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Old 01-01-2018, 05:12 AM
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Happy New Rants!!

May these threads see a whole lot less use in 2018

(Hey, a person can dream, right?)


My rant? I have not been able to add anything into the savings account for over 2 months because shit won't stop breaking! Cars, cats, dogs, appliances, and computers. So very over it all ...
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:09 AM
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It is so cold this morning, I had to go outside with our dogs.
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:50 AM
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This is TEXAS, FFS. Why is it 22F with snow on the ground? This is just wrong.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:50 AM
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This is TEXAS, FFS. Why is it 22F with snow on the ground? This is just wrong.
I wish it was that warm.

It's 10:45 am. It has finally warmed up... to 0F
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:52 AM
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I've been awake for 24 hours. First time since... 2006, I think. Fuck this shit. And God willing, never again.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:06 AM
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This subzero windchill can go straight to hell. Our relatively new dog is from Alabama. The first time she experienced snow she ran around like a lunatic then decided "Whoops, going in, it's FREEZING!" Now she'll only go out to potty and she'll wait until it becomes an emergency.

Ordinarily our husky would hang out on the back porch in weather like this. You know it's colder than freezing when he wants to go inside.

Meanwhile my poor boiler is getting cranky enough not to heat as well as it does. I really don't want to use the space heater. We don't need that kind of electric bill, so we'll just bundle up.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:10 AM
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My only rant is the bitter cold, too. My young dog doesn't want to go on walks because of it, even though he's going stir crazy in the house. My elderly dog still wants her walkies, even though it's too cold for her little bones.

And I don't want to be out in it, either. Nasty, nasty cold!
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Old 01-01-2018, 01:14 PM
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My only rant is the bitter cold, too. My young dog doesn't want to go on walks because of it, even though he's going stir crazy in the house. My elderly dog still wants her walkies, even though it's too cold for her little bones.
Our younger dog (the AL one I mentioned upthread) tends to forget how cold it is. We managed a not-too-short-not-too-long wander 'round the neighborhood yesterday. She wanted to drag my husband home halfway through it, but after meeting two other dogs and watching our husky (the older one) soldier on, she thought the better of it. Needless to say she immediately ran upstairs and curled up on the electric blanket when we arrived home!

The husky is 11 going on 12. He's got some kind of degenerative thing going on with his hind legs so he has trouble sitting/standing without going ~splat~. This morning after I posted here he went out back, lost his footing, and went ~splat~ on the deck. When I peeked out he was lying out there just enjoying the cold. He had no intention of coming back in until I waved a treat at him.

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And I don't want to be out in it, either. Nasty, nasty cold!
I was going to go grocery shopping but the thought of even getting into the car makes me shiver. Then I remembered Prime Fresh

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Old 01-02-2018, 12:07 PM
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My only rant is the bitter cold, too. My young dog doesn't want to go on walks because of it, even though he's going stir crazy in the house. My elderly dog still wants her walkies, even though it's too cold for her little bones.

And I don't want to be out in it, either. Nasty, nasty cold!
My old doggie (I suspect husky in his lineage) lives for snow and winter, so he doesn't want to come in. When I finally get him in the house, he stops short in the kitchen and gingerly lifts his painful paws up and then looks at me balefully. Hey, I didn't give you frozen paws, genius, it's -10 degrees out there!
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Old 01-01-2018, 04:41 PM
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Meanwhile my poor boiler is getting cranky enough not to heat as well as it does. I really don't want to use the space heater. We don't need that kind of electric bill, so we'll just bundle up.
A few years back I replaced the truly ancient boiler in my home, to save a few bucks I removed the old one myself. When taking it apart I discovered a tremendous amount of a more or less silt like substance that was limiting water flow through the heat exchanger. I still replaced the old boiler (it was from the 1920s) but I sorta kicked myself that I hadn't noticed there were four little ports that I could have opened, shoved a broom handle through to clean out that buildup and increase the units efficiency. I'd search for the service manual for your boiler online and see if it has something similar.
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Old 01-01-2018, 06:11 PM
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It's cold as fuck here in S. Texas, too-- 28 this morning. But I came to rant about something else.

