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  • Location
    Ft Myers, FL
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    Peter & Rene
  • Landed
    Feb 2001
  • SA Location
    Pretoria / Cape Town
  • Language
    English
  1. Hi Sam, Thanks for the interest - we picked her up at Miami airport and she spent a few days with us before joining a cruise liner operating out of Tampa. We have been able to spend a couple of hours with her every few weeks. She turns 21 on 24 May and will leave her present cruise liner in the Cayman Isl and fly to Vancouver where she will be joining another ship doing the Alaska and Hawaii runs. End of October she will fly to Texas and join us there - then back to Ft Myers by road doing all the sights along the way. Leaves for SA in December. What is happening regarding your moving to Hawaii? Bet you are all going to miss the snow and FISHING
  2. The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and in Sunday school quizzes by children between 5th and 6th grade, in Ohio. They were collected over a period of three years by two teachers. Read carefully for grammar, misplaced modifiers, and of course, spelling! Kids should rule the world, as it would be a laugh a minute for us adults and therefore no time to war or argue. ---------------------------------------------------- Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere. ---------------------------------------------------- Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandos. He died before he ever reached Canada but his commandos made it. ---------------------------------------------------- Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He was an actual hysterical figure as well as being in the bible. It sounds like he was sort of busy too. ---------------------------------------------------- The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth. ---------------------------------------------------- Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of wedlock which is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline. ---------------------------------------------------- In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java. The games were messier then than they show on TV now. ---------------------------------------------------- Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out "Same to you, Brutus." ---------------------------------------------------- Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for reasons I don't really understand. The English and French still have problems. ---------------------------------------------------- Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen". As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah!" and that was the end of the fighting for a long while. ---------------------------------------------------- It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. ---------------------------------------------------- Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. ---------------------------------------------------- Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100-foot clipper which was very dangerous to all his men. ---------------------------------------------------- The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. ---------------------------------------------------- Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Since then no one ever found it. ---------------------------------------------------- Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and also declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." He was a naturalist for sure. Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead. ---------------------------------------------------- Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's Mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. ---------------------------------------------------- On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got Shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career. ---------------------------------------------------- Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English. He was very large. ---------------------------------------------------- Bethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he wrote loud music and became the father of rock and roll. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Bethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this. ---------------------------------------------------- The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. ---------------------------------------------------- Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits but I don't know why. ---------------------------------------------------- Charles Darwin was a naturalist. He wrote the Organ of the Species. It was very long and people got upset about it and had trials to see if it was really true. He sort of said God's days were not just 24 hours but without watches who knew anyhow? I don't get it. ---------------------------------------------------- Madman Curie discovered radio. She was the first woman to do what she did. Other women have become scientists since her but they didn't get to find radios because they were already taken. ---------------------------------------------------- Karl Marx was one of the Marx Brothers. The other three were in the movies. Karl made speeches and started revolutions. Someone in the family had to have a job, I guess.
  3. Come on Johan - you can't be serious. In Africa you don't even have to go to the license department - and you don't even have to be able to drive :censored: You are right - everything is so organized over here and you know exactly where you stand. While I was waiting my turn for the driving test I noticed the guy in front of me giving some strange hand signal. Quickly rushed back inside and scanned through the booklet - jeez I'd never seen that before - hand signal for a right-hand turn - pointing over the roof of the car
  4. Jim, Thanks for participating and contributing to the discussions on SAUSA. I think that especially the newcomers to the USA and those still in SA, gain a lot your inputs as they come from an American and from a different perspective. Very positive. I for one appreciate your interest in my country and our people. :ilikeit: :ilikeit:
  5. Well I don't know what the criteria are - probably has a lot to do with the local officials who in many cases are SA citizens. I sent my grand-daughter a letter that I addressed to the local rep. Gave our details , address, phone # etc. She is 20 yrs old and was given a 10 year visa - no problems. She will be arriving here this coming weekend. Nog net 7 slaapies :ilikeit:
  6. Peren

