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Old 18 August 2014, 06:21 PM
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Jumping off from the old thread: Latiam, I wasn't insulted; I was sort of amused and surprised. You're probably right it is partly a Canada/US thing, but perhaps a bit of a generational thing too. You don't hear about Lou Gehrig as often as you did say 20 years ago. He does come up in sports, particularly baseball circles quite often.
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Old 18 August 2014, 06:29 PM
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I just had chicken nuggets for lunch... having completely forgotten the leftover pizza and breadsticks from last night.
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Old 18 August 2014, 06:37 PM
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Jumping off from the old thread: Latiam, I wasn't insulted; I was sort of amused and surprised. You're probably right it is partly a Canada/US thing, but perhaps a bit of a generational thing too. You don't hear about Lou Gehrig as often as you did say 20 years ago. He does come up in sports, particularly baseball circles quite often.
All the time I was growing up, Gehrig's continuous playing streak was spoken of as the most unbeatable in baseball, so there was a substantial reverence for his durability, which only highlighted the devastation of ALS. However, with Cal Ripken, Jr. having passed that record, the mentions abated.
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Old 18 August 2014, 09:41 PM
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As a follow-up to my thinking the "ice bucket challenge" was something to do with deaf people, someone I'm friends with on Facebook just posted, "So why is everyone throwing buckets of water on themselves then?" and got the reply, "It's meant to be ice. And you donate 3 to Macmillan Cancer Support."
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Old 18 August 2014, 10:09 PM
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You don't hear about Lou Gehrig as often as you did say 20 years ago. He does come up in sports, particularly baseball circles quite often.
I think it's probably also the case that ALS is much more widely known and understood nowadays, so it's not seen as a rarity that needs to be associated with one particular famous figure for people to recognize it.
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Old 19 August 2014, 02:48 AM
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I've had a toothache since Saturday. I figured I'd go to work this morning, and then schedule an emergency appointment for this afternoon. I work 42 miles from where I live/where the dentist is located.

I forgot that I had interviews all afternoon. And meetings all morning tomorrow. And more interviews in the early afternoon tomorrow, and a meeting for the non-profit board I'm on tomorrow evening near my work.

Thankfully, I was able to get an appointment on Wednesday morning, but that's a long time to be in pain, and it's getting worse.
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Old 19 August 2014, 03:34 AM
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My brother recently had a terrible toothache for days and days so he made an appointment with his dentist, waited days for that to come around and then took time off work to attend. The dentist spent about a minute looking in his mouth, informed him that the pain was due to a piece of food wedged between his teeth, advised him to floss and sent him on his way without any further treatment.
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Old 19 August 2014, 04:06 AM
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Yikes! I did floss, though, hoping for a quick solution.
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Old 19 August 2014, 04:25 AM
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Yeah, my brother's situation was annoying (probably the smallest sized thing that could have annoyed him and a literal LTTAY) and the consultation was a little annoying but in the end it was really the best possible outcome.
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Old 19 August 2014, 05:03 AM
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I planned a trip with two friends.
The two friends are now a couple.
I am enjoying a lot of the trip but let's just say a trip involving just the three of us will not happen again. Then again, they probably agree.
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Old 19 August 2014, 05:54 PM
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Background: Most days, I either walk for 2 hours or bike for 2 hours when I go to work. I find it invigorating and a good way to try to drop some weight.

When I walk, I listen to podcasts. So, I go through a lot of podcasts in a month. Some I'll get into, listen for a week and get bored and stop. Others I'll maintain a steady relationship. Some, I'll park for a few weeks, then repick up where I left up. Most are news magazine oriented, some are in the style of Old Time Radio. My annoyance comes with some of the news magazine shows.

Annoyance: When trying to stimulate debate, it is not enough to get two people on opposite side of an issue. At least make sure that the two of them have enough in common that the debaters have at least something both can speak to.

The one yesterday was about climate change. A climate scientist is calling for an immediate 70% reduction in carbon emissions. Her debate partner was an economist to discuss the economic realities and impacts of paradigm shifts on the Canadian economy (the paradigm being a carbon heavy energy consuming industrial and residential base).

The scientist knew nothing about economics (and admitted it) and the economist knew nothing about climate science (and admitted it) and the host was trying to spur them into confrontational debate. It was a fruitless half hour of my time trying to get anything that could help shape my perspective on this vital issue.
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Old 19 August 2014, 10:24 PM
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People who let their older kids use the baby swings at the park. I can see the fun of standing in these swings and having at it but there are other swings at this park and a beautifully complete and complex play structure intended for older kids. The only thing this park offers the under 2's are two baby swings. If you see that someone is standing there with a baby waiting for the swing it would be a nice gesture on your part, rather than continuing to take pictures of your junior gymnast if you could tell them it's time to move on.

