• Another Day In The ER

    From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Oct 24 21:32:00 2020
    Barry,

    I remember that ad from almost the black-and-white days! Gerber used
    to be the 'agent' or at least seemed like the Gerber Baby was predominantly displayed, and I think at the time it was almost if
    you're not feeding your baby Gerber baby food your were feeding it garbage. Anyway, back to the insurance offer, yes, it has nothing to offer you so may as well toss it into recycle it so someone else can
    get the offer on the recycled paper.

    I saw it on the floorboard of the car when I had to go out today to
    pick up an antibiotic, as a result from a visit to the ER last night.

    The first part of the day was stormy, with severe weather just to my north...but we still had a lot of lightning and heavy rain here.

    Over the last few weeks, I had been having possible deep vein thrombosis
    (DVT (blood clots in the legs)), symptoms. So, I had called my PCP, and
    the nurse finally called back...recommending I go to either Urgent Care,
    or the ER.

    Well, I decided to drive there (as I was able to do so), so I didn't
    have to worry about ambulance or taxi costs. As I left the house, I
    started getting abdominal pain and testicular pain...and I thought "Here
    we go again!!"...as sometimes, the testicular pain can be a precursor of kidney stones.

    The ER was packed...I got there at 5pm, and it was 3am this morning
    before I was released. In discussion of my symptoms, they determined I
    was "at a moderate risk for a DVT". Plus, in telling them of testicular
    pain, they also asked if I still had my appendix and gallbladder (I said "yes").

    They drew blood (and ended up having to do it twice), plus put in an IV. They also wanted a urine sample...for the women, they give them a cup...but for the men, it's "a test tube" (are you kidding me??!!).

    So, they did an ultrasound of both legs, and of the groin/scrotum area (at least the gel was warm!!). Then, they did a CT scan...and the IV had the contrast dye injected, which gave "a nice warm feeling" (I thought I'd pee
    and poop on the table at the same time).

    The diagnosis was (thankfully) NOT a DVT...but severe epididymytis, which
    is a regular occurrence in men who have had vasectomies (I had one in 2003). But, I was not about to go the area Walgreens 24 hour pharmacy at 3am...I wanted to get home, get the BBS back up, and get some sleep. I picked up
    the doxycycline before lunch today.

    The grandparent step is easy: without children you're not a parent and
    so no grandchildren - directly. You forgot about the possibility of marriage to someone with children, so now you suddenly have children!

    In this case, it's step-children. Hmmm...sounds like the title of a TV
    sitcom (Married With Children). <G>

    Or where the parishoner tells the priest "Forgive me father,
    for I have sinned. I murdered several members of Congress".
    The priest said "I asked for confession of your sins...not of
    your public service". <G>

    Now that's a good one!

    I thought you'd like that one. <G>

    I wonder if Elsie and Elmer ever had a pig?

    They'll never tell. :P

    The proctologist fainted dead away. <G>

    Oh sure! Where was that one yesterday when I had my colonoscopy?!

    My next one is in late April, 2021. I hope I can talk my
    gastroenterologist into letting me do a different prep work.
    The last time, the My-Lytely reacted so bad with the severe
    stomach acid, that it was burning my throat and esophagus.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Oct 25 07:38:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    I remember that ad from almost the black-and-white days! Gerber used
    to be the 'agent' or at least seemed like the Gerber Baby was predominantly displayed, and I think at the time it was almost if
    you're not feeding your baby Gerber baby food your were feeding it garbage. Anyway, back to the insurance offer, yes, it has nothing to offer you so may as well toss it into recycle it so someone else can
    get the offer on the recycled paper.

    I saw it on the floorboard of the car when I had to go out
    today to pick up an antibiotic, as a result from a visit to the
    ER last night.

    The first part of the day was stormy, with severe weather just
    to my north...but we still had a lot of lightning and heavy rain
    here.

    Over the last few weeks, I had been having possible deep vein
    thrombosis (DVT (blood clots in the legs)), symptoms. So, I had
    called my PCP, and the nurse finally called back...recommending I
    go to either Urgent Care, or the ER.

    Well, I decided to drive there (as I was able to do so), so I
    didn't have to worry about ambulance or taxi costs. As I left the
    house, I started getting abdominal pain and testicular pain...and
    I thought "Here we go again!!"...as sometimes, the testicular
    pain can be a precursor of kidney stones.

    The ER was packed...I got there at 5pm, and it was 3am this
    morning before I was released. In discussion of my symptoms, they determined I was "at a moderate risk for a DVT". Plus, in telling
    them of testicular pain, they also asked if I still had my
    appendix and gallbladder (I said "yes").

    They drew blood (and ended up having to do it twice), plus put
    in an IV. They also wanted a urine sample...for the women, they
    give them a cup...but for the men, it's "a test tube" (are you
    kidding me??!!).

    So, they did an ultrasound of both legs, and of the
    groin/scrotum area (at least the gel was warm!!). Then, they did
    a CT scan...and the IV had the contrast dye injected, which gave
    "a nice warm feeling" (I thought I'd pee and poop on the table at
    the same time).

    The diagnosis was (thankfully) NOT a DVT...but severe
    epididymytis, which is a regular occurrence in men who have had vasectomies (I had one in 2003). But, I was not about to go the
    area Walgreens 24 hour pharmacy at 3am...I wanted to get home,
    get the BBS back up, and get some sleep. I picked up the
    doxycycline before lunch today.

    (I know: overquote alert!) At least no clot which could break off,
    clog elsewhere and cause some major damage. As for picking up the
    prescription immediately (3 a.m.) or a more resonable hour, I'd probably
    have chosen the delay and get to sleep -- driving when sleepy can be
    more dangerous than not being on the medication!

    Glad everything turned out reasonably well.



    The grandparent step is easy: without children you're not a parent and
    so no grandchildren - directly. You forgot about the possibility of marriage to someone with children, so now you suddenly have children!
    In this case, it's step-children. Hmmm...sounds like the title
    of a TV sitcom (Married With Children). <G>

    Right: step-children by label but hopefully thought of as one's own.



    The proctologist fainted dead away. <G>
    Oh sure! Where was that one yesterday when I had my colonoscopy?!
    My next one is in late April, 2021. I hope I can talk my gastroenterologist into letting me do a different prep work.
    The last time, the My-Lytely reacted so bad with the severe
    stomach acid, that it was burning my throat and esophagus.

    I would definitely ask for something different to avoid those additional
    side effects. I was prescribed Suprep: good news is doesn't taste all
    that bad, reminded me of a slightly sour Sprite (though I did chug it
    get it over with). Bad news is the cost isn't all that well covered by insurance: mine was $75, a friend's was over $100. (Checking receipt:
    U&C = $129.99).

    The other thing that may make a difference is my instructions were no
    solid food the day prior to the procedure. My first dose of Suprep was
    at 5 p.m., so nothing but clear liquids all day: black coffee (no cream, sugar), tea, water, broth, etc. Thinking maybe if nothing to digest in
    the duodenum and stomach a leer chance of reflux. (I know: sloppy
    diagnostics but at ths point we want results and don't care too much
    about the anatomical details!)



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Oct 27 15:48:00 2020
    Barry,

    (I know: overquote alert!) At least no clot which could break off,
    clog elsewhere and cause some major damage. As for picking up the prescription immediately (3 a.m.) or a more resonable hour, I'd
    probably have chosen the delay and get to sleep -- driving when sleepy
    can be more dangerous than not being on the medication!

    In this case, your first point (not the overquote alert) has to be emphasized. I've known people who ended up with a pulmonary embolism,
    and it ended up killing them.

    The best time to see a doctor is when you feel perfectly fine...as many forms of cancer, in their early stages, have no symptoms. And, many
    illnesses, in the incubation stage, have no symptoms.

    While there wasn't much traffic at 3am, I don't like to be out after
    dark. It would've been worse if weather had been an issue. In case we
    get a bad winter, I'm wanting good health, so I can avoid an ER trip.
    This is because with icy roads, it's going to take awhile for either
    the ambulance beforehand...or to get a taxi afterwards. Portions of
    New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and other
    areas, have had Winter Storm Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings the last
    2 days. With many trees still having leaves on them, there are likely widespread power outages, as well as wrecks on the roads.

    Glad everything turned out reasonably well.

    Except for the wallet <G>. That's like the episode of "The Flintstones", where Fred and Barney enter this clinic, and this guy comes out screaming
    in pain. Fred asks the nurse if he needs to see the doctor...the nurse
    replies "He's cured. The doctor just showed him the bill". <G> At least I
    have Medicare to get 80% of it...and I could get the finances written off,
    if need be, or set up a payment plan. They took away my Medicaid and SSI
    7 months before my wife died, saying "$1500 a month between 2 people is
    too much money" -- do NOT get me started on that.

    of a TV sitcom (Married With Children). <G>

    Right: step-children by label but hopefully thought of as one's own.

    I knew a lady in square dancing, where her first husband died, and she remarried...so he was the kids step-father. He and his wife died within
    a short time of each other a few years ago. Before becoming a square dance caller, he sang in bars, etc., and had a melodious baritone voice. When
    the dancers would go the wrong way, he'd start going "YANG!! YANG!! YANG!!", and everyone would bust out laughing. At one dance, it was where the guy
    was supposed to swing his corner (the woman on his left in the formation).
    But, the dancer got the wrong one, and it came out "Swing your YANG YANG YANG!!" <BG>

    chug it get it over with). Bad news is the cost isn't all that well covered by insurance: mine was $75, a friend's was over $100.
    (Checking receipt: U&C = $129.99).

    Yeow!! The reasons the prices are so big, are due to Big Pharma, as
    follows:

    1) The drug representatives "wine and dine" these doctors offices and
    clinics, buying "the finest cuisine", or even "widespread pizza with
    all the trimmings" for the staff...and you have to pay for that. Then,
    once they've got "a captive audience", they do their spiel on why the
    doctors and the clinc should use their products.

    2) The commissions these drug reps likely get, along with their
    salaries.

    3) The cost of radio, TV, and print advertising.

    So when a drug goes generic, big pharma hates that. I heard one
    big wig with them note "A Cured Patient Is A Lost Customer". That
    tells me they could prescribe something to cure them...but, instead,
    they prescribe stuff to cause other issues, requiring more medication.
    Like the tagline notes "Overmedicated?? We have a prescription for
    that!!". :P

    As for me, I'd rather do CLEAR citrate of magnesia (you do NOT want
    anything red, orange, or purple), with the Ducolax, and the enema. My
    late wife termed it as "Sprite With A Kick". It was very tart, and we
    always chilled it, then washed it down with a big glass of water. There
    are several videos on YouTube on colonoscopies...done by Jeff Foxworthy,
    Bill Engvall, and others.

    When I was living at H.U.D. subsidized housing for the disabled (I
    moved back home 2 years before my Mom died...she was in a nursing home
    by then), when I had to prep for a colonoscopy, and the management was
    to do an inspection, I told them that "I'll be naked all day, because
    of the colonoscopy prep...so if you come in, you'll find me in the buff".
    Once you take that first purgative, the urge of a colon about to explode,
    will come within 10 minutes. So, you might as well just get naked, and
    stay close to the toilet for the next 12 hours or so.

    Or, as comedian Jeff Foxworthy noted, "At which point, my underwear
    tapped me on the shoulder, and said RUN!!" <G>

    I was also waiting for them to do a strip search for illegal drug use
    (there had been several instances of meth labs out there). I would've
    gladly consented and stripped naked (hoping that the management was all
    female <bseg>)...because since all of my drugs were legally prescribed,
    they could not do a thing to me.

    Also, when I had a large benign cyst removed from the buttocks cheek...
    it was so deep, that it had to heal from the inside out, and had to have
    home health care for 2 months. They also inspected the medicine cabinet
    in the bathroom to be sure I didn't have illegal drugs...but as noted,
    since all of them were legally prescribed, they couldn't touch me.

    And, with the keyword "benign", it tells me that it could've become
    malignant (cancerous). I've had several benign colon polyps in my colon
    before, but no cancer...and I'd like to keep it that way.

    sloppy diagnostics but at ths point we want results and don't care too much about the anatomical details!)

    Originally, I had to avoid solid foods, and be clear liquids 2 days out.
    Now, they've gotten that to one. They say with that "Lytely" solution is
    to "light up the colon". I thought the colonoscope had a light on it as
    it was. The first time I had the Go-Lytely, it was like drinking warm,
    tepid, salt water. I was gagging, and the nurse said "we can put it
    through your nose", and I snarled "I'll drink it".

    Beforehand, I bought plenty of lemon or banana popsicles, and flavored
    water. They say to avoid the carbonated beverages (causing excess gas),
    and especially alcoholic beverages. Even though vodka is clear, the
    alcoholic beverages will "rock your world in a big way"...as you're
    losing a lot of fluid already. One woman did such, and she died on the
    table. They had to stop the colonoscopy, and do CPR on her. Then, she
    had to do the prep work again...and this time, had to pay the full fee
    for the procedure (several thousand dollars).

    Then, you have these idiots who take Immodium and/or eat during the prep work...those totally defeat the purpose of the colonoscopy prep!! One time, when I was getting one done, there was an 85 year old woman in the prep
    area next to me (obviously separated by a curtain), and apparently it was
    her first one. The gastroenterologist was very annoyed with her for waiting
    so long. Another time, the female nurse was talking to a woman in her 50's
    in the prep area next to me, and noted "I just had mine done yesterday".

    They also recommend things like Tucks, to soothe the anal burning,
    especially with hemorrhoids. Those are part of growing old...plus
    for women having babies, folks straining a long time on the toilet,
    or seated for long periods of time, like OTR truck drivers. When I
    saw red blood, I thought for sure it was colon cancer....but it was hemorrhoids. When my PCP checked it, it was a flexsigmoidoscopy, with
    no anesthetic (I cramped like women do on their monthly cycle). When
    the doctor said "Look!! Your colon on TV!!", I growled "I want to change
    the channel!! Where are the dancing girls??!!". :P

    The thing is, unlike most other cancers, colon cancer is one of the
    most preventable.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Wed Oct 28 08:47:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    (I know: overquote alert!) At least no clot which could break off,
    clog elsewhere and cause some major damage. As for picking up the prescription immediately (3 a.m.) or a more resonable hour, I'd
    probably have chosen the delay and get to sleep -- driving when sleepy
    can be more dangerous than not being on the medication!
    In this case, your first point (not the overquote alert) has to
    be emphasized. I've known people who ended up with a pulmonary
    embolism, and it ended up killing them.

    Yes, there is frequently a fine line between some medical conditions and
    'just a bit of gas' or 'a pulled muscle'.


    The best time to see a doctor is when you feel perfectly
    fine...as many forms of cancer, in their early stages, have no
    symptoms. And, many illnesses, in the incubation stage, have no
    symptoms.

    Plus when healthy establishes a base line.


    While there wasn't much traffic at 3am, I don't like to be out
    after dark. It would've been worse if weather had been an issue.
    In case we get a bad winter, I'm wanting good health, so I can
    avoid an ER trip. This is because with icy roads, it's going to
    take awhile for either the ambulance beforehand...or to get a
    taxi afterwards. Portions of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Missouri, and other areas, have had Winter Storm
    Warnings and Ice Storm Warnings the last 2 days. With many trees
    still having leaves on them, there are likely widespread power
    outages, as well as wrecks on the roads.

    Yes, all sorts of potential hazards when driving, more when the
    conditions aren't that great.


    Glad everything turned out reasonably well.
    Except for the wallet <G>. That's like the episode of "The
    Flintstones", where Fred and Barney enter this clinic, and this
    guy comes out screaming in pain. Fred asks the nurse if he needs
    to see the doctor...the nurse replies "He's cured. The doctor
    just showed him the bill". <G>

    In Psychiatry that's called shock Therapy!

    At least I have Medicare to get
    80% of it...and I could get the finances written off, if need be,
    or set up a payment plan. They took away my Medicaid and SSI 7
    months before my wife died, saying "$1500 a month between 2
    people is too much money" -- do NOT get me started on that.

    Get a supplemental plan? I've got the "G" version. And while at it get
    a prescription plan. Might be best to consult with someone
    knowledgeable -- here one of the local hospital groups has advisors
    which are trained -- I don't know how well or if biased; I went though
    my financial advisor the other day. ...He is slightly biased as he/his company is not a member of certain plan offerings but they were more
    expensive and offered less anyway.


    of a TV sitcom (Married With Children). <G>
    Right: step-children by label but hopefully thought of as one's own.
    I knew a lady in square dancing, where her first husband died,
    and she remarried...so he was the kids step-father. He and his
    wife died within a short time of each other a few years ago.
    Before becoming a square dance caller, he sang in bars, etc., and
    had a melodious baritone voice. When the dancers would go the
    wrong way, he'd start going "YANG!! YANG!! YANG!!", and everyone
    would bust out laughing. At one dance, it was where the guy was
    supposed to swing his corner (the woman on his left in the
    formation). But, the dancer got the wrong one, and it came out
    "Swing your YANG YANG YANG!!" <BG>

    What kind of a perverted place are you affiliated with?! You ship your newsletter out in a plain brown wrapper?!


    chug it get it over with). Bad news is the cost isn't all that well covered by insurance: mine was $75, a friend's was over $100.
    (Checking receipt: U&C = $129.99).
    Yeow!! The reasons the prices are so big, are due to Big
    Pharma, as follows:
    1) The drug representatives "wine and dine" these doctors offices
    and clinics, buying "the finest cuisine", or even "widespread
    pizza with all the trimmings" for the staff...and you have to pay
    for that. Then, once they've got "a captive audience", they do
    their spiel on why the doctors and the clinc should use their
    products.

    Probably. And other subtle ways: freebie handouts such as notepads with
    the drug d'jour imprinted, pens with the drug name on it, etc.


    2) The commissions these drug reps likely get, along with their
    salaries.

    Takes money to make money!


    3) The cost of radio, TV, and print advertising.

    I'm thinking of all the polital ads lately: on local news seems there's
    more air time to the political ads than the news itself. And the paper recylcing bin has been fuller than usual from the print ads. (Print
    shops must love election time!)


    So when a drug goes generic, big pharma hates that. I heard one
    big wig with them note "A Cured Patient Is A Lost Customer". That
    tells me they could prescribe something to cure them...but,
    instead, they prescribe stuff to cause other issues, requiring
    more medication. Like the tagline notes "Overmedicated?? We have
    a prescription for that!!". :P

    Plus 'big pharma' is doing most of the research and development, which
    costs lots and lots of money, and the generic versions get to ride the coattails.

    I do think they also create some of their own business: several years
    back the average blood pressure numbers went from (IIRC) 130/80 to
    110/70. Mine has been pretty close to 120/80 for literally decades, so
    all of a sudden I went from average to boarderline hypertensive? I don't
    think so! Dropping to 110 and I'd probably drop from hypotension!


    As for me, I'd rather do CLEAR citrate of magnesia (you do NOT
    want anything red, orange, or purple), with the Ducolax, and the
    enema. My late wife termed it as "Sprite With A Kick". It was
    very tart, and we always chilled it, then washed it down with a
    big glass of water. There are several videos on YouTube on colonoscopies...done by Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and others.

    Why do I hear "and away go troubles down the drain, Roto-Rooter! Roto- Rooter!".


    When I was living at H.U.D. subsidized housing for the disabled
    (I moved back home 2 years before my Mom died...she was in a
    nursing home by then), when I had to prep for a colonoscopy, and
    the management was to do an inspection, I told them that "I'll be
    naked all day, because of the colonoscopy prep...so if you come
    in, you'll find me in the buff". Once you take that first
    purgative, the urge of a colon about to explode, will come within
    10 minutes. So, you might as well just get naked, and stay close
    to the toilet for the next 12 hours or so.

    My reaction isn't quite that urgent. I think it was about 45 minutes
    after I took the Suprep I started humming the Chiquita Banana Song
    ("I'm Chaquita Banana and I'm here to say, sit on the toilet and bombs
    away!").


    Or, as comedian Jeff Foxworthy noted, "At which point, my
    underwear tapped me on the shoulder, and said RUN!!" <G>

    Admittedly one should not dilly-dally!


    I was also waiting for them to do a strip search for illegal
    drug use (there had been several instances of meth labs out
    there). I would've gladly consented and stripped naked (hoping
    that the management was all female <bseg>)...because since all of
    my drugs were legally prescribed, they could not do a thing to
    me.

    Early when meth-making started 'becoming popular' there were numerous instances of tapping in to anhydrous ammonia tanks on farms (for
    fertilizer) to get one of the ingredients.


    Also, when I had a large benign cyst removed from the buttocks
    cheek... it was so deep, that it had to heal from the inside out,
    and had to have home health care for 2 months. They also
    inspected the medicine cabinet in the bathroom to be sure I
    didn't have illegal drugs...but as noted, since all of them were
    legally prescribed, they couldn't touch me.

    Except your boott-ee!


    And, with the keyword "benign", it tells me that it could've
    become malignant (cancerous). I've had several benign colon
    polyps in my colon before, but no cancer...and I'd like to keep
    it that way.

    Yes - I'm having a follow-up colonoscopy in a year because they found
    two benign polyps. Better safe than sorry!


    Originally, I had to avoid solid foods, and be clear liquids 2
    days out. Now, they've gotten that to one. They say with that
    "Lytely" solution is to "light up the colon". I thought the
    colonoscope had a light on it as it was. The first time I had the Go-Lytely, it was like drinking warm, tepid, salt water. I was
    gagging, and the nurse said "we can put it through your nose",
    and I snarled "I'll drink it".

    Maybe she meant via a gastric tube versus just pouring in in. Wonder if
    cold or if at least cool water would make it taste not as bad? I prefer
    the taste of cool/refrigerated/iced water to that of from the tap. Same
    water, just the temperature is different.