My family is very small. I don't have siblings or children. I have three people who could rightly be called "relatives," my late husband's son (and his wife of 2-ish years) and my late husband's first cousin (a woman slightly older than I am). I'll call the stepson Leon and the cousin Mary Lou.

Over the years, Mary Lou has had various health and other issues. When my husband was alive, we always helped her out, sometimes with money. My husband was also an only child (as is Mary Lou) and we're all conscious of the fact that there aren't many of us.

Today I went over to Leon's to hang out and watch "Born Yesterday" (see my current thread on that topic). Mary Lou was there and I hadn't seen her for slightly over a year. I had tried to contact her a couple of months ago for a birthday lunch but she never answered her phone or voicemails. Leon told me at Thanksgiving that she had been in the hospital for some emotional problems (not the first time for that).

When I walked in, I greeted her and she wouldn't look at me. She sat slumped on the sofa like a belligerent 4-year old with an almost comically grumpy look on her face. I casually took Leon in the other room and asked WTF. Apparently Mary Lou is convinced that I insulted or dissed her at some point and she's really, really mad at me. I went back in and sat down next to her and greeted her again. She wouldn't look at me. I asked her, "Are you not speaking to me?" She didn't answer. I said, "Well, I guess each of us can pretend the other one isn't here," and got up. I got snacks, etc., and we all watched the movie. Mary Lou is a hardcore trumpnik so I refrained from shrieking out loud every time Paul Douglas/Harry Brock did something trumpish.

When I got up to leave, I said goodbye to everyone, and glanced at her, but she wouldn't look at me.

FUCK HER.

Background: In recent years, Mary Lou has asked me to take her to doc's appts and such, and up until about a year ago, she was having weekly injections in her knee (or something) and I took her, even though she lives at least 30 miles from me and Leon lives less than a mile (and his new wife is a nurse). Anyhoo, I did a lot of stuff for Mary Lou. About a year ago, after four or five trips to the knee place, I had to have minor surgery and I told Mary Lou I couldn't take her as my surgery was the same day as her knee injection. I suggested she ask Leon's wife, because they live so close, and I heard later that's what she did. I have no idea what I did to piss her off, and if she won't tell me or acknowledge my existence, I can't apologize or make amends. I don't need her in my life, but it hurts anyway.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:21 PM
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I'm sitting at my computer (this would be a week ago - the 24th) and I start hearing a sort of crackling sound. I'm thinking - oh great, a fire's starting somewhere? Then I look down the hall and in the bathroom there's water raining, fucking showering, down from the ceiling fan, splashing all over the toilet and floor, as well as water dripping down the walls just outside the can, also coming from the ceiling.

As I quickly deduce there's some kind of flood in progress coming from the apartment above, I place a duvet as best I can over the offending area and sprint three stairs at a time up to her apartment. I'm knocking away frantically and can hear the 90-year-old lady in her almost indiscernible fucking Scottish brogue going "am coo-ming, am coo-ming".

A fortnight later she *finally* gets to the fucking door, but barely opens it a crack, and when I tell her there's a flood in her place that's flooding down into mine, she responds that everything's fine, prompting me to gently push the door open carefully, so as not to bowl her over, but to make sure to enter the fuck in there, and pronto, and find the source, which was behind a closed door, turning out to be the bathroom.

A bath had been drawn, but not turned off.

"Oooo ah guess meh daughta leeeft it goo-in." And sure enough her daughter arrived on the scene, saying she "only briefly" stepped out, but completely forgot to turn off the bath. The fucking idiot said she was in real estate and knew how to handle all these types of things, and in the ensuing couple of hours, (occasionally conversing with her and Les, my downstairs neighbour, whose apartment also got flooded, as did the main entrance foyer below him), Les and I came to conclusion what a lying, petty, paranoid, despicable useless POS this real estate harridan was. Several times we caught her up in lies, as well as story changes within a space of ten minutes.

