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Old 05-06-2019, 08:33 PM
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I haven't discussed it with the vet. We've been focusing on figuring out how to get his poop to go from mostly puddle to something with at least a bit of definition. The latest try, Science Diet f/d, is not making any difference that I can see and he's been on it for a month now.

Shiva is definitely not panicking, and his eyes (according to the vet) are fine. He has no problem tracking the Cat Dancer toy (a few pieces of cardboard attached to a whippy metal wire). He has no (discernable) trouble hearing, either, as he always responds very, very quickly when I make the lip-smacky noise that means it's time to get his treats (pill pockets, for his meds) or just to come see me. Those noises are not loud.

He's just old and cranky. I should be more patient with him.
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:02 PM
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IBD sounds pretty complex and I'm hoping you find some help for him.
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I may be asking the vet tomorrow, since I want to discuss the poopening.

About all I know is that if he's untreated, his stool gets bloody. That was how he was diagnosed about 3 or 4 years ago now, and I count myself lucky that it was only IBD and not cancer, which is what the ultrasound Doctor thought it was.

Oh, and the walls of his bladder have thickened, but that could be more because of age than anything else.

(Thanks, kayT, your kindness is much appreciated.)

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Old 05-06-2019, 09:23 PM
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Morgyn, when my elderly cat developed IBD, I went through several single-ingredient foods until we found the one he reacted to. (Unfortunately, we found it by him violently throwing up in our bed when we fed him the mackerel cat food. Like, cat trying to turn himself inside out, inches from our heads.) That was the end of fish-flavored cat food, and he did well on the poultry flavors of Fancy Feast for a couple of years after that.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:21 PM
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ENugent, Shiva's been on Natural Balance L.I.D. since he was diagnosed. Between that and the medications he's on (prednisone and metrodanizole (?)), he's stopped bleeding into his stool. But his stool is very, very soft. When he goes, he sounds like you're trying to squeeze the last few drops of ketchup from a squeeze bottle.

The vet has had him on a hydrolyzed pet food for the last month; it's supposed to be easier to digest and easier on his bowels. I don't think he's lost any more weight (20% of his body weight in 8 months!), but he's still squirting. I'm wondering if increasing the prednisone dosage will help, since things were a bit firmer last June before we decreased it; problem is that long-term prednisone is not good for the kidneys or liver, and the vet was hoping to get some of his urinalysis numbers to improve. It's a balancing act, every day.
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I saw someone's profile on OKCupid that I wanted to try and get in touch with. I clicked on the "send message" button and a message dialog came up. I thought for a little while about what to say. Finally had something that I hoped would make a decent first impression. Now, being old-school, I started with "Hello" and her name, and then I hit enter.

And it sent the damn message! I wasn't done yet! There's a "send" button on the dialog box, so I assumed it wouldn't send until I pressed "send"! I figured I'd write a short note, but no; apparently things like formatting and line breaks are considered passé. Whoever created that messaging interface needs to die, a lot.
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I need to know more about you.
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:18 AM
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ENugent, Shiva's been on Natural Balance L.I.D. since he was diagnosed. Between that and the medications he's on (prednisone and metrodanizole (?)), he's stopped bleeding into his stool. But his stool is very, very soft. When he goes, he sounds like you're trying to squeeze the last few drops of ketchup from a squeeze bottle.

The vet has had him on a hydrolyzed pet food for the last month; it's supposed to be easier to digest and easier on his bowels. I don't think he's lost any more weight (20% of his body weight in 8 months!), but he's still squirting. I'm wondering if increasing the prednisone dosage will help, since things were a bit firmer last June before we decreased it; problem is that long-term prednisone is not good for the kidneys or liver, and the vet was hoping to get some of his urinalysis numbers to improve. It's a balancing act, every day.
This all sounds a lot like Cobalt, and we got probably a year and a half with him between when he started to get sick and when we had to let him go. Have you tried pumpkin for fiber? Mixing it in with his wet food can help. (Be sure to check with the vet before you disturb his diet, though.)

These furry little people steal our hearts and leave too soon.
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ENugent, Shiva's been on Natural Balance L.I.D. since he was diagnosed. Between that and the medications he's on (prednisone and metrodanizole (?)), he's stopped bleeding into his stool. But his stool is very, very soft. When he goes, he sounds like you're trying to squeeze the last few drops of ketchup from a squeeze bottle.

