my neighbor (who avoids gluten) so I'll make them again soon. I have them bookmarked as "Fudis Cookies". Otherwise as a retired person, I've been catching up on doctors appointments I neglected these past stay-at-home months and starting a Marie Kondo overhaul (this will take the rest of my life,LOL). But there's still plenty of time to solve cryptograms and join the TZ party!
Eureka
February 27, 2021, 8:47 pm
Good luck with your overhaul, hrossa. Mine is a work in progress. Too much junk, too little motivation to get rid of it.
contessawin22
February 28, 2021, 10:16 pm
What did I do to end up in this Twilight Zone again?!?!?!?!? Life is too short to read the comments in this section!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheese555
March 2, 2021, 12:16 am
Fudi
March 3, 2021, 8:27 pm
Ah Eureka - yes, collettec. How could I forget her? Oh - hrossa - I'm so glad you and yours enjoyed them!! And yeah, that Maria Kondo - I think she's a *trublemaker* - I was at peace with my clutter, more or less before *she* came along!! Oy.
Synonymous
March 6, 2021, 1:01 am
Collettec is still around, recently saw a comment from her on a quote dated July 16, 2020, 8:51 pm
hrossa
March 6, 2021, 11:53 am
I don't remember noticing comments by Collettec, will have to keep an eye out. Fudi, nost likely I will clear out some clutter and then get back to being comfortable with the rest.
imsoeasy
March 6, 2021, 12:22 pm
Been away for a long time. Is everyone wearing a mask and at least 6 feet away?
hrossa
March 6, 2021, 9:55 pm
Don't worry,more than 6 feet away and laptop screen in N95.
hrossa
March 6, 2021, 10:41 pm
* in N95. Happy TZ!
Newbe Here
March 8, 2021, 12:49 pm
It is said that some people in the mid-1500’s sought to crown Martin Luther. Yet, it took four more centuries before he became KING.
hrossa
March 11, 2021, 10:33 pm
In the CTZ again! Hi Newbe. Fudi, I already made your cookies again and my neighbor loved them :)
Fudi
March 17, 2021, 2:38 am
Hey ... awesome, hrossa! That's so nice to hear! Did you find the collettec comments above and those from others referring to those comments. It's just a weird thing. Her comments don't seem to be intentional here ... they seem to have gotten here through something weird that happened to her while playing ... because they seem out of context.
Synonymous
March 17, 2021, 11:04 am
Happy St. Patrick's Day. Be sure to be wearin' O' the green, lest ye be pinched.
pickleball
March 17, 2021, 3:02 pm
A very Happy St. Patrick Day to all!! stay safe!
318WOZ
March 17, 2021, 5:20 pm
It was a combat uniform day here at the Academy instead of a service uniform day, so I had plenty of green. No pinches. Yet. That makes me think, though...I should go pester my wife.
Eureka
March 17, 2021, 11:56 pm
I've got green eyes so I always figure they'll do "in a pinch" if I forget to wear green.
Synonymous
March 18, 2021, 12:48 am
Wait...Eureka, is that green eyes and ham?
Eureka
March 18, 2021, 11:24 am
Synonymous, LOL! I am a bit of a ham. ;)
pickleball
March 19, 2021, 4:51 pm
and a very good one at that---- as far as green goes, you have plenty of that in your pockets to go along with those green eyes
Eureka
March 19, 2021, 8:09 pm
Haha, never thought of that, pickleball! It'll have to be a twenty though because that's the only green bill in Canada.
hrossa
March 21, 2021, 8:14 pm
Sorry to say, I forgot to wear green on the 17th, and me a quarter Irish. Luckily no pinches!
hrossa
March 21, 2021, 8:17 pm
Fudi, I found references to colletec comments but not they themselves. But not surprised odd things happen now and again!
imsoeasy
March 21, 2021, 10:05 pm
Program froze, reloaded and here again. Apparently there is a revolving door that eventually brings you back.
leanderp0tt
March 22, 2021, 1:49 pm
Ok. That's weird. I solved a quote again because I was looking for what letters it was missing, and when I hit submit, I ended up here. Also it took me about 30 sec to scroll down here at top speed.
leanderp0tt
March 22, 2021, 1:54 pm
This is like a "Private" chat room. Also a little testing, it seems that you can get here from any comments section.
Eureka
March 22, 2021, 6:30 pm
Welcome to the crypto-twilight zone, leanderp0tt.
Synonymous
March 23, 2021, 12:33 am
Eureka, loved your "bit of a ham" comment, great wit. leanderp0tt Welcome! We're getting Stimulus checks here in the U.S. nice addition to the savings account.
pj48
March 23, 2021, 10:24 pm
Synonymous, I will definitely bring popcorn next time. This is the first time I've been here since you asked, and I was transported here by accident (again!), so next time, I hope. But I never manage to get here when I try. Yes, stimulus checks. I know many people are truly struggling and the concept is great, but we're retired and our pensions and Social Security benefits have not diminished. Like all families whose income is below the eligibility threshold, we can certainly use it, but I would have preferred to see a higher unemployment benefit for those who actually lost their jobs. Those poor souls truly need the help. On a brighter note, I finally managed to get my first dose of Moderna last week. In spite of being over 70, I was beginning to fear it was going to be obsolete due to new variants before I could get mine. But, hurray, I'll be fully (94%) protected by mid-spring. Since we passed up St. Patrick's Day, my husband and I are going to celebrate our "immunity" by eating out in May, and guess where we're going! To the first place we ever went together, the night we met! Al googled it today and it's still in business, run by the son, whose photo is on the website. (He actually waited on us that first night.) Forgive me for sounding giddy, but we haven't been out in so long....I sound like a genuine old fogey now; but I guess that's what I am. (sigh) Synonymous, might I offer you some nitrogenated stout with the popcorn?
pj48
March 23, 2021, 11:48 pm
Here's the popcorn, Synonymous, and a can of nitro stout. Murphy's is no longer brewed in Ireland; it's brewed by Heineken, somewhere in England. Go figure. So out of pure defiance, I brought a good milk stout brewed here in the US. Enjoy.
Synonymous
March 24, 2021, 12:08 pm
pj48 Thank YOU, Thank YOU! Popcorn is great and although I'm not an alcohol drinker that much, I will taste and enjoy the stout. We both got our vaccines earlier this month, second shots and have planned two trips -- by car -- Lake Tahoe in early May and San Diego mid June. I hope the fond memories flood back when you have dinner at the restaurant in May where you first met. We have a very comfortable retirement thanks to good planning in our youth and a few good investments along the way. Oh...we had some big setbacks along the way with the banking and stock market debacle of the 2008 era but we climbed out and survived. I too, feel that we have a homeless problem in the U.S.A. which needs definite attention and that's a looming crisis on the horizon. Thanks again for the stout and popcorn. Have a great spring pj.
Eureka
March 25, 2021, 12:36 pm
I just noticed that you had a special birthday a couple of weeks ago, Synonymous! So, belated happy birthday to you! I hope you were able to celebrate in style!
leanderp0tt
March 25, 2021, 2:07 pm
Happy birthday, Synonymous!
leanderp0tt
March 25, 2021, 2:20 pm
Everyone hang in there, only a few months (hopefully) until we can reopen.
Synonymous
March 26, 2021, 3:19 am
Yep! Thank you Eureka and leanderp0tt for the birthday wishes. 3/4's of a century feels good. montyb sent me a message via the message board. Thanks montyb. And, yes, looking forward to re-opening. Had a very good birthday with just a few family members and granddaughter -- no COVID spreading event.
pickleball
March 28, 2021, 2:33 pm
welcome leanderpOtt -- it's not weird, it''s the 'crypto-twilight-zone'---sounds great pj48--enjoy!! Synonymous- a very belated happy birthday wish! one more 1/4 of a century left
pj48
March 28, 2021, 11:44 pm
Happy birthday, Synonymous, and thanks, pickleball. Yes....it will be a reaffirmation of our past and future together in the face of this epidemic. It was a contrived thing that day. I had 2 tickets for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra on a week night and found myself without a companion; all my friends were busy, I wanted to go but wasn't sure I would. A meddling friend introduced me to my future husband after work as a blind date. It was so contrived, but I took the bait. Al took me to a little Irish pub downtown near the theater for a quick bite before the concert. So we're going there after we have some immunity to this awful plague. The past becomes the future. Or something.
Eureka
March 29, 2021, 11:08 am
What a wonderful story, pj48. Sometimes meddling friends can do us a big favor! And let us know how the pub visit goes. I hope you get to meet the son and tell him your story.
Synonymous
March 31, 2021, 12:45 am
pj48 I hope May will be exactly as you wish it to be and the restaurant owner and son remember you both. Enjoy!!
oddcouple
April 1, 2021, 9:30 pm
And once again I have entered The Crypto Zone!
oddcouple
April 2, 2021, 10:52 pm
Two days in a row! The Crypto Zone has struck again.
pickleball
April 3, 2021, 5:29 pm
welcome, welcome odd- it's the crypto-twilight-zone
Synonymous
April 4, 2021, 1:01 am
Yep...ain't no place I'd rather be. Welcome back oddcouple.
318WOZ
April 4, 2021, 3:47 pm
Happy Easter, everyone. Our family traditions are pretty simple, but we just finished our meal of fish and honeycomb. (We also had bread to put the honeycomb on and some asparagus because it's healthy and yummy.) I was surprised to find out just a few days ago that most translations of the Bible don't include the honeycomb in Luke 24:42. It's kind of weird. I'm not a scholar of Greek, so I can't look up any source text to make sense of it, but it seems that people often just don't include it for some reason when they're translating. For anyone curious, the KJV verse with the honeycomb is here: churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/luke/24.42?#p42
Eureka
April 4, 2021, 11:26 pm
Happy Easter. I see what you mean about the honeycomb, 318WOZ. I wonder what the original Greek said.
hrossa
April 5, 2021, 12:13 am
Happy Easter! Huh, my bible has the fish but not the honeycomb. (I love honeycomb!)
hrossa
April 5, 2021, 12:16 am
We celebrated with a ham, mashed potatoes and spring peas with asparagus. An Austrian friend brought dessert, a carrot nut torte. There was plenty left over so I brought some, mit Schlag!
