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Old 12-22-2019, 07:08 PM
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You might want to talk to a tax guru on this, inheritances are normally not regarded as income.
I have no idea. I'm just waiting for my stuff to come for my taxes next year to figure it all out.
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Old 12-22-2019, 09:44 PM
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Purplehorseshoe, I sure hope things get better for you quickly. I'm also hoping that you still have a bed to sleep in, I spent a year sleeping in my car and it sucked. All of this happened at such a bad time of year. Keep appealing your UI denial, you have the spare time

The Karen/Missy conflict came to an upsetting end this year. Missy was redecorating and fell off the fridge. Karen heard Missy scream and ran into the kitchen to see a red hand towel on the floor and Missy trying to get up with what looked like a broken leg. Karen didn't hesitate, she grabbed a laundry basket, lined it with bath towels, plopped Missy into the basket, covered her with more towels and took her to our vet.

While nobody is quite sure how she managed it, her shoulder was broken during the fall. Now she gets to live in a cage for the next 6 weeks to be sure she doesn't jump and stop the healing process. Karen is beside herself with guilt and we just can't convince her that it wasn't her fault. (It really wasn't, sometimes, shit just happens.)
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Old 12-23-2019, 12:17 PM
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We have an HP printer at work, and I have an HP printer at home. To print labels on the work printer, the page of labels has to be inserted label-side down. To print labels on my home printer, the page of labels has to be inserted label-side up. I can never seem to remember which is correct for a given printer.
A lot of printers have an icon embedded into the manual feed tray indicating face up or down.

Alternately, maybe print a couple of labels saying Labels Face Up/Labels Face Down. Available information indicates you have access to both a printer and label stock.

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Old 12-23-2019, 12:22 PM
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flatlined. So sorry to hear about Missy. Hope she gets to feeling better soon.

ETA: Totally screwed up that ETA. Must be Monday.

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Old 12-23-2019, 06:41 PM
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A lot of printers have an icon embedded into the manual feed tray indicating face up or down.

Alternately, maybe print a couple of labels saying Labels Face Up/Labels Face Down. Available information indicates you have access to both a printer and label stock.

ETA:
*Snorts*

Those embedded icons are the same color as the rest of the feeder, kinda hard to see. Sharpies have always helped me to deal with the problem.

Missy's mishap has caused more than a little household upset. Karen thinks its her fault and tried to use her card to pay Missy's vet bill. Its so not her fault. Karen is of pushing Missy's cage around with her while she's cleaning so Missy won't feel alone and neglected. The other critters are not thrilled with the moving cage or the knowledge that one of their own (pets, not the rescues they see coming in and out) could possibly end up in a cage. Everyone except Steve's Kitten of course, they used to hang out in a cage because Steve liked it. SK likes to jump up on top of Missy's cage, which upsets Karen much more than it does Missy.

Karen is now using green kitchen towels because she thinks it would be mean to use the red ones while Missy can't do anything about it.

When I've "discussed" the whole thing with Missy, she seems pretty smug about all the upset and disruption caused by someone denying her will.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:42 PM
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A lot of printers have an icon embedded into the manual feed tray indicating face up or down.

Alternately, maybe print a couple of labels saying Labels Face Up/Labels Face Down. [IAvailable information indicates you have access to both a printer and label stock.

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*Snorts (at the bolded)*

Those embedded icons are the same color as the rest of the feeder, kinda hard to see. Sharpies have always helped me to deal with the problem.

Missy's mishap has caused more than a little household upset. Karen thinks its her fault and tried to use her card to pay Missy's vet bill. Its so not her fault. Karen is of pushing Missy's cage around with her while she's cleaning so Missy won't feel alone and neglected. The other critters are not thrilled with the moving cage or the knowledge that one of their own (pets, not the rescues they see coming in and out) could possibly end up in a cage. Everyone except Steve's Kitten of course, they used to hang out in a cage because Steve liked it. SK likes to jump up on top of Missy's cage, which upsets Karen much more than it does Missy.

Karen is now using green kitchen towels because she thinks it would be mean to use the red ones while Missy can't do anything about it.

When I've "discussed" the whole thing with Missy, she seems pretty smug about all the upset and disruption caused by someone denying her will.
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Old 12-23-2019, 07:01 PM
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When I've "discussed" the whole thing with Missy, she seems pretty smug about all the upset and disruption caused by someone denying her will.
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:13 PM
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I'm really tired of news headlines including the word "blast". Seems like I've read a ton of them using it lately. "So and so "blasts" some other dipshit" for something or other.