    Then, you have these idiots who take Immodium and/or eat during
    the prep work...those totally defeat the purpose of the
    colonoscopy prep!! One time, when I was getting one done, there
    was an 85 year old woman in the prep area next to me (obviously
    separated by a curtain), and apparently it was her first one. The gastroenterologist was very annoyed with her for waiting so long.
    Another time, the female nurse was talking to a woman in her 50's
    in the prep area next to me, and noted "I just had mine done
    yesterday".

    I'd guess the 85 y.o. was thinking "out of sight, out of mind", or just
    never got around to it, though as waited until 85 why now?


    They also recommend things like Tucks, to soothe the anal
    burning, especially with hemorrhoids.

    Mine merely suggesed Vaseline to soothe any irritation. Suppose if the
    Tucks has some sort of anesthetic properties.

    Those are part of growing
    old...plus for women having babies, folks straining a long time
    on the toilet, or seated for long periods of time, like OTR truck
    drivers. When I saw red blood, I thought for sure it was colon cancer....but it was hemorrhoids. When my PCP checked it, it was
    a flexsigmoidoscopy, with no anesthetic (I cramped like women do
    on their monthly cycle). When the doctor said "Look!! Your colon
    on TV!!", I growled "I want to change the channel!! Where are the
    dancing girls??!!". :P

    The dancing girls' legs are those giant polyps!!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Oct 31 10:38:00 2020
    Barry,

    Yes, there is frequently a fine line between some medical conditions
    and 'just a bit of gas' or 'a pulled muscle'.

    Again, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

    Plus when healthy establishes a base line.

    I don't want any medical surprises.

    Yes, all sorts of potential hazards when driving, more when the
    conditions aren't that great.

    Folks around here think they can stop just as fast on a wet, snowy,
    or icy pavement, as they can on dry. They likely got their drivers
    license or CDL out of a Cracker Jack Box.

    to see the doctor...the nurse replies "He's cured. The doctor
    just showed him the bill". <G>

    In Psychiatry that's called shock Therapy!

    You better believe it!!

    Get a supplemental plan? I've got the "G" version. And while at it
    get a prescription plan. Might be best to consult with someone knowledgeable -- here one of the local hospital groups has advisors
    which are trained -- I don't know how well or if biased; I went though
    my financial advisor the other day. ...He is slightly biased as he/his company is not a member of certain plan offerings but they were more expensive and offered less anyway.

    I have a good prescription drug plan, plus Part A and B Medicare, but NOT Medicaid.

    "Swing your YANG YANG YANG!!" <BG>

    What kind of a perverted place are you affiliated with?! You ship your newsletter out in a plain brown wrapper?!

    Square Dancers Do It On The Floor, In Groups Of Eight, With No Sex, In All Positions...and you can take that however you want. <BG>

    Probably. And other subtle ways: freebie handouts such as notepads
    with the drug d'jour imprinted, pens with the drug name on it, etc.

    Exactly.

    Takes money to make money!

    That's what the counterfeiters said.

    I'm thinking of all the polital ads lately: on local news seems there's more air time to the political ads than the news itself. And the paper recylcing bin has been fuller than usual from the print ads. (Print
    shops must love election time!)

    Political Season -- does that mean we can shoot them??!!

    Plus 'big pharma' is doing most of the research and development, which costs lots and lots of money, and the generic versions get to ride the coattails.

    Yeah, but $3 or likely much more for one Viagra pill??

    I do think they also create some of their own business: several years
    back the average blood pressure numbers went from (IIRC) 130/80 to
    110/70. Mine has been pretty close to 120/80 for literally decades, so all of a sudden I went from average to boarderline hypertensive? I
    don't think so! Dropping to 110 and I'd probably drop from
    hypotension!

    If I had to start on Lasix, I'd have to switch to Amlodipine, as the
    Lasix and the Metropolol would lower the blood pressure too much.

    Why do I hear "and away go troubles down the drain, Roto-Rooter! Roto- Rooter!".

    I have a door on the BBS...Toilet Stall Graffitti Wall. It's 200 flushes
    in ANSI...with "ANSI Rooter, that's the name...just flush your graphics
    down the drain". <G>

    My reaction isn't quite that urgent. I think it was about 45 minutes after I took the Suprep I started humming the Chiquita Banana Song
    ("I'm Chaquita Banana and I'm here to say, sit on the toilet and bombs away!").

    ROFLMBO!! And, your butt probably felt like it was on fire.

    Or, as comedian Jeff Foxworthy noted, "At which point, my
    underwear tapped me on the shoulder, and said RUN!!" <G>

    Admittedly one should not dilly-dally!

    I have a PDF file on the BBS, "Colonoscopy For Dummies"...and it hits
    hard that "once you take the purgative, you may not have time to get any
    other tasks done".

    Early when meth-making started 'becoming popular' there were numerous instances of tapping in to anhydrous ammonia tanks on farms (for fertilizer) to get one of the ingredients.

    There's no mistaking the smell of it...it's nasty.

    legally prescribed, they couldn't touch me.

    Except your boott-ee!

    My late mother-in-law said "You get to show your butt, and get it rubbed".
    Or like the sign I saw at a BBQ restaurant "I like my butt rubbed, and my
    pork pulled". <BG>

    Yes - I'm having a follow-up colonoscopy in a year because they found
    two benign polyps. Better safe than sorry!

    Exactly. The day after the procedure, I go out and treat myself to a big meal.

    Maybe she meant via a gastric tube versus just pouring in in. Wonder
    if cold or if at least cool water would make it taste not as bad? I prefer the taste of cool/refrigerated/iced water to that of from the
    tap. Same water, just the temperature is different.

    Probably so...but it was still nasty. The citrate of magnesia (or any
    of that) is best chilled...then washed down with a big thing of water.

    I'd guess the 85 y.o. was thinking "out of sight, out of mind", or just never got around to it, though as waited until 85 why now?

    When I was in the hospital for another deal years ago, apparently there
    was a woman who needed to have a colonoscopy done, but she would not do
    the prep work (never mind she'd eat when told not to). I know of nobody
    who enjoys prepping for a colonoscopy (unless they're sadists or are masochists)...but the prep work is the worst part of it.

    Mine merely suggesed Vaseline to soothe any irritation. Suppose if the Tucks has some sort of anesthetic properties.

    I also make sure I have plenty of "bun wad". <G>

    The dancing girls' legs are those giant polyps!!

    Poo-Lips?? :P

    ... One dose of diuretic goes pee, double does go pee-pee?

    I felt like that after the bladder stones were removed last February.
    They gave me a huge Lasix tablet, and 10 pitchers of ice water. I was
    filling up the urinal bottles every 5 minutes...so, the nurses finally
    brought several. I had considered just staying on the toilet, as it was
    like I had an activated fire hose instead of my [censored]. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Nov 1 08:16:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Yes, there is frequently a fine line between some medical conditions
    and 'just a bit of gas' or 'a pulled muscle'.
    Again, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

    Agree, though "crying wolf" can get expensive. Helps to be aware of
    one's body: this pain is probably normal for a gas bubble, this one is probably a kidney stone; whoa! this one isn't right!!


    Plus when healthy establishes a base line.
    I don't want any medical surprises.

    Ummm: laughter's the best medicine - that's why they keep you in
    stitches!


    Yes, all sorts of potential hazards when driving, more when the
    conditions aren't that great.
    Folks around here think they can stop just as fast on a wet,
    snowy, or icy pavement, as they can on dry. They likely got their
    drivers license or CDL out of a Cracker Jack Box.

    I'm thinking more lack of experience and/or remembering.



    Get a supplemental plan? I've got the "G" version. And while at it
    get a prescription plan. Might be best to consult with someone knowledgeable -- here one of the local hospital groups has advisors
    which are trained -- I don't know how well or if biased; I went though
    my financial advisor the other day. ...He is slightly biased as he/his company is not a member of certain plan offerings but they were more expensive and offered less anyway.
    I have a good prescription drug plan, plus Part A and B
    Medicare, but NOT Medicaid.

    Still might want to consider the supplement option. If Medicare pays it
    pays.


    Takes money to make money!
    That's what the counterfeiters said.

    Look how nicely the sink fits, the no-gap corners... Oh, counterfeiters,
    not counter fitters.



    Plus 'big pharma' is doing most of the research and development, which costs lots and lots of money, and the generic versions get to ride the coattails.
    Yeah, but $3 or likely much more for one Viagra pill??

    That price is rather stiff!



    Why do I hear "and away go troubles down the drain, Roto-Rooter! Roto- Rooter!".
    I have a door on the BBS...Toilet Stall Graffitti Wall. It's
    200 flushes in ANSI...with "ANSI Rooter, that's the name...just
    flush your graphics down the drain". <G>

    Put the door in RAM: reboot, they've been flushed!


    My reaction isn't quite that urgent. I think it was about 45 minutes after I took the Suprep I started humming the Chiquita Banana Song
    ("I'm Chaquita Banana and I'm here to say, sit on the toilet and bombs away!").
    ROFLMBO!! And, your butt probably felt like it was on fire.

    Actually no, and I have had the raw and sensitive episodes. Maybe
    drinking more water ahead of time helped, or just happened to eat less reactive foods, though the stomach's pH is probabyl about the same
    regardless and that should be controlling the acidity of the chyme and
    on I'd guess.


    Or, as comedian Jeff Foxworthy noted, "At which point, my
    underwear tapped me on the shoulder, and said RUN!!" <G>
    Admittedly one should not dilly-dally!
    I have a PDF file on the BBS, "Colonoscopy For Dummies"...and
    it hits hard that "once you take the purgative, you may not have
    time to get any other tasks done".

    Just bring our laptop into the bathroom with you; no Skype or Zooom,
    please!!




    Yes - I'm having a follow-up colonoscopy in a year because they found
    two benign polyps. Better safe than sorry!
    Exactly. The day after the procedure, I go out and treat myself
    to a big meal.

    I went old-school and had a half-pint of plain yogurt when I came home
    to restart the healthy bacteria, etc., in my gut. Don't recall what we
    had for dinner. tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich comes to mind
    but not sure.


    Maybe she meant via a gastric tube versus just pouring in in. Wonder
    if cold or if at least cool water would make it taste not as bad? I prefer the taste of cool/refrigerated/iced water to that of from the
    tap. Same water, just the temperature is different.
    Probably so...but it was still nasty. The citrate of magnesia
    (or any of that) is best chilled...then washed down with a big
    thing of water.

    Over the teeth and past the gums; look out stomach: here it comes!


    I'd guess the 85 y.o. was thinking "out of sight, out of mind", or just never got around to it, though as waited until 85 why now?
    When I was in the hospital for another deal years ago,
    apparently there was a woman who needed to have a colonoscopy
    done, but she would not do the prep work (never mind she'd eat
    when told not to). I know of nobody who enjoys prepping for a
    colonoscopy (unless they're sadists or are masochists)...but the
    prep work is the worst part of it.

    Yeah: I'm knocked out for the procedure. As you implied, the day before
    pretty much nothing is going to get done.



    I felt like that after the bladder stones were removed last
    February. They gave me a huge Lasix tablet, and 10 pitchers of
    ice water. I was filling up the urinal bottles every 5
    minutes...so, the nurses finally brought several. I had
    considered just staying on the toilet, as it was like I had an
    activated fire hose instead of my [censored]. :P

    You sure it was going through the kidneys and there wasn't a direct
    passage?!


    ... Wisconsin: Come smell our dairy air.

    Oddly appropriate!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Nov 3 06:47:00 2020
    Barry,

    Again, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

    Agree, though "crying wolf" can get expensive. Helps to be aware of
    one's body: this pain is probably normal for a gas bubble, this one is probably a kidney stone; whoa! this one isn't right!!

    Seen on the hypochondriac's tombstone: "I told you I was sick!!". <G>

    Ummm: laughter's the best medicine - that's why they keep you in
    stitches!

    Until they show you the bill. :P

    Folks around here think they can stop just as fast on a wet,
    snowy, or icy pavement, as they can on dry. They likely got their
    drivers license or CDL out of a Cracker Jack Box.

    I'm thinking more lack of experience and/or remembering.

    It's a joy when you get your first license, but devastating when you
    have to quit driving, as "your independence is now destroyed". But, if
    you're a danger to others driving, etc., you have no business driving.
    If nothing else, you don't have to worry about maintenence, insurance, gasoline, or other car related bills.

    I have a good prescription drug plan, plus Part A and B
    Medicare, but NOT Medicaid.

    Still might want to consider the supplement option. If Medicare pays
    it pays.

    Most of them cost too much to worry about it.

    Look how nicely the sink fits, the no-gap corners... Oh,
    counterfeiters, not counter fitters.

    I had a feeling you'd do that. :P

    Yeah, but $3 or likely much more for one Viagra pill??

    That price is rather stiff!

    Talk about giving your wallet a hard time. :P

    I have a door on the BBS...Toilet Stall Graffitti Wall. It's
    200 flushes in ANSI...with "ANSI Rooter, that's the name...just
    flush your graphics down the drain". <G>

    Put the door in RAM: reboot, they've been flushed!

    RAM DISK is NOT an installation procedure.

    ("I'm Chaquita Banana and I'm here to say, sit on the toilet and bombs away!").
    ROFLMBO!! And, your butt probably felt like it was on fire.

    Actually no, and I have had the raw and sensitive episodes. Maybe drinking more water ahead of time helped, or just happened to eat less reactive foods, though the stomach's pH is probabyl about the same regardless and that should be controlling the acidity of the chyme and
    on I'd guess.

    I don't know what the pH was the last time I was doing the prep work,
    but the way my throat and esophagus was burning, it had to be high.

    Just bring our laptop into the bathroom with you; no Skype or Zooom, please!!

    And, mute the microphone. :P

    I went old-school and had a half-pint of plain yogurt when I came home
    to restart the healthy bacteria, etc., in my gut. Don't recall what we had for dinner. tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich comes to mind
    but not sure.

    There was a restaurant chain that was started in Little Rock called TCBY.
    It originally stood for either "This Can't Be Yogurt" or "The Country's
    Best Yogurt"...and I really enjoyed what they had. I think there's only 1 location left...sort of like the Farrell's restaurant. I think that location
    is in California. They had a deal called "the trough", with a full length banana split, that would feed at least a dozen folks.

    Over the teeth and past the gums; look out stomach: here it comes!

    That's it!! Or as Archie Bunker noted, "Bless the meat. Damn the skin.
    Open your kisser, and cram it in". :P

    Yeah: I'm knocked out for the procedure. As you implied, the day
    before pretty much nothing is going to get done.

    On the contrary, quite a bit will get done...although you'll have a
    crappy outlook for the day. :P

    You sure it was going through the kidneys and there wasn't a direct passage?!

    I had to wonder.

    ... Wisconsin: Come smell our dairy air.

    Oddly appropriate!

    I've had some folks say "you haven't lived if you haven't walked
    through a cow pasture barefoot". No thanks, I don't want e-coli
    entering my body through my feet. It's bad enough it's in my gut
    already.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Wed Nov 4 09:31:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Again, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
    Agree, though "crying wolf" can get expensive. Helps to be aware of
    one's body: this pain is probably normal for a gas bubble, this one is probably a kidney stone; whoa! this one isn't right!!
    Seen on the hypochondriac's tombstone: "I told you I was
    sick!!". <G>

    Dare I do the husband's response? "You just had to get the last word!"


    Ummm: laughter's the best medicine - that's why they keep you in
    stitches!
    Until they show you the bill. :P

    That causes another medical episode!


    Folks around here think they can stop just as fast on a wet,
    snowy, or icy pavement, as they can on dry. They likely got their
    drivers license or CDL out of a Cracker Jack Box.
    I'm thinking more lack of experience and/or remembering.
    It's a joy when you get your first license, but devastating
    when you have to quit driving, as "your independence is now
    destroyed". But, if you're a danger to others driving, etc., you
    have no business driving. If nothing else, you don't have to
    worry about maintenence, insurance, gasoline, or other car
    related bills.

    Besides driving also have to think of just plain walking: some people
    have a difficult time for a variety of reasons and that doesn't help.
    Could get into public transportation which generally is rather horrible
    in most parts of the country.


    I have a good prescription drug plan, plus Part A and B
    Medicare, but NOT Medicaid.
    Still might want to consider the supplement option. If Medicare pays
    it pays.
    Most of them cost too much to worry about it.

    Mine's about 2/3rds of what the Medicare deduction from Social Security
    is.


    Look how nicely the sink fits, the no-gap corners... Oh,
    counterfeiters, not counter fitters.
    I had a feeling you'd do that. :P

    I was trying to counter that.


    Yeah, but $3 or likely much more for one Viagra pill??
    That price is rather stiff!
    Talk about giving your wallet a hard time. :P

    Wallet?? Kinky!


    I have a door on the BBS...Toilet Stall Graffitti Wall. It's
    200 flushes in ANSI...with "ANSI Rooter, that's the name...just
    flush your graphics down the drain". <G>
    Put the door in RAM: reboot, they've been flushed!
    RAM DISK is NOT an installation procedure.

    So if it doens't fit don't ram it in?


    ("I'm Chaquita Banana and I'm here to say, sit on the toilet and bombs away!").
    ROFLMBO!! And, your butt probably felt like it was on fire.
    Actually no, and I have had the raw and sensitive episodes. Maybe drinking more water ahead of time helped, or just happened to eat less reactive foods, though the stomach's pH is probabyl about the same regardless and that should be controlling the acidity of the chyme and
    on I'd guess.
    I don't know what the pH was the last time I was doing the prep
    work, but the way my throat and esophagus was burning, it had to
    be high.

    So alkaline??!


    I went old-school and had a half-pint of plain yogurt when I came home
    to restart the healthy bacteria, etc., in my gut. Don't recall what we had for dinner. tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich comes to mind
    but not sure.
    There was a restaurant chain that was started in Little Rock
    called TCBY. It originally stood for either "This Can't Be
    Yogurt" or "The Country's Best Yogurt"...and I really enjoyed
    what they had. I think there's only 1 location left...sort of
    like the Farrell's restaurant. I think that location is in
    California. They had a deal called "the trough", with a full
    length banana split, that would feed at least a dozen folks.

    I vaguely remember "TCBY"! Maybe had it once - I'm just not a Mall
    Eater: don't do shopping and snacking, or at least on my own. If
    shopping with someone and they want a snack I'll probably get a coffee
    or a small nibble, but that's rare.


    Over the teeth and past the gums; look out stomach: here it comes!
    That's it!! Or as Archie Bunker noted, "Bless the meat. Damn
    the skin. Open your kisser, and cram it in". :P

    Might have to use that one at Thanksgiving!


    Yeah: I'm knocked out for the procedure. As you implied, the day
    before pretty much nothing is going to get done.
    On the contrary, quite a bit will get done...although you'll
    have a crappy outlook for the day. :P

    "So wha'cha been doing all day?" "Oh, just a lot of running around!"


    ... Wisconsin: Come smell our dairy air.
    Oddly appropriate!
    I've had some folks say "you haven't lived if you haven't
    walked through a cow pasture barefoot". No thanks, I don't want
    e-coli entering my body through my feet. It's bad enough it's in
    my gut already.

    Most intestinal E. Coli is of the good variety, but I do agree squishing
    cow poop between my toes does not make my Fun Things To Do List.



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Fri Nov 6 02:05:00 2020
    Barry,

    Seen on the hypochondriac's tombstone: "I told you I was
    sick!!". <G>

    Dare I do the husband's response? "You just had to get the last word!"

    That's about the size of it.

    Until they show you the bill. :P

    That causes another medical episode!

    Never mind Fred Sanford..."It's the big one, Mabel!!" <G>

    Could get into public transportation which generally is rather horrible
    in most parts of the country.

    Sounds like the bus system around here. :P Little Rock doesn't have a
    light rail system like St. Louis, Miami, Dallas, or Nashville. We have a
    "river rail trolley system" that basically serves the downtown areas of
    Little Rock and North Little Rock, but I think it has been shut down
    since COVID-19 took hold.

    Mine's about 2/3rds of what the Medicare deduction from Social Security is.

    I may check with the local Blue Cross deal to see how much it might be
    per month.

    I was trying to counter that.

    Never mind figuring out the number of beans.

    Yeah, but $3 or likely much more for one Viagra pill??
    That price is rather stiff!
    Talk about giving your wallet a hard time. :P

    Wallet?? Kinky!

    Never mind checking to see if the folds and the Velcro are
    right (this will teach me to answer mail at 2am!!). :P

    So if it doens't fit don't ram it in?

    Or where the blonde thought the floppy drive was the ATM machine
    for her drivers license and debit card.

    I don't know what the pH was the last time I was doing the prep
    work, but the way my throat and esophagus was burning, it had to
    be high.

    So alkaline??!

    It was nasty. It reminds me of what the late Red Skelton noted in
    a routine. "I had oysters on the half shell twice in one meal. Once
    going down..." -- then he paused, made this horrified look on his
    face, and everyone knew what he meant. :P

    I vaguely remember "TCBY"! Maybe had it once - I'm just not a Mall
    Eater: don't do shopping and snacking, or at least on my own. If
    shopping with someone and they want a snack I'll probably get a coffee
    or a small nibble, but that's rare.

    The entity who owned one of the malls in town just filed for
    bankruptcy. COVID-19 caused many of the stores to not pay their
    rent, or to shut down and leave.

    That's it!! Or as Archie Bunker noted, "Bless the meat. Damn
    the skin. Open your kisser, and cram it in". :P

    Might have to use that one at Thanksgiving!

    That was for the meatheads out there. :P

    Yeah: I'm knocked out for the procedure. As you implied, the day
    before pretty much nothing is going to get done.
    On the contrary, quite a bit will get done...although you'll
    have a crappy outlook for the day. :P

    "So wha'cha been doing all day?" "Oh, just a lot of running around!"

    There are two calls in square dancing...one called "Scoot Back", and
    "Run". With either one, you're in what's called an "Ocean Wave"
    formation. One dancer is facing into the formation, and the other is
    facing out. On "Scoot Back", the dancers facing in, go in, do an "arm
    turn" (basically a trade) and go back out. The dancer that was facing
    out basically flips to the right, taking the place of the dancer that
    just went in. You end up back in an ocean wave formation, but you've
    basically traded places. With the call "Run", the designated dancer
    moves forward, and runs around the other dancer, to face the same
    direction they are. This usually forms a two faced line...one couple
    is looking into the formation, and the other in the line is looking
    out.