    SA Presentation Help

    Janneman & Ian, Thanks for those inputs. I did check on the Adobe Encore program and it does have a slideshow feature. Unfortunately maximum 99 slides - this is evidently a DVD restriction and nothing to do with Adobe. The guys on their FAQ forum seem to be in agreement that the slideshow capability is inferior to Adobe Premier Pro or Imaginate. Major drawback of course is the up/down navigation in this program. Someone did say that you could get 99 x 99 slides on a disc but then you have to convert the presentation into a number of filmstrips. And then there are hiccups with transition from one strip to the next. Jy weet wat strip as ek al hierdie goed lees. :censored: Seems to me that I should stick with the Power Point /Open Office type presentation on a CD for viewing a PC. Ian, ek het die Open Office afgelaai en sal beslis met die ding rondspeel. Weereens dankie vir julle moeite. :ilikeit:
  7. Peren

    SA Presentation Help

    Thanks Ian, I downloaded the program and will let you know how it goes. Whatever way at first glance it does appear to be better than the power point. Spoke to one of those young geeks at Best Buy this afternoon and he recommends Adobe Encore. Anybody got any experience with this program? It is supposed to be great for making DVD type presentations for viewing on the TV. Cheers and thanks to all for the suggestions.
  8. Peren

    SA Presentation Help

    Thanks guys I will give those a try. At this stage I will give anything a try if they offer a trial version first. I have enough software that I've bought and then found that it cannot do what I want. And once you break the seal that's it - it is yours to do with what you like. I know that someone out there has the answer so I must just be patient. I have a ton of material on different topics that I would be able to use this program for. Push comes to shove then I will use the Power Point pack-n-go. Thanks
  9. Oi guys I need some help/advice. Some of you may remember the SA Fact Sheet that I e-mailed to you a year or 2 ago. Long story short I turned this into a visual presentation and like all things I just got carried away. The presentation is in MS Power Point format and consists of 490 slides with an average of 3 photos per slide. Everything is covered from the cradle of mankind to the traditional braai and everything in between. American friends are just thrilled when I show it to them. Problem is that not everyone has power point. I can use the pack n go but then the viewer still has to agree to licensure terms. Now what I need is a software program that will be suitable for viewing the presentation in full screen with the least hassel to the viewer. They must be able to navigate up and down and between menus. There is a main menu where you can select and go to 30 sub-menus. Each sub menu can have between 5 and 15 slides. 5 of the sub-menus will have a max of 6 sub-sub-menus. These sub-sub-menus will have between 5 and 10 slides each. The presentation must work on any PC and if it could be used on a DVD/TV using the remote to navigate then I will consider that I have struck gold. I have tried a number of trial versions of software that should do this but so far no success. Either the DVD is not compatible; the number of slides are limited; cannot navigate. I want to add an audio track in the future. Mainly music. Narration in some places would be good providing that the correct accent is used for the targetted viewer. Good Malmesbury brei or Namakwalander :whome: I know the software is hinding out there somewhere. Any help in locating this elusive creature will be most welcome. Thanks for your time and let me know if you are interested in this presentation. Cannot e-mail it because it is about 100Meg.
  10. I know that many city people say about the treatment of farmworkers but must say that all the farmers I know threat /ed their "volk" very well. We had two families working for us - one stayed in a 3 bedroomed house and the other in a 2 bedroomed cottage. Old buildings. All told 17 people including the children. And the older children also had their chores on the farm just as our own children had. They received "rations" every week, were paid a decent salary, had running water and electricity, took fruit and veggies as needed - no need to ask. We paid the school fees, school uniforms, books, bus fare and when I got home in the afternoons there the kiddies were waiting at the kitchen door for me to help them with their homework. Our son was in boarding school and would come home on weekend. First thing he wanted was "pap & sous" made by Liesbet. Not made in our kitchen but in hers - and then he would go to her house and eat there. Never had medical benefits for them but whenever they needed a doctor or medication we paid. Their salaries were used to buy clothes, entertainment and saving. Today they own their own place in Boksburg. I think that on many farms the "volk" are really the farmers extended family. And yes, I miss them too and I am concerned for their safety as well. And we never ever had any problems with theft or threats of any nature. I often wonder if some of these farm murders are not possibly related to mistreatment of a worker at some time in the past.
  11. Now if you are really in a hurry then you can use the first recipe that Fred posted Couldn't resist. My Dad, also a Durbanite, used to add worcestershire sauce to apricot jam.
  12. This recipe is slightly different in that no cooking is required. Comes from the UK. CHUTNEY-RAW - An easy chutney with no cooking This recipe filtered down to me through a grapevine of neighbours. You will need a supply of jam-jars, jam-jar covers and a large pan to keep the ingredients in. INGREDIENTS (Makes several jars) 1 lb stoneless dates 1 lb apples 1 lb onions 1 lb sultanas 1 lb brown sugar 2 1/2 cups vinegar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 Tbsp pickling spices, tied in a muslin bag small piece ginger PROCEDURE (1) Mince the dates, apples and onions and place in a large pan. (2) Add the sultanas and stir in the sugar. (3) Add all the other ingredients and stir well, but make sure the bag of spices and the ginger are identifiable. (4) Leave for 24 hours but stir occasionally (once every 4 hours or so). (5) Remove the bag of spices and ginger. (6) Bottle and store in a coolish place. (7) Eat. NOTES I sometimes use currents in place of the stoneless dates, in which case you don't need to mince them. If the mixture appears too liquid after the 24 hour standing time, it is worth draining off some of the vinegar before bottling. ================================== We have not tried it yet - still have a supply of Mrs B
  13. Peren

