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Old 11-04-2019, 02:28 PM
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Our plow service, which has been very reliable for the three years since I decided I was too old to be shovelling snow from the driveway, decided that they would no longer plow down-sloping drives like mine without a waiver absolving them of responsibility if they damaged a retaining wall or slid into the garage door. I can see their point, but it's very annoying. (They will do the flat section at the road end and the plowdrift for half price.) I checked with other plow services and they flatly refuse to do any part of a sloping drive. At least the garage end of the drive generally has less snow for me to shovel.
The only thing I could imagine would have a plow service get their shorts in a knot would be a basement garage where the driveway slopes down from street level. I presume this is what you mean by "down-sloping". In my former urban neighborhood where land was very valuable lots of new infill houses were built that way because it was a way to get maximum house on minimum land, especially if it was a narrow lot. I never figured out how they deal with snow removal, since the grade is pretty steep and would be problematic both for plows and even self-propelled snowblowers. Maybe they were heated -- short and steep driveways would be perfect for that.
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Old 11-04-2019, 02:40 PM
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It was used as the opening music to the 1931 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and was used a lot during the silent era. That probably started the association, then Fantasia, then it was also used in some versions of Phantom of the Opera.

Itís just a generally creepy sounding piece. I can remember as a child hearing it in the haunted house at our local amusement park.
I was going to mention this. The version of the original Phantom of the Opera that I've seen used it for the Phantom's organ playing.
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Old 11-05-2019, 01:10 AM
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The only thing I could imagine would have a plow service get their shorts in a knot would be a basement garage where the driveway slopes down from street level. I presume this is what you mean by "down-sloping". In my former urban neighborhood where land was very valuable lots of new infill houses were built that way because it was a way to get maximum house on minimum land, especially if it was a narrow lot. I never figured out how they deal with snow removal, since the grade is pretty steep and would be problematic both for plows and even self-propelled snowblowers. Maybe they were heated -- short and steep driveways would be perfect for that.
Yeah - it's a high ranch with the garage half below ground. I had a snowblower for a while, but there's no room to keep it in the garage and keeping it elsewhere meant I had to reef it up and down several steps to get to the driveway. It was almost as much work as shovelling by hand and my wife was getting worried I'd keel over from a heart attack. Maybe I'll spring for a lightweight model.

At least the plowing service (actually a tractor-mounted snowblower) will deal with the 3 to 4 foot high drift of wet, heavy snow and ice that the city snowplow typically leaves. That alone is more than half of the work, and would be hard to clear with a lightweight blower.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:08 AM
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This is stupid, but I don't care. I avoided Dish's offers of a 'free' voice remote for months. Emails, each time I was on the site to pay, phone system offers--I avoided them all. Obviously, my wishes are not to be respected, so finally Dish sent me an email telling me my free voice remote was on the way as a gift for being a valued customer. Grrr.

I called Dish and told them I did not want the remote. This was very confusing for them. The first rep had to talk to someone in the "back office" to even figure out how to respond. My experience is that I become responsible for the equipment that Dish provides, and I don't want to have to keep track of an additional remote. Dish says the remote is coming and there is no mechanism for return. But, I am assured, I do not have to keep the remote, use the remote, or return the remote in the future should I choose to end my Dish service. So I planned to dispose of the remote when it arrived.

Remote arrives and I throw the box on a counter pending possibly finding someone who wants it.

Yesterday, I get an email from Dish asking me to set up my voice remote. Oh, you fucking fucks! I didn't want the fucking thing, and I surely don't want continuing emails asking me to use it.

I called Dish and asked if they are going to continue to harass me about this. Because I really don't want this stupid remote. One rep said they could stop the emails, but the person they sent me to make it stop seemed quite confused about that idea.

I anticipate continued emails about setting up the remote, followed by this being the final push to end my service, because I am already thisclose.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:20 AM
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Yuck, if they're being that pushy it means that remote makes money for them somehow, probably by spying on you.
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Old 11-05-2019, 11:10 AM
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Not picking on anyone here in particular, but guys, can we stop with the "kids don't know X" theme when it comes to movies, tv shows, and music? Trust me, they know. They may not know the books or Rolling Stone Magazine, but the electronica, the stuff on YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, Tor, Hulu, etc?