    Anyway, one smart-aleck caller kept doing "Scoot Back", and "Boy
    Run Around The Girl". Then, he said "I think we've got the scoots
    and the runs". <G> Another caller got the squares into a formation
    of the letter L, and he said (intentionally)..."Crap, the whole
    floor looks like L"!! <G>

    Most intestinal E. Coli is of the good variety, but I do agree
    squishing cow poop between my toes does not make my Fun Things To Do
    List.

    And, you thought your feet smelled back already!!

    ... My love for you is like diarrhea: I can't hold it in.

    Maybe the relationship should get the bad parts pruned?? Darn IBS
    woke me, so I had to throw the cat out of the sandbox. Once that
    was done, I decided to check the BBS mail before going back to bed,
    in case the colon decided to throw a fit again.

    I saw a cartoon, with a cat at work at a desk. The IN Box is full
    of mice...the OUT box is full of kitty litter. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sat Nov 7 10:05:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Seen on the hypochondriac's tombstone: "I told you I was
    sick!!". <G>
    Dare I do the husband's response? "You just had to get the last word!"
    That's about the size of it.

    I'm not intending to be racist/mocking/etc. with the next comment but
    Indians (from India) tend to do a form of last word. Have had quite a
    bit of experience at the store calling Tech Support when a computer or
    printer failed. I usually got assigned because I was the semi-techy
    nerd so knew the terminology, plus could understand/'translate' the
    accent. Anyway, finish up the call, say my thank-you to which they
    invariably reply a thank you but in a way my brain is triggered to
    respond with another thank you, to which they reply a trigger-thank
    you....


    Until they show you the bill. :P
    That causes another medical episode!
    Never mind Fred Sanford..."It's the big one, Mabel!!" <G>

    'Elizabeth', but yes. ...Being on Medicare now I've noticed the front
    desk staff or whoever goes over charges before submitting to the
    government does prep with "this is generally covered, this is generally
    not and so you'll probably be billed <amount>". At least it doens't
    come as a total shock when get the statement, plus gives time to
    scrounge up money to pay.


    Could get into public transportation which generally is rather horrible
    in most parts of the country.
    Sounds like the bus system around here. :P Little Rock doesn't
    have a light rail system like St. Louis, Miami, Dallas, or
    Nashville. We have a "river rail trolley system" that basically
    serves the downtown areas of Little Rock and North Little Rock,
    but I think it has been shut down since COVID-19 took hold.

    Amtrack's nearest station is Galesburg, IL, about an hour's drive south
    of here. They've been talking of creating/recreating a spur (?) to
    Moline or maybe it's Rock Island -- either one is across the Mississippi
    River from me and would take about ten or fifteen minutes from the
    house.

    As far as local bus transportion, the good points include there are easy connections between the two states and five cities, so that in itself is
    quite an accomplishment! Bad news is I think the individual routes run
    only once an hour, so getting anywhere by bus doens't seem all that convenient. To me seems like small vans running more often would make
    more sense.


    Mine's about 2/3rds of what the Medicare deduction from Social Security is.
    I may check with the local Blue Cross deal to see how much it
    might be per month.

    Wouldn't hurt. Put together a quick list of medical expenses you paid
    outside of Medicare and compare to the monthly fee of the supplement
    (less that initial deductible). For me it makes financial sense; dental insurance I break even over the years; vision insurance would have cost
    me more than paying out of pocket. (Part/most of vision is now under
    Medicare I guess.)



    Yeah, but $3 or likely much more for one Viagra pill??
    That price is rather stiff!
    Talk about giving your wallet a hard time. :P
    Wallet?? Kinky!
    Never mind checking to see if the folds and the Velcro are
    right (this will teach me to answer mail at 2am!!). :P

    Velcro?! OUCH!!!



    I don't know what the pH was the last time I was doing the prep
    work, but the way my throat and esophagus was burning, it had to
    be high.
    So alkaline??!
    It was nasty. It reminds me of what the late Red Skelton noted
    in a routine. "I had oysters on the half shell twice in one meal.
    Once going down..." -- then he paused, made this horrified look
    on his face, and everyone knew what he meant. :P

    Sometimes not saying the punch line has a better reaction! :)


    I vaguely remember "TCBY"! Maybe had it once - I'm just not a Mall
    Eater: don't do shopping and snacking, or at least on my own. If
    shopping with someone and they want a snack I'll probably get a coffee
    or a small nibble, but that's rare.
    The entity who owned one of the malls in town just filed for
    bankruptcy. COVID-19 caused many of the stores to not pay their
    rent, or to shut down and leave.

    The various malls here are doing from 'reasonably well considering' to
    'iffy'. Will just ramble on the Iowa-side ones. The largest one now generally looks like a ghost town -- from the outside anyway, though has
    had problems for years as its anchor stores generally are having
    problems: Sears closed, JC Penney is tettering, Younkers closed -- all
    well before COVID-19. Von Maur and Dillards are doing well.

    The two smaller malls don't have the big anchor stores, though do have
    some sort of mid-sized anchor as draw. The 'mall replacement' is strip
    malls, though some are pretty big. For whatever reason the strip malls
    are doing well. Maybe just the new thing: shopping went from Downtown
    to The Mall and now to strip malls.


    That's it!! Or as Archie Bunker noted, "Bless the meat. Damn
    the skin. Open your kisser, and cram it in". :P
    Might have to use that one at Thanksgiving!
    That was for the meatheads out there. :P

    Gloria!


    Yeah: I'm knocked out for the procedure. As you implied, the day
    before pretty much nothing is going to get done.
    On the contrary, quite a bit will get done...although you'll
    have a crappy outlook for the day. :P
    "So wha'cha been doing all day?" "Oh, just a lot of running around!"
    There are two calls in square dancing...one called "Scoot
    Back", and "Run". With either one, you're in what's called an
    "Ocean Wave" formation. One dancer is facing into the formation,
    and the other is facing out. On "Scoot Back", the dancers facing
    in, go in, do an "arm turn" (basically a trade) and go back out.
    The dancer that was facing out basically flips to the right,
    taking the place of the dancer that just went in. You end up back
    in an ocean wave formation, but you've basically traded places.
    With the call "Run", the designated dancer moves forward, and
    runs around the other dancer, to face the same direction they
    are. This usually forms a two faced line...one couple is looking
    into the formation, and the other in the line is looking out.
    Anyway, one smart-aleck caller kept doing "Scoot Back", and
    "Boy Run Around The Girl". Then, he said "I think we've got the
    scoots and the runs". <G> Another caller got the squares into a
    formation of the letter L, and he said (intentionally)..."Crap,
    the whole floor looks like L"!! <G>

    Clever word play!


    Most intestinal E. Coli is of the good variety, but I do agree
    squishing cow poop between my toes does not make my Fun Things To Do
    List.
    And, you thought your feet smelled back already!!

    I was waiting for them to smell forward!


    ... My love for you is like diarrhea: I can't hold it in.
    Maybe the relationship should get the bad parts pruned?? Darn
    IBS woke me, so I had to throw the cat out of the sandbox. Once
    that was done, I decided to check the BBS mail before going back
    to bed, in case the colon decided to throw a fit again.

    It has a poopy attitude!


    I saw a cartoon, with a cat at work at a desk. The IN Box is
    full of mice...the OUT box is full of kitty litter. :P

    And in-between was the Working On It box.


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Mon Nov 9 09:25:00 2020
    Never mind Fred Sanford..."It's the big one, Mabel!!" <G>

    'Elizabeth', but yes. ...Being on Medicare now I've noticed the front desk staff or whoever goes over charges before submitting to the government does prep with "this is generally covered, this is generally not and so you'll probably be billed <amount>". At least it doens't
    come as a total shock when get the statement, plus gives time to
    scrounge up money to pay.

    I can never remember that name. :P Or you get something stating "This
    Is Not A Bill...but we're not paying for it". :P

    Amtrack's nearest station is Galesburg, IL, about an hour's drive south
    of here. They've been talking of creating/recreating a spur (?) to
    Moline or maybe it's Rock Island -- either one is across the
    Mississippi River from me and would take about ten or fifteen minutes
    from the house.

    The one thing I liked about Biden is that he was pro-Amtrak. With
    COVID-19, I can NOT fly or take a bus. I'm looking forward to that
    train trip next June, which will be my last big trip outside of
    Arkansas. While the final Dance-A-Rama for Single Square Dancers USA
    will be in Des Moines next September, I just can't bring myself to
    flying. Plus, Amtrak goes across southern Iowa.

    As far as local bus transportion, the good points include there are
    easy connections between the two states and five cities, so that in
    itself is quite an accomplishment! Bad news is I think the individual routes run only once an hour, so getting anywhere by bus doens't seem
    all that convenient. To me seems like small vans running more often
    would make more sense.

    Unless you're in the northeast corridor, or in places with frequent
    commuter service, you're out of luck.

    Wouldn't hurt. Put together a quick list of medical expenses you paid outside of Medicare and compare to the monthly fee of the supplement
    (less that initial deductible). For me it makes financial sense;
    dental insurance I break even over the years; vision insurance would
    have cost me more than paying out of pocket. (Part/most of vision is
    now under Medicare I guess.)

    I'm likely going to have to get another ultrasound next week...I'm
    still having moderate discomfort. And, with the arthritis, I didn't
    rest well overnight. I have to head out later this morning to the
    podiatrist to get a monthly foot check and toenail trim...as the
    arthritis is so bad that I can't squeeze the clippers.

    Never mind checking to see if the folds and the Velcro are
    right (this will teach me to answer mail at 2am!!). :P

    Velcro?! OUCH!!!

    This is TMI, but I had that hernia girdle/binder "a bit low". Yet,
    I didn't want the umbilical hernia to work toward the colon or the
    groin area. A similar deal is torsion of the testicle, which requires
    emergency surgery to repair.

    Sometimes not saying the punch line has a better reaction! :)

    When the light comes on, that is. :P

    The various malls here are doing from 'reasonably well considering' to 'iffy'. Will just ramble on the Iowa-side ones. The largest one now generally looks like a ghost town -- from the outside anyway, though
    has had problems for years as its anchor stores generally are having problems: Sears closed, JC Penney is tettering, Younkers closed -- all well before COVID-19. Von Maur and Dillards are doing well.

    And so many of the big ones have filed for bankruptcy. Dillard's is
    based in Little Rock.

    I think of the joke where the woman is shopping at Macy's, and looking
    in the jewelery department. Well, she bends over, and farts. Hoping that
    no one nearby noticed her "oops" moment, she's horrified when she sees
    a young man asking her how he can help her. She describes the item she
    was looking at, and he replies "Ma'am...if you just [pooted] while
    looking at it, you're going to [crap] when I tell you the price!!". I
    guess I'm shopping at Dollar General!! <BG>

    The two smaller malls don't have the big anchor stores, though do have some sort of mid-sized anchor as draw. The 'mall replacement' is strip malls, though some are pretty big. For whatever reason the strip malls are doing well. Maybe just the new thing: shopping went from Downtown
    to The Mall and now to strip malls.

    Strip malls is the word...they've stripped the business from the
    bigger ones, to where the buildings are naked without stores.

    That was for the meatheads out there. :P

    Gloria!

    Or as Archie said once to his wife "Edith!! Where do you get all
    this crapola??!!" <G>

    the whole floor looks like L"!! <G>

    Clever word play!

    That it was.

    And, you thought your feet smelled back already!!

    I was waiting for them to smell forward!

    And, dachshunds paws smell like Fritos. :P

    It has a poopy attitude!

    Of the body parts, it's "the boss" (and boss spelled backwards is
    double SOB)...because if it shuts down, the whole body suffers. :P

    I saw a cartoon, with a cat at work at a desk. The IN Box is
    full of mice...the OUT box is full of kitty litter. :P

    And in-between was the Working On It box.

    I missed that one somehow.

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Tue Nov 10 08:13:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Never mind Fred Sanford..."It's the big one, Mabel!!" <G>
    'Elizabeth', but yes. ...Being on Medicare now I've noticed the front desk staff or whoever goes over charges before submitting to the government does prep with "this is generally covered, this is generally not and so you'll probably be billed <amount>". At least it doens't
    come as a total shock when get the statement, plus gives time to
    scrounge up money to pay.
    I can never remember that name. :P Or you get something stating
    "This Is Not A Bill...but we're not paying for it". :P

    Wonder what would happen if called it a 'William'?!


    Amtrack's nearest station is Galesburg, IL, about an hour's drive south
    of here. They've been talking of creating/recreating a spur (?) to
    Moline or maybe it's Rock Island -- either one is across the
    Mississippi River from me and would take about ten or fifteen minutes
    from the house.
    The one thing I liked about Biden is that he was pro-Amtrak.
    With COVID-19, I can NOT fly or take a bus. I'm looking forward
    to that train trip next June, which will be my last big trip
    outside of Arkansas. While the final Dance-A-Rama for Single
    Square Dancers USA will be in Des Moines next September, I just
    can't bring myself to flying. Plus, Amtrak goes across southern
    Iowa.

    (So are the square dancers single or they all dancing in a single square
    or... When's the coffee kicking in?!) Yes, going someplace to enjoy
    something different would be nice. The poor transportation industry!
    Used to be able to squish us together to get a little extra revenue, now
    either have to keep us apart or figure some sort of barrier to isolate.


    As far as local bus transportion, the good points include there are
    easy connections between the two states and five cities, so that in
    itself is quite an accomplishment! Bad news is I think the individual routes run only once an hour, so getting anywhere by bus doens't seem
    all that convenient. To me seems like small vans running more often
    would make more sense.
    Unless you're in the northeast corridor, or in places with
    frequent commuter service, you're out of luck.

    Pretty much.


    Wouldn't hurt. Put together a quick list of medical expenses you paid outside of Medicare and compare to the monthly fee of the supplement
    (less that initial deductible). For me it makes financial sense;
    dental insurance I break even over the years; vision insurance would
    have cost me more than paying out of pocket. (Part/most of vision is
    now under Medicare I guess.)
    I'm likely going to have to get another ultrasound next
    week...I'm still having moderate discomfort. And, with the
    arthritis, I didn't rest well overnight. I have to head out later
    this morning to the podiatrist to get a monthly foot check and
    toenail trim...as the arthritis is so bad that I can't squeeze
    the clippers.

    And last thing we want to see is your talons poking out! As for the ultrasound, probably a good idea as it's been a while and seems to not
    be getting better. As one gets older one tends to heal slower, but this
    seems a little too slow.



    The various malls here are doing from 'reasonably well considering' to 'iffy'. Will just ramble on the Iowa-side ones. The largest one now generally looks like a ghost town -- from the outside anyway, though
    has had problems for years as its anchor stores generally are having problems: Sears closed, JC Penney is tettering, Younkers closed -- all well before COVID-19. Von Maur and Dillards are doing well.
    And so many of the big ones have filed for bankruptcy.
    Dillard's is based in Little Rock.

    I didn't know where Dillard's was based; Von Maur is from next door in Davenport (IA) -- expanded from a single store in downtown originally
    know as Petersen Harned von Maur.


    I think of the joke where the woman is shopping at Macy's, and
    looking in the jewelery department. Well, she bends over, and
    farts. Hoping that no one nearby noticed her "oops" moment, she's horrified when she sees a young man asking her how he can help
    her. She describes the item she was looking at, and he replies
    "Ma'am...if you just [pooted] while looking at it, you're going
    to [crap] when I tell you the price!!". I guess I'm shopping at
    Dollar General!! <BG>

    Yup!


    The two smaller malls don't have the big anchor stores, though do have some sort of mid-sized anchor as draw. The 'mall replacement' is strip malls, though some are pretty big. For whatever reason the strip malls are doing well. Maybe just the new thing: shopping went from Downtown
    to The Mall and now to strip malls.
    Strip malls is the word...they've stripped the business from
    the bigger ones, to where the buildings are naked without stores.

    Just because they're the latest and greatest. Everyone moved from
    Downtown to the Mall where all the stores were clustered together and
    one could do their shopping in one place. ...Oops: lug the purchases
    along with you as the car's parke don the other end!



    That was for the meatheads out there. :P
    Gloria!
    Or as Archie said once to his wife "Edith!! Where do you get
    all this crapola??!!" <G>

    (From you, dear!)



    I saw a cartoon, with a cat at work at a desk. The IN Box is
    full of mice...the OUT box is full of kitty litter. :P
    And in-between was the Working On It box.
    I missed that one somehow.

    Crumpled up on the floor.


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Nov 12 18:45:00 2020
    Barry,

    I can never remember that name. :P Or you get something stating
    "This Is Not A Bill...but we're not paying for it". :P

    Wonder what would happen if called it a 'William'?!

    Tell me if my arrow hit the bullseye. <G>

    (So are the square dancers single or they all dancing in a single
    square or... When's the coffee kicking in?!) Yes, going someplace to enjoy something different would be nice. The poor transportation industry! Used to be able to squish us together to get a little extra revenue, now either have to keep us apart or figure some sort of
    barrier to isolate.

    You have both married and single square dancers. Some of the couples
    who met as singles, ended up getting married. But, unfortunately, I've
    heard of some dancers running off with another dancer's spouse. My late
    wife was right when she said "You can't be stolen (in a relationship)
    if you don't want to be stolen". Some of the singles have lost their
    previous spouses either due to divorce or death.

    Unless you're in the northeast corridor, or in places with
    frequent commuter service, you're out of luck.

    Pretty much.

    I'd be afraid to go out on streets where I don't know the area. There
    are thugs looking for vulnerable individuals.

    the clippers.

    And last thing we want to see is your talons poking out! As for the ultrasound, probably a good idea as it's been a while and seems to not
    be getting better. As one gets older one tends to heal slower, but
    this seems a little too slow.

    Not to mention the talons tear holes in the socks. :P The ultrasound has
    to wait, though. My car is in the shop, as the power steering pump was
    failing, and if I can't steer the car, it's worthless. It apparently is
    back ordered, and I felt I had better leave it at the shop, rather than
    to drive it back and forth...wasting gas, and risk it locking up. Thank
    The Lord I have plenty of food and drink here at the house...and for now,
    mail at the Post Office Box can wait.

    Dillard's is based in Little Rock.

    I didn't know where Dillard's was based; Von Maur is from next door in Davenport (IA) -- expanded from a single store in downtown originally
    know as Petersen Harned von Maur.

    So many of the Mom and Pop stores are being forced out of business by
    either the big brick and mortar stores, or by Amazon.

    "Ma'am...if you just [pooted] while looking at it, you're going
    to [crap] when I tell you the price!!". I guess I'm shopping at
    Dollar General!! <BG>

    Yup!

    After all, I am a frugal cheapskate. :P

    Just because they're the latest and greatest. Everyone moved from Downtown to the Mall where all the stores were clustered together and
    one could do their shopping in one place. ...Oops: lug the purchases along with you as the car's parke don the other end!

    But, around Christmas time, you have to watch for thugs who will rob you
    of your stuff.

    That was for the meatheads out there. :P
    Gloria!
    Or as Archie said once to his wife "Edith!! Where do you get
    all this crapola??!!" <G>

    (From you, dear!)

    There was a video on YouTube (I didn't look it), where Archie reflected
    on Edith's death. I don't know if that was the character or for Jean
    Stapleton. I think most all the cast from that show are dead and gone now.

    I missed that one somehow.

    Crumpled up on the floor.

    And, the cat is playing with it, like they do with the roll of toilet
    paper. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Nov 13 08:55:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    I can never remember that name. :P Or you get something stating
    "This Is Not A Bill...but we're not paying for it". :P
    Wonder what would happen if called it a 'William'?!
    Tell me if my arrow hit the bullseye. <G>

    How come all the vendors are selling apples?


    (So are the square dancers single or they all dancing in a single
    square or... When's the coffee kicking in?!) Yes, going someplace to enjoy something different would be nice. The poor transportation industry! Used to be able to squish us together to get a little extra revenue, now either have to keep us apart or figure some sort of
    barrier to isolate.
    You have both married and single square dancers. Some of the
    couples who met as singles, ended up getting married. But,
    unfortunately, I've heard of some dancers running off with
    another dancer's spouse. My late wife was right when she said
    "You can't be stolen (in a relationship) if you don't want to be
    stolen". Some of the singles have lost their previous spouses
    either due to divorce or death.

    Right. IMO one should be true to their significant other (we'll use a
    generic term to cover marriage, engagements, serious dating, etc.).
    There is nothing wrong with a light and quick comparison: "she's nice
    looking, but I like your looks better". And sometimes relationships do
    wane. I'm not a big fan of "staying together for the sake of <fill-in>"
    but also don't think a dead relationship should be kept together.



    Unless you're in the northeast corridor, or in places with
    frequent commuter service, you're out of luck.
    Pretty much.
    I'd be afraid to go out on streets where I don't know the area.
    There are thugs looking for vulnerable individuals.

    Though also quite possible to be mugged in one's own neighbourhood.
    Stay alert -- quite frankly the listening headphone/ear buds blocking
    out external sounds is a little dangerous IMO. I don't carry all my
    credit cards in my wallet: wallet gets stolen, I've got others at home.


    ultrasound has to wait, though. My car is in the shop, as the
    power steering pump was failing, and if I can't steer the car,
    it's worthless. It apparently is back ordered, and I felt I had
    better leave it at the shop, rather than to drive it back and forth...wasting gas, and risk it locking up. Thank The Lord I
    have plenty of food and drink here at the house...and for now,
    mail at the Post Office Box can wait.

    Oh no! I have a bit of a joke about Friday the 13th and Thursday the
    12th which is probably when you took your car in. As far as driving
    with a bad power-anything pump. probably not a good idea and yes I'd
    leave it in the shop.


