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Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 10, 2006, 02:34:25 PM
What's the difference between concrete and cement?

I know I could easily look up the answer to this question, but I figured I'd post it here instead. Besides, it's been a while since we had a thread like this on the boards.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on July 10, 2006, 02:41:37 PM
Cement is the grey, hard glue gunk that is often used to bond bits of rock and stuff together.  

Concrete is what you get when you mix cement and rocks together.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on July 10, 2006, 02:41:51 PM
Concrete's 8 letters, cement's 6.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on July 10, 2006, 02:44:08 PM
(http://www.tufts.edu/communications/stories/images2003/042403sopranossml.JPG)Concrete's for buryin', cement's for shoes.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 10, 2006, 02:53:24 PM
I'm an idiot... move along, nothing to see here.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on July 10, 2006, 03:45:46 PM
What?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 10, 2006, 03:56:32 PM
Quote from: "Doug"
What?

D'oh.  Jokes on me.  I have images turned off in my settings so it displays a URL to view the image instead of displaying the image itself.  Sometimes if you don't have your post typed out just right it turns the html into spaghetti.  My bad.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on July 11, 2006, 12:50:22 PM
what rva said
Title: I have a question...
Post by: mik on July 11, 2006, 03:37:48 PM
Yup, there is a difference as rva indicated, however, the words are constantly interchanged..........
Title: I have a question...
Post by: pathogen on July 11, 2006, 05:47:35 PM
what's the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof on a car?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2006, 07:14:23 PM
Moonroof doesn't open?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on July 11, 2006, 08:15:33 PM
I remember when the "moon roof" first came out and I THINK this is how it was.

The sunroof came first.  And it was a sunroof was a thing on your roof you could manually (or automatically) remove/slide and get yourself a hole in the roof.  Basically like a cheap ass convertable.  Convertable=sun, and all that.

Then someone made a "moon roof" and the distinction was it was like, window in your roof.  So you could look out and see the stars and the moon.  And I don't think the early moon roofs opened.  

And then someone said "Well crap, why don't we make a window in the roof that also opens like a sunroof."  And from that point on, the two terms have been interchangeable.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 11, 2006, 10:19:54 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
What's the difference between concrete and cement?

You should know that a concrete is something very tasty:
(http://www.goodberrys.com/assets/images/concrete.gif)

And I agree with rva on the moon/sun roof thing. In my car I call the glass part the moonroof and the interior metal/fabric part the sunroof.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: frizgolf on July 12, 2006, 10:28:50 PM
Cement: what RVA said.
When they were first out as an accesory, this is how I remember the description on the sunroof/moonroof thingy.
Sunroof: blocks sun (roof colored panel) when closed.
Moonroof: clear panel (cheapie) that lets the sun in all the time.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 13, 2006, 10:16:08 AM
To answer your question, RVA got it right with the cement/concrete stuff.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: pathogen on July 13, 2006, 11:06:10 AM
Quote from: "rva"
And then someone said "Well crap, why don't we make a window in the roof that also opens like a sunroof."  And from that point on, the two terms have been interchangeable.

i looked around online after posting my question and that's pretty much what everyone said.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 13, 2006, 11:08:36 AM
I have a question, if you're working a short-term temp assignment, is it improper to leave in the middle of the day for a job interview?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 13, 2006, 11:50:22 AM
Improper? Fuck no.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 13, 2006, 11:55:24 AM
Even when they made a big production out of giving me time off on Monday (my last day here) to take my daughter to children's hospital for a bunch of tests? It was like I was dealing with the government.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 13, 2006, 11:56:21 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Improper? Fuck no.  Will they like it?  Probably not.  Should you really give a shit?  Absolutely, without a doubt, no.

Fix'd
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 13, 2006, 11:59:07 AM
Quote from: "Kwyjibo"
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Improper? Fuck no.  Will they like it?  Probably not.  Should you really give a shit?  Absolutely, without a doubt, no.

Fix'd


 And there we have it. Thanks  :lol
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on July 13, 2006, 12:00:02 PM
That's the awesomeness of temping, you don't answer to them.  As long as your agency is cool with it, the people at the job don't matter much.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 13, 2006, 12:04:29 PM
And if the agency is a bitch about it they can always put some other member of their rabble in the job, then eventually realize what lowlifes 95% of the people they send out are and quickly forget that you needed an afternoon off.  Barring that, there are lots of other temp agencies.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 13, 2006, 12:12:42 PM
Quote from: "Kwyjibo"
And if the agency is a bitch about it they can always put some other member of their rabble in the job, then eventually realize what lowlifes 95% of the people they send out are and quickly forget that you needed an afternoon off.  Barring that, there are lots of other temp agencies.


Actually, the job I'm interviewing for was found for me by another temp agency (and I'll only be gone for maybe an hour and a half).  :-$  The agency I got the current position through has been really great about calling me to tell me they've submitted my resume for positions or that they don't know the status of any of the positions they've submitted my resume for.  Technically, I'm supposed to be interviewing for a position through them tomorrow, but I haven't heard anything at all.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 13, 2006, 12:34:15 PM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
Even when they made a big production out of giving me time off on Monday (my last day here) to take my daughter to children's hospital for a bunch of tests? It was like I was dealing with the government.

That right there is a reason to screw them over. Twats.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 13, 2006, 04:54:19 PM
Well, forget I even asked. They just called me and cancelled the interview because they're bringing back the person who filled the position last summer. As a consolation prize, I'm being put up for another position in another department.

I should've just applied for unemployment and been done with it.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 13, 2006, 05:29:18 PM
Well, now you know for the interview for that other position in that other department.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: pathogen on July 13, 2006, 06:45:48 PM
so is it "systems administrator" or "system administrator"?  

stupid, but it bugs me.  1/2 of the admins use one or the other in their sig lines here at work.  i don't like "systems", even though each of us is responsible for a # of apps.  just sounds wrong.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on July 13, 2006, 09:10:11 PM
I feel like it should be system administrator.   Technically, most system administrators probably administer more than one system, but that doesn't matter.

Like no matter how many restaurants you manage, you're still a restaurant manager.  Not a restaurants manager.  Or a car dealer, toy seller or stock trader.  You deal cars, sell toys, and trade stocks.  But when you nounify it using the er model, you use the base unit of what you're er-ing.

There shouldn't be an s unless you're dealing with something like pants or scissors where the singular is the same as the plural.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: monkey neck on July 13, 2006, 11:02:37 PM
Quote from: "rva"

There shouldn't be an s unless you're dealing with something like pants or scissors where the singular is the same as the plural.


Heh.  I'm a pants administrator.  Someday I'll get promoted to pants de-administrator.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: pathogen on July 14, 2006, 04:37:48 PM
Quote from: "rva"
I feel like it should be system administrator.   Technically, most system administrators probably administer more than one system, but that doesn't matter.

Like no matter how many restaurants you manage, you're still a restaurant manager.  Not a restaurants manager.  Or a car dealer, toy seller or stock trader.  You deal cars, sell toys, and trade stocks.  But when you nounify it using the er model, you use the base unit of what you're er-ing.

There shouldn't be an s unless you're dealing with something like pants or scissors where the singular is the same as the plural.

thank you.  i feel better about being annoyed by "systems".  sounds all wrong.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: pathogen on July 14, 2006, 04:52:22 PM
ahh, i just thought of a good example to use at work.  no one is a "projects manager", they are "project" managers.  that should help prove my point.  sweeeet.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 18, 2006, 03:10:51 PM
I have a question, would it be wrong of me to call the local number for Olan Mill's processing center in Tenneessee and ask for an explanation as to why it's taken 4 1/2 weeks for my reprint order to go into production (after I was promised [in writing]that the order would be in 2-3 weeks later)?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on July 18, 2006, 03:28:42 PM
I have a question, Olan Mills still exists?  I could've sworn they ceased to be about the time 1980 rolled around.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on July 18, 2006, 03:36:12 PM
Quote from: "pathogen"
so is it "systems administrator" or "system administrator"?  

stupid, but it bugs me.  1/2 of the admins use one or the other in their sig lines here at work.  i don't like "systems", even though each of us is responsible for a # of apps.  just sounds wrong.

It says "Systems Administrator" on my card.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on July 18, 2006, 03:38:31 PM
Well, your card is a fucking douche then, innit?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on July 18, 2006, 04:06:13 PM
May as well be.  The last good use I got out of one of my business cards was when I got a popcorn hull stuck between my teeth  and I extricated it with the edge of the card.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 18, 2006, 11:38:39 PM
Good use of the word "extricated".
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on July 19, 2006, 07:02:20 AM
Yay...bonus points!
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 25, 2006, 10:56:58 PM
Next question.  Does anybody have any tips on cleaning leather furniture?  We've procured a leather recliner that has definitely been well loved.  I've gotten the majority of the rub marks out of it with toothpaste though a couple are being persitent.  Otherwise it's in good shape just generally dirty, which probably wouldn't even be noticable if not for the fact that it's cream colored.

I've read several suggestions for home made cleaning and conditioning concotions does anybody have any "road tested" tips they could share?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 30, 2006, 09:01:29 PM
Kwyj, I'll ask my mother-in-law what she uses on her leather sofa, she's sure to have something you can use.

I also have a question, if you had to choose between taking a job which would put you at the low-end of the totem pole but start you on a new career path and taking a job which would keep you in your current career path but give you way more responsibility, which would you choose? (Both jobs would pay in about the same range and have great benefits)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: kcneon on July 30, 2006, 09:42:17 PM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
I also have a question, if you had to choose between taking a job which would put you at the low-end of the totem pole but start you on a new career path and taking a job which would keep you in your current career path but give you way more responsibility, which would you choose? (Both jobs would pay in about the same range and have great benefits)


Well, speaking as one who is targeting a semi-new career (or beefing up other skills), I would suggest you consider your long-term goals.  If you think the new career path is growing or you have more interest in it - go for it.  Now's the time!  

But if you have other goals and the added responsibilities you mention won't interfere too much with family time, then maybe that's your route.

Sounds like either direction you decide on, you'll be building up some great skills for your resume!   :)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 30, 2006, 09:50:29 PM
I have a question, when did people start asking serious questions in this thread?

I have another question, how do you spell potato?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 10, 2006, 10:38:00 PM
Why is that a half-used avocado in my fridge can last 2 to 3 days before it begins to turn brown, while guacamole in my fridge starts to turn brown in about 6 hours?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 11, 2006, 02:03:04 AM
If you have onions in the guacamole, the enzymes in the onions probably speed up chemical reactions, breaking down avacado-y molecules into acids.  Also, since the guacomole is all pulped up and crap there's more surface area for stuff in the air to react with.

I suspect Bluelupis would be able to give you a kickass answer to this.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2006, 09:44:17 PM
Alright, I have two more (serious) questions.

1) I saw a car the other day that I did not recognize but did not spend too much time investigating.  I did notice that the front lapel thingy on the hood (hood ornament? whatever) had two wings surrounding a "B."  Anyone know what this might have been?  The windows were tinted so dark that I could not see if there was even anyone in it...so I felt like it was some mafia car.  It also reminded me of a car out of Grand Theft Auto III, which helped the mafia idea.

2) Anyone ever play/use/know of 'Magic: The Gathering' cards?  I have a bunch here from my high school days that I would like to sell.  I spent some time pricing them on www.blackborder.com - a sort of search engine for online Magic merchants.  After taking the low price on each card, and then eliminating any card worth less than $0.95, they still came to value about $800.  Soooooo....any suggestions on the best way to sell these?  I don't sell on ebay much - if that's really the best idea, then does anyone have any do's and dont's?  I guess I'd like to get at least $500 for them (they are, after all, lovingly used and not mint).  Help?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Rafe on August 16, 2006, 09:51:37 PM
The car is a Bentley - very posh.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2006, 10:58:41 PM
Quote from: "Rafe"
The car is a Bentley - very posh.

You mean...very Butter?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 16, 2006, 11:29:19 PM
Quote from: "Dan"
Quote from: "Rafe"
The car is a Bentley - very posh.

You mean...very Butter?


No, very Foolsgold
Title: I have a question...
Post by: berzerker on August 17, 2006, 09:28:41 AM
Quote from: "Doug"
May as well be.  The last good use I got out of one of my business cards was when I got a popcorn hull stuck between my teeth  and I extricated it with the edge of the card.


You should get a business card that says Hulls Extricator.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: berzerker on August 17, 2006, 09:30:54 AM
Quote from: "Doug"
May as well be.  The last good use I got out of one of my business cards was when I got a popcorn hull stuck between my teeth  and I extricated it with the edge of the card.


You should get a business card that says Hulls Extricator.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 17, 2006, 11:04:28 AM
Quote from: "berzerker"
Quote from: "Doug"
May as well be.  The last good use I got out of one of my business cards was when I got a popcorn hull stuck between my teeth  and I extricated it with the edge of the card.


You should get a business card that says Hulls Extricator.

It's funny because 'hull' is plural.

It's also funny because you posted it twice.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: berzerker on August 17, 2006, 11:30:28 AM
Quote from: "Kwyjibo"
Quote from: "berzerker"
Quote from: "Doug"
May as well be.  The last good use I got out of one of my business cards was when I got a popcorn hull stuck between my teeth  and I extricated it with the edge of the card.


You should get a business card that says Hulls Extricator.

It's funny because 'hull' is plural.

It's also funny because you posted it twice.

We's all abouts the plurals.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: snakelady on August 18, 2006, 09:06:01 PM
Quote from: "Rafe"
The car is a Bentley - very posh.


Adam Dunn drives a Bentley with dark tinted windows.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2006, 09:55:39 PM
I have a question, and I apologize ahead of time for the less-than-highbrow content: I rent my apartment.  My toilet is one of the weakest toilet's I've ever had. It flushes slowly, it refills extremely slowly, and has trouble getting even the smaller dumps to properly disappear. The super is not exactly stellar, and I know if I were to call him he would take one look at it, tell me it works fine, and walk out. What can I do about making a more industrial-strength flush?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 28, 2006, 10:48:51 PM
Ask Kramer.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 29, 2006, 12:11:13 AM
Quote from: "Dan"
I have a question, and I apologize ahead of time for the less-than-highbrow content: I rent my apartment.  My toilet is one of the weakest toilet's I've ever had. It flushes slowly, it refills extremely slowly, and has trouble getting even the smaller dumps to properly disappear. The super is not exactly stellar, and I know if I were to call him he would take one look at it, tell me it works fine, and walk out. What can I do about making a more industrial-strength flush?


Dunno, but when you figure it out, lemme know. I have a similar issue with both toilets in my house.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 29, 2006, 01:01:10 AM
Get yourself some drano, or better yet a snake to see if something is semi-clogging the flow.  You can also adjust the tank level a bit, which probably won't be enough.

Other than that, there's not much you can do.  You'd have to replace the bowl and more likely the pipes to get better pressure and there's no sense in doing that in a rental.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 29, 2006, 09:47:09 AM
Besides that slow pipes are a staple of living in apartments with crappy supers.  The bottleneck most likely isn't in your apartment anyway, most likely it's further down the line.  Keep hounding the super, deal with it, do what rva said, or move... those are pretty much your options.

Scott.... do you have a problem with your tub draining slowly?  If not try the drano/snake thing that RVA mentioned, if you don't want to buy one you can rent one I think.  If the tub drains slow or backs up you might need to call Roto Router and have them snake out the drain line that runs out to the sewage line.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on August 29, 2006, 09:51:48 AM
Quote from: "Dan"
I have a question, and I apologize ahead of time for the less-than-highbrow content: something about toilets and water pressure.


Frankly, if you can't come up with a question that's super-highbrow to combat this, I shall have to place you upon my ignore list.  I will not have this board sullied with this kind of toilet talk.  You can take that trash to the Fark boards.  Here, I expect nothing less than the most high-class talk regarding the nascent subjects of the day.  Now, perhaps you might like to rephrase or ask something that better suits my most delicate of sensibilities.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 29, 2006, 10:02:31 AM
Quote from: "Butter"
Now, perhaps you might like to rephrase or ask something that better suits my most delicate of sensibilities.

Well, basically his shitter isn't moving his turds very well... got any advice on the subject, Buttman?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 29, 2006, 10:35:23 AM
Peaches. His name is Peaches.

It matches his delicate sensibilities.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on August 29, 2006, 11:48:06 AM
I'm sorry that I opened this thread today.  I am thoroughly disgusted.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2006, 12:32:00 PM
Thanks for the shitty advice!

*rimshot*
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 29, 2006, 01:01:34 PM
Want some advice?

Try the veal.

Don't forget to tip your waitress!
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 10, 2006, 11:43:19 PM
My question:

Why do older sinks have separate faucets for hot and cold water? It makes it difficult to wash one's hands if the hot is scalding.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on September 11, 2006, 12:33:12 AM
You're supposed to plug the sink and mix the hot and cold water in the basin.

Aren't you glad you live in a more technologically advanced time?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on September 11, 2006, 11:15:52 AM
I tried to check my email this morning and got this:
"WatchGuard firewall: Response denied from http://64.233.185.19:80/mail/: Unsafe content type "null""

Does this mean they've blocked me for good?  I ask b/c I notice a coworker uses the same email and it's open on her computer.  Which makes me even more pissed...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 11, 2006, 11:58:49 PM
How far is everyone from the airport?

I've actually been through there four times this year (twice this weekend on a two hour layover) and was wondering if it'd be possible to have some sort of half-ass mini-bash next time I'm in town.  I'd love to meet you all (again), but obviously not if it's like a 45 minute drive for you or something.

I keep hoping to catch a glimpse of smoker29 but so far no luck.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 12, 2006, 12:16:29 AM
15 minutes. Oh, you mean CVG. I think you might be closer.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 12, 2006, 07:05:31 AM
We're about 20 minutes from CVG. Would be great to hook up w/you if only for an hour or so. I can't think of/remember a bar outside security though? But there's probably one within a short drive.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on September 12, 2006, 10:32:48 AM
Quote from: "Kwyjibo"
Scott.... do you have a problem with your tub draining slowly?  If not try the drano/snake thing that RVA mentioned, if you don't want to buy one you can rent one I think.  If the tub drains slow or backs up you might need to call Roto Router and have them snake out the drain line that runs out to the sewage line.


Nope, just the toilets have the slow flow. I won't get into details, but we have two and neither of them can handle me.

Quote from: "rva"
How far is everyone from the airport?


I live about 15 minutes from the airport and work about ten minutes away. If you're ever in, gimme a call.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on September 12, 2006, 10:58:12 AM
Quote from: "rva"
How far is everyone from the airport?

I've actually been through there four times this year (twice this weekend on a two hour layover) and was wondering if it'd be possible to have some sort of half-ass mini-bash next time I'm in town.  I'd love to meet you all (again), but obviously not if it's like a 45 minute drive for you or something.

I keep hoping to catch a glimpse of smoker29 but so far no luck.

Strangely, I was at the Richmond airport a few months ago.

I remember once, in the heady days before 2001, having a decent-sized (three hours or so) layover at CVG on my way back to Raleigh from a conference in Denver. My parents met me at the airport and we ate at the Gold Star Chili in the Delta terminal. It was nice to see them.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on September 12, 2006, 11:01:47 AM
Quote from: "Wherle"
I won't get into details, but I lied and I'm going to put in a detail anyway.


Fix'd.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on September 12, 2006, 11:31:28 AM
the planes from CVG fly over my office all day.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on September 12, 2006, 10:03:53 PM
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
We're about 20 minutes from CVG. Would be great to hook up w/you if only for an hour or so. I can't think of/remember a bar outside security though? But there's probably one within a short drive.


20 min?  What speed are you driving?? I can make it in 25 from my house  :twisted:
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on September 12, 2006, 11:00:31 PM
We're about....I don't know, but it's not far.  Jeez, especially for the chance to catch a RVA sighting
Title: I have a question...
Post by: snakelady on August 18, 2006, 09:06:01 PM
Quote from: "Rafe"
The car is a Bentley - very posh.


Adam Dunn drives a Bentley with dark tinted windows.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 10, 2006, 02:14:58 PM
I have a question, should you be nice to an former potential employer who contacts you when they begin reconsidering their previous candidates? How about when they say "I wish we'd hired you..oh how I wish we'd hired you."?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on October 10, 2006, 02:18:55 PM
I'd say, well why don't you?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on October 10, 2006, 02:19:03 PM
I'd be super nice until they made the offer.  If the offer were better than what you're doing now, I'd jump ship.  If the offer wasn't as nice as what you've got now, I'd just politely send them off.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 10, 2006, 02:34:28 PM
Eh, their starting pay about $3 less than what I'm making right now as a temp. They're a good company and nice people, so I'm trying to put them in touch with a friend of mine who is looking for a new job.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 10, 2006, 05:24:12 PM
I'm looking for a new job. Got an offer today, but it's not even remotely what I need to survive. I plan to counter, but don't expect to get what I want.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on October 10, 2006, 11:18:57 PM
I have a question...

Is calling someone "buttface" more or less severe than calling someone "assface"?

Now that's a question!
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on October 11, 2006, 07:46:30 AM
Less severe.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 11, 2006, 08:18:44 AM
Quote from: "Wherle"
I'm looking for a new job. Got an offer today, but it's not even remotely what I need to survive. I plan to counter, but don't expect to get what I want.


If you want the info on the company I posted about, pm me. It's up in Blue Ash though, so it might be a little far for you...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on October 11, 2006, 11:44:52 AM
ass is definitely more severe than butt
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 11, 2006, 12:18:20 PM
Here's a question that came up in our house last night.  If a movie has two sequels, does that necessarily constitute a trilogy?

I say it does not.  A trilogy is three movies that each tell an individual story yet at the same time and as a whole tell one larger story, by design.  

A movie with two sequels is similar but the over all story is really just a result of there being three movies and each one needing to follow what is set in the ones before it.  The overall story arch in this case not being all that important, or necessarily by design.

The wife disagrees, she says three movies = trilogy.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on October 11, 2006, 12:26:31 PM
I have questions for Rafe and CR....

Do you eat Toast Soldiers?   and
Why would anyone want to stick toast into the center of an egg?   :-s
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 11, 2006, 12:33:41 PM
Q: Do you eat Toast Soldiers?
A: Abso-fukkin-lutely

Q: Why would anyone want to stick toast into the center of an egg?
A: Why would anyone NOT want to???? It's delish!

Mind you, finding decent American bread to make the toast... now that's another story
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 11, 2006, 12:45:10 PM
I require some sort of cohesiveness between works before I'll call something a trilogy.

Usually that means the same charactors, with an overall story arc across all three films.   If you ONLY make three films in a series, the requirements are less stringent.  By definition, the series "ends" after the third film.  If you go more than three films, it's generally not a trilogy unless there's some clear start and end to a story within the first three films.

The Godfather films, for example, are a trilogy.  I accept the Star Wars films as two separate trilogies.  I also deem The Lord of the Rings, although I will also accept the argument that it is more one long film in three parts.  Indiana Jones is a trilogy to me.  If they make a fourth, then the first three films won't be a trilogy anymore.

None of the Star Trek films form a trilogy.  Neither do any of the Rocky films, although I think I and II of both those series still make an acceptable bilogy(?).

It doesn't *have* to be the plot and characters that make a trilogy, though.  Krzysztof Kieslowski's Rouge, Blanc, and Bleu are acceptable as the Tricolor Trilogy.  But that's a situation where the director knew from the getgo he wanted to do three films, that the three films would be based on the three colors of France's flag, and a vision for how the films would tie together stylistically and symbolically.  

You really have to know what you're doing, if you're going outside the characters and story.  You can't backdoor your way into a trilogy simply by naming movies I, II, and III and then the series isn't succesfull enough to continue.  Mission Impossible has some hope of being a trilogy because it's at least the same guy.  It'll just be a fairly crappy trilogy.  Fast and the Furious, no.
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Post by: dirk on October 11, 2006, 03:01:45 PM
While I generally agree with RVA, I would argue with the Indiana jones movies being a trilogy.  There is nothing tying those movies together other than having Indiana Jones in them.  there are no storyline ties at all.  To me, to be a trilogy, there has to be either strong ties between the movies via storyline or they have to be intended to be taken as a whole (suchs as the tricolor trilogy).  

Friday the 13th 1-3 was not a trilogy, just 3 movies with a recurring character (yes, I know Jason technically wasn't really in the first one, but you get the drift).  Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy would be a trilogy, since they are so closely tied together through common characters, themes, locations, etc.  

To be a trilogy, you should get more out of watching all three movies together than just a single movie.  Most sequels don't fall into this (including the Indy movies).
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Post by: Kwyjibo on October 11, 2006, 03:40:20 PM
Quote from: "dirk"
While I generally agree with RVA, I would argue with the Indiana jones movies being a trilogy.  There is nothing tying those movies together other than having Indiana Jones in them.  there are no storyline ties at all.  To me, to be a trilogy, there has to be either strong ties between the movies via storyline or they have to be intended to be taken as a whole (suchs as the tricolor trilogy).

Agreed
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Post by: rva on October 11, 2006, 05:03:30 PM
See I cut Indiana Jones some slack because there are exactly three of them.  Those three movies together represent the sum total of our knowledge of the man (and it's been awhile since the last one was made).  

The cohesion in the trilogy is not so much in their Indiana Jones-ness but rather every other movies' LACK of IJ-ness.  Now if they made a fourth Indiana Jones movie then the first three would cease to be trilogy.

I would argue against Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy being a trilogy because almost every other Kevin Smith ALSO features some of the same characters.  Clerks and Clerks II are the same characters.  Mallrats and Clerks are the closest together chronologically.  There's nothing that makes those three and ONLY those three films stand alone against other Kevin Smith movies.
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Post by: Juliana on October 11, 2006, 05:32:02 PM
I agree with RVA on the Kevin Smith films.  THe only common characters are background, and in some cases, merely mentioned.
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Post by: Jonathan on October 11, 2006, 05:50:37 PM
As far as trilogies go, I think everyone (except for Dirk) pretty much has it right.

Sorry to throw you under the bus, Dirk.

I would argue, however, that the Rocky movies are a pentalogy. Although perhaps a quadrilogy, since Rocky V didn't happen. ;)
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Post by: dirk on October 11, 2006, 06:59:32 PM
I actually wouldn't consider the Smith films a trilogy anymore, since there are more than 3 now.  They were just the first thing to come to mind besides the obvious.

I would consider them a trilogy when they came out just for the fact they were so interconnected.  You got a lot more out of the films if you saw all three of them (although you could certainly enjoy them individually).  It adds something to the films knowing the Randall and Brody are related through cousin Walter and such that you miss if you don't see them all.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 11, 2006, 10:19:35 PM
I would go with Back to the Future as an excellent example of a trilogy.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 01, 2006, 04:56:33 PM
I have a question, say you're told not to forward on sales documents until they are correct. You receive a set of documents for an order, the customer takes issue with part one of the documents so you don't forward the doc on. The customer finally corrects things 3 weeks later. You forward things on. Your boss thinks that the stuff was forwarded on when you first received it. Should you be worried about getting fired?
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Post by: Misfitt on November 01, 2006, 05:11:07 PM
I'm confused. Why does boss think it was forwarded on when you first received it and how does that affect the job?

If I'm a client and I'm waiting for something that is contingent on documents that I've taken issue with, I sure as hell can't expect that something until I've approved the documents, right?

The only way I can see it affecting the job security is if the client gives the boss a hard time about the situation and if the boss doesn't have the balls to tell the client what I just stated above. But, then boss is costing the company money and not the person who followed protocol. What if the client had never approved the documents or told the company to piss off? Then the something that was contingent on the documents would have been given or sitting waiting for the client and that something would have cost the company money they'll potentially never reclaim.

But, then again, bosses can be pricks and blame everyone but the person in fault (usually themselves). So, it's really a roll of the dice in the end.
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Post by: rva on November 01, 2006, 06:18:38 PM
I know if it's me, I'd want to know that it was originally submitted earlier but incorrectly.  That way if the customer calls me and goes "Why does it take three weeks to process my order?" I don't say something stupid like "What are you talking about?  You just sent it today!"

I wouldn't be mad if you waited three weeks to forward it since you were following correct protocol.  But I might be kinda mad if you knew I had the wrong impression and didn't tell me, and that made me say something dumb.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on November 02, 2006, 09:14:59 AM
Well, I've told him before that it wasn't submitted (ditto for the salesperson), so he knew but whether he remembers is out of my control. The customer hasn't been calling him asking where their stuff is because they were the reason it took three weeks to get things fixed in the first place, they held the documents forever before signing them and generally made our lives miserable. The salesperson has taken the "can't do anything about it now" perspective on it, but I don't know if the boss will. One of the sales managers backed me when the salesperson said "the originals sat here, on your desk?!?" and reiterated that I can't send anything up unless it's complete and correct. So, she accepted that. I think/hope my boss will too, but I'm gonna get my ass handed to me before he does.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on November 02, 2006, 11:24:17 AM
I have a question: Why is Jared from Subway still around?
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Post by: Dan on November 02, 2006, 11:30:27 AM
That's a question for Subway, but certainly not for Jared. If you were him, you'd milk that gig for as long as humanly possible.
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Post by: Jonathan on November 02, 2006, 11:34:17 AM
Well, yeah. He'd be downright foolish to not cash any checks they sent his way.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Misfitt on November 07, 2006, 04:30:01 PM
I have a question...
Don't we have some print shop employees 'round these parts? So, if I submit to the printer a book assembled correctly in PDF and a hard copy mock up assembled correctly and our company calls them multiple times to set up the job and I call them a couple times while they have the job, shouldn't they have been able to print and assemble the book correctly and on time?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on November 13, 2006, 09:53:15 AM
I have a question:

In the new Honda Civic commercial, there is a familiar sounding song that I can't identify.  What is it?  I would like to get the MP3 so I can work out to it.  It's very upbeat.  I tried google, but to no avail.
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Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 14, 2006, 01:06:00 AM
Quote from: "Megs79"
I have a question:

In the new Honda Civic commercial, there is a familiar sounding song that I can't identify.  What is it?  I would like to get the MP3 so I can work out to it.  It's very upbeat.  I tried google, but to no avail.

That would be "Huddle Formation" by The Go! Team. You're right - it would make a good work out tune. The cheerleaders on One Tree Hill did a routine to it last season. It's available on their Thunder, Lightning, Strike album.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on November 14, 2006, 09:24:57 AM
Quote from: "Ella Minnow Pea"
Quote from: "Megs79"
I have a question:

In the new Honda Civic commercial, there is a familiar sounding song that I can't identify.  What is it?  I would like to get the MP3 so I can work out to it.  It's very upbeat.  I tried google, but to no avail.

That would be "Huddle Formation" by The Go! Team. You're right - it would make a good work out tune. The cheerleaders on One Tree Hill did a routine to it last season. It's available on their Thunder, Lightning, Strike album.


THANKS!
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on December 04, 2006, 09:35:34 AM
I have a question?

Anyone else think the word "lackluster" is pretty humorous?
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Post by: Buzzstein on December 04, 2006, 11:46:13 AM
Not really.  I think it's..well...lackluster.  Flabbergasted is more humorous.
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Post by: Jonathan on December 04, 2006, 12:08:55 PM
Flabbergasted is pretty good, too.

Although as I posted elsewhere, I've decided "engorge" is better than "lackluster" now.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 04, 2006, 03:27:34 PM
Lackluster is pretty.... lackluster.  Now "lacklustre," on the other hand.....
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Post by: Rafe on December 04, 2006, 04:00:43 PM
Quote from: "rva"
Now "lacklustre," on the other hand.....

That's a good one. I also find the words "swab", "ventricle", "floppy", philistine", "badoinkdoink" and "Shevchenko" to be pretty amusing.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2006, 04:37:41 PM
I'm amused by the word "Abromovich."
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Post by: Jonathan on December 04, 2006, 04:47:01 PM
Quote from: "rva"
Lackluster is pretty.... lackluster.  Now "lacklustre," on the other hand.....

You probably spell it "theatre", don't you?

Don't get me started on that psuedo-French Commonwealth English bullshit...
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Post by: rva on December 04, 2006, 05:53:13 PM
No, but I do like to spell "Phil Spectre" from time to time.  Sometimes I'll go nuts and use "Philtre Spectre," only today I am feeling too sombre.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2006, 06:47:28 PM
On the woxy boards, isn't Spectre's real name....Phil?
Are all of these related and I just never realized it?
Or am I on crack?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on December 05, 2006, 08:01:45 AM
You're on crack, I'm guessing.

Spectre's name is Phil, but if that's a play on the whack-job record producer or not, I don't know. You'd have to ask him (or possibly his brother).
Title: I have a question...
Post by: doves on December 05, 2006, 09:09:06 AM
Quote from: "Misfitt"
I have a question...
Don't we have some print shop employees 'round these parts? So, if I submit to the printer a book assembled correctly in PDF and a hard copy mock up assembled correctly and our company calls them multiple times to set up the job and I call them a couple times while they have the job, shouldn't they have been able to print and assemble the book correctly and on time?


Sounds good to me, with my limited experience.

Although they'll probably fuck it up anyway.

You'll have to let us know.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on December 05, 2006, 09:47:29 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
You're on crack, I'm guessing.

Spectre's name is Phil, but if that's a play on the whack-job record producer or not, I don't know. You'd have to ask him (or possibly his brother).

No, I'm pretty sure it's a play on Spector's name.  From what I can gather about Phil I can easily see him being a Spector fanatic.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 05, 2007, 02:18:03 PM
A series of etiquette questions:

1)  On an airplane with open seating (or perhaps a train or theater) is it okay for this couple to sit with the middle seat open to discourage people from taking it, and then that way they'll have more room?

2)  At the express line in a store, if there is a couple with 20 items is it okay for them to split up the items and become 2 people with 10 items each?  

3)  Do you tip when you carry-out?

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1)  My sister thinks this is totally foul and it drives her into an insane rage.  I think it's kind of cheesy but technically okay-- I mean the rules are people can sit anywhere they want.  However, if you give me the stinkeye as I pass by, or if you shoot me a glare when I ask if the middle seat is taken, then you can be assured I WILL take that middle seat and I will NOT trade places.  If you don't give me the stinkeye and I sit down and you ask me to switch places, I'm going to insist on my choice of window or aisle.  And if you lie to me and tell me that middle seat is taken and it's not, then after the plane takes off I will ask the flight attendant if I can switch seats and I will make your life miserable for the duration of the flight.

2)  I see no problem with this.  Because if you just happened to be two friends shopping together no one would say anything about you checking out separately.  If you pay separately, you are two people even if you happen to be married.

3)  I don't know.  At the Chinese takeout near me there is no tip jar, but the receipts come with a place for you to put your tip.  On the other hand, at the Papa Johns the receipts actually make a point out of zeroing out your tip.  It actually says "tip $0.00" on it.
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Post by: Butter on January 05, 2007, 02:37:30 PM
1. Depends on how full the plane is.

2. Yes, it's ok, though I've never done it.

3. No carry-out tips.  Unless it's Waffle House, then you have no choice.  But if you're buying take out Waffle House, you have a different set of problems entirely.
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Post by: redbobsled on January 05, 2007, 02:41:45 PM
1.  I agree - depends on how full the plane is.  But even then, I think it's ok.  As long as if someone wants the seat, you give it to them...or, even better, you say, here, take the window, and one of you slides into the middle seat so that you can still sit next to each other.  If you are giving the stink eye to people who want the middle seat, that is NOT ok.  But then again, if there are loads of seats open, and someone tries to sit in between the couple, that's just rude.

2.  As long as you pay separately, who cares?  

3.  I only tip in carry out if it's a favorite restaurant and I want to continue to generate good will - like at Din Tai Fung.... where all of the managers know us... and we get really good service because of it.
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Post by: rva on January 05, 2007, 02:55:41 PM
See, I think if you attempt the "open middle seat trick" then you don't also get to do the "one guy slides to the middle" and offers up a seat trick.  If you wanted to be assured of window/middle or aisle/middle together then you should have sat that way to begin with.  

But no-- you wanted to go for all the glory.  Now that middle seat is mine.  So if you want to sit together, I get to call window or aisle and you take the other two.  But if you don't give me the stink eye and shift over before I can properly sit there's nothing I can really do about it.  So as long as you are polite about I'll yield to your 2-1 majority preference on the seats and it's not a big deal.

My sister thinks the thing to do is to take the two together seats you really want.  If someone sits in your row then there's nothing you can do because it IS open seating.  If no one does, then one person is free to shift over after the flight takes off.  That's the procedure I follow, but I also don't think it's required.
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Post by: redbobsled on January 05, 2007, 03:08:03 PM
But most people don't WANT the middle seat, so I figure you're doing them a favor if you offer them their choice of an aisle or a window if they think the only seats left are middle seats.  When I book airline tickets in coach for myself and Brian, if the flight is not looking crowded, I will book the window and the aisle and hope for the best.  If it looks like it's going to be full (like if we're traveling at Chrstmas), then I just book two seats next to each other.
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Post by: Bronzetree on January 05, 2007, 03:36:06 PM
Quote from: "rva"
3)  Do you tip when you carry-out?


Depends on who puts the order together. If a server or bartender is taking time away from other customers to take my order, ring it in and put it together in the back, then yes.  I don't tip 20% or anything, but I throw a little something their way.

If it's a hostess or other person who is already designated as the person to do this, then no.
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Post by: Jonathan on January 05, 2007, 03:37:21 PM
1. I think it's okay. If someone asks if the middle seat was taken, I'd just slide over and take the middle without saying anything, freeing up the aisle for that person (because I'd be the one in the aisle, because I like the aisle). Also, that way, if I had to get up, I wouldn't be the one who had to accomodate someone climbing over the row to get to the bathroom.

2. I have a problem with this, because breaking it up into two separate transactions of 10 actually would take more time than one transaction of 20. I think it's a gross violation of "10 items or less" protocol, and if a couple in front of me in line tried to pull that one, I'd probably be making rude comments about them and not caring if they heard me or not.

3. I don't tip the take-out. Simply because, with take-out, you're doing all the tip-worthy work (since you're picking up the food, nobody is bringing it to you). I also don't tip at sit-down restaurants where you order your food at a counter.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 05, 2007, 03:53:39 PM
Quote from: "redbobsled"
But most people don't WANT the middle seat, so I figure you're doing them a favor if you offer them their choice of an aisle or a window if they think the only seats left are middle seats.


No, that's totally 100% cool and what should be done.  

I'm saying I don't like it when people don't offer me the choice of aisle or window.  Like they leave the middle seat open, and then when it looks like I'm going to take it they glare at me and then one person slides over right the last minute so I'm stuck in window (or aisle depending on what they don't want).  Or I sit down and then they ask "Would you mind switching seats with X?" instead of "Would you mind switching seats with EITHER OF US?" so I get to choose window or aisle.  

Either give me the choice, or like Jonathan does move over quickly and politely with no questions asked.  Don't like, fight me until the end.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 05, 2007, 04:48:49 PM
Someone just posed me another one:

You know how you can got to restaurant.com and get $10 gift certificates for $3 and $25 gift certificates for $10?  We have this goofy cardperks thing where if you use a gift cert via restaurant.com you get another 15% off.  So you can get like a $35 meal for like $12 plus tip.

My co-worker says the certificates are supposed to be gifts so you should only give them to other people, and also that the restaurants do it to introduce themselves to new customers.  So if the meal is good and you return you should pay full price or else you're abusing the system.

I say poppycock.  You can "gift" yourself as many certificates as you want and use them every time you go if you'd like.  If you tip properly none of the FOH or BOH people care.  The owners might lose money but it's up to them the restaurant whether they participate and the terms they want.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 05, 2007, 05:05:37 PM
Your co-workers full of crap.

Especially that part about gift certificates only supposed to be for new customers. Seriously, that's one of the most absurd things I've heard in a while.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 10, 2007, 02:51:29 PM
I have a question for the other parents out there:

Did your kid(s) ever have croup? If so, did they have a high fever along with it (like in the 101-102 range off and on for a couple days)?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on January 10, 2007, 02:53:05 PM
Ethan and Alex never had croup, but I hear it's on the comeback.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on January 10, 2007, 03:17:00 PM
Quote from: "rva"
Someone just posed me another one:

You know how you can got to restaurant.com and get $10 gift certificates for $3 and $25 gift certificates for $10?  We have this goofy cardperks thing where if you use a gift cert via restaurant.com you get another 15% off.  So you can get like a $35 meal for like $12 plus tip.

My co-worker says the certificates are supposed to be gifts so you should only give them to other people, and also that the restaurants do it to introduce themselves to new customers.  So if the meal is good and you return you should pay full price or else you're abusing the system.

I say poppycock.  You can "gift" yourself as many certificates as you want and use them every time you go if you'd like.  If you tip properly none of the FOH or BOH people care.  The owners might lose money but it's up to them the restaurant whether they participate and the terms they want.






i agree with you. if the restaurant offers them, ,why should they care who uses them? i'm sure the extra business it brings in offsets any "loss"

you're co-worker is a sissy-mary who lives in a world of gumdrop trees and happy little clouds.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on January 10, 2007, 04:07:28 PM
Gumdrop trees you say???  I wish I lived in that world...that would be cool...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 10, 2007, 04:19:05 PM
Gumdrop trees...mmm...tasty.

Although I would probably prefer peppermint shrubs.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2007, 01:09:20 PM
I've gotten two spam txt messages in the past two days. Is there anything I can do about this?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 22, 2007, 01:46:32 PM
how much does it cost to get a ring sized (it's too small), assuming the band is quite thin?  and can anyone recommend a jeweler?  this is a family ring and i don't want it to get all fucked up.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Misfitt on January 22, 2007, 02:10:15 PM
Well, whenever I have any jewlery work done I go to a high school friend who's family owns a store in my hometown. Are you going to be 'round Jefferson, Ohio anytime soon? A google map search would probably reveal to you that you won't. But he always does resizing for free for me and for any other customer that comes into the store (I'm almost positive on that one). I'm pretty sure if you stear towards a Mom & Pop jewler they'll have the same outlook.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on January 22, 2007, 02:10:23 PM
I think I paid between $18-36 at Kay jewelers the last time I had some rings sized. I wouldn't recommend them though, they did a good job on the sizing but the ring had some white gold accents that didn't make it through the resize. Roger's jewelers did a great job on my wedding band/engagement ring--but I can't remember how much they charged me.
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Post by: MissKitty on January 22, 2007, 02:39:49 PM
Viz, check out Lake Jewelry on Main Street in Franklin. They are a Ma & Pa biz and have been in business for over 50 years. I highly recommend them. They're good peeps.
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Post by: vizzah on January 22, 2007, 03:04:42 PM
those are all great recommendations, but i was hoping for something a little closer to my end of town (east dayton).  Franklin is about a 30 minute drive for me, MK.  the only place i thought of was sterling studio in the oregon district - but quite honestly, i called and the girl was a cunt.  so, i won't be going there.  everyone in oakwood wears jewelry, so i know they've gotta have jewelers there.  i just don't know who or where they are yet.

also, while we're on the subject - any recommendations of where to look for wedding bands?  simple and inexpensive - the fanciest thing i need is a chevron cut because of the size of the stone in my engagement ring.
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Post by: watusi on January 22, 2007, 03:23:22 PM
there is a Roberts jewelry at dorothy lane and far hills. it's on far hills just south of dorothy in a little strip mall. there are actually 2 different stores in that strip mall. BoW used one of them to have The Princess' ring re-sized.they charged about 20 bucks.
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Post by: cuddlyevil on January 22, 2007, 03:26:40 PM
You should be able to find a band ajust about anywhere that's pretty affordable. It will all depend on what metal it is and the width. Mine's 2mm white gold and it was around $50.

There's a James Free on Far Hills. I think that might be as close as you can get to your place, but it's been a while since I've been through there.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on January 22, 2007, 03:35:23 PM
the sales people at james free are assholes unless you look rich.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 22, 2007, 03:43:06 PM
Quote from: "Juliana"
the sales people at james free are assholes unless you look rich.

We know this because we didn't look rich.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 22, 2007, 03:58:28 PM
Quote from: "Juliana"
the sales people at james free are assholes unless you look rich.


I've never been there, just looked some stuff up in the yellow pages. But that's the reason I won't suggest a couple of the Kay stores here in Cincy.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 23, 2007, 01:23:28 PM
I have a question, has anyone here ever had a relative go into hospice? It seems my aunt is headed there if she keeps deteriorating, I was wondering what your experience was like? You can pm me if you don't want to discuss it publicly.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on January 23, 2007, 02:14:40 PM
Yes, my grandfather did.  Well, actually, he remained at his nursing home and hospice came to him - taking over and supplementing the care he was already receiving.  It was an excellent experience.  They were so sensitive and understanding, and they made a difficult time much less painful.  My grandfather seemed to appreciate it as well.  They did all sorts of little things like therapeutic massage, healing 'ceremonies,' and obviously, pain medication.  They spent a lot of time with him, which freed my mom up from feeling like she had to be there around the clock.  They are wonderful, caring people, and I don't think my mom would have survived it without them.

When my mom's best friend died 2 years ago, she also went into hospice, and had a good experience, as well.  Basically, I think the hospice people do the sorts of things for your loved one that YOU would do.... not just what a nurse, doctor, or health provider would do.  Once the emphasis stops being on trying to make the person better, it switches to providing comfort and peace for the loved ones who are left as well as making the death for the dying person as easy as possible.  

I'm sure it's a very hard time for you, and making the decision to "give up" on your aunt getting better is painful, but hospice is really wonderful.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 23, 2007, 03:10:17 PM
Thanks rbs. Right now, she's been "unofficially" told that she needs to go into assisted living or get a live-in caregiver, she doesn't want to leave her cats (she has 3) so she's going to go for the live-in caregiver since her insurance will cover it. But, she will eventually have to consider some form of hospice care--I just kinda want an idea of what we're in for, y'know?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 23, 2007, 03:55:53 PM
Question: Anyone heard of/had their gas meter being swapped out by DP&L/Cinergy/Duke?

We were called today by Duke to say this was going to happen in February because our meter is "more than 10 years old and under Kentucky laws it has to be changed"

There's no charge, apparently (better fucking not be) - but just checking to see if anyone else has dealt with a similar experience.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 23, 2007, 04:03:19 PM
We're dealing with a similar situation, except its with the greater cincinnati water works. They're switching to new meters that can be read remotely or from a small unit on the exterior of your home. It's nice not having to worry about whether or not you'll be home when the meter reader shows up.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 04:11:51 PM
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
Question: Anyone heard of/had their gas meter being swapped out by DP&L/Cinergy/Duke?

We were called today by Duke to say this was going to happen in February because our meter is "more than 10 years old and under Kentucky laws it has to be changed"

There's no charge, apparently (better fucking not be) - but just checking to see if anyone else has dealt with a similar experience.

They changed all the meters around here from analog to digital last summer. It was a moved designed to improve accuracy, but some people found accuracy to be a double-edged sword. Yes, there were people who were being overcharged with the analog meters because the meter reader was incompetent, and their bills went down, but there were also people with incompetent meter readers who were being undercharged. Boy did they raise a stink...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 23, 2007, 04:16:27 PM
**edit**

I think it was the first year we were here they came and changed our meter. Ours was inside before, and they put one outside the house. See my post below for the result.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on January 23, 2007, 04:21:37 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
Question: Anyone heard of/had their gas meter being swapped out by DP&L/Cinergy/Duke?

We were called today by Duke to say this was going to happen in February because our meter is "more than 10 years old and under Kentucky laws it has to be changed"

There's no charge, apparently (better fucking not be) - but just checking to see if anyone else has dealt with a similar experience.