Eureka
April 5, 2021, 11:24 am
Yum! Thanks, hrossa!
vintage38
April 6, 2021, 11:05 am
I see I missed St. Urho's Day - but I did wear Royal Purple and Nile Green.
contessawin22
April 6, 2021, 8:56 pm
I'd rather be anywhere other than in this comment section. Why do I encounter "malfunctions" which put me here??? I'm gone . . . ! ! ! ! !
contessawin22
April 6, 2021, 8:57 pm
I just got sent here again. Oh, Puzzle Baron, you are such a saddist!!! Lemme outta here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Synonymous
April 6, 2021, 11:29 pm
Many of our friends celebrate both traditional U.S.A. April 4th and Orthodox Easter, which is May 2nd, 2021.
hrossa
April 6, 2021, 11:50 pm
LOL contessawin22, we all end up here and some of us decided to party.
Trima
April 7, 2021, 12:06 pm
At last, I've managed to find the time distortion again, now if I can go back to before the glitch occurred on 22 Feb 2019 and leave a message as Guest warning all of the dangers, non of this should ever happen.
318WOZ
April 7, 2021, 5:12 pm
Well, Synonymous, why have one holiday when you can have two? Contessawin, just have a sandwich and you'll feel better. By this point, someone must have brought sandwiches. Trima, if you shut down our party through time travel, there'll be a lot of unhappy cryptogrammers...
Synonymous
April 7, 2021, 11:39 pm
Right 318WOZ, we have two Christmas's as well. Quite fun. Trima DON'T DO IT! I know you have the power, don't use it this time. contessawin22, relax, order a pizza, kick-back and enjoy the party.
hrossa
April 7, 2021, 11:51 pm
NOOO Trima, don't change our reality!! ;)
Trima
April 11, 2021, 8:43 pm
OK, I'm persuaded. I've ordered regular deliveries of pizza, popcorn and beer. I'm going to settle down here with a couple of movies until covid passes by. Obviously shawshank redemption, but just wondering if anyone can recommend a second movie?
318WOZ
April 11, 2021, 10:50 pm
I can recommend a great many movies! Batman: Mask of the Phantasm; the Bourne Identity trilogy; Dunkirk; The Fugitive; Glory; The Hunt for Red October; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; The Sixth Sense; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990); Unbreakable; Willow; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Black Panther; The Dark Knight trilogy; Man of Steel; 12 Angry Men; Always; Apollo 13; The 'Burbs; Contact; Cry Freedom; Funny Farm; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; Hotel Rwanda; Hours; Inception; Interstellar; I, Robot; Ivanhoe; Jeremiah Johnson; Jurassic Park; Ladyhawke; Les Misérables (1998); Lion; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; the Lord of the Rings trilogy; The Magnificent Seven; The Majestic; The Man Who Knew Too Much; Midway; Mission: Impossible (1996); Mr. Deeds Goes to Town; North by Northwest; The Other Side of Heaven; Pacific Rim; The Phantom of the Opera; Pride and Prejudice (several versions are good, but BBC is best); Princess Mononoke; A Quiet Place; The Rainmaker; Robocop (2014); The Rocketeer; Saints and Soldiers; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Signs; Silverado; Somewhere in Time; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Support Your Local Sherriff; Surrogates; They Shall Not Grow Old; Timeline; The Truman Show; UHF; What About Bob?; Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken; The X-Files: Fight the Future. That's not my full collection, but they're all titles I can readily recommend, from a variety of genres and production years.
badbob
April 12, 2021, 3:28 am
we are watching "The Chosen" on Peacock. a different take on the life of Christ. one of our friends says it is too "americanized" I didn't see any burgers or baseball or disco or endless news broadcasts so I disagree.
318WOZ
April 12, 2021, 2:55 pm
I just bought Season 1 of The Chosen on Bluray and we watched the first episode last night. I've heard it's very good, so I'm looking forward to it.
Synonymous
April 12, 2021, 8:37 pm
318WOZ quite impressive!!
hrossa
April 13, 2021, 12:18 am
Trima, you could try "The Ghost In The Shell" for something different - it's animated Japanese sci fi. I'd never seen an "anime" movie and this is said to be one of the best. Really enjoyed it. Have popcorn too! And then watch "The Princess Bride" again.
hrossa
April 13, 2021, 12:20 am
And thanks for the great list 318WOZ! Plus I look forward to The Chosen after we finish our current series.
318WOZ
April 27, 2021, 11:29 pm
No comments here in the last two weeks! Maybe everyone is enjoying movies?
bigdave
April 28, 2021, 6:55 pm
Just watched The Princess Bride with my daughter . Great score by Mark Knopfler. A classic in our family.
Synonymous
April 29, 2021, 1:15 am
318WOZ COVID-19 restrictions are lifting and we're able to get out a bit more AND it feels really good. Just spent 4 days up at Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy -- only worked two or three cryptograms on my smartphone during down time. Stay safe everyone and welcome back to a real world if you're vaccinated and can get away even for a little bit.
318WOZ
April 30, 2021, 11:03 pm
I'm glad to hear it, Synonymous! My broth and his wife are visiting briefly, and I think that tomorrow morning we'll go kayaking in the Hudson.
hrossa
May 2, 2021, 12:45 am
Great bigdave, "The Princess Bride"! Since the invention of the movie, there have been five movies that were rated most perfect. :)
Synonymous
May 10, 2021, 12:57 am
318WOZ how was the kayaking trip?
318WOZ
May 10, 2021, 5:53 pm
We didn't end up getting out to go kayaking. We just had limited time. We did get to have a bit of a tour from the West Point command historian (whom I go to church with and who is happy to show people around), and that was good, even if we didn't get to see much of the cadet chapel this time because there was a wedding going on. I do hope to get in plenty of kayaking this summer.
Synonymous
May 11, 2021, 12:54 am
318WOZ glad you got to do something entertaining. We always visit religious venues all over the world as we travel. It's nice to see how cultures worship and the environment they choose to do it in. One of the most interesting for us is the "Church in the Rocks". Helsinki, Finnland. The Temppeliaukion Church (link) Good kayaking to you.
Eureka
May 12, 2021, 11:14 am
Wow, fascinating church, Synonymous! I also enjoy seeing unique places of worship around the world. Some are very simple and some are grand, but they all serve the same purpose.
Synonymous
May 14, 2021, 12:53 am
Thanks Eureka. Here's another extremely unique religious edifice. A cathedral within a mosque: (link) Cordoba, Spain. Mosque of Córdoba. We spent hours inside fascinated. I am not a religious person, but I marvel at the works done by others, all over the world, to honor their belief systems.
Eureka
May 14, 2021, 2:29 pm
Thanks for that link, Synonymous. Spectacular architecture! It reminds me of the James Mitchener book "The Source" which tells the story of one community in the Middle East and the effect of all the different religions that took over the town throughout history. There were mosques within churches and synagogues built over pagan temples. You may have read it. I know it was very popular when it was first published but I just got around to reading it because of something abra said in a comment.
Synonymous
May 15, 2021, 1:09 am
Haven't read "The Source". It's on my list now. Should be timely considering what's going on in the Middle East right now. Thanks.
Eureka
May 15, 2021, 12:12 pm
I think you'll find it interesting, Synonymous. And it does give the reader a sense of why things are the way they are in that part of the world today.
imsoeasy
May 15, 2021, 10:48 pm
Got here this time by restarting the program and I find people talking about churches. What happened to the party with all the food and beer?
Synonymous
May 16, 2021, 1:19 am
Eureka, thanks, I ordered the book already. imsoeasy it's never too late to start and host a party in the Crypto Twilight Zone. And, there some exquisitely beautiful churches, synagogues, and mosques around the world. :-)
pickleball
May 16, 2021, 12:33 pm
easy, after all the parties, we need to confess our sins -- stay safe all
Eureka
May 16, 2021, 11:25 pm
Maybe the sin of gluttony because of all the good food that people bring! ;)
pickleball
May 17, 2021, 11:51 am
haha that may be true, but i was speaking solely of the moonshine
318WOZ
May 17, 2021, 5:26 pm
I picked up another key lime pie from the Commissary the other day. I might eat some of that tonight. In real life. :-) It's time to celebrate having final grades done for the semester.
318WOZ
May 18, 2021, 12:36 am
It was delicious and it's only 1/4 eaten...
Eureka
May 19, 2021, 10:09 am
I remember that feeling when I was a teacher many years ago. Enjoy your key lime pie, 318WOZ and hopefully a bit of a break before the next semester begins.
Synonymous
May 30, 2021, 12:59 am
Holiday weekend, boards are quiet. Have a peaceful Memorial Day. Everyone's gone to the moon...
hrossa
May 30, 2021, 11:56 am
My husband's been worried about is blood pressure, so we've been watching the salt. Turns out low-sodium cioppino is still re-e-e-a-lly good!
pickleball
May 30, 2021, 12:32 pm
thanks too all the Veterans who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the freedom so many don t have
Jrdad
May 30, 2021, 7:04 pm
Amen, pickleball.
Synonymous
May 31, 2021, 1:08 am
Ditto pickleball
RedEnoch
May 31, 2021, 11:17 pm
I thank all who gave their lives. That said, I haven't signed in for a while. Sounds like you've been having yourselves a time. As a guest, the site's been working fine. When I log in, more often than not I end up here. I'll bring some Wisconsin brats and Point Special Beer next time. Seriously, why is this site all messed up when I log in? My old iPhone?
Trima
June 1, 2021, 9:42 pm
Oh no! please ignore the comments I make 12 days from now - they easily lead into a time loop.
hrossa
June 2, 2021, 12:20 am
Trima, now I'm stuck here until June 12th! But, this time I brought coconut-toasted almond ice cream and enough spoons.
318WOZ
June 2, 2021, 9:15 pm
I'm a bit sleepy, I suppose; I red that last sentence wrong. I prefer my ice cream to not be tasted, thank you.
318WOZ
June 2, 2021, 10:24 pm
*read Definitely sleepy.
autumngirl
June 4, 2021, 2:35 pm
FINALLY!! I tried and tried to get here by my usual means and couldn't. I got worried that Crypto-Zone had been shut down and had to message Montyb to make sure everyone was still here. Thanks to Montyb I finally made it back. I owe you one, Monty. Now I find that I missed a great party and movies! AAAggggg!! Well, glad everyone is here and having fun. I missed y'all. I'll be back soon, hopefully! Thanks, again, Montyb! XXOO to you! ;)
autumngirl
June 4, 2021, 2:55 pm
OK, so after trying so hard to get here I got here by accident this time! ;p I love this place. And, thanks hrossa for the ice cream and spoons! I will just wait here with you and see what Trima says...I brought some sammaches, all different kinds and enough for everyone, but ice cream first!!
hrossa
June 4, 2021, 4:58 pm
Thanks autumngirl, Appreciate the company. :) And the sammaches (sammitches according to my fam). And good to know you've got your priorities straight!
hrossa
June 4, 2021, 5:01 pm
318woz, I'd never taste your ice cream first. (Well, not without permission.)
pickleball
June 4, 2021, 7:05 pm
Trima says more ice cream!!! welcome back autumngirl
Synonymous
June 6, 2021, 2:11 pm
Welcome back autumngirl!! Ice Cream, Yes. Vanilla and chocolate.