    Dillard's is based in Little Rock.
    I didn't know where Dillard's was based; Von Maur is from next door in Davenport (IA) -- expanded from a single store in downtown originally
    know as Petersen Harned von Maur.
    So many of the Mom and Pop stores are being forced out of
    business by either the big brick and mortar stores, or by Amazon.

    And the various levels of COVID-19 restrictions aren't helping the various-sized brick-and-mortar stores any, and helped the on-line
    options. Any brick-and-mortar probably would have had to quickly expand
    or create a pick-up or delivery option to keep in business. Here in
    Iowa there is or at least was some sort of provision for liquor to be
    sold with carry-out (and maybe also delivered) meals. Technically it
    was violating the Open Container Law as wasn't sufficiently sealed but
    that was worked out.



    "Ma'am...if you just [pooted] while looking at it, you're going
    to [crap] when I tell you the price!!". I guess I'm shopping at
    Dollar General!! <BG>
    Yup!
    After all, I am a frugal cheapskate. :P

    My 'Scottish Guy' appreciates him! I go to Dollar General mainly for
    cards; to me doesn't make sense to spend $5 for a printed hunk of thick
    paper which will be looked at for maybe fifteen seconds. Used to go
    to Party City when their card prices were super-low. Yes, a better
    selection, or at least back then; seems they were trimming back on the
    card section.


    Just because they're the latest and greatest. Everyone moved from Downtown to the Mall where all the stores were clustered together and
    one could do their shopping in one place. ...Oops: lug the purchases along with you as the car's parke don the other end!
    But, around Christmas time, you have to watch for thugs who
    will rob you of your stuff.

    Actually pretty much anytime, just moreso during the holidays because of
    more shopping traffic and easier to blend in. "Oh look Mable! There's
    some guy over there struggling to get into his car!"


    There was a video on YouTube (I didn't look it), where Archie
    reflected on Edith's death. I don't know if that was the
    character or for Jean Stapleton. I think most all the cast from
    that show are dead and gone now.

    I'm thinking most of the cast have died -- show's older that I'd think.
    Not sure if it's on currently -- meaning syndicated OTA. Right now to
    much other stuff to watch and do but I was a fan.



    And, the cat is playing with it, like they do with the roll of
    toilet paper. :P

    Which were expensive toys for a while!


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sun Nov 15 21:19:00 2020
    Barry,

    Tell me if my arrow hit the bullseye. <G>

    How come all the vendors are selling apples?

    Depends on which ones they're selling. There are red and the golden
    delicious ones.

    Right. IMO one should be true to their significant other (we'll use a generic term to cover marriage, engagements, serious dating, etc.).

    In some areas, it costs more to get married (taxes). Why I have been searching for "proposal videos" on YouTube (especially by soldiers
    coming home from deployment), is beyond me. The way the world is going,
    I definitely am not worried about dating or marriage. I guess I need
    some good news to look at.

    Though also quite possible to be mugged in one's own neighbourhood.

    I'm very careful when I go out, although I normally am not out after
    dark.

    Stay alert -- quite frankly the listening headphone/ear buds blocking
    out external sounds is a little dangerous IMO. I don't carry all my credit cards in my wallet: wallet gets stolen, I've got others at home.

    I rarely turn the radio on in the car...so, I can hear the sirens of emergency vehicles, or the horns of approaching trains.

    Oh no! I have a bit of a joke about Friday the 13th and Thursday the
    12th which is probably when you took your car in. As far as driving
    with a bad power-anything pump. probably not a good idea and yes I'd
    leave it in the shop.

    Actually, I noticed the problem on Monday morning, on the way back from
    the podiastrist. But, they couldn't take the car until Tuesday morning.

    And the various levels of COVID-19 restrictions aren't helping the various-sized brick-and-mortar stores any, and helped the on-line
    options. Any brick-and-mortar probably would have had to quickly
    expand or create a pick-up or delivery option to keep in business.

    That they've done. But, I prefer to handle my own items.

    My 'Scottish Guy' appreciates him! I go to Dollar General mainly for cards; to me doesn't make sense to spend $5 for a printed hunk of thick paper which will be looked at for maybe fifteen seconds. Used to go
    to Party City when their card prices were super-low. Yes, a better selection, or at least back then; seems they were trimming back on the card section.

    Reminds me of the joke (I may have posted this in another echo), but
    it's where the woman is looking at the fancy jewelry at Macy's. As
    she bends over to look at it, she [poots]. She was terrified when she
    saw a young salesman asking her how he could be of service. Hoping he
    didn't notice her "oops" moment, she asked about the piece of jewelry.
    The salesman said "If you [pooted] just looking at it, you're going
    to [crap] when I tell you the price. I'm shopping at Dollar General,
    thank you!! :P

    Actually pretty much anytime, just moreso during the holidays because
    of more shopping traffic and easier to blend in. "Oh look Mable!
    There's some guy over there struggling to get into his car!"

    I don't get any gifts at the stores. I really don't have any family
    or friends to buy for...and I'd prefer to buy a gift card. That way,
    they buy what they want.

    I'm thinking most of the cast have died -- show's older that I'd think. Not sure if it's on currently -- meaning syndicated OTA. Right now to much other stuff to watch and do but I was a fan.

    You can catch a lot of those in syndication, or on DVD.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Mon Nov 16 08:24:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Tell me if my arrow hit the bullseye. <G>
    How come all the vendors are selling apples?
    Depends on which ones they're selling. There are red and the
    golden delicious ones.

    Don't forget the green and crab!


    Right. IMO one should be true to their significant other (we'll use a generic term to cover marriage, engagements, serious dating, etc.).
    In some areas, it costs more to get married (taxes). Why I have
    been searching for "proposal videos" on YouTube (especially by
    soldiers coming home from deployment), is beyond me. The way the
    world is going, I definitely am not worried about dating or
    marriage. I guess I need some good news to look at.

    Ones viewpoint should be and needs to be balanced. IMO too much gloom
    and doom and that's all one thinks about and so the mental attitude
    skews that way as that's all it starts to know.


    Though also quite possible to be mugged in one's own neighbourhood.
    I'm very careful when I go out, although I normally am not out
    after dark.

    Well, guess that means you're not a vampire!


    Stay alert -- quite frankly the listening headphone/ear buds blocking
    out external sounds is a little dangerous IMO. I don't carry all my credit cards in my wallet: wallet gets stolen, I've got others at home.
    I rarely turn the radio on in the car...so, I can hear the
    sirens of emergency vehicles, or the horns of approaching trains.

    I always have the radio on but it's relatively low: louder than
    background level but not so loud I can't hear things going on outside.
    And the volume gets turned down or muted if something is going on out
    there.


    Oh no! I have a bit of a joke about Friday the 13th and Thursday the
    12th which is probably when you took your car in. As far as driving
    with a bad power-anything pump. probably not a good idea and yes I'd
    leave it in the shop.
    Actually, I noticed the problem on Monday morning, on the way
    back from the podiastrist. But, they couldn't take the car until
    Tuesday morning.

    "Gaa! Monday the 9th!" ...Too much of a mental stretch for the joke.


    And the various levels of COVID-19 restrictions aren't helping the various-sized brick-and-mortar stores any, and helped the on-line
    options. Any brick-and-mortar probably would have had to quickly
    expand or create a pick-up or delivery option to keep in business.
    That they've done. But, I prefer to handle my own items.

    (I was waiting of one of your 'dirty mind' jokes!)

    I don't think when shopping I have too much of an issue with other people handling the items, as long as properly. (The more I type the worse
    things get with the sub-thought of the 'dirt mind' expectation!!) I've
    helped, been asked to help, strangers at the grocery store and they
    don't seem to have any qualms. Short lady needed an item off the top
    shelf; no issues with my touching the bottle and then handing it to her.
    OTOH I probbaly look clean and presentable to her standards (and to
    mine).


    I don't get any gifts at the stores. I really don't have any
    family or friends to buy for...and I'd prefer to buy a gift card.
    That way, they buy what they want.

    We do a combination of gift, gift card, and sometimes money. All of do
    some degree of gardening so gift cards to Lowe's, Home Depot or Menards
    work better than trying to wrap a bag of mulch.


    I'm thinking most of the cast have died -- show's older that I'd think. Not sure if it's on currently -- meaning syndicated OTA. Right now to much other stuff to watch and do but I was a fan.
    You can catch a lot of those in syndication, or on DVD.

    Yes, though there are quite a bit of trimming going on to fit in those additional commercials, sometimes removing a setup which makes a later
    scene more understandable.


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Wed Nov 18 12:16:00 2020
    Barry,

    Depends on which ones they're selling. There are red and the
    golden delicious ones.

    Don't forget the green and crab!

    I did forget them, as I didn't mention them initially. <G>

    Ones viewpoint should be and needs to be balanced. IMO too much gloom
    and doom and that's all one thinks about and so the mental attitude
    skews that way as that's all it starts to know.

    No wonder there is so much depression and suicide nowadays. COVID-19
    sure isn't helping things.

    Well, guess that means you're not a vampire!

    Or as Rindercella, if I'm out after nidmight, I'll purn into a
    tumpkin...and I sure don't want to slop my dripper. <G>

    I always have the radio on but it's relatively low: louder than
    background level but not so loud I can't hear things going on outside.
    And the volume gets turned down or muted if something is going on out there.

    There was a case in Florida where they were working on the railroad
    crossing signals, and had warning signs to the effect. Well, this one
    car basically had the windows up, the air conditioning on, the radio
    on high volume, and the driver was off in their own little world...not
    paying attention to what was going on. They got T-boned by the Amtrak
    train.

    "Gaa! Monday the 9th!" ...Too much of a mental stretch for the joke.

    I still don't have the car back. The first 2 power steering pumps have
    proved defective, and the third one may be as well. I will be up [crap]
    creek without a paddle without a car, if they can't fix it. Now, if in
    trying to repair it, they irrepairably damage the car where it's no
    longer drivable, and has to be totaled, I wonder if I could get some compensation from them, and/or the insurance company. There's no way I
    could afford a new car, but without transportation, I'm screwed.

    (I was waiting of one of your 'dirty mind' jokes!)

    We save those for email. <G>

    I don't think when shopping I have too much of an issue with other
    people handling the items, as long as properly. (The more I type the worse things get with the sub-thought of the 'dirt mind' expectation!!)

    Paper or plastic?? I don't care...I'm bi-sacksual. <G>

    I've helped, been asked to help, strangers at the grocery store and
    they don't seem to have any qualms. Short lady needed an item off the
    top shelf; no issues with my touching the bottle and then handing it to her. OTOH I probbaly look clean and presentable to her standards (and
    to mine).

    I've seen where the "scooters" are "abandoned" in the liquor aisle...
    because the battery ran down. The meme notes "Never Mind Turning The
    Water To Wine!!". But, these are designed for the DISABLED...and NOT
    for the LAZY.

    We do a combination of gift, gift card, and sometimes money. All of do some degree of gardening so gift cards to Lowe's, Home Depot or Menards work better than trying to wrap a bag of mulch.

    Exactly. Then, they can't blame you if it's not what they wanted. Yet,
    some people are never satisfied.

    Yes, though there are quite a bit of trimming going on to fit in those additional commercials, sometimes removing a setup which makes a later scene more understandable.

    An Editor's life, in print, audio, or video, is a ton of work.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Thu Nov 19 08:40:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Depends on which ones they're selling. There are red and the
    golden delicious ones.
    Don't forget the green and crab!
    I did forget them, as I didn't mention them initially. <G>

    When I was growing up a friend of mine had crab apple trees in his back
    yard; I think his mother did or used to do canning, also had some
    grapes. Anyway, did eat a few of the crab apples: sour and tart.


    Ones viewpoint should be and needs to be balanced. IMO too much gloom
    and doom and that's all one thinks about and so the mental attitude
    skews that way as that's all it starts to know.
    No wonder there is so much depression and suicide nowadays.
    COVID-19 sure isn't helping things.

    COVID-19 probably didn't help the depression scenario any. Though may
    have helped prevent some issues as gave some people something to do such
    as watching after other people.


    Well, guess that means you're not a vampire!
    Or as Rindercella, if I'm out after nidmight, I'll purn into a tumpkin...and I sure don't want to slop my dripper. <G>

    Hee Haw!


    I always have the radio on but it's relatively low: louder than
    background level but not so loud I can't hear things going on outside.
    And the volume gets turned down or muted if something is going on out there.
    There was a case in Florida where they were working on the
    railroad crossing signals, and had warning signs to the effect.
    Well, this one car basically had the windows up, the air
    conditioning on, the radio on high volume, and the driver was off
    in their own little world...not paying attention to what was
    going on. They got T-boned by the Amtrak train.

    Unfortunately.



    I still don't have the car back. The first 2 power steering
    pumps have proved defective, and the third one may be as well. I
    will be up [crap] creek without a paddle without a car, if they
    can't fix it. Now, if in trying to repair it, they irrepairably
    damage the car where it's no longer drivable, and has to be
    totaled, I wonder if I could get some compensation from them,
    and/or the insurance company. There's no way I could afford a new
    car, but without transportation, I'm screwed.

    Hopefully they get a working pump soon. I'd be (and not trying to get
    you paranoid) concerned about two bad pumps -- bad supplier? I'm
    guessing rebuilt though problems can occur with brand new (3rd party) or
    OEMs. Sort of reminds me of years ago I took in a computer to have
    repaired: normally I do my own work but for some reason had had work
    done prior and was thinking this may have been under warranty. Failure
    in the motherboard: something literally burned as there was a charred
    area about the size of a nickle. He ordered a replacement motherboard: rebuilt and tested and all that. Installed, test: bad board. Gets a replacement, bad again, though something different. Goes on for several
    times and he's getting rather <piddled> at the supplier as wasting his
    time, he's doing a lot of work installing, testing, removing on these supposedly certified boards. His time is not free. He finally decides
    enough is enough, calls me to suggest a motherboard he has in stock
    which is similar but different: it was faster and better in some ways
    but didn't have some options the original board. I agreed to the new
    board and it was a good choice. ...Umm, probably can't do that with
    power steering pumps!


    (I was waiting of one of your 'dirty mind' jokes!)
    We save those for email. <G>

    Probably a good choice!


    I've helped, been asked to help, strangers at the grocery store and
    they don't seem to have any qualms. Short lady needed an item off the
    top shelf; no issues with my touching the bottle and then handing it to her. OTOH I probbaly look clean and presentable to her standards (and
    to mine).
    I've seen where the "scooters" are "abandoned" in the liquor
    aisle... because the battery ran down. The meme notes "Never Mind
    Turning The Water To Wine!!". But, these are designed for the DISABLED...and NOT for the LAZY.

    Hallelujah! I haven't seen abandoned carts at Hy-Vee; the good news is
    most of the cart-drivers are nice about things though there have been a
    few having an attitude. Suppose just like the rest of the people: there
    are a few nasty ones.


    We do a combination of gift, gift card, and sometimes money. All of do some degree of gardening so gift cards to Lowe's, Home Depot or Menards work better than trying to wrap a bag of mulch.
    Exactly. Then, they can't blame you if it's not what they
    wanted. Yet, some people are never satisfied.

    Any boyfriend who was invited to attend a gathering (not recalling at
    Chistmas or Thanksgiving but birthdays, etc.) who exhibited that kind of
    bad behaviour ended up not lasting long. Was not due to pressure by us
    but the daughter 'saw the light' and the love blinders came off as the boyfriend revealed a portion of his true self.


    Yes, though there are quite a bit of trimming going on to fit in those additional commercials, sometimes removing a setup which makes a later scene more understandable.
    An Editor's life, in print, audio, or video, is a ton of work.

    True, though some need to do a better job. One syndicated show we
    watched had commercials every seven minutes. Didn't matter if there was
    a better break point fifteen or thirty seconds either side, was pretty
    much 7:00.00 - insert commercials!

    y


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sun Nov 22 13:59:00 2020
    Barry,

    When I was growing up a friend of mine had crab apple trees in his back yard; I think his mother did or used to do canning, also had some
    grapes. Anyway, did eat a few of the crab apples: sour and tart.

    Glad I never got a liking for them.

    COVID-19 probably didn't help the depression scenario any. Though may have helped prevent some issues as gave some people something to do
    such as watching after other people.

    I always go into severe depression from mid-November to mid-Thanksgiving.
    Not because I've been a widower for nearly 14 years now, but of all the commercialism. They had Christmas stuff on TV and in the stores in July!!
    I still wonder if I should've shopped for Easter before Labor Day. :P

    I put that iHeartRadio app on my phone, and have been listening to their Sacred Christmas Music channel, and watching YouTube videos of marriage proposals, and surprise homecomings. With many of these, I start crying,
    for the happiness and beauty of them...two things of which there seem to
    be so little of in the world today.

    Or as Rindercella, if I'm out after nidmight, I'll purn into a tumpkin...and I sure don't want to slop my dripper. <G>

    Hee Haw!

    When Archie Campbell was doing The Pee Thrittle Igs, and said the
    wolf "Hoed Her Blouse Down", I thought I was going to die laughing.
    The look on Roy Clark's face was priceless!!

    in their own little world...not paying attention to what was
    going on. They got T-boned by the Amtrak train.

    Unfortunately.

    All because they didn't pay attention.

    Hopefully they get a working pump soon. I'd be (and not trying to get
    you paranoid) concerned about two bad pumps -- bad supplier?

    Not sure. The first one was backordered, and it was defective. So, they ordered a new one Monday (it was too late to order a new one Friday), and
    it was defective. So, they had to overnight another one...then wanted to
    be sure it'd work after "a cold start" being there overnight. I finally
    got it back Thursday afternoon, to the tune of $942...but cheaper than a
    new car!! The gas gage was on E, and I think I barely made it to a Circle
    K on the other side of the freeway...$20 filled the tank at $1.72 a gallon.

    Hallelujah! I haven't seen abandoned carts at Hy-Vee; the good news is most of the cart-drivers are nice about things though there have been a few having an attitude. Suppose just like the rest of the people:
    there are a few nasty ones.

    I went to Walgreens to get 2 prescriptions. I had to go to the Urgent
    Care Clinic yesterday, after 3 days of testicular pain. I still have the epididymytis (it's recurring), and now have a UTI to go with it. I didn't
    think I'd get to my pharmacy in time (they close early on Saturday), so I
    went to the Walgreen's. I have to go there to get any shots, as my pharmacy won't do shots.

    Any boyfriend who was invited to attend a gathering (not recalling at Chistmas or Thanksgiving but birthdays, etc.) who exhibited that kind
    of bad behaviour ended up not lasting long. Was not due to pressure by
    us but the daughter 'saw the light' and the love blinders came off as
    the boyfriend revealed a portion of his true self.

    Yep, that'll do it. Or like the tagline "If love is blind, how does love
    at first sight work??". <G>

    An Editor's life, in print, audio, or video, is a ton of work.

    True, though some need to do a better job. One syndicated show we
    watched had commercials every seven minutes. Didn't matter if there
    was a better break point fifteen or thirty seconds either side, was
    pretty much 7:00.00 - insert commercials!

    And on some channels, they'll pre-empt local commercials to run things
    from out of state...especially during political season.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Mon Nov 23 07:59:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    When I was growing up a friend of mine had crab apple trees in his back yard; I think his mother did or used to do canning, also had some
    grapes. Anyway, did eat a few of the crab apples: sour and tart.
    Glad I never got a liking for them.

    I/we never really liked them - sort of a lite dare without any nasty consequences other than a little mouth pucker.


    COVID-19 probably didn't help the depression scenario any. Though may have helped prevent some issues as gave some people something to do
    such as watching after other people.
    I always go into severe depression from mid-November to mid-Thanksgiving. Not because I've been a widower for nearly 14
    years now, but of all the commercialism. They had Christmas stuff
    on TV and in the stores in July!! I still wonder if I should've
    shopped for Easter before Labor Day. :P

    Yes, you should! As for the severe depression, hopefully not too severe
    but not an uncommon thing: combination of shorter and colder days and so
    being stuck inside --> less sunshine --> Seasonal Affective Disorder
    (S.A.D.) plus the expectations and as you mentioned the twist to commercialism.

    One thing I did years ago was to buy a full-spectrum Sun-replicating
    desk lamp for the Computer Desk. Spend a lot of time here so the best
    place for me; YMMV. Does seem to help take away the winter blahs.
    Original lamp was the fluorescent version and went through two or three replacement bulbs (they are available at Batteries + Bulbs. With its
    last replacement coming up bought a LED version which is dimmable. To
    me just off full is best. They advertise this one as being able to also
    be used as a grow lamp for household plants.


    I put that iHeartRadio app on my phone, and have been listening
    to their Sacred Christmas Music channel, and watching YouTube
    videos of marriage proposals, and surprise homecomings. With many
    of these, I start crying, for the happiness and beauty of
    them...two things of which there seem to be so little of in the
    world today.

    Yes, watching happy things is good 'medicine'. Distracts from the bad
    things / reminds of the good things. Bad things are going to happen,
    but it's not all gloom-and-doom. As one can't always be in the right
    place at the right time to directly observe or participate in the joyous
    and happy occasions watching recordings is the next best thing.


    Or as Rindercella, if I'm out after nidmight, I'll purn into a tumpkin...and I sure don't want to slop my dripper. <G>
    Hee Haw!
    When Archie Campbell was doing The Pee Thrittle Igs, and said
    the wolf "Hoed Her Blouse Down", I thought I was going to die
    laughing. The look on Roy Clark's face was priceless!!

    It does have an interesting meaning!


    in their own little world...not paying attention to what was
    going on. They got T-boned by the Amtrak train.
    Unfortunately.
    All because they didn't pay attention.

    Accidents will happen, once can't be constantly watching everything and everywhere, but in this instance it does seem the accident would have
    been easily preventable.