They changed all the meters around here from analog to digital last summer. It was a moved designed to improve accuracy, but some people found accuracy to be a double-edged sword. Yes, there were people who were being overcharged with the analog meters because the meter reader was incompetent, and their bills went down, but there were also people with incompetent meter readers who were being undercharged. Boy did they raise a stink...



that happened to us with the water meter. i didn't know it, but after living in our house for 2 years, they informed me that the meter wasn't working. so they graciously changed it and estimated the back charges. we got a bill for over $500. i looked into it and found there was nothing i could do in the way of challenging it.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 23, 2007, 04:28:36 PM
Quote from: "watusi"
that happened to us with the water meter. i didn't know it, but after living in our house for 2 years, they informed me that the meter wasn't working. so they graciously changed it and estimated the back charges. we got a bill for over $500. i looked into it and found there was nothing i could do in the way of challenging it.


Not sure how, but I completely forgot that we got burned for $1200! We had no idea, but our bills were being estimated the entire first year we'd been living here. UNDERestimated, I should say. Once they got the new meter in and they got an accurate reading, they sent us a monstrous bill. I negotiated it down a few hundred bucks, but it took us more than a year to pay off the balance.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on January 23, 2007, 04:34:12 PM
I spoke to a KY coworker who said that he's familiar with the meter swap too. He had no problems.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 04:45:51 PM
Quote from: "watusi"
that happened to us with the water meter. i didn't know it, but after living in our house for 2 years, they informed me that the meter wasn't working. so they graciously changed it and estimated the back charges. we got a bill for over $500. i looked into it and found there was nothing i could do in the way of challenging it.

Nothing like a government-controlled (or at least government-approved) monopoly...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 05:49:12 PM
I have a question:

Who put the "bomp" in the bomp-a-bomp-a-bomp?

Who was that man? I'd like to kick his ass. He made that song get stuck inside my head.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on January 23, 2007, 08:33:58 PM
I had my gas meter switched 2 years ago.  They did some major water and gas line replacement on our street and that was one of the things that was included.  They dug up my driveway where they had to put the new one in, replaced it, and then patched up my driveway.  The newer part of the driveway is in excellent condition (not a single crumble) and they did a great job cleaning up too.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 09:12:49 PM
Clearly that was an independent contractor who did all that work, because I can't see a utility company doing quality work like that.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on January 23, 2007, 09:28:25 PM
Might have been.  After they got done tearing the street up, we got our street repaved, curbs and a new sidewalk.  While it was done separately, they may have had the contractors who did the sidewalk do all the repair work on meters when necessary.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 09:34:09 PM
The cable company here uses independent contractors for a lot of their installation work.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 23, 2007, 09:34:26 PM
Why is the NHL All Star Game regulated to versus? And why did they decide to name a cable channel that?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 09:37:17 PM
Because Vs. is still better than NBC Sports.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 23, 2007, 09:47:30 PM
Quote from: "watusi"
that happened to us with the water meter. i didn't know it, but after living in our house for 2 years, they informed me that the meter wasn't working. so they graciously changed it and estimated the back charges. we got a bill for over $500. i looked into it and found there was nothing i could do in the way of challenging it.


How can you pay an "estimate"?

Surely the onus was on them to prove the usage. It was THEIR meter that was faulty, right?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on January 23, 2007, 09:59:11 PM
they just look at the last known average i suppose.
apparently they can back-charge a specific amount of time. there's one standard for residential and another for businesses. for residential 1 year, businesses 2 years...or something along that line.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 23, 2007, 09:59:47 PM
Why is Garth Brooks at the NHL YoungStars and SuperSkills night?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 23, 2007, 10:04:44 PM
Dunno. Why did they think that Dallas would be a better place for a hockey team than Minnesota?

Because Norm Green sucks, that's why.


Never forget...Norm Green sucks!
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on January 24, 2007, 11:37:31 AM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
I have a question:

Who put the "bomp" in the bomp-a-bomp-a-bomp?

Who was that man? I'd like to kick his ass. He made that song get stuck inside my head.


Isn't he that same asshole who also put the "ram" in the ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong?  

He was a sick bastard.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on January 24, 2007, 01:18:46 PM
So that's two members of the ass-kicking committee, then. Now all we have to do is identify and located this jerkwad.

Seriously, any clues?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 06, 2007, 10:58:25 AM
I have a question, a co-worker jumped all over me this morning because I asked for some required corrections to be made to a deal they submitted. They stated "I didn't know we had to do that." Two weeks ago, I sent out a mass e-mail to all my reps so that they would all know what to do and what would happen if it's not done. Would it be considered bitchy if I resent the e-mail to everyone as a "reminder"?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on February 06, 2007, 11:06:11 AM
hell no.  Resend it to everyone, and write:

"Just a friendly reminder"
as the first line of the message.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2007, 11:08:29 AM
No. We get those all the time at the office, and they are usually 40% useful (like, oh yeah...I forgot that's how it's supposed to go) and 60% knowing that someone messed up. Not bitchy at all b/c it's your job to make sure things are done right.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on February 06, 2007, 12:26:51 PM
I think I'd title it something like "Attention ignorant attentionally deficient fuckheads".

Make sure you work in "fuckheads" somewhere.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 06, 2007, 12:48:27 PM
Can I follow it up with a bitchslap when the person in question comes into the office???

I should add that I just got a call from this person saying "I don't get what you're saying here..." in response to an e-mail where I told her what was wrong and how to fix it.  ](*,)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on February 06, 2007, 12:49:32 PM
That's not only encouraged, it's required.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 06, 2007, 12:50:57 PM
Oh thank god.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on February 06, 2007, 02:56:55 PM
definitely include a bitchslap.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 07, 2007, 11:19:36 PM
Why did Yahoo redesign their sports pages?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on February 07, 2007, 11:22:03 PM
It seems like they do every year.

Speaking of re-designs, I'm not a big fan of ESPN.com's Page 2 re-design.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on February 08, 2007, 01:05:59 PM
I don't mind the Page 2 redesign yet, but I absolutely LOATHE with FLAMES OF HATRED and BURNING PAIN the redesign of SI.com.

I simply took it out of my bookmarks, cancelled my subscription, and have eliminated from all aspects of my life.
Problem solved.



Too bad, b/c it was my preferred sports website.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on February 08, 2007, 01:42:25 PM
Two questions about tipping (as in gratuities, not cows) ...

1. Is it appropriate to tip your tattoo artist? If so, how much?

2. If the person who cuts your hair owns the salon, should you tip him/her? If so, how much?

I am getting conflicting information.  :-k
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 08, 2007, 01:51:03 PM
1. I don't know about tipping a tattoo artist, I would think that if they do a good job--then yes. But I don't know for sure.

2. Yes, even if they're the owner. I try to tip 15-20%, usually around 20%. Last time I got my haircut, I tipped the girl but frankly she didn't deserve it--but I didn't get the full scope of how shitty a job she did until the next morning. Had to pay $80 to someone else to fix it.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Rafe on February 08, 2007, 02:30:17 PM
Quote from: "whigsgeek"
Two questions about tipping (as in gratuities, not cows) ...

1. Is it appropriate to tip your tattoo artist? If so, how much?

2. If the person who cuts your hair owns the salon, should you tip him/her? If so, how much?

I am getting conflicting information.  :-k

1. Absolutely appropriate. If you are really happy with the work, I'd tip about 20% or so. A small price for something with so much personal meaning to be enjoyed/worn for life.

2. Again, I always tip my barber despite the fact he owns the place. I just think it's good manners and the right thing to do.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on February 08, 2007, 04:10:43 PM
Yep, I tip my stylist 20%, even though she owns the salon.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on February 08, 2007, 04:25:01 PM
I have a question:

Last night, I was told via IM:
"catch you on the flop"

My response was honest:
"I have no idea what that means"

They said:
"flip-side?"






I think they were saying "talk to you later" but I want some confirmation. What the hell does that mean?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on February 08, 2007, 04:29:11 PM
"catch you on the flip-flop" is old trucker/cb radio jargon meaning "i'll see you when i'm on my way back from wherever it is i'm going"
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on February 08, 2007, 04:35:59 PM
Oh. Maybe that's what was going on. I dunno. I kept thinking it had something to do with Texas Hold 'Em poker...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on February 08, 2007, 04:39:22 PM
Quote from: "MissKitty"
Yep, I tip my stylist 20%, even though she owns the salon.


Same here, back when I had enough hair to go and get it professionally cut.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on February 08, 2007, 04:54:42 PM
Quote from: "whigsgeek"
Two questions about tipping (as in gratuities, not cows) ...

1. Is it appropriate to tip your tattoo artist? If so, how much?

2. If the person who cuts your hair owns the salon, should you tip him/her? If so, how much?

I am getting conflicting information.  :-k


Thanks to those who responded. :) I always tip my stylist, but I was told I shouldn't do that because he owns the salon. And I had no clue about proper etiquette for tattoo tips; I just went to get my newest one touched up and saw a guy tip the artist after a body piercing. (The guy got his nipples pierced. YOW! I only know this because he came out afterward with his shirt off to show all of his buddies who were waiting in the outside room for him. YOW!)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 16, 2007, 12:38:11 PM
i needd honeymoon help.  we know we're going to nashville and memphis, but we haven't decided how many nights for each.  we'll be gone for 5 nights total.  i had planned on 2 in nashville and 3 in memphis, but my homie/hairdresser said that wasn't a good idea b/c Memphis is go ghetto and she thinks we'll run out of things we want to do there (she and her hubby usually enjoy the same things we do).  

so, now i'm reconsidering and i can't make up my mind.  after makign a list of places we want to visit, nashville seems to be taking the cake.  

anyone that's been to either city - opinion, please?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on February 16, 2007, 12:42:36 PM
Nashville totally rules.  Bag Memphis like the generic and recycled blues bands that haunt that city.  Plus, from Nashville, Atlanta is a very easy 3 hour drive away and the Smokey Mountains (and all the airbrushed t-shirts you and yours would want) are within a few hours too.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 16, 2007, 12:50:52 PM
Nashville baby, hit nashville. LOTS of great places to eat and see music (all kinds). There are some trendy bars/clubs but even some of those are great (go to rumba over by Vandy and have a vanilla mojito--you'll thank me later). My sister lives in Nashville and can give you guys a good idea of great places to hang/visit or places to avoid.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on February 16, 2007, 12:58:03 PM
Go to Savannah and eat at Paula Deen's Restaurant
;)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 16, 2007, 01:00:11 PM
Quote from: "Juliana"
Go to Savannah and eat at Paula Deen's Restaurant
;)


And take the ghost tour  :)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on February 16, 2007, 01:52:32 PM
AND eat @ Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House... so worth it.


http://www.mrswilkes.com/

I was proudly served by Mrs. Wilkes many times on my visits there.  She was a very nice lady.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on February 16, 2007, 02:42:33 PM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
Quote from: "Juliana"
Go to Savannah and eat at Paula Deen's Restaurant
;)


And take the ghost tour  :)


Or you could take the ghost tour in Charleston and Wilmington, since they're all basically the same.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 16, 2007, 03:34:22 PM
Quote from: "whigsgeek"
Two questions about tipping (as in gratuities, not cows) ...

1. Is it appropriate to tip your tattoo artist? If so, how much?

2. If the person who cuts your hair owns the salon, should you tip him/her? If so, how much?

I am getting conflicting information.  :-k


YES!!!!!!  absolutely on both.  i can't believe i didn't see this until now.  you should tip them the standard service industry fee of 15-20%, if not more.  
this brings me to another point - unless the service provider is a very close friend and knows that you're flat broke and they're doing you a solid by giving you a freebie or employee price, you better'd leave them a FAT tip.  most of them, honestly, will expect somewhere close to what the original cost of the service would have been.  you have to at least give them enough to cover what they spent in product (hair colour, bleach, ink, needles, etc) and the fact that you took up a booth for what could have been another paying customer.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on February 16, 2007, 03:45:30 PM
If you really want to do Memphis, you can probably get it all done in one day and night. Do Graceland. Do Sun Records. Check out the Piggly Wiggly, see the ducks ride the elevator at the Peabody, and hit one of the blues clubs (BB Kings is decent). Then get the hell out.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 16, 2007, 09:29:39 PM
Nashville, all they way! 2nd Avenue, Music Row (which, unfortunately has lost much of the tackiness), the Frist, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Hermitage, Opry Mills, Centennial Park - what ever your preference, there's something for you.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on February 16, 2007, 09:36:24 PM
Nashville

Loveless Cafe (http://www.lovelesscafe.com/)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 16, 2007, 11:17:15 PM
Downtown Memphis makes downtown Cincinnati look like fucking Vegas by comparison.

Nashville all the way. Good to hear the cleavage is finally going on a REAL vacation! ;)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on February 17, 2007, 01:49:24 PM
Quote from: "Ella Minnow Pea"
Nashville, all they way! 2nd Avenue, Music Row (which, unfortunately has lost much of the tackiness), the Frist, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Hermitage, Opry Mills, Centennial Park - what ever your preference, there's something for you.


You're biased. ;)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 17, 2007, 08:55:42 PM
Quote from: "Cockney Rebel"
Downtown Memphis makes downtown Cincinnati look like fucking Vegas by comparison.

Nashville all the way. Good to hear the cleavage is finally going on a REAL vacation! ;)


thanks for the trip advice, everyone!
and let me tell you, the girls deserve it.  they've grown, as i've gotten fatter, to practically disastrous proportions.  i have to special order housing for them now.  

which brings me to another random musing, or maybe just a rant.  i'm allowed to complain about shelling out $40+ for a simple, everyday brassiere - much less the $80 and up they want to actually fancy one up and put some lace and accoutrements on it, and still love my rack at the same time.  it looks like i might be a lot more serious than i thought about starting my own clothing line to create affordable, pretty whatnots for broads with huge jugs.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 20, 2007, 01:25:00 PM
I have a question:

Anyone know the procedure for taking up an issue with your medical insurance? My aunt (the one who's in hospice) has been put into collection by the Clinic that was to do her lung transplant over medical bills the insurance company says they paid. One of my other aunts is trying to sort it out, but it's a pain in the arse...
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 08, 2007, 02:23:00 PM
in regards to the question of the day, how is exactly does one "prepare their PC for this weekend's time change?" i know it's a month earlier this year, but i figured it would just adapt like always.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 08, 2007, 03:18:12 PM
there's a download you're supposed to install on your pc. It's from Microsoft...so you can probably go to google and type in windows update, and then that'll have the file for you.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 08, 2007, 06:15:17 PM
If you have it set so your PC automatically updates XP then you're already covered.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 22, 2007, 09:41:39 AM
I have a question...

When you write a landlord to tell them you're getting the hell out what should the letter say?  Obviously I'm telling them when the last day is and that I want my deposit back within 30 days.  Is there anything else that should be said?

What I'd like to tell them is that I'd still be there if they hadn't raised the rent and good fucking luck finding a new tennant in that shit hole for that price... but I know better than that.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on March 22, 2007, 09:49:37 AM
Quote from: "Kwyjibo"
I have a question...

When you write a landlord to tell them you're getting the hell out what should the letter say?  Obviously I'm telling them when the last day is and that I want my deposit back within 30 days.  Is there anything else that should be said?


This is all.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 22, 2007, 10:14:27 AM
yup, that oughtta cover it.  especially if you didn't like them very much.  just leave it short & sweet.  but make sure you leave a forwarding address to get your deposit back.  if you don't know your new address yet, just use a friend or relative's, or your work address.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 29, 2007, 01:14:08 PM
related question time!  i think it's bad juju to take a road trip in a car you haven't named yet, and i'm doing exactly that.  if you had a 2007 black chevy impala, what might you name her?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2007, 01:35:15 PM
Brandy.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on March 29, 2007, 01:38:38 PM
Oven?
Kiln?
Greenhouse?

I dunno. I've never been a car-naming type of person.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on March 29, 2007, 01:39:26 PM
Quote from: "Dan"
Brandy.


Although I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to name a car after yourself.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on March 29, 2007, 01:46:13 PM
I'm a fan of alliteration (such is the fate of being weened on Suess), so if the car is a guy, the I'd go with Iggy or Isabella if it is a girl.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: thepsychicpoirot on March 29, 2007, 03:02:44 PM
Jake (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092240/)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2007, 06:01:18 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
Quote from: "Dan"
Brandy.


Although I'm pretty sure you're not allowed to name a car after yourself.
You know, it occurred to me after I typed it that this might be her real name. But I wasn't sure, as I've never met her, and for whatever reason that was the name that just called out to me.

:shrug:
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on March 30, 2007, 09:25:27 AM
It's a Chevy?  How about Ol' Breaky?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 03, 2007, 11:30:24 AM
I have a question, is it wrong to go up the chain of command (or escalate as they say here in this office) to get someone in trouble because they sent high value items to the incorrect address? And they try to cop out of it by saying they were unaware of the address change when the move happened a month ago and our old address isn't show on any company directory?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on April 03, 2007, 07:59:32 PM
Drop a dime on that bitch. Narc away.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on April 04, 2007, 02:11:06 AM
Quote from: "cuddlyevil"
I have a question, is it wrong to go up the chain of command (or escalate as they say here in this office) to get someone in trouble because they sent high value items to the incorrect address? And they try to cop out of it by saying they were unaware of the address change when the move happened a month ago and our old address isn't show on any company directory?


Do you work for the company Adobe contracts out its packaging and pre-shipping to?  We just had them ship FOUR copies (not at once, one at a time) of Macromedia Studio 8 to the wrong address... They kept shipping it to the place we lived TWO YEARS AGO.  Every time it happened, we'd call, and they'd swear the problem was fixed.  It wasn't fixed until the fifth try.  I wonder what happens to all those thousands of dollars of software that were shipped to whomever lives in our old condo??
Title: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 04, 2007, 08:26:14 AM
Sadly, it wasn't the shipping company's fault. It was our very own in-house shipping/receiving department from one of our other offices. She said "I had no idea you'd moved. Imagine even after all this time! *nervous giggle*"  :banghead: I do have to be careful because she works for the department that has remote access to my pc at work. Oh and her supervisor knows about this mess.

rbs, I'd have found out where adobe's contractor was then offer to drive out there myself and save them the effort/money of having to return the item to adobe four times.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 04, 2007, 01:52:13 PM
Does anyone here take Lexapro?  if you're not down to say so in a public forum, pm me.  I just sarted taking it in the hopes i won't be such a miserable cunt anymore, but all the official literature says to "avoid drinking," while taking it.  
Keep in mind that i frequently drink on other medication with the same warnings (xanax, ativan, blood pressure meds, etc) and never have any problems.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on April 04, 2007, 03:52:51 PM
I always view those as suggestions rather than absolutes.A few years back while taking a similar med, I asked my doctor about it. His advice was "It's okay, just don't go overboard with the drinking", but of course I did...with no adverse affects.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 04, 2007, 08:04:18 PM
I always check with the pharmacist.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 04, 2007, 08:15:40 PM
i forgot someone else i know has been taking it for months now.  she pretty much said the same - maybe just amplified drunkenness, but no otherwise adverse affects.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 05, 2007, 10:12:32 AM
Quote from: "watusi"
I always view those as suggestions rather than absolutes.A few years back while taking a similar med, I asked my doctor about it. His advice was "It's okay, just don't go overboard with the drinking", but of course I did...with no adverse affects.

This is assuming that you're gonna know when your liver is turning to stone.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on April 05, 2007, 10:36:54 AM
Always with the ray of sunshine,eh?
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 05, 2007, 11:52:55 AM
I calls 'em like I sees 'em.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: doves on April 05, 2007, 02:51:12 PM
SSRI's etc. can be hard on the liver, so that is  a concern, esp. for drinkers.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 05, 2007, 03:44:56 PM
Quote from: "Bride of Watusi"
SSRI's etc. can be hard on the liver, so that is  a concern, esp. for drinkers.

That would be the more diplomatic way of saying it.

I was never one for diplomacy.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 05, 2007, 04:18:53 PM
this may be hard for some of you to believe, but i really don't drink that much any more.  well, i should say i don't drink that often.  i just don't have the opportunity to.  but, with all that i've got going on over the next couple weeks, there will surely be cocktails involved and i didn't want to end up seizing on the dance floor @ my own damn wedding after 2 martinis.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 05, 2007, 05:10:59 PM
I imagine you're probably okay.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: doves on April 07, 2007, 01:23:02 PM
I have a (stupid?) question:

Can anyone use this link to get on to my bitchin' Bollywood playlist or do you have to be signed in?

Raaaaaggga! (http://www.raaga.com/channels/myraaga/viewPL.asp)
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on April 07, 2007, 01:29:36 PM
Looks like you gotta be signed in.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on April 07, 2007, 10:18:09 PM
Yeah, I can't get to it, either.

But not to worry. That question was definitely more along the lines of the spirit this thread intended.
Title: I have a question...
Post by: doves on April 08, 2007, 04:41:14 PM
Quote from: "Jonathan"
...That question was definitely more along the lines of the spirit this thread intended.


What is that supposed to mean?  If Blue needs to ask,

Quote from: "Blue"
Why does it burn when I pee?

where else can he go?  \:D/   You still around, Blue?

Anyway, thanks guys!  

 I am trying to figure out how to inflict this amazing music on more people, and was hoping to share this list.

For  somebody who is really bored, I have another (stupid) question:

If you could sign in, and then start the 'Greatest Hits' playlist, could you record this stream in some way, or is that a sinful question to even ask? Say, to play on a cheap mp3 player from Kmart?

Site: Raaaaaggga! (http://www.raaga.com/channels/myraaga/viewPL.asp)
Sign-in:  doodle898@yahoo.com
              pw:  97woxy
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 24, 2007, 02:09:04 PM
When you close on a real estate deal what is the etiquette for thanking your realtor?  A card?  Should you buy them a gift of some sort... like a bottle of wine or something?  A verbal thank you and a see you around?

I mean, I know they're getting paid but it seems like one of those things like they helped you through a lot of hassle and helped you achieve something that would have been a monumental pain in the ass on your own.

Why does spell check insist that you should capitalize realtor?  Or is that just my spell check?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on April 24, 2007, 03:29:25 PM
I'd say it's whatever you want to do. I don't know if there's an etiquette or not, but if you feel like buying your realtor a bottle of wine, go for it. Can't see how it'd be a bad thing by any means. Shit, mine gave ME a $50 gift card for Home Depot, which was appreciated. But then she made about 4K off the deal, so $50 bucks was a drop in a bucket.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 24, 2007, 03:59:08 PM
I think a card is sufficient.  Granted, my realtor did a LOT for me, but he was also an old family friend.  They certainly don't expect much - you just bought a house for fuck's sake...your savings and all else is likely blown.   you've got your work cut out for the next year or so, soyou'll need that bottle of wine now. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 24, 2007, 04:06:13 PM
Shit, mine gave ME a $50 gift card for Home Depot, which was appreciated. But then she made about 4K off the deal, so $50 bucks was a drop in a bucket.
Yeah, that's my struggle, it's a business deal and she's done her job.  I'm sure this isn't the biggest payday she's ever had but she'll be thanked in the future when she gets my business again.  But it seems like some vote of appreciation is not out of line.  Maybe a card is the way to go.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on April 24, 2007, 05:42:17 PM
I don't think I ever gave my realtor a gift, I may have sent a card. I certainly thought about sending a card.

And the spell check insisted on capitalizing Realtor because, technically, it's a proper noun - not all real estate agents are Realtors, only members of the National Association of Realtors are. But then again, if you listen to their ads, they insist on pronouncing the word "real-TOR" as opposed to "REAL-ter" like 99% of the general population says, so the NAR may be a wee bit up their own asses.

But that's the deal with the spell check.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 25, 2007, 08:40:50 AM
Realtors in general seem to think pretty highly of them selves.  This one has a license plate on the back of her Mercedes that says HOT RLTR.  Umm... not so much.

 :pirate: 4 out of 5 pirates do not find our Realtor hot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on April 25, 2007, 08:50:32 AM
I believe we gave our realtor a hearty thanks and sent her on her way with a lovely commission check.  She gave us a carbon monoxide detector as a housewarming gift.  I think it is more up to the realtor to give you a gift than vice versa.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 25, 2007, 08:52:53 AM
Our realtor gave us a $50 gift card to PF Chang's, we sent her a card and tried to send her business whenever we could. We also turned her on to one of our favorite coffee shop's waffle day when we met to go over the contract after our offer was accepted.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on April 25, 2007, 09:25:18 AM
Probably a card would suffice.

We had two realtors: selling and buying. We got a $50 gift card from our selling realtor as a thank-you for our business, and we sent a nice LLBean Christmas pine centerpiece to the realtor who helped us buy our house.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 25, 2007, 10:27:02 AM
Next question:  Why do you buy title insurance for the sellers as part of your closing costs, but the title insurance for yourself is a separate option that they foist on you at closing?  Why do I care if they're insured more than if I am?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 25, 2007, 11:52:12 AM
I have a question: Confidential, off-site meetings--good/bad thing?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on April 25, 2007, 12:07:09 PM
I have a question: Confidential, off-site meetings--good/bad thing?

if they include you - good thing

if they don't - not so much

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on April 25, 2007, 12:58:42 PM
Well put Wat, I'd say that sums it up.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on April 25, 2007, 05:42:08 PM
We also turned her on to one of our favorite coffee shop's waffle day when we met to go over the contract after our offer was accepted.
Well that's the gift that keeps on giving.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 26, 2007, 10:27:46 AM
new question!

say your neighbors are total white trash douchebags, and for the seond time, someone in their family has come to your house while you have company and pissed and moaned (honestly, they were itching for a fight, it was blatantly obvious) and got in your face about your friends' cars parking "over the property line." 

am i not up to date on something when i assume that the property line does not include the street, a public area on which anyone can park, so long as they're not blocking anothers' driveway? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on April 26, 2007, 10:39:32 AM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure as long as they are not blocking the driveway or another person's vehicle, they are not doing anything illegal.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 26, 2007, 10:52:58 AM
i thought so.  she called us "damn gothic freaks," and said she would have a "NO PARKING" sign put in there.  They're so stupid and useless, I actually feel kind of sorry for them.  they're obviously so miserable and have nothing better to do, so they're coming over trying to infect us with their stupidity and loserness. 
they really don't want to start another neighborly quarrell with us, because i'll make the Hatfields and McCoys look like a couple of baby pandas wrestling over bamboo.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on April 26, 2007, 11:17:23 AM
One of my girlfriends lives in Middletucky and I used to go over there every Friday for what we called "Movie Night." She'd rent a movie, I'd bring drinks, and we'd order a pie and hang out for a few hours.

Her neighborhood was all on-street parking, and I'd park as close as I could to her place, but sometimes the only open space was several houses away. One of her neighbors starting getting shitty with me about it, saying I was taking his parking space. My friend's husband and this neighbor got into shouting matches on several occasions about it, and even after her hubby got proof from the city that the street is a public space and no one can lay claim on it, the guy wouldn't shut up about it. (It wasn't just me that parked in front of his house btw, others did it too, and this guy had pops at them about it same as he did me)

I seem to remember that the only reason you wouldn't be able to park anywhere you wanted on a public neighborhood street is if there is a handicapped space marked out. And the city will come and mark a handicapped space and erect a sign. I don't think your neighbors can simply put up a sign and say "no parking," but if they do, call the city about it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on April 26, 2007, 11:58:11 AM
For the record, in 90+% of places, the property line ends at the sidewalk. I don't know what kind of area you live in, but the sidewalk is part of the public right-of-way and anything between the outer edge of the sidewalk on one side of the street and the outer edge on the other side of the street is indeed public. Tree-lawn areas are sticky because those are public property but it's sort of requested of the nearby property owner to take care of them.

If your friends are parking in the street in front of your neighbors house, that's perfectly legal.
If your friends are parking in your driveway, but the car is blocking the sidewalk...that's technically illegal.
If your friends are parking on your neighbors tree lawn, that's rude. But not illegal.

I'm curious - can you tell me more about the specifics of how they are parking?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on April 26, 2007, 12:33:08 PM
I have a question:

Who wants a job?  It's in Springdale, right off 75 and 275.  Pay is $25-30k a year to start.  All you have to do is be dependable, smart, be able to know how to work a computer, and NOT BE FLAKY.

Seriously, if anyone knows someone who wants an admin. asst. job, I can get you an interview here.  The benefits are mediocre, but the work environment is top notch.  But if you mention that you know me through the internet, I'll have to break your kneecaps.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 26, 2007, 12:50:16 PM
there really aren't any specifics.  The daughter and her house of pain boyfriend apparently have their "own spot," or so they think, on the street.  There is room on the street in front of each home on our street for at least 2 large cars to park without crossing over to a neighbors' front.  The funny thing is, the spot that the daughter has laid claim to is not directly in front of her house, but backing up right to the nose of the property line.  

The first time, the daughter came over and we were having our housewarming party - folks were parked all up and down the street.  the fubu-clad daughter came over and inststed that someone was in her spot and should move, even though there were open spots on either side of, and IN her driveway.  I pointed those spots out, and she rebutted with, "but that ain't MY spot!"  so, that time and several times after that, we have witnessed someone supervising her to back her POS monte carlo up so close to one of our visitors car that they could not have gotten out if there were someone behind them.  literally, within inches of the other car.  we just watch and laugh, because it's so despicable and petty.  

Last night, we were having drinks with some of our wedding party and watching the video (another bad idea on their part, is that they always come over when i'm drunk), so the boys had parked their two cars right in front of our house.  didn't look to me like it was crossing the non-existent property line.  but nonetheless, the toothless mother came over and got in our faces saying, "you have GOT to stop parkin' in front of our house!  that's my daughters' spot and you KNOW it!" i informed her, as well as i'd already informed her daughter, that we both pay taxes, which grants us the same parking rates up and down our street, as well as any street, anywhere.  she did not seem to understand the concept.  she just kept repeating herself like a todller, "mine, mine, mine!"

i'm looking for dayton parking ordinances right now, just to slip a copy in the mailbox, but all i'm really finding is what's NOT legal, and they won't understand that.  i need soemthing official, but very black and white.  Also, we've decided if they set foot on our property a third time, we'll be the ones calling the police (as they've threatened to do to us, for bein' a buncha no good "gothics").  
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 26, 2007, 01:30:24 PM
I have a question:

Who wants a job?  It's in Springdale, right off 75 and 275.  Pay is $25-30k a year to start.  All you have to do is be dependable, smart, be able to know how to work a computer, and NOT BE FLAKY.

Seriously, if anyone knows someone who wants an admin. asst. job, I can get you an interview here.  The benefits are mediocre, but the work environment is top notch.  But if you mention that you know me through the internet, I'll have to break your kneecaps.

Pm me, I just got out of my "special meeting" and if the rumors are right--even though I'm not the subject of the witch hunt, I might've just lost my job.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 26, 2007, 01:31:39 PM
daaaaaaaaamn, cuddly - i'm really sorry to hear that!

in an unrelated story, i just called Dayton Police, who verified that my neighbors are completely and totally full of shit.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 26, 2007, 02:12:51 PM
Thanks Vizz, it sucks when you know you should be honest but aren't sure if that'll earn you a pink slip eventually.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on April 26, 2007, 03:36:02 PM
Sucks Cuddly. Sorry to hear that.

Vizz...yeah, there's no such thing as a parking spot having any correlation to a property line on a public street.

Your neighbors are the suck. Sorry that you have to live with that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on April 26, 2007, 05:57:39 PM
Wow.
there really aren't any specifics.  The daughter and her house of pain boyfriend apparently have their "own spot," or so they think, on the street.  There is room on the street in front of each home on our street for at least 2 large cars to park without crossing over to a neighbors' front.  The funny thing is, the spot that the daughter has laid claim to is not directly in front of her house, but backing up right to the nose of the property line. 

The first time, the daughter came over and we were having our housewarming party - folks were parked all up and down the street.  the fubu-clad daughter came over and inststed that someone was in her spot and should move, even though there were open spots on either side of, and IN her driveway.  I pointed those spots out, and she rebutted with, "but that ain't MY spot!"  so, that time and several times after that, we have witnessed someone supervising her to back her POS monte carlo up so close to one of our visitors car that they could not have gotten out if there were someone behind them.  literally, within inches of the other car.  we just watch and laugh, because it's so despicable and petty. 

Last night, we were having drinks with some of our wedding party and watching the video (another bad idea on their part, is that they always come over when i'm drunk), so the boys had parked their two cars right in front of our house.  didn't look to me like it was crossing the non-existent property line.  but nonetheless, the toothless mother came over and got in our faces saying, "you have GOT to stop parkin' in front of our house!  that's my daughters' spot and you KNOW it!" i informed her, as well as i'd already informed her daughter, that we both pay taxes, which grants us the same parking rates up and down our street, as well as any street, anywhere.  she did not seem to understand the concept.  she just kept repeating herself like a todller, "mine, mine, mine!"

i'm looking for dayton parking ordinances right now, just to slip a copy in the mailbox, but all i'm really finding is what's NOT legal, and they won't understand that.  i need soemthing official, but very black and white.  Also, we've decided if they set foot on our property a third time, we'll be the ones calling the police (as they've threatened to do to us, for bein' a buncha no good "gothics"). 


Wow. I hate white trash dumbfucks.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on April 27, 2007, 06:12:10 PM
She never said they were white, not that that matters.  Crazy comes in all da colors!

Viz, the neighbors have zero legal right.  However, as you said, they have no lives and are dying for attention.

That said, if you decide you just don't want to impart the energy to an ongoing feud with idiots, you could 'give the baby it's bottle.'  Let them have their fukking space.  And then bully them with kindness and what Ray Charles called 'country dumb.'

"Oh gosh, I sure am sorry we got off on the wrong foot!  I bin under so much stress!  You understand...you wanna beer?"  If they stick around for this, don't let them in the house: do 'yard-beer.'  Turn the topic to how stupid-happy you are to be living there.  Ask them for 'orientation to the neighborhood' info.  Not that you need or want it, but they will get that attention they so deperately want. 

Be the one to end the interaction, "Shure was nice talkin to you!  Gotta go, have a good one!"

If they won't fall for it and hurl more goth-freak-druggie insults, be clueless and say, "Aww, but I know you don't mean that, come on!  Aw, have a beer...hey, where you goin'?"

Either way, you have an easy mask to wear when dealing with these people so you won't have to drain your creativity for them.  You can be "clueless well-intentioned annoyance."  Oh, and tell people not to park there.  If it's not a huge hardship, why not.  We do that for 'Stabitha,' our next door neighbor, who 'needs' the front of her house to be clear of cars.  (Don't ask!   ::)   )It's stupid but an easy favor to do for her. 

Or put a banana in their gas tank and blow up their house.  Your call.  And good ,luck!  ;)

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: thepsychicpoirot on April 27, 2007, 10:28:50 PM
I have a question:

Who wants a job?  It's in Springdale, right off 75 and 275.  Pay is $25-30k a year to start.  All you have to do is be dependable, smart, be able to know how to work a computer, and NOT BE FLAKY.

Seriously, if anyone knows someone who wants an admin. asst. job, I can get you an interview here.  The benefits are mediocre, but the work environment is top notch.  But if you mention that you know me through the internet, I'll have to break your kneecaps.

I just applied.  When they asked for a reference, I made sure not to mention anything about knowing you from the intenet.  I did put "Douchebag", though, so that should help.  Right?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 27, 2007, 11:03:13 PM
in an unrelated story, i just called Dayton Police, who verified that my neighbors are completely and totally full of shit.

We had the same issue here when we first moved in. Fuckers across the street - who have a garage round the back but are just TOO fucking sorry to use it - reckon they 'owned' the two spots outside their place.

Fuckers even had the balls to call the police and declare my car "abandoned" - even though they KNEW it was mine - because it had been parked without moving for 24 hours.... outside their place instead of ours. If it hadn't have been for the old boy next door to us, my car would've got towed.

I called the police and clued them in. I said I knew they couldn't tell me who had reported the car, but that I knew who it was anyway. The cop responded by saying this was not the first time this 'resident' had complained about so-called abandonded cars and that if he did it again, the guy would get what's coming... i.e. a "wasting police time" citation.

Now, whenever I don't park the car in the garage I make sure I park it on their side of the street, usually trying to take up two parking spaces... y'know, just to doubly piss them off.

The streets are public areas. You can park wherever the fuck you want unless there's signs saying you can't (disabled bays) or you're blocking a right of way. As you're doing neither Vizz, metaphorically tell this lazy bitch and her clueless mother to shut the fuck up and trying walking a few extra feet. My bet is they're a couple of lumpy old bags who could use the exercise.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on April 28, 2007, 10:16:12 AM
She never said they were white, not that that matters.  Crazy comes in all da colors!

Actually, she did. I wouldn't have made my comment if she hadn't. I don't see color. People tell me I'm white, and I believe them, because I own every John Tesh album ever released. ;)

say your neighbors are total white trash douchebags, and for the seond time, someone in their family has come to your house while you have company and pissed and moaned (honestly, they were itching for a fight, it was blatantly obvious) and got in your face about your friends' cars parking "over the property line."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on April 29, 2007, 01:45:58 AM


Actually, she did.


D'oh!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 10, 2007, 09:13:27 AM
I have 2:

1.-What exactly is 'scrobbling?'   (In elementary terms please, heh.)

2.-What is that ridicuous, ugly enormous cone thing they are building right in front of the entrance of the Dayton Convention center?   

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on May 10, 2007, 10:07:26 AM
I have 2:

1.-What exactly is 'scrobbling?'   (In elementary terms please, heh.)


duh...who doesn't know that? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrobbling)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 10, 2007, 10:37:46 AM
I have 2:

1.-What exactly is 'scrobbling?'   (In elementary terms please, heh.)


duh...who doesn't know that? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrobbling)

Oh right.  Like YOU knew, Mr. Take-the-easy-wiki-way-out.  :-*

So everything I listen to on lastfm?  Or just when I am in their software, or what?  Does this slow up the puter at all?  Answer that, smarty pants!

If it pays attention to everything I've been listening to, then it thinks I am:
85% Buzzy,
10% Four,
3% Douchebag and
2% Telugu Indian  :laugh:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 10, 2007, 10:50:02 AM
If you installed the plugin, then it's compiling what you listen to in your mp3 player of choice.

Otherwise, it's just the tracks you listen to with the Last.fm player.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 10, 2007, 10:53:06 AM
Uh, I think I did do the plugin.  Pretty sure.  Tried to, anyway.

Where it says, "Listen to So&so's Radio, or listen with Last.fm software,"  does that make a difference?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on May 10, 2007, 11:36:00 AM
  Does this slow up the puter at all?  Answer that, smarty pants!


Not nearly as much as the Pr0n does.

85% Buzzy

btw Buzzy, you're station is the Shit!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 10, 2007, 11:38:30 AM
I have a question for the parents out there: when did you start potty training your kid(s)? How long did it take? Any tips?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 10, 2007, 11:47:24 AM
If you're listening to the radios, it tracks the songs you've listened to via the last.fm radio. If you also listen to your own CDs on the computer, they are added into the compilation.

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Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on May 10, 2007, 12:57:01 PM
I have a question for the parents out there: when did you start potty training your kid(s)? How long did it take? Any tips?

We started potty training Ethan at 2 1/2 and it took several months to get him trained. We waited until Alex was 3 to potty train him and it took about 2 weeks.

The girls that I babysit were trained in less than a week. One was 3 1/2 years old and one was 2 years old. The way they were trained was they were given pretty princess panties and they really did not like the feeling of getting them wet. I think they only had 1 or 2 accidents.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on May 10, 2007, 01:17:19 PM
i've heard it's harder to potty train boys - can anyone weigh in on this?  we're going to be getting to that point soon, soo - V turns two in August. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on May 10, 2007, 02:35:26 PM
I have a question for the parents out there: when did you start potty training your kid(s)? How long did it take? Any tips?

I don't know how, as I was completely dreading having to potty train Kenna, but she sorta did it herself. We had one of those small, plastic potties and she went on that for about a week with little urging from us. Then we bought one of those soft seats you put on your regular toilet and she started going on that by herself. She thought it was cool. I'd say it took us maybe just over a week, but really, we didn't do much of anything at all. I think she was around 2 - 2 1/2 at the most.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on May 10, 2007, 02:45:52 PM
i've heard it's harder to potty train boys - can anyone weigh in on this?  we're going to be getting to that point soon, soo - V turns two in August. 


Yeah, my experience is that it's harder to train boys. My advice is to wait until he's close to 3 years old. Alex did a lot better than Ehan and I think the main reason was because he was a little older.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 10, 2007, 02:59:51 PM
I've got a question.  How the hell much should my water bill be?

We've never had to pay for water/sewage/garbage collection before.  We took possession of our house on 4/26.  Yesterday I got a water bill for a meter reading on 4/29.  The bill was for $160 and they claimed we used 3000 cubic feet!

Now I know that's not right so I called them up.  They claim that they didn't do a reading on the day we took over the account (I called and set that up weeks in advance so that's not my fault) so the billing would have been for the whole prior month that the previous owners were there.  Still, $160??  That's a lot more than I was expecting for a month of service.

So they adjusted this bill down to "the minimum" of $35.08.  Holy shit that's a lot for three days of water and there wasn't any trash collection during that time.

Is this typical?  I feel like I'm being ass raped by the city of Middletown.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 10, 2007, 03:03:38 PM
I don't know how, as I was completely dreading having to potty train Kenna, but she sorta did it herself. We had one of those small, plastic potties and she went on that for about a week with little urging from us. Then we bought one of those soft seats you put on your regular toilet and she started going on that by herself. She thought it was cool. I'd say it took us maybe just over a week, but really, we didn't do much of anything at all. I think she was around 2 - 2 1/2 at the most.

We've got the potty chair, and she loves to mimic us so whoever is available brings her into the bathroom with us when we go. We'll put her down on the potty chair and coach her. She hasn't used it yet though, but she's not quite 19 months. She hates getting her diaper changed, so it's only a matter of time...I hope.

RE: Water bill: It depends on the fees, we pay an average of $118 every quarter for water, but that's Cincinnati.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 10, 2007, 03:26:43 PM
RE: Water bill: It depends on the fees, we pay an average of $118 every quarter for water, but that's Cincinnati.
$118 a quarter sounds a whole lot less crazy than $35 for 3 days though, no?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on May 10, 2007, 03:51:48 PM
i think i've related this before, but unbeknownst to us, when we bought the house the meter wasn't working and hadn't been working for a year or two. we got socked with a 500-600 dollar bill.
and,yep, we had to pay. it sucks but consider yourself lucky.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 10, 2007, 04:08:22 PM
Yeah, $35 is crazy for 3 days. It way better than the $160 though, think of the $35 as a connection fee.  :-\
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on May 10, 2007, 05:41:13 PM
Hell, I'd dispute the $35 bucks til I was blue in the face. No way did you use enough water in three days to warrant that. Regardless of how long that meter hadn't been working or whatever, it's not your responsibility. Our quarterly bill is usually around $50-60.

I'm sure some of you remember, a similar thing happened to us with the gas meter when we moved in here. They'd been estimating charges on that meter for some time because the meter was in the basement and they never came into the house for some fucked up reason to read it. We got slapped with a meaty bill that dated back to when the previous owners were here, which I disputed, and it got drastically reduced. Still a pretty major hit, but that resolved it, and they moved the meter outside about six months later.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 10, 2007, 06:05:24 PM
From what my parents told me, Butler County has the second-highest water fees in the US, behind somewhere in southern California. They had a leak (because they had that crappy Bluemax pipe) and got nailed for an $800 bill one month.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 11, 2007, 04:20:09 AM
From what my parents told me, Butler County has the second-highest water fees in the US, behind somewhere in southern California. They had a leak (because they had that crappy Bluemax pipe) and got nailed for an $800 bill one month.

Omg that stinkin' Bluemax.  Your parents probably live next to mine  ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 11, 2007, 07:05:29 AM
I don't know...are your parents Canadian?

(Not that my parents live in Canada, but their old neighbors were from there)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 11, 2007, 08:33:30 AM
From what my parents told me, Butler County has the second-highest water fees in the US,
Goes with the crazy high property taxes and 1.5% income tax I guess.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 11, 2007, 12:45:39 PM
I don't know...are your parents Canadian?

(Not that my parents live in Canada, but their old neighbors were from there)

Wait, you said Butler county...but we DID live in Canada for 4 years...(que spooky music...)

Are you my Bizzaro World opposite?     :o
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 11, 2007, 12:48:18 PM
I have a question: 

Why did ENYA come on my lastFM radio station?  Where'd they get THAT idea?

And is she really singing, "Protected by the ballsack, protected by the ballsack?"

Sounds like it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 11, 2007, 12:52:00 PM
Of all the mis-heard lyrics, that's one of the best.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on May 12, 2007, 04:49:33 PM
speaking of water bills, this one is for dayton residents.  our water, sewer & trash is through the city.  how long can you slide on paying your bill before they'll shut off your service?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 12, 2007, 07:04:04 PM
I have a question: 

Why did ENYA come on my lastFM radio station?  Where'd they get THAT idea?

And is she really singing, "Protected by the ballsack, protected by the ballsack?"

Sounds like it.

Now realize my lastfm probably caught Enya cooties when I listened to Fourthisto's Radio.

Blauuggh!  I feel so dirty. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 12, 2007, 07:15:01 PM
Remember - always practice safe scrobbling!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Fourthisto on May 13, 2007, 08:54:42 PM
Blauuggh!  I feel so dirty.
Hey, nobody MADE you touch my ballsack!!!  :angel:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on May 14, 2007, 11:18:25 AM

We had the same issue here when we first moved in. Fuckers across the street - who have a garage round the back but are just TOO fucking sorry to use it - reckon they 'owned' the two spots outside their place.

Fuckers even had the balls to call the police and declare my car "abandoned" - even though they KNEW it was mine - because it had been parked without moving for 24 hours.... outside their place instead of ours. If it hadn't have been for the old boy next door to us, my car would've got towed.

I called the police and clued them in. I said I knew they couldn't tell me who had reported the car, but that I knew who it was anyway. The cop responded by saying this was not the first time this 'resident' had complained about so-called abandonded cars and that if he did it again, the guy would get what's coming... i.e. a "wasting police time" citation.

Now, whenever I don't park the car in the garage I make sure I park it on their side of the street, usually trying to take up two parking spaces... y'know, just to doubly piss them off.

I have awesome newport neighbors too.  When we moved in last summer, there was a beater car parked in front of our house, and the lady of the house 3 houses down across the street (where no less than 6 people live, seriously, and it's a small cape like ours so they must be piled in) came over and told us her son was fixing the car and he'd have it out of the street soon.  Well, 2 months went by and the car was still there, so we called the police, and they came out and chalked it.  A couple days later, I see her kids pushing the car into their driveway, and she was giving me the serious stink eye.  Now when her kids park in front of our house, they always leave beer bottles and cigarette butts on our lawn.  There's also a guy next door that always parks his bigass truck in the middle of the 2 spots in front of our house, so no one else can park in front of our house.  It would be a bigger deal if we couldn't fit both cars in our driveway, but it's annoying when people come over and there's nowhere to park. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on May 14, 2007, 11:28:23 AM
speaking of water bills, this one is for dayton residents.  our water, sewer & trash is through the city.  how long can you slide on paying your bill before they'll shut off your service?

Hmmm. Since its quarterly, you might get until the next reading. Although I do know when they do it, it just happens, no warning. A neighbor around the block found that out the hard way. I seem to remember him saying there is also a reconnect fee, but I don't know what that is.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on May 14, 2007, 12:37:19 PM
speaking of water bills, this one is for dayton residents.  our water, sewer & trash is through the city.  how long can you slide on paying your bill before they'll shut off your service?

