another confused woman called my friend that works security
Me: Hello, Security, Roric speaking
Lady: Is this security?
Me: (shaking my head) yes
Lady: I would like to leave my car for a few days while I travel.
Me: ok what kind of car is it.
Lady: Broo Toyota Camry NJ plate for licence. I leave there 4 days.
Me: Where is it going to be?
Lady: in parking lot there at Carnegie Center.
Me: which lot? which building?
Lady: leaving car n parking lot at building where I am working.
Me: (shaking my head) where do you work?
Lady: Carnegie Center...I leave my car for 4 days. In parking lot.
Me:...what building ma'am?
Lady: the 400.
Me: ma'am there iS no 400.
Lady: oh really? Well I leave car ok.
Me: ok ma'am...no problem. Have a nice trip
Nasty robbery in my town yesterday...trashed every room, including fridge & freezer...took 4 tvs, cash, jewelry, & all the Christmas presents...broke the sliding glass door on the deck...and nobody heard? This is in a busy neighborhood, was part of my mail route...
Most people including me, are barely aware of what's going on outside in cold weather. Of course, depends on how close the houses are. I hope I would notice if strange people were taking all those things from the neighbor's house. Must have had a van.
But trashing all the rooms and food? Sheesh. THat's overkill.
I'm sad to realize that property crime will probably be a continuing or bigger problem as the recession drags on.
Someone tried to break in to my DS's loft apartment yesterday. (Downtown, old industrial bldg, SW VA), He is here but one roomie was there and his noise seemed to make the burglar move off. I would not be surprised if it was one of their neighbors, who knows they are college kids and might all be home for holidays.
The bad guys think the best stuff is hidden in fridge or freezer.
Terrible shock for that family - so disturbing.
Overheard at Walmart
Young woman speaking to cashier
"Well, hi how ARE you?" "This is my boyfriend Sam."
"Sam, this is my ex sister in law."
"Did you know I remarried after your brother and I divorced?"
"Well, Sam is HIS brother"
This is what makes me REALLY go hmmmmmm
Major mall at Christmas...it ain't so warm in those malls...
At the Photo with Santa area
Mom, Dad all bundled up...jeans...shirts...sweaters...wooly UGGS, etc,
~ 2 month old baby all decked out for the photo in SLEEVELESS silver and red satin ... with a few touches of purple...oh wait...those are her wee mottled arms!
No dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. However, in a recent linguistic conference held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world. Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese, was the clear winner.
His final challenge was this: Some say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. Please explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand.
Here is his astute answer: "When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. But, when you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!"
His answer was received with a standing ovation lasting over 5 minutes.
I took the 2nd store in the height of holiday sales not knowing what I was getting into. Now that its over, maybe I can get into a routine & have 1/2 of a Life or somewhat of a "Normal" job, for a while.
The $$$$ is good. Most City Crew Workers dont do the physical labor I am. I can lean on a shovel. My husband says its too much for 1 woman to do alone during the holidays.
Lifting a 70 lb display, by myself. Up @ 3, on the road at 5:30 & home at 5:30. The 2nd store has kicked me. I am the 7th employee that has kept this job for more than 3 months.
schickenlady- seems like it will slow way down now until spring or easter do you think? which may not prevent those 70 lb displays and may not be good for the money with less hours...hope it works out for the best.
Good one...Memory, I was not happy to see that article...on the other hand, loved the article in today's Courant about a 102 year old woman who drives an 82 year old Packard...she still changes the oil & sparkplugs!
Anyone see the new HGTV dream home giveaway?
Now that's my kind of house, rather up in the mountains but I'll take it...I always do the 360° tours and found 1 weird room, the loft...it's a kids bunk room with the stairs going down right in the front, better hope your kid's not a sleepwalker
I try to visit Charleston 2-3 x year. Great food - southern cooking ( oh those sticky buns!) and the seafood is especially fine. Folks are so friendly. Great town to walk and shop. But when it is hot and humid...oh boy...no escape...add to that mosquitos... like wearing scratchy wool in a steambath. BUT IF I WIN THAT BEAUTIFUL HOUSE, I'LL FIND A WAY TO MANAGE THE BUGS!
I have always thought I would do this if I won. Since you are the full owner and there is no mortgage, you own 100% of the equity. Get a home equity loan against it. Pay the tax with that. Then rent it (if you can) during the times when you will not use it. That should easily pay the loan.
The house plus 500 k? wow. Agreed on the mosquito problem, you'd spend 100k in screening right off, lol.
Jen if your kid doesn't sleepwalk down the steps, she may fall out of the plunge pool on the wrong side, yikes.
I do like the outdoor shower, kinda sorta wish I could do one here.
But my dream home really is in the mountains too. THen I'd just visit the beach.