318WOZ
June 6, 2021, 11:02 pm
Well, Hrossa, I give you permission. But only a little taste. Not...oh, man...that was way too much. Now I'm going to have to get a whole new serving. Here; take the rest of this bowl. No, I'm not really bothered. I'm glad you enjoyed it. But you're stuck with that flavor now. I'm going to get something with peanut butter in it.
318WOZ
June 10, 2021, 11:33 pm
Speaking of dessert, I haven't taken time for a personal project in a while, but you all might like this: (link)
318WOZ
June 13, 2021, 9:56 pm
No lols? I hoped someone would find it entertaining.
pickleball
June 15, 2021, 1:38 pm
lol lol lol lol lol, sorry i was too busy stuffing my face
Eureka
June 17, 2021, 7:17 pm
LOL pickleball! It looks like you dumped the bacon in the garbage, 318WOZ but then it ended up inside the cookies, like magic. I was worried for a moment. That would have been a sad waste of bacon! And Synonymous, I finally bought some farmer's cheese so am all set to make syrniki for my hubby for Father's Day! I hope they turn out as well as the ones your partner makes!
318WOZ
June 17, 2021, 11:37 pm
:-) Eureka, that was actually the inspiration for the whole silly video. Five or six years ago a friend and co-worker and I talked about it. I think it was his idea. I finally got around to doing it. And then I put as much ridiculousness into it as possible. The funny part, in hindsight, is that some people don't see it as a parody. I'm sure it doesn't strike some people as funny, which is fine, but my hope was to bring a smile to at least a few faces.
318WOZ
June 17, 2021, 11:38 pm
Oh, and Pickleball, stuffing one's face is a highly recommended activity, especially in the Zone.
Synonymous
June 20, 2021, 8:49 pm
Eureka It's Father's Day, how did the syrniki turn out? I'll bet they are as good a my partners!! Bring some to the party, I'd like to try yours. Also, where is that lake featured in your Avatar?
Eureka
June 21, 2021, 12:21 pm
They turned out well, Synonymous! My husband ate all of the first two batches, so I think he liked them. They were a bit messy to make. My kitchen did not look as clean as 318WOZ's kitchen by the time I was done. I managed to get flour everywhere! I added raisins, which were optional. Does your partner use raisins? (My avatar is of Peyto Lake in Banff National Park.)
Synonymous
June 21, 2021, 5:22 pm
Yes, she adds raisins sometimes but not always. Aren't they great. Thanks for the lake info. We always check-out new places as we travel. If we get to the Banff area, I'll surely find the lake. Thanks.
Persephone59
June 22, 2021, 2:52 am
I've been sucked into this vortex many times myself, but I don't think I've left any comments before. I was very ill last year, and spent a couple of months in the hospital. I'm living alone again now, and though there are hurdles to overcome, I'm happy,. Vaccinated, too, but I didn't have COVID. I went in for one thing and lots of other things fell apart. Such is life.
318WOZ
June 22, 2021, 4:50 pm
I am glad you're not very ill now, Persephone59! I hope you're not too lonely.
Synonymous
June 23, 2021, 12:29 am
Hi Persephone59, sorry to hear you had a difficult 2020 but glad you're on the mend. I hope you can still use your sewing machine and have the candy jar with chocolates and truffles to help brighten your days. Here's wishing you continued recovery, good health going forward and a virtual hug.
pickleball
June 24, 2021, 11:58 am
welcome Persephone59-- yes life is a b..... and some have it worse than others, one day at a time, good luck- good health-- keep coming back
hrossa
June 25, 2021, 12:46 am
318WOZ, LOL the bacon cookie video! My husband and kids make bacon ice cream once, it was fantastic. So I got my own bowl of bacon ice cream when you went off to get peanut butter.
hrossa
June 25, 2021, 12:47 am
*made bacon ice cream. I thought I would be terrible, but I loved it.
hrossa
June 25, 2021, 12:48 am
Persephone59, glad you're better, and that you finally left a note here!.
318WOZ
June 26, 2021, 5:12 pm
XD Hrossa, I totally believe it could taste good. I'd have to try it to really know, but I suspect that even if I liked the flavor a lot I would still want to keep them separate. :)
kahuna
June 26, 2021, 6:39 pm
F. Scott Fitzgerald is the source. He ought to know.
Eureka
June 30, 2021, 4:34 pm
Wishing you a full recovery, Persephone59. I'm always hoping you'll leave a comment one day saying that you've met someone special, although living alone has its benefits! ;)
Synonymous
July 3, 2021, 11:53 pm
Have a safe an happy 4th of July, Independence Day everyone!!
hrossa
July 5, 2021, 12:33 am
Happy 4th, Synonymous and all! I'm sitting on the couch enjoying distant pops, whistles and booms.
318WOZ
July 6, 2021, 8:34 am
I had a good Independence Day. The fireworks here at West Point were good. I'd hoped to have a friend visit, but he is still making repairs to a house he's selling before moving west. Hrossa, I just saw a comment on another puzzle where you said your mother is Romanian! I adore Romania. Two years ago, I took my family there for close to three weeks, if I remember correctly. We studied Romanian history, culture, and language for nine months before going. I've picked up studying the language again in the last half year because it's on Duolingo now. I definitely want to return in a year or two (with just my wife next time).
DaddyOmar
July 12, 2021, 12:46 am
Hola como estas? I think this comments started on the 1800's. I never seen a page so long
pickleball
July 15, 2021, 6:24 pm
this is nothing! you should see the letters my teachers sent to my parents , they may be still reading them up in heaven!
hrossa
July 16, 2021, 1:03 am
318WOZ, how cool that you've been to Romania, and that you studied the language! Romanian is supposed to be the romance language closest to Latin. My Mom spoke Romanian, Hungarian and Saxon (spoken by her own ethnic group - it's a low German dialect). I went with my husband and kids about 5 years ago, which was a bucket-list trip for me. Such a beautiful country.
hrossa
July 16, 2021, 1:05 am
Hey DaddyOmar, nice to see you in the Twilo-Crypto-Zone! Stop by again :)
badbob
August 3, 2021, 5:22 am
it's been a while since i've been here and i must say this place looks great! kudos to the housekeeping staff. just a thought; Andy 451 no longer posts comments but if he ever comes back the Twilight Zone would be the perfect forom for on of his rants. it would fit right in.
hrossa
August 6, 2021, 4:25 pm
badbob, yes, the area to the left of comments perfectly clean and tastefully decorated.
Synonymous
August 7, 2021, 7:50 pm
Autumngirl, if you get back here again, give us an update on your V.A. healthcare progress.
oddcouple
August 10, 2021, 12:31 am
We need a voice of reason like Ben Carson again.
blueladyblue
August 25, 2021, 8:33 pm
I'm always so surprised when I get sucked into the vortex and wind up here!!! It was a John Dean quote this time. Last got dumped here about 6 mos ago. Never really know how I got here. Must've gone click-finger crazy or somethin'. Pretty sure I clicked on More Info in the bio. Looks like the party got quiet and the food is all gone, but bob and hrossa are right. Lookin' good.
Synonymous
August 26, 2021, 1:07 am
blueladyblue February 3, 2021, 5:34 pm Yep, you were here...Welcome back!
Trima
August 26, 2021, 10:41 pm
Next thing you know, Monty's going to be complaining about those "freakin' time warps".
hrossa
August 27, 2021, 7:03 pm
Blueladyblue, I was really hungry. Sorry. I'll bring something next time.
IceWave42
August 30, 2021, 11:34 am
For some reason, my browser auto-filled this page's link instead of the home page link when I typed "cryptograms" in. This is a very interesting place.
Eureka
September 1, 2021, 12:56 pm
Wow, that's a new way of getting here, IceWave42! How funny!
Trima
September 2, 2021, 9:48 pm
I've no idea how I got here. I was just having a wee dram before bed when I woke up with the computer on and this limbo page in front of me. What's worse someone had emptied the whisky bottle!
Trima
September 2, 2021, 9:54 pm
Wait! Just remembered I had solved "Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by."
Trima
September 5, 2021, 10:13 pm
Come on Baron! Is this your equivalent of the naughty step?
Trima
September 5, 2021, 10:32 pm
Ha ha!
318WOZ
September 6, 2021, 5:29 pm
Trima, the way I get here is by double-clicking "Check it!" or hitting Enter twice. Copying and pasting the URL also gets a person here. We've had some pretty good parties in the Crypto Twilight Zone.
MatthewReynolds
September 7, 2021, 7:13 am
Ooh! I made it to the Land of the Unlinked Comments Chain! Hellooooo ... (echoes) Hellooooo!
Synonymous
September 10, 2021, 12:56 am
I hear you MatthewReynolds, follow the hallway to your left until you see the lights from the party room.
hrossa
September 13, 2021, 11:50 am
The password is "swordfish". But Synonymous will let you in anyway I'm sure.
hrossa
September 13, 2021, 11:52 am
And I put a plate of Fudi's cookies on the main table. She gave us the recipe over in chat a while back.
Trima
September 13, 2021, 8:03 pm
"mthesh wr yr cookies?" Sorry shouldn't try to speak with my mouth full.
Synonymous
September 14, 2021, 1:35 am
MatthewReynolds come on over, I'm here with Trima enjoying the cookies and It looks like someone is coming with tea as well. Where's Eureka with those chocolate chip cookies and tea. Skeeter, I hear she cooks a mean fried chicken? And Pickleball?
Eureka
September 14, 2021, 11:31 am
I'm on it! Chocolate chip cookies coming right up!
Eureka
September 17, 2021, 5:32 pm
Am I going to have to eat all of these cookies myself?
Synonymous
September 18, 2021, 12:37 am
Nope. I'm here, and I see Trima, but wondering where everybody else is. Thanks for the CCCookies Eureka.
Eureka
September 18, 2021, 2:29 am
Thanks for saving my waistline, Synonymous!