    Hopefully they get a working pump soon. I'd be (and not trying to get
    you paranoid) concerned about two bad pumps -- bad supplier?
    Not sure. The first one was backordered, and it was defective.
    So, they ordered a new one Monday (it was too late to order a new
    one Friday), and it was defective. So, they had to overnight
    another one...then wanted to be sure it'd work after "a cold
    start" being there overnight. I finally got it back Thursday
    afternoon, to the tune of $942...but cheaper than a new car!! The
    gas gage was on E, and I think I barely made it to a Circle K on
    the other side of the freeway...$20 filled the tank at $1.72 a
    gallon.

    Yes, cheaper than a new car -- not by much: used to be some $995
    'bargains' sold by the car dealers around here -- you'd be buying some
    other problems!

    I was 'taught' by Dad to never let the gas needle go below half: if
    there's an emergency have gas and don't need to stop for a fill. Or try
    to find an open station in the middle of the night: there were several
    times I when I was working I was sent to the facility a few towns away
    -- going there was fine as was around 5 p.m. but returning at 1 or 3
    a.m. depending on which assignment just about everything was closed and
    while Dad would have brought a can of gas, umm, we'll just say he would
    not have been happy about it as was preventable.



    Hallelujah! I haven't seen abandoned carts at Hy-Vee; the good news is most of the cart-drivers are nice about things though there have been a few having an attitude. Suppose just like the rest of the people:
    there are a few nasty ones.
    I went to Walgreens to get 2 prescriptions. I had to go to the
    Urgent Care Clinic yesterday, after 3 days of testicular pain. I
    still have the epididymytis (it's recurring), and now have a UTI
    to go with it. I didn't think I'd get to my pharmacy in time
    (they close early on Saturday), so I went to the Walgreen's. I
    have to go there to get any shots, as my pharmacy won't do shots.

    The needles and ornamental balls are supposed to be on a Christmas Tree! Hopefully you were able to get rid of your infection and that was what
    was causing the testicular pain. ...I think I remember you mentioning a
    visit to the doctor's office coming up and hopefully prescribe/do
    something to fix you.



    Any boyfriend who was invited to attend a gathering (not recalling at Chistmas or Thanksgiving but birthdays, etc.) who exhibited that kind
    of bad behaviour ended up not lasting long. Was not due to pressure by
    us but the daughter 'saw the light' and the love blinders came off as
    the boyfriend revealed a portion of his true self.
    Yep, that'll do it. Or like the tagline "If love is blind, how
    does love at first sight work??". <G>

    Sometimes seen through rose-coloured glasses (and apparently the
    prescription is wrong!)


    An Editor's life, in print, audio, or video, is a ton of work.
    True, though some need to do a better job. One syndicated show we
    watched had commercials every seven minutes. Didn't matter if there
    was a better break point fifteen or thirty seconds either side, was
    pretty much 7:00.00 - insert commercials!
    And on some channels, they'll pre-empt local commercials to run
    things from out of state...especially during political season.

    I've noticed more the opposite: national or at least regional commercial
    being superceeded by a local one. Noted some time back a commercial
    would barely start, then the MyPillow ad would play! Gaaa!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Wed Nov 25 18:34:00 2020
    Barry,

    I/we never really liked them - sort of a lite dare without any nasty consequences other than a little mouth pucker.

    I saw a T-shirt once with a picture of an ocelot on it. The critter
    had apparently been sucking bitter persimmons. The caption said:

    "I have PMS, and a handgun. Any questions??". <G>

    Yes, you should! As for the severe depression, hopefully not too
    severe but not an uncommon thing: combination of shorter and colder
    days and so being stuck inside --> less sunshine --> Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) plus the expectations and as you mentioned the twist
    to commercialism.

    Yeah, I've heard of that as well. I went to Kroger today, and was "only
    going to get a few things" (you're a d@mn liar, Daryl!! <G>). I basically
    did my grocery shopping for the rest of the year, and with my Kroger fuel points, I have 80 cents a gallon off on gas now. All I need is another $80
    in purchase, and I'll have the max of a dollar off. But, I was right on
    the E this afternoon, so I paid a bit more for the gas. Yet, the price
    was up the day before Thanksgiving...and it probably will be on Sunday.
    But, I want to get a photo of getting gas for "65 cents a gallon". <G>

    One thing I did years ago was to buy a full-spectrum Sun-replicating
    desk lamp for the Computer Desk. Spend a lot of time here so the best place for me; YMMV. Does seem to help take away the winter blahs.

    I bought a portable lamp for the kitchen from Best Buy...I might get one
    for the bedroom here.

    Original lamp was the fluorescent version and went through two or three replacement bulbs (they are available at Batteries + Bulbs. With its
    last replacement coming up bought a LED version which is dimmable. To
    me just off full is best. They advertise this one as being able to
    also be used as a grow lamp for household plants.

    I have a portable fluorescent light, but the bulb has gone bad. I haven't seen any replacement bulbs that size, so I may have to buy a new deal.

    Yes, watching happy things is good 'medicine'. Distracts from the bad things / reminds of the good things. Bad things are going to happen,
    but it's not all gloom-and-doom. As one can't always be in the right place at the right time to directly observe or participate in the
    joyous and happy occasions watching recordings is the next best thing.

    I have to admit...some of those marriage proposals are rather interesting
    in the methods. <G>

    1) Shotgun Proposal. The guy gave his girl a real nice shotgun (even her grandfather was amazed at it). She opened it, and to everyone's horror,
    it looked like live shells in the chamber. But, they were only partial
    shells (harmless), and at the end of them, was the engagement ring.

    Or like the late Red Skelton noted..."I had a military wedding. Well,
    there were guns there...let's put it that way!!" <G>.

    2) Drawer Proposal. The guy handcrafted and made his girl this beautiul
    armoir (sp?) chest of drawers...for her earrings, necklaces, scarves,
    clothes, etc. He had also put some food in there, like sausage logs,
    glueten free brownie mix, etc. -- she said "that's my stash...I'll
    eat well, and get proteined up". <G> She got to the bottom drawer, and
    found the ring.

    In both cases, they burst into tears, as the boyfriend got down on one
    knee, and popped the question.

    Just thinking of the beauty of things like this, I get tears in my eyes... never mind I've ruled out something like that ever happening to me.

    When Archie Campbell was doing The Pee Thrittle Igs, and said
    the wolf "Hoed Her Blouse Down", I thought I was going to die
    laughing. The look on Roy Clark's face was priceless!!

    It does have an interesting meaning!

    And, it was all clean...just depended on where you mind went. :P

    Accidents will happen, once can't be constantly watching everything and everywhere, but in this instance it does seem the accident would have
    been easily preventable.

    I don't even like to talk on the cellphone while driving. I sure don't
    want to anger the constabulary.

    Yes, cheaper than a new car -- not by much: used to be some $995 'bargains' sold by the car dealers around here -- you'd be buying some other problems!

    It's called "you get what you pay for".

    I was 'taught' by Dad to never let the gas needle go below half: if there's an emergency have gas and don't need to stop for a fill.

    My Mom's Dad said the same thing to her.

    The needles and ornamental balls are supposed to be on a Christmas
    Tree! Hopefully you were able to get rid of your infection and that was what was causing the testicular pain. ...I think I remember you mentioning a visit to the doctor's office coming up and hopefully prescribe/do something to fix you.

    It's recurring epididymytis, and the urinary tract infections are doing likewise. But, like a Christmas tree, "the items are now just there for decoration". :P

    Yep, that'll do it. Or like the tagline "If love is blind, how
    does love at first sight work??". <G>

    Sometimes seen through rose-coloured glasses (and apparently the prescription is wrong!)

    Or they got the glasses from a Cracker Jack box.

    I've noticed more the opposite: national or at least regional
    commercial being superceeded by a local one. Noted some time back a commercial would barely start, then the MyPillow ad would play! Gaaa!

    The Weather Channel would be bad about that at times.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Thu Nov 26 07:59:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    I saw a T-shirt once with a picture of an ocelot on it. The
    critter had apparently been sucking bitter persimmons. The
    caption said:
    "I have PMS, and a handgun. Any questions??". <G>

    Thinking might not be the best time to ask details like 'is the gun
    loaded?'. <g>



    Yes, you should! As for the severe depression, hopefully not too
    severe but not an uncommon thing: combination of shorter and colder
    days and so being stuck inside --> less sunshine --> Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) plus the expectations and as you mentioned the twist
    to commercialism.
    Yeah, I've heard of that as well. I went to Kroger today, and
    was "only going to get a few things" (you're a d@mn liar, Daryl!!
    <G>). I basically did my grocery shopping for the rest of the year, and with
    y
    Kroger fuel
    points, I have 80 cents a gallon off on gas now. All I need is
    another $80 in purchase, and I'll have the max of a dollar off.
    But, I was right on the E this afternoon, so I paid a bit more
    for the gas. Yet, the price was up the day before
    Thanksgiving...and it probably will be on Sunday. But, I want to
    get a photo of getting gas for "65 cents a gallon". <G>

    Yes, I've gone into the grocery store with a very short list and ended
    with the same bill as usual. Not going wild with treats, just a 3.5 oz.
    bottle of contact lens solution is $10....

    As for buying gas before the Thanksgiving holiday, possibly not the
    smartest financially but you really didn't have a choice: car was in the
    shop, shortly you'll be running on fumes -- wait for next week and maybe
    price cut (could inscrease!) and you'd be the one being chased by your
    own fumes!


    One thing I did years ago was to buy a full-spectrum Sun-replicating
    desk lamp for the Computer Desk. Spend a lot of time here so the best place for me; YMMV. Does seem to help take away the winter blahs.
    I bought a portable lamp for the kitchen from Best Buy...I
    might get one for the bedroom here.

    Or at least a night light! <g>


    Original lamp was the fluorescent version and went through two or three replacement bulbs (they are available at Batteries + Bulbs. With its
    last replacement coming up bought a LED version which is dimmable. To
    me just off full is best. They advertise this one as being able to
    also be used as a grow lamp for household plants.
    I have a portable fluorescent light, but the bulb has gone bad.
    I haven't seen any replacement bulbs that size, so I may have to
    buy a new deal.

    Might be a good time to buy one using LEDs: the ones we have here are
    quite bright, have a dimming switch, and IIRC use four D batteries. I
    did splurge and buy some which can be recharged via USB if the power
    fails. Can recharge via the solar charger, cell phone battery bank, or
    even the laptop.


    Yes, watching happy things is good 'medicine'. Distracts from the bad things / reminds of the good things. Bad things are going to happen,
    but it's not all gloom-and-doom. As one can't always be in the right place at the right time to directly observe or participate in the
    joyous and happy occasions watching recordings is the next best thing.
    I have to admit...some of those marriage proposals are rather interesting in the methods. <G>

    Wanna?
    Sure.

    Well that one ended up on the cutting room floor!



    1) Shotgun Proposal. The guy gave his girl a real nice shotgun
    (even her grandfather was amazed at it). She opened it, and to
    everyone's horror, it looked like live shells in the chamber.
    But, they were only partial shells (harmless), and at the end of
    them, was the engagement ring.

    Ah! ..."Wanna?" "Nah." "Shoot. <uh-ohh!>"


    2) Drawer Proposal. The guy handcrafted and made his girl this
    beautiul armoir (sp?) chest of drawers...for her earrings,
    necklaces, scarves, clothes, etc. He had also put some food in
    there, like sausage logs, glueten free brownie mix, etc. -- she
    said "that's my stash...I'll eat well, and get proteined up". <G>
    She got to the bottom drawer, and found the ring.

    Good thing she didn't start at the bottom!


    In both cases, they burst into tears, as the boyfriend got down
    on one knee, and popped the question.

    "Will you, Heather, take this ..umm, Slim Jim...".


    Just thinking of the beauty of things like this, I get tears in
    my eyes... never mind I've ruled out something like that ever
    happening to me.

    One never knows!



    Accidents will happen, once can't be constantly watching everything and everywhere, but in this instance it does seem the accident would have
    been easily preventable.
    I don't even like to talk on the cellphone while driving. I
    sure don't want to anger the constabulary.

    I have finished up a call while driving. Started the semi-urgent call
    at the beginning of the stop light so I wasn't moving. AFAIC there is
    way too much traffic in town to be looking down at the phone to start
    the phone app and dial. Plus when talking somewhat distracted to the conversation and not the driving. Hands-free might reduce somewhat but
    still distracted by the conversation. I feel I need to be paying
    attention to my driving so I don't talk on the phone in the car unless absolutely necessary.


    Yes, cheaper than a new car -- not by much: used to be some $995 'bargains' sold by the car dealers around here -- you'd be buying some other problems!
    It's called "you get what you pay for".

    OTOH if one's car is starting to cost in repairs then may be better to
    put the future repair costs towards the payments of a new car. (And
    'new' is "it may be 'pre-owned' but it's new to me!".) OTOH may stil be cheaper to pay just the future repairs: don't drive much, so less likely
    for something to fail. ...Rust for disuse, maybe. <gg>


    I was 'taught' by Dad to never let the gas needle go below half: if there's an emergency have gas and don't need to stop for a fill.
    My Mom's Dad said the same thing to her.

    Hey! You're not that much younger than I am!! :)



    I've noticed more the opposite: national or at least regional
    commercial being superceeded by a local one. Noted some time back a commercial would barely start, then the MyPillow ad would play! Gaaa!
    The Weather Channel would be bad about that at times.

    I sometimes wonder (for like a half-second) what happens to the billing
    one a national TV commercial is superceeded by a local one. National
    has paid for the time even if the contract says "and we'll throw in
    twelve free slots which may or may not be seen locally". ("Free" --
    just a redistribution of the cost per unit.)


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Nov 28 06:59:00 2020
    Barry,

    "I have PMS, and a handgun. Any questions??". <G>

    Thinking might not be the best time to ask details like 'is the gun loaded?'. <g>

    "Safety Is Now Off". :P

    Yes, I've gone into the grocery store with a very short list and ended with the same bill as usual. Not going wild with treats, just a 3.5
    oz. bottle of contact lens solution is $10....

    I need to get some fluid for cleaning my reading glasses. I also heard of
    a brand of cornbread dressing that's microwaveable. I'll check that when I
    go to the store later today. My microwave oven failed last night as I was finishing cooking dinner. So, I have all this microwave food, and no way to cook it...which means I eat out today.

    As for buying gas before the Thanksgiving holiday, possibly not the smartest financially but you really didn't have a choice: car was in
    the shop, shortly you'll be running on fumes -- wait for next week and maybe price cut (could inscrease!) and you'd be the one being chased by your own fumes!

    I've run out of gas once...and it was for the car. <G>

    Or at least a night light! <g>

    I have a laser ham radio callsign, that I can set different colors on. Overnight, it's a soothing red...if I need a little more light, I set it
    to white. Or I can have it change colors.

    Might be a good time to buy one using LEDs: the ones we have here are quite bright, have a dimming switch, and IIRC use four D batteries. I
    did splurge and buy some which can be recharged via USB if the power fails. Can recharge via the solar charger, cell phone battery bank, or even the laptop.

    I need to get one for the bathroom area as well.

    Wanna?
    Sure.

    Well that one ended up on the cutting room floor!

    I didn't bother watching the "fails". If I wanted to be depressed, I'd
    watch the evening newscast. :P

    Ah! ..."Wanna?" "Nah." "Shoot. <uh-ohh!>"

    "Safety is now off". <G>

    Good thing she didn't start at the bottom!

    She might have on the wedding night <eg!>.

    "Will you, Heather, take this ..umm, Slim Jim...".

    In Brad Paisley's video, "Little Moments", you have couples of all
    sizes. But, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder...especially if there
    is an inner beauty that they have...like my late wife was.

    In that regard, I think of the statement the blonde made..."Skill??
    I thought I was hired for my looks!!" <G>.

    One never knows!

    True...but I've had so many disappointments that I've "given up hope".
    Now, The Good Lord made a liar out of me once in that regard...if He wants
    to do so again, that's fine. But, as noted, at this stage of life, so many
    have "too much baggage".

    still distracted by the conversation. I feel I need to be paying attention to my driving so I don't talk on the phone in the car unless absolutely necessary.

    If I'm able to do so, I'll pull off into a parking lot, and finish the
    call. Otherwise, I decline it.

    be cheaper to pay just the future repairs: don't drive much, so less likely for something to fail. ...Rust for disuse, maybe. <gg>

    It loses 30% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot.

    My Mom's Dad said the same thing to her.

    Hey! You're not that much younger than I am!! :)

    I'm still a puppy to many folks.

    I sometimes wonder (for like a half-second) what happens to the billing one a national TV commercial is superceeded by a local one. National
    has paid for the time even if the contract says "and we'll throw in
    twelve free slots which may or may not be seen locally". ("Free" --
    just a redistribution of the cost per unit.)

    Good point.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Nov 29 07:49:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    "I have PMS, and a handgun. Any questions??". <G>
    Thinking might not be the best time to ask details like 'is the gun loaded?'. <g>
    "Safety Is Now Off". :P

    But one should always practice safety!


    Yes, I've gone into the grocery store with a very short list and ended with the same bill as usual. Not going wild with treats, just a 3.5
    oz. bottle of contact lens solution is $10....
    I need to get some fluid for cleaning my reading glasses. I
    also heard of a brand of cornbread dressing that's microwaveable.
    I'll check that when I go to the store later today. My microwave
    oven failed last night as I was finishing cooking dinner. So, I
    have all this microwave food, and no way to cook it...which means
    I eat out today.

    Should buy a pre-made sandwich, eat it while you're shopping. That
    should take care of your hunger, so less inclined to hunger-buy. Just
    make sure not to damage the bar code so can pay for it during checkout.

    As for microwavable cornbread dressing, don't recall seeing any but then haven't looked either. Suppose if spread the mix on a glass pan about a half-inch thick would work. Of course does help to have a working
    microwave! Do not cheap-out and get a low wattage microwave; anything
    below 800 is pretty much junk. IIRC 800W barely pops popcorn.


    As for buying gas before the Thanksgiving holiday, possibly not the smartest financially but you really didn't have a choice: car was in
    the shop, shortly you'll be running on fumes -- wait for next week and maybe price cut (could inscrease!) and you'd be the one being chased by your own fumes!
    I've run out of gas once...and it was for the car. <G>

    At least your late wife didn't say that to you!



    Might be a good time to buy one using LEDs: the ones we have here are quite bright, have a dimming switch, and IIRC use four D batteries. I
    did splurge and buy some which can be recharged via USB if the power fails. Can recharge via the solar charger, cell phone battery bank, or even the laptop.
    I need to get one for the bathroom area as well.

    That one consider placement and you might be wet from the shower.


    In Brad Paisley's video, "Little Moments", you have couples of
    all sizes. But, beauty is in the eyes of the
    beholder...especially if there is an inner beauty that they
    have...like my late wife was.

    Yes, sometimes the right partner barely ticks any of the conscious
    boxes. It's those heart boxes one needs to check.



    True...but I've had so many disappointments that I've "given up
    hope". Now, The Good Lord made a liar out of me once in that
    regard...if He wants to do so again, that's fine. But, as noted,
    at this stage of life, so many have "too much baggage".

    Everyone has baggage, some carry-on, some trunks. I'm getting to the
    opinion having help with the bags is good, just don't give all and don't
    expect all to be taken. And you also need to assist with some of the
    other person's bagggae.


    still distracted by the conversation. I feel I need to be paying attention to my driving so I don't talk on the phone in the car unless absolutely necessary.
    If I'm able to do so, I'll pull off into a parking lot, and
    finish the call. Otherwise, I decline it.

    I neglected to mention I don't use my cell phone as a primary form of communictaion so for me to receive a call it's rare and usually a wrong
    number or spam. I do make calls occasionally: if in the car when
    stationary.


    be cheaper to pay just the future repairs: don't drive much, so less likely for something to fail. ...Rust for disuse, maybe. <gg>
    It loses 30% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot.

    Too bad that doesn't occur with a test drive!


    My Mom's Dad said the same thing to her.
    Hey! You're not that much younger than I am!! :)
    I'm still a puppy to many folks.

    Hmmm: still not toilet trained hence the Depends?!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Mon Nov 30 18:26:00 2020
    Barry,

    "I have PMS, and a handgun. Any questions??". <G>
    Thinking might not be the best time to ask details like 'is the gun loaded?'. <g>
    "Safety Is Now Off". :P

    But one should always practice safety!

    In looking back, I had wondered about becoming a school crossing safety guard. But nowadays, even that is hazardous. Unless you have the police officers there with radar guns, to pull over the violators, they're going
    to drive like it's the Indy 500...school zone or not. The same applies to school buses...even with the stop arms out, and red lights flashing, some drivers just zoom right by.

    Should buy a pre-made sandwich, eat it while you're shopping. That
    should take care of your hunger, so less inclined to hunger-buy. Just make sure not to damage the bar code so can pay for it during checkout.

    I think I drove to an area Chick-Fil-A, and got their 30 count nuggets,
    with a large sweet tea. That's easy to eat while I'm driving. I will note
    that "I don't drink and drive...but I swig at stoplights". <G>

    As for microwavable cornbread dressing, don't recall seeing any but
    then haven't looked either. Suppose if spread the mix on a glass pan about a half-inch thick would work. Of course does help to have a
    working microwave! Do not cheap-out and get a low wattage microwave; anything below 800 is pretty much junk. IIRC 800W barely pops popcorn.

    The brand was Savannah Classics. I thawed it for 15 minutes on half power
    (it was frozen), then cooked it for 10 minutes on high power. It was delicious...but it must've been rich (cue the classic Alka Seltzer
    commercial "I can't believe I ate the whole thing"), as I've had bouts of diarrhea and cramping, along with some nausea in the last 18 hours.

    Yet, it's nothing that Immodium and Zofran won't cure. I basically slept much of today, as I had no reason to go out (I have 2 medical appointments Wednesday morning). I hope that I can sleep tonight...but I don't have to
    get up early tomorrow.

    As for the wattage, I think that also affects the size of the oven, and limits what you can put in there. I've always had problems getting a good result from microwave popcorn...too many unpopped kernels, or it's burned.
    And, I prefer my popcorn with a large amount of butter. But, I'll be
    darned if I'm going to go to a movie theatre to get it. They want to know
    if you want some popcorn with your salt. <G>

    At least your late wife didn't say that to you!