Robin, but then each year you would have to pay land tax on the full value of the house ( more than a million dollar value.) All other expenses in that neighborhood would be on par with the value of the house. That is why nobody keeps -- the house is paid in full with the 'win,' and initial taxes on the 'win' are paid too, but after that first year, still have to pay the yearly land tax, the subdivision fees ( you can bet there are some) and have the resources to actually live there - bet utilities ain't cheap!
Husband: "Why you looking at that?"
Wife : "it's so cheap!"
Husband: "It's 6 sizes too small!"
Wife: "It's so cheap!"
Husband: "It ain't gonna fit"
Wife: "But it's so cheap at this price I can't afford NOT to get it!"
Husband: "We'd save MORE money if you laid off those fries!"
I would have whopped him a good one but the gal just giggled and he gave her a "honey I love you just like you are" grin.
My turntable just broke. Now I have to find someone that does "vintage" audio repair. I think this one is from the early 70's. Probably played a lot of Donna Summer before I got it at Goodwill. It is a direct drive so it sets the needle down itself and the whole thing is very thin as the needle is in the top of the case so it fits in the spce of a drawer in a cabinet.
I had a tape convered to CD - had it "remastered" for $29.95. The digital version sucks! I never realized what a difference there is between analog and digital - at least when it comes to Jazz. I bought a digital turntable to put all my vinyl on CDa couple of years ago and I'm just not going to do it after I heard the difference. I will just keep a sound system going and playing my records.
Funny episode a bit ago. Was in my hot tub. Got out and checked my phone. Saw a text from Allison. Said, 'Hot tub??' I thought, 'How the he** did she know?!! Is she outside??' I look again and there is a photo above showing a long car with a really big back that did look like a redneck hot tub. Been cracking up since! It's all about timing...
Heard people say that about classical too. At best, with a really expensive cartridge, it will approach digital, but not equal it, in my opinion. Audio lunatics (like camera lunatics) are in another universe. They claim they can hear parts of the spectrum that NO ONE can - especially adults. But it becomes like a religion. That is why I never get into the camera discussion groups. People are nuts!
My step mother in law's niece needed a blood transfusion her hemoglobin was 6 when it's supposed to be 11-15, she's had so many problems and looks sick all the time(I don't think she's 30 yet). Doctor told her to stop eating soy and eat some real meat
Had breakfast with a friend today. He had to have a cardiac procedure done over the holidays at Columbia Presbyterian. While there, a 90 yr old man came in and shared the room. Turns out he worked in the toy business. He told my friend one day, very long ago, a young man had an appointment to see him to pitch an idea. He was kind of disheveled and walked in carrying two bags. Toy guy asks him what he had. Man reaches in and takes out his creations. 'Puppets??!', the toy guy asks. 'No', the young man answers. 'They're called Muppets.'
Time 9:56pm. I walk into the Gym at work to shut down. Employee on treadmill. Conversation was as follows:
Me: excuse me Sir, the Gym closed at 9pm.
Me: Gym closes at 9pm
Dude: it is not stated anywhere.
Me: (pointing to big ass blue sign on wall) See, Gym hours Monday through Friday 7am- 9pm.
Dude: that was not there yesterday or any other time I have been in here.
Me: Sir, the day the Gym opened 3 years ago that sign has been there.
Dude: Well, I am telling you it was not there. It is new.
Me: (shaking my head) Sir, you need to finish up now and leave.
Dude: Why can't you just let me finish my routine. Nobody's gonna know. I am doing nothing wrong.
Me: Gym closes at 9pm Sir. I told you that. You gotta play by the rules.
Dude: I am a rule breaker. Nobody will know I am here.
Me: I know you are here and I need to follow the rules.
Dude: I will give you a dollar.
Me: Don't make me angry. You need to leave.
Dude: can you at least let me shower so I don't have to smell driving home.
Me: absolutely not sir, it is 10pm. You need to gather your things and leave.
Dude: I am reporting you. You are being unreasonable
Me: By all means, please report me. I love the publicity.
(Angrily collects his stuff and leaves in a huff)
Me: the name is Roric. You are gonna need it for your complaint. Have a nice night.
I hear about my wife's patients and am truly amazed at the fighting spirit. 19 yr olds who become quadriplegic because of their own recklessness go from wanting to die to not only working so hard to adapt and live a full life but to help others in their situation. Very inspiring.
I don't think one of us can fairly say what it's like to be deaf AND then become blind too. Can you imagine the lack of input from the world? I can't. Don't deaf people rely on vision to help overcome deafness?
And just what is the purpose of pop performers at an inauguration anyway?????? And how much are WE spending on all this trash? Are the attendees getting "swag" gifts? Can't they come potluck and donate a month worth of free food to all the homeless shelters in DC???
I am pleasant around my family, I swear. It's just here I sound like a screeching harpy.