About 30 days after your bill is due.  Your mileage may vary, but that's what my parents faced when they went broke.  And there definitely is a reconnect fee.  You should get a final notice about 2-3 days before the final shut-off date, though... it'll say if you don't pay by X date, your service will be disconnected.  Best to go down to the office and pay it directly were that to happen.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 14, 2007, 05:39:09 PM
Blauuggh!  I feel so dirty.
Hey, nobody MADE you touch my ballsack!!!  :angel:

That wasn't me.

That was Enya. :laugh:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 15, 2007, 01:23:30 PM
Question:

If something is irrational, does that therefore mean that it 'does not exist?'
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on May 15, 2007, 02:52:34 PM
not in my opinion, BoW.  the first thing that entered my mind when you asked that question is soemthing that has ALWAYS bugged the shit out of me.  when people say "i don't believe in that," referring to something like gay marriage or going to church hungover.  i always thought that was a really ridiculous way to put it, when you're referring to something that is very obviously, quite existent. 

but, i guess it depends on what you're talking about.  if someone says they don't think UFOs or bigfoot exsists, that's kind of a different story. 

care to elaborate?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 15, 2007, 03:02:25 PM
Question:

If something is irrational, does that therefore mean that it 'does not exist?'
I think you have this thread confused with the "I have a philosophical question" thread.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 15, 2007, 03:07:53 PM
Interesting fact: I have the History Channel on right now as I pack. Currently, they are showing a program about Descartes.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on May 15, 2007, 03:52:13 PM
does anyone know where one can sell blood and/or plasma in or around Dayton?  Th CBC seems to only take donations.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 15, 2007, 04:46:38 PM
Question:

If something is irrational, does that therefore mean that it 'does not exist?'
I think you have this thread confused with the "I have a philosophical question" thread.

Taking the easy way out, eh?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 15, 2007, 04:53:38 PM
Taking the easy way out, eh?
Psssh.. I don't believe in the easy way out.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on May 15, 2007, 04:54:58 PM
Quote from: Bride of Watusi
Quote from: Kwyjibo
Quote from: Bride of Watusi
Question:

If something is irrational, does that therefore mean that it 'does not exist?'
I think you have this thread confused with the "I have a philosophical question" thread.

Taking the easy way out, eh?

"I think, therefore I am. But I question, if I think not, am I not? I think not, don't you think?"
"Lisa, your brain teasers are killing me!"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 15, 2007, 06:33:32 PM
Taking the easy way out, eh?
Psssh.. I don't believe in the easy way out.

again with it  :laugh:


Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 15, 2007, 06:34:41 PM

care to elaborate?


Naw, I didn't want to get into a whole thing.

Just wondered what the answer was  :laugh:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 15, 2007, 08:52:37 PM
Interesting fact: I have the History Channel on right now as I pack. Currently, they are showing a program about Descartes.

Did they mention deshorses?

Thank you 'old jokes home'
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 17, 2007, 02:17:25 PM
So what's the deal with these Webkinz? They look like ordinary stuffed animals to me, albeit a bit fluffy...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2007, 02:28:05 PM
I think those are the ones that have an online connection/personality/something or another. So that's the deal. It's more than just a stuffed animal.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 17, 2007, 02:32:26 PM
I know there's some "registration" process...but do they like, you know, do anything? Why are they all the damn rage.

There's parents on this board...can you enlighten a poor, befuddled DINK?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on May 17, 2007, 02:39:54 PM
I have no idea. I'm so cheap that I wouldn't buy anything like that for our kids. I'm not a fan of stuffed animals. Don't get me wrong, my kids have a few stuffed animals but I'm not buying any more.

I don't think the stuffed animal does anything itself. There is a registration that comes with it allowing you access to a virtual pet like it, I think.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on May 17, 2007, 02:44:20 PM
Kenna just got one and she absolutely freakin' loves the thing.

It's just a stuffed animal, yes. But you can go online and play games at their website to earn "money" to buy virtual things for it (well, the virtual version of her Webkinz anyway). Kenna just has a room right now with a few things like a TV and a bathtub, which are both interactive. But you can buy stuff like a backyard, toys, and other interactive things like that. She also has to feed it and keep it happy, so she has to buy food and toys for it.

It's just shy of brilliant, if you ask me. The games are mostly learning-type games and puzzles, but kids want to play them so they can get stuff for their pets. Teaches them things like words and numbers, while simultaneously showing them they have to earn money to get what they want, and the responsibility of pet ownership.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 17, 2007, 02:55:57 PM
Yet another toy shoving consumerism down children's throats at a tender age.  Buy, buy, buy!  Dandy.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on May 17, 2007, 03:00:47 PM
Wow, not at all the way I look at it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on May 17, 2007, 03:15:12 PM
Sounds a lot like Nintendogs for the Nintendo DS.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 17, 2007, 03:35:32 PM
Kinda sounds like the sims games. E has a webkinz, but to her it's nothing more than a kitty that won't run away from her.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 17, 2007, 04:20:49 PM
The games are mostly learning-type games and puzzles, but kids want to play them so they can get stuff for their pets. Teaches them things like words and numbers, while simultaneously showing them they have to earn money to get what they want, and the responsibility of pet ownership.

This sounds pretty good, actually. 

They should have a version to help adults at work, ie. "Find the tracking number and finish the report by 5:00 pm and earn a nuclear reactor to power your village of mutant zombie fiends!"  ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 17, 2007, 07:22:58 PM
I think of them as a Beanie Babies combined with Petz and/or a Tamagotchi. If the games are educational, that's even better.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 17, 2007, 07:32:36 PM
I had never heard of them until I went over to my friends house two days ago. His son apparently has seven of them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 17, 2007, 07:41:22 PM
You can pick your own up (if there are any left in stock) at Lynn's Hallmark in Crossroads.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 17, 2007, 10:18:41 PM
But why would I want to do that?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on May 18, 2007, 06:57:28 AM
I'm relieved that my children are of an age that I no longer have any idea what the trendy toys are. And right now, I'm kinda hoping they're sterile or gay so I never will. Unless, of course, they adopt. Dammit, I'm going to get sucked back in, aren't I?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 18, 2007, 07:26:48 AM
Yep.

You know those seven Webkinz I was talking about? Most of them were bought by the grandparents.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 18, 2007, 09:47:32 AM
I have a question, is this (http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/fun_stuff/2003/07/star_trek_flat_toy_alleyne_pictures.shtml) what people with degrees in interior design do when they can't get laid?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 18, 2007, 10:24:24 AM
People with degrees in interior design mix paint at Sherwin Williams, what they do when they can't get laid I'm not sure.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on May 18, 2007, 12:28:05 PM
The games are mostly learning-type games and puzzles, but kids want to play them so they can get stuff for their pets. Teaches them things like words and numbers, while simultaneously showing them they have to earn money to get what they want, and the responsibility of pet ownership.

This sounds pretty good, actually. 

They should have a version to help adults at work, ie. "Find the tracking number and finish the report by 5:00 pm and earn a nuclear reactor to power your village of mutant zombie fiends!"  ;)

Did you say mutant zombie friends???
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 18, 2007, 02:58:21 PM

Did you say mutant zombie friends???

No FIENDS.

I just, you know...I wish I had an army of fiends.  That's all.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 22, 2007, 04:04:26 PM
I have two questions:

1) In the interest of saving money, I am considering turning over part of our yard and making it into a small garden--what should I plant? Tomatoes, bell peppers, and leafy greens are on the list, but what else?

2) Is it better to turn in your notice on the friday of a long weekend or the tuesday after the long weekend?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 22, 2007, 04:37:54 PM
I don't really like vegetable gardens.  For 10 months of the year, it makes no difference.  For 2 months you have tomatoes or whatever, but do you really want to eat tomatoes constantly for 2 months, or spend time canning them?  You'll end up getting maybe six tomatoes worth of use and give the rest away. 

However, if you really want to grow tomatoes or other veggies, why waste space in your garden?  Grow them upside down from hanging planters.  Click here (http://www.seedsofknowledge.com/tomato2.html) or here (http://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Gardeners-Site/default/Link-Product?SC=XNET8002&sku=36-450)

Or go hydroponic:  http://www.cleanairgardening.com/hydroponic.html


An herb garden is nicer because you can store them, plus fresh herbs are way more expensive than tomatoes or peppers.  Grow a few mint plants, and you'll always have mint for your mint juleps or mojitos.  Another cool plant is Saffron crocus.  It's easy to grow, it's pretty, and it blooms in the fall when nothing else does.  And Saffron is friggin' expensive.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on May 22, 2007, 04:55:55 PM
I love that rva grows a garden simply for his drinking purposes. You, sir, are my hero.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on May 23, 2007, 12:49:33 PM

Did you say mutant zombie friends???

No FIENDS.

I just, you know...I wish I had an army of fiends.  That's all.

Damn...because I would like some mutant zombie friends.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 23, 2007, 01:33:53 PM


Damn...because I would like some mutant zombie friends.

Rats again, I thought YOU were offering to BE a mutant zombie friend.  My bad.

Although my Army Fiends will actually be pretty friendly, unless you are an animal abuser, "God-Hates-Fags" christian or the like ("Yes!  Destroy them, my minions!") >:D 

So once things get going you are welcome to hang around & I am sure you will make some fiend friends. 

Sincerely, Still-Pining-For-A-Fiend-Army BoW
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 23, 2007, 01:59:31 PM
How friendishly clever of you!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on May 23, 2007, 04:26:34 PM
I'm totally ordering some Saffron Crocus bulbs to plant this fall.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on May 29, 2007, 12:55:16 PM
What's the going rate to cut someone's lawn - say, for an average, Dayton-sized lot?  Since we just bought a new mower (before K lost his job), I figured we could flyer about two blocks out from our house and whore my husband for lawn care while we're waiting on something to come along for him.  But, I have no clue what to charge.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 29, 2007, 01:00:14 PM
20 bucks
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on May 29, 2007, 02:05:23 PM
How do you kill poison ivy without killing other plants?  We are both allergic, so that kind of rules out digging it up.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on May 29, 2007, 02:18:45 PM
How do you kill poison ivy without killing other plants?  We are both allergic, so that kind of rules out digging it up.

Get some weed killer spray, use caution and just spray the ivy.  Works for me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 29, 2007, 02:57:32 PM
I've actually just put on a long sleeve shirt, jeans, and gloves and weedwhacked about an 1/8 of an acre and suffered no ill effects, but I would not recommend it.  I'm pretty resistant to poison ivy. 

The safest and most effective way to get rid of it is just put on gloves and dig or pull it up.  The average person should be fine if they are careful.  However, if you're really sensitive you might not be able to do that.

If it's not a wide spread patch, put on some long rubber gloves and carefully cut it as close to the ground as you can.  Then get a bunch of newspapers (like 1/2 thick) or a garbage bag and put cover the area on top of the ivy for at least a month make sure you spread an area at least 2 or 3 feet beyond where the patch ends.  No sun+no water=dead plant.  Of course this will also kill everything else in the covered zone.

I try not to use herbicides because they tend to kill other plants, plus if you (or your neighbors) have pets they can get into it.  But if it's a large patch and/or you are extremely sensitive then you may have to use Roundup.  You can try a typical "organic" weedkiller mix if you can find some-- they're usually vinegar and citric acid.  But they're still going to kill everything around the ivy and they're still pretty noxious, although I guess "naturally" noxious might still be better than chemically noxious.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on May 29, 2007, 03:04:10 PM
right now it's growing up some pretty flowering bush that is right next to our patio, and all along the side of the porch (which is about 1 foot from the fence).  I pulled up some that was near my flower garden when I was wearing gloves and was fine.  I read somewhere that the oil only comes out when the leaves are damaged, so mowing it or weed-eating it is a bad idea (plus I'm not sure I believe that the leaves have to be damaged- I've gotten it from gardening before).   

I'll buy some longer gloves and have a go at it.  I don't think I want to mess with the herbicides, but I was hoping there was a magic fix. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 29, 2007, 03:42:53 PM
Yeah, weed-whacking it is a tremendously stupid idea. 

If you're going to try to pull it up, wait until right after a good rain when the ground is pretty wet.  Otherwise, you have to pull much harder which means you're more likely to mess up and get brush against leaves.  Also, the roots will tend to break in the ground if it's dry and the plant can still survive.  You want to try to pull the whole plant out if you can.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on May 29, 2007, 06:39:38 PM
Hey Megs, an idea for gloves....go buy some disposable medical gloves.  You can get them at any drug/grocery store.  When I'm trying to dig out poison ivy, I'll put those on instead of my normal gardening gloves, because then I can just toss them and don't have to worry about any "poison ivy germs" left on my normal gloves.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on May 30, 2007, 09:35:39 AM
...but I was hoping there was a magic fix. 

There is:  PAVE your yard and then cover it with Astroturf, like the Brady Bunch backyard... ;D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 30, 2007, 10:20:29 AM
...but I was hoping there was a magic fix. 

There is:  PAVE your yard and then cover it with Astroturf, like the Brady Bunch backyard... ;D

My neighbor put gravel down over his backyard. He restores cars and needed the space to park them safely.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 30, 2007, 10:29:55 AM
Yeah, but did it kill the poison ivy?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 30, 2007, 10:37:49 AM
It killed everything green and good in his backyard.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 30, 2007, 10:39:54 AM
Poison ivy isn't good...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on May 31, 2007, 03:23:16 PM
So, the office is shutting down early tomorrow so that employees can attend the 3:00 "co-workers only" viewing and prayer service for our HR person's daughter. 

Should I go to this?  Obviously, leaving early and just going home would be a bit callous, but I barely know the HR person.  I think we had one talk that lasted more than a sentence each.  If Ethan or Alex died, I certainly wouldn't expect people from my work to show to the funeral, least of all co-workers whom I barely talked with.

So, what should I do?  I'm leaning towards just working my normal shift and going home after that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 31, 2007, 03:38:18 PM
Well, since I'm just anti-funeral in general, I'm going to say that your instinct is probably the right one.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on May 31, 2007, 03:42:06 PM
You go with the group. Give your condolences and leave with the group. You will not be remembered for being there, but you would be remembered for NOT being there.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on May 31, 2007, 03:49:56 PM
I agree with Robbie, your office is small enough that it will be noticed by someone if you aren't there. Go, express you condolences to the HR lady and her family, stay a short while (however long you're comfortable), then leave. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on May 31, 2007, 03:51:46 PM
If it was the HR director who died, I would agree. But I'm kinda baffled as to why there's having an "co-workers only" viewing in the first place. Was the daughter a fixture in the office or something?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on May 31, 2007, 03:53:37 PM
If it was the HR director who died, I would agree. But I'm kinda baffled as to why there's having an "co-workers only" viewing in the first place. Was the daughter a fixture in the office or something?

No.  I was a bit surprised by it as well.  Especially considering the address for condolence cards was already given out, and a company contribution was made to their church in the company's name.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on May 31, 2007, 03:54:34 PM
go, sign the guestbook, leave.

a guy here a work (production,not management) died last week and the funeral is tomorrow. they've given permission for anyone who wants to go to it.
however, the HR lady is going and will be doing a checklist to make sure those that leave actually attend. if they go, it's excused...if not, they get written up.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 31, 2007, 04:11:54 PM
Go, express your condolences and leave.  I certainly wouldn't hang around but I don't think you can not go at all either.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on May 31, 2007, 04:19:51 PM
I'm with Jonathan. I don't think it's rude to not attend a "co-workers only" viewing of the daughter of someone you barely know. If it were someone you knew a little better, I'd say sure.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on June 01, 2007, 10:12:44 AM
Not that I'm an expert in this, but I sort of agree with the camp that says you go and sign the guestbook, make sure you're seen by two or three people, and then leave. This minimizes any potential damage that this awkward situation creates.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on June 01, 2007, 12:14:41 PM
You will not be remembered for being there, but you would be remembered for NOT being there.

This sums it up perfectly.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on June 05, 2007, 09:51:18 AM
If it was the HR director who died, I would agree. But I'm kinda baffled as to why there's having an "co-workers only" viewing in the first place. Was the daughter a fixture in the office or something?

No.  I was a bit surprised by it as well.  Especially considering the address for condolence cards was already given out, and a company contribution was made to their church in the company's name.

Turns out a coworker is a cousin of the deceased. She told there were several private viewings. One for the mother's workplace, one for the father's, one for the school, one for the family, etc. She also told me that it was pretty gruesome. It should have been a closed coffin but they wanted a graphic reminder for all the students who came.

So, did you go or what?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on June 05, 2007, 10:26:54 AM
No, he didn't go. His paternal grandmother passed away last Wednesday night (he found out about it on Thursday afternoon), so he took Friday as a bereavement day.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on June 05, 2007, 10:34:01 AM
Turns out a coworker is a cousin of the deceased. She told there were several private viewings. One for the mother's workplace, one for the father's, one for the school, one for the family, etc. She also told me that it was pretty gruesome. It should have been a closed coffin but they wanted a graphic reminder for all the students who came.

Wow. Now I find these people even more self-centered than I did before when they held a funeral exclusively for all the people that the mother works with.

Way to make a giant production out of your daughter's death. How distasteful.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 05, 2007, 10:46:42 AM
They left the casket open to a gory scene to teach her classmates a lesson?  How crass.  Just how they wanted to remember their classmate and friend.

I don't understand the circus-like production they made out of this.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on June 05, 2007, 11:01:12 AM
I don't think grieving parents are the most rational people in the world.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on June 05, 2007, 12:54:47 PM
A friend of my brother's parents did the open casket after their youngest son killed himself playing Russian Roulette- as a lesson to everyone else.  My brother said it was pretty disturbing.  I think it was a little self-righteous since they probably should have kept their guns under a little closer watch so the kid wouldn't have gotten his hands on them. 

I think most of the kids there would have learned to put their seatbelts on after their friends died, without seeing the carnage.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 05, 2007, 01:30:06 PM
their youngest son killed himself playing Russian Roulette- as a lesson to everyone else. 
Does Russian Roulette ever really sound like a good idea to anyone?  Who does that?

I think most of the kids there would have learned to put their seatbelts on after their friends died, without seeing the carnage.
No joke.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on June 05, 2007, 02:52:49 PM
their youngest son killed himself playing Russian Roulette- as a lesson to everyone else. 
Does Russian Roulette ever really sound like a good idea to anyone?  Who does that?

Apparently, very poorly supervised teenagers whose parents supply their drugs and alcohol.  My brother had pretty much stopped hanging around them when this happened.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: The Hegemo on June 05, 2007, 02:53:41 PM
Turns out a coworker is a cousin of the deceased. She told there were several private viewings. One for the mother's workplace, one for the father's, one for the school, one for the family, etc. She also told me that it was pretty gruesome. It should have been a closed coffin but they wanted a graphic reminder for all the students who came.

Damn, I know they're grieving and probably not completely thinking straight, but that is just seriously fucked up. Way to give nightmares to a bunch of kids who are already confused and upset about losing two classmates (I can remember just how intense the emotions were on the couple of occasions when a student died at my high school...even if you barely knew them).

And chances are it won't make a whit of difference in how any of the kids drive. I lost classmates in high school and college in traffic accidents; that didn't slow me down. I got speeding tickets myself; that didn't slow me down. What's gradually slowed me down is my own maturing. Yeah, I'm sure all those experiences contributed to my thinking differently about how I drove, but so did the full development of the parts of my brain that regulate things like risk-taking...no gory open casket funeral can speed up that process.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on June 05, 2007, 03:03:58 PM
I misspoke. The casket was open and the cousin thought that was odd. She came to the conclusion that it was as a reminder to others. Maybe that is not what the parents intended at all. I'm feeling very uncomfortable with the backlash that I unintentionally started.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 05, 2007, 04:17:35 PM
It's their child, so I kinda feel like they should have whatever funeral service they deem appropriate.  I know you have to have some consideration for others who also loved or knew the person, but I just kinda feel your desires come first.  Maybe they don't want their kid all tarted up or hidden away. Or maybe that's not what she wanted.  Personally, I think I get a lot more uncomfortable seeing someone fixed up for funerals than just seeing some gross lumpy flesh.  Seeing him how they are brings home the fact that they are really gone and that's what will happen to me someday as well.  I just feel like it gives me more closure and helps me see it as the natural process that it is.

And if they were thinking that this might be a lesson, I have a tough time giving them too much heat for trying to help others (if inappropriately) in what most be a horrible time of grief.  It's quite admirable, if perhaps poorly executed.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 05, 2007, 04:53:30 PM
[derail] I have a question, would you refer to one of your co-workers (who is in a position above you) "kiddo"? [/derail]
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 05, 2007, 05:47:52 PM
[derail] I have a question, would you refer to one of your co-workers (who is in a position above you) "kiddo"? [/derail]

hell no.  it's bad enough that i call everyone "dude," but it just comes out and i can't help myself.  some of my co-workers call me kiddo, but i don't really mind.  i'm the youngest one there, and my job is awesome - so i don't tend to let much get in the way of the latter.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on June 05, 2007, 06:54:43 PM
[derail] I have a question, would you refer to one of your co-workers (who is in a position above you) "kiddo"? [/derail]

I usually get called "sport" or "champ" in return.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on June 05, 2007, 10:15:44 PM
[derail] I have a question, would you refer to one of your co-workers (who is in a position above you) "kiddo"? [/derail]

Yes, but I have a pretty informal workplace. (I have been referred to as the Princess for several years.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on June 05, 2007, 10:24:53 PM
[derail] I have a question, would you refer to one of your co-workers (who is in a position above you) "kiddo"? [/derail]

I myself prefer "sugar tits". If it's good enough for Mel Gibson, it's good enough for me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 07, 2007, 08:24:48 AM
Do we still have the "woxy sticker sighting" thread anywhere?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 07, 2007, 01:12:21 PM
How early is too early to arrive for an interview?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on June 07, 2007, 01:17:43 PM
If you show up three days early you will probably come off a bit too overeager.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 07, 2007, 01:44:54 PM
So, it'll be too obvious if I set up a tent outside their front door?  :o Dammit!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 08, 2007, 08:34:52 AM
How early is too early to arrive for an interview?

I would say no earlier than 15 minutes.  I had someone show up over a half hour early for their interview on Wednesday.  When the front desk called, I told them she would just have to wait because I was in the middle of something and wasn't expecting her.  You really don't want the interviewer to feel like they need to rearrange their schedule for you. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on June 08, 2007, 09:07:07 AM
What a dumbass. If you show up that early, just sit in your car and wait.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 08, 2007, 09:16:00 AM
How early is too early to arrive for an interview?

I would say no earlier than 15 minutes.  I had someone show up over a half hour early for their interview on Wednesday.  When the front desk called, I told them she would just have to wait because I was in the middle of something and wasn't expecting her.  You really don't want the interviewer to feel like they need to rearrange their schedule for you. 

I keep to 15 minutes too. We had two people yesterday show up 30-40 minutes early for their interviews. The lady in my fabo post from yesterday inquisitioned me about everyone who walked past her b/c she thought that since she was there early, she'd get to have her interview early. My boss made her wait an extra 5 minutes.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on June 08, 2007, 11:28:14 AM
15 minutes is standard. I would go so far as to say that you are actually expected to show up 15 minutes early. Any earlier than that, wait in the car. Don't make the receptionist feel awkward. Seriously. If the receptionist starts buzzing me because she's uncomfortable with you sitting in the lobby for so long, I will make it the most wretched interview of your life.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on June 08, 2007, 01:06:29 PM
Showing up 15 minutes early for a job interview is for jerks and lesbians.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2007, 04:04:21 PM
I have a question...
Where did the phrase/use of "jerks and lesbians" come from?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on June 08, 2007, 04:08:18 PM
To quote the great 20th century philosopher Homer J. Simpson: "Public transportation is for jerks and lesbians."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on June 10, 2007, 11:12:53 AM
That's what I thought...but for some reason I thought perhaps it had deeper roots than that.
Word.



Another question:
I hurt my foot playing soccer Friday night. Saturday I went to the ER to see if it's broken. X-Rays said no, so they gave me a prescription for 600 mg of Ibuprofen and a referral. The nurse or whatever she was said that I should take the pill 4 times a day on a full stomach. But when I got the prescription filled, the label says I should take it on an empty stomach.

So do I listen to the random nurse's aid person, or the bottle?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on June 10, 2007, 11:31:53 AM
The Physician's Desk Reference states that it can be taken either/or.  If you take it with food, it absorbs slower so you won't get relief as fast, but the overall absorption of the drug is not affected by food.  So I guess it's up to you on how fast you want the pain to dissipate
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on June 10, 2007, 05:29:58 PM
I have a question:

Anyone know the laws in KY on reporting of accidents?

Someone backed into me in a parking lot last night, but the damage didn't look too bad, so I got her info, deciding to take care of it without getting insurance companies involved, and sent her on her bitchy way (I could explain, but I'd just get aggravated, so let's stick to the nutshell).

On closer inspection, I'm thinking it needs a bit more work than I originally thought. I tried to call her today to talk about it, but haven't gotten an answer, so I'm thinking I may need to go ahead and report the accident, so I don't get screwed. Is there a 24 time limit to report an accident or something like that?

The big question for me is would it be worth it? KY is a "no fault" state, and I'd really rather not see my insurance go up because some idiot who wasn't paying attention backed into me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 10, 2007, 09:08:35 PM
I had one similar to this a while back.

The police can give you some kind of of 'official' accident form to fill in, even if they were not called.

At least that's what I thought the officer suggested?

I never got that far as the other driver - who hit me after jumping a red light - couldn't escape liability because we had a witness who immediately said he was at fault. What looked like minor damage to our car (which is why I never suggested the police were called) ended up being over $1000 of work, all paid for by the other drivers insurance. Shocks and alignment issues, plus the repair shop also took it upon themselves to patch up a small scratch on the bumper, which otherwise I would not have cared about.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on June 10, 2007, 11:27:52 PM
Yeah, I spoke with a Kenton County dispatch operator who told me to file a "citizen's accident report." That's what I'm going to do tomorrow if I don't hear from her.

Did this happen in KY, CR? If so, did anything happen with your rates?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 11, 2007, 06:28:08 AM
Happened in KY. 5th & Monmouth.

My rates did not change. I didn't have to involve my insurers at all.

In fact the most recent policy renew showed a 15% decrease, but I think there's some new whatsit in situ regarding KY insurances making them less expensive?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 11, 2007, 03:43:28 PM
Is it wrong that after busting ass on a special project for the last 3 days, and now bieng done an hour before my day is over, that I simply want to dick around until it's time to go home?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on June 11, 2007, 04:31:39 PM
Nope. That's not wrong at all. At least in my book...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 19, 2007, 08:13:18 AM
Is there a cheaper way to get from the nassau international airport to paradise island? The stupid hotel shuttle asks an arm and a leg, is there anything remotely cheaper that won't screw you?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 19, 2007, 09:12:22 AM
I've read that a taxi is about $20 + tip if you negotiate the fare before hand. (They aren't metered trips.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 19, 2007, 09:43:39 AM
Yeah, I finally was able to get in touch with the resort, the lady told me it's a $28 fare but they charge $3 per passenger after the initial two passengers. So it'll be $34 before tip, unless he gets someone who's gonna screw him over. The hotel wanted $150 for the shuttle to take 2 people one way.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 19, 2007, 10:05:30 AM
How much does a money order cost, and can I get one Meijer?
If I can't get one at meijer, how about someplace like speedway?


Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on June 19, 2007, 10:07:28 AM
i don't know what they cost (it's not much) but i know circle K sells them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on June 19, 2007, 10:48:33 AM
I think my bank charged me about $10 last summer. I also felt like that was outrageous, but I wasn't in a position to do anything about it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 19, 2007, 11:13:41 AM
You should be able to get one at Meijer. I doubt it'd cost more than $5 or $10.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on June 19, 2007, 11:14:05 AM
How much does a money order cost, and can I get one Meijer?
If I can't get one at meijer, how about someplace like speedway?

I always get mine at the post office.  Their charges aren't crazy, something like $1 for every $100 that the money order is maybe even a little less than that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 19, 2007, 11:19:32 AM
Thanks, everyone.  I called Meijer just to be sure and they do sell them.  Luckily for my marriage license, I can just send cash - because I wasn't about to soend $5 on a $2 money order. 

Changing your name is a lot more cocksucking work than it needs to be. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 19, 2007, 11:53:25 AM
Banks charge crazy premiums for money orders, never have understood that.

Most any gas station has them.  Wal Mart sells them at their customer service desk for $.69 I think.  UDF has Western Union money orders, they're less than a buck.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 19, 2007, 02:43:03 PM
ok, another question. 

We finally got all of the weeds in front of our house tilled & killed, and we're ready to plant some bushes and flowers.  any recommendations on some really hardy, but nice-looking choices that don't take ages to bloom? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on June 19, 2007, 03:25:10 PM
Viz, do you have sun or shade in the front? Which way does the house face?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on June 19, 2007, 03:40:55 PM
How big would you like your shrubs to become?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 19, 2007, 03:45:53 PM
Viz, do you have sun or shade in the front? Which way does the house face?



The front of the house faces the east.  We used to have tons of shade in the front until K butchered our big, sprawling maple tree. 

We're putting the bushes there mostly to keep intruders away from the windows, so I don't really have a limit on how big they get, as long as it won't affect the flowers that will planted within a few feet of them. 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 19, 2007, 04:50:33 PM
We've got a couple arborvites that have thrived in our front bed. There are several different kinds so you can get the height you want, they're evergreen so you'd have some color in the winter as well.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 19, 2007, 07:54:06 PM
Pretty much anything will grow there-- hydrangea, viburnum, weigela, spirea, forsythia, burning bush, lilac, rhododendron, shrub roses, Japanese maple, crape myrtle, flowering quince, barberry, camellia, etc.  You may just have to pay a little extra attention to say, a hydrangea or rhodendron but it wouldn't be extreme.  It'd be the difference between watering twice a week if no rain vs not having to water at all.  You don't need a green thumb or anything.  I might be tempted to try an Oleander in there, but they are poisonous if that's a concern.

The size still matters.  If the bush grows to big, it'll cut of all the light and the view out of your windows.  I'm guessing you just want a physical barrier to keep people from easily opening your window and getting in, not a visual barrier.  Slow-growing can actually be an asset, because fast-growing plants tend to grow real big and tall and get out of control.  Like Rhododendrons grow pretty slow, but if you look around you can probably find a greenhouse that'll sell you an almost mature four or five footer and they you won't have to worry it taking over.

What type of flowers do you know you want to grow in front of the bushes, and what kind of flowers and colors do you like in general, and about what size do you want the bush? 


Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 20, 2007, 02:41:52 PM
Question: Is it a (really) bad thing that when I sit a bookcase or shelf against a wall in our house it tries to pitch forward as though the floor were at a slope around the edges of the room?  Or is it just because it's at the edge and we have carpet with tack strips etc underneath?  I can sit the same pieces in the middle of the room and they'll be fine.

How do I get the bookcases to stand up straight without plunking a big ugly shim or wedge of a 1x under the front edge?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 20, 2007, 03:16:02 PM

What type of flowers do you know you want to grow in front of the bushes, and what kind of flowers and colors do you like in general, and about what size do you want the bush? 


well, i'll say that i don't care how wide the bush gets.  We only have a little cape cod, so the bottom of the window is only about 4 feet from the ground. 

and as far as flowers, i really like bright reds & pinks (and other citrusy colors) and really dark purples.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on June 20, 2007, 04:14:52 PM
Question: Is it a (really) bad thing that when I sit a bookcase or shelf against a wall in our house it tries to pitch forward as though the floor were at a slope around the edges of the room?  Or is it just because it's at the edge and we have carpet with tack strips etc underneath?  I can sit the same pieces in the middle of the room and they'll be fine.

How do I get the bookcases to stand up straight without plunking a big ugly shim or wedge of a 1x under the front edge?
It's definitely the tack strips.  There isn't much you can do other than put something under the front of them or pull them an inch or 2 out from the wall.  Well, you could always use metal framing and attach the back to the wall to it sits on the tack strip and is attached to the wall at the top, thus the front legs sit a little off the floor, but I think that might be overkill.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 20, 2007, 04:25:07 PM
If the bookcase is not too tall, you could add small stylish legs to - ONLY - the front of it. These then support the case on the floor, lifts it above the moulding and the weight of the case holds it against the wall, giving the stability... without leaning forward at all. This is a trick I learnt from my 'scandinavian design' roots.

Alternatively, find something small that can sit in the front corners that basically sinks into the carpet depth. However, moulding is always going to be an issue meaning it will never sit flush to the wall.

I had similar problems when I had my cottage in England.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on June 20, 2007, 04:54:08 PM

and as far as flowers, i really like bright reds & pinks (and other citrusy colors) and really dark purples.


Hibiscus!

(http://www.eslconnect.com/bermuda2002/hibiscus.jpg)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 20, 2007, 05:02:33 PM
I'm glad to know my floors aren't monumentally effed which is what I was starting to believe.

The bookcases are fairly tall (they're Ikea Billys).  I want to keep the height where it is currently.  I don't want to pull them out from the wall, but I've tried that anyway and it didn't help much... this carpet wasn't stretched well.  I guess a shim system is going to be the way to go, I just don't want it to look like shit.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 20, 2007, 05:30:03 PM
Buy a 1 or 2" wooden round pole, then slice off the thickness you need. At least that way the shim will look like little feet on the Billy.

Secondary thought:- You could actually place 4 feet, two just in front of the tack strip, and two set in the same distance from the front of the cabinet. May look more natural?  Just thinking out loud without knowing the extent of the problem or what finish you want to achieve.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 20, 2007, 06:04:20 PM
Hibiscus!

Yeah, that immediately came to my mind as well.  There's two potential problems, though. 

One, the really cool citrus-y colored flowers come on the tropical hibiscus, which won't make it through a Zone 7 winter.  You have to get the hardy ones (Rose of Sharon), although there are still some really nice bright pink varieties (and the flowers are HUGE and gorgeous).  There's no problem growing them, in fact they're probably native.  But the other problem is Hardy Hibiscus dies back severely in the winter.  It does come back every year of course, but they maybe aren't the best choice for a semi-protective hedge.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 21, 2007, 08:30:30 AM
Buy a 1 or 2" wooden round pole, then slice off the thickness you need. At least that way the shim will look like little feet on the Billy.
That's a pretty good idea.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on June 21, 2007, 09:05:29 AM
Viz, I'd suggest landscape shrub roses, (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/66929-product.html) which will give you some window protection as well as flowers from June-Sept.

As far as flowers, I am a huge fan of wave petunias. (http://www.wave-rave.com/plant_info.aspx?phid=048602869000616) They are an annual that you'd need to repurchase each year, but they are super easy to grow, spread well and all you need to do is deadhead and water occasionally.

When I first began gardening I wasn't too keen on petunias, because they aren't the prettiest of flowers and they don't have a scent, but my Dad - who was a professional landscaper - always picked some up and added them to my containers anyway, despite my protests.
 
Well it turns out that Dad knew exactly what he was doing. Petunias are extremely hardy, easy to grow and are fairly drought resistant. I am SOLD on them now, and use them every year in our front beds. I get more compliments on them from passersby than any other plantings I have.

The only thing I'd suggest with wave petunias is that you make sure to buy the WAVEs and not regular petunias, which will look puny in comparision. The wave petunias are good spreaders, filling up the space fast with a riot of color. Also make sure to deadhead them - I do this every night, but once a week would probably do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on June 21, 2007, 09:34:41 AM
Also make sure to deadhead them

Sorry, MK - but what the eeeeefffffff does that mean?  i'm pretty new to this gardening thing, even though my dad's also a professional landscaper.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on June 21, 2007, 09:55:59 AM
Deadheading is removing the blooms that are no longer active once they start fading and drying out.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on June 21, 2007, 01:19:09 PM
Deadheading is removing the blooms that are no longer active once they start fading and drying out.

Too bad you can't also "deadhead" a Deadhead.

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Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on June 21, 2007, 01:39:58 PM
Holy Crap! An entire family beaten with an ugly stick!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on June 21, 2007, 03:23:50 PM
I'd love to see that Mullet Family today.  You know the ones that get sent around in those mass "HAHAHA!!!1111!! THis r sooo funny!11" emails that every person who just found the intarwebs sends to you?

That picture has to be 20 years old or more... I demand a "Where Are They Now?" segment!  I wonder if anyone "deadheaded" them?


ETA: Found it!

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Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 21, 2007, 03:25:57 PM
Viz, I'd suggest landscape shrub roses, (http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/66929-product.html) which will give you some window protection as well as flowers from June-Sept.

hehehe, I just bought that exact plant this year... from White Flower Farms, no less.  Those Rainbow knockouts just became available this year (at least on an easily available level).  I can confirm they're pretty nice.  I've had mine for about two months, and they've bloomed twice already, and I've got 4-5 more buds.  I haven't dead-headed or fertilized or really done anything except plant them (poorly) into the ground in a crap location when they came.

This is extra amazing, if you've ever seen how roses are shipped.  You get like a foot long stick with some roots, no soil.  The first month you're just hoping for some sign of green.  By the fall, you've got a couple decent shoots.  Then the next year you get a few blooms and the thing takes off.  Not these.  This thing is already about 1.5-2' tall and wide. 

So far it's also holding a shrub shape very nicely as well-- a lot of roses tend to spread out these long canes and fall over and ramble around even if the catalogs all insists they aren't ramblers or climbers.

I like the wave petunias too.  That's probably the best purple on a flower there is too, if you get the purple ones.  They're one of the few annuals that's actually better than perennials.  A lot of "perennials" only live 2-3 years and by the last year they hardly bloom.  Those wave petunias self seed so easily you'll never have to plant that area again.  Some people don't like the self-sowing because the new plants can change flower colors but I always thought that was the coolest thing about them.  When I worked in the greenhouse I used to purposely plant the red ones next to the white ones and the next year you'd get some reds, some whites, some red-and-whites on the same flower, and some pinks.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 21, 2007, 04:30:58 PM
rva, do you order a lot from white flower farms? I was thinking of ordering some narcissus and tulips for next spring from them, but I'm not sold yet.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on June 21, 2007, 04:35:03 PM
Rva, are you sure we aren't related? ;)

heh, I'm planning to order those exact same color shrub roses--also from White Flower Farm, to landscape around our new deck. I'm glad to hear that you have been happy with them.

I ordered a perennial shade assortment from WFF last spring and dug out an area between the garage and sidewalk (Atzend helped!) and planted everything pretty much according to their instructions. I'm happy overall with the plants (especially now, as they look FABULOUS now that they're in their second year) but out of the 15-plant assortment, three of them didn't return this year.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 22, 2007, 11:50:26 AM
I don't have a problem with WFF, but they aren't my favorite.  The service is good and the plants are large and healthy (although they used to give you amazing bomb-ass plants, now they're just kind of "very good.").  My problem is that they tend to be kind of expensive. 

Their packages like the one MK got are pretty decent deals because you get a discount off their individual price.  Plus it saves you all kinds of hassle and money in S&H and waiting on five individual orders to come in, and being able to layout and plant your garden at once instead of doing it in pieces where I tend to get disorganized.

If they have a good deal or if I can't find it someplace else, I have no problem ordering from WFF.  But most of the time, I do end up using someone else.

IMHO, the best place for bulbs by a landslide is Brent and Becky's (http://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/spring/search/listgenus.php?id=44).  The bulbs you get from them are HUGE, they have a nice selection, and they are usually cheaper than WFF.  So awesome.  For perennials, I generally go with Bluestone. (http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/b/bp/index.html)

There's a few sellers on eBay that are really good.  And a lot of times someone will just be clearing out a garden and sell a bunch of stuff for real cheap.  I once bought 16 gigantic clumps of Stella D'Oro for like $5.00 there.

If you're not sure about an online seller, you can check the ratings at Garden Watchdog (http://davesgarden.com/gwd/)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 22, 2007, 05:06:36 PM
V,

I think hibiscus is a great choice if you don't mind the winter dieback.  They're one of those plants I just think should be in a garden somewhere even if you decide not to use them in front of your windows.

Landscape roses are also fine.  One of the few hyped-up plants that live up to the billing.  Those knockouts also come in red, double, another color of pink, and soon white as well. Also there's thousands of other roses in all sorts of flower shapes and colors and plant shapes and sizes.  Some of them are hardly any more work (if any) than the landscape roses.  There's a bunch of roses that are native to this area, in fact.  It's just the hybrid tea roses and shit that have been bred beyond belief that take a ton of care.  It's worth taking a look at some of the other ones like "Nearly Wild."

The best purple flowers on a bush are probably Caryopteris (Blue mist Spirea) although they may be a little small for that area..
(http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/caryfc.jpg)

The other one is Buddleia (butterfly bush), which would be a decent call.  They'll top out at around 4-5 feet, but you can easily prune them shorter if you want.  They grow fast and they are winter hardy.  And butterflies really do love them.  They're an excellent plant and easy to grow.  I just personally don't care for the way the flower bunches are shaped.

(http://www.greenwoodnursery.com/Images/buddeliaBlackKnightmain%2Ejpg)

If it were me, I'd put a Camellia there.  But then, I just like Camellias.  Like roses, they come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, both flower and shrub.  You can get tight ruffled double flowers or very open ones.  They have excellent dark green leaves for foliage and are evergreen so they look great and provide a screen even when not in bloom.  Some kinds bloom in the fall, and some in the spring.  There's even ones that bloom in winter.

There's two possible drawbacks.  One is they tend to grow slowly, although that can be a good thing.  If you go to a garden center you can buy a big 4 footer and then it'll stay more or less that size so you don't have to prune it very often.  It'll just run you about $40 instead of $15.  The other thing is if it gets REALLY cold-- like below 0-- they could die.  On the off-chance that happens, and you know beforehand you can take some simple steps to protect the roots.  OR get a fall or winter-blooming one and you'll be fine as those are a bit more hardy.  I wouldn't worry about it too much, we're in Zone 7 just like you and there are Camellias all over the place here.


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Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on June 22, 2007, 08:44:02 PM
I really feel like we need a gardening thread so these gems from rva don't disappear.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 09, 2007, 11:06:13 AM
Ella, I second that emotion.

I have a question:

Am I too nice? I trained my replacement at my old job, she took furious notes and asked lots of questions. I got an e-mail from her this morning asking a question about something I know we went over at least twice and that I know she took notes on. I gave her the information but was tempted to bcc my old boss in on the e-mail--should I? I've done it once already with her other supervisor outside the branch, but she's still asking questions.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 09, 2007, 11:57:38 AM
Do you still work for that company?  If not, stop answering her questions.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 09, 2007, 03:19:34 PM
I'm more wondering if I should bring it up to her supervisor and let him know that she's asking questions she should know the answers to already.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 09, 2007, 03:22:06 PM
Question:

Can anyone recommend a roofer or electrician that would service Middletown?  We've got a couple of leaks in our roof and need some new electrical stuff run.  Let me know if you've worked with anybody in the past that's worked out well for you.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2007, 04:15:40 PM
cuddly... I'd just let it go. Be nice and answer the question, but it's her bosses issue and not yours.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 09, 2007, 04:23:54 PM
I'm more wondering if I should bring it up to her supervisor and let him know that she's asking questions she should know the answers to already.
Wouldn't that be achieved if you stopped answering?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 10, 2007, 12:01:35 AM
I'm more wondering if I should bring it up to her supervisor and let him know that she's asking questions she should know the answers to already.

No, that's none of your concern. But stop asking the questions.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 18, 2007, 01:12:36 PM
A friend that I work closely with is trying to find a place to have her daughter's baby shower.  Her place isn't big enough, nor is her daughter's - and my place may not be either.  Are there any smaller places that can be rented out that you can bring your own food and beverages into?  they're trying to do this on a shoestring budget. 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on July 18, 2007, 02:22:44 PM
Does she belong to a church? If so, she could probably use their social hall for free. Other than that, she could rent out a picnic shelter at Delco Park or something. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on July 18, 2007, 02:31:08 PM
viz, try the local VFW or Legion Post halls.  Most of those places rent out their buildings and as far as I know allow your own food and drinks.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 19, 2007, 02:36:51 PM
I have a question for anyone with make-up expertise: I need a foundation that will last for several hours and give me a matte finish--any recommendations?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 19, 2007, 02:46:27 PM
I have a question for anyone with make-up expertise: I need a foundation that will last for several hours and give me a matte finish--any recommendations?

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Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 19, 2007, 03:23:13 PM
I have a question for anyone with make-up expertise: I need a foundation that will last for several hours and give me a matte finish--any recommendations?

Use Max Factor Pan-cake (NOT panstik, that shit is heeeeeaaaavy), and then use a mineral foundation like L'oreal bare minerals as your powder.  also, you might want to pick up some Paladio rice papers from Sally's for blotting.  What's the occasion?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 19, 2007, 03:24:19 PM
now I have another one!
Are there any hotels in downtown cincy or on the levee that are not ghetto and a young couple could have a nice romantic evening in for say, under $150?  One of my favorite coworkers is trying to surprise her boyfriend for his birthday tomorrow night.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 19, 2007, 03:35:26 PM
Millenium, the Westin (or whatever it's called now), and the Cincinnatian are all really nice hotels (the cincinnatian is pricey). I know there are a couple closer to the river that are also nice.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 19, 2007, 03:38:33 PM
Use Max Factor Pan-cake (NOT panstik, that shit is heeeeeaaaavy), and then use a mineral foundation like L'oreal bare minerals as your powder.  also, you might want to pick up some Paladio rice papers from Sally's for blotting.  What's the occasion?

I'm in a wedding in a few weeks and want to look nice. Right now, I'm using Benefit's "get even" (it is awesome) as my powder with some maybelline foundation that lasts about two hours before it slides off my face.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 19, 2007, 04:18:02 PM
I have an incredibly oily T-zone, and I've worn Pan-cake for about 15 years now.  I would almost be willing to guarantee you that it will NOT slide off your face.  Plus, with the mineral powder as a shield over it, it shoudln't be going anywhere.  And trust me, those rice blotting papers are a Godsent. 

It was hotter than hell by the end of my reception, but there is nary a gleam of shine on my face in any of the 7000 pictures. 

Basically, the only difference between me and a professional makeup artist is that I got screwed over and kicked out of school shortly before I was going to state board for my license.  And sometimes, it just doesn't make a difference.  I've come across people with their license who have spent a lot more time in school than I have, and I woudln't let them near my face with cosmetics if i were a drag queen.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 19, 2007, 04:37:58 PM
My nose is the oiliest part of my face, I never seem to be able to keep it from shining up even a little. But, I've got the blotting papers, the only problem I have with the bare minerals is that their lightest shade is actually too light for me--the get even stuff works pretty well though, put a little on a brush and you're gold. Do you use a primer at all Vizz?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on July 19, 2007, 05:20:44 PM
I don't know if this is something I should be concerned about, but should I have grown a vagina after reading that last exchange?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Salad Days on July 19, 2007, 08:15:47 PM
I really don't think you shouldve grown a vagina, but at the same time, I'd say its probably nothing to be concerned about
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 19, 2007, 09:52:30 PM
I don't know if this is something I should be concerned about, but should I have grown a vagina after reading that last exchange?

Probably.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on July 19, 2007, 09:59:27 PM
I have a vagina and I don't understand half of what was said.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 20, 2007, 08:44:07 AM
My nose is the oiliest part of my face, I never seem to be able to keep it from shining up even a little. But, I've got the blotting papers, the only problem I have with the bare minerals is that their lightest shade is actually too light for me--the get even stuff works pretty well though, put a little on a brush and you're gold. Do you use a primer at all Vizz?


Vagina Vagina Vagina. 
More makeup talk!

