• Weather Was: Day In ER

    From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Feb 23 01:13:00 2021
    Barry,

    You've been getting larger snowfalls than I have but we've been getting them more frequently and all those one-to-two and two-to-four inches
    add up. Yesterday was the first day I woke up to above-zero
    temperatures since Thursday February 11th; this morning below xzero
    again at -3. Another couple of inches forecast for Sunday.

    We hit -1 last Tuesday morning...but with temperatures in the 50s the
    last 2 days, much of the snow has melted. Temperatures in the 60s, along
    with increasing rain chances toward late week into next week, should melt
    much of the rest of the snow cover.

    The sub-zero cold isn't so bad for me; I did skip my Thursday Morning Meanderings on the 4th because of potential icing: was right above freezing, lightly drizzling with a few snowflakes -- drop a degree and probably all turn to a sheet of ice. For me wasn't worth the chance of
    an accident.

    Had the temperature been 35 on the day of my wreck instead of 40, I more
    than likely would've stayed home.

    Unfortunately, the law of entropy is so prevalent in everything. After
    the 2004 Buick LeSabre was totaled, I had bought a 2009 Volvo 2 door
    hard top convertible. I had gotten the title and tags for it, then took
    it back in for servicing. However, a parts shortage still had it in the
    shop after 2 weeks. So, the dealership exchanged it for a 2013 Chevrolet
    Cruze. But, I got a nail in a tire, so took it in for servicing...and it
    will cost big bucks to replace the tires, fix leaks, and do several other things. The thing is, any vehicle loses 30 to 70 percent of its value the moment you drive it off the lot. While not cheap, a foreign car repair
    bill would be much more. But, by fixing it now, should mean I won't have
    to worry about maintenance issues for awhile.

    Hmm: buff away the surrounding to match the dent -- where the rest go?!

    Into the black hole of the junkyard. <G>

    Since retirement I've only worn a watch on vacation, otherwise plenty
    of clocks around.

    I still wear a watch whenever I'm out on errands. At home, I'm at the computer, or near to clocks constantly.

    Raise arm, get a whiff, and put it back down. <G>

    I'm surprised you didn't go lower!

    No comment...this is a family echo. :P

    I more or less don't care which option then choose, just pick one and
    stay with it - the reason for the changing is no longer valid. I would probably go with whichever one makes more sense in the Summer as people are outdoors more than in the Winter (so DST). The farm animals would still need to be fed, milked, cleaned, etc., -- would presume those
    chores could be gradually reset to accomodate the time change.

    When I was creating the ham radio net list, the worst part was trying to
    get a decent time setting. UTC Time never changes, and while many ham radio operators operate on UTC, many still use prevailing local time. So, I had
    to put a disclaimer in the Excel Spreadsheets file on that.

    Flashbacks to _Lost_! ...Someone did build the clock using a Raspberry Pi: couldn't find the project on-line to give the link.

    It's amazing what you can do with one of those things. Although when I
    hear of raspberry pi, I think of a pineapple upside down cheesecake
    instead. <G> In fact, I saw a post with a "lemon meringue cheesecake"
    the other day. That'll shoot your blood sugar through the stratosphere!!

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Mike Powell on Tue Feb 23 01:14:00 2021
    Mike,

    The ice keeps me in more than the snow. Severe cold can also, but ice
    is the main culprit. Kept me in most of last week, other than to take
    the garbage out. Looking forward to getting out this week... it will
    be near 50F today, and will make a run at 60F by midweek.

    In the 2 winter storms, the entire state got from 6 to 24 inches of snow.
    The heaviest was in the Interstate 30 corridor from southwest of Texarkana
    to northeast of Little Rock.

    With temperatures in the 50s here the last 2 days, and forecast in the
    60s through Thursday...then increasing rain and thunderstorm chances into
    the weekend and next week, that'll melt the rest of the snow cover.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Fri Feb 26 16:14:00 2021
    Barry,

    Whoa! _1??!!! That's like Hell freezing over for you guys in th
    South!! Was in the mid-40's here yesterday and outside shovelling.
    No, hadn't snowed; just cleaning up, chipping away ice, etc.

    It has been colder...I think Little Rock's all time low was -12...and
    one place in north Arkansas got down to -25 years ago.

    But then something else much worse could have occurred like your brakes failing.

    Well, as I noted in a previous message, the exchanged car may have been
    a lemon. Unfortunately, pre-owned cars are sold AS IS -- NO WARRANTY. They
    have found more things wrong with it, and I've got to pay $4000 to get it fixed. That's on top of the $9950 I paid for the car, $400 for Uber, and
    $730 for the tags.