They list Neanderthal as a subspecies and argue about whether they "intermingled" with homo sapiens and scientists tend to not know much of what went on that long ago, it's all about educated guesses, 1 says one thing another says something else...I say who the heck cares! Lets work on solving problems that are actually effecting the world today
I was just talking with a GF last night about this subject. She and her RN sister were trying to figure out what disease they could leave untreated that would cause an early death without a whole lot of pain. They didn't come up with a good answer.
As I am getting closer to retirement I deal with the "value" of my life when I am not productive. Time and time again, there is information that shows how those of us who will be using Social Security and Medicare are draining the viability of the country. I feel really guilty about that.
Poor soul - her car heater is probably broken! Yikes!
It was so cold last night that my furnace couldn't keep up and the warmest the house got was 63 when I cranked the furnace up to 73! I set the thermastat a little higher than usual today before I left just so it wouldn't have to put on a big rise when I get home tonight.
I have a programable thermostat and I set it to 59 - 58 at night and all the way up to 66 when I am home. I try to move the top number down a degree each year planning for less money to spend on utilities when I retire.
I think propane uses more but cost less per gallon.
Job is OK - I dread tomorrow though as its hard to work in the back receiving rooms when its like 55 degrees & you have your hands in cold water. arghhhhhhhhh
Now the new phone. I used my landline to call the cell phone to activate it. I then called my home landline to make sure I could do it.
Now today my cell makes a noise and I tried to see what was going on. Next the house landline calls and it showed Joy West was calling and it was MY NEW CELL PHONES NUMBER !!!! So I go back to look in the cell to see if I called myself again and somehow (duhhh) got into the messages and there is messages in there from people I dont know. What gives?
Victor - gas and a very high efficiency furnace (Munchkin). I just am trying to be very frugal so it won't be such a shock - my house is smallish and fairly well insulated so the gas bill has never been up to $200. I have a down robe that I wear in the house - it is really warm and I wear socks and soft soled shoes or boots - in case I step on a cat part - that hurts them less. :)
I wear uggs in the house! So toasty! I wear UGGS to garden - best darn gardening shoe ever. Not hot --- snakes can't bite thru, ticks have a long hike too. Comfortable but not sure why since I don't think great support built into the boot.
We keep set temp at 70 day and 59 at night - under down filled blanket -- so OK and better breathing with heat not blowing. Propane gas furnace. Propane does rust the furnace pipes eventually so that is why I don't like -- but it does provide for good heat. Not too expensive because the house is SIP and so solid foam in walls and ceiling-- no attic -- so should be difficult to heat with tall ceiling height --but is not with the SIP construction. Very uniform temps - no air leaks --again because of long panels making up the walls,no split or seams in walls. I think that has helped with heating costs. Set at 70 degrees, the furnace doesn't cycle much because the foam is a good insulator. Having lived in older home in Brooklyn and in Queens and Catskill mts...I remember if there was air leak in house-- no matter what the setting was -- it got cold and it was expensive. Perhaps wha's house is super tight. Setting at 58 doesn't mean the indoor temp is 58. It was 16 degrees here this morn - no sun on house overnight - and this morn with the setting at 59 the indoor temp was still 70. Like living in a big soda cup! My daughter in Pa. Her house 1920 Sears catalogue house - drafty. Uses oil and she keeps thermostat low... Yet her oil costs could send her to europe each year on nice vacation!
Ha ha. Just read my post..bla..bla..bla..bla...bla! I guess no more 3 cups of coffee for me! Work stress + coffee = C R A Z Y! Sorry ;0)
Interested in a good dish?
Had fresh caught salmon from Costco ( hard to find - mostly Costco has farmed)
Cut it into wee chunks with meat scissor. ( peeled the skin off first -- that was hard!)
Sauteed thin sliced sweet onions in pot in wee bit of olive oil.
Added chopped fresh garlic and watched so not burn.
Stir.. Stir...Onions limp and brown. Garlic brown
Turn fire up high.
Half stick butter in pan
Put the salmon in and fry high and fast so outside browns good inside not cooked tho.
Add 3/4 can low sodium chicken broth
Celery seed, pepper, - whatever spice rings your bell
Cover for few minutes while it simmers and fish cooks.
Add fresh shredded parm cheese
Toss fish cheese broth mix with well drained al dente pasta
Hardly any mess! Quick too.
My hubby loved it and says he will keep me around another year! He wishes I would add a bit of heavy cream -- but still have a wee bit of mortgage and so no cream for him --- yet!
Pss can add small drop of white wine if you want to snazz it up.