No, I don't personally use a primer.  But if I'm doing makeup for a wedding, formal event or photo shoot - there's no better way to go than Smashbox's Photofinish primer.  if you place an order from sephora soon, you can choose it as one of your samples.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 20, 2007, 09:29:27 AM
Order from sephora? Heh, I just make a trip to the store now (saves shipping fees and I can hide it from my husband--no pesky boxes on the porch). I've looked at the smashbox primer before, but haven't been brave enough (or had reason) to try it, they sell samples of it in the store, maybe I'll pick some up. Oh and btw, the loreal bare naturale foundation is $2.99 at kroger this week (least that's how much I paid at kroger lastnight) so if you need to stock up, I say do it now :) Thanks Vizz!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 23, 2007, 01:20:50 PM
Travel related question...

My boss is traveling to Scotland in early September. His return flight has two stops, one in paris and one in nyc. The layover in paris is less than an hour long, he's flying in on CityJet (air france) and flying out on Delta. He's going to be going from terminal 2e to terminal 2f--will 55 minutes be enough to get from one gate to the other? He's a little concerned.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on July 23, 2007, 03:08:38 PM
Is 2e rebuilt yet?  I'm assuming it must be if he's scheduled there.

I just looked it up and yes it is open... just know this:

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In 2006, the French government expressed the wish to designate certain terminals of French airports as "high-security" terminals that would handle flights to sensitive locations, such as the US and Israel. Terminal 2E is planned to be the high security terminal at CDG with the installation of more rigorous security controls planned during the course of 2007. At the start of the Winter timetable in 2006, Air France moved most of its flights to the US to 2E.

It would be my opinion and it's just an opinion that it will be very tight.  Going from EU to EU (Scotland to France) should be gravy.  Looks like you have to leave your gate, take a shuttle to 2E and go through that tighter security.

The CDG site says

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You are landing at Paris-CDG2D

When you leave the plane, follow the signs marked "Correspondance Transfer" until you reach the transfer desk where you can check which terminal your flight leaves from.

Your connection leaves from Paris-CDG2E

Take the Air France (air side) shuttle located near the transfer desk.

Follow the "Correspondance Transfer" signs




Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 23, 2007, 03:29:39 PM
Thanks Poncho. He's afraid it's going to be tight, I'm not sure what all can be done though.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on July 23, 2007, 03:38:15 PM
Sorry I couldn't be of more help, I've only been there once (how I knew 2E was under construction).

It said to take the Air France shuttle even though it didn't ask if he was on a Delta flight or an Air France one. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2007, 04:17:04 PM
I remember going the wrong way in CDG and losing about 15 minutes. I also vaguely remember the terminals being a fair distance apart from each other.

That's all I got.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on July 23, 2007, 04:34:32 PM
One thing's for sure. 

Air France and the staff at CDG are sure to be attentive, helpful and quick to address any problems that might arise due to a missed connection.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on July 23, 2007, 04:42:37 PM
Boss just said "screw it", he canceled and rebooked his flight--actually saved him some money too. For some ungodly reason, there is no 1 stop flight to the US on Saturday.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Salad Days on July 23, 2007, 07:12:45 PM
do people who put the toilet paper roll on so that the paper hangs down in the back really think it is easier to dispense that way?

whats wrong with these people?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 23, 2007, 08:15:34 PM
There's no way in hell I would ever leave less than 2 hours for an international connection. I'm just sayin'
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on July 23, 2007, 08:16:20 PM
do people who put the toilet paper roll on so that the paper hangs down in the back really think it is easier to dispense that way?

whats wrong with these people?

Now that is a beautiful question!!! Thank you, good sir.

And yes, those people are mentally diseased.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on July 24, 2007, 03:11:30 PM
do people who put the toilet paper roll on so that the paper hangs down in the back really think it is easier to dispense that way?

whats wrong with these people?

They should be shot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 30, 2007, 12:08:23 PM
Can anyone recommend a good radiator shop, preferably one close to the Belmont area?  It's looking like we're going to have to have K's car towed where ever it ends up getting fixed. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on July 30, 2007, 02:26:08 PM
Can anyone recommend a good radiator shop, preferably one close to the Belmont area?  It's looking like we're going to have to have K's car towed where ever it ends up getting fixed. 

I can't recommend anyplace, but if you know anyone who's good with cars, a new radiator is relatively easy to put in and a whole lot cheaper.  My non-grease monkey fiance put one in my old honda accord with help from his gearhead cousin in an afternoon.  I believe that it cost us somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 for the radiator, all the hoses that go with it (you have to replace them all), and the new antifreeze.  You can get everything you need at Autozone and they should know what you need based on the make/model of the car. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on July 30, 2007, 02:52:52 PM
I know nothing about cars and I replaced my radiator and hoses by myself with a book. 

I am not handy, nor do I have any natural mechanical ability.  It worked fine.  I replaced the core and all the hoses in less than 2 or 3 hours not including reading that chapter in the book I bought.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 02, 2007, 10:56:08 AM
How much would you pay for a copy of the Beatles White Album on white vinyl, or how much could you estimate it's worth at?  It's on the Apple label, the records themselves are in pretty good condition and play well, but the posters that it originally came with are missing.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 02, 2007, 11:47:15 AM
Actually Viz it might not have come with the posters if it's on white vinyl.  As I recall the white vinyl editions were German so I don't know that they had all the same inserts.  You can tell the foreign editions from the US editions if there are copyright warnings written in green script around the full perimeter of the label, the US editions usually have it in plain black text at the bottom under the track list or in green script along the bottom perimeter only.

I would have to guess if that's what you've got it's probably about $30 - $50, but a good deal depends on how clean the cover is.  A lot of that stuff isn't really worth as much as you'd think it is.  Most of the Beatles stuff, unless it's truly obscure or from the first two or three years, was made in such great quantities that there isn't much that's rare.  Now if you had a Japanese copy on red vinyl that'd be something.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 02, 2007, 12:36:56 PM
Yeah, that Japanese red vinyl is worth upwards of $300.  It was a find out of someone's "junk," and totally free, so whatever I make on it is a profit.  But, I'd like to get as much out of it as possible.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 02, 2007, 01:40:18 PM
Have you got any pictures?  I might be interested if you don't want too much.  I certainly couldn't pay anywhere near the $50 end of the scale.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 02, 2007, 02:12:51 PM
I can snap a few when I get home this weekend and send them to you.  Just pm me what address you'd like them sent to. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 02, 2007, 02:51:25 PM
Sorry, but my cup overfloweth lately, so I'm FULL of questions. 

The dolt at the Walmart Bakery told my mom that they can't make V an Elmo cake for his birthday because of "copyright infringement."  I find this hard to believe - not only because I've seen character cake so many other places - but also because the same employee also eloquently informed my mother, "I can't even promise you dat cake, coz our screen prinner be down.  so you lah-bel to come pick up this cake on saturday and it ain't even be ready."

Anyhow, where can I get a cake with Elmo on it that'll serve about 30 people and not cost me all my shillings?  Taste of Elegance is just too pricey for me right now.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 02, 2007, 03:00:26 PM
I don't know where but I'm not surprised Wal Mart can't do it.  They would have to be paying the proper licensing fees etc.  I'm sure CTW upped their fees and Wal-Mart told them to walk, it's what they do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on August 02, 2007, 03:06:41 PM
I would try Belmont Bakery. They are down on Wilmington Pike near Dorothy Lane.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 02, 2007, 03:40:00 PM
Have you checked sam's or meijer? Otherwise, I'd jump all over the belmont bakery suggestion.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on August 02, 2007, 04:08:34 PM
If you have a Cake Decorating supply store somewhere up there, you could call them and see if they have a transfer (sort of like old tshirt transfers).  I know the one I go to down here always has some of their transfers (which are licensed) on display. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on August 02, 2007, 04:13:03 PM
Viz, if you give me the Serial number (or whatever they're called for albums), I can look up the price for you in our album price books, which are conveniently right outside my office.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 02, 2007, 04:21:00 PM
Cool, Trixi!  I will PM you when i get home with the details.  thanks!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 02, 2007, 04:50:46 PM
And Vizz, there's a supply company called Cake Craft Inc., you might want to call them as well:

Cake Craft
3341 Dayton Xenia Rd
Dayton, OH 45432
(937) 426-0369
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 03, 2007, 09:04:34 AM
I have a question, is there some sort of internal guidance system that directs young kids toward the teletubbies (sp?)? My sitter told me that my daughter saw them and was transfixed by them, she didn't even sit down to watch the show--just stood and stared.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 03, 2007, 09:42:45 AM
I have a question, is there some sort of internal guidance system that directs young kids toward the teletubbies (sp?)? My sitter told me that my daughter saw them and was transfixed by them, she didn't even sit down to watch the show--just stood and stared.

When V reacts to a show that way, I'm sort of hesitant to let him watch it, because it really creeps me out.  He does that with Barney and zones out like CarolAnne on Poltergiest.  He's quite a bit more excitable with Elmo and Pooh, so I don't mind those (even thought they annoy the crap out of me).

p.s.  The cake siutation is fixed. Not surprsingly, the super Walmart in Centerville gladly made us not one, but two great Elmo cakes. 

p.p.s Trixi, I forgot that serial number, but I'll try to PM it to you over the weekend.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 03, 2007, 09:54:00 AM
Vizz, she was staring and giggling/shouting. My sitter said she's never done anything like that before, usually she ignores the tv unless it's got superman, batman, dragon or veggie tales on it (Daddy's getting her geekiness started early). She's never seen teletubbies before ever and she was acting like they were her favorite thing.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: The Hegemo on August 03, 2007, 10:17:18 AM
My late cat, Larkin, used to be transfixed by the Teletubbies anytime it was on TV.

My present cats are mostly uninterested in TV, although when he was a kitten, Leo liked to sit on top of the TV and try to catch the players during soccer games.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 03, 2007, 10:19:07 AM
Leo liked to sit on top of the TV and try to catch the players during soccer games.

That's even cuter than a puppy pullin' a tractor.  Best thing I've heard all week award!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 03, 2007, 05:54:44 PM
Vizz, she was staring and giggling/shouting. My sitter said she's never done anything like that before, usually she ignores the tv unless it's got superman, batman, dragon or veggie tales on it (Daddy's getting her geekiness started early). She's never seen teletubbies before ever and she was acting like they were her favorite thing.

It's the semi-live action nature of it. Kenna was the same way. Cartoons and such were one thing, but when Teletubbies, Oobie, the Doodlebops and Lazy Town were introduced into the equation, her interest in TV changed from mild to hypnotized.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: The Hegemo on August 03, 2007, 06:44:10 PM
Leo liked to sit on top of the TV and try to catch the players during soccer games.

That's even cuter than a puppy pullin' a tractor.  Best thing I've heard all week award!


This isn't a great picture, but here he is, caught in the act:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v318/hegemo/56776490501.jpg)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on August 10, 2007, 06:46:29 AM
"Nancy" left a long voicemail on my work cell telling me, a wrong number, that a mutual friend was diagnosed with cancer and that she was at the woman's club and she'd call again tomorrow. My question is: should I have called her back to let her know that she reached a wrong number with this rather personal and distressing news?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on August 10, 2007, 10:35:58 AM
I'm pretty much a jerk... but even I would probably call her back and let her know that she got the wrong number.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Marlowe on August 10, 2007, 10:41:40 AM
eh, i dunno. she said she'd call her again, so i'd probably hit *3.

i used to have this old woman call my house like once every 2 months, thinking it was a doctor's office, and she'd leave me all of these messages about her appointment or her 'script or whatever. that shit got really annoying and i never understood why my outgoing message wasn't enough info to give her a lightbulb moment that she was dialing the wrong number.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 10, 2007, 11:39:06 AM
Because she was old and probably didn't know where she was half the time?

When I worked downtown, we used to have at least five calls a day from people calling to check on the status of their flights. Such is the problem when your phone number is one digit different from Delta Air Lines.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on August 10, 2007, 11:54:19 AM
I never called back because she was at her women's club and I didn't want to disturb her.


I have another question. Is it necessary to be dead to have a memorial? I want to designate the thermostat next to my desk as the Content Chick Memorial Thermostat but the office manager says I have to be dead. And as much as I want the thermostat to be a memorial to me, I don't want to die for it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 10, 2007, 12:06:09 PM
Technically speaking, yes. But heck, people do it all the time.

Print up a sign designating said thermostat and dare the office manager to take it down.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 10, 2007, 12:12:33 PM
Does it have to be named the "Content Chick Memorial Thermostat?"  Why not just the "Official Thermostat of Content Chick?"

Think of the branding and sponsorship deals you'd get.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 10, 2007, 01:28:22 PM
I've heard different reports about this, so maybe someone here can help...

I've got an old Nikon 35mm camera with several various lens.  I'd like to upgrade for a digital SLR, but hate to spend/don't have the money to buy a whole new lens set-up, especially since it is not our every day camera.  The question is are 35mm lens compatible with digital SLR cameras and, if so, are the compatible with different manufacturers (like will a Nikon lens work on an Olympus camera?)

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 10, 2007, 03:28:10 PM
Different camera brands take different lenses so you generally want to stay within the same brand.  Fortunately for you, you have a Nikon which is pretty good with keeping old lenses compatible and is both a major camera body and lens manufacturer.  That is why people generally either go Nikon or Canon and then just keep buying new ones in the same line.

As for your specific Nikon lens, it depends both on the lens and the camera.  The odds are pretty good that your lens will mount.  But two things can happen:

1)  You may lose your ability to autofocus.  In the past, lenses had no motors.  You turned them by hand, or the camera had a motor to turn them.  The new trend is to put the autofocusing motor in the lens.  Which means some of the newer bodies no longer have their own motor-- just a computer able to communicate with the motor in the lens.  It makes the bodies lighter.  However, a lot of the new bodies still do and it's one reason why I chose the Nikon body I did.

2)  This is hard to explain.  But okay, like you know how what you see through the lens which obviously looks "real life" size gets condensed into a little square bit on a negative?  And then that negative gets blown up to a 3x5 picture? 

Well on a digital the shrinking and blow up proportions are different.  On the Nikon, I think it's roughly 1.5 so a 50mm digital lens is actually the equivalent of a 75 mm film lens.  So like, all your lenses are now a bit more "zoomed" than you'd like and you may have to buy an extra shorter focal length lens to cover some of that area you lost-- especially if you really like to do wide angle shots.  It can also be a bit of a pain because most people have a zoom range they generally like to shoot in.  The range you used to be able to cover with one zoom lens might end up being split into two film lenses or you have to by a new digital lens to cover the entire spectrum with one lens.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 10, 2007, 03:45:20 PM
Is there anything you don't know about RVA?  Or can't at least speak intelligently on?  Seriously, your encyclopedic knowledge of just about everything is very impressive.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 10, 2007, 04:15:01 PM
Well, I just bought a Nikon digital SLR earlier this year and had the same question about old film lenses.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 10, 2007, 09:21:41 PM
Does it have to be named the "Content Chick Memorial Thermostat?"  Why not just the "Official Thermostat of Content Chick?"

Think of the branding and sponsorship deals you'd get.

Kind of like how Combos are "the official cheese-filled snack of NASCAR"?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on August 12, 2007, 06:23:04 PM

Kind of like how Combos are "the official cheese-filled snack of NASCAR"?

Which leads to the question...

What is the official NON-cheese filled snack of NASCAR?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 12, 2007, 07:16:48 PM
Jack Daniels?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 13, 2007, 08:40:13 AM
2)  This is hard to explain.  But okay, like you know how what you see through the lens which obviously looks "real life" size gets condensed into a little square bit on a negative?  And then that negative gets blown up to a 3x5 picture? 

Well on a digital the shrinking and blow up proportions are different.  On the Nikon, I think it's roughly 1.5 so a 50mm digital lens is actually the equivalent of a 75 mm film lens.  So like, all your lenses are now a bit more "zoomed" than you'd like and you may have to buy an extra shorter focal length lens to cover some of that area you lost-- especially if you really like to do wide angle shots.  It can also be a bit of a pain because most people have a zoom range they generally like to shoot in.  The range you used to be able to cover with one zoom lens might end up being split into two film lenses or you have to by a new digital lens to cover the entire spectrum with one lens.

I'm not sure I understand this.  Are you saying that the scene I'd see when looking through the lens actually would come out in its finished form "tighter" than what I shot?  Kind of like the difference between a full screen DVD and a widescreen DVD?

What Nikon did you end up getting and are you happy with it?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on August 13, 2007, 09:37:13 AM
Well, I just bought a Nikon digital SLR earlier this year and had the same question about old film lenses.

Any idea if it works the same with Olympus? (paging C-lando if RVA doesn't know. Hey, that rhymes.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on August 13, 2007, 03:16:51 PM
I've been here for like years now... and I'm never bothered to ask.

FABO?
Anti-FABO?

WTF?

I get that FABO = bad and vice versa... but muh-hey?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 13, 2007, 03:33:51 PM
Fuck A Bunch Of
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on August 13, 2007, 04:56:12 PM
That totally makes no sense.  I would think FABO would thus = awesome
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 13, 2007, 07:12:38 PM
"Fuck" in the sense of "fuck you", not the positive fuck.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2007, 08:04:14 PM
Fuck a bunch of terrible drivers for causing me to get into an accident... etc.
But since we're on the subject: where the hell did that come from?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on August 14, 2007, 04:41:50 PM
Do any cool people want to come to Kansas City over Labor Day weekend?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on August 14, 2007, 04:46:10 PM
I want to but unfortunately it's not in the cards for us this year. We're headed down South for that weekend.

Wait, I answered that before figuring out if I'm cool or not.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 14, 2007, 04:58:08 PM
I'm definitely not cool.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: The Hegemo on August 14, 2007, 05:22:49 PM
I'm not cool and I'm not going to Kansas City over Labor Day, but I am going to Kansas City at the end of September. Does that make me semi-cool?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 14, 2007, 06:45:09 PM
I'm sitting under the a/c, so I'm cool. And I'm planning on coming to KC. I just need to get the lodging/local transportation thing figured out.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on August 15, 2007, 11:09:45 AM
I'm not cool and I'm not going to Kansas City over Labor Day, but I am going to Kansas City at the end of September. Does that make me semi-cool?



Hmmmmm...I think so.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on August 15, 2007, 11:27:30 AM
We've got Brit friends staying with us over Labor Day weekend so we can't make it, but we'll be there in spirit! Drinking spirits! ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on August 16, 2007, 07:36:20 AM
My eBay account was hacked yesterday but this person didn't bid on anything. They sent out the message below to dozens of sellers. I've changed my password and email address and sent a notification to eBay. I'm worried that these sellers will report me to eBay. Is there anything else I can do?
 
 Dear sir/madam,
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Contact:
tel: 86+010-87026678
mail: rdnum@hotmail.com
MSN: rdnum@hotmail.com
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Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 16, 2007, 09:43:05 AM
Start a new account? Or is that not an option?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on August 16, 2007, 10:23:38 AM
CC, how did you find out it had been hacked?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 16, 2007, 10:28:15 AM
I have a question, why is arranging a multi-city international travel itinerary such a pain in the ass?  >:(

cuddly'thisshouldmakemeatravelagent'evil
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 16, 2007, 10:39:42 AM
Wait, you're wondering why organising a multiple-destination itinerary across international borders is not easy?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 16, 2007, 10:46:10 AM
Yes, I expected a 7 stop, 4 continent trip to be easy to book--is that wrong?  :'(
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on August 16, 2007, 10:58:49 AM
Can I come along?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 16, 2007, 11:00:50 AM
Only if I can go too...(the trip's not for me)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on August 16, 2007, 11:02:38 AM
CC, how did you find out it had been hacked?

I was checking my email that is tied with this account and there were answers from two of the sellers. At first I thought it was just spoof emails but they had my name on the email so I logged into eBay (in a separate browser and not by link) and checked my account. There were probably around a hundred emails sent out to various sellers all with the same message. I also checked my bidding history and thankfully, there was nothing there. I'm just worried that one of these sellers will report me as a spammer to eBay and get my account closed.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 16, 2007, 11:10:42 AM
I would report it to ebay, they are not going to hold your responsible for e-mails you did not send.

Also, it is a good idea, when you get e-mails from ebay, to login to ebay and check your messages in MyEbay.  If they're not there, they are not legit.  I forward any fishy e-mails that look like they came from ebay to spoof@ebay.com, they will respond with a message that it is or isn't genuine.  I like to think I'm helping reduce this sort of shit, but I'd imagine it's just a drop in the bucket.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on August 16, 2007, 08:10:36 PM
I have another question. I just got my car back from the body shop and they replaced my chrome grill with a black grill. What can I do? Who do I talk to; the insurance company or the body guys?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 16, 2007, 08:15:08 PM
Not your Mini! :(

I'd start with the insurance guys, because would be my passive aggressive way of dealing with it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on August 16, 2007, 08:20:37 PM
*Sniff* Yes, my MINI. I've been without it for a whole month now and it kills me to have to take it back in but the black grill is bugging the shit out of me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 17, 2007, 01:01:52 AM
Yes, I expected a 7 stop, 4 continent trip to be easy to book--is that wrong?  :'(

Yes. Unless you're Mrs. Foolsgold.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 17, 2007, 08:54:50 AM
Not so.  She actually just did a 'round the world' ticket a few weeks ago and said it was one of the most time consuming things she's ever had to do.  She said something about airline regulations, but after a couple of seconds, I started thinking about boobies, so I didn't hear how it ended.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 17, 2007, 09:09:55 AM
I was kinda being sarcastic while at the same time I didn't want to impugn your wife's flight booking abilities. Nice to know that a seasoned pro has troubles with it from time to time, too.

So there you go.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 17, 2007, 09:13:22 AM
Not so.  She actually just did a 'round the world' ticket a few weeks ago and said it was one of the most time consuming things she's ever had to do.

This is what I'm trying to arrange right now, spent 30 minutes on the phone with the around the world desk only to find out later that she booked flights that weren't even eligible for those fares. Now I get to call Qantas and see what they can do for me. I wish I got overtime for this b/c it's a pain in the ass.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 17, 2007, 05:35:21 PM
QANTAS. QANTAS never crashed.

97x.... Bam!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 21, 2007, 02:03:56 PM
If you could get a free 1 year subscription to any of these magazines, which would you pick?

Blender
Radar
Marie Claire
Harper's Bazaar
Lucky
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 21, 2007, 02:17:06 PM
Blender has something to do with music, right? If so I'd go with that.

Unless Lucky has something to do with gettin' lucky. Then that's the clear choice.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on August 21, 2007, 02:40:27 PM
If it's from a telemarketer... there is no magazine worth it.  No magazine ever created on Earth or in the universe.

If it's not... I'm also going to vote for Gettin' Lucky as that sounds like a stellar magazine.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 21, 2007, 03:47:43 PM
Nah, it's just through e-Rewards.  I'm not very nice to telemarketers.  Oh, and Lucky is a shopping/fashion magazine.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on August 21, 2007, 07:02:37 PM
Isn't Radar the snarky pop-culture magazine? Kinda like a Best Week Ever in periodical form?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 21, 2007, 08:04:24 PM
Isn't Radar the snarky pop-culture magazine? Kinda like a Best Week Ever in periodical form?

I think so, and that's what I ended up going with - per c-lando's recommendation.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 27, 2007, 03:06:26 PM
Question: Has anyone ever taken someone to small claims court?

The people we bought our house from got their father to do a half assed repair on our roof that was required by our contract.  The problem is still there, and actually might be worse and he refuses to come back and deal with it.  A lawyer friend of mine says we've got a case for small claims.  Has anyone done this and had any luck with it?

It's going to be tricky, I don't have a forwarding address.  The house they are building, which I think we have the address of, is not where they're living, at least not yet.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 27, 2007, 04:11:03 PM
Get up on the roof and take a picture of the problem if you can.  Then get someone in there to fix it, STAT.  Explain to them the situation, and make sure they accurately state what exact repairs they made on your roof in the bill (which you will obviously keep).  Also, see if they'll sign some sort of affidavit which contains the following facts:

1)  The problem with the roof has existed for a long time and is the same problem mentioned in your inspection report and contract, or the problem was created by half-assed repairs.

2)  The roof does not look to have been recently repaired, or the repairs are half-assed.

You get the idea.  The people who repair your roof can serve as both expert testimony and evidence that the roof was messed up and you fixed it to mitigate damages.  Also, if the roof situation has caused damage in other places, follow the same routine.

Re-read your inspection report.  If it's just a very small problem and repair then small claims court is a possible solution.  If it's a structural fault then you will probably need to go to real court as the entire worth of your house and lot could be at issue.






Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 27, 2007, 04:31:02 PM
I've had one roofer out and gotten an estimate.  It's less than $1000, and I could do it myself for a few hundred.  I'm not going to do it myself, but I could.

So I ought to go ahead and have it fixed?  It's not causing any permanent damage, just a puddle when it rains hard enough that water has a chance to collect for a second.  I put a bucket under it which will hold it.  Not to say that it doesn't need to be fixed but if it didn't get done before the end of the summer, it wouldn't kill us.

I was hoping to get the money out of them and then fix it.  That doesn't work huh?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 27, 2007, 06:00:21 PM
If you have the estimate, you can wait on the repair but if further damages occur due to the leaking you probably won't be able to recover for those.

Just make sure the estimate states what you need in sufficient detail.  If it just says "Roof repair" it's not clear that the estimate ties in with the other dude's botched job.

Isn't the water first pooling on the other side of your ceiling before finding a hole to drain out of?  I can't imagine how you wouldn't be taking water damage there.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 27, 2007, 07:47:20 PM
Water damage = Damp
Damp = Mold
Mold = Sickness

I'd follow RVA's sage advice and get it sorted then chase them for financial repatriation by wharever means. You may also have a case against the selling realtor.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 27, 2007, 08:50:24 PM
Your insurance company may have the ability to drop you for having a leaky roof.  If something happens and you need to make a claim and it turns out your didn't fix your roof, they can cause a lot of trouble by saying your "neglect" voids your policy.

The other thing I'd be concerned about is that from what you say, you don't have a contract with this guy to fix your roof for $1k (or whatever).  What you have is a contract for this guy to deliver title to a house for $100k, contingent upon certain conditions being met.  So actually, he's breached a $100k or more contract. 

That doesn't mean you'd get that much in damages.  And you are free to only pursue $1k worth of damages in small claims court-- but by doing so you might close yourself off from making further claims on that same contract.  So if it turns out the water damage is worse than you thought, or maybe you find something else wrong on the house... well you've already pursued a claim for breach of contract and received your remedy.  Or the guy could counterclaim and say something stupid like "Since, I didn't deliver the house properly there is no contract.  You get your damages for the inconvenience I caused, and and some money for temporary housing, but I'll take my title back."

It's really unlikely for any of that to happen, so don't panic.  In all likelihood you just need a small repair on the roof, and small claims court will be just fine for seeking damages.  I'm just saying there's a few twists here that make your situation a bit different than a typical small claims suit.  That's why you want a guy in there who will fix it right away, and who will also be able to fill out a detailed report about exactly what's wrong and why and what should have been done and wasn't, etc.   

Most of them will be pretty good at it because they have to do it all the time, either for insurance purposes or because the sellear wants the documentation as evidence that they've fulfilled a contingency.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 29, 2007, 10:33:27 AM
I have a question, my boss will be spending the next week in Scotland. He wants to take his laptop with him, he will need and AC adapter/converter--right? Does anyone have a suggestion on which one to buy?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 29, 2007, 12:14:21 PM
I think this  (http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036264&cp=&pg=1&sr=1&origkw=power+converters+travel&kw=power+converters+travel&parentPage=search) is the one we use when we travel.  This one might require that he buys the extra plug adapter, though.  The one that I have has 3 or 4 built in plug adapter options already.  Either way, make sure that he gets the power converter, not just the plug adapter. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 29, 2007, 12:21:34 PM
Thanks FG!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 29, 2007, 12:33:27 PM
Most laptop power blocks are automatically 120 to 240 voltage, so you'll probably only need a plug adaptor. A converter is doubtless unncessary. Check the power block and see what it says.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 29, 2007, 12:46:13 PM
Oops, I meant to add the caveat that I don't have a laptop and have only used the one I have for charging my ipod and camera battery.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on August 29, 2007, 01:17:54 PM
I found one just like this (http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=692025/search=power%20plug%20adapter/skd=1) at Wal-Mart and Target both for around $10.

I checked everything I was taking and everything worked on both 110v and 220v... so we didn't need a power convertor, just a plug adaptor.

Convertors are more expensive and heavier.  That plug was inexpensive, has held up well on many travels and light as a feather.  We had no problems in Iceland, France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Virgin Islands or any of the other Caribbean Islands.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 29, 2007, 04:08:00 PM
Thanks you guys! The boss is heading to radio shack tonight to pick it all up.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on September 11, 2007, 02:01:25 PM
what is the best cut of beef or steak to use for stir fry (say, spicy orange chicken)? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 11, 2007, 03:08:46 PM
The best cut of beef for spicy orange chicken?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on September 11, 2007, 04:25:50 PM
I usually use flank steak for stir fry dishes. Make sure you cut across the grain when using it, or it will be super stringy.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on September 11, 2007, 09:26:14 PM
Is this a new sort of Barry Bonds Beefy Chicken?  :angel:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on September 11, 2007, 09:34:45 PM
Duh. Sorry.   i meant spicy orange beef. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on September 13, 2007, 09:10:09 AM
I dunno. I'm a lazy bastard who buys the shrink-wrapped packages of beef label "Beef for fajitas or stir fry"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on September 13, 2007, 10:24:30 AM
heh heh beefy chicken
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 16, 2007, 10:48:29 PM
Flank steak or round steak.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on September 17, 2007, 09:08:52 AM
What cut is round steak from? Is it round because it's from the rump?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on September 17, 2007, 09:21:24 AM
I dunno. I'm a lazy bastard who buys the shrink-wrapped packages of beef label "Beef for fajitas or stir fry"

genius!  this is what I ended up buying.  we don't eat much red meat, so i'd probably just never noticed it before.  it's already cut up and everything - less work for me!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 17, 2007, 11:49:32 AM
Yeah top round is upper ass.  Bottom round is lower ass.  Shank is the thigh below bottom round.

(http://www.wpclipart.com/food/meats_and_eggs/Beef_cuts.png)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on September 17, 2007, 11:22:08 PM
What cut is a filet mignon then?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 18, 2007, 12:51:11 AM
It's the short end of the Tenderloin.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on September 18, 2007, 10:15:39 AM
And the chateaubriand is the larger end.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on September 18, 2007, 12:45:56 PM
Where are all of the halloween stores in and around Dayton this year?  I know they should all be open by now.  I know there is COW Halloween by the Dayton Mall, and Spirit stores by the fairfield mall and at cross point center.  Any others I should to know about?  The dude would like to get a job there during the season, since this is basically like Christmas for him.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on September 18, 2007, 01:37:47 PM
Foy's in Fairborn is a big one.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on September 18, 2007, 03:03:55 PM
yeah, but Foy's tends to rehire the same seasonal help every year.  bummer!  he stopped in one today and already talked to the manager, so hopefully that will come through. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on September 19, 2007, 08:10:01 PM
And the chateaubriand is the larger end.

Thus proving that you can charge more if you use the French name for something because it sounds fancier.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on September 19, 2007, 09:46:53 PM
Well, it is larger...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 20, 2007, 01:11:39 AM
I cannot believe I just wasted 45 minutes on the web researching soap.

It seems like liquid soap cut would cut down on soap scum and be less drying on skin.  Also, bar soap is kind of gross when you think about it.  OTOH, washing with liquid soap just seems like more work.  Yes, I am that lazy.

Does anyone know how long an average bottle of liquid soap lasts compared to an average bar of soap?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on September 20, 2007, 06:51:37 AM
I cannot believe I just wasted 45 minutes on the web researching soap.

It seems like liquid soap cut would cut down on soap scum and be less drying on skin.  Also, bar soap is kind of gross when you think about it.  OTOH, washing with liquid soap just seems like more work.  Yes, I am that lazy.

Does anyone know how long an average bottle of liquid soap lasts compared to an average bar of soap?

If you only use about a quarter size portion of body wash when you shower, it will last as long as bar soap if not longer.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 20, 2007, 11:18:59 AM
I apologise in advance if any of the following sounds in anyway "politically uncorrect", but it's something MK & I have been quandrying ever since we witnessed it....

Whilst gently strolling the cobbled streets of Prague on Tuesday a dude in an electric wheelchair came hurtling towards us at quite the lick...

As he got closer we realised he was a quadraplegic (no arms, no legs).

We stood out of his way as he shot by, a smile upon his face.

My question is this - how t.f. was he controlling his wheelchair?

There was no tube coming out of his mouth to control it, (as we have seen before) nor did there appear to be any other 'steering/speed/brake' controls of any kind - unless perhaps it was ....erm... hidden up his wahoo?

I did speculate that he was being controlled remotely by someone in a nearby apartment block but that was dismissed by MK

So, how was he controlling the thing?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: noonan on September 20, 2007, 11:49:02 AM
Apparently there are controls using just a head tilt for speed and shoulder movements for steering.

Head, shoulder (not) knees and toes, (not) kness and toes (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1878697)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 20, 2007, 12:25:21 PM
Although if the guy was going really fast (on a cobblestone road, no less) in a wheelchair while grinning like a madman, something else must have been going on.  I don't think those wheelchairs go that fast for safety reasons.

If the guy is actually missing limbs instead of simply being unable to control them, maybe he has better balance and quicker head/neck/whatever movements than the typical quadriplegics and can get a faster chair. Still, from the way CR describes it, I wonder if he (or his friends) hadn't rigged up some kind of system for someone to outside to provide additional control, or at the very least defeated the speed governor.

Or maybe he's just a daredevil.  It's kind of cool either way, although hopefully he typically shows a bit more consideration for passers-by and didn't expect CR to be in his way.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on September 20, 2007, 01:54:13 PM
You forget that CR is pretty old, so "quite the lick" probably wasn't very fast.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on September 20, 2007, 02:09:42 PM
Yeah, I would say head controls.  That seems most likely.  If his only problem is missing limbs and not paralysis then he would have plenty of control over his neck muscles.  Power wheelchairs can definitely go that fast.  It really just depends on how you program the things.  I have the speed turned down fairly low on my chair because I don't have good control of it at higher speeds, but I could have it cranked up.  That dude should be more careful driving though.  But maybe he just got his fancy new driving system and he was really happy about it.  Or he was drunk or high.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on September 20, 2007, 02:45:04 PM
You forget that CR is pretty old, so "quite the lick" probably wasn't very fast.

Yes, when I saw CR was the judge of the speed, I figure he was going maybe 4.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on September 20, 2007, 03:00:48 PM
I have a friend who is effectively a quad... she has polio (I KNOW! She got it as a kid on vacation in South America) and her chair tops out at 10mph.  She has the use of two fingers on one hand, so she has dual controls... the head thing and a "manual" version with a joystick.

We clocked her in an empty parking lot against a car going just under 10mph and she won.  Not very scientific or dead-on accurate, but close enough.

Her dad has tricked out her chair, being a "tinkerer" but I doubt he would make it to where she could go faster... he worries about her all the time.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 20, 2007, 06:33:45 PM
You forget that CR is pretty old, so "quite the lick" probably wasn't very fast.

Faster than you heading for a Miller High Life in a cooler at the end of your garden. Yes, THAT quick!

So, he wasn't controlling it by sitting on a pole and using sphincter muscles then? Figured maybe that's why he had the grin?!

Almost weirder than the statue we saw of some czech saint picking his nose - which we will post soon!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on September 21, 2007, 12:27:30 AM
Or he was drunk or high.
Quite possible, considering beer is cheap and good in Prague (or it was when I was there)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on September 21, 2007, 04:42:31 AM
You forget that CR is pretty old, so "quite the lick" probably wasn't very fast.

Yes, when I saw CR was the judge of the speed, I figure he was going maybe 4.

And that would be 4 km per hour.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on September 21, 2007, 02:02:48 PM
You forget that CR is pretty old, so "quite the lick" probably wasn't very fast.

Faster than you heading for a Miller High Life in a cooler at the end of your garden. Yes, THAT quick!
I wouldn't go very fast for a Miller High Life either. Ugh.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on September 21, 2007, 03:57:27 PM
I wouldn't go very fast for a Miller High Life either. Ugh.
Hey now...no disparaging remarks about the Champagne of Beers,
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on September 21, 2007, 04:20:01 PM
I think I would be drunk or high if I were in Prague.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on September 24, 2007, 09:58:32 AM
Prague does have some of my favorite architecture in all of the old "Eastern Bloc".  It's on my list of Places to See Before Poncho Kicks the Bucket.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on September 24, 2007, 11:26:26 AM
So, he wasn't controlling it by sitting on a pole and using sphincter muscles then? Figured maybe that's why he had the grin?!

Personally, in this setup, I would not be smiling. 

We know now how *CR* would like to be set up if he ever needs a chair, however.  ;D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on September 25, 2007, 12:48:09 PM
Due to a variety of reasons, the tea house, while still profitable and doing well, has taken a significant emotional and physical toll on my wife and I.  For that reason, we are beginning to think about the future of the establishment.  Has anyone here owned a business where, once you were established, you took on investors or partners?  If so, how did that work for you? 

Ultimately, we'd like to maintain control of the operation and are concerned that extra "fingers" might result in a decline of quality in both the food and service. 

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 25, 2007, 01:07:12 PM
I've never been in the situation you mention, but taking on a partner is a pretty big deal.  In six months, if it's not working out that person has a share of the financial and physical assets.  You can't easily get rid of them if they don't want to go.

Unless you are worried about your financial risk, I guess I'd just try to hire some help rather than look for partners.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on September 25, 2007, 02:02:43 PM
I used to own a bagel shop right down the street from your tea house and you could easily recruit some great kids from the high school there for cheap. Seriously, the kids we hired would come in at 5 am and open the shop for us. One even graduated and went on to Miami but still drove down every weekend to work. You would have thought they were part owners as much pride as they took in their work.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on September 25, 2007, 02:37:42 PM
It is kind of a odd situation (or, at least, I perceive it as odd).  Most of the issues we are having could be resolved by having a landlord who maintained the property (we're an off building of a much larger, now-vacant restaurant) and bothered to keep some sort of presence.  As it stands, if it was just the cooking and operations of our establishment, that would be fine.  However, we've also been "forced" to maintain the main restaurant's property so it doesn't look so shitty and deal with the city (there is a sewer replacement project that has destroyed our street presence and entrance).  Any attempts to contact this board have been futile as, when they actually had a contact number, they never returned calls.  Now, the only number we had is disconnected.

Several times over the almost two years the property has been vacant, their neglect has resulted in emergency weekend plumbing repairs which we've deducted from our rent.  These issues have resulted in negative experiences for our guests which is totally unacceptable for us.  I think what I was thinking was more of a business manager who could help us deal with these sort of issues as well as pitch in with the yard work, etc.

As I am reading this, the words "Move locations, dumbass" keep resounding in my ears, but it isn't quite that easy.  We do have a sweetheart deal with the rent where we pay WELL below what the property is worth, plus, when the grounds are maintained, it fits precisely with what we wanted the place to be.  An investor would be needed if we had to move to another location as the space requirements, location and aesthetics would jack our operating costs well beyond the profit margin.  Plus, when we took the building over, saying it was in total disrepair doesn't even cover it.  Between Michelle, me, friends (including a number R-villians) and family, we transformed the place into something to be proud of.  I guess a large part of why I don't want to leave is because of the nine months of continuous labor it took to bring the place up to snuff combined with the sense that, while our names are on the books, there are dozens of others who painted walls, cut drywall, built websites, designed logos and lent their talents making our dream possible.  Sounds sappy, I know, but it is how we view the place.

I know I am whining about this and I probably know that the answer is either cope with what we've got or shut down.  This is our first foray into this sort of thing, so maybe this sort of thing is fairly common, but, while it is often quite fulfilling both financially and emotionally, it is becoming a ballache. 

I do like the idea of hiring on a high schooler to do some light yardwork.  Did you just send a job posting to the school? 

Again, sorry to be whiny/clueless.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on September 25, 2007, 02:50:20 PM
You don't sound whiny at all.  It can be a major stress when owning a business.  We've had to deal with similar concerns with the bar.  Mark hired a bar manager a month prior to the baby to run some of the daily operations, however it didn't work out since the whiskey flows cheap for employees.  We just hired another bar manager that is doing really well and has made some good changes so far. Once you find some good help at a reasonable price it's a good way to go if you're willing to give up a little bit of control, but it can be a fiasco when they aren't keeping up with what needs to be done.  I think hiring a manager or help from high school kids part-time is a better way to go than finding an investor or partner.   I worked with some kids at the theatre that went to school at Mariemont and they were great employees. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on September 25, 2007, 03:56:05 PM
Just a note from the "peanut gallery of those without experience, but who still have opinions."

I would think college-level folks might do a little better... especially if you could meet with the person in charge of the "Food Service Management/Hospitality Management" area of the college.  A lot of times those kids can actually get credit for the work they do for you THUS being double-vested in doing a good job.  The student gets the credit/work history they need for the future and they get paid.  It's amazing the things that can be worked out.

You could look for a candidate who reminds you of one (or both) of the two of you in their attitude and level of attachment to making people happy.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 25, 2007, 04:48:49 PM
What you need is a property manager.  They're paid to know city property rules, how to maintain and make small repairs on property, keep things looking nice, balance the books, etc.  The only hitch is that they usually work for the landlord maintaining the property.  So you'd have to have some sort of custom arrangement/possibly freelance agreement.  But a property manager should have all the skills you're looking for.

The thing is, if you're just the tenant there's only a limited amount of stuff you can do since technically it's not your property.  Both in terms of dealing with the city and the landlord.  You can get that place looking real good and the LL will say, "Thanks for the spruce-up.  You really raised my property value.  Now I'm raising the rent and if you don't like it get out."

I would be kind of careful about putting time and money into anything you can't physically carry out of there.  Even stuff that gets affixed to the wall can end up being the property of the owner.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on September 25, 2007, 05:53:07 PM
I don't think you should move if you can avoid it. The demographics in the area are great and the cottage does add to the ambiance... but then again, I never experienced the plumbing problems when I was there.

I'm just thinking out loud here but when RVA mentioned a property manager, I immediately thought of my mom because she did that for years and is now retired. She's totally burnt out or I'd suggest her but maybe there are other retired property managers out there who might work on a consulting fee or something. I have no idea. Just throwing it out there.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on September 25, 2007, 10:27:42 PM
Quote from: rva
The thing is, if you're just the tenant there's only a limited amount of stuff you can do since technically it's not your property.  Both in terms of dealing with the city and the landlord.  You can get that place looking real good and the LL will say, "Thanks for the spruce-up.  You really raised my property value.  Now I'm raising the rent and if you don't like it get out."

Or worse, they can say "Thanks for the spruce-up. You really raised my property value. Now I'm going to sell everything off and you are screwed three ways to Dover." (is that a saying? I think I just made it up.)

But so as not to be all Debbie-Downer...if you've got a good arrangement then I think things will work out. It sounds like you've got a good arrangement so I wouldn't sweat it. And that whole construction thing...while annoying, rarely takes more than 2 years. If you want to get to the bottom of it, I'd suggest finding out: 1) your jurisdiction (state? county? city?) 2) your jurisdiction's hierarchical structure regarding capital construction projects...i.e. is it the Dept of Transportation or Dept of Water and Sewer or Department of Environment 3) then calling (better: going into their office) to find out the timeline of this project.

You won't get them to move their trucks or anything, but at least you'll have some answers. PM me if you need help with all this. I "might" be able to do some research for ya.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on September 26, 2007, 08:39:36 AM
Thanks for the ideas!  I'm feeling a bit more re-energized knowing how and where our attentions need to be focused in the short term.

You can get that place looking real good and the LL will say, "Thanks for the spruce-up.  You really raised my property value.  Now I'm raising the rent and if you don't like it get out."

At least in the state of Ohio, we are somewhat protected from this.  Our lawyer told us that if things got nasty, we can come after them for the amount we've improved their property.  I don't quite understand how that works and hopefully it won't come to that, but it seems we could make their lives difficult if need be.

CC - Do you think your mom knows any retiree/PM looking to take on something like the Cozy?

Dan - We've made all the calls and got the time line (18 months).  The problem is that we were given certain guarantees about being able to access the property that have not been met several times  (think a 6ft wide uncovered trench between the driveway and street) .  Those have been remedied, but not after we had customers crawling through the trench or hopping fences and without the whole "push 1 for..." phone tag rigmarole.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 26, 2007, 09:45:34 AM
Yeah, you can sue for improvements on property.  But who decides what's an improvement, and what that improvement is worth?  If the landlord decides he's going to turn the place into a parking garage, then what you did isn't helpful.  And if the landlord says "Hey wait, I never asked you to do this, and you never told me you were going to" you could be SOL.  And just in general, when you make the landlord's life difficult, you also make your life difficult.  You can win the case and have the money eaten up in legal fees.

But like Dan says, it's nothing that should prevent you from moving forward.  It happens almost any time commercial property is leased.  The tenant always wants or needs to make changes to the property. Just be aware.  There are certain things you can take with you (eg. tables), there are certain things which can easily be valued and that a court will recognize, there are some things you will get screwed on (painting), and there are some things that are up for grabs.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on September 26, 2007, 01:11:13 PM
Just a thought, have you talked to SCORE at all?

http://www.score.org/explore_score.html (http://www.score.org/explore_score.html)

SCORE's 10,500 volunteer counselors have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business.

Free, nice people, lots of enthusiasm with solid advice.  And you might even get one out of retirement for the cottage, you never know  ;)

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on September 26, 2007, 01:37:12 PM
Unfortunately for you, the problem with construction is that it's a bunch of guys out in the field doing one thing, and a bunch of paper pushers in the office doing another. Sadly, they don't always coordinate/line-up. My experience is that you need to become buddy-buddy with the staffer who is watching over/heading up the project. Otherwise, you'll just need to be patient and keep reminding them that there's no access to your property. They 'know' that you're supposed to have it, but sometimes that just gets forgotten or whatnot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on September 26, 2007, 07:14:26 PM
CC - Do you think your mom knows any retiree/PM looking to take on something like the Cozy?

No, she didn't have peers, reallly. Her retirement party was very awkward. They've never had one before at that company because it was very cut throat and hence why Mom is burned out.

I was going to suggest trying SCORE and the Small Business Administration in general, but Bride beat me to it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on September 26, 2007, 11:17:36 PM

I was going to suggest trying SCORE and the Small Business Administration in general, but Bride beat me to it.

Funny, because you talking about your mom being retired reminded me of them.

A friend & I had in idea once and got an appointment with a shockingly accomplished & v. nice executive. 
(idea turned out to be shite, but Score was thumbs up.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on September 27, 2007, 09:55:51 AM
You guys are great!  We're going to meet with someone from SCOPE next week to get some ideas and I'll call Mariemont high school looking for someone to do that yard work.  I really do appreciate your ideas and thoughts.  I think we just got so deeply involved and overwhelmed in it that we couldn't see things as clearly as we'd like.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 01, 2007, 02:05:52 PM
How does one give a cat a pill without an extra pair of human hands to help? I thought about slipping the pill into a treat, but young Atticus Finch doesn't like treats. (Honest to God, he doesn't seem to understand the concept of treats in the slightest.)

He was just put on liquid antibiotics, but they're upsetting his stomach. His vet is switching him to a pill today. Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 01, 2007, 02:09:29 PM
Can you crush it up and mix it in with his food?  Or does that defeat the purpose of it being a pill?

If you don't have an extra pair of hands around maybe the vet has some advice or maybe a pill isn't the solution.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on October 01, 2007, 02:21:33 PM
How does one give a cat a pill without an extra pair of human hands to help? I thought about slipping the pill into a treat, but young Atticus Finch doesn't like treats. (Honest to God, he doesn't seem to understand the concept of treats in the slightest.)