The behavior of this parent today made me think of that thread we had a week or so back where a mother wrote an article glorying encouraging kids to be selfish.
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Old 20 August 2014, 12:35 AM
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My electric bill is eating me alive. For reasons half the house doesn't even have electricity. We have all cfls, sit in the dark a lot. Two TVs that are seldom on at the same time, a fan, and one small one room air conditioner that typically only runs at night. It's much cooler this year, we had three air conditioners (two of which were either old or faulty) and four people living here last year. We now have a new(er) PC with sleep mode that isn't used much. I paid the electric company over 1000.00 in a two month period. They keep telling me I owe them more. Yes, I got behind, but seriously?

Anyway, I found out that for the at least the last two months they had been estimating my bill (dogs, meter inside fence with dogs). So I read the meter to the guy on the phone which brought my past due down over 200.00. Great. Then I asked him to send me a schedule of meter reads. It was supposed to be today. We unlatched the gate, escorted the dogs outside as needed, and left a note on the meter asking the reader to turn the note over when the reading was done. Guess what? No meter reader showed up. Grrrrrr.
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Old 20 August 2014, 11:27 AM
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Even when turned off the TVs will still use electricity, unplug them. So will the pc in Sleep mode, use Hibernate instead. For best results, unplug them.
In fact, anything that uses a remote control to turn it on, will still use some power. It maybe inconvenient, but unplug them too.
If you want to do a test, turn off and unplug everything and check the meter if it is still moving. Something is still drawing power if it is track it down. If you can't find it, that may be your problem.
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Old 20 August 2014, 06:35 PM
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Alternatively, you could plug those things into a power strip and turn that off; might be easier. But I still think something fishy is going on. I became very conscious of my electricity usage when I lived in an old studio apartment with an insufficient circuit breaker, where I had to turn off (though not unplug) the TV, computer, air conditioner, etc. before I could make a cup of coffee or use the toaster oven, lest I blow a fuse. My electric bills during the time were only a couple bucks over the minimum charges for having electricity hooked up at all.
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Old 20 August 2014, 09:38 PM
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It is not hard to read your own meter. Pick a time of the month when you think the power company is reading it and read it yourself. Keep records and compare to your bill.

ETA: Because there are several types of meters these days, ask you power company how to read the meter if it isn't readily apparent.
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Old 20 August 2014, 09:39 PM
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Our power co let us take a photo of the meter dial and email it through.
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Old 20 August 2014, 09:50 PM
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Definitely take a photo if you read it yourself.
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Old 20 August 2014, 11:13 PM
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Last week, my wife got a call from her old coworker, T. T said he had been working in a resort hotel and he met a partner in a VERY high-powered immigration law firm. Top tier, offices all over the world, million-dollar corporate clients, that sort of thing.

T was very excited and told my wife that the partner wanted to talk to me about a job. This was exciting news, but it seemed kind of odd that this guy wanted to talk to me. His firm was WAY out of my league, especially considering I have exactly zero immigration law experience. On top of that, I'm not sure I want to work at the kind of firm where 14 hours is a short day. Especially when I'd need to be on a 6 am train in order to even do that.

But my wife was in favor of it so I played phone tag with this partner for a few days. Eventually, we caught each other and he told me that he didn't have any position available for me, and that he thought T said I wanted to talk to him about "career advice." So, after a short, extremely awkward 5 minute conversation, I hung up.

I guess I'm annoyed at T for getting this whole affair so embarrassingly wrong. And I'm annoyed at my wife for cheerleading the whole time, and her unrealistic attitude toward what this conversation was likely to be. She kept saying things like, "Maybe they'll let you work from home!" And when I told her the whole thing was a misunderstanding, she said, "Well, maybe he'll remember you the next time a position opened up." Uh, no. He won't. Or if he does, it will be as that idiot who embarrassed himself over a five-minute phone conversation thinking he was talking about getting a job he was laughably unqualified for.
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My electric bill is eating me alive. For reasons half the house doesn't even have electricity. We have all cfls, sit in the dark a lot. Two TVs that are seldom on at the same time, a fan, and one small one room air conditioner that typically only runs at night. It's much cooler this year, we had three air conditioners (two of which were either old or faulty) and four people living here last year. We now have a new(er) PC with sleep mode that isn't used much. I paid the electric company over 1000.00 in a two month period. They keep telling me I owe them more. Yes, I got behind, but seriously?

Anyway, I found out that for the at least the last two months they had been estimating my bill (dogs, meter inside fence with dogs). So I read the meter to the guy on the phone which brought my past due down over 200.00. Great. Then I asked him to send me a schedule of meter reads. It was supposed to be today. We unlatched the gate, escorted the dogs outside as needed, and left a note on the meter asking the reader to turn the note over when the reading was done. Guess what? No meter reader showed up. Grrrrrr.
Goodness, we don't even have meter readers anymore in our area. We have automatic meter reading. The meter transmits radio waves with the reading, and the utility truck picks it up.

Thanks.

Bill
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