So for the last week I've had two of those heavy duty blue, snail-shaped carpet blowers blasting away in my apartment, like, 24-fucking-7 (as well this boxy, only-slightly-less-louder dehumidifier). This means I've had the sounds of fans! fans! fans! blasting their way constantly into and through my skull for the past week. There's been the odd night where I'm like, ok, fuck this, and turn them off so I can sleep.

And now it looks like real estate lady might actually be moving in with her.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:18 AM
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It's cold as fuck here in S. Texas, too-- 28 this morning. But I came to rant about something else.

My family is very small. I don't have siblings or children. I have three people who could rightly be called "relatives," my late husband's son (and his wife of 2-ish years) and my late husband's first cousin (a woman slightly older than I am). I'll call the stepson Leon and the cousin Mary Lou.

Over the years, Mary Lou has had various health and other issues. When my husband was alive, we always helped her out, sometimes with money. My husband was also an only child (as is Mary Lou) and we're all conscious of the fact that there aren't many of us.
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Apparently Mary Lou is convinced that I insulted or dissed her at some point and she's really, really mad at me. I went back in and sat down next to her and greeted her again. She wouldn't look at me.
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That stinks.

It seems obvious to me that when one regularly accepts assistance from a friend, one treats that friend with kindness and allows for occasional hiccups in the friendship. Nevertheless, there are people who make a shift to seeing this assistance as entitlement rather than a gift, and that is when trouble starts.

Some time back my wife and I regularly gave an older woman, we'll call Selma, a ride to church. It worked fine for some months, but the day my father-in-law passed away my wife had to leave the country for the funeral and we missed church. It was the days before cell phones, so I couldn't call Selma to let her know. The next week she complained over and over about how I had treated her--even after I explained there was a death in the family. I was shocked at her callous attitude.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:46 AM
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That stinks.

It seems obvious to me that when one regularly accepts assistance from a friend, one treats that friend with kindness and allows for occasional hiccups in the friendship. Nevertheless, there are people who make a shift to seeing this assistance as entitlement rather than a gift, and that is when trouble starts.

Some time back my wife and I regularly gave an older woman, we'll call Selma, a ride to church. It worked fine for some months, but the day my father-in-law passed away my wife had to leave the country for the funeral and we missed church. It was the days before cell phones, so I couldn't call Selma to let her know. The next week she complained over and over about how I had treated her--even after I explained there was a death in the family. I was shocked at her callous attitude.
Thanks so much for your reply. Yeah, you'd think that when you help someone out over a period of time it would build up a reservoir of good will such that you'd get the benefit of the doubt when something comes up.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:14 AM
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A few years back I replaced the truly ancient boiler in my home, to save a few bucks I removed the old one myself. When taking it apart I discovered a tremendous amount of a more or less silt like substance that was limiting water flow through the heat exchanger. I still replaced the old boiler (it was from the 1920s) but I sorta kicked myself that I hadn't noticed there were four little ports that I could have opened, shoved a broom handle through to clean out that buildup and increase the units efficiency. I'd search for the service manual for your boiler online and see if it has something similar.
Heh, interesting. Ours was serviced/cleaned back in the spring, so I'm presuming it was cleared of all the silt-like stuff...?

I'd have to go down there and see if it has those kind of ports. It's a new-ish model. I've had to restart it with step-by-step directions on the phone from the oil company before, but damn if I can remember the steps, never mind in what order.

We have hot water on demand that's still working, so there's that. Plus all the heat is now drifting upstairs. No wonder why our AL dog spends all day hanging out up there, LOL.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:31 PM
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Heh, interesting. Ours was serviced/cleaned back in the spring, so I'm presuming it was cleared of all the silt-like stuff...?

I'd have to go down there and see if it has those kind of ports. It's a new-ish model. I've had to restart it with step-by-step directions on the phone from the oil company before, but damn if I can remember the steps, never mind in what order.