They know. And they know a metric fuckton more of Americana culture than you knew at that age, so chill.
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Old 11-05-2019, 11:37 AM
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Oh Joy, two scam call already this AM--sorry guys, I don't speak Chinese, let alone know anyone in NYC.
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Old 11-05-2019, 02:29 PM
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Oh Joy, two scam call already this AM--sorry guys, I don't speak Chinese, let alone know anyone in NYC.
I'd love to get rid of the landline (six calls in the last 24 hours, all robocalls)... but the kids won't let me. All because a drunk called us up at 2 am and told us he wanted to buy our number... we had no idea that our number spelled (262)BEE-RKEG.

ETA: I'm trusting you guys not to call and act like a Chinese telecom company. Thanks.

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Old 11-06-2019, 09:36 AM
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Paralyzed by Crushing Disappointment, I sit here in the dark, unable to sleep. Not even holding a puppy can ease my angst. It will be light soon, and the people will be up and around, a constant source of annoyance, like a splinter under a fingernail. Can't remove it, can't ignore it.

It's somebody's Birthday, somewhere I'm not. There is no joy on the Alkali Flat.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:06 AM
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I'll take the puppy, I could use some therapy.

A somewhat new guy from customer service inexplicably dropped in for a chat. I now have the following seared into my mind:
  • He currently has 8 stitches in his butt.
  • He has half a toenail on his right foot.
  • He will be getting cataract surgery soon, and since he won't be able to bend over afterward, he's going to get a pedicure.
  • He showed me the nail polish he's going to have applied during the pedicure... red for the intact toenail, and blue for the half-nail, as an indicator of the amount of intellect he believes to be possessed by the respective political parties.
  • He claims to be independent.
  • He's going to send a picture of his painted toenails to his brother.
  • His wife thinks he's an idiot.

Naturally, there was no mention of the minor kerfuffle he caused last week by falsely telling me we had received customer approval for an important document.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:29 AM
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...There is no joy on the Alkali Flat.
What can we do to help? Ummm... hope things look better on the Alkali Flat, I guess. Beats living at the bottom of the Avalanches of Acid.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:39 AM
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Trooper is found. Safe and secure at home. She was having a glass of wine in her kitchen, depressed cause he wasn't found in the neighborhood. She heard a faint sound, opened the back door and he was sitting there taking a bath. Strutted in like he never left.
She secured the cat flap til she figures out where he got out.
Yay!!!

YAY!!
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:46 AM
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My IV meds Monday have done a number on me. I'm hoping today I'll brighten up. Not looking great, so far. But, no matter I have to go get them again tomorrow. Unless I pitch a bitch-fit and they change or reduce the amount. This is no way to live.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:05 PM
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Fuck the VA. My older brother died of a massive stroke two years ago while riding his bike. He was dead before he hit the pavement. Our grandmother and grandfather died of a series of massive strokes. My mom's younger sister had a series of strokes---starting at about the age I am now----which left her paralyzed and finally died after a massive stroke a few years later. At least one of Mom's older sisters also died of a stroke, as did one of that aunt's kids---he was 20 years younger than me, but he was also massively overweight.

I've always had very low blood pressure, so I've had fainting spells all my life. They tend to show up only when I'm sick or have forgotten to eat again. Ever since Iraq, where I got knocked unconscious at least four times by either IEDs or a dude who was trying to steal classified materials, I've had headaches that somehow make me blind, but also cause flashing streaks of light to appear in front of me. These headaches are preceded by intense dizziness and are so painful I sometimes can't even crawl to a daybed to lie down and pull a pillow over my head. Sometimes I just lie down right where I am on the floor. (I'm shocked the VA hasn't blamed it on "arthritis of the head" or something yet.)

I started getting dizzy in May, and I have not had a NON-dizzy day since then. The headaches are constant now, but less bad. I keep falling down from being so dizzy, if not outright pass out. I'm covered with bruises, and I don't bruise easily.

So the VA tells me to go to ER in my little town. I do. They do a CT scan but can't really find anything definative except a kind of "weird" vein.

The VA decides that not finding a cause means it wasn't emergent, so they're demanding $6,700.

I will burn my fucking house down before I pay these assholes. My dad was a Ranger during WWII, and when he got very sick at the end of his life, the VA tried to take the house, which my mom bought and owned, because Dad's credit was bad. (This was when women couldn't have credit without their husbands, so Mom had to write the bank president a letter, full of details about the family after they initially turned her down, and they STILL put Dad on the deed and gave him credit for payments MOM made. Bastards).

Yes, I called my reps. The Republican was fucking useless. The Dem is much harder working and has nicer staff.

I'm still dizzy and my head is pounding right now. Since May.