The vet has had him on a hydrolyzed pet food for the last month; it's supposed to be easier to digest and easier on his bowels. I don't think he's lost any more weight (20% of his body weight in 8 months!), but he's still squirting. I'm wondering if increasing the prednisone dosage will help, since things were a bit firmer last June before we decreased it; problem is that long-term prednisone is not good for the kidneys or liver, and the vet was hoping to get some of his urinalysis numbers to improve. It's a balancing act, every day.
Poor kitty. I hope you get some help from the vet. Good luck.
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I had an early appt. at the doctor. His first one of the day on Monday. He looked a bit unsteady on his feet. I thought, God can I trust this hungover jerk? We went through the routine. He did alot of writing. Called the nurse in to stick my finger. Sent me to pee in a cup. When I came out the nurse said I could go. I asked her was the doctor ok, she said he ran a marathon over the weekend. Well, thank god. I thought he was nursing a hangover. She called me later and said my numbers looked good.
Rant, maybe the Doc should've taken the day off instead of worrying me.
She meant he ran a marathon drinking session
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I’ve got a doctor with a sort of nervous laugh. I hurt my shoulder and now it’s frozen, which requires a lot of physical therapy. The damn doctor has this little nervous laugh when commenting on how screwed up the motion is. “Oh! Only 15 deg of motion! Ha ha”. I suspect that he’s a little self conscious about his English but dammit, don’t add insult to the injury.

On top of that, the physical therapist ha discovered new methods of torture. Apparently one particular motion triggers a whole body response to the pain. Fun stuff.
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I had PT for my shoulder last year. Torture doesn't describe it well enough. I started having panic attacks before going in rehab center. I flunked it so bad they wouldn't even give me the free teeshirt all clients get. My doctor was not amused. He tried to make me go back. Nope.

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Heh. I use my gf as a buffer to those questions. "I'll check with her and let you know. What's going on?"
That buffer wouldn’t work for me, I don’t know kayaker's girfriend.
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That buffer wouldn’t work for me, I don’t know kayaker's girfriend.
Hey, feel free to use my gf (as an excuse).

My daughter and her boyfriend have been in Nevada this week. He proposed to her there, on a hike, and she accepted. They always get strangers to take pictures of them in cool places. He surreptitiously engaged a stranger to take many pictures of them at a scenic location. She thought nothing of it. Then he took a knee.

Meanwhile we've (I've) been dog-sitting their little Jack Russel. He's been here a week, and has settled in to our routines. I'm going to miss him. Then again, four dogs is nearly a pack.
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I need to know more about you.
Name a place and a time, and I'll cancel any other plans.

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I appreciate the optimism, although I'm not sure I share it. If i get that reply, or any reply, I'll let you know.
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This all sounds a lot like Cobalt, and we got probably a year and a half with him between when he started to get sick and when we had to let him go. Have you tried pumpkin for fiber? Mixing it in with his wet food can help. (Be sure to check with the vet before you disturb his diet, though.)

These furry little people steal our hearts and leave too soon.
And seeing them in pain is really heartwrenching. My little Jezable passed in her sleep, she stopped even licking the juices from her gushifud, and a couple days later stopped drinking homemade chicken broth and just sort of wound down - she never really recovered from the house fire, she lost her 'brother' Cat5 and just never stopped missing him. She was 17 and going blind, but my mom had a cat live for 8 more years and died at the age of just under 25 blind, so I know how to live with blind pets ... [we named him Cat5 because the first thing he did when we brought him into the house was scamper under the sofa and spend a couple days hiding out in an empty cat 5 cable box]
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On top of that, the physical therapist ha discovered new methods of torture. Apparently one particular motion triggers a whole body response to the pain. Fun stuff.
The chemo did some sort of neuropathy in my neck, whenever I bent my head [like to look at a book in my lap or something] to a particular degree, it would cause a twinge in both shins, ankles and feet - almost like that electric shock you get with carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, or gently whacking an elbow or knee so it compresses the nerve. Very odd, it was the last neuropathic symptom to develop and the first to resolve.]
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I’ve got a doctor with a sort of nervous laugh. I hurt my shoulder and now it’s frozen, which requires a lot of physical therapy. The damn doctor has this little nervous laugh when commenting on how screwed up the motion is. “Oh! Only 15 deg of motion! Ha ha”. I suspect that he’s a little self conscious about his English but dammit, don’t add insult to the injury.