He was just put on liquid antibiotics, but they're upsetting his stomach. His vet is switching him to a pill today. Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated!

I could force feed a pill to a dog by myself... a cat, not so much.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on October 01, 2007, 02:22:23 PM
Do you have one of those pill shooter things?  
http://www.entirelypets.com/pillgun.html
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 01, 2007, 03:48:53 PM
I'd reason with it until it understood.  Perhaps a "timeout" is in order?  Maybe a quick "I'll be very disappointed in you." will work? 

This technique doesn't seem to work at all with children... so maybe it was actually meant for cats?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 01, 2007, 04:17:27 PM
You clearly do not know cats.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 01, 2007, 04:27:27 PM
I'd reason with it until it understood.  Perhaps a "timeout" is in order?  Maybe a quick "I'll be very disappointed in you." will work? 

This technique doesn't seem to work at all with children... so maybe it was actually meant for cats?

Yeah, I agree with Kwyj.  I doubt a cat would do anything but (internally) laugh at you for that. 

As for what works with children, I find it effective to hold them still by the arms and say very firmly,
"I WILL RUIN YOU." 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on October 01, 2007, 06:10:38 PM
Having fairly docile cats, my vet taught me to squeeze the jaws by where they connect...it causes them to open up.  I can do this with one hand, and then the other, I dropped the pill in and clamped the jaw shut while rubbing the throat which causes the cat to swallow.  This method has worked for every cat I've ever dealt with except for the Evil Air. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on October 01, 2007, 08:39:10 PM
I have a docile cat until she goes to the vet or has to have a bath (I still have scars from the last time I did that- two years ago!)

I use a similar technique, but I pin her between my knees so that the claws are limited in what they can gouge. Then I do the rest of Trixi's suggestion.

I've found with liquid that I can mix it into tuna fish water and she will devour that- the tuna is an extra special treat, so she really likes it!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 01, 2007, 09:40:11 PM
I do the "get them to step on a towel and then roll' em up real fast" trick.  Although my cats will eat pretty much anything I feed them that looks and smells vaguely like a treat.  The big problem I have is trying to feed either one a pill while keeping the other away.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on October 02, 2007, 01:13:59 AM
Exactly what Trixi said.  But we also sort of dip the pill in some human baby food (turkey flavor is very popular at our house), and it goes right down.  Then we put a little more baby food on their noses to make them lick and swallow.  We never have a fight on our hands with pills.  In fact, the cats seem to mostly enjoy it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on October 02, 2007, 08:23:18 AM
Do you have one of those pill shooter things? 
http://www.entirelypets.com/pillgun.html

Seriously. It's the only way to go. At least until the cat wises up to that, too. Then you're screwed.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 02, 2007, 10:19:16 AM
Thanks, folks. It probably would have been helpful for me to check the boards last night before pill time to see your excellent suggestions ...  :P ... nonetheless, I defaulted to the method I used when my dog was a puppy ... which is essentially the same concept that Trixi and others suggested.

I remembered that I had a pill shooter thing, so I dug that out, too. It wouldn't shoot the pill, though, so I have no idea what I was doing wrong.

Anyway, young Finch just had his next dose (which went much more smoothly than his first one last night). He's actually here with me in my office today so that I can keep an eye on him.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 02, 2007, 11:21:47 AM
Sadly... my sarcasm and commentary on poor parenting didn't translate.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on October 02, 2007, 07:59:42 PM
That pill shooter thing looks dangerous... :o

When I had cats, it was speed, & the jaw thing mentioned above.  I'd kneel with the cat between my knees, facing away: 
-Prop the top jaw so they were looking at the ceiling,
-Pop that pill in there
-Good kitty!  Snack!

With a psycho cat....why bother doing ANYTHING for them?  >:D

I have a question:

Do those "CD-DVD Repair kits" work at all?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 02, 2007, 08:08:55 PM
Not really, no.  If your CD is scratched bad, they won't help.  If your CD is barely scratched, all it needs is a polish.

In the rare event that your CD is moderately scratched but can be fixed, they work.  But a cotton swab and a bit of toothpaste work just as well.  If you can get it to play with a bit of toothpaste buffing, rip it immediately and transfer it to a new DVD/CD.



Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on October 02, 2007, 08:25:27 PM
Dang that was fast!  ;D  Thanks!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 03, 2007, 07:10:57 AM
But a cotton swab and a bit of toothpaste work just as well.  If you can get it to play with a bit of toothpaste buffing, rip it immediately and transfer it to a new DVD/CD.

Works especially well on AC/DC's "Back in Plaque" and the Stones' "Plaque & Blue"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 03, 2007, 08:44:27 AM
This is probably a stupid question, but does it matter if the toothpaste is a gel or the traditional white paste?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 03, 2007, 10:17:07 AM
i'm pretty sure it has to be a paste, because they dry differently and the paste has a more grainy texture.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 03, 2007, 10:36:01 AM
I don't know, but what vizzah says sounds right.  There's nothing chemically reactive about the toothpaste that fixes the cd.  It's just that toothpaste a really mild abrasive-- abrasive enough to maybe buff out a scratch, but not so abrasive as to cause scratches itself.

To that end, the grainier ones are probably better although I don't know how much difference it makes.  I wouldn't worry about them being too grainy and scratching the CD because if that happened, it would have messed up everyone's teeth already.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 03, 2007, 11:11:14 AM
I have two questions:

1.  I need to make a birthday cake or dessert for Sunday, my mom's birthday.  We can never have chocolate at family dinners (my husband is allergic). I thought about something Pumpkin, but I was hoping not to sour us on it before the holidays got here, plus i'll probably be making pumpkin cheesecake for my husband's birthday at the end of the month.  My mom also loooooooves cinnamon.  And I'd love a relatively simple recipe, since I have a smart-mouthed toddler under my feet constantly and not a lot of time.  Any ideas?

2.  Can anyone recommend a hotel on or really close to the levee that doesn't cost a fortune?  It looks like the dude and I will like be spending New years eve there and we're trying to plan ahead, since it's something we'll need to stick money back for.  Any not-hella-expensive eatery recommendations are welcome, too. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 03, 2007, 12:37:10 PM
Vizz, what about this? (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Spice-Ring/Detail.aspx)

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 03, 2007, 12:44:28 PM
Cuddly, that sounds awesome, but I was really trying to avoid pumpkin - since we have it for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatever occasions fall in between. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 03, 2007, 01:07:07 PM
What about something involving apples? You could take advantage of your mom's love of cinnamon and they're usually pretty easy to prepare. apple recipes. (http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Desserts/Cobblers-Crisps-Crumbles/Apple/Main.aspx)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on October 03, 2007, 02:36:08 PM
2.  Can anyone recommend a hotel on or really close to the levee that doesn't cost a fortune?  It looks like the dude and I will like be spending New years eve there and we're trying to plan ahead, since it's something we'll need to stick money back for.  Any not-hella-expensive eatery recommendations are welcome, too. 

The Comfort Suites in Bellevue is around $160 a night.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 03, 2007, 02:48:56 PM
The Travelodge (right at the Newport end of the Taylor/Southgate Bridge - just yards from the Southgate House) are showing $70 for 12/30 and $80 for 12/31. Taxes add about $20.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on October 03, 2007, 03:29:17 PM
I have two questions:

1.  I need to make a birthday cake or dessert for Sunday, my mom's birthday.  We can never have chocolate at family dinners (my husband is allergic). I thought about something Pumpkin, but I was hoping not to sour us on it before the holidays got here, plus i'll probably be making pumpkin cheesecake for my husband's birthday at the end of the month.  My mom also loooooooves cinnamon.  And I'd love a relatively simple recipe, since I have a smart-mouthed toddler under my feet constantly and not a lot of time.  Any ideas? 

Is bread pudding cinnamon-y?  Or a custard pie with cinnamon, but that's not as simple as you have to be careful when you're tempering the eggs.  Doesn't require a whole crapload of ingredients, though.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on October 03, 2007, 03:30:52 PM
The Comfort Suites in Bellevue is around $160 a night.

Word of warning on this hotel - it is 100% non-smoking.

Honestly Viz, I know the TraveLodge isn't exactly sexy, but it's affordable, allows smoking and is right across the street from the Levee. It's probably your best bet for a holiday weekend.

In Covington there's the Radisson, Embassy Suites, Marriott and a Holiday Inn, all within hopping distance of the Southbank Shuttle ($1.25 per trip) but I doubt you'll find anything more affordable and so close to the action than the TraveLodge.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 03, 2007, 04:30:48 PM
Awesome - we're not looking for anything swanky at all - just a place to sleep because we'll surely be loaded and a little loud and rowdy.  Thanks for the tips!

and Butter, apparently bread pudding is heavy on the cinnamon, so I'm looking for some recipes for that, too. 
Thanks, everyone! 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 03, 2007, 04:48:05 PM
Check restaurant.com.  Sometimes you get lucky and they'll have deal at a pretty nice restaurant.  I've seen $70 certificates for $35 before.  If you see something good, I might be able to hook you up with another 15% off on top of that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 03, 2007, 05:12:19 PM
Q: Anyone here suffered from kidney stones?

If yes and you succesfully pee'd one out and maybe 'caught' it - what did it look like?

Maybe like a cookie crumb with tadpole overtones?

I'm asking for a friend.

OK, I'm not.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 03, 2007, 06:32:17 PM
Do a google image search (like I did), and you'll see all kinds of different looking ones. Based on the pics I found, it sounds like your friend may have passed one.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 03, 2007, 06:51:27 PM
Q: Anyone here suffered from kidney stones?

YES! And they are NOT PLEASANT! :'(

Only someone who has experienced a kidney stone firsthand can truly appreciate the level of pain involved. It knocked me off my feet, and I ended up doubled over on the floor of a stall in the ladies room at work until the ambulance could get there. (My building is no more than 1/2 mile from the hospital, yet the ambulance got lost getting there. But I digress.) In addition, I have bad veins, so it took about 2.5 hours for them to get morphine into me. Ungodly.

Unfortunately, mine was huge and, as such, unable to pass on its own, so I ended up having surgery to get it out -- not the noninvasive surgery where they blast it with a laser or whatever, but the "put-you-under-general-anethesia, go-up-through-your-hooha, remove-it, and-insert-a-temporary catheter" kind of surgery.

The doctor showed it to me after the surgery and it was a nasty looking bugger. Probably the size of a large pea (no pun intended) and black. It looked like a saw blade, except it was a thick ball -- like a pellet. I asked to keep it, but he wouldn't let me. I then offered him $100 for it, but he still said no. Ahhhh, the blessed fog that is the post-anethesia netherworld.

If you have one, you very well may be prone to having them again -- so be sure to have them test the stone to see what it's made of (they can be made of different things). Usually a change in your diet can prevent them from forming again. A coworker's daughter-in-law gets them almost monthly but won't go to the doctor. I don't know how she deals with it.

They gave me a strainer thing that hooks onto the toilet bowl and is kept in place when you put the toilet seat down. It strains the pee and catches the kidney stone. Haven't had to use it yet, knock wood, but I have what I call "phantom pains" that stop me in my tracks.

FYI -- my sister also has kidney stones. She had to have surgery the first time like I did, but was able to pass the second one herself by staying in bed, drinking an obscene amount of water, getting hopped up on pain meds, and waiting it out.

Wow. More than you wanted to know, I'm sure. You have my sympathies!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on October 03, 2007, 08:43:54 PM
GAH!  Make it stop!!! :o
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 03, 2007, 11:06:31 PM
To save Doves' sensibilities, I'll hide my story behind a soiler, sorry spoiler....

I'm pretty certain "my friend" was lucky. Okay, I was lucky. I did pass it, but with little pain, just wild discomfort that whole morning and, previously, lots of 'events' whilst we were on holiday in England and Prague. Twice I was doubled over in pain with what felt like a very bad case of stomach cramps. I now reckon it was the blighter moving from my kidney to my bladder, or just generally having a fucking party somewhere up and around my genitalia.

I kinda looked down yesterday morning and there it was on the pan of the loo. I retrived it and bagged it up for posterity.

I have looked at images online and they do seem to tally up. Like a complete unknown. Like a kidney stone.

On the plus side
a) most of my discomfort 'down there' has since gone
b) I have an almost complete bottle of percocet tablets (from when I was rushed to ER a few weeks ago with, yes, what was a complete CUNT of a back pain. One CT-scan later confirmed the presence of a kidney stone and then, doctor's warnings of the possibilities of sticking tubes up my plonker to zap it with a light sabre or something)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on October 03, 2007, 11:54:52 PM
I had them 5 years ago... went to the emergency room at 5 am because I didn't know what it was. Ran through the standard x-rays / morphine fun. Passed 3 of them (all relatively small, thank God) and was back up and running two days later.

Unfortunately, they say that if you get them once, the likelihood of them reoccurring are high. I'm not really looking forward to round two, so I try to drink lots of fluids to keep 'regular' (so to speak).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on October 04, 2007, 12:00:44 AM
Brian gets them a LOT.  Most recent one was a few months ago.  It was the only one he successfully peed out.  It took almost 2 months.  It was bad.  He would occasionally have pain so severe he would be screaming.  Luckily, he thought ahead and got a prescription for Vicodin with several refills.  So he just kept taking it until the stone passed.  He took many photos of his stone, but as the stone represents a phobia for me (not because of what it is, but because of what it looks like....lonnnnnng story), I cannot attach any pictures here.  If you are curious, I can have him pm you a pic.  It is utterly disgusting.  And amazingly large.

Have the doc do a chemical analysis of the stone.  Then he/she can tell you what to avoid dietarily.  Brian can no longer drink black tea or cola.  Among other things that I'm forgetting right now.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on October 04, 2007, 12:05:54 AM
A question:

Is it plagiarism to plagiarize yourself?  I'm writing a paper right now (due in 3 hours...yay procrastination!).  The topic is one that was covered in its near entirety by a series of papers I wrote for a class I took over the summer.  So, I'm cutting and pasting a lot.  It also relies on information already written by my library in an internal document.  So, I'm also lifting a lot from there, but as it is an internal document, no one can view it, so by the definition of APA style, you cannot cite it in the reference section. 

So, I'm writing a paper that does not involve much in the way of new original thought/work.  Like maybe only a couple of sentences out of 5 pages. 

I'm tired of grad school.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 04, 2007, 12:26:52 AM
Legally it's not plagiarism, no.  But in terms of "cheating" on your homework, it could be.

Most schools have a general policy about handing in the same paper(s) twice, like X% is supposed to be original.  So you might want to discretely check on that.

From a personal ethical standpoint, I don't really think it's a big deal.  You're tying papers in from a bunch of different sources, so obviously there's some original thought going on as to how all those things tie together.  It's like you've thought those thoughts before... so what?  That's the same with most papers.

If you'd just kept a journal and written them down for your own benefit, you could copy them and it wouldn't be cheating.  Or you could simply paraphrase yourself and it wouldn't be cheating.   Would either of those things actually add to the anything to the actual content?  No.  And I see professional papers all the time which are nothing more than "surveys" summarizing (with liberal copying) current literature.  Or someone writes essentially the exact same article a dozen times with even the same data; just with a very slight "twist" which isn't really much of a twist at all.

I guess if I knew it was against the rules, I wouldn't do it but just because you should follow the rules.  But I wouldn't personally feel like there was anything morally wrong with it. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 04, 2007, 08:30:42 AM
Have the doc do a chemical analysis of the stone.  Then he/she can tell you what to avoid dietarily.  Brian can no longer drink black tea or cola.  Among other things that I'm forgetting right now.

My old boss had to give up pop after her had his. His was small (had to use a microscope to see it clearly) but it was jagged, I'd take giving birth to twins without any pain control over one of those any day.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 04, 2007, 08:49:07 AM
CR - my dad has had kidney stones almost constantly since he was about 30.  Remember that emergency surgery he had a while back?  It was option b.) from your hidden post.  My dad is a rough, tough appalachian type and the only two times I've seen him cry is when his father passed...and this particular time (plus, on this occasion, he was also writhing in pain, which I had never seen him do).
 Most people think if you pass it, it's all good.  Not true.   As Pops was trying to learn to live with the pain, he had clusters of stones blocking both passages to his junk, and his kidneys started to shut down.  One thing I know that is extremely important is to limit your coffee, tea & soda intake and you really need to be drinking your 8 glasses water daily.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 04, 2007, 12:35:03 PM
All that talk about cat litter on another thread got me thinking:

How the hell do I prevent my cat from going outside? She's a little fucking ninja who lies in wait for the slightest crack in the door and before we can even see her she's out. She comes back after a few hours, but is usually filthy or has gotten into a fight or something. Her ear got nearly chewed off one time last year, and last week she came back with a huge slash mark on her back.

I don't know what to do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 04, 2007, 12:43:22 PM
Don't let her back in, teach her a lesson.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 04, 2007, 12:44:14 PM
Tried that. She doesn't seem to care. She'll just hang out on the porch until we eventually let her back in.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 04, 2007, 12:44:23 PM
Scott, we have the same problem except our little escapee is easy to find (he heads right for the lawn). I don't know what you can do to stop the kitty from getting out, we haven't figured it out yet either. I would ask if there is any way you could prevent her from getting near the door (ie: a baby gate), but if she's like my cat baby gates won't stop her.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 04, 2007, 12:49:55 PM
Get a mean dog to eat her?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 04, 2007, 02:04:25 PM
Haha. Poncho is the bestest.

I'd just accept that your cat wants to be an inside and outside cat and just run with it. She's gonna get in trouble when she's out there, but theoretically she'll get street smarts the longer she's outside, right?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 04, 2007, 02:05:50 PM
In relation to my post on the Anti-FABO thread:

I'm sure at some point during this interview/offer process, I'm going to have negotiate a salary.  Only problem is, I've never really had to do that.  If my boss lady asks me what I expect or hope this position to pay - I'm not sure what I'll say.  Salary.com wants too much info from me to give me an idea, but Payscale.com gave me an idea, but I want to make sure I'm pretty close, because I don't want her to balk at whatever I say.  If you have info or a website, please PM it to me or put a link up here.  I don't really want to disclose the job title or further salary details here, because, well...I don't wanna. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 04, 2007, 02:20:25 PM
I'm not sure about Ohio, but in Florida... cat nipple-milkers don't make much.  Ooops... did I say that out loud?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 04, 2007, 04:11:07 PM
cuddly: Baby gates mean nothing to this cat.

Dan: The thing is, I'd just run with it, but we have other pets in the house, and I don't want her bringing anything in off the street that they may get. And if I'm being honest, I have no desire to spend several hundred dollars at the vet to get her fixed up after one of these escapades. I've considered giving her away to someone who won't mind having an indoor/outdoor cat, but I don't know if I could do that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on October 04, 2007, 04:16:44 PM
I'm not sure about Ohio, but in Florida... cat nipple-milkers don't make much.  Ooops... did I say that out loud?
How much do they pay you in Florida for milking a thread for all it's worth?
Is there an open mic night somewhere that has prompted you to use this thread for practice?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 04, 2007, 04:19:48 PM
This is sort of a related question. Scott, did you guys have problems with Kenna chasing the cat and getting scratched?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 04, 2007, 06:22:27 PM
If my boss lady asks me what I expect or hope this position to pay - I'm not sure what I'll say.

Don't say anything and wait for them to bring it up first.  If you get that question, tell them you expect to be compensated fairly for your skills,  but that you won't make your decision strictly on salary but also on benefits, how the environment suits your style, and the opportunities to meet your own personal and professional goals.  Which is all true.

If they push they the issue, or if you are uncomfortable with how long it's taking to get to the salary discussion (don't bring it up first thing), ask them what they envision the salary to be for the position.

In a negotiation, information is leverage.  They already know what they want to pay you, and how high they're willing to go.    You don't.  If they also know what you're looking for, then it's game over. 

In an job situation, usually (but not always) the employer has the power advantage in that you need the position more than they need it filled.  They also usually have the information advantage in that they probably know more about what the market value of that position is than you do.  But you have the tactical advantage in that ultimately they have to reveal their hand (salary, bennies, etc.) in a written offer and you get the final "yes" or "no" say.

So go in knowing you have that advantage, and exploit it.  You should try to gently cajole them into giving you a salary range-- after all, they're going to have to reveal their hand and offer you a salary at some point.  You, on the other hand, NEVER have to say what you want.  You can simply look at their offer and say "No thanks."

But also try to get as much info. as you can about market value of the position and how much you'll personally take.  If they're tough negotiators, sometimes you'll have to give away a bit-- that's how negotiations work.  You can try to highball them so as not to give anything away, but then they'll just think you're greedy or stupid. 

So get them to make the first move if at all possible, reveal as little as you can without looking like a weirdo or hardass who'll be hard to get along with, and have as clear an idea as you can about what you're looking for and then it'll be easy to handle the negotiation as far as what to say and when to say it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 05, 2007, 09:09:36 AM
How much do they pay you in Florida for milking a thread for all it's worth?
Is there an open mic night somewhere that has prompted you to use this thread for practice?
I'm a bargain shopper.  I like to get the full value out of my randomville experience.  Milk it dry, I say.  Milk it often.  Double coupons!

To answer your second question.  Not that I'm aware of, but I can let you know if I hear of any.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 05, 2007, 10:02:16 AM
This is sort of a related question. Scott, did you guys have problems with Kenna chasing the cat and getting scratched?



Yep, but I suspect that's all kids. Some learn, some don't. Kenna didn't. She kept right on doing it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 05, 2007, 10:30:46 AM
I think it is all kids.  If our little brat-o-saurus sees that soemthing has a tail, you can bet he's gonna pull it.  Hard.  Oddly enough, dogs tend to be more docile abotut his kind of thing than cats.  My friend's giant gold lab let V yank on his tail for hours and just took it, but he has a cat at baby mama's house, too, and she slays him when he does it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 05, 2007, 10:54:21 AM
Oddly enough, dogs tend to be more docile abotut his kind of thing than cats.  My friend's giant gold lab let V yank on his tail for hours and just took it [...]

It really depends on the breed of dog -- and also whether or not the kid is a member of the dog's "pack family." Labs and Goldens tend to be incredibly docile and patient with kids, but there are breeds of dogs that would not be so patient. Sometimes the more aggressive dogs are patient when they live with the kid, but sometimes not. Sometimes Goldens and Labs can be aggressive when it's a kid they don't know or they aren't used to kids. If it's an older dog with arthritis, for example, the dog might snap because the kid unintentionally hurt him/her. And, of course, abused dogs of any breed are always going to have issues. I'm always overly cautious when kids want to approach Luke (who's a Golden) ... not because he's aggressive (he's a goofball) but because (1) he gets over-excited and could knock them down and (2) I want the kids to understand the safe way to approach dogs they don't know.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 05, 2007, 10:57:51 AM
This is sort of a related question. Scott, did you guys have problems with Kenna chasing the cat and getting scratched?


Yep, but I suspect that's all kids. Some learn, some don't. Kenna didn't. She kept right on doing it.

I know, but we're having a small disagreement about how to handle it. I'm of the mind that she's 2 (well, will be in two weeks), if he claws her she probably did something to deserve it (the last time she got scratched, I told her to stay away several times and removed her from the closet twice before it happened). But my husband is ready to drop kick the cat over the fence for scratching her.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 05, 2007, 11:03:30 AM
Does he not understand that it's not the cat's fault?  I get being protective but yeah, the cat's doing what cats do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 05, 2007, 11:09:09 AM
Yeah, I've gotta agree with Kwyj. No offense to your hubby, but this is what drives me batty about some humans. It's why I don't go to zoos anymore, after an unfortunate ... well, let's just call it an "incident" ... 13 years ago involving me and a guy who was taunting an animal at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 05, 2007, 11:16:20 AM
Yeah, the cat is acting on instinct, but you're hubby's concerns shouldn't be so quickly dismissed.  I've seen cats and dogs really turn on children because they see no other recourse.  Our neighbors just had to find a home for their cat because after months of tail pulling and a swipe here or there, the cat finally snapped and attacked the kid.

I don't know anything about raising toddlers other than it looks like they are very difficult to train/keep in control.  I guess it is a kid by kid thing, but the 2 year olds I've seen kind of have their own agenda and might not be able to know how to interact with something with fangs and claws until they are a bit older?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 05, 2007, 11:17:39 AM
In one of the best moments of child/dog comedy I've ever seen... my friend's 3 year old son pulled the tail of another friend's weimaraner, apparently hard enough to either sting or scare him.  Now the boy is a "small" 3 (maybe 30-ish pounds???) and the weimaraner is a large one (about 110lbs or so) and the floors are hardwood.  If you've never seen a weimaraner run... it's a sight... they actually can outrun a greyhound, but have very little patience for organized running and are often distracted by sights/sounds.

Boy pulls tail.
Dog yelps and hops up on back legs... takes off at lightspeed across the house.
Kid begins screaming in surprise/fear.
Dog turns to see what kid is doing, but forgets it is still running at top speed.
BAMMMMM! Dog hits end table, shatters end table and lamp and whatever was on table.
Friends begin yelling at dog, at kid, at each other.
Dog scrambles to his feet and runs at full speed back to kid to see what's going on.
*slow motion*
Kid stops screaming and has a look of sheer panic on his face as he realizes he's going to be barreled over.
Dog howls as he hits the brakes, realizing he is going to bowl over the kid.
Dog slides on hardwood floors... still on target.
BOOOOOOOM!
Dog hits kid.
Kid goes flying and beer cups go flying as like 5 adults try at once to catch kid.
Dog does barrel-roll and winds up with several of said beer cups on it.
Adults collide, but catch kid.

At the end of this event, we were very thankful that we had plastic cups (we were about to walk down to a street festival) and that both the dog and the kid were safe... but as one of the adults that wasn't anywhere near the kid, but had a great view of the whole scene... I couldn't stop laughing.




ETA:
I'm fully in the cat's corner here.  I hate cats, but this is all the kid's fault, not the cat's.  Your kid needs some training not to do this.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 05, 2007, 11:20:21 AM
an "incident" ... 13 years ago involving me and a guy who was taunting an animal at the Philadelphia Zoo.

I did that once. I called a hippo "fat"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 05, 2007, 11:25:12 AM
I just did about a dozen things with my cat to stop those mad dash out the door.

Always open the door carefully and never wider than you have to, and be prepared for a quick grab.  If you have groceries or something, put them down and open the door by pushing the bag into the door with your foot.  That way the bags serve as a partial block of the escape route.  And the cats are confused by this giant object pushing its way toward them.

Use the backdoor sometimes so they know that they can't just lie in wait by the front door.

I feed my cats when I get in from work.  I think that helps because they know if they dash outside they're missing dinner.  I also made them a comfy bed by a window with a screen at the very far end of the house.  They get a little outdoors vibe through the screen that way.  Also, that's where they hang out now.  It's a long way to get from there all the way to the front door when the car rolls up.

It's like anything else with cats.  You don't train them to obey so much as you just make it not worth their while to do stuff you don't want.  The less they go outdoors, the less they'll want to go outdoors.

Don't get me wrong, you never really train them.  If I leave my door open and walk away, one of my cats will be outside within 30 seconds.  You always have to be careful about it.  But I can open doors like a normal person now.  My cat will look at me sometimes, and look at the open door and then kinda go "Aw fuck it."  He knows the odds he actually makes it outside are slim.  And all that will happen is me chasing him everywhere or forcing him into a hiding place and then dumping him back inside while yelling at him.  It's much more fun just to hang out and play with me indoors, get some petting, and then some food.

My cat was an indoor/outdoor cat for the first 12 months of his life before I got him, and he's pretty active.  So training them to stay indoors definitely can be done.  It also helps a lot when they get out of that kitten/adolescent phase where they need to run around and explore everything.

My other cat is completely lazy and has been an indoor cat his whole life.  I don't think the idea of going outdoors holds any appeal to him at all.  Someone left the door open for 2 hours one time and he got out.  All he did was crawl under the porch and sit there.  He'd been trying to get back IN the whole time but was too scared to leave his safe hiding spot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 05, 2007, 11:44:06 AM
Does he not understand that it's not the cat's fault?  I get being protective but yeah, the cat's doing what cats do.

In the back of his mind, he knows it's not the cats fault. But he's frustrated with the cat for other reasons (like peeing on the carpet and chasing the other cat around) and is looking for an excuse to get rid of him. I know this because when I told him our other cat swatted at Elise, he barely responded but he goes off if the male cat so much as looks at Elise the wrong way.

Poncho, we're working on teaching her how to be gentle and leave them alone but she's 2--you have to repeat yourself over and over before they actually "get it". It's the fun part about parenting a toddler  ::)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 05, 2007, 12:27:40 PM

we're working on teaching her how to be gentle and leave them alone but she's 2--you have to repeat yourself over and over before they actually "get it". It's the fun part about parenting a toddler  ::)

That's the tricky part.  Foolsgold was pretty dead on, pretty much ALL two year olds (and most 3 year olds) have their own agenda.  You can explain calmly, yell, time out, spank, etc - but they're just not havin' it.  They're genuinely not interested in what you have to say.  If they get in trouble, it's not like they hate you for a whole day.  Being in time out only sucks for the amount of time they're in it.  Otherwise, as far as they're concerned, all is forgiven, and they'll just pull that cats tail again.  Also, the old addage of "I'll let him do it once, then he'll learn and won't do it again," doesn't work on toddlers, either. 

Until kids are 3-4 years old, they're like little drunks.  They puke, shit & pee on themselves, cry a lot, need to be held way too often, stumble & fall down all the time, knock things over, break stuff, think they're really funny when they're not, are total smart-asses, don't agree with you on anything - and you usually just have to chalk it up to a loss and put them to bed and hope they go to sleep without screaming. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 05, 2007, 12:31:39 PM
That pretty much describes cats too, as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 05, 2007, 03:24:59 PM
This pretty much sums up why I have no use for having either cats or children.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 05, 2007, 03:57:23 PM
That pretty much describes cats too, as far as I'm concerned.

I think cats are more like surly teenagers, they only come around when they need you for something otherwise they just can't be bothered to do anything.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 05, 2007, 10:16:17 PM
What is the proper procedure in handling comped drinks/food?

My rule is, I tip 20-25% on what would have been the proper tab.  So say the tab is $60.  You charge me $30.  I'll pay $30 plus $12 tip.

My friend's rule is you pay what the tab should have been with no tip.  So if the tab is $60, they charge you $30.   You pay $60, instead of $12.

See, I think that's kind of lame.  Because it's not like the bartender provided me some kind of amazing super-awesome service that would merit a $30 tip.  They just paid me $12 to help them earn an extra $18 tip and scam the owner.  I think it's especially lame because a lot of times I know the owner, and it is in fact the owner who expressly comped the stuff.  Why should you as a bartender get a bigger tip because the owner bought me drinks?

I just feel like the first method is me paying you for your service just as you deserve.  And when I see you around town, I'll buy you a drink.  It just feels to me like that's the kind of thing friends do-- take turns helping each other out of mutual respect.  The other way feels like you dragging me into your nefarious scheme to screw the owner.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on October 05, 2007, 11:02:42 PM
I think there are a couple variables here.  If someone other than the bartender comps the stuff, then I definitely wouldn't tip what the original price would have been.  At that point, he didn't do crap or have anything to do with me getting the discount, so rewarding him makes no sense at all.

If the bartender is the one comping me, I think it depends on how much they comp.  In your example, I wouldn't tip $30 (since that seems extremely excessive) but I would probably do more than 20% as well.  For small amount I would probably just tip whatever was comped, but for larger amount, I would guess I average about 50% of what was comped.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Jonathan on October 06, 2007, 09:48:12 AM
I'm with you, Wendell. Pay the tip according to what the tab would be. Maybe a little extra as a "thank you" for the hook-up. But no way do you pay the amount of tab as the tip. What's the point in getting the free food, then?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 07, 2007, 02:19:05 AM
As a bartender, I'm in Wendell and Jonathan's corner. I, personally, might tend to tip a little heavier, just because that's how I roll. Plus, if I was already planning to spend a certain amount anyway, it doesn't hurt my feelings to spend that money on a tip.

When I'm working, though, and people get shit comped, I'd prefer not to get jacked just because you got a bunch of free shit. I don't expect anyone to do what I do, but 20% of the original tab and maybe a little extra for the hook-up seems like the right thing to do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2007, 11:46:20 AM
Quote from: Wherle
20% of the original tab and maybe a little extra for the hook-up seems like the right thing to do.

I'm in this corner as well.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 08, 2007, 12:42:47 AM
I have a question:

Is there a place on the net where I can search for live recordings of songs? I'd really like to get a hold of the mp3 of Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" from when they played it live on August 8th, 2007 at Coney Island. It was brilliant.

Where do I go to find this?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on October 08, 2007, 02:47:01 AM
I have a question:

Is there a place on the net where I can search for live recordings of songs? I'd really like to get a hold of the mp3 of Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" from when they played it live on August 8th, 2007 at Coney Island. It was brilliant.

Where do I go to find this?

Whole concert is here. (http://www.filter27.com/archives/2007/08/daft_punk_nyc.php) (320 kpbs mp3 - 192MB)

"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" is 28 minutes in.

A full live album of their Paris show is due out in November with this version of "Harder..." as the lead track.

Hope that helps.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 08, 2007, 07:42:21 AM
Quote from: Wherle
20% of the original tab and maybe a little extra for the hook-up seems like the right thing to do.

I'm in this corner as well.

I will double quote and hop in with an agreement.

$60 original tab
$30 in comps

Bill is $30... I tip $12-15 depending on the bartender or service.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 08, 2007, 10:23:26 AM
I have a question:

Is there a place on the net where I can search for live recordings of songs? I'd really like to get a hold of the mp3 of Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger" from when they played it live on August 8th, 2007 at Coney Island. It was brilliant.

Where do I go to find this?

Whole concert is here. (http://www.filter27.com/archives/2007/08/daft_punk_nyc.php) (320 kpbs mp3 - 192MB)

"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" is 28 minutes in.

A full live album of their Paris show is due out in November with this version of "Harder..." as the lead track.

Hope that helps.

Thanks man! Sweeeeet. It's d/loading now. Woot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 08, 2007, 01:10:47 PM
I have a question, where should I take my husband for his birthday? We have a sitter for Saturday night and I want to take him out to a nice dinner (maybe a movie). Where should we go?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 08, 2007, 02:25:45 PM
The Precint?

How expensive are you willing to get?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 08, 2007, 02:30:10 PM
$75-80 total is probably the top-end of the spectrum for us this weekend.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 08, 2007, 02:52:53 PM
We like Kona (http://www.konabistro.com/menu.php) Bistro in Oakley a whole lot.  The food is really fresh and yummy and the prices are pretty moderate considering the quality.  It is one of those upscale casual places, so you could get away with wearing nicer clothes or jeans. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 08, 2007, 03:15:24 PM
Thanks FG, I'm starting to narrow the list down. The hubby's being no help whatsoever (he's now on this "what's up in mason?" kick). I'll add kona to the list, I've always wanted to go there.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 08, 2007, 03:57:28 PM
My friends are all raving about Salt of the Earth in Madisonville.  They love it.  (4760 Red Bank Expressway 513-272-3650)

Not living there now... no clue, but they RAVE about that place.  It's owned by Jim Jennings who is probably better know for his time at The Celestial, if that tells you anything.  It's apparently very casual... not "GET DOLLED UP UP AND HIRE A DRIVER" stuff... just nice, good food in a relaxed environment.  I hear it is in a strip mall... but that you don't feel like it when you get inside.  They tend to go there before they hit a movie and stuff... so that would SEEM to fit with your itinerary and I'm told two can eat for less than $40 with the greatest of ease.  That leaves money for popcorn or snacks at the movie!

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on October 08, 2007, 11:10:34 PM
We like Kona (http://www.konabistro.com/menu.php) Bistro in Oakley a whole lot.  The food is really fresh and yummy and the prices are pretty moderate considering the quality.  It is one of those upscale casual places, so you could get away with wearing nicer clothes or jeans. 

Just don't go to Kona if you want a wider variety. Hit up their website to see what they offer first (since I found out their selection to be a little limited).

Just noting. :)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 09, 2007, 08:41:27 AM
My friends are all raving about Salt of the Earth in Madisonville.  They love it.  (4760 Red Bank Expressway 513-272-3650)

Not living there now... no clue, but they RAVE about that place.  It's owned by Jim Jennings who is probably better know for his time at The Celestial, if that tells you anything.  It's apparently very casual... not "GET DOLLED UP UP AND HIRE A DRIVER" stuff... just nice, good food in a relaxed environment.  I hear it is in a strip mall... but that you don't feel like it when you get inside.  They tend to go there before they hit a movie and stuff... so that would SEEM to fit with your itinerary and I'm told two can eat for less than $40 with the greatest of ease.  That leaves money for popcorn or snacks at the movie!

I've heard great things about this place too, it's really hard to tell when it's open or closed though. Maybe we'll check it out.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 09, 2007, 08:49:41 AM
I took too much Ambien and missed the Hip Hop Honors last night.  I'm wondering if I really "missed" much.  Is it worth trying to catch in a re-run?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 09, 2007, 12:23:18 PM
I have a question: what happened to Foolsgold? How did he become a "guest" all of a sudden?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 09, 2007, 01:00:41 PM
I have a question: what happened to Foolsgold? How did he become a "guest" all of a sudden?
The same thing has happened with thepsychicpoirot. Perhaps they deleted their accounts?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 09, 2007, 01:36:14 PM
Maybe they've been abducted by aliens?

That is certainly odd.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on October 09, 2007, 05:14:32 PM
I wanna trade a flute for a guitar.  What's the best way to come out ahead?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on October 09, 2007, 05:29:33 PM
I have a question: what happened to Foolsgold? How did he become a "guest" all of a sudden?
The same thing has happened with thepsychicpoirot. Perhaps they deleted their accounts?

His account isn't listed under members anymore, so I think the account deletion looks likely.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 09, 2007, 11:41:05 PM
But if you deleted your account, why wouldn't it delete your posts, too? And why would someone who was posting away one morning suddenly delete their account a few hours later? I mean, it could happen, but those types of things are usually more premeditated than that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 10, 2007, 08:57:10 AM
A co-worker deleted my account yesterday.

He thought it would be funny.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 10, 2007, 08:59:17 AM
I wanna trade a flute for a guitar.  What's the best way to come out ahead?
Golden Flute

or

trade with Ian Anderson (be sure to throw in a codpiece)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 10, 2007, 09:19:59 AM
Is anyone on BudgetBill with Vectren?  Wer don't ahve the best windows, so it's pretty pricey to heat our house in the winter, and I'm pretty sure you have to enroll by the end of this month for it to effect your winter bills.  Is it worth it?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on October 10, 2007, 09:22:52 AM
A co-worker deleted my account yesterday.

He thought it would be funny.

Welcome, newbie!  ;D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 10, 2007, 09:39:27 AM
The powers that be should be able to fix that from the backend.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 10, 2007, 01:14:11 PM
It isn't a big deal for me to start fresh. 

I do have a question, though.  Has anyone used a career adviser?  I'm finding that I am ready to leave Xavier for something else but feel like I might be financially stuck here.  I am making a pretty decent salary here, but if I were to leave for another library system (UC/PLCH/NKU), I would have take a pretty serious hit that I couldn't afford.  I've been checking with government and corporate libraries, but either those jobs don't seem to come up too often or I am not qualified.

So, that means that I should probably start looking outside of the library world.  The problem is, I've been working in libraries for the better part of the last 16 years, so, really it is all I know.  Because of that, I don't know what skills are transferable into the "real world."  I am a bit nervous about even considering a career adviser, because, I used one once and ended up, just out of college, (not) selling insurance for recent retirees.  I just don't know if it would be a waste of money or not.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 10, 2007, 01:23:40 PM
FG I forget, do you have your MLS? If so, have you tried looking at the OCLC? The only hitch would be that they are in Columbus, but it's a great place to work.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 14, 2007, 09:48:20 PM
What is the difference between zebra, pelican, toucan, and puffin crossings?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on October 16, 2007, 08:59:16 PM
shouldn't that be a question of the day?

And I have no idea.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 17, 2007, 01:21:58 PM
Is totter's otterville a good place for a 2 year-old?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 17, 2007, 01:50:50 PM
Hell, yeah. Lots of stuff to do. And it's cheap. Go now before they close down all the outdoor stuff (if they haven't already).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 17, 2007, 06:07:40 PM
what on earth could be causing the constant fluttering muscle spasms I've had in my lower right abdomen all day? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 17, 2007, 08:53:13 PM
GAS!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 18, 2007, 08:24:55 AM
It's not gas, genius.  I think I could have figured that one out on my own.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 18, 2007, 08:36:29 AM
You could've been in denial.  Some females insist that women don't have gas problems.  Men know this to be a lie, but it is a lie that gets told.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 18, 2007, 10:33:22 AM
I'm enjoying the visual image of vizzah farting. I'm not sure why - it kinda disturbs me I'm even laughing at all.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 18, 2007, 10:41:18 AM
I was enjoying the fact that she finally recognized my genius status.  All the blood, sweat and tears of trying to show her that finally paid off in spades!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 18, 2007, 12:29:40 PM
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/74/Gas_we_pass.jpg/180px-Gas_we_pass.jpg)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on October 18, 2007, 03:06:25 PM
I was enjoying the fact that she finally recognized my genius status.  All the blood, sweat and tears of trying to show her that finally paid off in spades!
Now who is in denial?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 18, 2007, 03:20:23 PM
Now who is in denial?

I've been told it's not just a river in Egypt... but I think you are slightly confused... that's not denial, that's excellence.  It just took Peas a while to say it out loud.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on October 19, 2007, 11:13:16 AM
Speaking of books about farting...
(http://www.artybees.co.nz/bizarre-book-images/obscure-topics/who-cut-the-cheese.jpg)
I got my brother this book for Xmas one year.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on October 19, 2007, 01:05:29 PM
I've been inspired... I purchased this shirt today

(http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p306/ponchothesane/excel.gif)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 19, 2007, 02:54:54 PM
Speaking of books about farting...
(http://www.artybees.co.nz/bizarre-book-images/obscure-topics/who-cut-the-cheese.jpg)
I got my brother this book for Xmas one year.

I just figured out what I'm getting my dad this year. Wooot! Thanks buzzzzypooo.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 23, 2007, 03:46:46 PM
I have a question, has anyone heard from redbobsled? I hope she and her husband aren't in harms way...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on October 24, 2007, 01:38:56 AM
I have a question, has anyone heard from redbobsled? I hope she and her husband aren't in harms way...

We're fine.  Just very smokey.  It's been permanent twilight for the past two days with pinkish orange skies from sunrise to sundown.  And it's bad for the allergies.  My boss was evacuated, but she is now back home.  San Diego has it a lot worse.  There's another day of 95+ degree heat forecast for tomorrow, but after that it should cool down.  It already feels like the Santa Anas have let up a lot, so hopefully things will be much better by the weekend. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2007, 08:59:41 AM
I have a question:
Whatever happened to needing to do disk defrags and scan disks and all that? I remember doing these actions in the late 90s on my computer, but haven't done it in ages. Have we advanced to the point where we don't need to do these?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 24, 2007, 11:21:46 AM
I too have a question, of, perhaps, a rather simplistic political nature...

With the elections coming up, all sensible hopes are on Democrat Steve Beshear to usurp Ernie "Fraudster" Fletcher as Governer of Kentucky.

Here's my question... Why is the American governmental system not structured so that anyone in senior political office (in fact any political office really) can be stripped of their position if they are - as in Fletcher's case - indicted of serious criminal offences?

In the UK, if a Member of Parliament is found to be in legal breach of pretty much ANYthing serious, he either does the decent honourable thing and steps down, or he is fired as an MP. Then, what is known as a 'local by-election' is swiftly held to appoint a successor, a successor - I hasten to add - who can come from any political party. The voters then get a chance to vote for the party that maybe introduced the 'sleaze', or switch alliegance for a fresh start.

This seems like true democracy to me.

However, it appears that in the US a senior political figure can pretty much get away with anything and his position is never threatened as a result, ending in evident ongoing corruption scenarios. Why should the electorte have to wait 4 years - or whatever it is - to evict an incumbant asswipe from office?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 24, 2007, 12:48:46 PM
Vista defrags constantly as a background process.  If you have XP you should probably still defrag once in a while.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on October 25, 2007, 06:04:46 PM

Here's my question... Why is the American governmental system not structured so that anyone in senior political office (in fact any political office really) can be stripped of their position if they are - as in Fletcher's case - indicted of serious criminal offences?

...

However, it appears that in the US a senior political figure can pretty much get away with anything and his position is never threatened as a result, ending in evident ongoing corruption scenarios. Why should the electorte have to wait 4 years - or whatever it is - to evict an incumbant asswipe from office?

The short answer is that they don't.

Here is my take: The American gov't system was never set up to be a true democracy- Senators were not directly elected by the people but by legislatures for many years, and of course the electoral college shows how power is not really in the hands of the electorate of the public, even who has the right to vote has dramatically evolved over the last two centuries.

Each gov't system (fed, state, local) typically has a system to remove people from office, but it often depends on others within the particular system to take the initiative to remove the "incumbent asswipe" from office. Fellow members of the government are often reluctant to do so in order to protect themselves from receiving the same treatment in return. (and those in power are often reluctant to admit to failure, deceit, or to share that power)

In the early 20th century with the growth of the Populist movement is when we first see the electorate gaining greater control of who is in office and what can be done to them and approving legislation (AKA the recall and referendum). But because each locality creates its own rules and regulations it was not an across-the-board development.  Because our framers had a fear of the unwashed masses which resulted in a limited democracy, plus the political apathy of a large percentage of the population, people can get away with things they shouldn't.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 25, 2007, 08:42:45 PM
New column - va answers your American History/Political Science questions. ;D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on October 25, 2007, 09:50:48 PM
I have a question. I like to start my questions by stating that I have a question just in case you were confused about what I was doing in a thread that is titled "I have a question." Anyhoos, I keep seeing this commercial for some wireless phone plan. I think it is Verizon. Is that the one with the semi-hipster looking dude in the windbreaker with his posse (do people still say posse?) that creepily follow people around who use their phone service? This is not my question, by the way. So there is this father figure who starts handing out phones to his family members and he calls each one his "number one." At one point he is giving what appears to be his wife a phone. She is wearing some bizarre polyester pink shorts and doing... something. Exercising? Dancing? What the fuck is she doing? Is she doing the robot?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on October 25, 2007, 09:57:41 PM
Hah. I know which commercial you're referencing. I shall pay close attention next time I see it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on October 25, 2007, 10:22:21 PM
She's doing the "I'll burn your eyes!" dance.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on October 26, 2007, 09:01:12 AM
I don't know what she's doing, but it's scary. And he's an ass.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 26, 2007, 12:43:00 PM
The ManChild and I have the exact same questions during that Verizon commercial. She's dressed like she's exercising, but she's doing the robot dance. Or is she? Either way, the entire family is comprised of asses.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on October 26, 2007, 06:20:55 PM
They are...The Ass Family.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: matt on October 27, 2007, 08:31:37 PM
I have a question: what happened to Foolsgold? How did he become a "guest" all of a sudden?
The same thing has happened with thepsychicpoirot. Perhaps they deleted their accounts?
Yes, I deleted my old account. 

No, I wasn't abducted by aliens (although, I did get pretty hammered last weekend and couldn't remember much of the night before.  Maybe aliens had something to do with it.)  I hate it when people disappear from message boards without warning.  I'm still around, so figured I'd register again to check in & let you know I'm fine.  I could go on about reasons why I deleted my account, but you don't want to hear them and this isn't the place to tell them, so I won't.  Some of you have been kind in checking in outside of here, and I greatly appreciate that. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on October 30, 2007, 05:56:51 PM
How are the symptoms of a cold different than allergies?