It often involves the POTUS (mostly as the blaster), but that's beside the point. It just seems like such a mindless and gratuitous word to use in what should be journalism. We also have plenty of news events that involve literal blasting with firearms.

How about "So and so 'critiques' somebody else"? Or simply says XYZ. Or how about we just don't create news out of offhand remarks that amount to nothing more than soap opera bullshit.

Related: I don't want to see the word "influencer" ever again, and I don't want to see every little interest or activity referred to as a "culture". Sub-culture maybe, but even that has a rather high bar to entry in my mind.
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Old 12-24-2019, 05:34 PM
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Speaking of news, can we declare a moratorium on "Breaking News"?
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Old 12-24-2019, 07:26 PM
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I have bad news for many of you parents that hope your now-adult child will stop being a moron: it may never happen. My 35 year old daughter just bought me a Chrstmas gift when:

She knows I don't need or want anything
Every year I tell her not to buy me anything
She knows I only do this stupid holiday for the grandkids

But most importantly, she can't afford to buy anything because she has a very limited fixed income. I pay her water/sewer/garbage every month, for fuck"s sake! I also pay for them to have internet so tbe oldest grandkid can do his homework at home. I know how tight things are.

In 3 weeks, she will be asking me for food and gas money for a scheduled upcoming trip to take the youngest grandkid to his specialist audiology appointments 140 miles away. I know this because she told her sister yesterday that she needed the money, and asked her how best to ask me for it. I usually go to these appointments and pay for all that, but can't this time for reasons.

The gift is unreturnable consumables that I buy and use regularly, so it was just something she knew I would use and that she knows I already have. If it had been like $5, I would not be so frustrated. But it was around $60, and a better gift would be making better choices.

What the actual fuck goes on in her mind, I will never know. Gah!

I know I should not let it bother me, and I should be glad that she thought of me. Then I think if she actually *thought* about me, she'd know better than to get me anything.

Plus, the grandkids are sick so I don't even get to see them. I am and .

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Old 12-25-2019, 01:10 AM
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Old 12-25-2019, 07:37 AM
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Eggnog it is then. Ok, why are my first holiday posts on FB always from That Damned Local Funeral Home?

If I'm dead, I'm not likely to see it. If someone close to me dies, I'm not likely to be fishing through my 'Seasons Greetings' posts for a body-stuffer and coffin maker.
Maybe the fine print offers a coupon of 15% off if you drag in to them the bed curtains? I'll go check.
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Old 12-25-2019, 07:52 AM
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Eggnog it is then. Ok, why are my first holiday posts on FB always from That Damned Local Funeral Home?

If I'm dead, I'm not likely to see it. If someone close to me dies, I'm not likely to be fishing through my 'Seasons Greetings' posts for a body-stuffer and coffin maker.
Maybe the fine print offers a coupon of 15% off if you drag in to them the bed curtains? I'll go check.
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Old 12-26-2019, 05:49 PM
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I got the flu on Christmas Eve.

So far I've missed any time that I would have had to be with my family (two birthdays, Christmas dinner and a movie so far). I'm hoping that I will be okay to fly home on Saturday.

My parents have been great and all but I was looking forward to seeing the rest of my family as well.
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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER SPOILER:.
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I just want to personally thank the dickhead sitting behind me that insisted on mumbling out the dramatic final line of the movie before the actor said it.

So it was so important to you, sir to let everyone around you to know that you either saw the movie or are so much more clever than either of us that you have to spoil it after sitting watching 2 hours and 20 minutes waiting for the ending?

Here’s an idea: can you anticipate what I am going to say next?
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You got it: FUCK YOU.


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Old 12-26-2019, 08:31 PM
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Why do the people who work at sub shops insist on holding long conversations with each other or with me while they are are hovering directly over my submarine sandwich?

At my local Jersey Mike's today, the workers were all chatting about the holiday schedule and time off and when paychecks were going to be given out and so on. What's the problem, you ask, did it distract them from their work?

No, they were working just fine. However, they don't realize that all of the flecks of spittle that leave their mouths as they speak are forming a fine mist that is settling directly on the sandwich they are preparing. My sandwich.

Yuck!

And they all do it, everywhere. It's nothing I could ever ask them not to do--such an effort would be futile. The only thing that would help would be a proper salad-bar sneeze guard on their side of the counter.
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:29 PM
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Slicing one's thumb while cutting lemons is not a whole lot of fun. It is also a rather bad time to offer me a salt shaker. I am not a widow, but it came pretty close tonight.