On top of that, the physical therapist ha discovered new methods of torture. Apparently one particular motion triggers a whole body response to the pain. Fun stuff.
I've had frozen shoulder on both sides. The worst part of physical therapy was the massage therapist.

"Oh, you have some knotted muscles as well as the frozen shoulder? We'll send you to Linda for 10 minutes of massage. We call her Thumbs!"

Let me tell you, Thumbs could have gotten a confession from the most die-hard Al-Qaeda operative! There wasn't a mark on me, but just the feel of a t-shirt on my skin made me whimper for days!
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[QUOTE=Inigo Montoya;21627227]Oh. My. God. Yup, that's exactly the only comfortable position! And I've heard that about dry needling. Nobody ever seems to be able to say why it works, but they also don't care why because it does.

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I have had dry needling done 3 times and it did seem to work, I was told by my Physical therapist that it causes a muscle that is stuck in the contracted position to release. That being said it hurt like a son of a bitch and hurts long afterwards (couple of days like a really sore muscle).

Broken shoulder which caused pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist and thumb. Pain pills (opioids) don't seem to work on me very well, just make me sleepy but still in pain.
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Oh. My. God. Yup, that's exactly the only comfortable position! And I've heard that about dry needling. Nobody ever seems to be able to say why it works, but they also don't care why because it does.

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I have had dry needling done 3 times and it did seem to work, I was told by my Physical therapist that it causes a muscle that is stuck in the contracted position to release. That being said it hurt like a son of a bitch and hurts long afterwards (couple of days like a really sore muscle).

Broken shoulder which caused pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist and thumb. Pain pills (opioids) don't seem to work on me very well, just make me sleepy but still in pain.
That's pretty much what I told my therapist, that it felt the next day like something in my elbow that was dead, had come alive. Weirdest thing ever. I never did have any pain with the needling tho'.
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I do not give a rat's ass about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. I could not give two shits about anyone in the Royal Family. Or any Royal family.

We (the human race) should do away with the concept of Royalty altogether, as it counterproductive to our evolution as a species, but that is a rant for another day. Today, we are on the daily news stories about the English Royals and how I am tired of seeing them. 3 or 4 per day, about rich and privileged people who are rich and privileged by 'right' of birth. Parasites, all.

To be clear, I do not wish any of them ill. I hope they all lead healthy, happy lives. But they should all get regular jobs and reporters should STOP TRYING TO TELL ME ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THEIR EXISTENCE!!!!!
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Now, being old-school, I started with "Hello" and her name, and then I hit enter.

And it sent the damn message! I wasn't done yet!
IME, using Shift-Enter fairly reliably goes to a new line rather than sending messages. I haven't been on OKC for years though so YMMV.

My mini-rant.

Well fuck, there goes my perfect record of not having a credit card compromised.

$5000 since Apr 28 with 4000 going to an online casino. And apparently they really like Jack-in-the-Box because there are 3 transactions at different stores over $100 each. It's fairly obvious that it happened while I was in Los Angeles but I haven't used that card anywhere in over a year and my wallet was never out of my possession while I was in LA that I can recall. It's my backup card when I'm traveling so having it cancelled/replaced won't be an issue and the bank is going to credit all the charges so my only harm is being pissed off. It's just the principle of the matter.

It's just going to keep bugging me how they got the card info. It's not RFID enabled and my wallet is RF shielded anyways. The only time my wallet was not on my person was when I was in my hotel room. Alone.

Grumble.
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It's just going to keep bugging me how they got the card info.
It's not worth the aggravation of worrying, and it's probably nothing you did and not the fault of anyone you used it with. I had a brand-new card compromised before I had even used it once. Thieves is thieves.

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Got a check for $9k for a new roof! YAY!

Check was made out incorrectly - it has my wife's name on it, but she is not on the mortgage. Bank... another co-payee on the check... won't accept it. BOO!

Call the insurance company. Their suggestion? "Are you planning on divorcing your wife? Because we have to make out the check to who is on the policy, including her, and we can't just remove her from the policy without reason." BOO!

(They also suggest that I write "Void" all over the check, which I did.)

Then I go back to the bank, find someone with real authority, and they are like "Yeah, our original advice was stupid, we can endorse it." YAY!

Except... on the advice of the insurance carrier... I have the word "void" written all over this thing. BOO!