We have hot water on demand that's still working, so there's that. Plus all the heat is now drifting upstairs. No wonder why our AL dog spends all day hanging out up there, LOL.
If it was cleaned by someone competent there shouldn't be any "silt" issues. If your radiators aren't "radiating" as expected the first and easiest thing to check is if there is air in them, they occasionally need to be "bled." You should have a little key like thing that fits into the little valve near the top of one end of each radiator, give it a turn while holding a cup or something to catch water. Water should start to spit out immediately but if there is an air bubble it will hiss for a while till the water starts, thats the air you need to get rid of.

Also, if some rooms are warm and others not make sure the main valves on each radiator are sufficiently open. You can sort of pinch off flow to one area to increase it elsewhere. Some newer radionic systems also have "zone control," proportioning valves in the runs that are separate from the radiators themselves but if you had these you'd probably know about them.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:17 AM
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If it was cleaned by someone competent there shouldn't be any "silt" issues. If your radiators aren't "radiating" as expected the first and easiest thing to check is if there is air in them, they occasionally need to be "bled." You should have a little key like thing that fits into the little valve near the top of one end of each radiator, give it a turn while holding a cup or something to catch water. Water should start to spit out immediately but if there is an air bubble it will hiss for a while till the water starts, thats the air you need to get rid of.
Yep, I bled them already

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Also, if some rooms are warm and others not make sure the main valves on each radiator are sufficiently open. You can sort of pinch off flow to one area to increase it elsewhere. Some newer radionic systems also have "zone control," proportioning valves in the runs that are separate from the radiators themselves but if you had these you'd probably know about them.
We've got a combination of radiator and baseboard in the older part of the house; baseboard only in the addition. Two zones, front and back. Why it was done that way, I have no idea. The back -- the addition -- has little to no insulation because of the framing. I didn't know this until my mother's BFF mentioned it. Generally it's the front/older zone which gets the majority of the heat. My guess is that because of this prolonged cold, the boiler is working overtime. The last oil delivery we had was maybe a month ago? The tank is hovering between half and two-thirds full, which kind of surprises me in a good way, LOL.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:37 AM
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Yikes I am old. I forgot yesterday was NYE. I can not recall if I was up at midnight or not. I was watching Netflix when I nodded off. I need a clock that rings the hour. I have silent clocks; I just do not think to look at them.
Addl Rant. The cold. The hinges of the wipers are frozen. That has never happened before. Certainly the wipers have frozen to the windshield; but never the hinges.
Addl rant. I miss my dog so much. I am dreaming of dogs that need to be rescued from dumpsters* and medians*. I can not be unfaithful to Scruffy. I waited over a year to get a dog after Duncan (my very first dog) passed.

*a soft sweet brown French Bull dog puppy wearing a big pink bow and a pink tutu was in the dumpster in my dream. I openned the lid and there she was looking up at me.
*a big white and gray sheep dog leaping about in the median in the middle of a highway as I drove past in my dream
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:04 PM
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Addl rant. I miss my dog so much. I am dreaming of dogs that need to be rescued from dumpsters* and medians*. I can not be unfaithful to Scruffy. I waited over a year to get a dog after Duncan (my very first dog) passed.

*a soft sweet brown French Bull dog puppy wearing a big pink bow and a pink tutu was in the dumpster in my dream. I openned the lid and there she was looking up at me.
*a big white and gray sheep dog leaping about in the median in the middle of a highway as I drove past in my dream
Never mind unfaithfulness. Go to the shelter and save a life and get someone to spend time with while awake!
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:29 AM
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Addl rant. I miss my dog so much. I am dreaming of dogs that need to be rescued from dumpsters* and medians*. I can not be unfaithful to Scruffy. I waited over a year to get a dog after Duncan (my very first dog) passed.
Adopting another dog isn't being unfaithful to Scruffy. Every dog we love and care for is one less that is euthanized. As a former rescue volunteer, I also believe that every animal I take into my heart and life is sort of positive karma that makes up a teensy bit for all those that are abused and neglected. (Following on from the "you can't save them all" mantra. True, I can't. Therefore I will love and protect those that I can with all of my being.)