    Our dachshund beat us on that every time...he'd drop a methane bomb, then wag his tail and spread it around...as a green haze filled the room. :P

    That one consider placement and you might be wet from the shower.

    That reminds me of the "Dennis The Menace" cartoon...where he's sitting
    in the dry bathtub (no water), but naked as a jaybird. He tells his Mom "Water?? I'm getting dry cleaned!!". <G>

    Yes, sometimes the right partner barely ticks any of the conscious
    boxes. It's those heart boxes one needs to check.

    That's it. Unfortunately, some people can even be deceitful in that area...and the other one can be so lonely, that they become gullible and desperate (sp?). What's ironic is that before I was married, I wasn't
    really interested in getting married. I've heard on average, after one
    is widowed, it's best to wait awhile (remarrying too soon usually does
    not bode well).

    There's a hospital proposal video on YouTube, which is hilarious.
    Basically, Casey and Mike's first marriages ended in tragedy. They
    were both widowed within two days of each other. By God's Amazing Grace,
    they found love again. In this video, you will see Casey get the surprise
    of a lifetime, when Mike asks for her hand in marriage at work. Casey is
    an OR RN, and we tricked her into thinking she was about to scrub an
    emergency C-section.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Wnkfe6o9k

    Another video, had 2 who worked at a hospital. The boyfriend of the
    nurse (he has a peanut allergy), cooked up a deal to arrive in an
    ambulance. His girlfriend, an ER Nurse, jumped into action...initially
    not realizing it was all a ruse.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzJonVLNUdU

    And, another video, has a paramedic about to end her shift, and she gets
    a call for an apparent cardiac arrest. Once there, she gets a surprise proposal from her firefighter boyfriend.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QFoBrUl3FU

    Then, another firefighter rigs up a deal where it looks like his
    girlfriend's pickup truck is on fire (smoke coming out from under the
    hood), and they set up "a fire run call". Her Dad is dressed as a
    firefighter as well. When they get there, her firefighter boyfriend
    proposes to her.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpcm1as1Wfw

    Everyone has baggage, some carry-on, some trunks. I'm getting to the opinion having help with the bags is good, just don't give all and
    don't expect all to be taken. And you also need to assist with some of the other person's baggage.

    The first woman I was engaged to (long before I met the woman who would become my wife) basically wanted me to do all the "giving", and she was to
    do all the "taking". Everything was to revolve around her...whether it was
    for where we eat, what we did, and time spent with each other. When I broke
    up with her (we were engaged, but had not set a wedding date), she accused
    me of "using her". I felt like "the weight of the world had been lifted off
    my shoulders" at that point.

    I still have nightmares about her...I'd rather have dreams about my late wife...as the relationship was so special. I was truly blessed to have her.

    Both sides need to compromise, give and take, and work together. Otherwise, the couple gets married on a Friday, and is filing for divorce on Monday. :P

    But, after nearly 14 years as a widower, to put it bluntly, I'm lonely.
    Yet, the women I dated for a time after my wife died "had trunks of baggage".

    I neglected to mention I don't use my cell phone as a primary form of communictaion so for me to receive a call it's rare and usually a wrong number or spam. I do make calls occasionally: if in the car when stationary.

    Plus, if I'm parked and talking on the phone, I don't have to worry about other vehicles (especially if I'm in a parking lot off the road, and out of
    the flow of traffic). Then, I can concentrate on the call at hand. My late
    wife was a stickler for that...and she was right making me NOT talk and
    drive.

    It loses 30% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot.

    Too bad that doesn't occur with a test drive!

    Isn't that the truth?? I saw a post in another echo where this one
    vehicle had gone off on a test drive, and it basically disappeared. It
    showed back up 6 months later...the driver (a doctor) had "forgotten to
    bring it back". Would you please explain that one to me?? :P

    I'm still a puppy to many folks.

    Hmmm: still not toilet trained hence the Depends?!

    <BLUSH!> Who told you?? <G>.

    Seriously, as one gets older, their muscles and sphincters (urinary and anal) get weaker. Even a small thing as a cough or a sneeze causes you to
    soil your undergarments. Both early and late in life, success is "not
    doing that". :P

    One time, I wasn't paying attention, and I bought the women's one's by mistake (it would've helped if I noted the pictures of a male or a female,
    and the color of their outfits).

    Thankfully, I still had the receipt, and could get an exchange. While we
    are the same from the back side, the difference is in the front, as it were.

    In that regard, I think of some of the cartoons (and jokes), where the little boy and girl are looking at each other's genitals (in childlike innocence and curiosity):

    1) "So, THAT explains the difference in our salaries!!".

    2) "You can't have mine!! You broke yours off!!".

    3) "I didn't know there was such a difference between Protestants
    and Catholics" (he was one, she was the other).

    4) "That's a handy thing to have along at picnics" (the longer name
    was NOT as WOMEN versus MEN -- but LADIES versus GENTLEMEN -- and the
    girl was told to go in the one with the longer name).

    5) "So, I have an antenna, and you have a USB port".

    Lastly, Dec. 1 is the 30th anniversary of my Sysop career...starting
    on a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 laptop, with a 1200 baud modem, and
    the SoftMail and Mini-Net programs for "The World's Smallest BBS". While
    I no longer have the computer, the programs are still in the BBS's file
    area. On my 32nd birthday, a friend of my brother's (who I hadn't met
    yet) gave me an 8088 XT computer, with 640K of RAM, DOS 3.2, a 20 Mb
    hard drive, a monochrome green monitor, a 3.5" and a 5.25" floppy drive,
    a keyboard, and a mouse. Arkansas Children's Hospital was upgrading their entire computer setup, so they basically were "giving stuff away". That
    became the birthplace of The Thunderbolt BBS in May, 1992. There is a
    bulletin on the BBS, with its history.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Tue Dec 1 09:24:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    "I have PMS, and a handgun. Any questions??". <G>
    Thinking might not be the best time to ask details like 'is the gun loaded?'. <g>
    "Safety Is Now Off". :P
    But one should always practice safety!
    In looking back, I had wondered about becoming a school
    crossing safety guard. But nowadays, even that is hazardous.
    Unless you have the police officers there with radar guns, to
    pull over the violators, they're going to drive like it's the
    Indy 500...school zone or not. The same applies to school
    buses...even with the stop arms out, and red lights flashing,
    some drivers just zoom right by.

    Here they seem to still have respect for the crossing guards, though I
    haven't seen one in some time because of retirement and now the
    coronavirus.


    Should buy a pre-made sandwich, eat it while you're shopping. That
    should take care of your hunger, so less inclined to hunger-buy. Just make sure not to damage the bar code so can pay for it during checkout.
    I think I drove to an area Chick-Fil-A, and got their 30 count
    nuggets, with a large sweet tea. That's easy to eat while I'm
    driving. I will note that "I don't drink and drive...but I swig
    at stoplights". <G>

    The Chick-Fil-A here is inside the Mall. As for drinking and driving,
    you should be alright as long as no sudden stops and be sure to use a
    straw so your vision isn't obstructed. :)


    As for microwavable cornbread dressing, don't recall seeing any but
    then haven't looked either. Suppose if spread the mix on a glass pan about a half-inch thick would work. Of course does help to have a
    working microwave! Do not cheap-out and get a low wattage microwave; anything below 800 is pretty much junk. IIRC 800W barely pops popcorn.
    The brand was Savannah Classics. I thawed it for 15 minutes on
    half power (it was frozen), then cooked it for 10 minutes on high
    power. It was delicious...but it must've been rich (cue the
    classic Alka Seltzer commercial "I can't believe I ate the whole
    thing"), as I've had bouts of diarrhea and cramping, along with
    some nausea in the last 18 hours.

    <chuckle> I'm not sure if that's a good or bad review!! Haven't heard
    of the Savannah Classics brand, but then we don't have a Kroeger locally either. And the intestinal upset you had could have been due to
    something else, or just too much of a good thing.



    As for the wattage, I think that also affects the size of the
    oven, and limits what you can put in there. I've always had
    problems getting a good result from microwave popcorn...too many
    unpopped kernels, or it's burned. And, I prefer my popcorn with a
    large amount of butter. But, I'll be darned if I'm going to go to
    a movie theatre to get it. They want to know if you want some
    popcorn with your salt. <G>

    Microwave popcorn isn't all that good for the microwave's mechnicals:
    the oil-laden steam gets on everything. Can wash the cavity but can't
    get to the inside where the stirrer and electronics are. A higher
    wattage microwave will give better results for microwaved popcorn that a
    low wattage one, but still not better than doing it stove top.


    At least your late wife didn't say that to you!
    Our dachshund beat us on that every time...he'd drop a methane
    bomb, then wag his tail and spread it around...as a green haze
    filled the room. :P

    "That's not what we meant by a 'romantic scent'!"



    That one consider placement and you might be wet from the shower.
    That reminds me of the "Dennis The Menace" cartoon...where he's
    sitting in the dry bathtub (no water), but naked as a jaybird. He
    tells his Mom "Water?? I'm getting dry cleaned!!". <G>

    Works for me!


    Yes, sometimes the right partner barely ticks any of the conscious
    boxes. It's those heart boxes one needs to check.
    That's it. Unfortunately, some people can even be deceitful in
    that area...and the other one can be so lonely, that they become
    gullible and desperate (sp?). What's ironic is that before I was
    married, I wasn't really interested in getting married. I've
    heard on average, after one is widowed, it's best to wait awhile (remarrying too soon usually does not bode well).

    Averges are just that: averages. Some people have naturally low blood pressure: I knew of someone whose systolic was around 60 mm and the
    diastolic was virtually undetectable. That '120/80' woudl have killed
    her! As for the 'bounce-back relationships', one always hears they are
    always a fling and don't work out but not necessarily.


    There's a hospital proposal video on YouTube, which is
    hilarious. Basically, Casey and Mike's first marriages ended in
    tragedy. They were both widowed within two days of each other. By
    God's Amazing Grace, they found love again. In this video, you
    will see Casey get the surprise of a lifetime, when Mike asks for
    her hand in marriage at work. Casey is an OR RN, and we tricked
    her into thinking she was about to scrub an emergency C-section. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Wnkfe6o9k

    Nice. :)

    And one lead into this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRAtlUYIG2g&ab_channel=TrentAric

    (Nice studio!) We've had a few on-air proposals at the local television stations over the years but nothing this elaborate.



    Everyone has baggage, some carry-on, some trunks. I'm getting to the opinion having help with the bags is good, just don't give all and
    don't expect all to be taken. And you also need to assist with some of the other person's baggage.
    The first woman I was engaged to (long before I met the woman
    who would become my wife) basically wanted me to do all the
    "giving", and she was to do all the "taking". Everything was to
    revolve around her...whether it was for where we eat, what we
    did, and time spent with each other. When I broke up with her (we
    were engaged, but had not set a wedding date), she accused me of
    "using her". I felt like "the weight of the world had been lifted
    off my shoulders" at that point.

    Yes, she sounds like someone who should be on the "Housewives of" type
    of shows: all bling, no brain. (Well, the shows premises; some of the
    people seem potentially decent except for the role they're in.)


    I still have nightmares about her...I'd rather have dreams
    about my late wife...as the relationship was so special. I was
    truly blessed to have her.

    Bad dreams can be warnings and reminders to stay away from that
    situation.


    Both sides need to compromise, give and take, and work
    together. Otherwise, the couple gets married on a Friday, and is
    filing for divorce on Monday. :P
    But, after nearly 14 years as a widower, to put it bluntly, I'm
    lonely. Yet, the women I dated for a time after my wife died "had
    trunks of baggage".

    At the age I'd probably consider more a serious dating relationship
    than moving in or getting married. I'm thinking too accustomed to being alone/independent and so space is needed, so just to the 'friends with benefits' level might be best. OTOH that could be just the averages
    talking!


    I neglected to mention I don't use my cell phone as a primary form of communictaion so for me to receive a call it's rare and usually a wrong number or spam. I do make calls occasionally: if in the car when stationary.
    Plus, if I'm parked and talking on the phone, I don't have to
    worry about other vehicles (especially if I'm in a parking lot
    off the road, and out of the flow of traffic). Then, I can
    concentrate on the call at hand. My late wife was a stickler for that...and she was right making me NOT talk and drive.

    Yes. Even a computer does only one thing at a time: the multiple
    applications concurrently is really just a very fast switch from job to
    job. Humans can't switch nearly that fast.


    It loses 30% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot.
    Too bad that doesn't occur with a test drive!
    Isn't that the truth?? I saw a post in another echo where this
    one vehicle had gone off on a test drive, and it basically
    disappeared. It showed back up 6 months later...the driver (a
    doctor) had "forgotten to bring it back". Would you please
    explain that one to me?? :P

    Hopefully he wasn't a brain sugeon! I could see where it is possible to
    have a car out that long: person doing the test drive is hospitalized for
    an extended time. "Just forgetting" - no.


    I'm still a puppy to many folks.
    Hmmm: still not toilet trained hence the Depends?!
    <BLUSH!> Who told you?? <G>.

    That wasn't a brown shag carpet!


    Seriously, as one gets older, their muscles and sphincters
    (urinary and anal) get weaker. Even a small thing as a cough or a
    sneeze causes you to soil your undergarments. Both early and late
    in life, success is "not doing that". :P

    Youth: the trying to show off a bulge is a sock.
    Old age: not trying to show off the incontenience device bulge.



    One time, I wasn't paying attention, and I bought the women's
    one's by mistake (it would've helped if I noted the pictures of a
    male or a female, and the color of their outfits).

    I wonder about the packaging in Scotland when men wear kilts!


    5) "So, I have an antenna, and you have a USB port".

    Now that's a new one!



    Lastly, Dec. 1 is the 30th anniversary of my Sysop
    career...starting on a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 laptop, with
    a 1200 baud modem, and the SoftMail and Mini-Net programs for
    "The World's Smallest BBS". While I no longer have the computer,
    the programs are still in the BBS's file area. On my 32nd
    birthday, a friend of my brother's (who I hadn't met yet) gave me
    an 8088 XT computer, with 640K of RAM, DOS 3.2, a 20 Mb hard
    drive, a monochrome green monitor, a 3.5" and a 5.25" floppy
    drive, a keyboard, and a mouse. Arkansas Children's Hospital was
    upgrading their entire computer setup, so they basically were
    "giving stuff away". That became the birthplace of The
    Thunderbolt BBS in May, 1992. There is a bulletin on the BBS,
    with its history.

    Where I worked in NH before moving out here (IA) the company was an electronics firm -- main known contracts were the 'Wizard of Avis'
    (portions of their computer system) and contracts with the federal
    govenment. They had a 'store' where extra parts were available -->
    cheaper to buy a million of a component than the 900,000 they really
    needed. For a lot of the discrete resistors, capacitors, etc., it
    wasn't worth the cost of the paperwork to charge for quantities under
    ten or so, so could go in, "I need ten 47K watt resistors please"
    "here you go!". Some damaged builds were also available for cheap.



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Dec 3 10:31:00 2020
    Barry,

    Here they seem to still have respect for the crossing guards, though I haven't seen one in some time because of retirement and now the coronavirus.

    I'm usually not out during school arrival or dismissal times anymore.
    There are caution warning lights that flash to alert you that the Speed
    Limit is 25 during these times...but most drivers ignore them.

    The Chick-Fil-A here is inside the Mall. As for drinking and driving,
    you should be alright as long as no sudden stops and be sure to use a straw so your vision isn't obstructed. :)

    Definitely on the straw. Plus, I usually put the drink in a cup holder on
    the arm rest between the seats...and eat stuff that's easy to eat...such as
    the Chick-Fil-A nuggets, or small cheeseburgers.

    <chuckle> I'm not sure if that's a good or bad review!! Haven't heard
    of the Savannah Classics brand, but then we don't have a Kroeger
    locally either. And the intestinal upset you had could have been due
    to something else, or just too much of a good thing.

    I think it was too much of it...but it sure was good going down. :) I'm
    just glad I can graze on that again. My brother doesn't care for cornbread dressing, but he loves green bean casserole (I don't care for the latter).

    Microwave popcorn isn't all that good for the microwave's mechnicals:

    I don't have a popcorn cooker anymore, where you put the oil, then the kernels in it, and prepare it that way. If there was such a simple device,
    I might be interested.

    "That's not what we meant by a 'romantic scent'!"

    That ruined an intimate episode once. My wife and I were on the futon, otherwise occupied <eg>, and the dachshund was in his bed on the floor
    next to it. All of a sudden, this horrid stench (methane) permeated our nostrils (the dog had dropped an SBD bomb). I was practically gagging,
    and my wife was laughing like mad...saying "You know he's down there,
    going 'Hee Hee Hee. Ignore my @$$, will you??!!" :P So, any romantic
    thoughts disappeared...I had to get dressed, and take the dog out for
    a walk. But, it also reminds me of the meme, where it notes "Dog takes
    a 90 minute walk, and still poops on the floor". :P

    That reminds me of the "Dennis The Menace" cartoon...where he's
    sitting in the dry bathtub (no water), but naked as a jaybird. He
    tells his Mom "Water?? I'm getting dry cleaned!!". <G>

    Works for me!

    And, a lot cheaper than the conventional meaning. IIRC, the process
    generates hazardous materials.

    Averges are just that: averages. Some people have naturally low blood pressure: I knew of someone whose systolic was around 60 mm and the diastolic was virtually undetectable. That '120/80' woudl have killed her! As for the 'bounce-back relationships', one always hears they are always a fling and don't work out but not necessarily.

    One is lucky nowadays to find a good partner. I still chuckle at what the late Red Skelton said about his wedding. "It was a military wedding -- well, there were guns there, let's put it that way". <G>

    (Nice studio!) We've had a few on-air proposals at the local
    television stations over the years but nothing this elaborate.

    That was the original location of the station. Here locally, the NBC affiliate moved to a new location, but the ABC and CBS affiliates have basically been in the same spot for over 40 years.

    Yes, she sounds like someone who should be on the "Housewives of" type
    of shows: all bling, no brain. (Well, the shows premises; some of the people seem potentially decent except for the role they're in.)

    There is a meme for ham radio operators...in all cases, the man is wrong,
    and the woman is always right. :P

    Bad dreams can be warnings and reminders to stay away from that
    situation.

    What's the saying?? Once bitten, twice shy?? I may be crazy, but I'm
    not stupid.

    At the age I'd probably consider more a serious dating relationship
    than moving in or getting married. I'm thinking too accustomed to
    being alone/independent and so space is needed, so just to the 'friends with benefits' level might be best. OTOH that could be just the
    averages talking!

    I hope I don't have to pay you an analysis fee for all this. <G>

    Yes. Even a computer does only one thing at a time: the multiple applications concurrently is really just a very fast switch from job to job. Humans can't switch nearly that fast.

    To me, there are only 2 things you can multi-task at:

    1) Walking and chewing gum.

    2) Reading in the bathroom. <G>

    Hopefully he wasn't a brain sugeon! I could see where it is possible
    to have a car out that long: person doing the test drive is
    hospitalized for an extended time. "Just forgetting" - no.

    Agreed.

    <BLUSH!> Who told you?? <G>.

    That wasn't a brown shag carpet!

    LOL!! I should've known that was coming. <G>

    Youth: the trying to show off a bulge is a sock.
    Old age: not trying to show off the incontenience device bulge.

    Just about. As I've noted before...years ago, people would talk about
    their bowels and bladder, and wouldn't say a word about sex. Now, it's
    the other way around.

    Yet, there doesn't seem to be taboo on incontinence products, sexual enhancements, etc.

    I wonder about the packaging in Scotland when men wear kilts!

    Good point.

    5) "So, I have an antenna, and you have a USB port".

    Now that's a new one!

    I wonder how fast the throughput is?? <bseg>

    Where I worked in NH before moving out here (IA) the company was an electronics firm -- main known contracts were the 'Wizard of Avis' (portions of their computer system) and contracts with the federal govenment. They had a 'store' where extra parts were available --> cheaper to buy a million of a component than the 900,000 they really needed. For a lot of the discrete resistors, capacitors, etc., it
    wasn't worth the cost of the paperwork to charge for quantities under
    ten or so, so could go in, "I need ten 47K watt resistors please"
    "here you go!". Some damaged builds were also available for cheap.

    I saw where Radio Shack (the brand anyway) was bought by this online
    retailer (http://www.arrl.org/news/radioshack-purchased-by-online-retailer)

    But, it'll never again be what it once was.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Dec 4 08:28:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Here they seem to still have respect for the crossing guards, though I haven't seen one in some time because of retirement and now the coronavirus.
    I'm usually not out during school arrival or dismissal times
    anymore. There are caution warning lights that flash to alert you
    that the Speed Limit is 25 during these times...but most drivers
    ignore them.

    They recently found something out here: the posted speed limits around
    the schools weren't the same! Most 25 but some 30; don't recall if any
    20's and doubt if 35's. Was discovered during a programme to check sign readability; all the school zone signs were corrected to 25 MPH.


    The Chick-Fil-A here is inside the Mall. As for drinking and driving,
    you should be alright as long as no sudden stops and be sure to use a straw so your vision isn't obstructed. :)
    Definitely on the straw. Plus, I usually put the drink in a cup
    holder on the arm rest between the seats...and eat stuff that's
    easy to eat...such as the Chick-Fil-A nuggets, or small
    cheeseburgers.

    With my luck eating in cars the pickle woudl slide out or the mustard/ ketchup/whatever would drip out! Also found out my car doesn't have cup holders, or at least for the driver and front passenger,


    <chuckle> I'm not sure if that's a good or bad review!! Haven't heard
    of the Savannah Classics brand, but then we don't have a Kroeger
    locally either. And the intestinal upset you had could have been due
    to something else, or just too much of a good thing.
    I think it was too much of it...but it sure was good going
    down. :) I'm just glad I can graze on that again. My brother
    doesn't care for cornbread dressing, but he loves green bean
    casserole (I don't care for the latter).