For those worrying about Missy and how she is dealing with vile confinement, she loves it. All she has to do is quietly meow to have slaves offer her treats, fresh water, scoop the box, anything her little kitty heart desires. This is how Steve the feral cat ended up owning his own cage and kitten. Cats are jerks.
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Old 12-28-2019, 03:09 AM
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Oh, my absolutely everlovin' shitfucking tittysucking JESUSFUCKNADO CHRIST!

I finally have a computer capable of ripping my enormous collection of CDs into the cloud at a speed somewhat faster than a geriatric snail ... and every. single. fucking. disc. has ripped properly into Windows Media Player, and then every. single. fucking. one of them is uploading into Google Music Play ... MINUS THE FIRST TRACK.

So I guess I now have ... I dunno, manually edit EVERY SINGLE DISC to somehow re-upload with the initial track. Thousands of albums. WHAT. THE. FUCK.
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:42 AM
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Oh, my absolutely everlovin' shitfucking tittysucking JESUSFUCKNADO CHRIST!
I am so using this next time someone cuts me off in traffic.
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Old 12-28-2019, 09:09 AM
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Slicing one's thumb while cutting lemons is not a whole lot of fun. It is also a rather bad time to offer me a salt shaker. I am not a widow, but it came pretty close tonight.
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There was a car accident a month or 1˝ ago. I know about it because I saw the sign down & the tire marks on the small hill on the opposite side of the sidewalk from the road, meaning the car went off the road about 10', right past the traffic light from the small strip mall near her house.

This car accident caused me to hurt my back...on Christmas night. - I was walking the dog & went to turn around before the light when I kicked the 2" metal stump in the cement that was the sign base.

The town has an online system that you can put in requests. I put in a not-exactly-polite request that I expected this be remedied on Thurs (how hard is it to drop a cone over it?). I look when we went out on Thurs & there was a cone in the area (it was about a block away from the way we went) but there was none when we came home. I took the beast & walked over there. The cone was gone but so was the 2" of metal sticking out of the cement; they obviously (fresh cut & metal dust on the ground) came out with a saw & cut it flush.

Kudos to a municipality to act quickly to fix a dangerous situation!

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Old 12-28-2019, 10:06 AM
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.. and every. single. fucking. disc. has ripped properly into Windows Media Player, and then every. single. fucking. one of them is uploading into Google Music Play ... MINUS THE FIRST TRACK.
This happens to me when I move shit to my phone. All the first songs end up in the unknown artist folder instead of with the rest of the album. If you figure out why, let me know. It's the reason I haven't put more music on my phone. I have been blaming my ancient laptop, but maybe I should be blaming Windows Media Player.
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Old 12-28-2019, 10:29 AM
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As usual, we hired some part-time temporary workers for the holidays. If they work out, we keep them. If not, it's goodbye.

This was the first job for one of the young co-workers. He was doing okay until he went out for break on Christmas Eve night and came back....well, less than sober. And totally foul mouth with everyone, including the customers.

Needless to say, he did not last another hour. He was escorted out of the store, cussing all the way, and told not to come back.

ETA: When he asked why he was being told to leave, he asked why. I answered "Because your behavior is not professional." He then said "Well, I'm not a professional." Uh, if you are being paid to do something, that makes you a professional and you better act like one.

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Old 12-28-2019, 02:00 PM
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I have bad news for many of you parents that hope your now-adult child will stop being a moron: it may never happen. My 35 year old daughter just bought me a Chrstmas gift when:

She knows I don't need or want anything
Every year I tell her not to buy me anything
She knows I only do this stupid holiday for the grandkids

But most importantly, she can't afford to buy anything because she has a very limited fixed income. I pay her water/sewer/garbage every month, for fuck"s sake! I also pay for them to have internet so tbe oldest grandkid can do his homework at home. I know how tight things are.

In 3 weeks, she will be asking me for food and gas money for a scheduled upcoming trip to take the youngest grandkid to his specialist audiology appointments 140 miles away. I know this because she told her sister yesterday that she needed the money, and asked her how best to ask me for it. I usually go to these appointments and pay for all that, but can't this time for reasons.

The gift is unreturnable consumables that I buy and use regularly, so it was just something she knew I would use and that she knows I already have. If it had been like $5, I would not be so frustrated. But it was around $60, and a better gift would be making better choices.