Synonymous
September 20, 2021, 12:02 am
Most welcome Eureka. Mine is a waste line.
pickleball
September 21, 2021, 6:39 pm
i have been here eating Eureka s cookies and crumbs. enjoy your waistline.-- and welcome newcomers hi.,Syno
Synonymous
September 22, 2021, 1:12 am
Hi Pickleball, I didn't see you. I was standing behind the water cooler and punch bowl. Great cookies. Welcome. Is that Trima dancing over there?
Eureka
September 23, 2021, 12:15 pm
Thanks, pickleball. You were so quiet that I missed you. Rumor has it that you (accidentally) broke Deanna's wrist. Care to comment?
Synonymous
September 24, 2021, 12:46 am
Yes, inquiring minds want to know just how Deanna's wrist got broken.
Eureka
September 24, 2021, 1:20 am
All we know is that she blamed pickleball.
pickleball
September 24, 2021, 2:39 pm
do i need a lawyer?? is perry mason still available? Eureka, your cookies were Great!!
Eureka
September 24, 2021, 5:08 pm
Ha! If Perry Mason is not available, I'm sure Ben Matlock will help you out. ;)
318WOZ
September 25, 2021, 4:58 pm
I've just been asleep in the corner. Don't mind me grumbling about missing out on the cookies.
pickleball
September 26, 2021, 11:33 am
so why is the cookie crumbs all in your corner? Matlock!! you mean Andy!!
Eureka
September 26, 2021, 12:35 pm
I thought I heard snoring! Hmmm, maybe 318WOZ is eating cookies in his sleep?
Synonymous
September 27, 2021, 7:58 pm
Pickleball no need for a lawyer, we have DMVJDCPA in our midst and I'm sure s/he will defend you quite nicely.
Eureka
September 28, 2021, 10:03 pm
And do your taxes, too!
hrossa
September 30, 2021, 12:15 am
The snoring was me. Sorry.
hrossa
September 30, 2021, 12:15 am
Seemed like a good place for a nap.
Eureka
October 1, 2021, 6:47 pm
It is warm and quiet in here, so I'd have to agree with you, hrossa.
Synonymous
October 2, 2021, 12:28 am
Turn the music up...
Eureka
October 3, 2021, 12:23 am
Oh yes, that's what we've been missing! Music! Next thing you know, we'll be dancing.
Synonymous
October 4, 2021, 12:45 am
Trima was dancing earlier, must have had ear buds in.
badbob
October 7, 2021, 9:42 am
birthday number 75 came and went retired in June now with all this free time I should be able to come up with a witty remark but alas no such luck anyway kudos to everyone!!!
Synonymous
October 7, 2021, 8:58 pm
Wished you a happy birthday over on Chat badbob, and here's a duplicate: Very Happy Belated Birthday. Drop by more often and have some of Eureka's cookies. They're great.
Cheese555
October 11, 2021, 4:59 pm
hbd!
tigerjade003
October 16, 2021, 2:40 pm
Wait... I just solved a cryptogram and I was led here .....
Eureka
October 17, 2021, 11:49 am
Welcome to the crypto-twilight zone, tigerjade003! Help yourself to the refreshments and feel free to play a song on the jukebox.
Synonymous
October 18, 2021, 12:30 am
tigerjade003 Welcome and enjoy some of the best chocolate chip cookies around.
pickleball
October 23, 2021, 12:25 pm
welcome 003, you come back now, ya hear!
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 12:21 am
led here again :( third time
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 12:23 am
AND AGAIN
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 12:25 am
bruh and again 5th time and 3rd time today
Synonymous
October 24, 2021, 3:16 pm
tigerjade003, well looks like you're getting a message to join the party, have some of Eureka's
Synonymous
October 24, 2021, 3:18 pm
...great chocolate chip cookies and some punch. Welcome...
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 4:04 pm
ok i'll join
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 6:51 pm
ok i'll join
Eureka
October 24, 2021, 7:01 pm
Tigerjade003, if you get here accidentally, it usually means that you hit the "check it!" button twice or held it down too long.
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 10:13 pm
i know that :) but also you could just go to the check page directly :)
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 10:14 pm
so then you can access without doing a cryptogram
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 10:19 pm
:( i solved a cryptogram in less than a minute but it gave me 309 seconds cry
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 10:33 pm
i'm like 4-5 cryptograms from 20th place :(
tigerjade003
October 24, 2021, 10:35 pm
:) finally 20th place
hrossa
October 25, 2021, 1:00 am
Whew, that's great! Let's get the party started!
tigerjade003
October 26, 2021, 10:38 pm
hmmm
abra
October 28, 2021, 10:16 pm
Just a quick cookie, and I'll be on my way. Thanks!
badbob
October 29, 2021, 7:23 pm
being completely devoid of imagination I cannot keep up with the witty remarks so kudos to everyone. one cookie and I'm gone
Synonymous
October 30, 2021, 7:23 pm
LOL...Y'all come back now...Ya' hear...
Synonymous
October 31, 2021, 10:18 pm
Happy Halloween!
Eureka
October 31, 2021, 11:04 pm
Happy Halloween, Synonymous!
abra
November 1, 2021, 9:02 pm
Oh-oh, I ended up here by trying to make a second comment on a quote. I hope that's not going to be a permanent state.
Learn_The_Cube
November 3, 2021, 9:09 am
amogus
tigerjade003
November 4, 2021, 11:56 pm
no
Synonymous
November 5, 2021, 1:12 am
Learn_The_Cube definitely NOT with abra.
abra
November 8, 2021, 2:32 am
Not sure what's that's all about or why my name is mentioned but, I've ended here again. Sorry.
vintage38
November 8, 2021, 3:24 pm
Trick or treat.
mohamm1
November 8, 2021, 8:43 pm
To Synonymous: You found my mental health page on facebook. Good sleuthing!
mohamm1
November 8, 2021, 8:46 pm
To abra: To add a second comment on a quote, close the tab, then hold SHIFT-CTRL and hit T to reopen the tab. Refreshing the page brings you here. Clicking check it twice rapidly may bring you here.
hrossa
November 11, 2021, 12:49 am
Thanks mohamm1, I wondered how people did that. Two comments close together in time seems so unlikely to happen by chance.
hrossa
November 11, 2021, 12:51 am
Hmm. Didn't work for me here, I had to come back another way. Anyway, I left my favorite cheeses with some crackers next to the couch, help yourself!
mohamm1
November 11, 2021, 3:33 pm
You're welcome, hrossa. I use a laptop computer, with windows 10 and Chrome browser. IKD if what works for me works for other devices.
mohamm1
November 11, 2021, 3:39 pm
To pickleball, re: November 8, 2020, 8:45 pm mohamm 1 to bad we;re not back to 'My Generation' That's a great song, too. I don't come here often, just to visit, so I had missed seeing that post. Please don't "put me down" for such a tardy response.
Synonymous
November 12, 2021, 1:04 am
abra, you made a comment: "abra November 1, 2021, 9:02 pm Oh-oh, I ended up here by trying to make a second comment on a quote. I hope that's not going to be a permanent state." and LearnTheCube made this comment "Learn_The_Cube November 3, 2021, 9:09 am amogus" I said definitely NOT abra, for "amogus" is a condition where you lose brain cells from staring at a screen too long, in my understanding. AND, I don't think you've lost any brain cells from what I see from your comments. Welcome back.
pickleball
November 13, 2021, 8:41 am
mohamn1 -- the Who had a rock opera album called Tommy, which became a movie , Ann Margaret was in it . sen the Who many times including at Woodstock ! check it out mohamn1,and no put down [ unless you want to place a bet] haha we're all friends here at the twi-light-zone
hrossa
November 14, 2021, 12:15 pm
Hi pickleball, my gym is just starting to offer pickleball, at certain times, on the basketball court. I'll have to give it a try. It might kill my knees, but still!
hrossa
November 14, 2021, 12:24 pm
And, my last comment indicates how my retirement is at the moment - I know I'm spending too much time on the comfy couch.
Synonymous
November 14, 2021, 11:44 pm
hrossa, without the ability to travel, even locally, at will, we're all spending a lot of time on the couch or at the desk in front of the computer. Good luck with the pickleball and the knees.
pickleball
November 15, 2021, 6:58 pm
hrossa, just take it nice and easy, go at your own pace ,just like in any other sport good luck and have fun, that s why i play --to sweat and have fun
mohamm1
November 16, 2021, 11:52 pm
To pickleball, re: November 13, 2021 comment. Great album with a disturbing theme. I really like the tune Overture on that album. The movie was a good visual translation of the album, and also disturbing. - - - In my prior comment I had been referring to the lyric in the song My Generation "People try to put us down, just because we get around." I tend to do that when I believe someone really knows a song well. - - - I like chat forums where it's actually possible to receive some kind of reply. In the comments on each crypto it's like paying forward a comment for others to enjoy, with small hope of ever seeing responses to the comment. Like shouting from a mountain top, or a valley.
tigerjade003
November 16, 2021, 11:58 pm
ok i haven't gotten here in a long time
Synonymous
November 18, 2021, 12:30 am
tigerjade003 Welcome back!
pj48
November 19, 2021, 2:29 pm
Going back to 318WOZ April 11, 2021, 10:50 pm I'd just like to say thanks for so many movie suggestions. I'd love to see 'North by Northwest' again, and I'm sure I've forgotten more than enough to make it enjoyable. Regarding 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe', you should read the complete 'Chronicles of Narnia'. The book is better, and there are six others besides 'Lion'. If you can't get your hands on a copy, I'll be happy to lend you one. Here's to a great Thanksgiving for everyone. Stay safe!
318WOZ
November 21, 2021, 10:27 pm
PJ48, I love the Chronicles of Narnia! Some years ago, my wife bought an older set for me that is numbered in the original publication order. While I thought the new TLtWatW was quite true to the original novel, I found that the next movie departed too much from the source material. The other day I picked up The Red Lamp and Skeleton Key, and I hope to read them very soon (and that they're good). I'm trying to get back into reading more. And I'm glad you appreciate the movie recommendations! A happy Thanksgiving to everyone from my sleepy corner of the party room, also!
Eureka
November 22, 2021, 11:17 am
When I was in 4th grade, one of the books we were required to read was The Last Battle. It was the first time I'd read a book that skipped to different scenes from chapter to chapter. I remember being very confused by it, thinking that they were all separate short stories. When I was a bit older, I bought the whole set and have read it many times. I was curious to try Turkish Delight after reading the books.