    If I had known then what I know now...after the wreck, I would've cancelled the car insurance after I got the settlement, NEVER would've gone and bought
    a pre-owned car, had groceries and medications delivered, and just taken Uber out once a week. Then, I likely would've changed my drivers license to just
    a state ID. That would've killed any and all social life and travel.

    It'll be my luck that Geico won't offer me much, and I'll have to take them to court. Then, the attorneys will take 50% of that, and it'll drag out. Then, I'll have to pay taxes on the insurance money after my Mom's death. Since I was Power Of Attorney, it went to me (my brother wanted nothing to do with it)...so I'll be stuck with it, and my brother will get off scot free.

    I feel like I'm cursed. I've had to cancel so many trips, etc., and I'm
    sick and tired that everyone else is benefitting, and I'm getting screwed.
    I may end up going into bankruptcy again.

    When I'm doing my errands I don't have to be concerned about the time
    as the stuff takes time. I'll do "dr's appointment then shopping" but
    not "shopping then dr's appointment" as the shopping it too variable
    and can't guarantee I''ll be done in time.

    Plus, if you're more than 10 minutes late, you have to reschedule, and
    pay a heft no-show fee.

    Of course lots of variables like travel path. For me the shopping I'm thinking of is located on a route to the doctor's office: I could drive one route to do shopping-doctor but another to do doctor-shopping. For
    me one big circle. You might not have the 'big circle' travel option.

    Especially if I end up losing the exchanged car. I doubt they'll buy it
    back from me. I have to get the title from the state for the Volvo (after paying $730 in taxes), to take back to the dealership, before I can take
    the Chevy back...but I doubt I could get a refund...as all used cars are
    sold AS IS WITH NO WARRANTY. And, it was to take 2 months to get the title.

    "So here I was, waiting for the net at 7 o'clock. Had a nice dinner,
    the day's chores are done. .... Oh poo! It's 0700 UTC, not 7 CTZ!!"

    It's a a toss-up between who operates on local time, or UTC.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Mar 5 07:29:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    So far no major flooding predicted for this year, though if rains a lot....
    Several rivers in the region are already at moderate flood
    stage.

    Duck Creek (a semi-major tributary to the Mississippi River locally) is
    close to flood stage, maybe 18 inches below. Where I see it at that
    point starts to flood the walk and bike trail, the golf course, and
    lower back yard of a restaurant -- not much of a problem. About a mile downstream it will flood into a residential area and those basements
    will probably become indoor swimming pools.



    Up here registration fees, etc., can be a tax deduction. That might
    help next year.....
    I doubt Arkansas has that. Yet, it takes 8 to 10 weeks for the
    title to arrive.

    Just for 'fun' I did a quickie search and was a maybe for new cars in
    2019: https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-credits-deductions/ discussion/i-live-in-arkansas-i-paid-2742-00-for-sales-wnid-s0

    I'll let you go further from there.


    Yes, there have been a few times I'm starting to feel a little too
    joyful to be out in amongst other humans at the grocery store.
    That's why I'm getting groceries delivered.

    So instead of spreading the joy amongst multiple people at the grocery
    store it's all punt up and released upon the delivery person??!!



    Yeah, and I can get up when I want to. When I get the urge to
    clean, I lie down until it goes away. Besides, the house was
    clean last week... sorry you missed it. <G>

    I like the convenience to being able to write notes on the furniture!


    For all I've spent, it's like having a new car. I have to pay a
    $100 deductible on Friday to get the windshield replaced.

    Which isn't bad, considering the price of the windshield and the
    labour, just all those little add-ups...



    (Off to Google...)
    Nepal is fifteen minutes ahead of India's time zone.
    So much for simplicity. The time change is next weekend...I
    wish they'd decide on one, and leave it there.

    LIS somewhere a while back, it seems to me the need for adjusting the
    time is no longer valid. I was sort of hoping they'd taken the
    opportunity to make up their minds one way or the other back when they extended DST, Major problem back then was VCRs were common and there
    was no way to upgrade their firmware like we were able to do with
    computers.


    ... I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

    Which mechanic said that wbout your new car?!


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Mar 9 22:57:00 2021
    Barry,


    Duck Creek (a semi-major tributary to the Mississippi River locally) is close to flood stage, maybe 18 inches below. Where I see it at that
    point starts to flood the walk and bike trail, the golf course, and
    lower back yard of a restaurant -- not much of a problem. About a mile downstream it will flood into a residential area and those basements
    will probably become indoor swimming pools.

    Then, you get all that mold from the water...then all the insects, etc.
    At least I'm high enough where flooding isn't an issue, but the yard can
    become a mud bogg after heavy rain or significant snow.

