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It is fairly common for sites to have an About Us section. Saying who you are and what you do is basic politeness in any conversation. Trust and credibility are major issues on the Web. Explaining who you are and where you come from does matter and we make the following promises to our audience: We'll provide you with accurate, engaging content. Like a friendly neighbor, we'll give you information that you can trust. We won't make you dig through a haystack to find the needle.

We'll make it easy to learn the basics of the topic we cover and we won't confuse you with unnecessary jargon. Our content is succinct, digestible, and entertaining. So many About Us pages are a waste of HTML. Though not everyone wants to know more about you, there are those who do. This page will tell you everything you ever wanted to know (and some things you don't) about us! Pay attention, we'll be giving a quiz!

Starting in 1996 I gleaned the web, newspaper articles, magazines, pictures, etc. which I wanted to keep and along with some original content and some things I'm interested in and I hope you are too posted them. I come from Missouri originally and operated this site from Oklahoma now Texas. I have a construction background, but since a stroke I do this Web Site. The Contact Us and The Small Print are located on the contact page.

When my best friend died I started these pages because if Vic and I were nothing else we were Strange and Peculiar and often prompted "What?" from our other friends and community. They started as part of "JCS Group, Inc." and I gave them their own directory in 2000. Vic's don't come along very often he was strongly patriotic, always irreverent, extremely funny, overly giving to friends, family, and community, particularly yankee (from Wisconsin), and loyal to a fault. When his son and mine chose their colleges (Scott: University of Missouri - Heath: Oklahoma State University) Vic said that at least we would never have to worry about bailing our sons out of jail at a bowl game. This kind of wisdom is not found often. I hope I'm able to convey this throughout these pages.

Friendship is considered one of the central human experiences, and has been sanctified by all major religions. The Greco-Roman had, as a paramount example, the friendship of Orestes and Pylades. The Abrahamic faiths have the story of David and Jonathan. The Christian Gospels state that Jesus Christ declared, "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."(John 15:13)

The number and quality of friendships for the average American has been declining since at least 1985, according to a 2006 study. The study states that 25% of Americans have no close confidants, and that the total number of confidants per person has dropped to 2. In recent times, some thinkers have postulated that modern friendships have lost the force and importance that they had in antiquity. C. S. Lewis for example, in his The Four Loves, writes:

To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it. We admit of course that besides a wife and family a man needs a few 'friends'. But the very tone of the admission, and the sort of acquaintanceships which those who make it would describe as 'friendships', show clearly that what they are talking about has very little to do with that Philia which Aristotle classified among the virtues or that Amicitia on which Cicero wrote a book.

If I would trust my life with you, and vice versa, we are friends. It's not about whether you are trustworthy, or whether you are friendly, it's the actual act of trust that is the basis of friendship. If I trust you to be truthful, then you're a friend. If I find I must be careful how I say things, then it's something other than friendship.

Friendship is not a state of mind, it's an act. It's something you do, it's not about whether you're good or not, it's not a reflection of you, it's a balanced relationship between people. That doesn't mean it's always balanced at every moment. Sometimes you "need a friend" and other times it's the other way. It's a trust that's returned. Friendship and love are not quite the same thing, although there's a lot of love around friendship.

If I recall correctly, as a kid your definition of a friend is very black and white: Someone you play with. And as a teenager it gets a bit more complex - A soul you can trust. A heart that accepts you. A person you care for. A fist that will fight for you. Two feet that will stand beside you when things get hairy.

But as an adult we muddy our definition of the word friend. It becomes elastic to include acquaintances. People who we simply share interests but may not care for in the least. Maybe this is a good thing. We grow tolerant. Our hearts less exclusive. Maybe its the acknowledgment that life is a whole lot easier if we lay down our walls and be cool with one another. Maybe its an acknowledgment that we had it right when we were children - simply now a friend is someone you share a drink with and maybe a joke.

I'd like to believe that, but ... A part of me holds that teenager's definition a little too dear - for example, it pisses me off how some throw around the word friend and then walk away the first time someone needs help. A man's friends are the ones who get there first and won't go away.

You're probably familiar with all the typical categories of pet devotees. Dog and cat lovers are so devoted to their favored species that it's been a long-running debate about which is the better pet, and each side makes its feeling known far and wide. Even people with less common pets like lizards or ferrets are mostly understood for their fanatic ways, but that's not as unusual as it gets. But would you own a pet skunk, donkey or cockroach? Believe it or not, there are many people who do call these unconventional creatures their pets.

Shrek and Fiona might have accepted a donkey into their family in the popular animated movie, "Shrek," but wasn't that just a fairy tale? Not necessarily. The American Pet Products Association reports that more than 3 million people in the United States own equine animals, including miniature donkeys. According to the National Miniature Donkey Association (NMDA), these animals make good pets because they are affectionate and good with children.

Don't let the name fool you: Mini donkeys aren't tiny. They are about 3 feet tall (1.5 meters) and weigh between 200 and 350 pounds (90 and 158 kilograms) at maturity. Mini donkeys have needs similar to those of full-size donkeys: plenty of hay, grain, fresh water and access to a fenced pasture with dry shelter. They also require regular vaccines and should have their hooves trimmed every two to three months. NMDA explains they need the companionship of other mini donkeys, as they are not solitary animals, so taking on one means taking on at least a pair.

Do you have plenty of land for at least two mini donkeys to roam? Are you financially prepared to keep up with the large amount of hay your pets will require? Do your city's laws allow for pet donkeys? These are all questions you'll need to find the answers to before you make such a big investment.

Goats have long been kept as pets; even Abraham Lincoln had a pet goat in the White House during his presidency. Although most people don't keep standard dairy goats as pets anymore, pygmy goats are popular as pets, thanks to their compact sizes and friendly dispositions. These grass-eaters are similar to small dogs in size and are generally considered easy to care for.

Pygmy goats aren't as high maintenance as standard goats, but they still require shelters that are at least 8 by 10 feet (2.4 by 3 meters) with 4-foot (1.2 meters) high fencing, suggests the National Pygmy Goat Association (NPGA). They are very sociable and are happier in a herd atmosphere or with other pygmies to befriend. A balanced diet for these creatures includes grass hay, brush and leaves. While most livestock vets will treat pygmy goats, you should locate one before bringing home your unique pet.

A pygmy goat might be right for you if you are able to provide a home environment that includes strong structures with plenty of land to roam and healthy grass to nosh. The NPGA says that pygmies will react to their owners' voices, but even with a responsive goat, this pet could prove too challenging for most people.



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