    Trade him your green bean casserole serving for his cornbread stuffing
    serving! As for the 'intestinal incident', could have been too much of
    a good thing.


    Microwave popcorn isn't all that good for the microwave's mechnicals:
    I don't have a popcorn cooker anymore, where you put the oil,
    then the kernels in it, and prepare it that way. If there was
    such a simple device, I might be interested.

    The best style I've found is a (usually aluminum) guessing four quart container with a clip-on lid and stirrer mechanism.

    https://www.amazon.com/Whirly-Pop-25008A-Whirley-Pop-Stovetop/dp/B007PKG GD8/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&qid=1607088549&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_ browse-bin%3A5831294011&s=kitchen&sr=1-9

    One of the photos shows a line from center to about 5 o'clock: is the
    stirrer blade. Tried to find a link for Kroeger but didn't find so used
    good ol' Amazon.

    As for materials, all-aluminum seems to be just as good as anything,
    though I do have a gas stove and never tried with an electric. Did see
    one with a clear lid -- don't really see any advantage to that. (Maybe
    if deaf so can see when the popcorn has stopped popping?) One
    advertised nylon gears; most have metal and if start squeaking just put
    a drop of vegetable oil. I have had squeaks at other places besides
    the gears.


    "That's not what we meant by a 'romantic scent'!"
    That ruined an intimate episode once. My wife and I were on the
    futon, otherwise occupied <eg>, and the dachshund was in his bed
    on the floor next to it. All of a sudden, this horrid stench
    (methane) permeated our nostrils (the dog had dropped an SBD
    bomb). I was practically gagging, and my wife was laughing like mad...saying "You know he's down there, going 'Hee Hee Hee.
    Ignore my @$$, will you??!!" :P So, any romantic thoughts
    disappeared...I had to get dressed, and take the dog out for a
    walk. But, it also reminds me of the meme, where it notes "Dog
    takes a 90 minute walk, and still poops on the floor". :P

    Isn't the walk is just for seeing the scenery and checking out the fire hydrant news?


    That reminds me of the "Dennis The Menace" cartoon...where he's
    sitting in the dry bathtub (no water), but naked as a jaybird. He
    tells his Mom "Water?? I'm getting dry cleaned!!". <G>
    Works for me!
    And, a lot cheaper than the conventional meaning. IIRC, the
    process generates hazardous materials.

    Heck I remember my parents having a bottle of carbon tetrachloride under
    the kitchen sink to remove stains. ...Just dawned on me: why was it
    upstairs when the washer was in the basement??



    (Nice studio!) We've had a few on-air proposals at the local
    television stations over the years but nothing this elaborate.
    That was the original location of the station. Here locally,
    the NBC affiliate moved to a new location, but the ABC and CBS
    affiliates have basically been in the same spot for over 40
    years.

    Got that beat! KWQC the NBC affiliate has been at the same site for 70
    years. Originally was a house and has been replaced/remodeled over the
    years.


    Yes, she sounds like someone who should be on the "Housewives of" type
    of shows: all bling, no brain. (Well, the shows premises; some of the people seem potentially decent except for the role they're in.)
    There is a meme for ham radio operators...in all cases, the man
    is wrong, and the woman is always right. :P

    I saw somethinglike that except was directional signing for the rest
    rooms. Forgot the phrasing but arrow pointing left for the men; the
    phrasing for the ladies explained was something about "they're always
    right".


    Bad dreams can be warnings and reminders to stay away from that
    situation.
    What's the saying?? Once bitten, twice shy?? I may be crazy,
    but I'm not stupid.

    As long as on the walks with your dog you didn't go down the psycho
    path!


    At the age I'd probably consider more a serious dating relationship
    than moving in or getting married. I'm thinking too accustomed to
    being alone/independent and so space is needed, so just to the 'friends with benefits' level might be best. OTOH that could be just the
    averages talking!
    I hope I don't have to pay you an analysis fee for all this. <G>

    No, I'll just label it something else!


    Yes. Even a computer does only one thing at a time: the multiple applications concurrently is really just a very fast switch from job to job. Humans can't switch nearly that fast.
    To me, there are only 2 things you can multi-task at:
    1) Walking and chewing gum.

    Chomp - step - chomp - step... Blow bubble - oh-oh!



    Youth: the trying to show off a bulge is a sock.
    Old age: not trying to show off the incontenience device bulge.
    Just about. As I've noted before...years ago, people would talk
    about their bowels and bladder, and wouldn't say a word about
    sex. Now, it's the other way around.

    Should we blame Dr. Ruth?



    Where I worked in NH before moving out here (IA) the company was an electronics firm -- main known contracts were the 'Wizard of Avis' (portions of their computer system) and contracts with the federal govenment. They had a 'store' where extra parts were available --> cheaper to buy a million of a component than the 900,000 they really needed. For a lot of the discrete resistors, capacitors, etc., it
    wasn't worth the cost of the paperwork to charge for quantities under
    ten or so, so could go in, "I need ten 47K watt resistors please"
    "here you go!". Some damaged builds were also available for cheap.
    I saw where Radio Shack (the brand anyway) was bought by this
    online retailer (http://www.arrl.org/news/radioshack-purchased-by-online-retailer)

    Thanks - hadn't heard anything about R/S in ages other than the
    occasional discussion of going there for parts. ...Wonder how the come-
    back would be? Building and repairing had dropped to almost nothing at
    the hobbyist level, which probably killed off the brick-and-mortar Radio Shack's, and that inability to repair was probably do to the
    miniaturization of the components -- soldering irons too big!


    But, it'll never again be what it once was.

    Unfortunately no. LIS above, I'm thinking a lot of the demise due to
    the LSI (large scale integration), but then I wouldn't want to go back
    and have all the electronics built with discrete components -- can you
    imagine the size of a cell phone using individual resistors, capacitors,
    diodes and transistors??!!!!!


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Dec 5 11:31:00 2020
    Barry,

    They recently found something out here: the posted speed limits around
    the schools weren't the same! Most 25 but some 30; don't recall if any 20's and doubt if 35's. Was discovered during a programme to check
    sign readability; all the school zone signs were corrected to 25 MPH.

    Interesting. I have seen some school zones at 20 mph speed limit.

    With my luck eating in cars the pickle woudl slide out or the mustard/ ketchup/whatever would drip out! Also found out my car doesn't have
    cup holders, or at least for the driver and front passenger,

    I love Chick-Fil-A's pickles. :) Now, if I were to get ice cream with
    it... <eg>

    Trade him your green bean casserole serving for his cornbread stuffing serving! As for the 'intestinal incident', could have been too much of
    a good thing.

    A lady friend of mine said that's likely what it was...just like me
    eating too much cheesecake or those rich pies. I've noticed though,
    that the strawberry cream cheese pie doesn't "set me off". We will now
    pause 3 minutes for drooling. <G>

    The best style I've found is a (usually aluminum) guessing four quart container with a clip-on lid and stirrer mechanism.

    https://www.amazon.com/Whirly-Pop-25008A-Whirley-Pop-Stovetop/dp/B007PKG

    GD8/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&qid=1607088549&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_

    browse-bin%3A5831294011&s=kitchen&sr=1-9

    Darn long URL!!

    One of the photos shows a line from center to about 5 o'clock: is the stirrer blade. Tried to find a link for Kroeger but didn't find so
    used good ol' Amazon.

    I guess I'll have to.

    Isn't the walk is just for seeing the scenery and checking out the fire hydrant news?

    And the IP addresses...I Pee Here. <G>

    Heck I remember my parents having a bottle of carbon tetrachloride
    under the kitchen sink to remove stains. ...Just dawned on me: why was
    it upstairs when the washer was in the basement??

    Wow.

    Got that beat! KWQC the NBC affiliate has been at the same site for 70 years. Originally was a house and has been replaced/remodeled over the years.

    The ABC affiliate here was originally in a bank building downtown.

    I saw somethinglike that except was directional signing for the rest rooms. Forgot the phrasing but arrow pointing left for the men; the phrasing for the ladies explained was something about "they're always right".

    That's correct. I saw one image where the wooden doors had crafted a
    pattern on them to note which was for men, and which was for women. :P

    As long as on the walks with your dog you didn't go down the psycho
    path!

    The other day, a dog peed on me...a bad sign. I thought he was happy
    to see me. :P

    I hope I don't have to pay you an analysis fee for all this. <G>

    No, I'll just label it something else!

    You are too kind. <g,d,r>

    1) Walking and chewing gum.

    Chomp - step - chomp - step... Blow bubble - oh-oh!

    It'd get caught in my beard and moustache. I have to sit at the
    computer, and use the webcam utility as a mirror...then trim the
    furr fuzz into a container.

    Should we blame Dr. Ruth?

    "Hello!! You Are On The Air!!" <G>. I watched several of those
    shows, and I'm sure several are on YouTube.

    (http://www.arrl.org/news/radioshack-purchased-by-online-retailer)

    Thanks - hadn't heard anything about R/S in ages other than the
    occasional discussion of going there for parts. ...Wonder how the
    come- back would be? Building and repairing had dropped to almost
    nothing at the hobbyist level, which probably killed off the brick-and-mortar Radio Shack's, and that inability to repair was
    probably do to the miniaturization of the components -- soldering irons too big!

    They even had some ham radio equipment at one time. I had bought some
    simple kits from them, but can't recall if I ever got cellphones from
    them. I did get stuff for their computer products, when they had them.

    Unfortunately no. LIS above, I'm thinking a lot of the demise due to
    the LSI (large scale integration), but then I wouldn't want to go back
    and have all the electronics built with discrete components -- can you imagine the size of a cell phone using individual resistors,
    capacitors, diodes and transistors??!!!!!

    Or the cartoon where the ham radio operator opens up this huge folded paper...instructions for building this device...in kit form. And, he has
    all these resistors, capacitors, insulators, etc. everywhere...with a
    ton of schematic diagrams to boot.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Dec 6 07:33:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    They recently found something out here: the posted speed limits around
    the schools weren't the same! Most 25 but some 30; don't recall if any 20's and doubt if 35's. Was discovered during a programme to check
    sign readability; all the school zone signs were corrected to 25 MPH.
    Interesting. I have seen some school zones at 20 mph speed
    limit.

    That slow a speed allows too much time to escape! <g>


    With my luck eating in cars the pickle would slide out or the mustard/ ketchup/whatever would drip out! Also found out my car doesn't have
    cup holders, or at least for the driver and front passenger,
    I love Chick-Fil-A's pickles. :) Now, if I were to get ice
    cream with it... <eg>

    Pickle-flavoured ice cream?!


    As for the 'intestinal incident', could have been too much of
    a good thing.
    A lady friend of mine said that's likely what it was...just
    like me eating too much cheesecake or those rich pies. I've
    noticed though, that the strawberry cream cheese pie doesn't "set
    me off". We will now pause 3 minutes for drooling. <G>

    (Yummmmm!) As for you intestinal system potentially being 'set off',
    I;m thinking that's probably the answer. LIS, too much of a good thing,
    but it sure sounded good and worth the after effect!


    The best style I've found is a (usually aluminum) guessing four quart container with a clip-on lid and stirrer mechanism. https://www.amazon.com/Whirly-Pop-25008A-Whirley-Pop-Stovetop/dp/B007PKG GD8/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&qid=1607088549&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_ browse-bin%3A5831294011&s=kitchen&sr=1-9
    Darn long URL!!

    I was thinking some time later I could have run it through TinyURL.


    One of the photos shows a line from center to about 5 o'clock: is the stirrer blade. Tried to find a link for Kroeger but didn't find so
    used good ol' Amazon.
    I guess I'll have to.

    Might want to check Amazon to get an idea of what's out there and the
    price range, then next time you're at Kroeger see if they have them for Christmas. I may have been accessing their regular dot-com site and not
    their shopping service site. (Latter being the one where the customer
    shops and selects from their computer at home, someone in the store
    gathers the selected items; the customer comes by later and their order
    is loaded into their car.)


    Isn't the walk is just for seeing the scenery and checking out the fire hydrant news?
    And the IP addresses...I Pee Here. <G>

    127.0.0.1 -- there's no place like home!



    The other day, a dog peed on me...a bad sign. I thought he was
    happy to see me. :P

    That would be the dog doing something else to your leg!


    I hope I don't have to pay you an analysis fee for all this. <G>
    No, I'll just label it something else!
    You are too kind. <g,d,r>

    You haven't seen me in a bad mood!


    1) Walking and chewing gum.
    Chomp - step - chomp - step... Blow bubble - oh-oh!
    It'd get caught in my beard and moustache. I have to sit at the computer, and use the webcam utility as a mirror...then trim the
    furr fuzz into a container.

    That comes out really interesting as I had intended my original comment
    to mean the chewing gum had been swallowed and the 'blow bubble' was at
    a different area!


    Should we blame Dr. Ruth?
    "Hello!! You Are On The Air!!" <G>. I watched several of those
    shows, and I'm sure several are on YouTube.

    Probably. We occasionally watched the one with Dr. Drew and Adam
    Carolla.


    <Radio Shack>
    They even had some ham radio equipment at one time. I had
    bought some simple kits from them, but can't recall if I ever got cellphones from them. I did get stuff for their computer
    products, when they had them.

    I don't think I purchased any computer stuff from them -- maybe some
    cables? Did buy a lot of their discrete components for various projects
    and repairs. At one time had three R/S within five miles of the house:
    the store here in Bettendorf was more builder-oriented, the one in the
    Mall in Davenport was more entertainment-system oriented, and the store probably six blocks away was sort of in-between and also the district
    office.


    Unfortunately no. LIS above, I'm thinking a lot of the demise due to
    the LSI (large scale integration), but then I wouldn't want to go back
    and have all the electronics built with discrete components -- can you imagine the size of a cell phone using individual resistors,
    capacitors, diodes and transistors??!!!!!
    Or the cartoon where the ham radio operator opens up this huge
    folded paper...instructions for building this device...in kit
    form. And, he has all these resistors, capacitors, insulators,
    etc. everywhere...with a ton of schematic diagrams to boot.

    Sounds like when I built the Heathkit stuff: bench power supply,
    frequency meter, two televisions, etc. The good news is they separated
    the parts into paper bags by section: build the backplane and that bag
    had only the parts for the backplane -- still a lot of sorting!


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Dec 10 16:52:00 2020
    Barry,

    Interesting. I have seen some school zones at 20 mph speed
    limit.

    That slow a speed allows too much time to escape! <g>

    No wonder the kids play hooky from school!!

    I love Chick-Fil-A's pickles. :) Now, if I were to get ice
    cream with it... <eg>

    Pickle-flavoured ice cream?!

    https://www.wideopeneats.com/pickle-ice-cream/

    (Yummmmm!) As for you intestinal system potentially being 'set off',
    I;m thinking that's probably the answer. LIS, too much of a good
    thing, but it sure sounded good and worth the after effect!

    At least it wasn't (as the late Red Skelton noted), "I had oysters on
    the half shell twice in one meal...once going down..." <URK!>.

    Darn long URL!!

    I was thinking some time later I could have run it through TinyURL.

    I've used that at times.

    Might want to check Amazon to get an idea of what's out there and the price range, then next time you're at Kroeger see if they have them for Christmas. I may have been accessing their regular dot-com site and
    not their shopping service site. (Latter being the one where the
    customer shops and selects from their computer at home, someone in the store gathers the selected items; the customer comes by later and their order is loaded into their car.)

    There was a deal on one of the "Ellen" shows. This Mother was in the audience, and her daughter was living in Austrailia...but they both watched
    the show. Yet, because of the expensive airfares, it was rare that they
    could get together.

    Well, Ellen had this woman go to a local Wal-Mart to get some groceries.
    What the woman didn't know is that the show had flown her daughter to the states, and she came out to the car to deliver the groceries. You can
    imagine her Mom's reaction. :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xqu-i4FZ18

    Isn't the walk is just for seeing the scenery and checking out the fire hydrant news?
    And the IP addresses...I Pee Here. <G>

    127.0.0.1 -- there's no place like home!

    Yep.

    The other day, a dog peed on me...a bad sign. I thought he was
    happy to see me. :P

    That would be the dog doing something else to your leg!

    That explains my late wife's first dachshund...a female; and truly
    a b!+ch, as she pooped on my shoes.

    You are too kind. <g,d,r>

    You haven't seen me in a bad mood!

    I'll let your wife deal with that. <g,d,r>

    That comes out really interesting as I had intended my original comment
    to mean the chewing gum had been swallowed and the 'blow bubble' was at
    a different area!

    There was a commercial years ago where they had these young Japanese
    boys strip butt naked and get into these bathtubs. And, near the end
    of the commercial (I guess it was the "rear end"), you saw "bubbles in
    the bath water". :P

    Probably. We occasionally watched the one with Dr. Drew and Adam
    Carolla.

    I think I've said this before...but it's still funny. <G>

    My favorite one was with Dr. Drew Pinsky (who literally delivered his own kids), asking these first time mothers, what advice their Moms', girlfriends, etc. gave them on going through childbirth the first time.

    The "teaser" for the show didn't reveal this one woman's answer...yet,
    the entire audience was roaring in laughter, and Dr. Pinsky was so RED!!

    So, it got to the moment on the show, when the "teaser" was told:

    "Don't Poop On The Table!!". <BG>

    Sounds like when I built the Heathkit stuff: bench power supply,
    frequency meter, two televisions, etc. The good news is they separated
    the parts into paper bags by section: build the backplane and that bag
    had only the parts for the backplane -- still a lot of sorting!

    I likely would've lost the instructions. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Dec 11 07:36:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Interesting. I have seen some school zones at 20 mph speed
    limit.
    That slow a speed allows too much time to escape! <g>
    No wonder the kids play hooky from school!!

    I wonder how they do that now with remote learning?



    Pickle-flavoured ice cream?!
    https://www.wideopeneats.com/pickle-ice-cream/

    I would try a sample: the sweet pickle (gerkin-like?) might be
    interesting; not so sure about something sour like dill. OTOH the
    contrasting combination of sour-tart dill against the sweetness of
    something like a vanilla ice cream base could be tasty.


    (Yummmmm!) As for you intestinal system potentially being 'set off',
    I'm thinking that's probably the answer. LIS, too much of a good
    thing, but it sure sounded good and worth the after effect!
    At least it wasn't (as the late Red Skelton noted), "I had
    oysters on the half shell twice in one meal...once going down..."
    <URK!>.

    Served at the DeJa Vu restaurant: "I've seen this meal before!".



    The other day, a dog peed on me...a bad sign. I thought he was
    happy to see me. :P
    That would be the dog doing something else to your leg!
    That explains my late wife's first dachshund...a female; and
    truly a b!+ch, as she pooped on my shoes.

    Apparently she thought they were minature toilets!



    That comes out really interesting as I had intended my original comment
    to mean the chewing gum had been swallowed and the 'blow bubble' was at
    a different area!
    There was a commercial years ago where they had these young
    Japanese boys strip butt naked and get into these bathtubs. And,
    near the end of the commercial (I guess it was the "rear end"),
    you saw "bubbles in the bath water". :P

    Cue Don Ho singing "Tiny bubbles....."


    Probably. We occasionally watched the one with Dr. Drew and Adam
    Carolla.
    I think I've said this before...but it's still funny. <G>
    My favorite one was with Dr. Drew Pinsky (who literally
    delivered his own kids), asking these first time mothers, what
    advice their Moms', girlfriends, etc. gave them on going through childbirth the first time.
    The "teaser" for the show didn't reveal this one woman's
    answer...yet, the entire audience was roaring in laughter, and
    Dr. Pinsky was so RED!!
    So, it got to the moment on the show, when the "teaser" was
    told:
    "Don't Poop On The Table!!". <BG>

    <laff> That _is_ good advice!!



    Sounds like when I built the Heathkit stuff: bench power supply,
    frequency meter, two televisions, etc. The good news is they separated
    the parts into paper bags by section: build the backplane and that bag
    had only the parts for the backplane -- still a lot of sorting!
    I likely would've lost the instructions. :P

    That would have created a problem! I had the manuals for the GR-3000 TV
    I built in a 2" binder.


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Dec 15 14:30:00 2020
    Barry,

    No wonder the kids play hooky from school!!

    I wonder how they do that now with remote learning?

    Someone will figure it out.

    I would try a sample: the sweet pickle (gerkin-like?) might be interesting; not so sure about something sour like dill. OTOH the contrasting combination of sour-tart dill against the sweetness of something like a vanilla ice cream base could be tasty.

    But now, the pregnant women can get a two-fer...especially appropriate
    if they're having twins. <G>

    Served at the DeJa Vu restaurant: "I've seen this meal before!".

    Really. There was another line from "Porky's", but I won't repeat it
    here (it's rather risque).

    That explains my late wife's first dachshund...a female; and
    truly a b!+ch, as she pooped on my shoes.

    Apparently she thought they were minature toilets!

    Or she didn't want anyone messing with her Momma!!

    Cue Don Ho singing "Tiny bubbles....."

    Really. Now, I'll have that in my head the rest of the day. :P

    So, it got to the moment on the show, when the "teaser" was
    told:
    "Don't Poop On The Table!!". <BG>

    <laff> That _is_ good advice!!

    The same muscles a woman has a bowel movement with, she uses to
    birth a child with. And obviously, you don't want fecal bacteria
    contaminating the birth canal, or the urinary tract...that's one
    major cause of UTI's.

    I likely would've lost the instructions. :P

    That would have created a problem! I had the manuals for the GR-3000
    TV I built in a 2" binder.

    That's why I let others do the dirty work for me. <G>

    Daryl


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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Dec 18 07:47:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    No wonder the kids play hooky from school!!
    I wonder how they do that now with remote learning?
    Someone will figure it out.

    Put a picture of themselves in front of the camera.