Elephino
November 24, 2021, 1:48 am
This may be one of the most telling social experiments ever to have been stumbled upon
pickleball
November 24, 2021, 11:55 pm
to all the cryto-twi-zone players -- may you all have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving
Synonymous
November 26, 2021, 12:54 am
Thanks pickleball, it was. And, I hope yours was too.
hrossa
November 29, 2021, 1:03 pm
Hi Elephino, and happy after-Thanksgiving, all! I got here from a quote where the comments discussed trying "poker" and "location" (for power and vocation). I figure this place is the poker location. See you in the back lounge, with beer and snacks!
mohamm1
December 3, 2021, 9:05 am
I get here intentionally by reloading the tab after solving a cryptogram. And here's an easy one...I cannot track your speed and compare it to the speed of others, so you're all on the honor system regarding how well you do with it... I'll be back when I next remember that I started something here... ==================================== E XSDZ KVFCCOK EP ZF DOO GTMZ RFPKEZEFP WI RFPKEZEFP GMD EP. - JOPPI VFNOVD
Eureka
December 4, 2021, 9:54 pm
I just dropped in to see what condition (my condition) was in. Kenny Rogers
pickleball
December 5, 2021, 12:14 pm
Sherlock Eureka strikes again!!
Eureka
December 5, 2021, 4:21 pm
I'm glad mohamm1 could not track my speed. I was very, very slow.
pickleball
December 5, 2021, 6:38 pm
i doubt that very much, as you leave no stone unturned E Sherlock!! speaking of the Stones, mohamm1- check out their ' Waiting on a Friend', my friend
Synonymous
December 6, 2021, 1:11 am
Wait a minute...wasn't Kenny Rogers with a group back then? The 2nd Edition?
hrossa
December 8, 2021, 1:05 pm
Thanks Eureka, you beat me to it. My tries were very, very, very slow.
hrossa
December 8, 2021, 1:12 pm
Plus i left it sitting for a few days ;)
pj48
December 8, 2021, 9:44 pm
I got here by accident this time...I thought I could get to a new puzzle by refreshing the page instead of clicking 'start a new puzzle'. I'm sure it says that somewhere. Anyway, I have nothing to say. I'm a little out of it; had a colonoscopy yesterday (stop laughing, it isn't funny!), was up almost the whole night before, and I can't get back into my circadian rhythm. I'm going to take an Ambien, get into bed, turn on the TV and set the sleep timer. Maybe just one more puzzle first.
Synonymous
December 9, 2021, 1:07 am
pj48 wishing you good results on both the colonoscopy and the sleep. How many puzzles did you do before you fell asleep?
pickleball
December 10, 2021, 2:33 am
sweet dreams, pj48
XDashX
December 12, 2021, 12:50 am
Leaving a comment for history
Cheese555
December 12, 2021, 8:22 pm
how's it going my friends it has been some time! hopeyou have a good winter holiday season!
pickleball
December 13, 2021, 5:09 pm
XDX-- i don't think history comments in this section
Eureka
December 14, 2021, 12:44 pm
LOL pickleball. You never know, the crypto-twilight zone is a pretty weird place.
pickleball
December 14, 2021, 11:39 pm
haha Eureka, you should know aka Sherlock!
pj48
December 15, 2021, 8:58 pm
Uh, Synonymous...more than one, but not more than a few; maybe four? It's so habitual to click 'Start a new puzzle' even when I don't want to do one. I was pretty tired. It took me several days to get my brain back into gear; i.e., remembering whom I meant to call when I picked up my phone, and where I put things. It was the combination of anesthesia and the warped schedule. I'm fine now, thanks for asking. Are there any plans for a party here between now and New Year?
Eureka
December 16, 2021, 2:36 pm
I think the general consensus is that there is one continuous party going on in the crypto twilight zone. So the answer is "Yes!" Please brings snacks as we are running low.
pickleball
December 17, 2021, 1:34 am
and lets not forget the moonshine!!
mohamm1
December 17, 2021, 3:54 pm
To Eureka, regarding the solve of my crypto: Good job, Eureka! ==================================== To Synonymous: Yes, KR & The First Edition. He wanted to be a rock and roll star, but his voice was too mellow to do well in rock. He switched to country and his career really got into a much better condition. ==================================== To pickleball!, about that Stones song... It's one of my favorites! The lyrics don't mean a lot for me, but I LOVE the music, and the saxophone. - - - Contact George Jones' Pappy for that moonshine... (link)
Synonymous
December 17, 2021, 10:13 pm
Party? Did I hear someone say Par-TEE!! Let's get it On...I've g ot syrniki on the table near pj48 (link)
skeeter
December 19, 2021, 7:06 pm
Eureka, let's get this holiday party started!! I've got the moonshine again, and some crackers and cheese. Who else is with me???
Eureka
December 20, 2021, 11:53 am
Now that skeeter is here with the moonshine, the party has officially started! And get the syrniki while they're hot! Yum! I made a huge batch of bits and bites so help yourselves, everyone.
pickleball
December 20, 2021, 6:50 pm
i got a nickel, you got a dime, let's go get some wine-- wine!! forget that-- skeeter here got some 'Moonshine', never fully recovered from that last time, but i sure did have fun!!
Synonymous
December 21, 2021, 1:00 am
Moon(hic)shine is great...I don't usually (hic) drink, but this (hic-up) is very smooood going dooooowwwnnn...
pj48
December 21, 2021, 4:57 pm
My uncle Hubert, in London KY, gave me some moonshine once. I can tell you because he's deceased now, so he won't get in any trouble. His wasn't so smooth, though, so I'll stick to wine or beer. I brought some buttered popcorn, someone said he liked it last year. I can't stay long today, the Eagles' game was postponed from Sunday to tonight due to COVID infections, so I'm going to greet everyone and go. Thanks for the syrniki, Synonymous. It's great. And the cheese and crackers, Skeeter.
Eureka
December 25, 2021, 12:39 am
Merry Christmas! Looks like our party is still going on here.
Synonymous
December 25, 2021, 1:05 am
Yes, a Very Merry Christmas to all!!
hrossa
December 31, 2021, 12:31 am
Can't wait for 2022! This year hasn't been much fun. I might miss most of the New Year's Eve party here, but will try to show up with champagne at midnight - midnight somewhere, anyway!
Synonymous
December 31, 2021, 12:43 am
hrossa not to worry, you'll have 24 chances to catch midnight with the solvers on this site.
hrossa
December 31, 2021, 3:19 pm
Ha ha, or more than 24, Synonymous! Looks like Nepal struck the new year at 10:15 PST (UTC+05:45). So many opportunities!
hrossa
December 31, 2021, 6:02 pm
Happy New Yesr Germany :)
pickleball
December 31, 2021, 8:57 pm
Happy New Year!!
imsoeasy
January 2, 2022, 8:03 am
Have too many holiday leftovers. Anyone up a snack?
Eureka
January 2, 2022, 12:19 pm
If it's chocolate, please bring it along, imsoeasy.
Synonymous
January 4, 2022, 1:07 am
About to finish off a large chocolate bar...I know, I should not have; and the butter stollen cake was irresistable. Too many goodies this time of year. I'll leave some near the punch bowl.
vintage38
January 5, 2022, 11:44 am
I still have a little rum cake left. With real whipped cream. Sadly, the lutefisk is all gone.
hrossa
January 6, 2022, 7:35 pm
I love rum cake! But I'll pass on the lutefisk. One taste is about my limit :)
Synonymous
January 9, 2022, 1:30 pm
Try a little herring with onions, a delicacy in our house: (link)
Elephino
January 9, 2022, 7:06 pm
I'm serious - I might actually consider having a Cryptogrammers meet up somehow - maybe through Zoom? Wouldn't that be something, maybe TMI?
Eureka
January 11, 2022, 1:35 pm
That would be so cool, Elephino, although I don't know how many people would feel comfortable with it.
Synonymous
January 11, 2022, 11:37 pm
THAT would be something! Go for it. Might run the idea by the folks over on "Chat" too.
jbb33054
January 17, 2022, 12:40 am
Synonymous
January 20, 2022, 12:34 am
Looks like anonymity is the order of the day! 8-)>
ONCE7799
January 24, 2022, 11:11 am
12 seconds
Cheese555
January 24, 2022, 6:40 pm
how's it going yall
318WOZ
January 24, 2022, 7:10 pm
I think a video chat meetup would be fun. But there would have to be rules, like everyone should bring something to eat. Literally. It wouldn't be as nice as if we could share food, but it would be interesting to add a little something to everyone that way.
Learn_The_Cube
January 27, 2022, 1:25 pm
ill just eat an ice cream emoji and share it with everyone
Wilbur
February 2, 2022, 12:26 am
Hey back again, completely by accident. And to answer a question pickleball asked me in 2020: "Of course!"
Synonymous
February 2, 2022, 2:42 pm
Wilbur, welcome back...A horse is a horse...
hrossa
February 9, 2022, 9:30 am
He's always on a steady course.
hrossa
February 9, 2022, 9:31 am
I love pickled herring, Synonymous, even if I don't quite like lutefisk.
Synonymous
February 10, 2022, 12:57 am
My partner LOVES pickled herring and Gefelta fish. I can't stand either of them. I'm a basic meat and potatoes man...but have to watch it at my age and go for more veggies. Especially vegetable omlettes.
Learn_The_Cube
February 11, 2022, 11:50 am
yuck-e
autumngirl
February 14, 2022, 12:37 pm
Hey, everyone, I'm ba-ack!! I've missed a lot it seems, and I've sure missed y'all. Synonymous, thanks for asking about me. I've had a short bout with the chemo again but things are going well now. I love all the folks at the VA, they really take good care of me when I'm there. I've been trying for awhile now to get here but for some reason couldn't. I have a new 'pooter so I'm blaming it. I'm sorry for all the complaining I did on the crypto threads after solving a puzzle. I just really wanted to get back to the party, and now that I have I find that my ice cream has melted. Guess I'll just have to drink it, it's a sin to waste ice cream ya know, no matter what form it's in!! Persephone59, I hope you are still doing well and still visiting the zone once in a while. I haven't seen you post in a long time so I'm a bit worried about you. Trima, I'm glad you didn't shut us down, and welcome!! So now it's time to find something to eat and relax a bit. I brought some different kinds of dip this time and chips. Also, since it's Valentine's Day, some chocolate kisses. Happy Valentine's Day y'all and I apologize again for all the complaining I did about not being able to get here. Hopefully it won't be so difficult next time. XOXO
Eureka
February 14, 2022, 6:26 pm
Welcome back, autumngirl! I'm glad you found your way back here. And Happy Valentine's Day to all!