    Just for 'fun' I did a quickie search and was a maybe for new cars in 2019: https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/tax-credits-deductions/ discussion/i-live-in-arkansas-i-paid-2742-00-for-sales-wnid-s0

    I'll let you go further from there.

    I'm almost afraid to look...so many bad things have happened to me in
    the last few years.

    So instead of spreading the joy amongst multiple people at the grocery store it's all punt up and released upon the delivery person??!!

    Actually, by having them delivered, I don't have to worry about:

    1) Wear and tear, plus gas consumption on the car.
    2) Trying to find a parking place.
    3) Walking through the store trying to find the needed items.
    4) Getting to the checkout lines, where there are very few cash
    registers with people at them.
    5) The registers crash, where they can't take credit or debit cards;
    and they ask if you can pay for it in cash (i.e. $200+).
    6) Lug it to your car and put in in there, and drive home.
    7) Unload it from the car.

    With delivery, steps 1-6 are eliminated, and they put the items
    on the porch, and I just bring them inside.

    I like the convenience to being able to write notes on the furniture!

    Wife: What's on the TV tonight??
    Husband: Dust.

    That's how the fight started. <G>

    Which isn't bad, considering the price of the windshield and the
    labour, just all those little add-ups...

    It all does. I'll feel so much better when all that is behind me.
    While there's much more pork in the COVID-19 bill than I'd like, I
    could use the extra funds right now.

    LIS somewhere a while back, it seems to me the need for adjusting the
    time is no longer valid. I was sort of hoping they'd taken the opportunity to make up their minds one way or the other back when they extended DST, Major problem back then was VCRs were common and there
    was no way to upgrade their firmware like we were able to do with computers.

    Or the VCR blinks 1:00 on DST. <G>

    ... I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

    Which mechanic said that about your new car?!

    From the same group of lawyers...Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe. <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Mar 11 19:08:00 2021
    Barry,

    This neighbourhood is on a bluff and wouldn't flood except during an apocalyptic event yet when the water table rises the basements and
    crawl spaces will flood. The warning signs I used for my basement
    being about to flood was Duck Creek near flood stage (and that's about
    a mile from the house) and the neighbour's back yard starting to
    puddle. They have a low spot which sounds like it's just pooling but really is the ground water also coming though.

    Then, you hope you don't have to worry about a boil order.

    As for mold, air circulation helps to minimize, plus don't put stuff directly on the basement floor nor wall (which allows a bit of circulation). If smells musty, there's mold someplace. Kill with hydrogen peroxide; the mold spores have learned to close up to protect themselves from bleach.

    A bunch of that has built up inside the dishwasher (which hasn't been
    run since before my Mom died). Since I live alone, I just hand wash my
    dishes, and see no need to use it. But, I'm not sure what would be best
    to clean it with. The pipes may have "frozen up" as it hasn't been used
    in at least 2 years.

    Well right now you're planning on paying the tax and not being able to deduct, so if you look and find there is a possibility of getting some reimbursed that would be good news. Bad news would be it's not a deduction and you already knew that.

    I tried the URL, and it said "page not found".

    1) Wear and tear, plus gas consumption on the car.

    Car just sits and rusts, plus the battery doesn't get recharged.

    Oh, I'll find an excuse to go out on an errand. <G> Of course, if the
    weather is bad, then all bets are off.

    2) Trying to find a parking place.

    I prefer to park a bit away and walk anyway, and more spaces available further from the door.

    The arthritis is so bad, that I have to use the walker. The worst part
    is having to stand and wait so long in the checkout lines, and most times, there isn't a lane for "disabled customers".

    3) Walking through the store trying to find the needed items.

    It's a hide and seek adventure! And while I'm wandering for the stuff
    I'm wanting I'll check out for any treats on sale.

    They keep moving the stuff around, so you'll do just that. Before I had
    to put my Mom in a nursing home (she passed away a year and a half ago),
    I would have her sit at the pharmacy at the local Kroger, then I would
    take her cart, with her list, and go get her stuff FIRST. If there was
    a question about a certain item (2 similar items), I would take them to
    her, and ask which one she wanted. Her eyes were as big as dollars when
    I showed her the cheesecake deals. <G> When we got home, she wanted to
    help, and I told her "You sit your butt down in that chair!! The roles
    are reversed now, and it's my turn to do the work of bringing everything
    in!!". Now, if she didn't like the way I had put the stuff in the icebox,
    she was able to still move that to where she wanted the stuff.

    4) Getting to the checkout lines, where there are very few cash
    registers with people at them.

    Hy-Vee is pretty good about having sufficient check-outs staffed.
    Besides the self-checkouts the fewest number of lanes with a cashier I
    can recall is three. If more than three people (customers) in a lane they'll page for a back-up cashier from another department (cross- trained, so Dairy can also ring up front). And sometimes the third
    person in line will trigger the cashier page.