    I would try a sample: the sweet pickle (gerkin-like?) might be interesting; not so sure about something sour like dill. OTOH the contrasting combination of sour-tart dill against the sweetness of something like a vanilla ice cream base could be tasty.
    But now, the pregnant women can get a two-fer...especially
    appropriate if they're having twins. <G>

    Then that should be a three-for then.


    Served at the DeJa Vu restaurant: "I've seen this meal before!".
    Really. There was another line from "Porky's", but I won't
    repeat it here (it's rather risque).

    We'll just leave it as "here it comes again!".


    That explains my late wife's first dachshund...a female; and
    truly a b!+ch, as she pooped on my shoes.
    Apparently she thought they were minature toilets!
    Or she didn't want anyone messing with her Momma!!

    Probably that!


    Cue Don Ho singing "Tiny bubbles....."
    Really. Now, I'll have that in my head the rest of the day. :P

    Who said "at least now he'll have a clean mind"?!


    So, it got to the moment on the show, when the "teaser" was
    told:
    "Don't Poop On The Table!!". <BG>
    <laff> That _is_ good advice!!
    The same muscles a woman has a bowel movement with, she uses to
    birth a child with.

    No wonder whenmade they'll say to the kid "you little sh--"!


    And obviously, you don't want fecal bacteria
    contaminating the birth canal, or the urinary tract...that's one
    major cause of UTI's.

    Heck I'd not want contamination anywhere!


    I likely would've lost the instructions. :P
    That would have created a problem! I had the manuals for the GR-3000
    TV I built in a 2" binder.
    That's why I let others do the dirty work for me. <G>

    As an electronic hobbyist I found it fun.



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Wed Dec 23 23:28:00 2020
    Barry,

    Put a picture of themselves in front of the camera.

    Some will try it.

    Then that should be a three-for then.

    Details, details. :P

    We'll just leave it as "here it comes again!".

    More like "I've had this taste in my mouth before", when they "spiked
    the punch". And, it was Hollywood Knights, and not Porky's.

    Or she didn't want anyone messing with her Momma!!

    Probably that!

    I went to give this lady friend a hug (her significant other was there),
    and we're all good friends. The dachsund went ballistic!! I went to the
    store today, and got him some more plastic bones to gnaw on, and some
    more of the Nudgies chicken pot pie treats. This dog eats better than
    his human masters. The woman left a thing of 4 bananas on the table,
    and the dachshund got them off the table, and brought them to bed...he
    wanted a midnight snack!!

    Who said "at least now he'll have a clean mind"?!

    Only after I get my hair washed. :P

    "Don't Poop On The Table!!". <BG>
    <laff> That _is_ good advice!!
    The same muscles a woman has a bowel movement with, she uses to
    birth a child with.

    No wonder whenmade they'll say to the kid "you little sh--"!

    That was a line in Kramer Versus Kramer with Dustin Hoffman and
    Meryl Streep. I think that film won Best Picture.

    Heck I'd not want contamination anywhere!

    Who does??

    As an electronic hobbyist I found it fun.

    To each his own.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Thu Dec 24 07:29:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Put a picture of themselves in front of the camera.
    Some will try it.

    Staring, not blinking, not moving....



    I went to give this lady friend a hug (her significant other
    was there), and we're all good friends. The dachsund went
    ballistic!! I went to the store today, and got him some more
    plastic bones to gnaw on, and some more of the Nudgies chicken
    pot pie treats. This dog eats better than his human masters. The
    woman left a thing of 4 bananas on the table, and the dachshund
    got them off the table, and brought them to bed...he wanted a
    midnight snack!!

    I don't recall any dog eating bananas! And the dachshund getting them
    could have been quick a trick: they're pretty low to the ground, so get
    up on the chair then on to the table is a feat!




    Heck I'd not want contamination anywhere!
    Who does??

    The guys and gals in the lab smearing stuff on Petri dishes!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sun Jan 3 19:01:00 2021
    Barry,

    Staring, not blinking, not moving....

    My eyes will start stinging real quick...eye exams can be rather difficult...and my next one is supposed to be in March.

    I don't recall any dog eating bananas! And the dachshund getting them could have been quick a trick: they're pretty low to the ground, so get
    up on the chair then on to the table is a feat!

    Oh, yes. Crusoe, The Celebrity Dachshund likes bananas. :)

    The guys and gals in the lab smearing stuff on Petri dishes!

    Like the ones who check the fecal samples. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sat Jan 9 07:56:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    Staring, not blinking, not moving....

    My
    .................................................................. ........ .....................................................n't
    recall any dog eating ananas! And the dachshund getting them
    could have been quick a trick: they're pretty low to the ground, so get
    up on the chair then on to the table is a feat!
    Oh, yes. Crusoe, The Celebrity Dachshund likes bananas. :)

    (There's that strange series of elipsises again!)

    I don't recall either of my dogs eating bananas. First one didn't beg;
    second one _required_ she be given just a nibble of whatever I was
    having. One night was ignoring her -- probably eating something I
    didn't think she'd like or too messy -- thought I felt something on the
    side of my leg. Looked down, no she's over there at her spot, looking
    at me in anticipation. Minute or two goes by, another light pressure on
    my leg. This time catch her moving back into position. <My heart all
    slobbery and joyous> Find something to give her; she takes the morsel,
    eats it, and wanders off to her room.




    The guys and gals in the lab smearing stuff on Petri dishes!
    Like the ones who check the fecal samples. :P

    Now that's a sh---y job!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Jan 12 10:44:00 2021
    Barry,

    .................................................................. ........ .....................................................n't

    (There's that strange series of elipsises again!)

    I guess neither of us can remember what was typed. <G>

    I don't recall either of my dogs eating bananas. First one didn't beg; second one _required_ she be given just a nibble of whatever I was
    having. One night was ignoring her -- probably eating something I
    didn't think she'd like or too messy -- thought I felt something on the side of my leg. Looked down, no she's over there at her spot, looking
    at me in anticipation. Minute or two goes by, another light pressure
    on my leg. This time catch her moving back into position. <My heart
    all slobbery and joyous> Find something to give her; she takes the morsel, eats it, and wanders off to her room.

    If you give into them once, you've corrupted them forever.

    Like the ones who check the fecal samples. :P

    Now that's a sh---y job!

    I'll bet the salary, benefits, and conditions, stink, too. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Thu Jan 14 08:30:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    .................................................................. ........ .....................................................n't
    (There's that strange series of elipsises again!)
    I guess neither of us can remember what was typed. <G>

    Or it was censored! ...I don't recall what a series of repeated
    characters like that meant: ZIP/UNZIP error?


    I don't recall either of my dogs eating bananas. First one didn't beg; second one _required_ she be given just a nibble of whatever I was
    having. One night was ignoring her -- probably eating something I
    didn't think she'd like or too messy -- thought I felt something on the side of my leg. Looked down, no she's over there at her spot, looking
    at me in anticipation. Minute or two goes by, another light pressure
    on my leg. This time catch her moving back into position. <My heart
    all slobbery and joyous> Find something to give her; she takes the morsel, eats it, and wanders off to her room.
    If you give into them once, you've corrupted them forever.

    She was adopted from the Scott County Humane Society and they had been
    given very little information. There were signs of abuse -- more mental
    than physical. As for her begging and 'corruption', we took it as just
    one her little loveable quirks. She also loved to go for car rides but
    never looked out the window. Figured maybe at first because she was so
    short and couldn't see out, so held her up: pretty much was a 'uh-huh' reaction.


    Like the ones who check the fecal samples. :P
    Now that's a sh---y job!
    I'll bet the salary, benefits, and conditions, stink, too. :P

    I'm not so sure I'd want to be a fly on the wall there!



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Wed Jan 20 10:29:00 2021
    Barry,

    Or it was censored! ...I don't recall what a series of repeated characters like that meant: ZIP/UNZIP error?

    I think of the tagline: Inflate, Deflate, Zip, Unzip. What idiot thought this?? (answer: the late Phil Katz of PKWARE) <G>.

    I'm not so sure I'd want to be a fly on the wall there!

    They'd probably be in the petri dish than on the wall. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jan 22 07:17:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    Or it was censored! ...I don't recall what a series of repeated characters like that meant: ZIP/UNZIP error?
    I think of the tagline: Inflate, Deflate, Zip, Unzip. What
    idiot thought this?? (answer: the late Phil Katz of PKWARE) <G>.

    He doesn't sound like an idiot but his wife probably thought he was at
    times!


    I'm not so sure I'd want to be a fly on the wall there!
    They'd probably be in the petri dish than on the wall. :P

    Yummy!


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Jan 30 01:27:00 2021
    Barry,

    Well, I understand he committed suicide. Yet, ZIP was one of
    the first archivers.

    According to Wikipedia he died of bleeding of the pancreas due to
    chronic alcholism and at the time in a hotel room. ...Could have been
    a suicide.

    Either way, not the best way to go. I like the joke that noted
    "I want to die like my Grandpa did...in his sleep. Not like all
    the others in his car that were screaming in terror". <G>

    Some like that broth, some don't.

    You're wound up tighter than a watch spring. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Mon Feb 15 07:42:00 2021
    Barry,

    You survived! Up here we're getting into a cold snap: yesterday woke
    up to -4, this morning -3. Over the weekend is supposed to be low's
    of the negative teens and highs barely getting to zero. Then Wednesday and Thursday warming up to the poisitive teens and maybe low 20's!!

    I'm hoping to do likewise. We're in the grip of the first of 2 historic winter storms...the likes of which snow intensity and bitter cold Arkansas hasn't seen in nearly 4 years. This morning, it's 11 in Little Rock, with
    heavy snow and freezing fog. We're forecast to get nearly a foot of snow,
    and dip to -2 Tuesday morning (and that's not the wind chill). Then, a
    second storm of likewise or greater intensity arrives Wednesday through Thursday.

    Needless to say, not much is moving around here for awhile. But, as long
    as I have power and internet, I'll be happy. I got a bunch of groceries delivered from Wal-Mart yesterday...so I've got my stash for awhile.

    You only have one chance to make a good first impression, and I
    guess this applies to the last impression as well. :P

    As long as that 'impression' doesn't mean 'dent'!

    It'll buff out. <G>

    When working at the store I tried not wearing a wrist watch for a
    while, instead using essentially a pocket watch. (No the strap didn't break!) basically too much work: hmm, what time is it? Fish in pocket
    for watch, get the right orientation, get time, put watch back in
    pocket. OTOH with a watch wrapped about the lower arm: what time is it?

    I feel naked without a timepiece.

    Raise arm, take a glance -- time piece already in the proper
    orientation. Put away by lowering arm. Done!

    Raise arm, get a whiff, and put it back down. <G>

    Especially at the time change. <G>

    That's sort of a pain! Cuckoo and the wind-ups need to be stopped for
    an hour in the Fall; Spring isn't so bad as can forward the hour.

    I keep hearing of legislation where they're going to go to DST year round. Yet, the further north you get...depending on the time of year, it's either darker or lighter in the morning or evening (winter versus summer). They say it's difficult for kids at school bus stops, as the kids aren't seen by
    drivers (most drivers don't care, and are driving too fast, anyway). The
    farm animals still need to be fed, milked, etc. -- no matter what time it is.

    And no, it isn't like in the Clock Museum where everyone runs out in a panic at 11:59!

    You still have 60 seconds until zero hour. <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Mike Powell on Mon Feb 15 07:52:00 2021
    Mike,

    It's true...if you can NOT laugh at yourself, you have a lot of problems. And, as Roger Rabbit noted "If you don't have a sense of humor, you're better off dead!!".

    That is very true. If you cannot laught at yourself, you are not going
    to enjoy life too much!

    There's too little to laugh at in the world nowadays.

    * SLMR 2.1a * Veni, Vidi, Visa. (I came, I saw, I charged it.)

    Years ago, the former attorney general of the state of Arkansas was using
    his state credit card for personal use. Auditing caught him, and he was arrested and sentenced. I told my Dad that "I'll bet when he's sentenced and fined by the judge, he'll ask if he can pay with his credit card".

    Sure enough, the next month, was an exact editorial cartoon of such. The judge tells him "I fine you $100,000", and the disgraced AG asks "Do you take Visa??" <G>.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Feb 23 15:19:00 2021
    Barry,

    We won't see 50's until probably the end of March. As for the ice, a little slick out there this morning: salted where I walked down the driveway before putting the trash out for pickup to avoid skating down
    the slope.

    What a difference a week makes. This time last week, Arkansas was
    getting slammed by the first of 2 snowstorms...from Sunday night into Tuesday...then Tuesday night into Thursday. The entire state got at
    least 6 inches of snow combined, with some areas (especially along
    the Interstate 30 corridor from Texarkana to Little Rock), got from
    1 1/2 to feet of snow.

    I just looked at the weather app, and it's in the mid 70's -- at
    least 60 degrees warmer than this time last week. Being in the 50s
    the last 2 days (and the 70s today) is helping melt much of the
    snow and ice.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Fri Feb 26 16:15:00 2021
    Barry,

    Seems you guys got about about as much snow down there are I did up
    here!

    It had been at least 4 years since we got that much snow and cold.

    -- those were fairly clean but wanted to get rid of the 'residue' left because of slightly uneven surfaces and allow a place for the meltage
    to go.

    They were warning folks to clean the snow and ice off their car, before
    they started driving...to prevent the stuff from becoming an airborne
    missile.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Mar 5 07:29:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    We've always had climate change and global warming...it's
    called WEATHER.
    Whether you like it or not!! <rs!>
    The Weather Is Here...Wish You Were Beautiful. <g,d,r>

    It's supposed to be windy next week -- there goes my hair!


    And some people don't dress per conditions. At the store the main
    boilee had failed - of course during a cold snap when needed the most. Some of the "little girl cashiers" were still wearing their summer-
    weight frilly almost-no-sleeves tops and for some reason were freezing.
    Or they check the forecast on Sunday, and think it won't change
    for a week. The forecast changes more often than you change your underwear!!

    They just needed to take a look outside at the snow!


    And unfortunately probably more of those flying snow sheets because of more SUVs: the top of the vehicle can't be reached.
    I've got a brush to get the snow and ice off the vehicle, and
    an ice scraper to clear the windows. But, I think our winter is
    gone until late this year.

    Should be able to get them on end-of-season sale!! BTW, get a decent
    ice scraper: those $1.99 ones aren't going to last when you're pushing
    down on it or hacking at the ice.

    You can save on scraping by tieing plastic bags over your side mirrors;
    the ones from the grocery store work fine. Storm coming; cover the
    mirror with the bag, doesn't accumulate on the mirror where it's
    difficult to scrape -- just untie the bag.



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Mar 9 22:23:00 2021
    Barry,

    It's supposed to be windy next week -- there goes my hair!

    It's supposed to be windy here the rest of the week (it was here
    on Tuesday)...then thunderstorms Friday through Monday. Sunday into
    Monday looks like a bad severe weather day.

    They just needed to take a look outside at the snow!

    Or they're crazy enough to try and be a naked snow angel. :P

    Should be able to get them on end-of-season sale!! BTW, get a decent
    ice scraper: those $1.99 ones aren't going to last when you're pushing down on it or hacking at the ice.

    I retrieved the ones from the Volvo, which was exchanged for the Chevy
    Cruze. After finances settle down, I'm going to get a locking gas cap. I
    think about the story about the guy who went to siphon gas from an RV. The problem was, he went to the sewer line. The owner said "I'm not going to
    press charges...he has suffered enough". :P

    That's the same with the long ago cartoon from "The Wizard Of Id". The
    wizard tels the king that "we caught this Peeping Tom looking in Blanche's window!!" (that's the Wizard's heavy set wife). The king replies "Let him go...he has suffered enough". <G>

    You can save on scraping by tieing plastic bags over your side mirrors; the ones from the grocery store work fine. Storm coming; cover the
    mirror with the bag, doesn't accumulate on the mirror where it's
    difficult to scrape -- just untie the bag.

    The defrosters work real well...I have to dig out the owners manual to
    find out how to work the air conditioner. I can get the fan to work, but haven't yet figured out the AC. They're saying we'll have a very hot
    summer this year, and I don't need to turn the car into a 4 wheeled
    basting and broiling unit.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Mar 11 18:49:00 2021
    Barry,

    I'm reply Wednesday morning; somewhat windy yesterday later afternoon
    and early evening; forecasting ihis afternoon for windier conditinons
    all afernoon and evening with gusts to 40 MPH and a cold front dropping the temperatures.

    I was on ham radio packet net on a recent Monday night. The Sysop and I alternate as Net Control from one week to the next. He said "if the node disappears, it means I lost power from the wind". We made it through the
    net with no issues.

    Had the windows open a little as was almost 70 here the last two days; supposed to be in the upper 60's this afternoon. Nice to have the
    fresh air but also noisy: sounds like a cross between a jackhammer and
    a pneumatic drill. My guess is the deconstruction of another portion
    of the old I-74 Bridge.

    It has been in the 60s and 70s during the day here.

    As for the construction, that's one of the 2 seasons on the road...the
    other is winter. <G>

    Around here those would have been the first snow to melt. I haven't looked this morning but I think all of the snow has melted (well, exception of business parking lot piles).

    A week after we got 2 feet of snow, it was 60 degrees warmer...and with
    full sun, that helped.

    Hopefully learned his lesson! I don't know if I'd get a locking gas
    cap -- last time the consideration came up was in the early 70's when there was a gas shortage. Dad did buy locking gas caps for our cars
    but didn't need to use them. He had also bought one, maybe two,
    plastic siphons so if we needed to transfer gas from one care to
    another we could but AFAIK those were not used either. So I've been
    close to needing a locking gas cap. Present car has a latch to the
    side of the driver's seat to pull and open the gas fill door -- as long
    as the car is locked pretty much so is the gas cap!

    I've never had a problem with that, but it can be a dangerous process.

    Should be pretty much press the snowflake, turn down the thermostat,
    and turn up the fan. When it's really hot press the recirculating
    button: minimal air from the outside comes in.

    I see the snowflake on the display, but not on a separate button. I'm
    sure it's in the owners manual, and I'll feel dumb when I find it.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Mar 13 11:17:00 2021
    Barry,

    That's good! ...We were discussing the rather windy conditions here a
    few days ago; surprised the power had not glitched; don't recall the
    power glitching during the winter storms either.

    I noted a moderate risk of strong tornadoes in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles today (March 13). In the last several years...things like
    violent weather, earthquakes, volcanic activity, etc., have increased
    markedly.

    This morning woke up to 32! Supposed to get into the low 50's this afternoon; highs in the mid- to upper 40's the next few days.

    Winter is all but gone here...especially considering the vernal
    equinox is next Saturday.

    This morning's news had a brief list of major construction projects starting next week in the area as part of their Traffic Alerts segment.

    So many drivers are in their own little world, and not paying attention
    to these zones. So, they wait until the last second to cut over, etc. The
    fines in the work zones are DOUBLED when workers are present. To me, it
    should be QUINTUPLED (5 times), and their Drivers License should be
    permanently revoked. Many construction workers with the highway department
    have been hurt or killed by these drivers who speed along like "a bat out
    of Hades".

    I had done an update to my snow comment -- there was a strip of snow by the south fence -- in the shade but the snow had not melted on either
    side of where this strip of snow was and seemed like that was just as
    much in the shade if not more. Also a pile of snow from shovelling the driveway -- that's all melted.

    I've seen snow as late as April 19 in Little Rock on 2 occasions...but
    the ground was too warm, so it was just "eye candy".

    We'll wait! <bseg>

    I found it <blush!>...a button with a snowflake on it. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Mar 14 09:28:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    That's good! ...We were discussing the rather windy conditions here a
    few days ago; surprised the power had not glitched; don't recall the
    power glitching during the winter storms either.
    I noted a moderate risk of strong tornadoes in the Texas and
    Oklahoma Panhandles today (March 13). In the last several
    years...things like violent weather, earthquakes, volcanic
    activity, etc., have increased markedly.

    They say it's a reaction to the global warming: somehow weakens the
    naturally occurring boundaries -- the Jet System breaks out of the usual pattern....



    This morning woke up to 32! Supposed to get into the low 50's this afternoon; highs in the mid- to upper 40's the next few days.
    Winter is all but gone here...especially considering the vernal
    equinox is next Saturday.

    I'm back into a cooler weather mode -- actually closer to normal
    temperatures, just after that colder and snowier than normal winter
    followed by a couple of weeks of seemingly tropical 60's and low 70's
    going back to the current 30's and 40's in the morning seems cold.



    This morning's news had a brief list of major construction projects starting next week in the area as part of their Traffic Alerts segment.
    So many drivers are in their own little world, and not paying
    attention to these zones. So, they wait until the last second to
    cut over, etc. The fines in the work zones are DOUBLED when
    workers are present. To me, it should be QUINTUPLED (5 times),
    and their Drivers License should be permanently revoked. Many
    construction workers with the highway department have been hurt
    or killed by these drivers who speed along like "a bat out of
    Hades".

    Here we are supposed to Zipper Merge, which is essentially waiting until
    the last minute to get into the single lane, though supposed to be done
    as driving normally in both/the three lanes and not jockeying for first
    place in the lane. Personally I try to get into the open/through lane
    early, I guess just because that's the way I was taught: plan ahead.


    I had done an update to my snow comment -- there was a strip of snow by the south fence -- in the shade but the snow had not melted on either
    side of where this strip of snow was and seemed like that was just as
    much in the shade if not more. Also a pile of snow from shovelling the driveway -- that's all melted.
    I've seen snow as late as April 19 in Little Rock on 2
    occasions...but the ground was too warm, so it was just "eye
    candy".

    We've also had those late snowstorms. Friend's daughter was born the
    end of March; going in for labour was sunny and warm, coming out with
    the baby into a snowstorm!


    We'll wait! <bseg>
    I found it <blush!>...a button with a snowflake on it. :P

    Now you'll be comfortable in summer! BTW, apparently it's not a good
    idea to suffer it through on short trips: it is recommended to run the
    air conditioning every so often to keep the seals moistened/lubricated.
    (In winter it's done via windshield defogging.)



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