So I have to take the check in tomorrow to my agent so he can verify that the damn thing was turned in and destroyed, before I can get a new check cut. FUCK!
Almost got this taken care of. Got roofing estimates today - 3 companies, 2 of which gave lowball rates for roof, didn't look at the adjusters statement, and didn't ask me about the mortgage/insurance relationship. The 3rd person reviewed the paperwork, explained how there was an extra $1,600 to be claimed in recoverable depreciation, saying that this total would allow his team to do a roof and a new fence, while still fulfilling the mortgage company's requirements for full repair and replacement. I called my people @ Wells Fargo and while they wouldn’t vouch for his work (nor did I expect them to), they did say that they’ve had a long working relationship with company 3, and not so much with the other two.

So while company 3 is $2.5k higher than the lowest bid, I am more than confident that this guy knows his stuff from a roofing, banking, and insurance perspective, making it worth the extra cost. And since it’s the insurance company picking up the entire $10.4k tab ($8.8k for first check, $1.6k for rec depr), my goal is to make sure I can maximize the value of the repairs made out of the money they are giving me.
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I do not give a rat's ass about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. I could not give two shits about anyone in the Royal Family. Or any Royal family.

We (the human race) should do away with the concept of Royalty altogether, as it counterproductive to our evolution as a species, but that is a rant for another day. Today, we are on the daily news stories about the English Royals and how I am tired of seeing them. 3 or 4 per day, about rich and privileged people who are rich and privileged by 'right' of birth. Parasites, all.

To be clear, I do not wish any of them ill. I hope they all lead healthy, happy lives. But they should all get regular jobs and reporters should STOP TRYING TO TELL ME ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THEIR EXISTENCE!!!!!
Damn, I feel exactly the same way. Everyone's ooh-ing and aw-ing and slobbering over the royal rugrat, and he's only seventh in line for the throne. Seventh! He'll never become king, what's the fucking big deal?

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Oh, so they had a kid?

I might have guessed that... I caught a glimpse of Harry's face on TV, and saw Megan Whatever's name on a newspaper. I'm kind of proud of myself for being analog enough this month that i'm not being kept up on Stuff That's Not That Important.

Is it their first? Oh, never mind, I really don't care.

But it's harmless... anyhow, I'm happy for them. (in case the Queen Mum asks what my reaction was)
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If we do away with royalty how can I be the 'Princess Frets-a-lot' that I've been called by CERTAIN people? You know who you are! Yeah, you.

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So while company 3 is $2.5k higher than the lowest bid
When it comes to contractors, there's always someone willing to rip you off. That person is usually the low bidder--as if they know some big secret that lets them do quality work for a lower price, and that they've accounted for the more predictable hidden bugaboos in the job. I've found that the fellow you want is the one who isn't afraid to drop a big number on you, apprise you of why even that may not be sufficient if problems X, Y, and Z come up, and is perfectly happy to walk away if you look like you think he's overcharging. The one who has been in business long enough to not need your job or your drama is the one who will be around to correct any mistakes.

Almost got me going about how I learned that one.
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Damn, I feel exactly the same way. Everyone's ooh-ing and aw-ing and slobbering over the royal rugrat, and he's only seventh in line for the throne. Seventh! He'll never become king, what's the fucking big deal?
Unless someone takes out 1 through 6. And THEN we got us a news story!
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I do not give a rat's ass about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. I could not give two shits about anyone in the Royal Family. Or any Royal family.

We (the human race) should do away with the concept of Royalty altogether, as it counterproductive to our evolution as a species, but that is a rant for another day. Today, we are on the daily news stories about the English Royals and how I am tired of seeing them. 3 or 4 per day, about rich and privileged people who are rich and privileged by 'right' of birth. Parasites, all.

To be clear, I do not wish any of them ill. I hope they all lead healthy, happy lives. But they should all get regular jobs and reporters should STOP TRYING TO TELL ME ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THEIR EXISTENCE!!!!!
I think the British royals are rather over-hyped, but that's about as far as I'd go. I never thought I'd be inclined to defend them, but this has driven me to it. The Queen serves an actual political function, and all of them collectively serve a not insignificant symbolic societal function by reminding people that there are aspects of their national heritage that transcend politics, and by -- most of the time -- acting as far better role models than politicians, actors, or overpaid baseball players.