Synonymous
February 14, 2022, 7:01 pm
Yep! Welcome back autumngirl and with good news about your health. Here's hoping the good news continues. AND YES!! Happy Valentine's Day to all the Cryptonites (thanks skeeter).
hrossa
February 14, 2022, 9:53 pm
Autumngirl, glad you made it! Here's to feeling better, for you and my hubby whose going through it too. Let's crank up the music and celebrate with Autumngirl. And, after Valentine candy some of us need to work off some sugar!
vintage38
February 15, 2022, 1:45 pm
Fudge, fudge, fudge.
Synonymous
February 16, 2022, 12:39 am
hrossa all good thoughts coming out to you and your husband. Now, how about a little Hard Rock..."Rock you like a hurricane" ...Scorpions...and more goodies, I'll let someone else count the calories tonight. (link)
autumngirl
February 16, 2022, 10:18 am
Thanks for the welcome, everyone. I didn't think there were such things a calories in the zone...?? Good thoughts and prayers going out to hrossa's hubby.
hrossa
February 19, 2022, 12:15 am
Thanks Synonymous and autumngirl. Nope, no calories - I don't eat much sugar in my real kitchen ;) The Scorpions - that was fun! I hadn't seen them before. A German band! Reminds me that my youngest son was a fan of Rammstein (German band) in middle school.
Newbe Here
February 25, 2022, 4:53 am
maybe if we talk politics or religion of start using a buchof profanity on this thread, someone will DELETE THE WHOLE DARN THING!!!!!!
jnoodles
February 27, 2022, 1:47 pm
DJT No leadership qualities at all. And a coward. And an idiot. And a perverted, evil AH.
hrossa
February 28, 2022, 12:48 am
Oh, do all that on all the other comment threads. Why pollute the CryptoTwhiloZone? There's a great party in the next room, and snacks down the hall. Here's one of my favorite dishes - kholszvari kaposta! It's Hungarian, but my Romanian relatives make it all the time. You do have be a sauerkraut fan.
pickleball
February 28, 2022, 6:14 pm
Newbe Here -- why would you want to do that!
autumngirl
March 1, 2022, 10:20 am
We just want to have fun and connect with friends. A lot of us come here on purpose to check in and check on those we care about. If you don't like it here you can always leave. There is no need to make trouble for the rest of us. Just go do your own thing and leave us alone to do ours.
Eureka
March 1, 2022, 11:11 am
Yes, this is our break room where we can get together and chat about our lives. There is no quote that we have to comment on. It's a place where we can grab a snack, put up our feet, and find out how everyone is doing. How's everyone doing, by the way?
pickleball
March 1, 2022, 3:19 pm
thank you autumngirl and Eureka, just doesn't make sense! you don't have to be here or read anything, just go on with your merry little life and leave us crypto's alone. feeling much better now ,thanks
Synonymous
March 5, 2022, 1:01 am
Cryptonites Unite! (Thanks Skeeter). Keep the Crypto Twilight Zone alive and kicking. Sometimes we get a little testy out here, but it all smoothes over in the end and we go back to having good 'ol honest fun. Now, off to the snack room for some refreshments, scones, syrniki and cookies. Thanks Eureka, Autumngirl and Pickleball. Hummm...maybe I'll have a little of the 5th on the 4th. ;-)
TheWesternPhoenix
March 5, 2022, 8:08 pm
You guys talk a lot here
autumngirl
March 7, 2022, 11:34 am
^ Why yes, we do! And I'm not having a good day today so I came here to my happy place so I could be with my happy friends and, I dunno, get happy. And guess what? It worked!! How's that for talking a lot, TheWesternPhoenix? Now I'm going to go share some cookies with Synonymous since I've given up ice cream for Lent. I feel much better!
Eureka
March 7, 2022, 12:55 pm
Sorry to hear about your bad day, autumngirl. I guess we can't avoid those in this life, but it's nice to know that the crypto-twilight zone helped you feel better! I've given up desserts so will stick with veggies and dip. I think I see some carrots and celery over on the table.
pickleball
March 8, 2022, 4:24 pm
TheWesternPhoenix -- so what's your point? autumngirl we must have some bad days so we can truly enjoy the good one. Eureka, good luck with that
Eureka
March 10, 2022, 10:28 am
Thanks, PB.
autumngirl
March 11, 2022, 9:53 am
Thank you both, PB and Eureka. That's why I come here, for the friends.
mohamm1
March 11, 2022, 1:50 pm
If I dropped in more often I'd make up a statement and encrypt it, just to make everyone more likely to comment on it. It would have to be a quote about how to feel better on a bad day without resorting to ice cream.... Cottage cheese has the same 'mood lift' effect on me as ice cream. And there is no sugar to speak of, and very little lactose, even, because it is a fermented cheese.
pickleball
March 11, 2022, 5:33 pm
easy mohamn 1 , don't be messing with my ice cream!!! to the TheWesternPhoenix, i was saying that in jest, your welcome to say what you like. we are all here for enjoyment !! stay healthy all you crypto's
autumngirl
March 11, 2022, 7:24 pm
mohamm1, and here I thought we were friends! I'm with pickleball, don't mess with my ice cream and no one gets fat, because there are no calories here in the CTZ. Like Christmas, just all year around!
jnoodles
March 13, 2022, 6:02 pm
The British, French and Germans are all the same people, all related by blood. This is why they hate one another so much. Just like Americans from different states.
Synonymous
March 15, 2022, 12:54 am
jnoodles, your point?
vintage38
March 16, 2022, 2:33 pm
A lot of us are in different states.
pickleball
March 16, 2022, 3:09 pm
after your last two post , jnoodles , where's your state of mind at, or does your name give us a hint
turnip_head
March 16, 2022, 8:16 pm
i'm back for like the fifth time lol
Synonymous
March 17, 2022, 12:59 am
I hope you're enjoying the goodies turnip_head.
hrossa
March 17, 2022, 12:12 pm
I solved one of your impromptu cryptos, Mohamm1. It was fun! I made a spreadsheet to help me - not to solve it, but to let me type a character just once, and have it show up under all the same letters in the puzzle. So more like the Baron's site does for us. LOL, now that I'm retired I find I miss messing with spreadsheets.
autumngirl
March 17, 2022, 1:00 pm
Welcome to the CTZ, turnip_head! I hope you will return often and join in the fellowship, fun and food. We have a good time here and enjoy each other's company.
pickleball
March 17, 2022, 9:53 pm
welcome turnip, i'm still working on my fifth
Eureka
March 18, 2022, 12:44 am
That is so cool, hrossa. Just a regular excel spreadsheet or is it special software?
imsoeasy
March 26, 2022, 7:28 pm
Here again, here again.
Nodder
March 27, 2022, 1:17 pm
It's 2:17 PM here just now
Nodder
March 27, 2022, 1:21 pm
So the server for this game is one hour to the west of me. It's in Eastern Standard time.
hrossa
March 27, 2022, 10:44 pm
Eureka, it was regular excel, not complicated. It didn't use a macro or anything, just the usual functions.
hrossa
March 27, 2022, 10:54 pm
Plus, my daughter gave me a giant book of cryptogram puzzles (LOL, large type). They are sure more painful to complete than the ones we do here.
hrossa
March 27, 2022, 10:57 pm
Nodder, good to know! How do you tell where the server is?
Eureka
March 28, 2022, 12:33 am
Thanks, hrossa. I used Excel at work but am a bit rusty now. I always do the newspaper cryptograms when I visit my dad (because he still gets the paper), but the last time I went I found it really tedious. It would be good to do on a long flight though.
Eureka
March 28, 2022, 12:40 am
Hey Nodder are you a Maritimer?
Nodder
March 31, 2022, 12:55 am
Eureka I am indeed a Maritimer, NB Canada hrossa After reading some of the comments about using the back button and getting the same puzzle, I posted the time of day it was here. I went back and resolved the puzzle and then came back to the comments and saw that the time that my post as logged on the system was one hour earlier than my local time, hence one time zone to my west. I was curious about this because of a comment someone had made about it being about an hour to cocktail time, but their comment was logged as being posted at about 9 AM.
autumngirl
March 31, 2022, 11:49 am
Nodder, good catch! Hats off to a fellow Maritimer, I never notice the times posted, but I will now. And, just a reminder, it's always 1700 somewhere, especially here in the CTZ!!
Eureka
April 1, 2022, 2:30 pm
I lived in Halifax NS for many years. My dad's side of the family has lived there for generations.
autumngirl
April 3, 2022, 11:51 am
We stopped there while on a cruise in 2012. Beautiful place, we really loved it and want to go back.
Synonymous
April 4, 2022, 12:00 am
Just passin' through...
Eureka
April 4, 2022, 1:31 am
I'm glad you liked it, autumngirl. It's a beautiful city.
vintage38
April 9, 2022, 10:30 am
In New Jersey, it's always 1700.
hrossa
April 10, 2022, 7:06 pm
95
hrossa
April 10, 2022, 7:08 pm
Whoops I didn't realize I'd bounced over to the Zone! Hi all, back to the next cryptogram after the one that took me 95s.
hrossa
April 10, 2022, 7:10 pm
- and thanks, Nodder!
Nodder
April 14, 2022, 12:35 pm
It's zone time again, and you're welcome hrossa.
Nodder
April 16, 2022, 5:17 pm
It took me about four tries to get here. Please people let us not abandon this discourse. It has been so friendly and non-judgmental thus far. Let's start another party..
turnip_head
April 18, 2022, 11:55 am
Hi i'm back again
autumngirl
April 20, 2022, 11:50 am
Welcome back, Nodder and turnip!!! It's always a party here in the zone, and yes, we are non-judgmental here. There is a drinks table, a veggie table, a sweets table, sammaches and everything else you can imagine. And, if you need 'em, you even get prayers for whatever is going on in your life. You will find wonderful, supportive friends here. We have fun, crack jokes and generally just get away from the world for a bit with each other. I hope you come here often, I know I do.
MillerLite
April 21, 2022, 10:42 am
Enjoy reading all the comments - not sure how I got to the zone!
autumngirl
April 22, 2022, 11:19 am
And we in the zone welcome you as well, MillerLite. Hope you come back soon.
hrossa
April 24, 2022, 8:09 pm
My hubby and I are in Hawaii, for the first time in many a long year! Yahoo!! If you go to Maui, check out a sushi place we absolutely loved with the great name of "Miso Phat". It's been a little rainy but warm and tropical.
Synonymous
April 25, 2022, 12:57 am
hrossa, wonderful. Hope you enjoy every minute of Maui. How are the waterfalls running? One of our favorite places on this planet. Now back to the party. Yummy... cookies.
autumngirl
April 25, 2022, 9:19 am
I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful time! Stay safe and enjoy!