What the actual fuck goes on in her mind, I will never know. Gah!

I know I should not let it bother me, and I should be glad that she thought of me. Then I think if she actually *thought* about me, she'd know better than to get me anything.

Plus, the grandkids are sick so I don't even get to see them. I am and .
Wow. With just the slightest of variations, that describes my mother. Never a bastion of sensibility, she's sliding more and more from "thinking" to "feeling". Her standard, pat....nay....trite response when being asked not to throw money around she can't afford to people who don't need it is always the dreaded "You don't understand"...."what it's like to be a mother" sigh....

Of course, she doesn't "understand" what it's like to be fleeced by someone on a fixed income who could get by, and then a bit moreso, if not for them having a penchant of blowing through money on unnecessary gifts and splurges.

.....sigh.........
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Old 12-28-2019, 06:15 PM
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I have to submit termination paperwork on my hospitalized minion on Monday. I was supposed to do it yesterday, but allowed myself to get so emotional about the situation that I successfully procrastinated until it was too late to do anything. I'm angry at myself for not putting my big girl panties on and just dealing with it.

I don't think Missy is ever going to walk again. Currently, she is not allowed to jump, which means that when she is out of her "hospital room" she is being gently held and carried around before having careful lap time. Karen doesn't want Missy to be bored, so she moves Missy's cage from room to room, depending on where she is or if anything interesting is happening out the windows. By the time Missy is recovered enough to start jumping around, she won't need to because her slaves will jump at the twitch of her tail.
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Old 12-29-2019, 04:00 AM
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Cats are jerks.
Word.

Previously mentioned grandma cat (Sissie) has no issues with walking up to me and telling me to move the Og-damned laptop so she can assume her rightful position to receive her skritches and enjoy her nap.

OTOH, this is a vast improvement over the time when she was too wary to even be in the same room as me.
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Old 12-29-2019, 05:12 AM
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The gift is unreturnable consumables that I buy and use regularly, so it was just something she knew I would use and that she knows I already have. If it had been like $5, I would not be so frustrated. But it was around $60, and a better gift would be making better choices.

What the actual fuck goes on in her mind, I will never know. Gah!

I know I should not let it bother me, and I should be glad that she thought of me. Then I think if she actually *thought* about me, she'd know better than to get me anything.

Plus, the grandkids are sick so I don't even get to see them. I am and .
You know, if the stuff is all honestly stuff you would normally buy and use, that doesn't seem too bad. Yes, you'll probably be on the hook for giving her the $60 in some form later on, but you've saved $60 on some later grocery shop so it all evens out ... it may be a little non-productive for her to buy the stuff but it's not actively making your life worse. And it gives her he illusion of contributing, which maybe she needs?

Of course it may be that she's generally a numbnuts around money and that colours your thinking - at least, I'm getting that vibe.

Sorry about the sick grandkids though- that purely does suck
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Old 12-29-2019, 07:59 AM
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Yesterday at approximately Noon, I started to feel punk. Don’t know what it was just a bit wonky. Took a nap.woke up read, started stomachache. Then all hell broke loose. On the John for most of the afternoon.finally took a anti diarrhea. Had chills, sweats, hives. Slept on and off through the night. I hadn’t eaten since the morning, with just a cuppa joe and English muffin. Feel worn out this morning.wont go see my 85 yo Mother .Do not want to chance anything.
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Old 12-29-2019, 12:34 PM
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Old 12-29-2019, 08:22 PM
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I don't usually indulge but:

During a Christmas Day conversation, my son mentioned that the neighbour had seen birds flying out of a bathroom fan vent outlet on the house. This wasn't actually a surprise to me as I realized they were nesting in there.

So Boxing Day I get up and climb into the roof space with tools and Duct Tape and netting. The vent was at the far end of the house, past the heat pump unit and over all the ventilation pipes, so a bit of a trek.

I start by shaking out the pipe as much as I could - apparently tipping out a couple of eggs. I then tried to cut the pipe somewhat shorter, and realised I didn't have any wire-cutters. So I metal-fatigued the wire. Some netting over the vent and lots of duct-tape later I was happy the birds wouldn't get back in, and the vent pipe was clear.

So i got up to leave, and my right foot was dead. Not conducive to clambering around in the roof void without putting a foot through the ceiling. But I didn't do that.

I stumbled, bent over, twisted and grabbed a support - and felt a rib go pop as I did so. I'm guessing I tore some intercostal muscles - I made it out to the ladder, but I have been in pain ever since. It's worse if I laugh, cough or sneeze.