As for getting "regular jobs", the royal family has considerable private wealth and are easily independently wealthy. But those with royal duties still work a lot harder than many spoiled rich kids with similar levels of family wealth, and AFAIK all the boys have served in the military, which is also a lot more than you can say for many spoiled rich kids. In fact IIRC the then Princess Elizabeth contributed directly and significantly to the war effort.
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About ten years ago, I noticed that I was starting to get motion sickness on the DC Metro. I don't have problems in cars or buses or planes or even other subway systems, just the Metro. Something about the way it sways back and forth, and the flashing lights in the tunnels. It's been getting slowly but steadily worse over the years (I ride as rarely as I can manage) until today, when I actually had to run out of a Red Line train only 3 stops after getting on because I was retching. Thankfully I hadn't eaten much lunch so I was able to "hold it," but it was absolutely miserable.

And then, to top it off, they've taken all the trash cans out of the stations, probably for security reasons, but with no bathrooms or trash cans, what are you supposed to do? I was this close to just throwing up all over the floor of the car, or on the platform. I guess if I am ever forced to take Metro again, I will have to be sure to have an empty plastic bag with me. Lovely.
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IME, using Shift-Enter fairly reliably goes to a new line rather than sending messages. I haven't been on OKC for years though so YMMV.
Even if Shift-Enter works I'm likely to forget about it by the next time I send someone a message.

And it's just a badly designed interface. If someone presses Enter because they want to send their message, but all it does is insert a line break, that's no big deal; they edit the message to remove the break and click on the Send button. But if you want a line break and accidentally send the message, you're out of luck. There's no chance to confirm it, no way to undo it, and they only let you send one message to a person.

If it takes me two key presses to send a message, I'm sure I'll find some way to cope with the hardship. I know we're all supposed to have the attention span of a fruit fly hopped up on Red Bull, but our tools shouldn't enforce the notion.
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And then, to top it off, they've taken all the trash cans out of the stations, probably for security reasons, but with no bathrooms or trash cans, what are you supposed to do? I was this close to just throwing up all over the floor of the car, or on the platform. I guess if I am ever forced to take Metro again, I will have to be sure to have an empty plastic bag with me. Lovely.
I've found that a large Mcdonald's cup (or similar) is a perfect vomit receptical. It's the right size, has a good lid and has rigid sides. I know this because, while I was pregnant, I had morning sickness. And would often been nauseated on my way to work. You can see where this is going.

I scheduled my daughter's doctor's appointment during school. I feel like a dummy because she's missed a bunch of school recently and I shouldn't be pulling her out yet again. But, this appointment was scheduled a full 2 months ago and was the first available. I can't reschedule. I hope I'm not screwing her up too much, schedule wise.
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Mini-rant the fourth, part the first: In two days, I'll be inundated with clowns wishing me "Happy Star Wars Day".
Mini-rant the fourth, part the second: I fucking hated that movie. I do not like Star Wars. If you actually know me, then you should already know that.
Mini-rant the fourth, part the third: May 4th is not "May the Force", you morons.
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I do not find myself inclined to reply to Ankita Singh from Infoholic Research, despite his/her cheery email opening salutation of "Hello Default Value , Hope you are doing good!"

Call me old fashioned, but I think you need some time to establish a connection before addressing me so intimately as "Default Value".
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Can someone help me understand why kids are recruited so early for select teams? A coach from a local league is trying really hard to recruit my kid into his soccer team. She's 9. The league involves three practices/week, plus games, plus travel four travel tournaments per year. These are goddamn nine year olds. The problem is that my daughter really wants to do it. She's willing to give up softball, rec soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and anything else she has to in order to play for this league. Or at least she thinks she is; the reality may well be much, much different. Still. She's 9. I work full time. So does my husband. We also happen to have another child, who also has activities he wants to do. I don't want to take away an opportunity, but holy motherfucking shit. Nine.
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And then, to top it off, they've taken all the trash cans out of the stations, probably for security reasons, but with no bathrooms or trash cans, what are you supposed to do? I was this close to just throwing up all over the floor of the car, or on the platform. I guess if I am ever forced to take Metro again, I will have to be sure to have an empty plastic bag with me. Lovely.
Maybe it just happened to be at that stop. I use a trashcan in the Metro almost every day.

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Maybe not a rant, but a bemusement. A few days ago, I went to the grocery store to buy, among other things, a can of spam. There was an empty shelf area and a sign saying that canned meat products could be picked up in Customer Service. There were a couple of representative cans of non-standard spam (low-salt, BBQ, etc.) to show the selection available.