I feel the same suffering through either.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 30, 2007, 08:05:01 PM
I know when I have a cold because I get the body aches.  And then you get that thing where for your cold no matter how many layers you have on, and then six hours later you have a fever and you're sweaty and hot as hell no matter how little you're wearing.

I know when it's a seasonal allergy because often I feel just fine except my nose itches and or can't stop running, or I can't breathe well.  Also, I can kind of smell pollen in the air.   Even if I couldn't, I can see it coating every outside surface.  I can tell how I'm going to feel by the weather that day.

But yeah, I guess if I had a light cold I might mistake it for allergies or vice versa.  I guess I just assume it's allergies unless it's the season is off.  It doesn't really matter.  I just handle the symptoms with the standard OTC stuff that works for both.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on October 31, 2007, 06:48:28 AM
For me, when I have allergies I don't feel run down or sick. Everything may itch, be stuffed up or both but I don't ache, have chills or am lethargic (at least more than usual because I'm one lazy mofo). Plus, WARNING: graphic information ahead: the resulting mucus is clear with allergies. It has...uh... color, to put it delicately, with colds.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 02, 2007, 12:08:52 PM
I have a question about space heaters.

Our furnace does not duct into our basement.  I am okay with this because it would just reduce our heat's overall effectiveness giving it more area to heat.  However, I do not want our basement to be completely unheated over the winter. 

I've been thinking of buying a couple of those gas filled radiator type space heaters and using those to heat the space.  Oddly, none of the heaters I've looked at (at several retailers) have any information about how much space they're rated for, energy consumption, you know, anything that might be an accurate gauge of a heater's performance.

Does anybody have any experience with them?  Does anybody face this situation?  What do you do to heat your basement.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 02, 2007, 12:15:30 PM
We have several of those, and they do a pretty decent job. They're not so great for rooms with high ceilings, but work just fine for normal eight foot ceilings. And you can run them all day and not worry about blowing some shit up. I couldn't tell you anything about energy consumption, but they're not horrible, that much I know.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 02, 2007, 01:44:13 PM
If your basement is like ours it will be warmer in the winter than you might imagine. Do you need heat to keep pipes warm or is it for personal comfort?

If it's to keep pipes warm, you might be better off lagging them. If your furnace is down there it will give off a certain level of heat by itself.

If it's for personal comfort then timered/thermostat-controlled heaters might suffice. However, basements are often notoriously draughty areas with high/open ceilings which means that you could be better off with instant-on directed - rather than area - heaters.

I had the same concerns for our basement the first winter we lived here - and for the initial several weeks it was quite severe - but I realised that it was warmer than I thought it might be.

Failing all else, you could maybe have a pair of his'n'hers hoodies handy to pop on before descending?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 02, 2007, 03:31:27 PM
I don't know if I'm afraid of for the pipes or not.  I'd have to guess that the folks before us did not run heaters because there really isn't any place to plug anything in (there are only two sets of regular wall outlets, a situation I hope to remedy soon) so unless they were heating it with Kerosene I'm guessing it's gone unheated in the past.

My fear mostly is that the floors on the main floor will be cold, at least in the bathroom kitchen where there is tile/laminate.  I'm also afraid that all of our junk that is stored down there will suffer.

We do tend to hang clothes up to dry down there as well... nothing worse than frozen shirts.  Maybe I'll just get a good thermometer and monitor the situation and see exactly how bad it will get.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on November 02, 2007, 04:01:46 PM
I've never owned a home that had a basement, but I lived in my folks place that did... so maybe this is a silly question.

If those are your concerns why wouldn't you just well-insulate the spaces between the floors?  My parents had insulation under the floors between the joists.  It was ugly in the basement anyway, so no one cared.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 02, 2007, 04:08:31 PM
Because that's a band-aid to the problem.  It keeps the upstairs warm but the basement cold, which I don't want.  It does nothing to protect the stuff I have down there, or the comfort level when working at my work bench or doing laundry.

Moreover it would hide all of my electrical and plumbing work which might be okay if the stuff was new, but it's not.  Besides, I haven't priced insulation lately but I'm guessing it ain't cheap.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on November 03, 2007, 10:01:56 AM
I don't currently have a basement but as a child I spent hours and hours in our unheated basement during the winter. It was our playground. We could rollerskate, have watergun fights and write on the walls and floor with chalk. There was even a full bath with a shower down there. Sure it was cooler than upstairs but I don't remember it being that miserable and certainly never cold enough to damage pipes or any stuff stored down there. It was a different story when we lived in a house with a crawl space; then we had to run heaters to protect the pipes. Come to think of it, my husband had set up a little Greg Brady bachelor pad in his parent's unheated basement when I met him and that's where he slept. So, I don't really see the need to heat a basement but you could always just set a little space heater when you're doing laundry.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 04, 2007, 10:17:59 PM
My sister says she wants "One of those silicone or plastic spatulas" for Christmas.  She also wants a "stainless steel frying pan I can put in the oven"

I'm all for stainless steel frying pans because they work better on the stove.. but who puts a pan in the oven?  That handle's going to get hot.

And what's with the "silicone spatula?"  Is she talking about a regular-ass spatula that's made out of silicone, or is she talking about the kind you use for baking or batter?

Shouldn't she just have like separate stuff for baking and frying?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on November 05, 2007, 06:16:07 AM
Some foods like frittatas start out on the stovetop and finish in the oven. The handles do get hot but that's why they make potholders. Don't know why she wants a silicon or plastic spatula unless she has a teflon pan but she asked for stainless steel.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on November 05, 2007, 09:05:35 AM
Maybe she wants a silicone spatula to make omelets with. That's what I use mine for.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 05, 2007, 09:10:50 AM
I'm paranoid about cooking chicken all the way through so I always cook it on the stove top and then transfer the pan to the oven JUST to make sure it's cooked all the way through.

Most folks seem to want silicone because they have teflon pots/pans. She may have a mixture of stainless AND teflon.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 05, 2007, 12:06:53 PM
I'm all for stainless steel frying pans because they work better on the stove.. but who puts a pan in the oven?

Anyone who knows how to make "real" skillet cornbread! Yum yum!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on November 05, 2007, 12:35:02 PM
I've heard of putting pans in the oven, but generally not of the stainless steel variety.  Something like cast-iron is more ideal for moving from stove to oven.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 05, 2007, 12:39:12 PM
Exactly.  If she were making cornbread or something, I'd get her a cast iron skillet which is expressly made for oven baking goodness.  If it's just that her pan isn't cooking things all the way through, a good stainless steel bottom will fix that because it heats much more evenly rather than just searing the bottom and not cooking all the way through.

I would get her a stainless steel pan to avoid having to put things in the oven to cook them.  If she intentionally wants to put things in the oven, I'd get her something cast iron.  Stainless steel to put things in the oven confuses me.   I don't know why she's putting the stupid pan in the stupid oven.  And she won't tell me because she doesn't want to "spoil her surprise." 

As far as I know, she never makes pancakes and she has no teflon pans because she's paranoid about cancer.  So I don't know why she wants a silicone spatula, either.  She says stuff sticks to the pan.  I say what stuff?  She says "like batter or melting stuff.  It sticks to the side and bottom."

A)  A stainless steel pan will prevents sticking if that's what you're worried about.  And then you don't need a silicone spatula because

B)  Silicone spatulas suck at scraping things off the pan.  That's why you use them with teflon.  They don't scratch the surface.  But more importantly,

C)  Who melts stuff in a pan?  And how does a spatula help you pick up melted stuff?  That's what a double boiler is for.  I already bought her a double boiler, and she never used it so she gave it back to me.  I happily melt stuff in the double boiler all the time.  And I use one of those rubber spatula things that you can get in silicone.  But it's for STIRRING and spreading.  Not for picking things up.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on November 05, 2007, 03:00:20 PM
I'm not a chef... but I used to date one.

Does she perhaps mean a "silicone turner" instead of "silicone spatula"???  I lot of people call a turner a "spatula".  Obviously a turner isn't for scraping things off a pan, but by having one of silicone, you can use it in very high heat situations... teflon or SS wouldn't matter... just the heat and a silcone turner would rock for that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 05, 2007, 03:43:37 PM
"Are you sure you want a pan?"
"Yes, I want a pan."
"And by 'pan' you don't mean a "saucepan" which many people think of as a pot, do you?"
"I just want a regular pan."
"Like a frying pan.  Stainless steel."
"Yes."
"To melt stuff in.  And put into the oven."
"Yes."

I'm just getting her a stainless steel frying pan and a silicone spatula for scraping and flipping things off the bottom of a pan.  I think what she really needs is either a cast iron skillet or saucepan/doubleboiler and a silicone spatula for stirring and scraping things off the SIDE of a saucepan, but whatever.  She absolutely hates clutter, so if one stainless steel frying pan will do the trick for all her cooking needs, I'll get her a pan.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 05, 2007, 05:10:15 PM
New Question:

If anyone has an invitation code for Demonoid, can I have it?  I want to download the season premiere of Nip/Tuck and that's the only place I can find it.  But, since it's more than a few days old, it's not open to unregistered users.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on November 05, 2007, 05:40:33 PM
New Question:

If anyone has an invitation code for Demonoid, can I have it?  I want to download the season premiere of Nip/Tuck and that's the only place I can find it.  But, since it's more than a few days old, it's not open to unregistered users.


Have you checked Mininova (http://www.mininova.org/)?  I don't watch Nip/Tuck but just did a quick search and they have a boatload of eps, including season 5 ep 1, which I assume is what you are looking for.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 05, 2007, 05:51:46 PM
Yeah, I did a quick search and found all kinds of places to get it. I PMed you one.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 05, 2007, 06:46:59 PM
Thanks, dudes!   I'm downloading the torrent as we speak.  I must just be crappy at searching, or torrent-finder.com, which is supposed to search both of those sites, is totally inefficient. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2007, 10:36:34 AM
What is the best way to keep monsters out of a two year-olds room? (It took us 2 hours to get E to bed last night because she saw a monster near her window).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2007, 10:40:22 AM
What is the best way to keep monsters out of a two year-olds room? (It took us 2 hours to get E to bed last night because she saw a monster near her window).

Children's Benadryl. 
Oh, sorry - I meant close the blinds.  And hey, at least she can say "monster," at her age. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 06, 2007, 11:13:27 AM
Pretend to beat them and kick 'em out. She'll believe you. Kids are impressionable like that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2007, 11:16:06 AM
The blinds are closed, that's the problem (she saw a shadow of a bush outside on them). She was terrified and would not fall asleep in her room without one of us in there with her.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2007, 11:18:27 AM
Pretend to beat them and kick 'em out. She'll believe you. Kids are impressionable like that.

We tried that, Steve brought out one of his walking sticks and we went through her whole room "chasing" the monsters out. It sooo did not work  :-[ I wish it had, poor girl was beside herself--and it wasn't the usual screaming just to get attention screams.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 06, 2007, 11:19:28 AM
Pretend to beat them and kick 'em out. She'll believe you. Kids are impressionable like that.

Beat the kids? 

Yeah, I guess that would work.   ;)

Edited to ask: would it help/be possible to involve the kid in a "monster hunt?"  You know, buy some cheesy and non-scary stuffed monster and have you and the kid kill it? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2007, 11:20:39 AM
We never had a problem with V sleeping through the night until he turned 2.  He cries in his sleep and wakes up a lot now, but his verbal and imaginative skills haven't developed well enough (at least not that he's expressed) to be "seeing monsters."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on November 06, 2007, 11:29:07 AM
We got a can of air freshener and told Alex it was "Monster Spray".  Still, every night he wants his room sprayed (he used to tell us where to spray, but now we do it ourselves in 3 pre-determined spots... under the bed and at the 2 windows).  Alex joins in along with us saying "No! No monsters!" 3 times as we spray.  It worked for him.  But every kid is different.  In fact, last month for the first time he asked me if it was air freshener and I told him it was... but that it worked for both purposes.  He seemed happy with that explanation.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2007, 11:34:20 AM
Butter, that's what I'm going to try tonight--it'll probably just be some lavender oil mixed with distilled water in a decorated spray bottle, but we'll try it and see. If not, the "monster proof" curtains will go up this weekend (was gonna get some curtains to go over the blinds anyway but was delaying it, now I guess I have to).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 06, 2007, 01:30:39 PM
Butter, that's what I'm going to try tonight--it'll probably just be some lavender oil mixed with distilled water in a decorated spray bottle, but we'll try it and see. If not, the "monster proof" curtains will go up this weekend (was gonna get some curtains to go over the blinds anyway but was delaying it, now I guess I have to).
Good luck. This is one of those "if you have a kid then you understand" things that I never thought about before reading this thread.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on November 06, 2007, 03:26:52 PM
it must be.  My reaction was, "tell them there are no monsters?"  I'm glad I have no children.  And the children of the world are also glad.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2007, 03:33:14 PM
it must be.  My reaction was, "tell them there are no monsters?"  I'm glad I have no children.  And the children of the world are also glad.

Two year-olds just don't believe you (we told her that and showed here there was noting by the windows), but it's a situation where there is no real right answer as each kid is different. I'm making up an "anti-monster kit" that has monster repellant (a small tube of lotion), anti-monster spray (air freshener or water in a spray bottle), and two monster spotlights (those battery operated candles) in a little canvas bag. We'll see if it works.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 06, 2007, 03:50:21 PM
Does anyone in the Cincy area have a metal detector I can borrow for a few hours?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 06, 2007, 04:34:17 PM
Does anyone in the Cincy area have a metal detector I can borrow for a few hours?
Makes me think of Demetri Martin:
I want to go to the beach and bury metal objects that say, "Get a life."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2007, 11:24:04 PM
I have a question:
I have some old stamps from before the latest price increase. They are of an American Flag in the background and the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. They say "First-Class USA" on them.

Can I use these to mail a letter?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 07, 2007, 11:58:19 PM
If there's no value printed, why I think you can Mr Dan!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 08, 2007, 08:30:08 AM
I have a question:
I have some old stamps from before the latest price increase. They are of an American Flag in the background and the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. They say "First-Class USA" on them.

Can I use these to mail a letter?
According to the USPS, stated price or no, they require another $.02 to mail first class.  They were not printed as transition stamps, they just don't state a value.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 08, 2007, 08:46:30 AM
I have a question:
I have some old stamps from before the latest price increase. They are of an American Flag in the background and the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. They say "First-Class USA" on them.

Can I use these to mail a letter?
According to the USPS, stated price or no, they require another $.02 to mail first class.  They were not printed as transition stamps, they just don't state a value.

Unless they are the "forever stamp", then you can use them without having to add more postage. You may want to ask at the post office. 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 08, 2007, 09:02:34 AM
Yeah, nevermind what I said about having asked the post office about that very stamp myself.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 08, 2007, 10:42:50 AM
My bad Kwyj, I'd gotten a letter recently with a stamp that didn't have the liberty bell on it. I figured they had made up some other stamps that were not marked at a certain postage rate--but the stamp on the letter I got isn't the same as the one Dan's asking about (I just went back and looked). Dan, listen to Kwyj--go get a 2 cent stamp.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 08, 2007, 12:21:15 PM
So in other words... we don't know.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 08, 2007, 12:48:34 PM
Yes, we know: you need a 2 cent stamp. Kwyj said it in his post and you can go to usps.com and look for "transition stamps" under the "buy/find postage" link--they have the stamp you're asking about paired with some 2 cent stamps.

According to the USPS, stated price or no, they require another $.02 to mail first class.  They were not printed as transition stamps, they just don't state a value.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 08, 2007, 12:51:53 PM
Any ideas for cheap date nights in and around Dayton?  The dude and I need to start getting out a little more - but we're not exactly, as my mom would say, "shittin' in high cotton," right now.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 08, 2007, 01:33:09 PM
Here's a question.  Why would anyone ever devise a lime flavored Tootsie Roll, much less execute this sorry concept.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on November 08, 2007, 01:39:42 PM
Cheap Dayton area date ideas:

If you like BD's Mongolian Grill (at The Greene), join their email list. Enroll at www.gomongo.com They will email you a coupon for joining and you will get a coupon for a free entree on your birthday.

The Danbarry Cinemas are good for second run movies, otherwise if you have a student i.d. use it at any of the first run movie theaters to get a major discount on admission.

The art museum is free admission for their regular stuff. You only have to pay to see their special collections. It's always neat to look at art, in my opinion.

Buy an entertainment book for $20. You can get one at SICSA. There are all sorts of BOGO coupons in there and it will pay for itself in no time. Coupons for restaurants, movie theaters (discount coupons for these, not BOGO), minitature golf, and all sorts of other stuff.

Bowling is great fun and fairly cheap. Look for coupons in Reach magazines.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on November 08, 2007, 01:40:59 PM
Any ideas for cheap date nights in and around Dayton?  The dude and I need to start getting out a little more - but we're not exactly, as my mom would say, "shittin' in high cotton," right now.

Our cheap date nights usually involve coupons of some kind.

While I was typing this Andrea came in and mentioned lots of coupon related ideas.  SEE?!?!?!?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on November 08, 2007, 02:10:41 PM

Our cheap date nights usually involve coupons of some kind.

Really?  My cheap date nights usually involve a six pack of some kind.  ;)

I'm no help on the Dayton date night... 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 08, 2007, 04:24:53 PM
Does anyone know if you can get good CFC bulbs for people with SAD?  Or I guess any sort of light fixes for SAD.

Note:  I do not actually have SAD.  At least I don't think so.  I have the related SOILED-- Shitty Overhead Indoor Lighting Effectiveness Disorder.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 08, 2007, 04:50:33 PM
rva, I'll post later tonight--we've got bulbs in some of our fixtures that are similar to sunlight, I'll find the brand/model and post it.

Here's some info I found online:

http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/ask_us/faq_other.htm#sad (http://www.gelighting.com/na/home_lighting/ask_us/faq_other.htm#sad)

http://www.columbia.edu/~mt12/blt.htm (http://www.columbia.edu/~mt12/blt.htm)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 08, 2007, 05:35:52 PM
Does anyone know if you can get good CFC bulbs for people with SAD?  Or I guess any sort of light fixes for SAD.

Note:  I do not actually have SAD.  At least I don't think so.  I have the related SOILED-- Shitty Overhead Indoor Lighting Effectiveness Disorder.

As a diagnosed suffer of SAD, I offer this link (http://www.fullspectrumsolutions.com/light_therapy_13_ct.htm?sc_cid=ggl0500101&s_kwcid=light%20boxes%20sad|321374836&gclid=CJny5uGwj4UCFRoMNAod0z8GHQ) and this link (http://www.catalogclearance.com/depts/lighttherapybox.html/?wcw=google) and this link (http://www.electronichealing.co.uk/products/sadlightbox.htm)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 09, 2007, 09:37:02 AM
My neighbor, who works for Legal Aid, told me about this custody case she's working.  At the center of it, is a 7 year old boy who was removed from his parents because the would beat him.  The courts decided to send him to his grandparents, but it turns out that they've beat him too.  Over the last several weeks, the system has tried to find a relative who would be a suitable guardian, but even his uncle (his only other relative) has beaten him too.  So, long story longer, the kid is in limbo.

There is one possibility for him, but it is a long shot.  It was suggested that, perhaps, the bengals could take him since they don't beat anyone.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on November 09, 2007, 02:46:49 PM
It was suggested that, perhaps, the bengals could take him since they don't beat anyone.

Thoughts?

Well, Chris Henry may threaten to beat him...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 13, 2007, 10:57:37 AM
Question:

I recently bought something off of ebay.  It's a gift so I'm not going to say what, but it fits in a box maybe about the size of a 16" monitor, not a monitor box, but the monitor itself, and I don't mean a flat screen.

Anyway, this cost $20 to have shipped, the actual postage was about $14, and they used bubble wrap and those inflatable plastic pillows.  The problem is the thing is damaged, and it could easily have been damaged by the packing, like they packed it too tight and put too much downward pressure on the thing to get the box taped.

Anyway, the thing only cost me $15.50 in the first place, so even if the guy is willing to satisfy me, it'd cost more to ship it back to him, or at least about the same as I'd get back anyway.  So I don't really see much point in demanding a refund.  Even if he agreed to refund the full price and the original shipping I'd still have to pay to send it back so I'm out about the same amount of money either way.

The thing is that it's mostly a decorative item, it has a functional purpose but we're not really going to take it down for that use very often and what's happened doesn't really affect it cosmetically, at least to the naked eye.

What should I do?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 13, 2007, 11:03:10 AM
Tell the seller what you've told us. Ask if he'll refund the postage or compensate you in some way. Take a photo of the damage and send it to him, explaining how you think it happened. He's more likely to be nice and recompense you if you give the impression you're not going to get up in his arse about it all.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 13, 2007, 12:57:59 PM
I did send him a note explaining the damage, telling him that I was not satisfied and asking if he had any ideas on rectifying the situation.  And you're right, I didn't give him the impression I was going to go ballistic over it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 13, 2007, 02:38:19 PM
What does he look like?  I might pay $15.50 to have him satisfy me.  I mean probably not, but if he's willing I think it's an option that should at least be explored.  It's half the price the trannies across the block are charging, anyway.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on November 13, 2007, 08:28:12 PM
Rva, I'd pay him $15.50 to satisfy you if I can watch.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2007, 10:48:25 AM
Ahahahah.

Back on topic:
What's the difference between a short story and a novella?

They both seem to be short, uh, stories to me. Someone explain?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 14, 2007, 10:58:58 AM
I won't be satisfying anyone, thanks very much.  *

I got a response from the seller.  He says that he packed it carefully, and that there was plenty of padding and that he's sorry and all of that.  He said that he'd be willing to refund my purchase price after I ship it back but that's all he feels bound to do.

In return I have explained that the box was bulging at the top and that it indicates to me that it was too small and that packing materials only help if the box is bigger than the contents and if there is some room for movement and have reiterated that if I ship it back at my expense and he refunds purchase price that I'm out the same amount of money as if nothing occurred at all and that I was not going to be happy with that. 

I took your advise and volunteered pictures of the damage and the bulging packaging.  I'm not sure he cares however.


*Yes, I realize that statement just leads to more hilarious "satisfaction" jokes at my expense.  Go on... have your fun.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 14, 2007, 11:02:36 AM
Ahahahah.

Back on topic:
What's the difference between a short story and a novella?

They both seem to be short, uh, stories to me. Someone explain?

According to Wikipedia-

Short Story = 1,000 to 20,000 words
Novella = 17,500 to 50,000 words
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2007, 11:04:25 AM
Is it really just word count? That's so lame.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on November 14, 2007, 10:22:28 PM
Rva, I'd pay him $15.50 to satisfy you if I can watch.

I'll throw in an extra $2 an hour if you listen to "Oh Sherry" while watching.  :pirate:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on November 15, 2007, 08:15:20 AM
Rva, I'd pay him $15.50 to satisfy you if I can watch.

I'll throw in an extra $2 an hour if you listen to "Oh Sherry" while watching.  :pirate:

I'm cutting you out of the will. >:(
;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 15, 2007, 11:23:00 AM
Michelle and I have some leftover steak from a dinner last night and I'm not sure what the best way to reheat them would be.

She has a 4oz tournedos with portabello top and I have a (approx.) 10 oz bone in rib-eye.  Both were cooked to medium-rare.  I'm thinking of tossing them in a pan with a bit of oil for a couple of minutes each side, but would the oven or even the grill be a better idea?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 15, 2007, 12:40:00 PM
Grill.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 15, 2007, 01:55:11 PM
I guess I would use the grill as my first option.  I don't have a grill, so I reheat steaks in the pan all the time.  Just make sure it's a heavy frying pan and you keep the heat kind of low.  Otherwise you just burn the outsides and dry up the steak.

I have never tried this, but my chef friends insist that the best way to reheat meat is to stick it in a ziploc baggie, squeeze all the air out, seal it, and drop it into a pot of boiling water.  It guess it kinda makes sense.  That way you aren't changing anything in the meat by re-cooking it or drying out the juices.  It's the exact same as it was... only hot.

I'm just too paranoid that the baggie won't be insulated or sealed enough or the water will be too hot, and I'll end up with boiled meat.  I've been assured a dozen time that this will absolutely NOT happen, but I continue to resist.

But if you were to try it and it worked....
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 15, 2007, 02:55:40 PM

I have never tried this, but my chef friends insist that the best way to reheat meat is to stick it in a ziploc baggie, squeeze all the air out, seal it, and drop it into a pot of boiling water.  It guess it kinda makes sense.  That way you aren't changing anything in the meat by re-cooking it or drying out the juices.  It's the exact same as it was... only hot.

I'm just too paranoid that the baggie won't be insulated or sealed enough or the water will be too hot, and I'll end up with boiled meat.  I've been assured a dozen time that this will absolutely NOT happen, but I continue to resist.

But if you were to try it and it worked....
Nice. It's the DIY sous vide. I'll have to try that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2007, 09:31:51 AM
I have a question:

I recently purchased some rather nice sheets and I'm excited about them. It says the name of the brand and then underneath it says "silk banded." I'm was assuming this was the name of the line...you know, kinda like IKEA has a name for every style. Then, farther down on the package it says 100% Egyptian Cotton. Then farther down, in small print, it says "Care Instructions: Dry Clean." Then, on the tag of the sheets themselves, it says "100% Egyptian Cotton, Trim: 100% Silk."

What's going on here? I think this means that they are cotton with bits of silk in them? Why can't I just throw these in the wash? I'd really rather not have to dry clean them every time I use them. That's expensive, and inconvenient. What will happen if I just do a regular wash?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 18, 2007, 09:58:23 AM
You can wahs just about anything on the gentle/delicates cycle and it will be fine.  is this "silk trim" visible, like maybe the rib the runs along the top hemline?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 18, 2007, 11:10:44 AM
I think vizzah's right. 

First, the whole "dry clean only" thing is kind of a scam.  They put that on everything nowadays.  Second, you can definitely wash cotton in cold water without a problem.  And I can personally attest that I have 600 count Egyptian Cotton sheets.  I machine wash them in cold and they come out just fine.  My sister has the super frou-frou Frette sheets (the kind that cost $400) and she machine washes hers.  The silk is probably the bit you need to be more careful about, but I wash silk in "delicate" all the time.

If it were me, I'd wash them in delicate/cold and tumble dry/low and feel pretty confident about it.  But if you are worried, just take them back.  As a practical matter, it's going to be an expensive, time-consuming pain-in-the-ass to dry clean your sheets every week.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2007, 03:11:18 PM
Yeah, I don't want to do the dry cleaning b/c of how expensive it is. And inconvenient.

I'm looking at the sheets, and the only silk that I can find is just one band of silk that runs near the top hemline, like viz says. So maybe you guys are right. Hmmm. I certainly don't want to take them back because of how soft and comfy they seem to be.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on November 18, 2007, 03:13:48 PM
Yeah, the dry clean thing is a scam. You can clean just about anything on gentle or hand wash. (Except upholstered things, comforters, or stuff with embellishments.) It's probably a caution for the silk, anyway, which I imagine is only around the edges. If it gets messed up, you could probably remove it fairly easily, and then definitely launder as usual.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on November 19, 2007, 06:48:39 AM
My first "real" job was a clerical position in the office of a dry cleaners. Maybe they were unethical or things have changed since but they often laundered items that were marked dry clean only. It is cheaper and cleans more thoroughly. Despite what the label states, I only ever dry clean items that are lined like suit jackets.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 19, 2007, 09:05:20 AM
But if you were to try it and it worked....

Tried it and it worked...sort of.

I dumped Michelle's smaller cut into a normal size baggie and mine into a freezer bag and threw them in the boiling water.  Within about a minute, one of the seams on the smaller bag broke and I had to perform a treacherous, deep sea rescue mission. 

The freezer bag held up throughout, but I wasn't sure how long to keep it in the water.  I gave it four minutes and it, more or less warmed the meat to my liking.  Towards the center of the cut, close to the bone, it was still cold, but I think your trick worked pretty well.   
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 19, 2007, 11:42:47 AM
What in the hell is a Tila Tequila, where did it come from, and why are so many people of both sexes reduced to psychopath status when around it?   ???
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 19, 2007, 12:38:12 PM
I was wondering the exact same thing.

Wiki says she is famous because she knows how to undress.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on November 19, 2007, 12:52:47 PM
Oh thank god. I thought I was out of the loop on that one simply because I'm old.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on November 19, 2007, 12:56:44 PM
What in the hell is a Tila Tequila, where did it come from, and why are so many people of both sexes reduced to psychopath status when around it?   ???
That is the show we kept flipping past down on MTV in NOLA
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 19, 2007, 01:01:38 PM
What in the hell is a Tila Tequila, where did it come from, and why are so many people of both sexes reduced to psychopath status when around it?   ???
That is the show we kept flipping past down on MTV in NOLA

I know, but what is a Tila Tequila, where did it come from, and why are so many people of both sexes reduced to psychopath status when around it?  ???
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 19, 2007, 01:02:30 PM
I'm pretty sure if any of us had a reality game show, the same thing would happen.  Don't ask me why.  People are stupid, I guess.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 19, 2007, 01:42:48 PM
I think you'll find her between skank-whore and syphillis in the dictionary

okay, so its a badly conceived dictionary
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 19, 2007, 02:07:25 PM
Wasn't she the one that got famous for having the most myspace friends at?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 19, 2007, 02:10:46 PM
What are you getting at?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 19, 2007, 02:19:09 PM
Where the White women at?

(http://www.geocities.com/top5comedies/blazsad4.jpg)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 19, 2007, 02:39:47 PM
Y'all takin' the piss, freaks?

Sorry, I mean "Are you simpletons perchance ridiculing me for my defence of the Queen's english elsewhere in this online compendium of triviality"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 19, 2007, 03:15:48 PM
I ain't knowed what you just wroted, CR.  In these parts, we just handle it this way:

(http://z.about.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/f/f/get_a_brain_morans.jpg)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 19, 2007, 04:47:16 PM
FG, I glitter puffy heart you  ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 20, 2007, 10:36:18 AM
Here's my question for today ...

So I took the Jeep in this morning for an oil change, tire rotation, and interior detailing. And by "took the Jeep in," I mean I drove it 35 miles (70 round trip) to the dealership in Mill Hall. The owner of the dealership lives here in town, and he typically picks the Jeep up at my place, drives it to the dealership for me, leaves me a loaner for the day, then returns the Jeep at night and picks up the loaner. He does this for several local customers. Because I didn't have my act together and waited too long to make an appointment for him to take the Jeep in for me, I ended up driving it out myself this morning. No big whoop.

After pulling out of the dealership lot in the loaner, I noticed that the gas gauge was on empty. I had to stop and put gas in the car. My question is, should I ask to have the $15 I put into the tank deducted from my service bill?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 20, 2007, 11:16:25 AM
Sure. What's the worse that's going to happen if you do? They'll say no?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 20, 2007, 11:20:13 AM
I don't see how you're entitled to it, the rest of us either sit there and wait or arrange other transportation which is not generally on the dealership's dime.  I've never heard of getting a loaner for regular service, unless maybe it's a high end car like a beamer, Lexus or Infiniti.

What you generally get is beyond exceptional service I don't see that you have a complaint.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 20, 2007, 12:42:06 PM
Ditto what Kwyj said.  Normally if you're just getting general tune-up work done, and nothing at the fault of the manufacturer or dealership (like recall work) - they're doing you a huge favor by giving you a loaner.  In fact, most dealerships won't even give you a loaner if it IS for recall work.  At best they might have a shuttle that could take you to or from work when you dropped it off.  I completely understand that it's a luxury you had gotten accustomed to, but it's still a luxury all the same. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 20, 2007, 05:54:18 PM
I agree with viz and kwyj, but I've had a loaner or rental a couple times in the last year, and they are ALWAYS sitting on a quarter tank or empty. I deduced they do this because they figure at least some of the people renting the car will bring it back with more gas than it had in it, costing the rental company nothing. Why not just fill the damned thing up and have the renter bring it back as such? Seems easier, but what do I know?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 20, 2007, 08:08:25 PM
If it's from a rental car agency, it'd better not be empty.  I know if you don't top off the tank, they'll add gas and charge you for it... usually at a ridiculous cost.  I'm not gonna pay to fill a tank twice.

But yeah, from a dealer/repair place it's different.  They don't want to bother to keep track of the gas in the tank or add it.    They just lend you the car as a courtesy, you pay your own gas, they don't worry about the rest.  Obviously then, everyone's just going to put as much in the tank as they'll use with the result that it's usually empty or close to it.

I try not to make mechanics mad.  They're too powerful.  I'd just eat the cost and next time you know not to add more than one or two gallons when you get it.






Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on November 20, 2007, 10:36:39 PM
My dealer gives loaners and they expect the cars to be returned with the same amount of gas. I gotta say that it is still way more convenient than waiting during service, getting a friend to pick me up or renting another car. Well worth the few bucks in gas that I would be spending anyway.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 21, 2007, 03:15:43 PM
Thanks, everyone! I returned the loaner this morning with the same amount of gas it had when I got it. I've always been badgered by my dad and brothers for getting (in their eyes) taken by car dealers, so I was questioning whether this was a time to push back because I could easily do business with the local Jeep dealer vs. the one I use. And I've bought all 3 of the Jeeps I've had from him, so I figure he's already taken enough of the money I don't have without my having to gas up his loaner cars. But you're right. I get great service there, and this is the first time in more than 10 years of doing business with him that I've had to put gas in a loaner. If I wasn't so strapped for cash all the time, I wouldn't think twice about it.  No matter. I appreciate your feedback!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 26, 2007, 05:11:38 PM
OK, here's a question for the dudes in the audience.........

I have noticed something recently that is purely an "American" phenomenon - i.e. I have never seen this occur in all my years in Hingerlund.

Location: Gents Urinals - anywhere from the Reds stadium to the airport to fast food joints to fanchy-schmancy restaurants.

Phenomenon: Men who walk up to the urinal and undo their belts plus completely unbutton/open their pants to get their junk out to pee with, requiring them to stand with legs further apart to prevent pants from falling etc.

Erm... the zipper/fly-button 'hole' is there precisely to pop your john thomas through chaps, and unless your penile girth is that of an elephant's trunk, the diameter of said 'hole' should be plenty wide enough to a) grab your cock b) pee with your cock and c) return your cock to its usual location

Like I said, NEVER seen this happen in England, so why do some guys do it here? I'm out of any logic.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on November 26, 2007, 05:42:04 PM
I'm not a guy but I sleep with one so I feel rather protective of his junk and I can imagine it is the fear of zipper teeth.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on November 26, 2007, 07:55:06 PM
I've always been one of those guys. I dunno, I guess I just prefer going "over the wall".
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2007, 08:38:39 PM
CR, I'm with you on that one. I don't understand it either, but I guess it's "to each his own."
At best, I can theorize that perhaps there's a pair of undies on that don't quite work out nicely with the pants? Or don't have the hole? I dunno.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 27, 2007, 09:34:30 AM
Inexplicably some underwear doesn't have an opening in the front.  I refuse to purchase said underwear, but it's out there.

I've seen people do this too.  No idea why anybody would want to go to all that trouble if they didn't have to.

Apparently there is a certain contingent that feels the need to remove their shirts when going number two as well.  Explain that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 27, 2007, 09:43:08 AM
My guess would be that those people are wearing button-flies.

And yeah, there are some drawers without the trapdoor.  Last year, I ran out of drawers and bought a pack at H&M.  Those fuckers fit just right, but it must've looked interesting to have seen me digging around in my crotch trying to find the opening when I was facing a urinal.  I guess it couldn't have been any worse than seeing me with my hand down the back of my jeans rooting around because I thought maybe I had put them on backwards.

Stupid self-contained drawers.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 27, 2007, 09:52:26 AM

Apparently there is a certain contingent that feels the need to remove their shirts when going number two as well.  Explain that.
[SCRUBS]Man is the only animal to wear clothing while going twosies. It's unnatural.[/SCRUBS]
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 27, 2007, 10:47:04 AM
I guess it couldn't have been any worse than seeing me with my hand down the back of my jeans rooting around because I thought maybe I had put them on backwards.
Now THAT is entertaining.


And there was a whole Seinfeld episode with George taking his shirt off to drop the deuce. Good stuff.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on November 27, 2007, 11:15:13 AM
My sis-in-law dated a dude that always sat down to pee... I never saw it, but she commented on it publicly and he said he felt it was easier.

I tend to reserve that sort of behavior to the rare occasion when I might be too out of my gourd (and in my own or someone else's home not a bar with a urinal) to hit the bowl.  I try to avoid peeing on the floor or my shoe.... so I'll take a seat.  I can't even remember the last time that was an issue.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on November 27, 2007, 04:35:16 PM
My ex's sister was somewhat of a germophobe and apparently forced her husband to sit down to pee. They claimed it was for sanitary reasons because there's much much less splashing that way, and therefore fewer germs getting everywhere. They were right about the less splash (as I've begun to realize) but I still would rather stand. It's easier b/c there's less fussing with the clothes.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 27, 2007, 04:48:13 PM
OK, here's a question for the dudes in the audience.........

I have noticed something recently that is purely an "British" phenomenon - i.e. I have never seen this occur in all my years in the GREATEST FUCKING NATION ON FUCKING EARTH, DUDE.

Location: Gents Urinals - anywhere from the Reds stadium (sweet, this works there too) to the aeroport to chippie joints to posh restaurants.

Phenomenon: Men who walk up to the urinal and undo their belts plus completely unbutton/open their pants to get their junk out to roger me with, requiring them to stand with legs further apart to prevent pants from falling etc.

Erm... the zipper/fly-button 'hole' is there precisely to pop your john thomas through my chaps, and unless your penile girth is that of an elephant's trunk, the diameter of said 'hole' should be plenty wide enough to a) grab your cock b) stroke with your cock and c) return your cock to my usual locations

Like I said, NEVER seen this happen in the States, so why do some guys do it here? I'm out of any logic.

FTFY...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 27, 2007, 06:37:47 PM
I'll pee sitting down if I'm already taking a dump.  Why get up? 

I don't think it's very sanitary, though.  It seems like whatever germs get splashed out or kicked up are going to go straight into your nice, warm, moist, already-dirty rectum or at least your crotchal area.  There, they will be free to breed indiscriminately for the next few hours in a nice sweaty environment.

If you're peeing standing up, where are the germs gonna go if they splash?  All your openings and moist reasons are farther away, blocked, or at least require a very circuitous path to reach.

I also pee in the shower on occasion.  And yeah, I'll even paint my sink once in a while.





Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 27, 2007, 11:02:28 PM
And yeah, I'll even paint my sink once in a while.
Oh God, W. I really wish I hadn't read this bit just before going to bed. WELCOME NIGHTMARES!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: matt on November 27, 2007, 11:28:41 PM
And yeah, I'll even paint my sink once in a while.
C'mon CR, surely you've done this before...

There is a guy where I work that pulls his pants to his knees when he pees at the urinal.  Dude is about 5'4" & 400 pounds.  My guess is that his pants are already tight in that area anyway (he waddles around with the biggest crotchbelly I've seen on a man), and the only way for him to even reach his stuff is to drop trou and reach under the girth.  Oh, and he always uses the urinal that's about 3 inches off the ground.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: matt on November 27, 2007, 11:29:40 PM
Wait...

Why are dudes watching other dudes pee and taking note of their pee habits?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 28, 2007, 12:15:43 AM
Wait...

Why are dudes watching other dudes pee and taking note of their pee habits?

You're the one watching. I'm just the one noticing.

Cockney"NeverPissedInASink"Rebel
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 28, 2007, 02:24:46 AM
Look, pee is more or less sterile.  No reason to waste 2 gallons of water flushing it down.  Granted the bowl is cholrinated, but using rinsing it down immediately with water I'd use washing my hands or whatnot (plus a modest amount extra) vs festering urine in a chlorinated tank seems to be a wash to me in terms of sanitary objectives and mental grossness.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on November 28, 2007, 05:26:05 AM
moist... moist

Two instances of this word in W's previous post and all we get out of lando is "nightmares about painting the sink"?

You're slipping m'dear.  :D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 28, 2007, 08:18:09 AM
You fuckers have desensitized me to the word to an extent (see cuddly's signature for the main culprit). But, posting it back to back is just RUDE.
 :pirate:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 28, 2007, 09:20:57 AM
Oh, and he always uses the urinal that's about 3 inches off the ground.

What is with that urinal anyway?  I mean, I can see it in a grocery store or at the mall or something when kids might be around as a matter of course but why does every bathroom have one? 

We have them in the restrooms here at work, it hardly ever gets used unless the taller one is occupied.  One day I was using the taller one and a man I hadn't seen before came in and walked up to use the other, shorter, one.  He looked down at the urinal, then turned to me and said, "You guys get a lot of kids in here or something?".
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on November 28, 2007, 09:48:50 AM
ADA Compliance.

Urinal Compliance Codes (http://www.dbtac.vcu.edu/adaportal//Facility_Access/ADAAG/Tech_Rqmts/ADAAG_4-18.html)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 establishes these codes and whether you have someone with disabilities in your area or not, you have to comply in case they are hired or visit.  If your office was built after 1990 or has had extensive renovations done since 1990 (there is a threshold $$$ amount... if you do more than ___ amount of work you have to upgrade everything to ADA standards) you will have those.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on November 28, 2007, 11:08:07 AM
I always figured those were for dudes with exceptionally long schlongs?

So they had some "wave about room" without hitting the cold cold porcelein
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 28, 2007, 11:19:01 AM
I still hit the porcelain. *sigh*
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 29, 2007, 08:30:54 AM
In the classic 80's sitcom, Small Wonder, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Wonder_%28TV_series%29) an inventor created a child-like robot with impeccable comic timing.  My question is, if the inventor got drunk on cheap wine one night and decided to fool around with V.I.C.I., would that be illegal or just weird?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on November 29, 2007, 09:05:07 AM
ukSvjqwJixw

It's a slippery slope when you make perversion illegal... whoever... when they treat her as a real girl and she appears to the world at large as a real girl... one would assume that basically makes her a real girl despite her overdeveloped sense of humor and amazing robotic abilities.  Ultimately she's just a robot... so maybe Ol' Ted could get away with it.

Personally, I'm extremely disgusted with the sickos on the planet... but can we lock them up for thoughts, drawings and/or pretend worlds?  I don't want to think so.... but would catching them early avoid some of these horror stories we hear about in the news???  I'm really torn.  I appreciate the freedom to think, pretend and dream... no matter what the dreams are... but?  Although, I do firmly believe that actual child molestors should get the death penalty from the state (as opposed to condoning vigilante justice... which sometimes seems to be the way it happens now).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 30, 2007, 07:57:59 PM
Is it pretty normaly for toddlers to be scared shitless of Santa Claus?  I assume it is, but V is crying every time he sees him. Not the cartoony ones, though - only the realistic-looking old man Santas.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on November 30, 2007, 08:05:13 PM
Viz,

No, that is actually odd behavior.  Being scared of Santa?  I mean, c'mon...

Signed,
The guy who avoids McDonalds because Ronald still gives him the creepin' Willies

-and yeah, that is pretty common.  I know I was and whenever I go to the mall, I always see the Santa line half filled with kids in awe and half with the kids freaking out.  Somewhere, there is an internet site of all these photos going back to the 40's with kids freaking out while being held by a weird (and sometimes drunk) guy in a Santa suit. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 30, 2007, 11:58:43 PM
Yeah, Kenna was terrified a couple years ago. Now she screams with glee at the mention of Santa. You (and the kid) will be fine.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on December 01, 2007, 12:01:13 AM
I have a question....if you have sex with a zombie, would it be considered necrophilia?  The body has died, but is now "undead", which isn't really dead, but neither really alive.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 01, 2007, 07:29:09 AM
Ah, if only Dennis Thatcher were alive to answer this
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 01, 2007, 05:03:13 PM
How do you alphabetize Ben Folds Five?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on December 01, 2007, 05:13:18 PM
I would put them under F for Folds.  I consider the BFF no different than Ted Leo and the Pharmacists or Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band.  BEn Folds is the draw and the rest of them are basically a backing band.  Plus then they will end up with the stuff that is just Ben Folds.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on December 01, 2007, 05:42:37 PM
Under B for Ben.  It's not Ben Folds & the Five.  It's Ben Folds Five.  So basically don't listen to dirk.  He doesn't know what he's talking about. ;) :p
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on December 01, 2007, 09:23:26 PM
I've got BFF under B.  If it was Ben Folds, it would be under F.

However, I disagree with both Dirk and Buzz in my catalog... in that if it was Ben Folds & the Five... I would still have it under B.


Real examples:

Juliana Hatfield "Hey Babe" was her first real cd and started my collection under H for Hatfield.  She went on to call herself The Juliana Hatfield Three and Juliana's Pony but also still went by just Juliana Hatfield as well in the middle (and again currently).  All of my cd's are still under "H" for Hatfield.  I don't care what she refers to herself as... she's still under H... as the "members" of those "bands" are merely  studio musicians and friends.  Her works with Some Girls, Blake Babies and The Lemonheads are all listed under their respective S, B and L.

Ben Folds Five is under B.  That was an actual band.  The Ben Folds solo album I have is under F.

The one horrid cd I own of DMB is under D.  If I purchased the waste of plastic that a Dave Matthews solo cd would be... I would put it under M.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2007, 01:52:50 PM
I put it under B.

I think the sex with a zombie question is important, too. I suggest perhaps it's considered un-necrophilia in the same way that a zombie is undead. Or maybe it's just kinky. Would the zombie be eating your brains while you were having sex? Is that part of what you need to get you off? And what would two zombies have sex be like. Is that possible? Would they have their arms out straight while going at it? Would they be stiff? (pun intended.) Would they even care?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 02, 2007, 05:39:44 PM
The rule of thumb we used at the record store was this: bands who named themselves after one of the members (Ben Folds Five, Dave Matthews Band, Juliana Hatfield Trio) were filed under the individual's last name. Bands that named themselves something that sounded like someone's name (Marshall Tucker or Billy Pilgrim* for example) were filed under the first letter of the name.

We had a card in the "B's" that said "For Ben Folds Five, see "F"" and a card in the D's guiding shoppers to the M's for Dave Matthews Band.

* and we were well aware of the literary aspect of the name, but there was no one in the band named Billy Pilgrim, so they were filed under B.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on December 02, 2007, 07:03:02 PM
Take that all you nay-sayers!  My way is the official record store way!  I have been vindicated!  I would file you all under J for jerkfaces!

And holy crap you pulled out a Billy Pilgrim reference.  I thought I was the only person who remembered them (or had heard of them in general).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on December 02, 2007, 08:11:19 PM
Dammit!!  I can't argue with that.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 02, 2007, 10:14:12 PM
I actually just file everything under the first letter of the band.  Yes, including "The." 

It seems weird, but I don't think of any artists as "Springsteen, Bruce" or "Hatfield, Juliana."  It's Bruce Springsteen and Juliana Hatfield.  They're all just names of "acts" to me.  Some just happen to be happen to be in one-person bands named after their real-life name.

I even do it with "The" bands.  They end up all alphabetized in the "T's" anyway so it's not actually any harder.  That way I don't have "A Flock of Seagulls" under "F" and "Of Montreal" under M.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: doves on December 03, 2007, 09:14:17 AM
So what about 'number' bands? Does "16 Horsepower" go under '16' or 'S?'
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 03, 2007, 09:32:03 AM
S
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on December 03, 2007, 09:34:01 AM
rva... what about those bands that drop the "THE" occasionally?  I've seen that happen a bit.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 03, 2007, 09:41:33 AM
S if it's spelled out, otherwise numbers go first in numerical order.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 03, 2007, 11:24:55 AM
Basically you can have whatever filing system floats your boat. Do the Dewey Decimal system if you want.