    At so many businesses, it is rare you can get the good SERVICE...and it
    goes back to the joke about that. The term SERVICE used to mean something (Customer Service, Postal Service, Internal Revenue Service, etc.). Well,
    I heard 2 farmers talking the other day, and one said "I needed to get a
    bull to service my cows". BINGO!! The light came on!! <G>

    5) The registers crash, where they can't take credit or debit
    cards; and they ask if you can pay for it in cash (i.e. $200+).

    That one has not happened to me but has happened. I do carry a spare check or two in my wallet just for such possibilities - anywhere. Once before Hy-Vee's remodel I noticed all the checkouts were 'to the left'
    and together, usually 'to the right' and generally alternating (open, closed, open...). I asked - the branch of the network serving the
    'right' registers had crashed/failed and so no communication on that
    side.

    Then, you have the deal where someone has forgotten an item when they
    get there. By shopping online, with a pre-made list, you don't have to
    worry about fighting with others about the stuff. They tell me that I
    can change the order until 1:30am the day of the order. At that hour,
    the store is CLOSED, where items are being restocked, and my order is
    getting prepared.

    6) Lug it to your car and put in in there, and drive home.

    I find pushing my cart to the car is easier!

    I get the carts with bad wheels...that sound like a freight train
    car with a bad spot on the wheel, as it rolls. :P

    7) Unload it from the car.

    Think of it as your exercise for the day!

    It's enough bringing it in off the porch now, and I nearly fell
    out there the other day.

    Hope they announce the delivery! Been out in the heat all morning; the ice cream has melted!

    I track it on the smartphone, and I make sure I'm here when the items are
    to arrive.

    Wife: What's on the TV tonight??
    Husband: Dust.
    That's how the fight started. <G>

    And that's one of those can't win events: if the husband dusts then the wife thinks he's complaining the place isn't clean enough. If he
    comments then he's complaining the place isn't clean enough.....

    Or this one:

    Wife: Does this dress make look fat??
    Husband: Do I look stupid??!!

    The better one is where he says "You betcha!!", and she throws him
    out of the bedroom. He pumps his fist, and says "YES!!"...and heads
    to the apparently much more comfortable La-Z-Boy sofa bed. <G>

    Yup: mine is already spent -- most to go to the deductible on the roof when had to be replaced from the hail damage last summer.

    I saw where it should be in bank accounts this weekend.

    Or the VCR blinks 1:00 on DST. <G>

    I fixed that problem with black electrical tape!

    LOL!!

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sat Mar 13 11:32:00 2021
    Barry,

    I'm thinking you're better off just not using it as the gaskets can dry out and leak. I would get rid of the mold: spray with hydrogen
    peroxide and wipe out, let air dry. ...Maybe use for storage? Any rodents still wandering about couldn't get in when the latch is locked.

    I have no need to use it...since I'm the only one here, and usually only
    eat once a day (got into that habit being caregiver for my Mom before she died), I have very few dishes to wash. If possible, everything's disposable.

    Poo. Try Googling/Binging/DuckDucking... "deduct Arkansas car registration". One of the hits from Turbo Tax indicates it could be considered a federal deduction:

    When I got the insurance money after my Mom's death, since I was Power Of Attorney (it expired on her passing), all the money went to me, and I then divided it with my brother. It noted on the letters that accompanied the
    checks "This is a non-taxable transaction"...and on the form, it noted that
    no taxes were taken out".

    I'm waiting for the COVID-19 stimulus check to arrive to give me some money to pay the tax preparation fee. I'd rather have someone else do it for me.
    Yet, I saw that this time, if one has a debt (i.e. credit card, collection agency, etc.), the entire check can be garnished by them. I haven't had a credit card in 12 years (when I filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy), and have
    paid all my debts each month.

    Yet, with my health now, it's not worth it to even worry about travel
    outside of Pulaski County.

    I'm to finish the chiropractic care after the wreck over 2 months ago
    on Monday. Then, I'm hoping Geico will offer a nice settlement (which
    would make a nice birthday present, but also pay some bills).

    Are car registration fees tax deductible in Arkansas?
    Car fees go on the line for "state and local personal property
    taxes."
    Note that your state might not specifically refer to the fee as a
    personal property tax. Nevertheless, if the fee is value-based and
    assessed on a yearly basis, the IRS considers it a deductible
    personal
    property tax.

    I'll ask them about that...but I normally haven't itemized deductions.

    Thor is watching you!!

    He and I already have had 2 encounters (2 indirect lightning strikes...
    but I carry no electrical charge, and can be handled safely <G>).

