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Hi everybody... I joined this forum a few weeks ago but have been too busy to participate (or even visit much)... but that's all changed now.

So... I have a year old Golden named Sidney (that's a male Sidney, as in 'Poitier' or 'Greenstreet'). Though I've owned several dogs in the past, Sidney is our first Golden Retriever. In fact, he just started obedience school yesterday and boy was he 'goofy'... but then again I hear that is a Golden's number one trait.

It's nice to have found a forum for Goldens, there are so few of them on the Internet. I have managed to find about a half dozen of them... all but one have almost no participation/threads going... and that 'popular' one 'booted' me off with no warnings or cautions, back in December, when I dared to disagree with the admin/owner. Yes, I can be opinionated but I'm never vulgar, disrespectful, or crude. But if someone asks a question expect an honest answer from me, and if I believe something is cruel, I will call it just that.

Anyway... I'm looking forward to some good community with other Golden (and animal) lovers...
 

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Hello Monomer, I don't know where our "welcoming committee" is lately, so I will step up to say: Welcome and thank u for stopping by.
Same as you, we are all big fans of Golden Retrievers.
Pepe
 

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Welcome

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Sidney is a great name, we considered that as well for our pup, but ended up going with Wilson (like the volleyball in the movie Cast Away). We start puppy classes tonight, so we'll have to see how that goes.

Have fun with the site - I posted pictures of Wilson yesterday in the photo gallery if you are interested in seeing our pride and joy.
 

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I like the name Wilson... in fact after seeing the movie there is really only one way to say that name... "Wilson!!! Wilson!!!"... just like in the movie. BTW, I saw the pictures of Wilson and he doesn't really resemble a volleyball... that's a good thing.
 

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Hi there Monomer and welcome. I am only very new to this forum as well. There's some really nice folks on here, and I hope you enjoy it more than the other one you got removed from. I'm wondering if it's the same one that I'm thinking of.

I come from Australia, and have 2 goldens, Jessie who's 3, and Shadow whos just over 1 year of age. I love them dearly.
Nice to 'meet' you, and please give Sidney a cuddle from me.

I've some pics of my 2 under my introduction posting somewhere.
 

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GoldenAussie said:
...I'm wondering if it's the same one that I'm thinking of...
Oh yeah, I'm sure it is. If you recall seeing my moniker "monomer" there, then it was definitely me. I've participated on probably 20+ discussion groups/forums/bulletin boards/etc over the last 9 or 10 years and except for the first few, I've always used the moniker "monomer"... and have never ever come even close to being removed from a forum... until THAT forum!!!

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...I've some pics of my 2 under my introduction posting somewhere.
I'll go check 'em out...

BTW, Since you are from 'down-under' let me ask you this, which way do Goldens circle before laying down, clockwise or counter-clockwise? :D (If you don't get the joke PM me and I'll explain...)
 

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Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise

That's the funniest thing I've heard all day! :D

Did you ever see the Simpson episode where they went to Australia? Same issue. Very funny.
 

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monomer said:
BTW, Since you are from 'down-under' let me ask you this, which way do Goldens circle before laying down, clockwise or counter-clockwise? :D (If you don't get the joke PM me and I'll explain...)

LOL, yes I get the joke, like which way does the water in the toilet go when you flush it eh?
Well down under our toilets don't swirl when they flush, they sorta go straight down if you follow my drift.
As Alf the alien from Melmac said when he viewed the flushing toilets in America....."Interesting Concept!!" LOL

As for the circling goldens, ours just flop down with a crash! I can't say they really do the circling thing!
 

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Just for fun:

Question:
Does my bathtub drain differently depending on whether I live
in the northern or southern hemisphere?

Answer:
No. There is a real effect, but it is far too small to be relevant
when you pull the plug in your bathtub.

Because the earth rotates, a fluid that flows along the earth's
surface feels a "Coriolis" acceleration perpendicular to its velocity.
In the northern hemisphere low pressure storm systems spin counterclockwise.

In the southern hemisphere, they spin clockwise because the direction
of the Coriolis acceleration is reversed. This effect leads to the
speculation that the bathtub vortex that you see when you pull the plug
from the drain spins one way in the north and the other way in the south.

But this acceleration is VERY weak for bathtub-scale fluid
motions. The order of magnitude of the Coriolis acceleration can be
estimated from size of the "Rossby number" (see below). The effect of the
Coriolis acceleration on your bathtub vortex is SMALL. To detect its
effect on your bathtub, you would have to get out and wait until the motion
in the water is far less than one rotation per day. This would require
removing thermal currents, vibration, and any other sources of noise. Under
such conditions, never occurring in the typical home, you WOULD see an
effect. To see what trouble it takes to actually see the effect, see the
reference below. Experiments have been done in both the northern and
southern hemispheres to verify that under carefully controlled conditions,
bathtubs drain in opposite directions due to the Coriolis acceleration from
the Earth's rotation.

Coriolis accelerations are significant when the Rossby number is
SMALL. So, suppose we want a Rossby number of 0.1 and a bathtub-vortex
length scale of 0.1 meter. Since the earth's rotation rate is about
10^(-4)/second, the fluid velocity should be less than or equal to
2*10^(-6) meters/second. This is a very small velocity. How small is it?
Well, we can take the analysis a step further and calculate another, more
famous dimensionless parameter, the Reynolds number.

The Reynolds number is = L*U*density/viscosity

Assuming that physicists bathe in hot water the viscosity will be
about 0.005 poise and the density will be about 1.0, so the Reynolds Number
is about 4*10^(-2).

Now, life at low Reynolds numbers is different from life at high
Reynolds numbers. In particular, at low Reynolds numbers, fluid physics is
dominated by friction and diffusion, rather than by inertia: the time it
would take for a particle of fluid to move a significant distance due to an
acceleration is greater than the time it takes for the particle to break up
due to diffusion.

The same effect has been accused of responsibility for the
direction water circulates when you flush a toilet. This is surely
nonsense. In this case, the water rotates in the direction which the pipe
points which carries the water from the tank to the bowl.
 

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Just for fun, huh?

Wow!

That summarized all of my university physics in one sitting! I feel like I'm going to be tested now! ;)

Thanks for the info. I always thought that the rotation of the water had a little bit to do with the design of the tub or sink. Guess I was sort of right! Hooray for me.:D

Take care,
Bonni
 
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