I'm glad the topic was cold houses today...it was 55 in my son's kitchen, 60 in the playroom...there are no thermostats in the house...he has an outdoor furnace that burns wood that heats hot water which circulates under the floors...his furnace is propane, & there are huge dials & gauges in the cellar...nothing I could safely touch! I called...got voice mail...Grant & I found sunshine in the living room where we sat wrapped in blankets...then went to the WARM library for a program...by the time I picked up the girls at the bus stop & got back to the farm it was a toasty 58 in the kitchen ...I cooked dinner & that kept me warm...son's explanation? Not enough wood, & took too long for propane to kick in...I will NOT babysit again under those conditions...
Two reasons. Frontline combat is much more physically demanding. Second, frontline troops are much more likely to be taken prisoner. If past history is any guide, female prisoners are much more likely to be sexually assaulted.
and (this is my personal concern) ---my son in law is deployed (career army) and he already has fought in Iraq during the invasion and also prior deployment. His best buddy was killed leaving 4 children --he was in his early 30's. They were side by side in two different tanks. What I am getting at is that he knows how devasting injury can be. I know him...if there was a female fighting side by side with him...especially if he knew she had kids at home... he would not treat her as he was trained to do with regard to combat --- I truly think he would try to protect her beyond what the training indicates he should. Soldiers cover for each other..protect each others backs so to speak, but if all are supposed to run for cover together --or take some kind of strategic action for the good of all... if there was a female in the mix... I truly believe he would make sure she was safe and was moving ahead of him and would try to offer added protection that was not part of the best practices or recommendations for the situation. I think this would put him at risk and everybody else.
Agreed, Memory! Talked to my stepson last night...his wife is in the nursing home right now...had a pacemaker implanted a week ago...she's too weak for rehab right now...but with her in a facility, Mike is able to get out...he's her 24/7 caregiver...I worry about his mental state...
I often see the anger between my in laws and think one day they are going to kill one another, sad that it can actually happen. Especially hard I guess if they have been unhappy for a while. I know for mine it hasn't always been bliss but a matter of sticking together because you have to...sad...
Marilyn - I would worry about his health, too. Sometimes the caretakers die from overwork! Has he looked into respite care? A day or even half a day off would be good for his physical and mental health.
They are now living next door to Kathy's cousin who does give Mike an occasional hour or so, but that's it...Kathy's hard to care for, the strokes have brought out the nastier side of her personality..Mike has it very hard right now, but better then in Maine where no family members lived...
I'm such a bad mom(and NOT a morning person), Have no idea if my daughter had her coat on this morning, I remember she was wearing her wolf hat, but no idea what coat she had on...the 1 she normally wears is laying over hubby's desk chair...geez Louise
It does have to do with horses. After running and the horse is sweaty it should be cleaned up and allowed to to dry out, cuz it is stressful on their bodies. Like an athlete. Somebody correct me if I'm incorrect.
what do you think about passing on the 1.5-3% cost to the consumer rather than the business owner for credit card purchases.
Doesn't sound very economy stimulating. Credit cards do help the business owner sell goods. Why pass the charges on to the consumer. Why even charge the business owner -- the credit card companies are making a killing in interest..without the business selling the goods that are purchased with the card---the credit card companies/banks would not have the business they do!
A fall is a fall. Broken bones are broken bones. Lame is lame. My KEISTER which is flat & boney took the brunt. My arms saved me. Juggling going backwards and down, holding up the rack & buckets. 120 pounds worth.
Did I mention, I said "OH CRAP" going down.
Thanks all for the get well wishes. I am very very lucky. If I did not juggle that rack I would of hit my head on a solid steel beam and been serious hurt.
To top it off I had a Dream. Yes a dream about Victor last night. So comical. He had black hair & a puppy. We were trying to figure out when I stated DG. Maybe I should hit my head. Good Grief !
Castoreum comes out of a beaver's behind -- it's extracted from their anal glands -- and is used to make artificial raspberry flavoring. Try not to think about that next time you order the diet raspberry tea. Found in: Artificially raspberry flavored products such as cheap ice cream, Jell-O, candy, fruit-flavored drinks, teas and yogurts.
The more I read about it, I think it's actually listed as "natural" not artificial
cause here's info if it's listed as artificial
"artificial raspberry flavors that are not regulated and are produced unscrupulously have been found to be carcinogenic. Long term consumption of artificially created flavors has exacerbated the risk of cancer in the past. Also, given the fact that it is synthetic in nature, artificial raspberry can trigger a host of adverse health effects and allergic reactions when consumed. The artificial flavor has also been known to cause damage to certain vital organs in the body such as the kidneys."
Fecal matter found on the mints at the restaurant --- not in open bowls either, in the rocker containers where you tip the mints into your hand.
When I was in school we had a "contest" who could grow most bacteria from around the college. Everyone cultured the toilets------the winner?? The lift up door on the soda machine! Where the cup drops down and the soda fills it up. Are those machines still in service or are all can dispensers?