Oh, and I just had some REMF who never left the wire call me, who was in combat, "a crazy cat lady."

Fuck you, VA. Fuck you, REMF.
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So for years my office has used a system to report minor physical plant issues: a dedicated e-mail group that goes to a select few people responsible for noting issues and contacting the building management. Things like temp too high or low, leaking bathroom fixtures, carpet coming loose, that sort of thing.

I am in that group, probably because it was my suggestion all those years ago, along with 2-3 other people.

Recently we had issues being ignored, and after considerable frustration, eventually were told that our computer security folks determined that the existence of the group constituted a security risk, so the group was deactivated -- but no one was informed.

I must stress that this e-mail group included ONLY authorized in-house people with need-to-know -- no outsiders. Furthermore, in not telling anyone the group was disabled, they left us wondering why no issues were being addressed/fixed.

After some discussion, a new solution has now been given to us: we are to e-mail all the people who need to know using a regular e-mail.

So all that has happened is they have replaced an e-mail group with a list of the same names. It goes to the same people; the only difference is we have to enter each name individually instead of using a convenient group.

Such is the collective wisdom of our computer experts.

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Old 11-06-2019, 02:00 PM
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Paralyzed by Crushing Disappointment, I sit here in the dark, unable to sleep. Not even holding a puppy can ease my angst. It will be light soon, and the people will be up and around, a constant source of annoyance, like a splinter under a fingernail. Can't remove it, can't ignore it.

It's somebody's Birthday, somewhere I'm not. There is no joy on the Alkali Flat.
New puppy? Wha?!?? NEW puppy?
Did I hear you right? NEW PUPPY!!!!
Yay!!!

PUPPY!
PUPPY!

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Old 11-06-2019, 02:09 PM
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I've always had very low blood pressure, so I've had fainting spells all my life. They tend to show up only when I'm sick or have forgotten to eat again. Ever since Iraq, where I got knocked unconscious at least four times by either IEDs or a dude who was trying to steal classified materials, I've had headaches that somehow make me blind, but also cause flashing streaks of light to appear in front of me. <snipping>
Wait a minute. You were knocked unconscious by someone trying to steal classified material? Is this a story you can tell, because it sounds intriguing as hell.

In other news, I am so, so sorry the VA is being fuckers to you. I also suggest you find a different hospital and get an MRI, since that can show things not visible on a CT. Something is wrong and the VA should make sure you are checked out six ways from Sunday until they find it. Their response is pure bullshit.

Glad at least one of your Congresscritters is helping you. Somehow, I'm not surprised it's the Democrat. Republicans always tout how behind the military they are, right up until it costs money or you're a veteran but not active, or both.

Any chance you can take your story to the press? Unfavorable publicity can often persuade elected personnel and organizations like the VA that they need to do right.
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The VA did more damage than the insurgents did. I was told flat out, "Women aren't in combat." I tore a rotator cuff when a defective IED went off under my humvee and nearly tossed me out of the gun turret.

As for the thief, I didn't know anything about it till a couple years AFTER Iraq.

My CO emailed me. "Hey, guess where I am?"

"Beats me, where?"

"New York Federal Court!" (He's an immigrant who's now the sheriff of a small western town. Hell of a great guy.)

"Okay, why?"

"Remember So-and-So, that terp you caught trying to get into the (classified material office.)?"

Had no clue what he was talking about. Didn't remember a damned thing. If S&S was a terp for another squad I'd have limited contact with the guy, period.

"No----?"

"That guy that disappeared? You had a fight?"

"Um....no?"

He said I had been stuck at the office one day, calling in air strikes for a team, when apparently this interpreter came swanning in and tried to get in the office, where there were things that I can't even describe. There was apparently a struggle. When the company came back I was groggy and apparently had a bloody nose. Medics said I had a lump on my head or something and wasn't sure why they were telling me it was Wednesday when the last thing I remembeted was Tuesday.

S&S disappeared. They caught him two weeks later, or else I'm thinking of somebody else. He'd taken the plates out of his body armor and the pockets were filled with classified material. He had been working with actual Al-Qaeda members, and used a fake name to get a job with a contractor. As far as I know, he was never identitified with any certainty.

I think between us, my CO and I might have gotten two days mixed up, because I do remember bits and pieces of calling in air strikes to grid coordinates, but I don't remember ANY of that stuff about the office. I don't remember the guy at all, but my CO says I had to have had lots of doings with him.

He might even be out of jail by now.