My rant of the day: in true curmugeonly fashion, I'm already annoyed by all the coworkers chanting "happy new year" at me and it's only 9:30am. Good morning is just fine, thanks. New year was yesterday. Just because you didn't see me yesterday doesn't mean you have to make up for it today. Sheesh.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:05 AM
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16 degrees last night and some dumb fuck forgot to turn on the light in the well shed last night. Fortunately no one has to work today so I was able to let it warm up to 23 before I went out with the heat gun and thawed the pipes.
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Old 01-01-2018, 11:34 AM
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Frozen me in Frozen Arkansas, no snow...****!
Dog#1 and Dog#2 wanted out, they lasted 2 minutes, one quick pee and back in!
No frozen pipes or anything.
Mr.Wrekkers truck door handle was frozen.
He got it open pretty fast.
Personally I ain't leaving the house for NOTHING!!
Happy 2018, y'all.
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Old 01-01-2018, 12:49 PM
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No snow here either, but its sure cold enough!

We have heat, which is a very good thing. My blanket fort was fun until about 2am when I had to get up to use the restroom, while forgetting about the blankets. I didn't hurt anyone when I got tangled up in hanging blankets and pulled the whole thing down, but my BB is still laughing at me.
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Old 01-01-2018, 02:02 PM
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I'm on vacation, and it's 8 right now. I'm very glad I gave up some packing space to fit my warmest coat. At least the wind isn't blowing so hard today, and I did finally manage to defrost the wiper blades.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:22 AM
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The Last Jedi thread in CS is depressing. I’ve never seen so many people hell-bent on not only refusing to enjoy something, but insisting on trying to ruin it for as many people as possible.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:50 AM
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The Last Jedi thread in CS is depressing. Iíve never seen so many people hell-bent on not only refusing to enjoy something, but insisting on trying to ruin it for as many people as possible.
This is so tue..train wreck..but I canít look away.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:58 AM
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This is so tue..train wreck..but I canít look away.
I haven't ventured into that thread yet, but it never ceases to amaze me how personally some people take their entertainment. I mean, I get urges to defend things I like, and certainly, I can express distaste for things I don't, but I'm not sure I would make a campaign out of it.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:17 AM
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So now they're saying there's a storm that's supposedly going to rock the entire East coast later this week. According to NOAA we're supposed to be getting several inches of snow. Compounded with the current deep freeze, the saving grace is that it'll be the fluffy type. But still...it's *@#&!#(!* SNOW.

I need to go grocery shopping. I'm dreading the entire process from getting dressed to heating up the car. I faced this same dilemma yesterday and ended up hanging out on the couch for most of the day. However, we're running out of staples so I have no choice.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:28 AM
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OK, so I didn't want to go to work. Still, finding that someone had been through my car (everything out of place but the only item I can't find is the little notebook where I jotted down maintenance and gas) and left the lights on so the battery was dead wasn't quite what I had in mind either. It's now sitting in the garage, waiting to get the battery charged and a general checkup to make sure nothing else is amiss.

And this, children, is why I still pay for the Candy Options insurance even though the car is too old to warrant it for most people: insurance in Spain, car in Belgium, bloody hell but am I happy it's covered and that most of the people I had to talk to about it, I had to talk to in Spanish and not French.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:13 PM
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It's a good thing my daughter still lives here, otherwise lord only knows how I'd manage to function.
I drove in below zero temps to pick her up 90 minutes away last night, because her train was seriously delayed. Barely walked into the house and she started in on me. Why didn't I do this. What about that. You said you were going to do this and you didn't. It was cold as fuck this whole weekend, I was not going to straighten up the breezeway because YOU think it's messy. Cleaning the top of the stove is on me, since I'm the only one who appears to know how to cook in this house. Yes, my sewing box is in front of your chair, you can move it. It's there because I spent the weekend sewing something for you and your boyfriend. Like you asked.
I already have a mother I have to stop myself from strangling, you are not helping.
Speaking of, mom called and started in on "We" need to get my car in to be fixed for something she deems is catastrophic. Then We need an oil change. And We need new tires. Unless You are paying for all of this, everything other than the oil change will wait. She firmly believes the bearings are going. They're not. I've had a mechanic look at the beastie. However, she doesn't trust that person. Therefore, despite having worked on cars for over a decade, he knows nothing.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:47 PM
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The heat is out in our office building. I'm currently wrapped in an electric blanket. I hate being cold. I'd work at home, but Mrs Magill is sick (No flu - confirmed, but Not At All Well) and the boys are on their second week of break and getting bored. If I use the home office, that knocks the Xbox 360 out of commission.