Where I used to work, we didn't put bands with a number at the beginning (16 Horsepower, 311) we filed them as if the number was spelled out. No one ever had a problem locating them. I'm not saying it's "right," I'm saying that's how we did it at the store I worked for.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 03, 2007, 11:46:44 AM
Does anyone have any advice or recommendations for a loop station?  I've dusted off my guitar and am getting kind of bored just hearing one guitar (I don't really have any interest in forming a band/playing out.)  I don't need anything fancy-pants, just something that I can play with some added dimension or something.  Is Boss still the brand or is there anything out there that has that kind of quality, but for a lower price?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on December 03, 2007, 12:19:33 PM
I have a question....if you have sex with a zombie, would it be considered necrophilia?  The body has died, but is now "undead", which isn't really dead, but neither really alive.

No, it wouldn't be considered necrophilia because they are undead, but it would be considered rape since they can't consent. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2007, 03:04:50 PM
Is zombie rape considered a bad thing?

I want to say that no rape can be thought of as good...but they're evil, life sucking, brain eating zombies. So now I'm confused.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 03, 2007, 03:14:40 PM
...but they're evil, life sucking, brain eating zombies. So now I'm confused.

Wait...

When did we start talking about my wife?

Just joking, honey (and people who might tell my honey.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 03, 2007, 03:40:33 PM
Does anyone have any advice or recommendations for a loop station?  I've dusted off my guitar and am getting kind of bored just hearing one guitar (I don't really have any interest in forming a band/playing out.)  I don't need anything fancy-pants, just something that I can play with some added dimension or something.  Is Boss still the brand or is there anything out there that has that kind of quality, but for a lower price?

Boss stuff is always pretty decent.  I don't know, though.  They run like $200.  At that price you can actually get a 4 track digital mixer like one of the Zoom jobbies.  You don't have the convenience of just being able to play out a rhythm, stomp, and just play it back, but you also get a shit-ton more flexibility.

I guess it depends on what you want.  If you just want to play along with tabs, the best thing for that is just get some powertabs, mute out the lead track, and play along on your laptop. 

If you just want to dork around and try out a rhythm track and some riffs real fast, get a loop station.  It's sorta like scratch paper.  You can get compose little bits of stuff right away and try things out real-time.

If you want to actually compose something-- not anything fancy but you know, like have a rhythm guitar track that you can actually change during the song.  Create a whole song, or sing or play more than one instrument, get the 4 track.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2007, 09:20:06 PM
I have a question:
My kitchen sink has recently started wafting up some awful odors. It's not clogged and I can't really think of anything different that's happened lately to cause this stink. What can I do about this?

I'm not calling the super b/c he sucks and when he points out that the drain still drains then we'll be at a standstill. I'm on the top floor of a five story apartment building, so it might be someone below us? This is rather important b/c my kitchen is tiny and is essentially in my living room, with the only visible delineation between the two rooms just being that the hardwood floors stop and some tile starts. So I'm smelling this stink whenever I walk in.

Suggestions? Help?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 03, 2007, 09:51:30 PM
I'm not sure what would be causing the smell, but you might try pouring 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. After that, pour a couple of quarts of boiling water down the drain. The baking soda/vinegar mixture foams away the buildup inside the drain and the boiling water loosens and flushes it away.

Depending on how built up the smelly gunk inside the drain is, you may need to repeat the process a few times. If you've got a disposal, you might also try grinding up lemon slices every now and then to keep it smelling better.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on December 04, 2007, 12:59:38 AM
And ice cubes.  They keep the garbage disposal blades sharp.  Or something.  It usually helps. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on December 04, 2007, 01:03:54 AM
I have a medical question...

I have had what is sort of like a cold since last Thursday/Friday.  I have felt like utter shit since Friday evening.  I skipped work today (actually, I went all the way in and my coworkers forced me to leave because i look and sound like i have creeping crud).  I have not had a fever.  Just headache, tons and tons of sneezing, sinus pain/pressure, runny nose/stuffed up nose, lots of drainage, itchy nose, dry cough, and a bit of a sore throat.  Usually colds don't keep me down this long.  I'm going to work tomorrow only because i have to.  I already took Friday and Monday off and I am so behind.  I hate going to the doctor, but at what point do I do that?

Do I have a sinus infection or a cold or what?  Do I just keep taking DayQuil and TheraFlu around the clock like I have been doing?  (This is also my last week of classes, so I am working on 2 final projects while also dealing with this.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 04, 2007, 01:15:16 AM
The wife has the exact same thing, and has for about a week or so now. She's kinda just toughing it out. I wish I had some advice. The doc will most likely just give you antibiotics, which would probably get rid of it quicker.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 04, 2007, 08:39:35 AM
If you have what seems like a cold for more than a week (especially the congestion), it would be sinusitis (sinus infection).  Wouldn't be a bad idea to see the good doctor.  He probably can't do anything but give you a strong decongestant, but you'll need the antibiotics to get it out of your system quicker and be contagious for a smaller amount of time.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 04, 2007, 08:52:37 AM
Since it hasn't been a week, I'd say it's a really bad cold. Keep hydrated - water, tea, soup, etc.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 04, 2007, 09:31:36 AM
Yeah, CR has had the goob since late last week, and now I've got it too. Makes you feel like shite. I don't believe sinus infections are contagious, so I'm guessing it's a bad cold.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 04, 2007, 09:56:54 AM
Anybody know where to get an HDMI cable without paying $50 for it?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 04, 2007, 10:27:47 AM
3-pack $14.00 w/free S&H (http://www.yesbuy.net/hdmi-2-hdmi-av-male-to-male-6ft-2m-gold-plated-3.html)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 04, 2007, 10:49:19 AM
That is a great deal but how can they sell what is generally a $50 - $75 cable for less than $5?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on December 04, 2007, 10:49:25 AM
Are these animals sedated or stuffed? (http://kittywigs.com/pink.html)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 04, 2007, 10:50:14 AM
That's creepy and I don't even want to know how you stumbled across it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on December 04, 2007, 10:52:08 AM
The husband of a friend of mine wants to buy one for their cat. *shudder* My cats would eat them if we got one of those things anywhere near them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 04, 2007, 10:54:00 AM
That is a great deal but how can they sell what is generally a $50 - $75 cable for less than $5?

It's called "cable snobbery". I bought all our HDMI cables via dudes on eBay and they all work perfectly. 95% of people would not be able to tell the difference between a $50 and a $5 one.

I worked in the hi-fi trade too long to know most of this higher price cable=better quality is bullcrap.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on December 04, 2007, 11:00:12 AM
I can't say thank you enough for that link.  Purchased... AND they take PayPal.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 04, 2007, 11:21:56 AM
I can't say thank you enough for that link.  Purchased... AND they take PayPal.

Heya Poncho, I didn't know you were THAT into kitty wigs! ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 04, 2007, 11:31:52 AM

It's called "cable snobbery". I bought all our HDMI cables via dudes on eBay and they all work perfectly. 95% of people would not be able to tell the difference between a $50 and a $5 one.

I worked in the hi-fi trade too long to know most of this higher price cable=better quality is bullcrap.
I've been a devotee of higher priced cables in the past myself.  But, the adult in me tells me I got snookered.  Thanks for the link, I just picked up a set myself.

If I don't like them I can always send them back, right?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 04, 2007, 11:51:55 AM
If you don't like 'em, the worst you're out is $14 bucks, instead of $50.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on December 04, 2007, 12:42:15 PM
Heya Poncho, I didn't know you were THAT into kitty wigs! ;)

I'll have to send the kitty wigs to Lauren... you know that she has a cat that she named Poncho after me right?  Just because I despise cats so much.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 05, 2007, 09:06:24 AM

If you want to actually compose something-- not anything fancy but you know, like have a rhythm guitar track that you can actually change during the song.  Create a whole song, or sing or play more than one instrument, get the 4 track.

That sounds, more or less, like what I am looking for.  The loop station seemed like a good way to record "on-the-fly", but I guess it is pretty limited with what you can do with it.  I don't have a laptop and the room our computer is in is a bit small, so would you think that buying a stand alone digital 4 track is the way to go or should I suck it up and get the laptop I've been talking about for years?

Any recommendations of particular brands/models?

Thanks!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Rafe on December 05, 2007, 04:50:37 PM
I worked in the hi-fi trade too long to know most of this higher price cable=better quality is bullcrap.

I'd agree with you. 90% of the time, the higher priced cabling meaning better quality schtick is bullshit, particularly in standard domestic systems like we all have here. The higher end of the AV market you go, the more a decent quality cable adds to the performance of certain media. HDMI is a case in point, as certain aspects of the format (ability to carry a signal to be viewed in 1080, etc) rely on a good quality, higher spec'd cable.

For our standard LCD or Plasma displays, the cables you linked too would be more than fine. When you go on to a larger display (65" Plasma), the cable is really important so that the signal is transmitted in a quality suitable to be viewed. We had a 103" Plasma running HDMI through a matrix a few weeks ago, and the cable between that and the monitor input cost £50 quid. The picture was appaling, worse than an RF signal, with noise bars and blockiness galore. We got a replacement cable from one of our suppliers at a far greater cost, and the picture was fantastic.

Speaker cable also doesn't matter too much, until your Amplifier and speakers become a bit more meaty than your standard separate system. When you start driving a decent pair of speakers with a gutsy pre-amp/amp combo, then the better the quality of the phono interconnects and the speaker cable should be, otherwise the sound becomes reedy and wafer thin. A good rule of thumb is that the cable should account for 10% of the total system cost, when dealing with equipment of a higher quality than my 12" Toshiba TV and 8 year old skybox.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on December 06, 2007, 03:01:41 AM
This goes way back to my self-plagiarizing question of a few months ago.  The same prof has instructed us to write another paper.  The first half of the new paper has the SAME INSTRUCTIONS as the first half of the first paper we wrote for the class.  Since I am writing about the same library and the same collections, can I now just cut and paste my earlier paper segment?  This seems stupid.  I've been sitting here for 3 hours doing nothing because it feels bizarre to reuse the SAME PAPER FOR THE SAME CLASS.... AGAIN.  Granted, the second half will be entirely new material, but how much new stuff can I throw into "provide background information about your library including mission statement, objectives, and user population."  It hasn't changed in the last 2 months, and I got an A the first two times I wrote it.....

I am so tired of school.  Thank God the completion of the masters degree is but one semester away.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on December 06, 2007, 07:35:02 AM
MY gut feeling is that you should just reuse it.  But, being that it is the same class, I would check with the prof.  You never know how touchy he will be about you reusing it, even if it is the exact same subject matter.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 06, 2007, 11:27:38 AM
Any recommendations of particular brands/models?

Thanks!

I went the more expensive laptop/software route at one point.  The upside is it's like having every piece of equipment you ever wanted.  Not just a sequencer, drum machine, mixer.  But also a sampler, every vintage synth ever made, crazy stuff no one ever thought of, and 15,000 effects.  It's really amazing.

Now imagine you had all that stuff-- let's just say 200 vintage synths for now.  If you want to pick a synth you go to Cakewalk.  Then you open your VST plugins.  Then you select the VST plugin that has the synth.  Then you select the synth that has the VST plugin.  Then you use the mouse and menu to select all the various parameters on that synth (if you are lucky they'll have a GUI that looks like the synth).  And of course, if you've never played that synth you don't know what the parameters do.

So anyway, after you've picked the synth, you're ready to go.  Now you have two choices.  You can add notes one at a time using Cakewalk's sequencing capabilities.  Or you can activate the mixer and hook up a keyboard via MIDI and record the track.  Or you can just record the MIDI sequence so that later on you can change the sounds. 

Anyway, you get the idea.  It's amazingly powerful, but you are programming music rather than playing music.  If you're really into composing, it's the way to go.  If you're more into just playing and writing songs, it's not so much fun.

I got a Tascam DP01 mixer.  They run about $250.  I would have preferred four channels and less features at a cheaper price, but they don't make one.  The reason why I got it is because it's exactly like the old Portasound recorders, only without cassettes.  If you've used a Portasound or really any sort of mixer before, you can be up and running right away.  If not, you may need to play around with it for 1/2 an hour or so.

The Zoom mixers are cheaper and smaller and packed with effects and other coolness.  It's kind of cool to have a mixer you can put in your pocket.  I didn't get one because I have the same problem with Zoom stuff that I do with PC stuff.  The interface kind of sucks.

If you've ever used a Zoom or Digitech 1000-effects-in-a-box thingy, you'll know what I mean.  It's like:  select effect->select effect parameter (eg. level, depth, frequency)->select desired setting->go back and select next parameter->select desired setting->select next effect, start over.  It takes forever to just get some distortion and chorus.  Whereas if you're effects chain is five stomp boxes, all your dials are right there and you just stomp on things to turn them on-and-off and you can do it all on the fly.

On the Tascam, there's an input for each channel.  And each channel has it's own sliders and dials for setting level or whatever.  Just turn them all to zero if you don't want them.  You plug into a channel, spend 5 seconds twiddling a few knobs, and you're ready to record.  Playback is just as easy.  That's why I got it.  It was the easiest, most common-sense interface that kept dorking around with the machine to a minimum.

Fostex has some stuff out there, too.  I never really tried it.  I remember that their 8 track mixer could record four sources simultaneously while the Tascam couldn't.  I didn't care because I can't play four sources simultaneously.  And if I was recording a band, I still wouldn't record more than two sources at once because I don't have a fancy-ass studio and fancy-mikes that would prevent the sources from bleeding together.  I guess drummers like to have all their drums mic'ed separately, but then they should have their own Behringer Eurotracks or whatever to do that FIRST then still run one track into a mixer.  I'm not investing in a kick-drum mick and shit when I don't even play drums.

I don't know if it's worth it for everyone to pay an extra $100 or forego some good features because you're too lazy to push a few extra buttons.  It sounds really stupid, because that little Zoom 4 track (PS-04) is an awfully good deal.  But honestly for me, the Zoom just kind of crossed the fine line between "fun" and "work."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 06, 2007, 08:55:36 PM
Again, is there any topic rva isn't an expert in?  :D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 06, 2007, 09:09:53 PM
I don't know if it's worth it for everyone to pay an extra $100 or forego some good features because you're too lazy to push a few extra buttons.  It sounds really stupid, because that little Zoom 4 track (PS-04) is an awfully good deal.  But honestly for me, the Zoom just kind of crossed the fine line between "fun" and "work."

Yeah, I hate to say that the biggest feature I am looking for in the recorder/looper is ease of use.  I got really burned out playing guitar a few years ago because I was trying to do too much and was messing around with FAR too many settings, tunings, effects, etc.  This time around, I just want something to enable me to play along with myself (take that out of context) and is ridiculously simple.  It sounds like the Tascam is probably the way to go and if this is something that sticks, then maybe look into the software.

Plus, there is a a Fostex MR8 on Craigslist that is selling for $100.  Off to research it...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 06, 2007, 11:08:44 PM
That's a steal. 

The Fostex MR8 is equivalent to the Tascam I have.  It's a bigger size box with knobs on it as opposed to the Zoom.  I took a look at it in the record store and I liked the Tascam's interface better, simply because it was *exactly* like the Portasounds I'd used before.  But they were the same price.

It seems like at $100, it's hard to go wrong.  You can get it, play around with it and probably sell it for the same price you got it, if you don't like it.  And then you'll have a better idea of what you want-- whether you want to go whole hog with the PC setup or trade for a loop station.

Honestly, it's just a matter of personal preference.  The Tascam was kind of a happy medium for me, but if I had the bucks, I'd want all three.  The loop station just for regular jamming and playing around with ideas.  You know, for the 85% of the time you just want to pick up and play.  And then once I had some stuff I liked, I'd move on to the mixer for demo'ing songs and song ideas-- add some scratch vox and a drum beat and some bass or whatever.  And then if I had something really good, I'd use the laptop setup for when I really want to seriously record something as a final product.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on December 10, 2007, 11:14:12 AM
I was watching Blazing Saddles over the weekend and it occurred to me that I can't think of a single Mel Brooks movie that doesn't have Nazis or a reference to Nazis in it. Can you think of one?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on December 10, 2007, 11:18:31 AM
Spaceballs or Robin Hood: Men in Tights?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on December 10, 2007, 11:36:36 AM
I think the storm trooper type characters were thinly veiled Nazis in Spaceballs. You might have a winner with Men in Tights, though.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on December 10, 2007, 12:25:41 PM
Is it okay to toss old MRI and X-ray films into the garbage? Is there any proprietary info on them about which I need to worry? Do I need to cut them up first or light them on fire or anything like that? Or, for anyone out there with a foot fetish, would you like old MRI and X-ray films of my left foot pre-surgery?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 10, 2007, 12:40:06 PM
For safety's sake, it's a good idea to make sure one of your docs has them on file before you pitch them.  Otherwise, it's completely up to you how you dispose of them. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 13, 2007, 01:43:55 PM
What do you guys think about track lighting?  Good, bad, looks like shit?

I ask because my living room (and every room, really) has those ceiling fan/little 40 watt torch combos.  I hate them.  They don't get enough light out to the corners of the room. 

Also it's like my TV is against one wall.  My sofa is against the opposite wall.  What's the point of a light between me and the tv?  Who needs to light up that space?  The light should be pointed at the sofa, with maybe another light pointed at the tv, I dunno.

So yeah... track lighting-- good or bad?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 13, 2007, 01:57:50 PM
It probably is a bit trendy, but I really like the wire hung track lighting.  It looks modern where-as I find that the older track lighting looking like it should accent wood paneling.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on December 13, 2007, 02:01:51 PM
I think it's depends.  From watching too much HGTV, recessed lighting seems to be the trend.  However, there seems to be some very stylish track lighting options available that don't look like an 80s throwback.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 13, 2007, 02:36:28 PM
Track lighting looks dated now if you ask me.  I like the recessed lights but that could just be the latest trend.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 13, 2007, 04:42:14 PM
I have no ceiling lights in my living area. It's all table and floor lamps.

What do you need the lighting for? Reading? Playing the guitar? Working a puzzle? I'm of the opinion that if you have sufficient light from other sources, you don't need overhead lights.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 13, 2007, 05:18:18 PM
What do you need the lighting for? Reading? Playing the guitar? Working a puzzle?

All of those things.  Also, I have a built-in book case on one wall and I wouldn't mind putting some plants in there but it doesn't get near enough light.

I don't want to use table and floor lamps because my living room is pretty small in terms of usable space.  That's the problem. It's like one of those living rooms that is also a foyer and gateway-to-stairs-and-rest-of-house.  Also, my cats have a bit of an issue with table lamps.

I think it actually used to have a French door splitting it into two tiny-ass rooms, but that's long gone except for the interior molding.  So essentially I use only one of the two tiny ass rooms, with the other one pretty much empty.  The net result being a decent-size room, but the TV, book case and sofa are crammed into half of it.

I would use recessed lighting but I don't think I'm up to the task of installing it. 

All I know is I hate, hate, HATE the crappy yellow-y light I get in that room.  I don't know if maybe a better overhead fixture will just solve it or what, but I have to do something.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 13, 2007, 08:01:42 PM
Ah, cats. That is something to take into account. Since your primary source of light seems to be from above, then I'd go for it. Perhaps something like this?
(http://www.lightwavesconcept.com/gallery/albums/flex2/flex_6.sized.jpg)

You could put in a pendant light over the couch for task lighting.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on December 13, 2007, 09:52:15 PM
I never use overhead light- just lamps, but my cats leave them alone. 

The ones that ella suggested look nice, and I think that I'd avoid recessed lights, even though they are popular.  I don't know if they will get the coverage that you are looking for.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 14, 2007, 11:16:59 AM
That living room angers me.  It's so organized and uncluttered.  No one's living room looks that good.  There isn't even a TV in it.  Who doesn't have a TV in their living room?

Anyway, yeah.  That kind of track lighting was what I was thinking.  I don't think I can do the track light and pendant because I only have the one overhead fixture.  Also I suck with electricity, and rigging up two lighting systems doubles my chances of death.

*sigh*  I probably need to redo the electricity in that room anyway.  Maybe I'll just have an electrician come in and do it.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on December 14, 2007, 07:42:22 PM
My theory is that they were standing in front of the TV when they took the picture.

I was thinking of hanging the pendant from the same track, which I've seen done in other photos.

I'd get an electrician, because you probably don't want the track to start where your current fixture is located, and he (or she) could move the location of the transformer.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on December 15, 2007, 12:37:16 PM
As for that nice, clean, completely uncluttered living room? Satan lives there. And was standing in front of the TV when taking the picture.  The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was that it belonged to a grad school friend of mine- their's was set up that way and it was never cluttered. I hated it! 

Electrician, all the way!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 15, 2007, 01:03:23 PM
I don't know what you guys are talking about with no TV in that room. The photographer isn't standing in front of a TV because he's standing BEHIND a chair. The TV is in one of those giant stands on the right.

Werd.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 15, 2007, 02:41:57 PM
The photographer can't be standing in front of the TV, because who puts a couch in front of their TV facing AWAY from it.

Wherle's right that the only logical place for the TV is on the right.  Only that's not a TV stand, it's a CD tower.  And it looks like there's a little stereo in the foreground because there's CD's there.  That would normally be integrated into your home entertainment setup.  The TV can't be a wallmount because what is on the right is probably a stairwell unless the house somehow has only one floor.  And even if a TV were over there, there wouldn't be that shit in front of it.  Especially not if you're all anally neat.   And where are the speakers?  Do they not have surround?

No, they don't have a tv in their living room.  Granted, there's a remote on the coffeetable but it must be for the stereo.  Or it's all a big lie.  These people don't need tv (or books apparently) because they have such a grand ol' time drinking brandy and scotch in front of candlelight.  They're sitting there all like "oooh, looks like we can sneak another tiny-ass corner shelf in there... and I've got just the knick-knack for it!" 

You know what they actually do?  They go to OTHER people's houses and drink their beer and watch their TV and that's why other people have messy houses and their house is all like clean and shit.  I hate them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 15, 2007, 02:57:48 PM
My parents have a "family room" which has the TV, and a "living room" which does not have a TV. The living room is generally only used when there is company and they want to sit and talk. Or for reading. Otherwise almost all daily activities take place in the family room.

Perhaps this house has a similar arrangement.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 15, 2007, 03:10:47 PM
Yeah, well I don't have a "family room."  Just a dirty, messy, dark, living room that has actual holes in the floor that I still haven't fixed for some stupid reason.  And I forgot to change the batteries in my thermostat it's 59 degrees down there right now.  Also, it smells like cat poop. 

I live in squalor.  Not because I'm poor, but because I'm a lazy ass who is also a cheap-skate and can't throw anything away.  I think I'm showing the early signs of OCD.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on December 15, 2007, 05:06:42 PM
I think I'm showing the early signs of OCD.

Enola Gay was always my favourite song
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on December 15, 2007, 10:04:25 PM
I live in squalor.

[local joke no one will get]Isn't that over by Woodycrest?[/local joke no one will get]

I hear you on the arctic living space, rva. My heater is still blowing cold air. I've been reduced to wearing the cat as a dickie.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on December 16, 2007, 04:48:36 PM
Heh heh, you said "dickie."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on December 17, 2007, 02:41:48 PM
If I had a hammer....?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 19, 2007, 09:37:00 AM
Ever learn something about a family member that really should make you miserably depressed, but, because of such low expectations and regard for that person, you find yourself laughing hysterically about it?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on December 19, 2007, 09:40:09 AM
Yes, we do that quite a bit in our family.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 19, 2007, 10:30:13 AM
Any idea where I could find a very part-time job (either weekday evenings, or whenever on the weekends), aside from waitressing? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on December 19, 2007, 10:56:09 AM
Vizz, you could try a book/music store, maybe Life Uniform (there's one in Kettering).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 26, 2007, 03:30:01 PM
I got a copy of Photoshop Elements 6 for Christmas.  I have an older copy currently, but without being on PC I couldn't tell you what version it is but it's pretty old, it came with a scanner that my dad bought probably close to 8 years ago.  Mostly I use it for cropping and resizing images but I do some editing on it, mostly what I've been able to teach myself.

My question is, should I keep it and upgrade to the newer version or take it back?  What, I have to wonder, will this version offer me that my old one didn't (I'll update with my current version later)?  Has it gotten any easier to use?  Does this do more things?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 26, 2007, 05:01:46 PM
I can't answer your specific questions, but I can suggest that an 8 year old software program is near ancient, so I'd suspect that there might begin to be random conflicts of some kind or another pretty soon. You know, as the hardware and software advance so much, the older things have trouble running. At least, that's what it seems like to me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on December 27, 2007, 02:01:07 PM
I just installed Microsoft Virtual PC on a computer so that it can run a Win 98 app from an XP machine.  It works like a dream.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on December 27, 2007, 02:40:43 PM
I was looking at this thread and I saw who started it and a question immediately popped into my head. What happened to Jonathan?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on December 27, 2007, 02:49:23 PM
I was looking at this thread and I saw who started it and a question immediately popped into my head. What happened to Jonathan?
For some reason, I picture you sitting at home on your vacation, in your underwear, checking message boards.

Anyway, I'm PMing you a work related message.  Answer if you dare.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 27, 2007, 03:18:42 PM
I was looking at this thread and I saw who started it and a question immediately popped into my head. What happened to Jonathan?
He moved to Perth...and once he finally got a job...seems to have disappeared.
D'oh.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on December 27, 2007, 03:29:53 PM
I was looking at this thread and I saw who started it and a question immediately popped into my head. What happened to Jonathan?
For some reason, I picture you sitting at home on your vacation, in your underwear, checking message boards.

Anyway, I'm PMing you a work related message.  Answer if you dare.
Ha! Ask Matt R. about having me on speakerphone during a meeting when I was at home during this break a few years ago. Unfortunately, the days of laying around drinking beer while still just in my underwear until 4 PM are long gone. I've already fixed the toilet at my rental, went to the post office, met the wife for lunch, changed fuses on the car and scheduled a meeting with a realtor. Give me a call and I'll walk you through fixing things there at work.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on December 27, 2007, 06:10:01 PM
Turns out my version of Photoshop Elements is so old that it's not numbered.  I clicked "about photoshop" and the usual window pops up like on every other program but no version number.  The latest date I can get off of it is 2001.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 28, 2007, 01:30:23 PM
Pop in the upgrade. It can't hurt.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 04, 2008, 01:04:37 PM
Do cribs and toddler beds (the race care or fire engine kind, not the crib conversion) use the same kind of mattress?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on January 04, 2008, 01:16:31 PM
True toddler beds use crib matresses. You can get those in race car types and stuff but they also make them in twin size. Make sure that it says that crib mattresses fit it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2008, 01:38:47 PM
Pop in the upgrade. It can't hurt.
Well, yeah, Cap'n Obvious, I know it can't hurt, but if it doesn't do anything super amazing that the old version didn't do why be out the $80?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 04, 2008, 01:47:41 PM
Well, Corporal Curmudgeon, you said you got it for X-Mas, so I naturally assumed you didn't need to spend money on a new version, and the upgrade would be a no-brainer. Stick with the antique for all I care.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 04, 2008, 02:24:48 PM
Yeah, I gotta go with Wherle on this one.  Does it really matter if this version does superfantabulous things?  How superfantabulous do they have to be considering you've apparently never even maxed the capabilities of your ancient version.

Everyone has to wrestle with when to upgrade software.  Sooner or later, you have to do it just because technology marches on.  And it's a shitty decision because you don't NEED all the new stuff, and you feel like you are paying for something just to do what you've always done.

The real gift here is not a better version of Photoshop.  It's someone saying "Hey look.  I'm taking the time and grief out of an upgrading decision by just giving you this free copy.  Now you don't have to worry about it."  If it were me, I'd be pretty happy with that and I too, think it's a no-brainer to go and install it.

But if you WANT to wrestle with the decision about when to upgrade, it's pretty simple as well.  Just take it back.  The money gives you flexibility.  You can wait until a better time, or you can walk right back into the store five minutes later and re-purchase the upgrade if you want.  It can't hurt.

It's like you got a free version of Photoshop.  This should simplify your life, not complicate it.  Either $80 in your pocket or a new version of Photoshop is always a plus.  Spending too much time thinking about one or the other is always a minus.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2008, 03:25:56 PM
You guys crack me up.  I wasn't trying to be an asshole Scott.

The thing is that the wife bought it for me so it came out of shared coffers, you know?  It's not free, it cost me $80 I just didn't go to the store and pick it up.  She's totally fine with me keeping it or not so therein lies the dilemna.

What I was really trying to get at is what does this one do that the old one didn't?  Is there anything?  Will my 2001 machine be able to handle it?  It's struggling with just about everything these days.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 04, 2008, 03:53:52 PM
No, Photoshop Elements is not going to do anything crazy-awesome, because really crazy-awesome shit is reserved for people with crazy-awesome skills, crazy-awesome amounts of time, and crazy-awesome amounts of money to spend on regular Photoshop.

Whatever gain you're likely to get from a newer version of Photoshop Elements (not too much) is likely to be offset by the fact that it's written for a certain hardware architecture etc. your machine won't have.  It would not surprise me at all if you had a net loss in performance.

When you get a new machine, the upgrade to new Photoshop Elements will almost certainly be worth it.  Perhaps even required.  If that's going to happen within the next six months or so, you might as well hang on to to it.  If you're hoping to go longer than that, return it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2008, 04:13:14 PM
I agree with RVA's last post there.
But I'm also on the "might as well upgrade just because" team...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 04, 2008, 04:58:16 PM
That's the answer I was looking for RVA, thanks.  I'm itching to buy a new PC but we've got roof repairs to make first.  So it might be this year, it might not.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 04, 2008, 05:05:49 PM
See, I didn't know all that. I just thought it was an X-Mas gift that cost you nothing, so I didn't see the dilemma. But yeah, go with what W said. He = smart.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on January 07, 2008, 02:35:53 PM
Although my wife claims to love me, she has been subtly hinting that she wants a Bluetooth.  Given her levels of activity, it does make sense that she has one, but I don't know the first thing about them.  Any recommendations for one that would be compatible with a Verizon plan?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 08, 2008, 03:28:08 PM
Wasnt there some kind of customer service horror story thread?  I searched, but I think I have the thread title wrong and can't find it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 08, 2008, 04:12:51 PM
The questions are piling up... where are the smart folks?

Adding on, I'm thinking about buy a new PC.  The issues I've had with my current PC are numerous, infamous and nearly legendary.  That said, what's the best bang for the buck?  We need at least a 250gb hard drive is just about my only stipulation.  I have an external DVD -RW +RW Dual layer/Lightscribe burner so it really doesn't matter what kind of DVD drive it has.  I'm mostly going to use it to surf the web, keep our checkbook, store my photos, do some minor photo editing with photoshop, store my music and update my iPod.

Basically, I just want it to be faster and more reliable than my 2.4ghz Windows XP machine that I've had since 2002.  That one likes to shut itself down randomly for no reason.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 08, 2008, 04:20:20 PM
The only advice I have is to try and stay with Windows XP. Everything I have read about Vista lately suggests Bill Gates released one of his turds in a box.

May I also suggest the built in HD should not be as much of a priority. External HD's are pretty affordable these days and transferable from machine to machine with an element of ease.

Microcenter appear to do some affordable self brand machines - and if you don't mind Dell or Refurbs you may like to try their factory outlet (http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/topics/global.aspx/arb/online/en/InventorySearch?c=us&cs=22&l=en&s=dfh).

Once again Fat Wallet can be your friend if you can wait for the best deal to pop up one day
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 08, 2008, 04:25:07 PM
Wasnt there some kind of customer service horror story thread?  I searched, but I think I have the thread title wrong and can't find it.

Is this (http://www.randomville.com/Daily/index.php/topic,3793.0.html) it?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 08, 2008, 05:13:15 PM
RE: the new computer. There are literally dozens of alternatives these days. I have to agree with CR on not worrying so much about the size of the hard drive. Get a decent compy and buy an external drive, that way you can easily transfer from one to the other as needed, especially with the advent of USB 2.0, which makes it way faster. I only have programs and essential files stored on my computer's drive. All other files and media are stored on the external drive.

HP has some good machines for not much money. My laptop is pretty good, but there have been issues with keyboards, which did affect mine. I popped the offensive key (which I never use anyway), and the issue is solved. It has Vista on it (as do all new machines), which, yeah, isn't as great as XP, but I read up a little bit and found out how to optimize it to my needs. I wasn't initially happy with the machine, but dig it now that I figured out how to work it.

You could easily get a new desktop or lappy for under $700 for what you're looking to do with it. You could probably even get one for just under $600.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 08, 2008, 05:47:00 PM
I just built this for you on Dell for $589:

Genuine Windowsģ XP Home Edition   
Dell 19 inch Widescreen E198WFP Analog Flat Panel Monitor   
2 GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz - 2DIMMs   
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (can be downgraded to 270GB, save $30)   
16X DVD+/-RW Drive   
Intelģ Graphics Media Accelerator 3100   
No Floppy Drive   edit
No Modem Option   edit
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio   
Dell A525 2.1 Speakers w/ Subwoofer, 30W (can be dumped, save $30)   
Dell USB Keyboard   
Dell Scroll Mouse

This is what I would recommend.  I am working under the assumption that you have at least a passing interest in upgrading or purchasing a few pieces of software in the future for whatever reason.  If so, you don't need Vista just yet, but you do need a machine beefy enough to run it.
If that's the case I kinda think Core 2 and 2GB are the minimum you'd want to get for a nice 4-5 year with a PC.

If you are pretty much certain you are not going to ever do more than run Photoshop, browse the web, or sync your iPod-- in other words you just want to run exactly the same shit you're running now for another five years-- then just go with the $389 base model of that same machine.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 08, 2008, 05:48:37 PM
My turn to ask a question...

Very good chance we will need a new dryer soon.

Sears are fucking up in a big way, their customer service now notorious for being complete shit.

Best Buy have become nothing more than a corporate behemoth also sacrificing their customer service ideals in the hunt for a little extra profit. (That'll teach you for investing so much in CD's. Cunts)

So, who is left to buy a dryer from. Who still provides good customer service with keen pricing? Anyone had dealings with Greggs? Indie stores in the Gtr Cinti area? Anyone we are forgetting?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on January 08, 2008, 06:33:29 PM
My parents have always bought major appliances from Recker and Boerger and have been satisfied with their service and selection. 

As for a dryer (and potential washer) selection, allow me to strongly recommend the Whirlpool Duet.  We lover our washer and dryer - the Duet is a front loader.  It does a great job and saves energy.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on January 08, 2008, 07:24:22 PM
I would also recommend Recker and Boerger (http://thecomfortzone.com), got my hot water heater from them.  Though I'd also look at Sears too.  I just bought a dishwasher from them and had no problems.  I also had a prob a couple of years ago with my gas dryer (came with my house).  It was a Kenmore, and calling the Sears repair shop was easy, and he also did some general maintenance (no cost to me) on my washer while he was here.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 08, 2008, 09:25:59 PM
Although my wife claims to love me, she has been subtly hinting that she wants a Bluetooth.  Given her levels of activity, it does make sense that she has one, but I don't know the first thing about them.  Any recommendations for one that would be compatible with a Verizon plan?
I have a Bluetooth earpiece that I've never used that my Verizon salesman convinced me to buy. It looks something like this
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21492P8WV5L._AA115_.jpg)
I also have a Universal Bluetooth Stereo Receiver that I use to output my laptop sound to my stereo. But that's probably not what you're wanting.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on January 08, 2008, 11:00:43 PM
FG, you may want to keep your eye on Woot.  They have bluetooth headpieces at least every 2 weeks or so.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 09, 2008, 08:48:56 AM
So other than possibly having your medical license revoked; what else could happen to a doctor if it was discovered they falsified a person's medical records, gave a false diagnosis (basically told someone they had cancer and need surgery now to save their life), then tried to coerce this person into coming back into their office after this person went to get a second opinion?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 09, 2008, 09:40:20 AM
Very good chance we will need a new dryer soon.
Try Lowe's my mother in law has purchased appliances with them without problem.  They also almost always have a few scratch and dent items.  I'd be willing to be if you spent an afternoon going to a few local Lowe's you'd find exactly what you want with a dent in the side or some other cosmetic flaw that'd save you a lot of money.  Who cares what your dryer looks like?

I hate HH Gregg personally.  You can haggle with them, since they're on commission, but their customer service sucks and you have to deal with high pressure sales tactics and they never have anything in stock.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 09, 2008, 09:50:57 AM
My turn to ask a question...

Very good chance we will need a new dryer soon.

There's a store in Northside (I'll have to check with the husband on the name of the place) that sells refurbished and scratch & dent appliances. We got our washer and dryer from them for about $100 a piece and a portable dishwasher for $50 (brand new, just has some dents). They'll deliver too. The owner is really nice.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on January 09, 2008, 09:55:29 AM
I don't know about WHERE to buy a washer/dryer... but I will tell you what I would buy.  

I've been amazingly impressed with the LG Tromm Steamwasher with the matching dryer with Steamfresh.  A tad pricey.. but it really takes it to a new level.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 09, 2008, 10:28:01 AM
What's the going rate, daily or hourly, for a daytime babysitter?  Someone I work with wants my mom to watch her newborn 2-3 days a week, but she has no idea how much to ask for. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 09, 2008, 10:39:39 AM
C-fan would be a great person to ask Vizz. We pay $130 a week to the lady who watches our daughter full-time, she charges $30/day for part-time care.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 09, 2008, 10:49:07 AM
So other than possibly having your medical license revoked; what else could happen to a doctor if it was discovered they falsified a person's medical records, gave a false diagnosis (basically told someone they had cancer and need surgery now to save their life), then tried to coerce this person into coming back into their office after this person went to get a second opinion?

If you could prove it?  Criminal fraud, possible criminal distribution of controlled substances, civil negligence, civil medical malpractice, possible intentional infliction of emotional distress.  The list goes on.

If the police investigate and find out this person has done it to other patients, they would be serious shit.  Possible jail time.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on January 09, 2008, 10:52:28 AM
So other than possibly having your medical license revoked; what else could happen to a doctor if it was discovered they falsified a person's medical records, gave a false diagnosis (basically told someone they had cancer and need surgery now to save their life), then tried to coerce this person into coming back into their office after this person went to get a second opinion?

I would say (hopefully) "lose everything they have worked & trained for"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 09, 2008, 11:12:45 AM
So other than possibly having your medical license revoked; what else could happen to a doctor if it was discovered they falsified a person's medical records, gave a false diagnosis (basically told someone they had cancer and need surgery now to save their life), then tried to coerce this person into coming back into their office after this person went to get a second opinion?

I would say (hopefully) "lose everything they have worked & trained for"

Yeah, if there is solid proof, there's not much that can't happen to the fucker.  Even if the doc didn't lose their license, their malpractice insurance would be so high that no one would ever hire or house them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on January 09, 2008, 11:21:00 AM
What's the going rate, daily or hourly, for a daytime babysitter?  Someone I work with wants my mom to watch her newborn 2-3 days a week, but she has no idea how much to ask for. 


I would charge $30 a day to watch a newborn. I don't do hourly rates personally because it's too much to keep up with.

Keep in mind that I'm cheap.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 09, 2008, 11:27:32 AM
Yeah, if there is solid proof, there's not much that can't happen to the fucker.  Even if the doc didn't lose their license, their malpractice insurance would be so high that no one would ever hire or house them.

Would a copy of the falsified medical records be sufficient(and copies of the coercive e-mails/voicemails)? Esp. after said records had been reviewed by two separate oncologists?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 09, 2008, 11:37:39 AM
My turn to ask a question...

Very good chance we will need a new dryer soon.

CR, I bought a dryer last year from Home Depot.  My feeling is, it's kind of a crap shoot at most places.  All they do at the store is ring you up.  Then they contract someone to deliver and install the stuff.  Sometimes they get the contractors to wear the appropriate logo-ed shirt, sometimes not. 

Anyways, it usually the delivery people who screw up and then have to come back and fix it.  And you could buy from Lowe's or Home Depot and end up getting the same guys installing your stuff. 

Also, when I went to look at the washers in the store, the LG Tromm had a smudged/badly printed tags, so it look like "L'Tromm."  So I was like "But then he turned a little button and the washer went 'boom!'  We like the washer, the washers that go 'boom!'"

Anyway, being a single dude the Tromm was a bit overkill for me so I bought the regular LG front load washer one step down.  But when I do a load of laundry, sometimes I sing that song anyway. 

Which brings me to my question.  Isn't Justice's "The Party" basically just a remixed rip-off of "Cars That Go Boom?"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 09, 2008, 11:56:39 AM
Yeah, if there is solid proof, there's not much that can't happen to the fucker.  Even if the doc didn't lose their license, their malpractice insurance would be so high that no one would ever hire or house them.

Would a copy of the falsified medical records be sufficient(and copies of the coercive e-mails/voicemails)? Esp. after said records had been reviewed by two separate oncologists?

That should be sufficient.  What you'll need most, assuming the intention is to take this to court, is the cooperation of at least one (preferably board-certified) oncologist that's given a second opinion.  I'm sure he'll have to give a deposition to some extent.  My boss does a lot of work like this nationally, but it's only for workers' comp cases. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 09, 2008, 12:08:39 PM
Both the oncologist and imaging guy who specializes in oncology have said they're going to report him.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 09, 2008, 12:38:05 PM
I would also follow up and report him yourself, to both the police and the appropriate state medical board.  And possibly to your insurance company, because if he did it intentionally to make money that would be insurance fraud and your insurer is not  going to be very happy about it.

As far as just getting personal relief, it might not be a bad idea to get a written statement (or a copy of the letter they sent to whoever) from the oncologist or imaging guy and take it to an attorney.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on January 09, 2008, 01:04:25 PM
File a complaint with the Ohio Medical Board (http://med.ohio.gov/consumer.htm)

That's the link for the state medical board. It's got info and an online complaint form. 

I love reading my quarterly Med board reports with all the idiot medical people getting barred/suspended/etc.  Some reasons are quite entertaining  ;D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 09, 2008, 01:25:15 PM
Thanks Trixi, this all happened to a friend--not to me. She's in Maryland.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on January 09, 2008, 09:40:57 PM
Here's the Maryland (http://www.mbp.state.md.us/forms/complain.pdf) one
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on January 14, 2008, 04:44:40 PM
So I have this thing when I go to sleep, right?  It's like my legs don't feel right.  They feel like they want to move, only moving them doesn't help.  I wouldn't say it's an actual feeling in my legs like an itch or pain (well maybe a little itch).  More like somewhere in the back of my brain I feel like my legs are all wrong.  Can't really explain it better than that.

If I don't move them the sensation kinda grows and grows until I actually get this little spasm and my leg will twitch and spaz out for a second.  Then it goes away.  And then 30 seconds later it starts again.  In the worst case, sometimes the spazzes will last for about a second or two and come every minute or so, and it actually keeps me up at night for a little while.

So I told my sister about this, and she says she has it as well.  And my mom and dad also say it happens to them.  My sister said she looked it up and it was "Restless Leg Syndrome."  I thought she was totally BS'ing me, but it turns out it's real.

Only Restless Leg Syndrome doesn't seem like it totally applies.  I don't really have problems during the day.  I mean, I do move my legs a lot when I sit, or a lot of times I just sit on a leg to keep from moving it.  But that just feels more like a habit.  I never get the feeling I NEED to move my legs, or like I'm uncomfortable.  Even at night, it's not like the leg moving thing is overwhelming, more like an annoying undercurrent of thought.  I can go to sleep, it just takes me a little longer.

Maybe I just have a mild case?  Does this happen to anyone else?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 14, 2008, 05:13:14 PM
Yup, I do the exact same thing.  It's what they call RLS, but RLS is just some shit they made up to sell prescription medications.  It's simple figety-ness, nothing more.  It keeps me a up a little sometimes but from what I understand the side effects of the medication are far worse than being fidgety.

Remember those old Uncle Scrooge comic books where he'd have the big dollar signs in his eyes instead of pupils because there was a dollar bill on the ground in front of him or some such?  My doctor looked something like that while he was telling me he thought I had RLS and was writing me a referral for a sleep therapist.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on January 14, 2008, 05:54:15 PM
It is a real syndrome, but the current pimping of prescription drugs has made it over-diagnosed.  Sort of like ADHD.  Just because suddenly every other child has it doesn't mean that ADHD doesn't exist.  Same with RLS.  When we learned about it in physio psych, we always learned about it as "restless legs and moving feet," but that was like more than 10 years ago, so that could have changed....
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2008, 11:04:58 AM
I think there was a Seinfeld episode about how Kramer was dating a hot girl...maybe named Emily, but definitely played by Sarah Silverman...but he broke up with her because 'she had the jimmy leg' and he couldn't sleep with her. Not that this helps, but I thought you'd like to know that you're not alone in the world.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 15, 2008, 11:10:45 AM
It is a real syndrome, but the current pimping of prescription drugs has made it over-diagnosed.  Sort of like ADHD.  Just because suddenly every other child has it doesn't mean that ADHD doesn't exist.  Same with RLS.  When we learned about it in physio psych, we always learned about it as "restless legs and moving feet," but that was like more than 10 years ago, so that could have changed....

I'll echo rbs on this one.  My husband has it somethin' fierce (all day every day), but I asked the docs here about it and they basically said the medications aren't even worth taking and also suggested, "when you see he's fidgeting uncontrollably, tell him to stop."  Sometimes that works, sometimes not.  I think he's done it for so long, he just doesn't notice himself.  But, it drives me freakin' nuts.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on January 16, 2008, 12:15:12 AM
Maybe I just have a mild case?  Does this happen to anyone else?
Apparently to other graduates of your alma mater. Jon Stewart discussed his own issue with the jimmy legs in the his opening segment tonight. Coincidence?
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Post by: Kwyjibo on January 17, 2008, 03:42:34 PM
A followup on my computer buying questions.  Is there any reason I should pay the extra $200 to get a PC with an Intel chip vs. an AMD?  I'm not doing anything processor intensive, except maybe the photo editing, but I'm guessing even that isn't going to be a big drain.
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Post by: Buzzstein on January 17, 2008, 09:59:33 PM
I don't think it matters that much.
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Post by: Poncho on January 17, 2008, 11:00:04 PM
There are differences and each one excels in their own area, but for what you are doing... you would have zero way to tell one way or the other.  Both are solid chips, so go with the AMD for saving $$.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on January 18, 2008, 07:48:44 AM
Unless you are worried about raw processing power (which it appears you aren't) then AMD is the way to go.  Intel usually has the most raw power, but you will pay a higher price for it.  AMD is better in price vs. performance.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on January 23, 2008, 07:45:49 AM
My very bright but very lazy 15 year old is a sophomore in high school and well on his way to getting a GED. He flunked two classes last year and just finished this quarter with 4 Ds and and F. All the threats, bribes and punishments in the world have had no impact. His only excuse is that he hates school. I'm giving up on college prep. Tonight I'm taking him to a vocational school open house. Any suggestions on a program? I'm leaning towards electrician. He could fix the crappy wiring in my home.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on January 23, 2008, 09:26:22 AM
Is he interested in cars at all? If they have an automotive program, that might be a good choice. Mechanics make pretty good money.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on January 23, 2008, 10:54:34 AM
CC, do they have an "alternative" high school program where you live? The high school here has an "alternative program" that's still part of the school district but housed in a completely different location in town (it's in a really cool old school building downtown). Some of my coworkers with kids in (what sounds like) a similar situation removed their kids from the high school and sent them to this other program, where they all thrived. The teaching methods were different, and my understanding is that it was a much more tolerant environment. Kids who had been bullied in the high school for being "different" were much happier in the alternative program, and kids who were extremely smart but not challenged enough (resulting in boredom) performed better academically. I can find out more if you'd like.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 23, 2008, 11:01:58 AM
Is he interested in cars at all? If they have an automotive program, that might be a good choice. Mechanics make pretty good money.
You think so?  As far as I can tell mechanics only make good money if they work for themselves and are creative accountants (aka good at hiding cash income).  Which takes smarts and lots of startup capital.  Next time you meet a mechanic look at the car their driving... like I said, unless they own their own place their probably driving an 85 Chevette.