Sorry for the bland retelling. I just don't know much of it because I seem to have slept through it, in effect.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:30 PM
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I've got an abscessed molar that hurts like a sonofabitch and is making me look like an elderly hamster. I'v got about 6000 balls in the air and I do NOT have time for this.
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My 90 year old mother-in-law has been diagnosed with both renal cancer and metastasized ovarian cancer, which has spread throughout her abdomen. She doesn't want to be miserable for the extra year that chemo might give her. Docs can't use radiation because the cancer is diffused, giving them no focal point for treatment. She's in a home now, and doing quite well. She's eating again and going to physical therapy. But my brother-in-law thinks she's playing up doing better so she can go home to die.

None of us really knows what to do at this point. It's a waiting game and every time the phone rings, I jump. My husband is going to go tharn if this keeps up. Fuck cancer right in the ear.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:05 PM
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My 90 year old mother-in-law has been diagnosed with both renal cancer and metastasized ovarian cancer, which has spread throughout her abdomen. She doesn't want to be miserable for the extra year that chemo might give her. Docs can't use radiation because the cancer is diffused, giving them no focal point for treatment. She's in a home now, and doing quite well. She's eating again and going to physical therapy. But my brother-in-law thinks she's playing up doing better so she can go home to die.

None of us really knows what to do at this point. It's a waiting game and every time the phone rings, I jump. My husband is going to go tharn if this keeps up. Fuck cancer right in the ear.
My Granny. Same thing. She got where she couldn't eat much. We had her at ER one time for IV nutrition because she was weak from hunger and dehydration. An ancient Doctor was on call. He was patient and kind to her. Ordered the IV. He sent us out. He came out and found us and sat in the waiting area(no Doc now would do that)
He said he talked to her and she promised she would try harder and eat white bread soaked in milk and drink a small glass of buttermilk everyday. And keep it down. She did as he said and lived 2 more years. I can't say, for sure her life was extended, but she never had to go back for IV nutrition the rest of her life. YMMV, of course. Just thought I'd share.
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:43 PM
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Thank you. That gives me some hope. She's a tough old bird but she's also tired and she may be ready to go.
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:09 AM
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margin, that's awful. Keep fighting - old soldiers never die.

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Paralyzed by Crushing Disappointment, I sit here in the dark, unable to sleep. Not even holding a puppy can ease my angst. It will be light soon, and the people will be up and around, a constant source of annoyance, like a splinter under a fingernail. Can't remove it, can't ignore it.

It's somebody's Birthday, somewhere I'm not. There is no joy on the Alkali Flat.
It's a small thing, but it's all I have: most of your posts bring me joy. KBO.

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I[*]He showed me the nail polish he's going to have applied during the pedicure... red for the intact toenail, and blue for the half-nail, as an indicator of the amount of intellect he believes to be possessed by the respective political parties.
That is... all sorts of things. I mean, the whole post, but this bit in particular. I can't even... - you should get hazard pay for sharing oxygen with such fools.

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I've got an abscessed molar that hurts like a sonofabitch and is making me look like an elderly hamster. I'v got about 6000 balls in the air and I do NOT have time for this.
Ouch. Can you take this as an opportunity to start putting some balls down, then making time for yourself? Why yes, I am an idealist/fantasist, why do you ask?

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Thank you. That gives me some hope. She's a tough old bird but she's also tired and she may be ready to go.
Yup, she'll go when she's ready. Tough on everyone in the meantime - nothing more you can do than what you're doing, by the looks of it.
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We have a Dead Cat trying to brighten up the day of a Fished Cat. I am imagining Dead Cat as an actual (and live) black cat, licking the face of a very wet white-and-red striped, morose cat.

Maybe this post should go in the "random thoughts" thread...

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Old 11-07-2019, 09:34 AM
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Damn, I always forget my username isn't appropriate when expressing sympathy - especially when pet-related. Maybe I should change it, but I've barely registered a presence here in 14 years under this name, so I'm not going to 'ruin' that now.

For the avoidance of doubt, my username does not refer to roadkill (as one poster once suggested) - it is a play on the phrase "curiosity killed the cat", curiosity being what led me to this site in the first place. At the time I was new to the internet and hadn't yet realised its second most important function (after porn).
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:51 PM
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Damn, I always forget my username isn't appropriate when expressing sympathy - especially when pet-related. Maybe I should change it, but I've barely registered a presence here in 14 years under this name, so I'm not going to 'ruin' that now.