Not happy as all.
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:00 AM
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How did MissTake spend XMas?
After a lovely, but expensive, late lunch with the family I received a call from my daughter.
Could I meet them an hour and a half away, she needs to go to the ER. She's still covered on my insurance, which is not accepted at any hospital within 100 miles of where she lives. So at 7pm, I'm tooling down to Red Wing to pick her up and drive her back up here to the hospital.
Influenza B.
Did you know the flu shots from this year are for Influenza A, NOT B, which is why there has been such a high number of people ill? I did not.
Finally get home around 1am, have to be in office at 8am.
Thankfully, her fever broke Thursday, so the contagion period wasn't terribly long.

It was a very very long weekend at Casa de Take. Neither one of us want to see a facemask, bleach wipe, or can of Lysol ever again.
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Old 12-30-2019, 11:46 AM
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A three years ago I got, just about the same time, The New Dog and a wireless thermometer for the smoker. It has a probe that sticks into whatever's smoking that plugs into a transmitter that, in turn, transmits to a remote display inside the house. Within a week the probe had infant mortality and the maker, honoring their 'no questions asked' policy, sent not just a probe but a whole kit. About two weeks after that, TNG pulled the display off of the counter and chewed off the antenna, a little bump like what flip phones used to have.

The transmitter and the remote could still talk to each other -- about half the time, connecting then losing it at random intervals. Ha! I'll just get the replacement display out and that'll solve the problem. Then, as I get the box out, I eye TNG who's eying me, wagging his tail a bit. "Oh, no you don't," sez I. "I'll just wait until your itchy teeth syndrome is done before replacing the display," and put the box back up.

Flash forward two and a half years of putting up with an intermittently working thermometer. Saturday I'm smoking some sausages and the display needs batteries. It's been almost a year since The Formerly New Dog has chewed on anything really objectionable -- the display was far from his only victim. This'll be a good time to break out the replacement. I do and thoroughly enjoy the four hour smoking session without a single dropout.

The next morning, the display has been pulled from the counter where put it before heading out to fetch the sausages and is lying on the floor, sans the antenna nub.
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Old 12-30-2019, 01:44 PM
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The next morning, the display has been pulled from the counter where put it before heading out to fetch the sausages and is lying on the floor, sans the antenna nub.
Had a drag and chew issue with one of the previous aruDoggers when it was a puppy. We ended up duct taping stuff on the side of the fridge waaaay up high. Other stuff, we invested in a classic breadbox made of tin/enameled whatever and duct taped it against the back wall in the corner.
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:25 PM
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Did you know the flu shots from this year are for Influenza A, NOT B, which is why there has been such a high number of people ill? I did not.
Actually this year's influenza shots, as is typically the case, cover both influenza A and influenza B strains. From the CDC:

"2019-20 influenza vaccines will contain hemagglutinin (HA) derived from influenza viruses antigenically similar to those recommended by FDA.
Trivalent (three-component) vaccines will contain:
A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus (updated)
B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus
Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines will contain the same three HA antigens as trivalent vaccines, plus a B/Phuket/3073/2013–like virus (Yamagata lineage)."

http://cdc.gov/flu/prevent/quadrivalent.htm

It's still uncertain how good a match the vaccines will be to the dominant circulating influenza strains. A report just out suggests that in early flu cases this season influenza B is dominating. This could be a good thing since influenza B doesn't mutate as much as A (unexpected mutations tend to cause vaccine-flu strain mismatches). But we don't know for sure yet.
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We ended up duct taping stuff on the side of the fridge waaaay up high.
I thought you were gonna say you duct taped the dog's mouth shut.
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The next morning, the display has been pulled from the counter where put it before heading out to fetch the sausages and is lying on the floor, sans the antenna nub.
Antenna rage. The late, lamented Mo the black lab was death on aglets (that little bit of plastic on the end of your shoelaces). Never chewed anything else that wasn't food, but there wasn't a pair of shoes in the house that had an aglet. If you couldn't find a shoe, it was probably on her dog bed where she normally carried them to do her work.
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Having to keep my cats locked in because the ASSHOLES around here start with the fireworks, including aerial fireworks (illegal) and shooting their fucking big man guns and having to hide in the backroom with the lights off except the laptop so as not to be the victim of a stray bullet, like that would actually help. And I've got another 1 hr 15 min to go or more of this bullshit.
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