Is there some sort of black market for spam that I wasn't aware of? Can it be boiled down to make smeth or something?
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People use it as bait to hunt Hawaiians. How's the Hawaiian population in Stockton?
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Maybe not a rant, but a bemusement. A few days ago, I went to the grocery store to buy, among other things, a can of spam. There was an empty shelf area and a sign saying that canned meat products could be picked up in Customer Service. There were a couple of representative cans of non-standard spam (low-salt, BBQ, etc.) to show the selection available.

Is there some sort of black market for spam that I wasn't aware of? Can it be boiled down to make smeth or something?
The only time I've seen anything like that was in the section of a liquor store where they normally stocked Courvoisier. Instead of bottles they had little stand-up cardboard figures of bottles on the shelf. Turned out, this was a store that was experiencing a high level of shoplifting and Courvoisier for some reason was the absolute #1 favorite target. It boggles the mind that anyone would shoplift Spam!
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The Queen serves an actual political function, and all of them collectively serve a not insignificant symbolic societal function by reminding people that there are aspects of their national heritage that transcend politics, and by -- most of the time -- acting as far better role models than politicians, actors, or overpaid baseball players.
I think it's an awfully high price to pay for 'symbolism'. And the actors and sports guys aren't living off the public dole. They are paid to produce.

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As for getting "regular jobs", the royal family has considerable private wealth and are easily independently wealthy.
And yet they cost the British taxpayers so many millions of pounds per year....

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I wonder how they acquired their 'landed estates and financial assets'? Could it be inheritance from being Royal?

Parasites.

Which is really none of my business. And since it is none of my business, I don't want to see 3 or 4 news stories about the Royals every goddamned day.
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I think it's an awfully high price to pay for 'symbolism'. And the actors and sports guys aren't living off the public dole. They are paid to produce.
Maybe it's just me, but when a guy is being paid, literally, hundreds of millions of dollars to throw a ball so another guy can try to hit it with a stick (for which he's also being paid hundreds of millions), I don't see that as "producing" anything. And that money doesn't come out of thin air. It may not be tax dollars, but it does come from the public, who apparently feel they are being entertained. And that's fine. Maybe some feel that the royals are entertaining, too, as well as being role models who are a good deal more exemplary than a guy who hits a ball with a stick or an actor who's an asshole to his fans.

Let me put it this way. The British people have, as their head of state, Queen Elizabeth, who represents a storied history and national heritage and is a person of incontrovertible integrity. You have, as your head of state, Donald J. Trump.
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2006 called up, said that Wolfpup just pwn3d your asses. Just saying.

Playing the DJT card was kinda cruel, but it needed to be done.
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The only time I've seen anything like that was in the section of a liquor store where they normally stocked Courvoisier. Instead of bottles they had little stand-up cardboard figures of bottles on the shelf. Turned out, this was a store that was experiencing a high level of shoplifting and Courvoisier for some reason was the absolute #1 favorite target. It boggles the mind that anyone would shoplift Spam!
It boggles my mind, too. The shelf with the missing spam was up above the shelf with the tuna and the canned oysters other stuff that I, personally, find more enticing.
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Let me put it this way. The British people have, as their head of state, Queen Elizabeth, who represents a storied history and national heritage and is a person of incontrovertible integrity. You have, as your head of state, Donald J. Trump.
* opens mouth, closes it, sits down *
He's got us there, y'all.
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When it comes to contractors, there's always someone willing to rip you off. That person is usually the low bidder--as if they know some big secret that lets them do quality work for a lower price, and that they've accounted for the more predictable hidden bugaboos in the job. I've found that the fellow you want is the one who isn't afraid to drop a big number on you, apprise you of why even that may not be sufficient if problems X, Y, and Z come up, and is perfectly happy to walk away if you look like you think he's overcharging. The one who has been in business long enough to not need your job or your drama is the one who will be around to correct any mistakes.

Almost got me going about how I learned that one.
When I called up the other two I told them the difference is that guy #3 looked at the adjusters statement, saw how much the insurance company was willing to pay, saw what they wanted done, and said "here's how we can use all their money to improve your home even beyond what they require. And if we find other issues, I'll file a supplemental claim which will get approved." The other 2 just gave me low bids on something I wasn't even paying for.

Business lesson: it's not about being the low-cost leader, it's about being able to maximize value.
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