So - fuck you Highwoods for not running diagnostics on your heating system last fall, and fuck you Microsoft for not fully enabling multi-player co-op on the Xbox One.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:29 PM
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Here are my mini-rants:

1. We left for Christmas break a week ago Friday. My husband had to come back home for work Tuesday, so he took some of the Christmas gifts with him. Given that I hate leaving a messy house to come home to, I cleaned the house pretty thoroughly before I left and after I got the kids all packed. You see where this is going, right?

I come home Sunday afternoon in time for a New Year's party we were supposed to go to, only to find the house covered in pretty much every goddamn thing that he brought home, as well as plates, glasses, boxes, recycling and mail. There were gifts in the from hall, mail in piles on the family room floor, along with plates and cups on the coffee table and blankets strewn everywhere and the remaining gifts that weren't in the front hall were strewn all over the kitchen table and counters, along with more fucking plates and trash. You were here for almost a goddamn week, would it have killed you throw out a fucking stromboli wrapper and maybe run the dishwasher, and put the kids' stuff on their beds for THEM to deal with or was that just too much to ask???

2. My workplace uses "the Ask" as a noun. I think saying "What's the Ask" as opposed to "What do you need" is just about the most douchey thing imaginable in business jargon. So of course, I just got an email entitled: Proposed Rule: The Ask. Seriously? Can you not just fucking say, "Comments Due by End of Day"? Does it really have to sound like a book title written by a corporate douchenozzle? What kills me is that this poor woman probably had that added to her email by her manager, who is one of the nicest guys I know, but comes off like one of the douchiest douchebags of all in email (yes, I like the word douche today). If Regina George were here, she would say, STOP TRYING TO MAKE THE ASK HAPPEN. THE ASK WILL NEVER FUCKING HAPPEN. (well, maybe it did, but only our "venerated" circles, and I will still refuse to use it because I'd prefer to sound like an asshole for other reasons)
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2. My workplace uses "the Ask" as a noun.
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Thank you for bringing this wicked construct from out of the shadows and exposing it for what it is.

When I hear my boss (all around cool guy) say to the group "So, what's the ask here?" I want to kindly ask him to reword it as "what's the request", but I refrain.
I can deal with corporate speak for the most part, where we move the needle and other fun stuff, but "ask" is not a noun.
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I work in a cave insulated from corporate lingo, so I have never heard of The Ask meaning questions. When asked, my BB who is exposed to corp. jargon all day long just rolled his eyes and said that he refuses to respond to those emails. Words mean something, use them correctly!

My rant: Our general contractor doesn't supervise his sub-contractors very well. We went to the new place and looked at the new tub. It has 6 legs which all came with protective covers that are supposed to be removed before installation because they packing material and will crush. One cover was off and the tub was leveled for the other 5 covered legs so that one of the back legs was half an inch higher. Even someone like me who knows nothing about bathtub installation could easily see that this sort of half ass work would cause problems.

My BB showed the general contractor our concerns, and his response was something like: Wow, I'm glad you were looking. You are right, this could be a problem down the road.

Dude, you are being paid to supervise your workers. We have lost all faith and trust in the work you are contracting out and will be looking at everything you do now.

So, that probably pushes our move in date until the 3rd week of January unless anything else goes wrong. I really do not want to be in this rental next month. I am sick of living with boxes because everything is "temporary" and I am totally sick of all of the delays.
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Last full day in Italy, husband has food poisoning. Oh boy...
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I can deal with corporate speak for the most part, where we move the needle and other fun stuff, but "ask" is not a noun.
It is what it is.
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Couple of mini-rants relating to work:

1) I hate, hate, HATE this newish construction of "Thanking you". I get that it's supposed to be more "active", and that the person is being just as sincere as the offhand "Thank you", but it annoys me no end.