    I have seen people use walkers, etc., that have some sort of a seat built-in. Good news is have a place to sit, bad news is adds to the weight of the unit.

    My late Mom had one of those, and it's still here, but I never used it.

    Just wait until they do a major remodel and _everything_ gets moved around!!

    Don't give them any ideas!!

    Yup! Even though you were raised by her and so theoretically trained
    in her way of storage placement those litle differences crept in.

    Everyone does want to do things their own way...a method to the madness.

    Friend went to WalMart the other day and said there was only one
    cashier lane open.

    Typical.

    Generally the 'worst' I've had is the item is found to be damaged and
    the bagger will be sent to get a replacement. Very rarely a pricing issue.

    Same here.

    That's done as a safety issue: "here I come, don't run me over!".

    As the tagline notes "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder". <G>

    We were raising our eyebrows at the cases of "Chateau d'Boones Farm"
    being delivered!

    No alcoholic beverages or tobacco here...had no need or desire for them.

    Be on the lookout for that social media post of a food giveaway at a specific residential address!!

    If I need the stuff, I'll do it myself...and ignore the social media ads.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Mar 14 09:28:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    I'm thinking you're better off just not using it as the gaskets can dry out and leak. I would get rid of the mold: spray with hydrogen
    peroxide and wipe out, let air dry. ...Maybe use for storage? Any rodents still wandering about couldn't get in when the latch is locked.
    I have no need to use it...since I'm the only one here, and
    usually only eat once a day (got into that habit being caregiver
    for my Mom before she died), I have very few dishes to wash. If
    possible, everything's disposable.

    Makes sense, though I don't 'do' disposable normally: to me doesn't make
    sense to pay for a paper plate, use, and discard, especially when
    there's a perfectly good set of dishes handy. Time- and cost-wise the
    paper plate probably more effective: the time washing, cost of water,
    dish soap, etc. And I wouldn't refuse to eat just because it was served
    on a paper plate.



    Poo. Try Googling/Binging/DuckDucking... "deduct Arkansas car registration". One of the hits from Turbo Tax indicates it could be considered a federal deduction:
    When I got the insurance money after my Mom's death, since I
    was Power Of Attorney (it expired on her passing), all the money
    went to me, and I then divided it with my brother. It noted on
    the letters that accompanied the checks "This is a non-taxable transaction"...and on the form, it noted that no taxes were taken
    out".

    Loopholes are great! <g>


    I'm waiting for the COVID-19 stimulus check to arrive to give
    me some money to pay the tax preparation fee. I'd rather have
    someone else do it for me. Yet, I saw that this time, if one has
    a debt (i.e. credit card, collection agency, etc.), the entire
    check can be garnished by them. I haven't had a credit card in 12
    years (when I filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy), and have paid all
    my debts each month.

    Yesterday morning (Saturday) I went on-line to my credit union to set up payment for a bill and noted there was a pending payment from the
    government. Yea! ...Of course, LIS in a previous message that money
    will be going to pay the deductible for the roof replacement from the
    hail storm last summer. No 'fun' with that money, though does give me
    the ability to use my own money towards other repairs.


    Yet, with my health now, it's not worth it to even worry about
    travel outside of Pulaski County.

    Reminds me: Google had sent me an e-mail re: my travels for the month.
    The selected highpoint was the grocery store!!



    Are car registration fees tax deductible in Arkansas?
    Car fees go on the line for "state and local personal property
    taxes."
    Note that your state might not specifically refer to the fee as a
    personal property tax. Nevertheless, if the fee is value-based and
    assessed on a yearly basis, the IRS considers it a deductible
    personal
    property tax.
    I'll ask them about that...but I normally haven't itemized
    deductions.

    May be worthwhile for next year's taxes. Most years (so not every year)
    it is beneficial for me to itemize, so I have lists of medical expenses, mileage, etc. Tax preparer plugs the numbers in, the computer figures
    out which is better for me, and done.



    I have seen people use walkers, etc., that have some sort of a seat built-in. Good news is have a place to sit, bad news is adds to the weight of the unit.
    My late Mom had one of those, and it's still here, but I never
    used it.

    The good news is it's available if you decide to use it.



    Yup! Even though you were raised by her and so theoretically trained
    in her way of storage placement those litle differences crept in.
    Everyone does want to do things their own way...a method to the
    madness.

    More the POG set by Corporate in their pretend store. My company (when
    I was working at the store) would sometimes forget the shelves were held
    up by brackets so the merchandise wouldn't fit. ...A little while back
    one of the shelves at Hy-Vee was positioned too low -- could get the
    6-pack of pop in but really hard to get it out.