    HELP NEEDED ASAP

    Please help! After two long years of being on a waiting list for a dog, we have been notified by breed rescue that, at long last, our number has come up and ... WE ARE HAVING A PUPPY! We must get rid of our children IMMEDIATELY because we just know how time consuming our new little puppy is going to be and it just wouldn't be fair to the children. Since our little puppy will be arriving on Monday we MUST place the children up for adoption this weekend! They are described as: One male -- his name is Tommy, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), light blonde hair, blue eyes. Four years old. Excellent disposition. He doesn't bite. Temperament tested. Does have problems with peeing directly in the toilet. Has had chicken Pox and is current on all shots. Tonsils have already been removed. Tommy eats everything, is very clean, house trained and gets along well with others. Does not run with scissors and with a little training he should be able to read soon. One female -- her name is Lexie, Caucasian (English/Irish mix), strawberry blonde hair, green eyes quite freckled. Two years old. Can be surly at times. Non-biter, thumb sucker. Has been temperament tested but needs a little attitude adjusting occasionally. She is current on all shots, tonsils out, and is very healthy and can be affectionate. Gets along well with other little girls and little boys but does not like to share her toys and therefore would do best in a one child household. She is a very quick learner and is currently working on her house training. Shouldn't take long at all. We really do LOVE our children so much and want to do what's right for them. That is why we contacted a rescue group. But we simply can no longer keep them. Also, we are afraid that they may hurt our new puppy. I hope you understand that ours is a UNIQUE situation and we have a real emergency here! They MUST be placed into your rescue by Sunday night at the latest or we will be forced to drop them off at the orphanage or along some dark, country road. Our priority now has to be our new puppy.
  14. We went to the movie the other night. I sat in an aisle seat as I usually do because it feels a little roomier. Just as the feature was about to start, a blonde from the center of the row got up and started working her way out. "Excuse me, sorry, oops, excuse me, pardon me, gotta hurry, oops, excuse me." By the time she got to me I was trying to look around her and I was a little impatient so I said, "Couldn't you have done this a little earlier?" "No!!" she said in a loud whisper, "The "TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE PLEASE" message just flashed up on the movie screen and mine phone is in the car." Ja nee wat
  15. Peren

    Living Will

    Quick thinking can help out in a bad situation Older Couple – While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip. When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table and she didn't miss them until they had been driving about twenty minutes. By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around -- in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses. All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her -- the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up one minute. To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant. As the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, "While you're in there, you might as well get my hat, and the credit card."
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