2) At 0630 this morning, I get a call from work, waking myself and my wife. Come to find out it's the woman who works the hotel cafe, asking if I can pick up some bread on my way in to work, as they're out.
I'm off today.
Lady, you're a dear wonderful person to work with, and usually enormously competent, but I wish you'd checked the roster.
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The Siamese were going crazy in the laundry room (their hang-out spot). I go look. They are doing the strange low & throaty meow, in the corner. So I pull them back, they have a centipede cornered. It is the most disgusting buggish thing I have ever seen. I grab a paper towel and pick it up to flush it. It squirmed in my hand under the paper, gave me the willies, yuk!! Now the cats won't leave the bathroom. I guess they think it's coming back up. Well, I know what I am dreaming about tonite..."Sewer Centipede eats woman and 2 Siamese cats"!!
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The Siamese were going crazy in the laundry room (their hang-out spot). I go look. They are doing the strange low & throaty meow, in the corner. So I pull them back, they have a centipede cornered. It is the most disgusting buggish thing I have ever seen. I grab a paper towel and pick it up to flush it. It squirmed in my hand under the paper, gave me the willies, yuk!! Now the cats won't leave the bathroom. I guess they think it's coming back up. Well, I know what I am dreaming about tonite..."Sewer Centipede eats woman and 2 Siamese cats"!!
My cats cornered a centipede one time. Holy shit-- those things look like they were designed by the Industrial Light & Magic Company. In case anyone is picturing a wormy creature with lots of tiny legs, that's a millipede. This is a centipede. The one I saw was about seven inches long. I can't believe you picked it up!

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The Siamese were going crazy in the laundry room (their hang-out spot). I go look. They are doing the strange low & throaty meow, in the corner. So I pull them back, they have a centipede cornered. It is the most disgusting buggish thing I have ever seen. I grab a paper towel and pick it up to flush it. It squirmed in my hand under the paper, gave me the willies, yuk!! Now the cats won't leave the bathroom. I guess they think it's coming back up. Well, I know what I am dreaming about tonite..."Sewer Centipede eats woman and 2 Siamese cats"!!
Was it a house centipede?

I actually like bugs a lot. Spiders, crickets, mantises, millipedes, centipedes, you name it, they delight me. I would have never fathomed I could ever meet a bug I didn't like.

The first time I ever saw a house centipede, I totally lost my shit. Those things radiate malevolence. And the way they move! Gah!
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Was it a house centipede?

I actually like bugs a lot. Spiders, crickets, mantises, millipedes, centipedes, you name it, they delight me. I would have never fathomed I could ever meet a bug I didn't like.

The first time I ever saw a house centipede, I totally lost my shit. Those things radiate malevolence. And the way they move! Gah!
It kinda looked like the centipede in your pic, it was darker in color, though. 4 inches long. I threw it and paper in the toilet, it immediately started thrashing and climbing on the paper, the cats went berserk cause they like playing in water anyway. I was gonna take a pix but I was afraid it would get out when I ran for my phone. So I flushed it. Needless to say I will not be pee-ing on that toilet for awhile. I still have the heebie-jeebies! The cats have not left the bathroom yet. I put something in the dryer, which usually makes them come running.
If I don't post tomarrow, send out a posse. Head-lines: 'Giant Sewer Centipede from Space' devoured innocent flusher. The cats are not impressed with my fiction work, btw.
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Soooooooooo, I would really really like to not have to go to work anymore.

My current project is not fun, messed up, and my motivation is at zero. If anyone were paying attention I would be in danger of being fired.

But, I need the job (like everyone else in life). The thing is, I have to get on an airplane and travel across country to get to the job. That part is way past it's expiration date for me. And where I am traveling to is about 20 degrees, and the heat in the office is not working. Sigh.

I have tried and tried to get a job at home, so I could sleep in my own bed and have a normal life, but have had no success. What I do is shrinking in the marketplace so there are fewer and fewer options.

Under normal circumstances, if all worked according to plan, I could expect to retire in about 3 years. But I feel like I'm done NOW, and I don't know that I can hold on longer. My resilience is at an all time low.