    We were raising our eyebrows at the cases of "Chateau d'Boones Farm"
    being delivered!
    No alcoholic beverages or tobacco here...had no need or desire
    for them.

    I'll have the occasional glass of wine; not a fan of beer just because
    of the taste. There's two or three bottles of wine cooler in the
    basement refrigerator that are at least a couple years old -- remember
    last summer thinking I should have but..... Maybe this year!


    Be on the lookout for that social media post of a food giveaway at a specific residential address!!
    If I need the stuff, I'll do it myself...and ignore the social
    media ads.

    I don't 'do' social media but do sort of pay attention to reviews and suggestions (such as those on Amazon, Tom's Hardware). Do have to be
    wary of the fake ones (this is the greatest!), though yes, some of those
    are real. I do like to scan through, especially the low-ranking ones to
    see what the potential problems might be, though some are stupid and
    good for a laugh ==> stuff like "this cordless drill didn't work after
    the battery discharged". Maybe recahrge the battery, Sherlock? OTOH it
    is nice to know if the battery only lasts 15 minutes.



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Wed Mar 17 15:44:00 2021
    Barry,

    Thank goodness you feel like doing laundry!

    Only when I need to. I have to wonder what a nudist's laundry
    schedule is.

    I looked last night (Monday) and it showed as still pending, I think
    with Thursday's date attached for a release.

    I tried to find mine, and it said "wrong info or not eligible". I
    filed a return for the year 2019, but haven't yet done one for the
    year 2020. I saw today where they extended the tax filing deadline
    to mid-May.

    It's supposed to be in the mid-40'd later today; at freezing currently
    and foggy from reaction to the 2" of snow we received yesterday.
    Tomorrow also supposed to get to the mid-40's; Thursday rain.

    We had thunderstorms from 3am this morning until midday...more are
    forecast this evening. Areas to my south and east and being pummeled
    by large tornadoes.

    I thought it was to the bathroom. <g,d,r>

    That might get counted as most visigted site if I wore my cell phone around the house!

    Well, the commode boasts the busiest seat in the house. <G>

    The fee for tax prep might be a deductible also.

    I've never itemized the deductions, as I didn't have that much.

    Too bad you didn't know beforehand.

    That's for sure. Then, the discussion got around to the key fobs
    that so many vehicles have. If it doesn't have a key as a backup,
    and the batteries run down, you can't lock or unlock your car...
    never mind start it. If you go to a dealership, be prepared to
    open your wallet wide...but apparently Walgreen's sells batteries
    for key fobs at a cheaper price.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sun Mar 21 13:35:00 2021
    Barry,

    At least I'm not the only one waiting on it. But, as noted in
    another post, I may be able to get that money in my bank account
    by the end of the day (I sure hope so).

    It would be nice!

    It's a good thing it made it in...I had to fork out $250 for water
    damage in the bathrooms (see previous post).

    BTW, received my State refund on the 18th.

    They extended the tax deadline for Arkansas to May 17, the same as
    the Federal one.

    Right now, I can't even afford the fee for the appointment.
    But, if that settlement from Geico (such as it is) arrives, that
    will help.

    You need more accidents like that for an income!!

    Not if the outgo far exceeds the income. :P

    Yesterday here was nice but chilly: in the low 50's, a slight breeze. Definitely wear a warmer jacket. In the shade wasn't bad but nicer in
    the Sun.

    Rain and storms return Monday night into Tuesday, and Wednesday night into Friday. So that means downtime for lightning.

    Next to?! Should be at! We're not wasting precious computer time to
    roll the chair over to the urinal!

    Or, why is it even needed?? Your pants are down on the throne anyway. :P

    So far mine is also good: compared to last year's paying about a dollar more for two of the three medications (the third one is "free") but
    only about half the monthly policy cost. ...Ended up I broke about
    even as the supplemental (Part G) went up a hare more than what I saved
    on the prescription plan.

    I changed my plan to Allwell Arkansas HMO, as I didn't have vision or
    dental insurance. Replacing one chipped tooth on the lower denture cost
    me $120.

    If knew before would take all the surprise out of Life!

    I've had too many bad surprises...I'm long overdue for good ones.

    That's an advantage! ...As long as the alarm doesn't go off! Mine has
    a built-in alarm -- dealer was doing something years ago and managed to set the alarm off. (My alarm is a whistle-siren, not the horn honk.)

    Good point. I'd have to check that.