Eureka
April 25, 2022, 8:19 pm
Have fun, hrossa. I was in Maui in 2013 and loved it. What a beautiful place!
hrossa
April 26, 2022, 3:19 am
Thanks, we are! Bringing back some macadamia nuts and pineapple for the Zone :)
hrossa
April 26, 2022, 3:34 am
Synonymous, we are on the northwest shore and haven't yet made the drive over to the waterfall side.
Eureka
April 26, 2022, 11:22 am
Oh yum! Can't wait for the macadamia nuts and pineapple!
RedEnoch
April 27, 2022, 5:33 pm
I seem to be coming here a lot lately, so I figured I’d bring some refreshments. Wisconsin bratwurst, cheese curds, and Point Bock beer, anyone? If I take too long to submit my comment, I end up here in the Zone. Especially since my last iPhone update.
flyingshelf
April 29, 2022, 8:28 am
seems my computer lagged me into the backrooms :P
Wordigo
April 29, 2022, 4:35 pm
I got kicked to this site before adding a comment to my last quote!
autumngirl
April 30, 2022, 2:10 pm
Thanks, Red!! That sounds great and I'm hungry!
Synonymous
May 1, 2022, 10:51 pm
Yes, RedEnoch all food at the party is welcome! hrossa made it to the falls yet? Hope you're still having a WONDERFILLED time. :-)
imsoeasy
May 2, 2022, 12:41 am
Here I am again after a computer glitch.
eanvs
May 2, 2022, 10:07 pm
Hey guys
Eureka
May 3, 2022, 12:23 am
Hey eanvs. Welcome.
Synonymous
May 7, 2022, 12:56 am
Welcome eanvs. Help yourself to some goodies and refreshments.
CRAYCRAYCRAYON
May 8, 2022, 6:11 pm
Why is this comment thread stuck to my home page for puzzle baron?
CRAYCRAYCRAYON
May 8, 2022, 6:12 pm
Can I just keep adding comments or something?
CRAYCRAYCRAYON
May 8, 2022, 6:12 pm
I like crayons
autumngirl
May 8, 2022, 6:53 pm
Welcome, CRAYON. This is the Crypto Zone, or the CTZ, for short. We are a group of crypto-friends who enjoy hanging out, catching up and partying. There is fun, food and friendship for all. If you have read through the comments you'll find that we cheer up each other when needed, pray when needed and just generally enjoy each other's company. I hope you can/will come back soon!
pj48
May 9, 2022, 11:57 am
Well, THIS time I landed here while playing on my iPhone at the eye doctor… waiting for Al, in case they dilate his pupils and he can’t drive home. I must have touched it wrong because it was unintentional. And scrolling down to the bottom on the phone…!! But I wanted to fill the time, and it did. It’s hard to solve puzzles on a phone when you can’t see the entire thing and the keyboard at once. Al’s back. I’ll see you again soon.
pickleball
May 9, 2022, 1:31 pm
welcome Redenoch --- beers and treats, sounds great thanks - y'all come back now, y'hear
pickleball
May 9, 2022, 1:49 pm
welcome eanvs welcome MillerLite you belong in the [ C-T-Z ]
pickleball
May 9, 2022, 1:57 pm
welcome flyingshelf ----welcome CRAYON -i like crayons too!!
pickleball
May 9, 2022, 2:06 pm
pj48 --please let us know how Al made out
pickleball
May 9, 2022, 2:24 pm
i believe the non-official name of this site is Crypto-Twilight-Zone Hence [ C-T-Z ] Maybe we could have our in-house P.I. Sherlock E look into it? -Hope all the Mothers had a beautiful and healthy Mothers Day!!!
Eureka
May 9, 2022, 3:57 pm
You are correct, pickleball. And thank you, I had a wonderful Mother's Day. It involved home-made pizza and key lime pie, lots of flowers and a game of Scrabble with my offspring and their partners.
autumngirl
May 10, 2022, 10:31 am
Yes, I left out the "Twilight". Sometimes my fingers don't keep up with what my brain tells them to type. Sorry about that.
Eureka
May 10, 2022, 12:07 pm
No need to apologize, autumngirl. I think everyone has that same problem. I see typos in my comments all the tim.
pickleball
May 10, 2022, 12:20 pm
haha very funny Eurek , sounds like a 'priceless' Mothers Day you had!!
Eureka
May 10, 2022, 5:07 pm
It was indeed!
Synonymous
May 10, 2022, 9:22 pm
Laughing, laughing...good comment thread. AND, Key Line pie is my all time favorite Eurek. Skeeter calls us Cryptonites and I really like it. Glad Mother's day went well for all. I'm off to grab a cookie or two.
Pebble-1043
May 13, 2022, 11:13 pm
Have I arrived in the backrooms of this website?
autumngirl
May 14, 2022, 7:31 pm
That depends, Pebble, do you like it here? If so, then yes, and welcome! Grab a snack and stay a spell. If not, then no, we don't know where you are, sorry.
Synonymous
May 15, 2022, 12:30 am
That should be "Key Lime" pie. I think the "m" got lost on the mobius line.
The Stubborn Illus
May 16, 2022, 8:22 pm
I bookmarked this page in my browser, and it seems I can go back here anytime I wish. Does this work for anybody else?
The Stubborn Illus
May 16, 2022, 8:45 pm
I can't exactly remember how I first got here, but I think it was when I tried logging in after a long time of inactivity.
hrossa
May 19, 2022, 9:26 am
Hi all! Synonymous, we drove the around all the Road to Hana, which is not nearly as bad as it was 20 yrs ago. Did see many lovely waterfalls,, and hiked through the bamboo forest. I've got macadamias and pineapple here somewhere (rummaging)...
Synonymous
May 20, 2022, 12:35 am
hrossa thanks for sharing. Very good memories of Maui and "The Forbidden Road"...Yummy macadamia nuts! I like the chocolate covered ones too. The Stubborn Illus welcome.
fractalworm
May 20, 2022, 8:38 am
hallo
autumngirl
May 20, 2022, 10:48 am
Hello, fractalworm, good to meet you. Welcome to the CTZ. hrossa, welcome home. I'm glad to hear you and hubby had a good time and that you got home safely. Also, welcome to the CTZ, The Stubborn Illus. I'm glad to meet you, as well. I hope you and fractalworm come back often.
hrossa
May 25, 2022, 12:38 am
Maui is such a beautiful place. Thanks, autumngirl, always glad to run into you in the CTZ! Fractalworm and The Stubborn Illus, love your names.
The Stubborn Illus
May 25, 2022, 2:02 am
Thanks for the warm welcome, guys! By the way, my full username is The Stubborn Illusion, but for some reason, it isn't fully displayed. (How do I fix that?) Anyway, you may call me S. Illus or something similar, I don't really mind :)
fractalworm
May 25, 2022, 11:21 am
Thanks hrossa, I like your name too.
gracefulghost
May 25, 2022, 3:04 pm
Hi everybody! Since joining the solving thing, I've used the regular comments a bunch, and the chat room too, and been shifted here a LOT, but I never actually came all the way down the elevator before. I'd like to join in, but I can't find my cookie recipe. I know! I'll make up a gallon or so of my favorite gluwine and bring it to wherever you guys meet up for Memorial Day (it's a little warm for hot mulled wine, but if we stay in the AC, and we're cool anyway...) That is, if it's okay for me to assume a welcome, but I've been greeted nicely into the rest of these portals, so I'll just sit here quietly until the spirit moves me and I figure out how to share my wit witchez.
gracefulghost
May 25, 2022, 3:11 pm
I'm baack. I got here this time by going back to a previous crypto, solving it, and witting enter. I think I'll reward myself with a little ice cream.
gracefulghost
May 25, 2022, 6:56 pm
OK, I've got it--put this on your favorites list! I tried it and it works! Thanks, whoever suggested this.The ice cream was kinda melted. May I have a cookie instead?
Eureka
May 26, 2022, 10:46 am
Welcome gracefulghost! "all the way down the elevator" What a perfect description! I guess that means that we're meeting in the secret room below the underground parking in the cryptogram skyscraper.
pickleball
May 26, 2022, 5:18 pm
welcome gracefulghost!! speaking of elevators, mind don't go to the top floor
autumngirl
May 27, 2022, 12:04 pm
Welcome, gracefulghost! I love your name. You may have all the cookies you want, I'll bring some to replenish our stock next time I come over. pickleball, I'm sure your elevator goes all the way to the top floor, there just isn't anyone home. Or, that's the way it is for me.
gracefulghost
May 27, 2022, 9:26 pm
My elevator goes all the way to the top floor, but I gotta kick John Adams out of the way so I can open the door to the catwalk.
Eureka
May 28, 2022, 11:51 am
LOL
RedEnoch
May 28, 2022, 5:24 pm
Thanks for the gluehwein, gg! We had frost here last week, so it was very welcome. 85 degrees tomorrow, or so they say. Some of that ice cream would sure be nice!
hrossa
May 29, 2022, 4:48 pm
Hi GG, nice to see you here! We could use an elevator - I've often wished we'd be at the bottom of the comments when we get here. Thanks for the goodies!
hrossa
May 29, 2022, 4:49 pm
RedEnoch, last week my son in Colorado had snow, and then warm weather. Crazy weather in them thar hills.
gracefulghost
May 29, 2022, 5:20 pm
Glad y'all liked the goodies...we haven't had any snow here (don't get it at all most years) I always keep munchies around in case any of you drop by.
RoMaN49
May 31, 2022, 12:26 pm
There's too many culinary temptations here and I need to lose weight. Brussels sprouts anyone?
gracefulghost
May 31, 2022, 5:40 pm
Actually, I keep a bag of brussels sprouts in the freezer for whenever I get a craving for them!
Synonymous
May 31, 2022, 6:24 pm
I keep them in the garbage disposal...no cravings. Now spinach and broccoli, Ok.
pickleball
June 3, 2022, 2:45 pm
RoMaN49 haha you and i both
vintage38
June 5, 2022, 11:58 am
Leaving the backroom for a summer in Minnesota where I am off the grid. Hot dishes and lutefisk.
Eureka
June 5, 2022, 5:42 pm
Enjoy your summer, vintage38.
gracefulghost
June 5, 2022, 10:29 pm
I wonder if I would like lutefisk. Opinion of this delicacy seems divided as to whether it's edible or not. Guess I need to go up to Minnesota to find out. Unlikely.