For the avoidance of doubt, my username does not refer to roadkill (as one poster once suggested) - it is a play on the phrase "curiosity killed the cat", curiosity being what led me to this site in the first place. At the time I was new to the internet and hadn't yet realised its second most important function (after porn).
Maybe you should buy a title, something I Haz Curiosity?

And general warm fuzzy hugs to anybody that needs one, or even if you don't need one.

And as someone currently in the 5 year countdown for colorectal cancer, I heartily agree - fuck cancer.
[and my oncology nutritionist approved recipe for medsludge - 12 oz whole milk, 4 oz homemade or as close as possible greek yogurt, 1 to 1.5 packets carnation instant breakfast, 2 tbsp ground oatmeal as flour, 1 tbsp ground flax seed, with or without ice blenderize and drink. it is about one third of your daily nutrition, and they have a heavier protein version of carnation now, or you can add protein powder if you want more protein. I usually managed at least one a day at my worst and drank a ton of ginger/lemon/peppermint tea. Yup, I know exactly how much sugar to add to water to make 1800 calories *sigh* and towards the end I was doing over 4000 calories a day, almost 2 gallons of liquids and still ended up hospitalized. Extra hugs for anybody currently fighting cancer in any form.]
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I think a custom title about curiosity is a perfect idea, Aruvqan.

BTW what does "5 year countdown" mean? I hope it means you are five years cancer free.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:17 PM
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we had no idea that our number spelled (262)BEE-RKEG.
That's an anagram our number when I was growing up; different area code, though.


Got (legitimate) emails to two races next summer; both are at the same location (over an hour from my house) & include "free" registration if completed w/in 36 hours. One is a 5k OCR (Obstacle Course Race, like a Spartan or a Tough Mudder & the other being a glow-in-the-dark 5k. Both fun runs; nothing serious but fun. I don't know my schedule for next summer yet but WTH, I'll do it, it's "free" right? Nope! Go to signup, there's a mandatory $9.95 insurance fee, a $5 get your bib on race day fee (remember, it's over an hour away, each way, plus a $5 toll to pick it up in advance), & a $20 parking fee, or $34.95 for a "free" race.

I'll tell you what's free, a hearty Eff Ewe!
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:37 AM
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Can I shoot whomever decided that it is an "issue" to use "similar to" in a document, we must always use "like" instead?

Preferably from Big Bertha

I PAID for my vocabulary, you bloody Seattle IMBECILIC SLUGS!
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Old 11-08-2019, 05:43 AM
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Maybe you should buy a title, something I Haz Curiosity?
Great idea. This is why I come here, for things that I wouldn't have thought of myself. I'm not big on the whole lolcats meme, so I've gone for something similar but more staid. Thanks!
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Old 11-08-2019, 06:27 AM
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I love it when things work out.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:47 AM
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Ok, this is a minirant, but did anyone ever have one of those "atomic clocks" that ever lived up to it's billing?

There are more than one of these beasts in Casa Vorlon, and they don't set themselves. I know that I'm far east, heck I can toss a rock and it hits the Atlantic ocean, but I have never had one of these things set itself like advertised.
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I used to donate blood regularly. I used to have easy veins, I guess, that made it easy. The last two tries ended in failure when I stopped bleeding or, worse, they couldn't get the vein in the first place. So I've stopped donating for a while to see if losing weight or something helps. It hurts when they don't get the vein and it's a waste for both of us for them to have to stop a donation before it's complete.

This seems reasonable, right? So why does the Red Cross keep calling me literally every day, begging for blood? Are they actually vampires?
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My protein drink wss puke flavored. Do they not have taste testing on these things?
IDK, maybe peeps like puke flavoring. Not me.
I'm getting something to mix and make my own. It's gotta taste better.
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Ok, this is a minirant, but did anyone ever have one of those "atomic clocks" that ever lived up to it's billing?

There are more than one of these beasts in Casa Vorlon, and they don't set themselves. I know that I'm far east, heck I can toss a rock and it hits the Atlantic ocean, but I have never had one of these things set itself like advertised.
I've had one for many years, and I don't remember the last time I had to manually change the time. Sometimes it takes a day or two, but it always sets itself. This time it was a matter of minutes.
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That is... all sorts of things. I mean, the whole post, but this bit in particular. I can't even... - you should get hazard pay for sharing oxygen with such fools.
I'm damn lucky that no one took pictures of the stitches for him...he's shown me the same pictures of the rear end of his truck four or five times this week, so I know that could have been much worse. (He had some kind of chrome tips installed on the exhaust for some reason.)
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I'm damn lucky that no one took pictures of the stitches for him...he's shown me the same pictures of the rear end of his truck four or five times this week, so I know that could have been much worse. (He had some kind of chrome tips installed on the exhaust for some reason.)
He gave his truck a Prince Albert?
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The mod also resulted in splitting the tailpipe...something about wanting two (chrome-encased) exhaust pipes coming out of the back instead of just one? I honestly wasn't paying attention at that point. He claims that the presence of the dual exhaust pipes caused another pickup truck driver challenged him to a drag race at a stoplight.
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Grrrr! We have a freeview on DirevTV. Absolutely nothing worth watching on these channels. Why would anyone pay extra for them?