    Possibly! I have had some quirky problems with my mouse and keyboard
    -- good news is rarely. (I run Ubuntu - Linux here.) Probably related
    to the problem when inserting a USB device (direct or via a hub) the system might lock. Seems to be an issue with the Southbridge stuff on
    the motherboard. Anyway, occasionally the mouse will die. First few times I thought I had accidentally kicked the cable hanging from under
    the desk -- there are extension cables due to the distance from the computer so I thought a had loosened at the connector -- unplug,
    replug, all set. Once that trick didn't work, for whatever reason I
    didn't want to reboot (I probably left a project up overnight), so
    added another extension cable and that solved the problem. So yes,
    three USB extension cables for two devices (mouse and keyboard).

    The way the 6 dots come up in a circle from the bottom at Windows
    startup, circle around, then go back down to the bottom...it looks like
    a variation of triple 6.

    ... "You shouldn't violate the law because that's illegal."
    Congress is above that. :P Besides, that's what a group of
    baboons is.

    Some how that seems appropriate, except to the baboons!

    And, the animal baboons don't know any better.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Tue Mar 23 15:36:00 2021
    Barry,

    Not if the outgo far exceeds the income. :P

    They might be eligible as tax deductions!

    I can't even afford to go to the tax preparer. The colonoscopy fee may
    have to pay for the tax deal instead.

    Weekend here was relatively nice, though windy (it is March!) --
    yesterday picked up a bunch of sticks and pine cones -- normal debris, just when don't have the opportunity all winter to pick up the
    occasional branch piles up and looks like a disaster back there.

    We had storms overnight...with more storms Wednesday night into Friday. Thursday could be another violent weather day.

    Or, why is it even needed?? Your pants are down on the throne
    anyway. :P

    I get cold easily!

    No insulation or padding?? <g,d,r>

    I don't have vision insurance -- a couple/few years before retirement
    my optometrist and I were chatting about it and having the insurance
    would cost me money: I've been able to keep my contacts for several
    years.

    I have the intraocular lenses after cataract surgery, but right now, I
    can't even afford to go to the eye doctor.

    I've had too many bad surprises...I'm long overdue for good
    ones.

    You are!

    I've been crying much of the last 2 days, and for now, have stopped
    eating and drinking.

    <snortle!> I haven't seen that but then haven't been around a Windows start-up.

    That showed up in Windows 10...I never had 8...and 9 was the ghost of
    Vista. <G>

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Sun Apr 4 07:55:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    Apparently Arkansas is being a meanie as here in Iowa and in New
    Hampshire where my Mother is the stimulus payments are not taxed. In
    fact almost the oppose of what you said: it was made certain the
    payements were received as if not some other process would kick in to
    make sure the person received the money -- I'm guessing as part of the refund.
    Years ago, they referred to the state as Sasnakra (Arkansas
    spelled backwards). They said "gambling was prohibited"...but,
    they allowed betting on the horses at Hot Springs, and the
    greyhounds at West Memphis...basically "a double standard". I
    heard that because of the b!+ch!ngs of PETA, they were going to
    shut down the greyhound park.

    Gotta love those double standards! Closest thing I can think of here is
    the 'Blue Laws' where stores pay a fine if open on Sundays. Apparently
    the fine is insignificant, or at least compared to the income generated
    by being open.

    Just thought of a sneaky way they got around the gambling folks got
    around a law. Originally gambling was allowed only on riverboats and
    they had to be cruising and so far from either land or the port:
    couldn't gamble until left the dock and was such-and-such distance away.
    Later the law got changed so didn't need to actually sail but did have
    to be on water. Someone eventually got a bright idea and looked closely
    at the wording: by a technicality or maybe loophole the gambling
    facility didn't have to be a ship but 'over water' or 'on water' so put
    water in a container, threw in the excavation hole, and built the
    facility over that. The gambling site was over water!



    ...OK, did a quick Internet search and AFAICT not taxable:
    https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/news/details/covid-19-dfa-
    frequently-asked-questions
    So unless one owes taxes, etc., then the money is a non-taxable gift.
    They did ask me if I got the stimulus, and I said "yes".

    So we know it was reported/acknowledged and so should be able to figure
    out if some was grabbed back by the State.


    It never did rain/drizzle much less have snow flurries. Has been in
    the uper 20's first thing in the morning -- 27 currently. Not as much wind but this afternoon they're talking about gusts in the 40 MPH
    range, maybe low 50 MPH range. And next Monday and Tuesday highs in
    the low 70's, then back to more seasonal temperatures. And we also go
    by the "Don't plant before Mother's Day" rule of thumb too.
    The Storm Prediction is calling for tornadoes next Wednesday.
    When they are that certain this far out, that spells trouble.

    Up here they're continuing to predict rain for Tuesday and Wednesday.


    If you can still find it try NetTerm. ...Well just for fun I typed 'telnet' at the Terminal prompt and was able to connect with Lee's BBS, displayed in colour and blinking works so I'll assume animation.
    ...telnet was via Ubuntu and NetTerm via XP.
    I'll have to remember that. I didn't like the Windows 10 telnet
    client.