So, I do the put-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other slog and hope I don't get called out.

And I will confess that the daily dose of Trump chaos-tornado causes me stress that I wish wasn't there.

Yuck. Thanks for listening!
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\So I flushed it. Needless to say I will not be pee-ing on that toilet for awhile.
I suppose I shouldn't point out that since you flushed it, it now has access to all the toilets in the house...
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I suppose I shouldn't point out that since you flushed it, it now has access to all the toilets in the house...
WAIT, you didn't kill it, just flushed it?
All the drains in the house.
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Was it a house centipede?

I actually like bugs a lot. Spiders, crickets, mantises, millipedes, centipedes, you name it, they delight me. I would have never fathomed I could ever meet a bug I didn't like.

The first time I ever saw a house centipede, I totally lost my shit. Those things radiate malevolence. And the way they move! Gah!
I love those things! They are the coolest*!

They used to freak me out, but when I realized that they are insectivores, I became a lot more accepting. When I lived in Maryland, the whole state is infested with silverfish*, which eat out the bindings of my precious books, and the house centipedes keep the damn silverfish and the damn ants at manageable numbers. I would cheer every time we saw one!***





* I may have gotten all of my yoga shirts silkscreened with a giant white-on-black rendering of a house centipede, so that it can move and stretch when I do. This is totally normal.

** It doesn't help that about half of the country calls house centipedes "silverfish". Pro tip: silverfish are tiny and pudgy and distinctly shiny silver. House centipedes are brownish with a halo of alien legs that move faster than the eye can track. They're the good guys.

*** I may have spent about a half an hour, fascinated, watching a house centipede poised next to a spider's hatching egg sac. I don't think any of the new little spiders made it out. I like spiders, too, but this hunt was amazing!
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I love those things! They are the coolest*!

They used to freak me out, but when I realized that they are insectivores, I became a lot more accepting. When I lived in Maryland, the whole state is infested with silverfish*, which eat out the bindings of my precious books, and the house centipedes keep the damn silverfish and the damn ants at manageable numbers. I would cheer every time we saw one!**
My reservations about house centipedes notwithstanding, I think you and I would get on quite well. I cheer in the presence of most bugs. I'll admit after the initial shock of seeing one, the curiosity started to set in. I'm not sure what will happen the next time I see one. Perhaps at a certain juncture, the curiosity will overcome the terror.
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Was it a house centipede?

I actually like bugs a lot. Spiders, crickets, mantises, millipedes, centipedes, you name it, they delight me. I would have never fathomed I could ever meet a bug I didn't like.

The first time I ever saw a house centipede, I totally lost my shit. Those things radiate malevolence. And the way they move! Gah!
House centipedes eat ants. I hate ants and I will burn the house down to get rid of them. Give me a house centipede any day.

My rant is my anxiety. I've been working a temp job for the last three months. Yesterday they offered to make it permanent; all I have to do is fill out the application. Now I'm freaking out because I'm afraid they will reject my application. I know this is my brain being stupid but it's really hard to make it shut up right now. Stupid brain.
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If you fill it out, they might reject you.
If you don't fill it out, you're rejecting the job.

So the question is, do you want the job? If so, fill out the paperwork.
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House centipedes eat ants. I hate ants and I will burn the house down to get rid of them. Give me a house centipede any day.

My rant is my anxiety. I've been working a temp job for the last three months. Yesterday they offered to make it permanent; all I have to do is fill out the application. Now I'm freaking out because I'm afraid they will reject my application. I know this is my brain being stupid but it's really hard to make it shut up right now. Stupid brain.
When I struggled in the past with feeling good enough for a position, I took an attitude, "Well, I'll just apply and let them decide."

Let them decide.
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When I struggled in the past with feeling good enough for a position, I took an attitude, "Well, I'll just apply and let them decide."

Let them decide.
That's what I did. It sounds promising, but I'm still going to be an anxious mess until the decision is made. Part of my anxiety is me not wanting to go back on the temp merry-go-round.
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