#2 My remote batteries are low. No correct batteries in the house.

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Grrrr! We have a freeview on DirevTV. Absolutely nothing worth watching on these channels. Why would anyone pay extra for them?

#2 My remote batteries are low. No correct batteries in the house.
I remember an episode of Gilligan's Island where the Professor re-charged the batteries for the transistor radio by soaking them in seawater something. You should grab a sauce pan and a box of Mortonís salt.
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I remember an episode of Gilligan's Island where the Professor re-charged the batteries for the transistor radio by soaking them in seawater something. You should grab a sauce pan and a box of Mortonís salt.
No, Beck, don't do it! A gorilla will end up trashing your kitchen. (if I remember the episode correctly)
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the mod also resulted in splitting the tailpipe...something about wanting two (chrome-encased) exhaust pipes coming out of the back instead of just one? I honestly wasn't paying attention at that point. He claims that the presence of the dual exhaust pipes caused another pickup truck driver challenged him to a drag race at a stoplight.
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No, Beck, don't do it! A gorilla will end up trashing your kitchen. (if I remember the episode correctly)
Yep. Pretty sure the Skipper will whack me with a Sailors hat.

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The mod also resulted in splitting the tailpipe...something about wanting two (chrome-encased) exhaust pipes coming out of the back instead of just one? I honestly wasn't paying attention at that point. He claims that the presence of the dual exhaust pipes caused another pickup truck driver challenged him to a drag race at a stoplight.
I understand why you would have stopped listening but, what!? Is there some kind of exhaust pipe code amongst truck accessorizers like the gay handkerchief code? Dual exhaust pipes means he wants to drag race. Truck nuts means the driver was dropped on his head as a baby.
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Went to the Dr. Wednesday because I thought I had strained something in my shoulder over the weekend. I mentioned that I also, coincidentally, had a little rash in the area. She said uhoh, let me see...

Yep, that's shingles.

Shingles sucks. Even with the good drugs.
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Went to the Dr. Wednesday because I thought I had strained something in my shoulder over the weekend. I mentioned that I also, coincidentally, had a little rash in the area. She said uhoh, let me see...

Yep, that's shingles.

Shingles sucks. Even with the good drugs.
Oh, man. You have my sympathy. Feel better soon.
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I think a custom title about curiosity is a perfect idea, Aruvqan.

BTW what does "5 year countdown" mean? I hope it means you are five years cancer free.
More or less ... all the tumors present had shrunk and sloughed off of the area leaving nothing showing except scar tissue, and assorted testing shows no tumor products running around my blood stream, nothing glows on a PET scan, and whatever other arcane crap my crew subjected me to, so I have frequent testing for 5 years, at the 5 year point they will grudgingly concede me cured [I am in remission til then] at that time. Of course, it can still come back at any time before or after the 5 year point, but what the hell=)
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Oh, thank Og. My first read of that was a doomsday clock at 5 years and counting down.

So this is good news!
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Congratulations, arvuqan. Glad to hear it's good news. Like digs, I wasn't sure...

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Oh, thank Og. My first read of that was a doomsday clock at 5 years and counting down.

So this is good news!
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Congratulations, arvuqan. Glad to hear it's good news. Like digs, I wasn't sure...
Thanks =)

It sort of works you get an 'almost clear, we can't really find anything *now*' and then you get 5 years of waiting before they will decide that you are cured. But you can still come out with another round [unless whatever it was was totally removed....]

The way it more or less works with me as a paraphrase I have 15% chance of it being 100% cured, never have an issue again, about 50% chance of finding random polyps on scoping my guts and them being nipped off like many people end up with having done, and 35% chance of it coming back and rolling over me like a herd of mad elephants and needing to get the lower end of my guts removed and me getting to crap in a bag ...my oncologist, surgeon and radiation oncologist feel that the odds are mostly with me being either totally cured or only having random polyps for the rest of my life.
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