    I'll send a copy later.



    Pretty much everything has and is going up in price. Yes, even toilet paper: that was on the news earlier this week. Reasoning is various supply chain issues, or at least that's the usual statement.
    Especially housing. Some said that there was a shortage of
    cardboard for shipping containers.

    All those little details! ...Surprised the market for recycled
    materials hasn't gone up. For some time (years ago) could make a profit
    on collecting and selling "trash" (I'm talking truckloads), then it
    became break-even and I seem to recall some cities were loosing money by collecting recyclables separately.


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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Mon Apr 5 17:39:00 2021
    Barry,

    Gotta love those double standards! Closest thing I can think of here
    is the 'Blue Laws' where stores pay a fine if open on Sundays.

    They called it The Blue Laws, as businesses were blue that they had to
    be closed on Sunday (usually the liquor stores).

    Apparently the fine is insignificant, or at least compared to the
    income generated by being open.

    closely at the wording: by a technicality or maybe loophole the
    gambling facility didn't have to be a ship but 'over water' or 'on
    water' so put water in a container, threw in the excavation hole, and built the facility over that. The gambling site was over water!

    That's like the cartoon at the fancy restaurant, where the sign notes
    "No Shoes. No Shirt. No Service". Well, this guy shows up with a shirt
    on, and shoes on...but he is naked as a jaybird below the waist (no pants
    or underwear). The maitre'd laments "Well, it looks like you've got us on
    a technicality". <G>

    So we know it was reported/acknowledged and so should be able to figure out if some was grabbed back by the State.

    The $1200 and $600 stimulus' were in 2020...the $1400 stimulus was this
    year. I got mine in the mail, but my brother didn't get his yet. The way
    he has his bank account set up, he's not getting direct deposit. I'd rather have that done, then I know the money is getting in there.

    Up here they're continuing to predict rain for Tuesday and Wednesday.

    I'll be home on Tuesday, as Terminix is coming for its quarterly pest
    control treatment, and my lawn man is supposed to come to mow the grass
    as well. With all the rain lately, he's way behind schedule. Plus, I do
    not want them working if there's a threat of lightning...never mind the
    fact that wet grass is hard to mow.

    I'll send a copy later.

    Don't bother. I took at look at it, and it looked worse than PuTTY.
    Plus, they want $30 to register it.

    All those little details! ...Surprised the market for recycled
    materials hasn't gone up. For some time (years ago) could make a
    profit on collecting and selling "trash" (I'm talking truckloads), then
    it became break-even and I seem to recall some cities were loosing
    money by collecting recyclables separately.

    My late uncle used to separate the trash from the recycled stuff. But,
    one day, he saw them putting both into one truck. He never separated
    them again. Here, trash pickup is weekly, while recycled pickup is
    bi-weekly.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Wed Apr 7 06:48:00 2021

    Hi Daryl!

    Starting to think either we misunderstood Daryl or he misphrased
    something or perhaps his tax preparer didn't do something right.
    Think you're confused?? Wait until I explain it. <G>

    Ah! Much better!!


    I haven't heard from them yet...but I told them to contact me
    when they got it finished, or if they had questions.

    Just from personal experience "casually check-in" with them
    periodically: people will forget/get side-tracked and your project gets
    lost in the pile.




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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Apr 8 19:43:00 2021
    Barry,

    Think you're confused?? Wait until I explain it. <G>

    Ah! Much better!!

    Q: Where do you live??
    A: The State Of Confusion.

    Just from personal experience "casually check-in" with them
    periodically: people will forget/get side-tracked and your project gets lost in the pile.

    I thought I'd have to pay state income tax on that annuity, but after
    getting the info from the insurance company on how much was put into the premiums (there were 2 of them), and how much was paid to the Arkansas Department Of Human Services, I don't have to pay any income tax at all.

    Now, if I can get the plumbing insurance claim resolved, so the
    contractor can rebuild the bathrooms.

    Daryl

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Sun Apr 11 21:42:00 2021
    Barry,

    Well that is good news! You expected towards the worst and ended up
    with good news. Only thing better would have been a refund but let's
    not get greedy!

    If you find a penny on the ground, you can be sure it was originally a
    large monetary bill...and all the taxes got takes out of it.

    Yeah, the people not having to find a working bathroom don't seem to
    find the urgency in the matter.

    Especially when incontinence kicks in as you get older. Whether young
    or old...success is not peeing or pooping in your pants. Or as comedian
    Jeff Foxworthy noted..."you've got the young kids coming out of diapers,
    and the grandparents going into them". :P

    Daryl

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