RedEnoch
June 6, 2022, 4:58 am
I’ve lived in North Dakota and Wisconsin most of my life. Lutefisk is an acquired taste. I’ll stick with cannibal sandwiches. Minnesota in the summer is pretty nice. Just remember your bug spray.
Synonymous
June 6, 2022, 2:03 pm
Cannibal sandwiches? Huh? Is that anything like Aboriginal cookies?
DaddyOmar
June 7, 2022, 7:29 pm
Can we write a book on all these comments, it might be a record. By the way the author looks like Mr Firley from Three's company
pickleball
June 7, 2022, 11:53 pm
don't know which picture you're looking at but the first mr firley was in the original ocean eleven that i just seen today on tcm
autumngirl
June 8, 2022, 12:15 pm
I think a book of these comments sounds like a good idea. And, if not Mr. Firley how about Otis Campbell from the Mayberry?
RedEnoch
June 9, 2022, 4:18 pm
Cannibal sandwiches are a blue-collar name for steak tartare. Hackepeter in German. Strange how that word never caught on here.
rasbury
June 13, 2022, 2:42 pm
Are people who eat cannibals (i.e., cannibalize cannibals) called meta-cannibals? I can picture an M.C. Escher painting of two cannibals lying mouth-to-foot and eating each other, kind of like his pictures of two hands drawing each other. I really don't like bringing up such disgusting images, but something about this thread of comments has brought out another side of me. I don't even like cannibal sandwiches (not that I've tried them).
gracefulghost
June 14, 2022, 10:19 am
I don't think I would like cannibal sandwiches--but does rare steak count? If I can ever afford it again.
hrossa
June 14, 2022, 6:23 pm
Mmm, rare steak. I couldn't find an aboriginal cookie recipe, is that a real thing? I did find these Aussie cookies that look pretty good - (link)
autumngirl
June 15, 2022, 11:06 am
ooohhh!! Those do look good. Thanks, hrossa, for the link. I'm going to make some for the 4th of July for the family gathering, something different from the same ole, same ole. I'll let you know how they turn out.
hrossa
June 15, 2022, 1:53 pm
Awesome, autumngirl, please do let us know!
Synonymous
June 15, 2022, 11:47 pm
hrossa here you go: (link) Enjoy, and bring some to the party next visit.
hrossa
June 17, 2022, 12:12 pm
Thanks, Synonymous! I'm just going to sit here a while. I've got COVID (not too bad) and can't think straight.
Synonymous
June 17, 2022, 3:07 pm
hrossa VERY sorry to hear you have COVID. I hope you're triple vaccinated and will recover soon. Keep us updated.
autumngirl
June 18, 2022, 11:12 am
hrossa, I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. I also hope you are triple vaxed and get well soon. xoxo
Eureka
June 18, 2022, 12:18 pm
I join the others in hoping you recover quickly and fully, hrossa!
pickleball
June 19, 2022, 4:49 pm
prayers for you , hrossa
hrossa
June 20, 2022, 11:20 am
Thank you wonderful crypto friends! I am recovering nicely - it wasn't all that bad after the the first couple of days. I was indeed triply vaxed. Glad to be back at the party!
hrossa
June 20, 2022, 11:20 am
My crypto skills were much reduced, though, and somewhere I also posted a long comment in which I mixed up two people in a most embarrassing way. I blame COVID ;)
autumngirl
June 20, 2022, 12:01 pm
Don't worry about it, I do that all the time and don't even have COVID to blame ;>)
PalyScioly
June 22, 2022, 2:36 pm
whats up whats up
Cheese555
June 22, 2022, 2:38 pm
i've been trying to get into unicycling lately, it's rather hard and my scabs have been falling off today but otherwise quite fulfilling. how are you guys doing this fine year.
hrossa
June 24, 2022, 12:11 am
Unicycling? Whoa! How is it going Cheese555? One of my sons had a friend who had a unicyce. It wasn't easy. Watch those scabs!
pickleball
June 24, 2022, 3:53 pm
haha autumngirl, i can't blame it on anything, oh well!! Cheese555, i have trouble with my tri-bike,good luck to you
Eureka
June 24, 2022, 5:46 pm
Cheese555, please wear padding when you are learning to ride. I enjoy bike riding but don't think I could master a unicycle without breaking some bones in the process. (I just came here to check the date when I encountered a bear on a hike. I thought it was around this time of year. It turns out it was June 28, 2019. How time flies! I want to go there again but there's still too much snow.)
pickleball
June 25, 2022, 10:39 am
Eureka, is that the chicago bear -- june 28= my brothers birthday and my parents anniversary
gracefulghost
June 25, 2022, 6:32 pm
Jeez, you guys...I can't even ride a bike--several people have tried to teach me but they always give up too quickly. I'm not even a good passenger on a motorcycle.
Synonymous
June 26, 2022, 10:41 pm
Had to give-up bicycling within the past year or so. Had two bad falls, no broken bones, just broken ego. Now I'm on the stationary bike daily with Youtube videos of bike rides all over the world, so I'm still out there only vicariously. I haven't fallen off the stationary bike... yet. Happy Summer to everybody.
Synonymous
June 26, 2022, 10:42 pm
hrossa glad you're back in the crypto saddle again and feeling well.
Eureka
June 27, 2022, 7:33 pm
It could have been the Chicago bear, pickleball. i didn't hang around to find out! And happy birthday tomorrow to your brother!
pickleball
June 29, 2022, 2:21 pm
haha yes i remember that story, is your little guard dog still joining you on your runs and ty for bd wishes
Eureka
June 29, 2022, 4:00 pm
My daughter took her dog when she moved out last year but sometimes I get to dog-sit.
hrossa
June 30, 2022, 11:05 pm
Thanks Synonymous, and Autumngirl - you are so right, no worries! We just helped our daughter UHaul her belongings to San Diego, where she'll be for the next while. She owes the Navy 4 years for footing her med school bills! San Diego is were she hoped to be, so yay. The apartment complex has many dog owners, and she hopes to get a puppy herself!
autumngirl
July 1, 2022, 6:52 pm
Well, all I can say is that I enjoyed my 22 years in the Navy. I hope she enjoys her time as well. It's nice when you get your preferred duty station. I'd re-think the dog, however, unless she has a roommate or significant other she can trust to take care of it when she is pulling those 24 hour watches. And yes, she will pull watch, those docs and nurses still have to man the hospitals and minor emergency clinics for night duty, the leave times of others, holidays, etc.
hrossa
July 2, 2022, 1:08 am
Autumngirl, 22 years, that's awesome, I'd love to hear more. My husband was in the Navy for 3 1/2 years, during the time the Vietnam war was winding down. As far as the puppy, you're right. My daughter will wait to see how things go first.
gracefulghost
July 10, 2022, 10:24 am
hrossa, I can't imagine how I missed the fact that you had covid. I'm glad you're okay. A local friend with a large family says they've all, had covid and it was only like a bad cold--so who do you believe? The crazed media or the much calmer folks around nthen corner?
gracefulghost
July 10, 2022, 10:27 am
Keyboard foulup, but I can't remember what it was.
gracefulghost
July 10, 2022, 10:33 am
Ah, there it is. nthen=the. I'll stand on that, lest I screw up again. Best of health to you all.
Synonymous
July 12, 2022, 1:01 am
Hi All!! Welcome to all the newcomers. Just passin' through.
gracefulghost
July 12, 2022, 11:37 am
autumngirl, you invited us over here for ice cream. I just had some at 4 am. It was lemon cookie, which I found while looking for intense chocolate.
Puffer
July 13, 2022, 2:57 am
Oranges and lemons Say the bells of St. Clement's
autumngirl
July 13, 2022, 10:47 am
gracefulghost, I think pickleball ate all the intense chocolate. I think it's their favorite. But, I have more so there is enough for two.
pickleball
July 13, 2022, 11:42 am
haha i'm sorry , did my chocolate face give me away, now its time for some ice cream
gracefulghost
July 13, 2022, 8:47 pm
That's what happened to it! I made do with lemon cookie, which is its own delightful taste. Anyhow, I snitched rasbury's chocolate bar, but I put it back, so don't any of you snitch it again
Synonymous
July 13, 2022, 8:47 pm
There's some Orange Chocolate ice cream from "ICE CREAM SOCIAL", Ruston, WA in the freezer. Next time you're in the Tacoma area stop in and try some...
autumngirl
July 14, 2022, 10:07 am
Oh, that sounds good! We will actually be in SETAC in September when we go on our Alaskan cruise, so I may just do that. Thanks for the invite, Synonymous!
Eureka
July 14, 2022, 11:16 am
Hey autumngirl, will you be in Vancouver on your cruise? I'll wave to you as your ship goes by!
autumngirl
July 15, 2022, 11:35 am
We will be staying the night in Vancouver and leaving the next day. Then, when the cruise is over we stay the night and fly home the next day. We will be doing some sightseeing both times, going to Stanley Park and downtown and such. If you wave I promise to wave back!
Eureka
July 15, 2022, 2:05 pm
I hope you have good weather and enjoy your time in Vancouver!
|\\|0
July 16, 2022, 1:56 pm
somehow got 90k sec on a puzzle lol
autumngirl
July 17, 2022, 1:15 pm
90k seconds?!?? Wow! Gotta love that record!
hrossa
July 17, 2022, 6:04 pm
Wow, |\\|0, love your name. I'm typing it to see if it will post right for me here. :) That's about 25 hours - maybe we should keep tabs on our longest flubs! It'd be a lot easier (for me, anyway) than trying to get a look at the Baron.
Synonymous
July 19, 2022, 1:09 am
Happy cruising autumngirl!!
xlr8r
July 22, 2022, 7:59 am
I was just trying to duplicate Matthew's double comment that has a correction to a comment with the same date and time as the first one. As expected hitting the back button, solving the puzzle again and hitting return to add a comment got me here.
AZWriter1959
July 27, 2022, 1:09 am
43s v 46s avg
Synonymous
August 4, 2022, 12:58 am
xlr8r hit the back button and then the forward button and that should take you back to the quote. You should not have to re-solve the puzzle. Good luck.
hrossa
August 8, 2022, 1:32 am
I'm just back from Edmonton, where my siblings all met at a sister's house. We hadn't seen her for two years, what with travel issues and business. Even better, it's the first time in several decades that the four of us have spent time together without spouses or children - it was great!
Eureka
August 8, 2022, 11:27 am
Sounds like a wonderful visit, hrossa!
oddcouple
August 9, 2022, 8:41 pm
Ah! In the John Adams Zone again!
oddcouple
August 11, 2022, 8:41 am
And again!