Pretty much anything you go to vocational school for is that way though.  It's better money than working in a factory or retail or something, but it's a lot of hard work and again, unless you run your own business, average pay.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on January 23, 2008, 11:54:16 AM
CC, have you looked into Great Oaks (http://www.greatoaks.com/pages/-3359-/) at all? They have vocational programs among other things.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 23, 2008, 12:12:30 PM
I was a B, C and D student at regular high school, but went to Diamond Oaks Vocational for Junior and Senior year and got all As and one B the entire time I was there, and graduated fourth in my class. The only problem with vocational school is that you don't end up getting some required classes if you want to go to college (like foreign languages, for instance). I had to take some summer classes before I could enroll, which sucked. Still, it's a better alternative than having him flunk out of regular high school.
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Post by: trixi on January 23, 2008, 12:34:53 PM
CC, if you're near a library, there's a great database Ohio Career Information System that your son can use to do some skills assessment as to what he'd be interested in doing and what schooling would be necessary.  It's got links to Ohio Tech Prep schools and Distance Learning opportunities (that some local schools here have to meet alternative education needs).  And for added emphasis on what the real world is going to be like, it's got this great Reality Check feature, that allows him to plug in what he expects to spend each month on food, supplies, entertainment, housing etc and then it totals it all up and says how much he would need to make to afford that lifestyle 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on January 23, 2008, 12:39:21 PM
The whole thing is so frustrating. I'm not a bragging kind of mom but this kid is wicked smart. If I had half his brains, I'd conquer the world. He was in the gifted program through-out elementary school. But he soon learned that meant more work so he dropped out. He also knows that the school district will never fail him because they are more concerned with their graduation rates than actually educating children. When he gets to the point that he may not graduate, they will pull him out and put him in their offsite "academy" where they will spoonfeed him just enough to pass the Ohio Proficiency Test so he can graduate and they keep their "excellent" rating. That is their alternative school and I'm just not willing to let that happen. If he's not going to gain enough education to go to college, then he is going to learn a trade.

We are part of the Great Oaks system and I'm going to Diamond Oaks tonight. My brother graduated from Scarlet Oaks in HVAC and makes more money than both his college educated siblings put together. But I really want to hear about other programs that others have been in or know about.
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Post by: SFG on January 23, 2008, 02:38:49 PM
CC, good luck.  I don't have much in the way of advice to give you, since i was the one putting my parents through that sort of thing when i was your son's age.  If it makes you feel better, I got through it, so there's some hope.

Some trades offer apprenticeships, often through unions (like carpentry or plumbing).  It might be something to look into.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on January 23, 2008, 04:42:03 PM
We are part of the Great Oaks system and I'm going to Diamond Oaks tonight. My brother graduated from Scarlet Oaks in HVAC and makes more money than both his college educated siblings put together. But I really want to hear about other programs that others have been in or know about.

Ha! They're having a fashion show of some kind at Diamond Oaks tonight and the guy I freelance DJ for is DJing it.

I was in the Commercial Art program at Diamond, and everyone that was in my class that I've stayed in touch with (which is about half the class) has absolutely zero to do with the field. Just sayin'...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on January 23, 2008, 07:41:14 PM
I'm thinking of refinancing my home to see if I can lower the mortgage payments.  I know my bank that my mortgage is through now charges a couple hundred bucks to do so.  Any ideas os companies that don't charge a fee and/or are easy to deal with?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on January 23, 2008, 07:51:52 PM
I don't know if National City charges a fee but we refinanced a few years ago with them. We love them!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2008, 05:03:31 PM
So I have this thing when I go to sleep, right?  It's like my legs don't feel right.  They feel like they want to move, only moving them doesn't help.  I wouldn't say it's an actual feeling in my legs like an itch or pain (well maybe a little itch).  More like somewhere in the back of my brain I feel like my legs are all wrong.  Can't really explain it better than that.

If I don't move them the sensation kinda grows and grows until I actually get this little spasm and my leg will twitch and spaz out for a second.  Then it goes away.  And then 30 seconds later it starts again.  In the worst case, sometimes the spazzes will last for about a second or two and come every minute or so, and it actually keeps me up at night for a little while.

So I told my sister about this, and she says she has it as well.  And my mom and dad also say it happens to them.  My sister said she looked it up and it was "Restless Leg Syndrome."  I thought she was totally BS'ing me, but it turns out it's real.

Only Restless Leg Syndrome doesn't seem like it totally applies.  I don't really have problems during the day.  I mean, I do move my legs a lot when I sit, or a lot of times I just sit on a leg to keep from moving it.  But that just feels more like a habit.  I never get the feeling I NEED to move my legs, or like I'm uncomfortable.  Even at night, it's not like the leg moving thing is overwhelming, more like an annoying undercurrent of thought.  I can go to sleep, it just takes me a little longer.

Maybe I just have a mild case?  Does this happen to anyone else?

Just make sure you don't get this guys (http://news.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=2&a=325743) medication...

erm....wait a minute...

maybe you should. Just make sure you've got an 'outlet' for your side effects. Heh.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 13, 2008, 12:52:12 PM
Question: Why is iTunes telling me that it cannot locate an album image for the new Foo Fighters?  I'm guessing that's available.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on February 13, 2008, 02:05:45 PM
You can always copy and paste from Amazon. 

Err, rather, I guess, click and drag.  That's how I do it, anyway.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on February 13, 2008, 03:27:25 PM
I guess they messed something up in cataloging the album somehow in iTunes store.  That's where iTunes looks for album images.  I imagine they'll have that fixed up pretty quick.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 13, 2008, 03:51:02 PM
You can always copy and paste from Amazon. 
But iTunes' images are so much bigger and nicer.

It's been this way for a couple of weeks.  Maybe I'll make an attempt to e-mail them, I can't believe nobody is able to get the pic for this album.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on February 13, 2008, 05:19:20 PM
500 x 500 px isn't big enough for you?!?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on February 13, 2008, 06:12:11 PM
I just got a call from an old high school friend I haven't seen in 15 years.  She wants to meet up for lunch the next time she's in LA - probably in a month or two.  Problem is, last time I saw her, I literally weighed 120 pounds less than I do right now.  There is NO FUCKING WAY I can let anyone from that era of my life see me until I lose more weight.  How does one make an excuse?  What in the hell am I supposed to do?

She wasn't a super close friend, but close enough that we hung out on weekends and stuff - but obviously we didn't keep in touch at all after graduation. 

UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I though I could avoid all of this by living all the way across the country and never attending reunions ever!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 13, 2008, 09:06:42 PM
500 x 500 px isn't big enough for you?!?
Nah, I like 'em enormous.

It's working now anyway, just to make a moron out of me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 14, 2008, 04:15:30 PM
I think I would really like a pet, but Iím allergic to so much.  Does anyone have birds?  We used to have a parakeet when I was very young and I donít recall them being that annoying or smelling bad.  Plus, I think people have gotten so carried away with more exotic pets that birds have become WAY overlooked and ignored as a domesticated animal. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on February 14, 2008, 07:54:24 PM
I've had generations of finches (fuck like rabbits? should be fuck like finches) and a parrot. They don't smell but they are messy. They throw seeds and shake water all over the place. As far as allergies go, they create a lot of dander and loose feathers (think down). They are not nearly as low maintenance as you would think. They can be neurotic. The only pet (and I've had a lot of pets) I ever gave up on and had to give away was my parrot. I swear it was suicidal and I just couldn't deal with his repeated attempts to end it all.

Having said that, I do miss the cheerful geek! geek! chirp of my finches. Every time I'm in a pet store, I'm drawn to them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 14, 2008, 08:29:37 PM
I wondered about finches, because people seem to be giving them away by the fuckload on craiglist.  My ideal pet would be a tortoise, because I have no allergies ot them and they live exclusively on land (I don't want to fool with a full-on aquarium sitation).  But, I'm not really prepared for the start-up costs that it may involve just yet.  I would love to have a kitty, especially after getting to spend some time with my sister's two comical cats, but my allergies to dander and saliva are way too hardcore, even with allergy injections (which my insurance no longer covers). 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on February 14, 2008, 08:34:16 PM
Finches are pretty cool, but they produce a shit-ton of allergens per their size.  OTOH, they are kind of small and to some extent can be confined to certain areas of the house in a way that dogs and cats can't.

My roommate kept one in our apartment, and the finch kind of had free roam for a few hours a day.  It didn't bother me, I just couldn't go into the room where the actual cage was for very long.  So I don't know.  It was cool with me, but I guess that doesn't make it very much fun if you're the pet owner.

I used to be crazy allergic to cats.  If my friends had one and I spent more than an hour in their house I'd get the runny nose and eyes and itching and everything.  Now I have two cats myself.  I'm not allergic to them in the slightest, and I'm barely bothered by other people's cats.   My friend has three and I spend 6-7 hours at his place and maybe get slightly sniffly the last half-hour at worst.  So you really can get used to it. 

I'm not sure getting a cat and then hoping your allergies go away is such a great idea.  In retrospect, that was a seriously stupid move on my part and I'm lucky it worked out.  But if you have a friend or something where you know it's going to have a good home if it doesn't work out with you, I think I'd be willing to give it a shot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 15, 2008, 09:19:53 AM
What about a bunny? My cousin has one and it's the only thing her father (who is extremely allergic to anything with fur) can be around for more than an hour. They can be stinky if you don't clean up after them enough and they do chew on everything if you let them roam freely around the house.
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Post by: vizzah on February 15, 2008, 09:28:55 AM
Lots of completely adorable bunnies in craigslist, too - but alas, I'm allergic to them too.  Almost anything with fur will give me itchy, swollen eyes and a rash in no time.  My buddy Mike (Tett from woxy, for those who remember him) has two cute little bunny rabbits and every time I try to play with them I get really itchy. 

Such a bummer, though, because look at this little guy!  (http://dayton.craigslist.org/pet/572946185.html)

I'm in touch with someone right now about sugar gliders, because I've always wanted one.  I heard they're wicked hard to take care of, though.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 15, 2008, 09:35:09 AM
Aw, I'd totally give that little guy a home but my kitties would see him as food and chase him :(
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on February 15, 2008, 01:09:57 PM
What about rats?  Are you allergic to them.  I've always wanted a rat.  I hear they are pretty intelligent.  Well for a rodent anyway.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Content Chick on February 15, 2008, 01:44:14 PM
What about rats?  Are you allergic to them.  I've always wanted a rat.  I hear they are pretty intelligent.  Well for a rodent anyway.

In my opinion, rats are hands down the absolute best small pet. Clean, fun, affectionate, trainable and intelligent. I don't know anything about how allergen producing they are but I'm guessing pretty high as most self cleaning pets are, though I've never had a problem and I'm allergic to everything. (Like RVA, I couldn't even be near people who had cat hair on them without having an allergy attack and now I own two cats but I never got over my allergy to rabbits when I owned one.) But they can be stinky, especially the males.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on February 15, 2008, 02:15:12 PM
Viz, just get yourself a Jinsei Tokei (Life Clock) toy (http://www.kilian-nakamura.com/blog-english/index.php/jinsei-tokei-the-tamagotchi-clock-of-life-from-takara-tomy/), which is basically a Tamagotchi with a human inside.

HellToupee has some and they are quite fun.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on February 15, 2008, 02:36:41 PM
I had rats once.  They were two that a school friend had used in a science project (basically IQ testing) and was going to feed to a snake.  They were smart enough to run mazes and push buttons for food and the like, so I "saved" them.

They didn't live exceptionally long (maybe 18 months??)  but they weren't much trouble.  They ate dog food (we had dogs, so scooping out a little didn't really cost anything) and lived in wood chips.  They were affectionate and rode around the house on my shoulder without peeing/crapping all over.  Since they died within a month of each other... rather peacefully... I'm going to assume that's just how long they live.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on February 15, 2008, 07:03:11 PM
There are 1 million rats outside my door if you'd like to take any off our hands.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on February 16, 2008, 05:07:36 AM
There are 1 million rats outside my door if you'd like to take any off our hands.

They say we are never more than six feet away from a rat. I thought of that when I watched the State of the Union address. There was one behind Bush next to Pelosi
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 25, 2008, 11:15:26 AM
Do any of you know someone who have sold Avon, or have maybe even done it yourself?  It sounds incredibly cheesy, but my aunt swears she makes some good extra money off of it.  I picked up another job already, but it's not enough.  I'm not really left with enough time to pick up yet another "real" brick and mortar type job, since I'm on-call a lot.  But, I've got to find something before I lose my ass...and my house.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 25, 2008, 11:27:19 AM
Vizz, my Mom is an Avon lady. She's been selling it since we were little. She does well enough, but it fluctuates with the week and the campaign. She's got a full-time job, so her Avon profit is more like her mad money than anything else (though lately she's been using her profit to buy E stuff or pay for her purchases).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 25, 2008, 11:29:47 AM
The people that make good money selling Avon put as much or more time into it as they would a full time job.  You get out of it what you put into it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on February 25, 2008, 11:35:13 AM
One of my girlfriends was an "Avon Lady." She rocked the cash but it is a lot of work, and more time consuming than you might think. She worked in a large physician center during the day, and was able to build a good-sized base of customers with all the ladies in the office, and at the nearby hospital.

When she left that practice, she lost nearly all of her customers, who simply moved on to a new Avon rep. She gave up after that, but for the 6-8 years she did it, it was a sweet extra income for her, although she earned so much that she ended up having to pay extra income tax at the end of the year.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on February 25, 2008, 11:35:43 AM
Anyone here have a Motorolla RAZR? I'm thinking about getting one today.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on February 25, 2008, 11:46:12 AM
I guess you could say it would be my "mad money," even though for inexplicable reasons, I hate that term. 
My salary job pays the bills.  That's it.  I'll beable to pick up some extra money being put on-call, and as long as I get 2 calls a weekend, that gives me money for food/gas/smokes.  But as far as "luxuries" like clothing, shoes, contacts, anything to eat besides spaghetti, I'm going to have to fid another way to bring some money in.  My expenses can't be cut any more than they already are - the most frivalous thing I have is Roadrunner. 

That actually brings me to another question.  Anyone use Clearwire?  Oddly enough, one of Time Warner Cable's employees told me they were much cheaper.  I'm paying close to $50/month for RoadRunner, and they love to play God by turning my modem off remotely, without warning, when I'm in the middle of working on something.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on February 25, 2008, 12:01:25 PM
Then Avon might be a good idea for you Vizz, esp if you can get customers at work. My Mom's been building her customer list at work, she started small but now through word of mouth, it's gotten bigger. She used to have a territory (way back when) but they changed their policies on how/where reps can sell so she had to rebuild her customer base.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 25, 2008, 12:06:15 PM

That actually brings me to another question.  Anyone use Clearwire? 
My sister-in-law uses it.  We were just asking her about it yesterday, I'd say she's had it a couple of months.  She didn't mention any problems with it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on February 25, 2008, 12:33:56 PM
Yeah, I know someone who did it.  I can't say anything bad about her, except that that type of person annoys the ever-loving shit out of me. 

he's what I call a "friendly user."  She just thinks of society as a series of networks that are beneficial to both parties, and her as the catalyst in matching up different people.  She won't rip you off, but she will convince herself that yes, you really do need this Avon product and you'll look better and she'll have some cash so win-win.

I don't know how to describe it other than let's say you have cat you need to give away.  What I would do is first look for every option NOT to give away the cat, because that seems sorta traumatic.  Then I would definitely NOT call my friends because that would seem deeply rude and imposing.  I figure if they want a cat, they already have one.  Then I would search through rescue shelters for the most humane ones or whatever and not find one.  And then I would get tired of the search and sit there with the cat in misery which arguably neither helps out me or the cat.

What she would do is think about her network of contacts and who she thinks could really use cat.  Then she'll call each of them up and explain to them how this cat will make their lives complete.  Eventually, someone will take the cat.  They will probably take the cat because either 1) they are secretly in love with her or 2) they feel bad for the cat and want to give it a home.  But see, in her mind you took the cat because you genuinely wanted to.  And the cat will obviously be happy because she knows you are such a good person and the cat is such a good cat.  And she'll walk away feeling good because she just did you and the cat a huge favor by hooking you up (but she's at least classy enough to remember that she also got something out of it). 

So for me, that sort of thing would be viewed as making the best of a bad situation.  For her it's just another opportunity to come out with a win-win-win for everyone and she feels great she made that happen.

I guess I made her seem kinda shitty but it's not a bad personality to have.  If it weren't for people like that shit would never get done.  I have to confess that I use her as well.  I'll be like "Hey do you know a plumber?" and she'll be like "Yeah, of course I do.  Just last week my plumber friend was saying how he needed some extra work."  A simple phone call and I get a discount plumbing job.  Of course the plumber would have done it for her for free.  And of course it wasn't like she really extended herself to help either of us out by asking her plumber friend to do my job for free, or asking me if I wouldn't mind using her plumber because he really needs the money.  And of course somewhere in her head she's like "Excellent, two more favors I can call in."

Anyways, that's the kind of personality you need to sell Avon.  It helps to already be rich and beautiful, and to have never been in a situation where you desperately needed anything.  She works very hard, because for her hard work has always been rewarded-- all the luck has already run her way so it's just a matter of seizing opportunities.  You have to believe that everyone likes you, and so why shouldn't you like everyone back?

It's just that most people aren't like that.  As a result, most people I know who have tried to sell things ended up even more in debt, or miserable, or both.  And don't forget that part of that personality is also telling people you made money selling Avon because that's referral money for you and you really believe that Avon is great (at least while you're selling it).  And most sales companies will totally prey on that if you aren't careful.

So anyways, yeah.  She was, I think, genuinely very successful with the Avon thing.  But then she quit and became a realtor which is pretty much the same gig only more lucrative.  And even though I hate myself every time I do it, I still refer people to her because that is honestly the exact type of person you want as an agent.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on February 25, 2008, 12:38:25 PM
My friend's mom has sold Avon for close to 25 years.  I'd say she works about 70 hours a week and gets paid like she worked 30.  She loves it and Avon is her life.  Everything in their home was paid for by Avon sales and they basically only use Avon products.  That said, they change the "rules" on her about once every five years and she insists it's because she's doing too well.  She's been offered some higher up positions over the years, but she doesn't really like to drive much or she probably would have taken them up on it.  

My grandma sold it for a couple of years after she retired, but said it was more work than work... so she stopped.

If you have a built-in audience at work that LIKES avon and is happy to have someone close for their needs, you are set.
If you have a built-in audience at work that you're freaking nuts for annoying them with crap they don't want, you are screwed.

I think the general feeling of this thread is correct.  If you work full-time, you need to have a receptive, built-in audience of customers.  I'd also make sure the person you work for is cool with it.  I believe there are some small startup costs involved as well for samples, etc.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 05, 2008, 11:13:09 AM
Would the US Chamber of Commerce, Dept. of Commerce, or any local chamber of commerce go door to door looking for new members? (Had a sketchy visitor at the office this morning.)

I'm leaning toward no, but I don't have much experience with the US chamber of commerce or the Department of Commerce (beyond looking up patents on the USPTO's website).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 05, 2008, 11:35:09 AM
I know no local Chambers around here would, so I doubt that any higher levels of Chambers would, either Cuddly. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 05, 2008, 11:43:09 AM
Me too, but I figured I'd ask as I've taken some calls from the local chamber here but they ask for a specific person. The guy who showed up at our door didn't even identify himself. I didn't trust him, so I didn't even let him in the door. Thanks Vizz.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on March 10, 2008, 07:03:00 PM
Hey, this is a hell of a longshot, but does anyone know someone who is fluent in Greek so I can get song lyrics translated -- English lyrics translated into Greek? I don't want to try it myself word-for-word using online dictionaries because I'm sure grammatical nuances will be missed and I'll end up with lyrics that translate into "Your love is like a goat turned skyward."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on March 10, 2008, 09:09:57 PM
Never mind! Just found a site for translating lyrics into Greek.  ;D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on March 13, 2008, 07:43:13 PM
Why would people pay upwards of $150 for a kitchen trash bin?

We need a new can w/o a swinging lid and preferably with a heavy lid (to keep the dogs out) and it is INSANE how much they want for these things. I really don't get it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 14, 2008, 08:30:44 AM
Why would people pay upwards of $150 for a kitchen trash bin?

We need a new can w/o a swinging lid and preferably with a heavy lid (to keep the dogs out) and it is INSANE how much they want for these things. I really don't get it.

Why do the VAST MAJORITY of kitchen trash cans cost more than $50????  I'm with you here on stupid people paying that kind of money for a TRASH CAN... you get two options cheap-o Wal-Mart-O-Matic for $10 or $50-$150.  It doesn't make sense.  There is no range.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 14, 2008, 08:58:27 AM
Different trash can question:
If someone steals your outdoor Waste Management trash can, how exactly do you get another one?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on March 14, 2008, 09:35:02 AM
WTF is going on with the comments at this web site?

http://www.ticketspecialists.com/

To wit, click on the Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY Tickets link, and here are some of the comments about this theater:

"When I see musicals at Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY, the sound quality is so bad; I would not suggest seeing a musical at this venue. I would never again see a musical at Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY because the sound quality is the best I have ever heard in this appropriate city. Furthermore, a guy revolts, and a gigantic deputy stupified burns a troupe with a isolation. The play I watched at Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY was stylish."

"I have my doubts about the all-knowing character, but everyone learns something at the stumble of the day and has a magnetic time along the way. Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY was a nice venue for the play. I have seen many reflective shows at Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY, and would recommend taking your children there. My entire family was impressed with the play we watched at Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY."

"Inside jokes include references to MC Hammer and REO withdraw wagon. I like Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY, because you always have a gorgeous view from any seat in the house. It is always so cold in Virginia/August Wilson Theatre-NY, I would suggest dressing refined."


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I have always enjoyed a good REO withdraw wagon concert, but why is it always so cold there?

More, about the kids' show, The Backyardigans, regarding their tour:

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"The song "Humorist Of Venue" truly shows the outstanding town also how it matches well with accompanying harmonic beats. The wasteful problem with anointing The Backyardigans the dependable standard-bearer of modern pop songs is that there's no one else for comparison. Many have been doing it for knack and are full of interesting stories about the buildings. When The Deputies of Orange twaddle sang 'It's accommodating at the top. Everybody's odd', they failed to understand that if one seriously intends to 'not expire a cafeteria by its coward', then one must increase a lot of cinemas."

"I donít ever want to see The Backyardigans again because it was the strange show Iíd ever seen. My parents used to sit The Backyardigans music all the time so I wriggled up eagerly scary The Backyardigans. The Backyardigans's music passes the guy, sad man's dull of man."

"All the bandit at the last The Backyardigans show I was at gave me a huge headache. The Backyardigans are the round axle that I know. Some characters are a bit stiff and lack inspiration."

"Our post-modern society, more than ever before, relies upon The Backyardigans. The hitch at The Backyardigans show was ratty, so I was not very ecstatic. It's scratchy to have such a magenta performer in the music industry today! I wore great leather sadness and a jittery ripped t-shirt with prudent boots, I looked helpful."


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Seriously though... it's like Mad Libs for the criminally insane.  WTF?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 14, 2008, 10:13:39 AM
There seems to be a surplus of questions and a deficit of answers...

Not to pile on but.

Question:  Did anyone else buy tickets to see Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter at the Madison On Sunday (later changed to Tuesday, and now maybe moved to 4/3)?

Neither artist lists any of the tour dates on their websites, ticketmaster shows the date as being 3/18 still, the venue swears it's been moved to 4/3, another site shows 3/16 still.  And none of those sources are even saying that Showalter will be there, except the venues.  I've got my tickets already, through ticketbastard.  I don't quite know what to make of it all.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 14, 2008, 12:10:46 PM
Why do the VAST MAJORITY of kitchen trash cans cost more than $50????  I'm with you here on stupid people paying that kind of money for a TRASH CAN... you get two options cheap-o Wal-Mart-O-Matic for $10 or $50-$150.  It doesn't make sense.  There is no range.

It's the cost of material.  Plastic is cheap, stainless steel is expensive.  You can get sturdier, nicer-looking plastic trashcans for $30-$40 but if you have large dogs you might still want something heavier.  Then you gotta go stainless, in which case it's $75-100.



Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2008, 06:15:56 PM
I have a question:

I just read this wikipedia article about sore muscles.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_onset_muscle_soreness
My question is - Do you all believe this?

A) It's wikipedia so I question it as a natural thought
B) I've always thought it was lactic acid buildup
C) I'm sore right now and I'm hating it. AND, I barely even did anything to get sore. Grrr.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 17, 2008, 06:51:07 PM
Yes.  That's all correct as far as I know.  Lactic acid is actually good for your muscles.  Your body produces it when you exercise because your muscles burn it as fuel.

When you get sore muscles, it's because your muscle fibers get all sorts of little rips and tears in them.  This is good thing because it's part of the biofeedback loop.  Your body goes "Crap, those muscles were weak.  When I repair them, I'm gonna make them extra-strong so this doesn't keep happening."  That's how your muscles get stronger and you bulk up.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2008, 10:14:31 AM
So there's no way to reduce the soreness time? Or to speedup the recovery?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 18, 2008, 10:42:44 AM
Not in any significant way, No.  Your body needs time to heal.  Always stretch AFTER a workout.  Mostly for reasons other than preventing soreness, but it does help get rid of that tight feeling.

The best way to speed up recovery is try and keep your muscles relaxed. Get lots of rest, take a message, use some liniment or take an advil.  Just the regular stuff you'd do to manage everyday aches.

Don't ever work out with sore muscles because that's when injuries happen.  Remember, every muscle that is sore is actually torn.. just microscopically.  The only difference between a pull, strain, and fully torn muscle is the size of the tear.  You've already got a bunch of little tears.  Let them heal or they will just good bigger.  Plus if you try to work out with sore muscles your natural instinct to try and compensate for the pain and weakness by using other parts of your body so whatever you're doing, your technique will be bad.  And bad technique causes injury.

As for the future, it's all about core strength and flexibility.  If your stomach muscles are supporting the bulk of your body mass then your legs and everything else have to work less hard.  Of course, stretching and stomach workouts are the crappiest, least fun, most painful thing you can do which is why everyone over the age of 35 has a bad back.



Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 18, 2008, 01:59:12 PM
Thanks man. I'm the king of soreness, and I haven't done diddly since the middle of Feb due to my broken rib. The moment this thing heals up I'll be running, lifting, and playing soccer again, and I can already see massive amounts of DOMS in my future. These tips help...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on March 18, 2008, 10:00:26 PM
Uh, yeah, I have a question ... Can my cat get his damn ass out of my face for five freaking minutes?!? Jesus!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 19, 2008, 08:06:58 AM
Uh, yeah, I have a question ... Can my cat get his damn ass out of my face for five freaking minutes?!? Jesus!

If you shoot it, it stops doing that.

PSA:

Save someone you love the shame of catbuttface... shoot a cat today!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 19, 2008, 09:08:06 AM
Uh, yeah, I have a question ... Can my cat get his damn ass out of my face for five freaking minutes?!? Jesus!

Might I suggest the airzooka? (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/60b6/)

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on March 19, 2008, 09:35:20 AM
Ever puked in your own lap while driving and making a left turn?

Me too.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 19, 2008, 10:29:35 AM
Ever puked in your own lap while driving and making a left turn?

Me too.
I'm really sorry that I laughed at this.  You wrote it wittily so you expected that though right?  Right?

Jesus that sounds awful, I'm sorry that happened, but damn that was funny.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on March 19, 2008, 11:30:47 AM
Ha! Yeah. I'm laughing about it now but it was horrible at the time. Luckily, I had an empty travel cup. But, when that was full (TMI yet?), I had to puke into a jacket. Didn't want to get anything on my new (to me) car. The Greg was curious about my wet crotch when I walked in the house.

Always remember to eat before you take pain meds, Kids.  :police:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on March 19, 2008, 04:11:18 PM
Hahaha!!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 19, 2008, 04:15:29 PM
Is it illegal to drive in grey/shitty weather like we're having right now without your lights on?

Yesterday driving up 75 and then back down 71, I saw so many cars without lights on and it was these cars causing almost all of the near-accidents I witnessed, mainly because other cars pulling out to pass could NOT see them coming because of the spray and low visibility

If a cop saw a car w/out lights on could they maybe do 'em for driving without due care and attention?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on March 19, 2008, 06:26:20 PM
Uh, yeah, I have a question ... Can my cat get his damn ass out of my face for five freaking minutes?!? Jesus!
Poor Finch!  Obviously not getting enough love. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on March 19, 2008, 06:47:43 PM
Is it illegal to drive in grey/shitty weather like we're having right now without your lights on?

Yesterday driving up 75 and then back down 71, I saw so many cars without lights on and it was these cars causing almost all of the near-accidents I witnessed, mainly because other cars pulling out to pass could NOT see them coming because of the spray and low visibility

If a cop saw a car w/out lights on could they maybe do 'em for driving without due care and attention?
I think by law you have to have your headlights on any time you are using your wipers.  So I believe the answer is, yes, I think they could ticket them.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on March 19, 2008, 08:18:59 PM
Quote from: trixi
Quote from: whigsgeek
Uh, yeah, I have a question ... Can my cat get his damn ass out of my face for five freaking minutes?!? Jesus!
Poor Finch!¬  Obviously not getting enough love.

Atticus Marie Finch would get a lot more love if he'd stick to showing me the cute end. It's bad enough I have to put up with having a paw shoved up my nose in the middle of the night when he wants under the covers, and enduring a lot of lip if I don't exit the shower quickly enough every morning so that he can get in and drink from the faucet. The dog and I are tired of being pushed around!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 20, 2008, 08:40:05 AM
Uh, yeah, I have a question ... Can my cat get his damn ass out of my face for five freaking minutes?!? Jesus!

Might I suggest the airzooka? (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/warfare/60b6/)

Quoted for emphasis.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 20, 2008, 10:17:47 PM
In baseball (and probably softball), does the batting lineup continue where it left off after the previous inning or does it start back with the lead off batter?

(I didn't really pay attention to the rules in P.E. - and I've never followed or played games that involve a bat.)

Also, are the best batters grouped together at the beginning, or are they alternated with those that aren't so good?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 20, 2008, 11:19:11 PM
In baseball (and probably softball), does the batting lineup continue where it left off after the previous inning or does it start back with the lead off batter?

(I didn't really pay attention to the rules in P.E. - and I've never followed or played games that involve a bat.)

Also, are the best batters grouped together at the beginning, or are they alternated with those that aren't so good?
Batting order continues from where you left off the inning before.

There is a strategy to batting order, though I've never really understood it completely since everything changes after the first inning and you're not starting with guy number one and then guy number two and so on.  Basically, the first three batters are the guys who are most likely to get on base.  The fourth batter, often called the "cleanup" batter, is generally the best hitter... logic being that maybe the first three guys can get on base and the forth guy can hit a home run and get them all in.  At least the odds are statistically better of that happening anyway, it rarely goes that way.  The pitcher is usually last in the lineup because seldom are pitchers very good at the plate.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on March 21, 2008, 03:41:30 AM
The leadoff batter also usually has much lower RBI stats than, say a person who bats somewhere between third and eighth in the lineup.

An interesting thing about batting order. If a batter is up to the plate, but is not called out himself (another runner might get tagged out at first, or caught stealing or something) to end the inning, he'll start his batting over at the beginning of the next inning. I'm sure I probably saw this happen dozens of times over the years, but it wasn't until the last few years I paid any direct attention and actually noticed.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 21, 2008, 08:32:38 AM
Kwyjibo... I believe someone/somewhere surmised that the first team to score won more often... so teams bank heavily on that by putting their top 4 (especially that lead-off hitter with his high on-base %) up to take the first swing at it.  There have to be equations in there about the 4th and 8th batters having better chances of HR's in the 2nd/3rd innings should everyone in front of them go down 1-2-3.

I think it boils down to HAVING to set a lineup.  A lineup that you can't possibly predict... so you take the "worst case scenario" (everyone going 3 up, 3 down) and build your plan around that.  1-2-3, 4-5-6, 7-8-9... then if everything is flat in the crapper, you get to try again fresh in the 4th inning.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on March 21, 2008, 02:12:50 PM
Ever puked in your own lap while driving and making a left turn?


I've done it too, but going straight down the highway.  Good times!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 21, 2008, 06:42:11 PM
I puked out the passenger door on I-75 in Sharonville once.  I *barely* got pulled over... and BLAM!

No hitting the car either... thankfully it was a Ford Escort which is fairly narrow.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on March 26, 2008, 03:58:42 PM
This caught my eye:

c-lando, rva and 68 Guests are viewing this board.

We done gots popular!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on March 26, 2008, 04:50:13 PM
Not to rain on your parade, but it's down to 1 guest. :(
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 26, 2008, 06:53:20 PM
Q: We have guests over from England for another week. Our car crapped out on us South of Louisville yesterday whilst returning from Memphis.

It looks ominously like it will take a while for it to be repaired - if we can even AFFORD for it to be repaired.

I may need to rent a car for a week, just so I can transport our guests around and not limit them to Newport and/or whatever is reachable by bus.

Who is the best/cheapest place to rent a smallish vehicle? And, does regular car insurance normally cover rentals in full? (I know I could call our broker but its after 6 and he's fucked off home)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on March 26, 2008, 07:48:48 PM
I think Enterprise is pretty reasonable. And yes, your insurance should cover you. Whatever you do, don't waste your money on Enterprise's in-house insurance. It's not terribly expensive, but the last time I had to rent a car, I was advised by someone trustworthy that it wasn't needed.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on March 26, 2008, 09:12:32 PM
Check Orbitz or Travelocity or Expedia or Sidestep or your travel search engine of choice.  You can price compare the major car rental companies.  And it depends on your auto insurance whether or not a rental car will be covered (in terms of paying for rental fees when your car is being repaired.  It WILL continue to insure you in a rental).  It's generally a service you pay a bit extra for in your premium. 

I agree with not taking the car rental company's insurance.  It's a ripoff, and your own car insurance will cover you in a rental car.  Certain credit cards also provide you with added rental car insurance just for using them when you pay for the rental. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 26, 2008, 10:32:08 PM
I think Enterprise is pretty reasonable. And yes, your insurance should cover you. Whatever you do, don't waste your money on Enterprise's in-house insurance. It's not terribly expensive, but the last time I had to rent a car, I was advised by someone trustworthy that it wasn't needed.
I would seriously disagree with this.  Every insurance company does something different, every company offers it, but it's not a given that you have it.  It depends on what was sold to you when you bought the policy, if they even asked.

If you find that your regular insurance won't cover you the in house insurance is your only option other than rolling the dice that you won't get into a wreck.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on March 27, 2008, 12:19:57 AM
And I'll throw in that you want to compare prices for local locations vs. airport locations. You end up getting charged the airport taxes often.  When I go to Florida, I'll have someone pick me up and then rent a car near the hotel and usually save tons of money.   I've had decent prices with Budget, and they do the free pickup too. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: damnable on March 27, 2008, 02:55:50 AM
You might want to check with your insurance company on this (assuming you have car insurance), but if you have Comprehensive Coverage, you could take your car into the shop to get repair work done and the insurance company will help pay for a rental car for you while the car's in the shop.

More expensive maybe in the short term, but if your car needs any work done at all, it can be done while you're on vacation.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 27, 2008, 07:32:24 AM
To agree with Kwyj...

I pay a small extra amount each month to have a rental car provided to me for free in the event of a wreck or mechanical problem with my car.
I also pay a small extra amount each month to have my coverage apply on any car I drive, including rentals.

Both features are NOT standard for my insurance company and required me to specifically carry that coverage.  Dirt cheap, but still an option.


Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on March 27, 2008, 09:31:34 AM
as one of the many who answers your calls when you dial Snoopy's insurance company:

What are you looking for?  Rental reimbursement?  Unless it was due to an accident AND you have that coverage specifically on your policy, you're more than likely not going to get reimbursement.

To know if you have ot get their insurance?  Call your agent.  Not all companies extend coverage.  Typically insurance follows the car, which is why it's okay if your uninsured pal borrows your car for a day.  Some companies (Snoopy's included) go ahead and extend liability to a rental car.  Some don't.  With us (and again, I'm just speaking of us), we extend it for liability and IF you have phsyical damage coverage (Comp and collision), we extend that too.

Every state has different laws, every insurance company has different rules and regulations. 

Even though a lot of credit card companies say they offere it, most are really talking about covering what's leftover after the regular  auto insurance covers.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 27, 2008, 10:14:09 AM
Q:  What can I expect to pay/is reasonable for a super-simple dissolution?  No kids, no retirement, no shared property or accounts.  Everything is agreed upon (because everything is mine) - all I need is help filing the paperwork. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: SFG on March 27, 2008, 10:44:29 AM
go to your local clerk of courts.  They will give you some web addresses for the forms you'll need.  I think i bought the forms for about 40 dollars.  The court costs will be another 80 or so, but that depends on your county.  The forms are easy enough to fill out yourself if you aren't contesting any property or dealing with children or alimony.  I saw our student legal aid lawyer, but that was really unnecessary.

good luck.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 27, 2008, 10:53:39 AM
Well, that sounds completely the opposite of Montgomery County so far.  IT's $225 just to file for dissolution.  8 different items of paperwork have to be turns in, and only 3 of them are provided to you in a from. So, I know what I need, but no fucking way am I doing it myself.  I'm not a student anywhere, so I can't utilize that sort of legal aid, and all of the other legal aid resources I've found so far will only help me if I was a victim of physical abuse. 

What I meant to specify is how much I should expect to pay an attorney.  I haven't gotten a quote lower than $600 plus filing cost yet. 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on March 27, 2008, 11:32:39 AM
You can get do it yourself kits for fairly cheap (under $50 usually).  what it costs to file is different from place to place.

When I got mine, I went to a place called We the People document service who will do all the paperwork for you for a fee (I think we paid $200 for it).  It basically gave us piece of mind that the paperwork was done correctly (since they have experience reading all the legalese and writing up the documents where we didn't).  They aren't lawyers (but they do have access to them for questions I believe), but they have experience completing the legal docs.  We basically just took what they gave us and then filed with the court.  I think the extra charge was worth it, since we didn't want to have to worry about not filling out a box correctly or some other stupid mistake and having to refile again.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 27, 2008, 02:01:42 PM
http://www.divorcenet.com/states/ohio/ohfaq03

Quote
What are the requirements for filing a petition for dissolution?

The requirements for filing a petition for dissolution are that at least one of the parties must have been a resident of the State of Ohio for at least 6 months immediately prior to the filing of the petition. The petition must be filed in a court of proper venue, usually the county where one or the other party lives.

What is the procedure for a dissolution of marriage?

Prior to the filing of a petition for dissolution, the parties must execute a separation agreement that provides for the division of all real and personal property; determines the issue of spousal support (i.e. whether there will or will not be spousal support paid by one spouse to the other and if so, how much); if minor children are involved, it must make provisions for the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, child support and visitation rights, and; the resolution of any other issues that relate to the marriage that are proper for a separation agreement. The separation agreement must be voluntarily entered into by both parties after full financial disclosure by the parties.
The separation agreement must be attached to the petition for dissolution. The petition must be signed by both parties and filed with the proper court. Service of process must be made on both parties but is usually accomplished by having the parties sign a waiver of service that is attached to the petition.
After the petition is filed, a hearing date is set by the court. The hearing date must be not less than 30 days or more than 90 days after the filing of the petition. At the time of the hearing both parties must be present in court. The testimony of the parties must be presented to satisfy the judge that the parties entered into the separation voluntarily; that they are satisfied with the terms of the agreement; that the agreement is fair; and, that the parties still want to terminate the marriage by way of dissolution. If the judge so finds, a judgment of dissolution will be entered that incorporates the terms of the separation agreement, thus making the separation agreement an order of the court and the marriage will be terminated.

From what I can find you have to file the "PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE" and a "MARITAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT"

http://www.mcohio.org/revize/montgomery/government/domestic_relations_court/docs/2006CitizensGuidetoDomesticRelationsCourt7_11_06.pdf

Pages 6 &7 of that PDF state that to get a Dissolution of Marriage you need:

1 original and 4 copies of "Petition for Dissolution of Marriage"
I can't find this for free online... try (937) 225-4063

1 original and 4 copies of "Seperation Agreement"
I can't find this for free online... try (937) 225-4063

1 for each party and 2 copies of "Affidavit of Financial Disclosure"
http://www.mcohio.org/revize/montgomery/government/domestic_relations_court/docs/Affidavit_of_Financial_Disclosure.pdf

1 original of "Divorce and Dissolution Questionnaire"
http://www.mcohio.org/revize/montgomery/government/domestic_relations_court/docs/Questionnaire__DR_8_.pdf

1 original and 4 copies of "Final Decree of Dissolution"
After you go to court






Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 27, 2008, 02:07:47 PM
You aren't going to find those documents for public download because they have to be drafted. 

Every separation agreement is going to be different. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 27, 2008, 02:33:45 PM
Thanks for all the advice, duly noted and filed away for future reference.

We've stumbled - as is often the case - a temporary 'fix' to the carless solution (a friend with a spare van) and have assurances from our repair shop that ours should be ready tomorrow evening, Monday evening at the very latest. The van tides us over just about right. The cost for the repair is one scary MF, but the alternative is even more expensive

Our insurer did tell me our policy would cover a rental in full (same deductable as we have now), but not that of the loaned van. We've just agreed to cover any OOP expenses if we're unlucky enough to get in an accident or anything.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 27, 2008, 02:47:49 PM
You aren't going to find those documents for public download because they have to be drafted. 

Every separation agreement is going to be different. 

That's what I'm sayin'.  The Petition for Dissolution, Separation Agreement and Decree of Dissolution all have to eb drafted.  They give you guidelines, sort of a "checklist" for the bare minimum of information to be included, but it's just not something I'm all that comfortable doing on my own. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: scurvygirl on March 27, 2008, 06:33:52 PM
Well, that sounds completely the opposite of Montgomery County so far.  IT's $225 just to file for dissolution.  8 different items of paperwork have to be turns in, and only 3 of them are provided to you in a from. So, I know what I need, but no fucking way am I doing it myself.  I'm not a student anywhere, so I can't utilize that sort of legal aid, and all of the other legal aid resources I've found so far will only help me if I was a victim of physical abuse. 

What I meant to specify is how much I should expect to pay an attorney.  I haven't gotten a quote lower than $600 plus filing cost yet. 


Hmm, then they've changed things since I worked for the VLP in Dayton- no surprises there, but it definitely wasn't that expensive a few years ago.  I doubt you'd qualify for VLP, basically it's legal aid, they help poor folks get divorces and bankruptcies, but if you're a single person making over 12K in a year (might be 13 or 14 now, it changes every year), you won't qualify.  I know that Mont Co courts have a "simple" kit and all that- and I know from working for VLP sort of how to draft these kind of documents, but man, talk about a serious pain in the ass... you have to know the rules on where to file, pay the fees, get shit notarized and all other kinds of shit... 600 sounds about right, I'm sorry to say.  I hope I'm wrong!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 27, 2008, 06:50:08 PM
4 hours @ $150/hr is about right.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on March 27, 2008, 09:25:45 PM
Actually, yes, you can get all these forms for free and do them yourself if you have access to a library (or at least some libraries).  We've got free access to the Thomson-Gale legal forms, which includes all the necessary Ohio forms for dissolution or divorce.  And it's pretty easy to do, though I agree that help when you're uncomfortable is worth it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on March 27, 2008, 09:53:55 PM
What the heck is a Jonas Brother, and why do I get the feeling that everything I need to know about one can be summed up by the following paragraph?

[quote="USAToday.com]The [Jonas] brothers made high-profile appearances this week at the White House Easter Egg Roll and on "Dancing With the Stars," where they performed A-Ha's '80s hit "Take On Me." And did we mention that they launched their official fan club, Team Jonas, last week?[/quote]
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 27, 2008, 09:58:14 PM
So to sum up on the divorce thing...

You either can or can't do it yourself.
It either is or isn't as cheap as $225 or as much as $600.
You either can or can't get the forms from a library or online or you have to have them drafted or can draft them yourself.

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 27, 2008, 10:00:55 PM
So to sum up on the divorce thing...

You either can or can't do it yourself.
It either is or isn't as cheap as $225 or as much as $600.
You either can or can't get the forms from a library or online or you have to have them drafted or can draft them yourself.

Hope that helps!


Yes, thanks!  ???
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 27, 2008, 10:06:31 PM
What the heck is a Jonas Brother, and why do I get the feeling that everything I need to know about one can be summed up by the following paragraph?

Quote from: USAToday.com
The [Jonas] brothers made high-profile appearances this week at the White House Easter Egg Roll and on "Dancing With the Stars," where they performed A-Ha's '80s hit "Take On Me." And did we mention that they launched their official fan club, Team Jonas, last week?
I think they have something to do with Hannah Montana. Think the 2008 version of Hanson.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on March 27, 2008, 10:22:48 PM
Quote from: whigsgeek
Quote from: Ella Minnow Pea
What the heck is a Jonas Brother [...]?

I think they have something to do with Hannah Montana. Think the 2008 version of Hanson.

In that case, which one's the chick?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on March 27, 2008, 10:32:20 PM
Hey Vizz, the Dayton Metro library has the Legal forms database.  If you've got a library card, you can access it from home. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 28, 2008, 09:42:14 AM
If you needed to buy a rail pass for a trip to Europe, where would you go to get one? (I ask this realizing there are several places to buy them online, I just don't know which are reputable).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Megs79 on March 28, 2008, 11:52:31 AM
If you needed to buy a rail pass for a trip to Europe, where would you go to get one? (I ask this realizing there are several places to buy them online, I just don't know which are reputable).

we bought ours through our travel agent (at least I think we did, I didn't plan the trip, but we leave really soon!).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 28, 2008, 12:05:32 PM
You used to be able to get them for dirt cheap from International Youth Hostelling Federation of International Hostels of USA.  Or whatever the hell they call themselves now.  The Youth Hostel people.



Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 28, 2008, 01:25:43 PM
If you needed to buy a rail pass for a trip to Europe, where would you go to get one?
Europe.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 28, 2008, 01:28:14 PM
I bought mine from http://www.raileurope.com/us/index.htm

Worked great.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 28, 2008, 01:45:01 PM
Thanks folks!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 28, 2008, 09:51:07 PM
Yes, thanks!  ???

Without knowing you or your situation that well, it's kind of hard to give good advice, vizz.  I hope this helps a little.

The legal kits you can buy or get from the library are necessarily rather boilerplate.  In essence, the law says "Well, you need to have this document, and this document has to have 5 things in it."  The legal kit will make sure it has all 5 things in it (hopefully anyway, I've seen some really bad ones).  Technically, it's legal.  The court will accept it.  Legal<>good.

Like I could whip out a cocktail napkin and ballpoint pen and write "All to mother."  That's a legal will.  If I die and someone introduces that napkin into court and no one challenges it the court goes "Okay then.  Mom gets everything."  But if someone does challenge it, then it's like "Well it's written on a cocktail napkin so was he really serious?  And how do we know that's not forged?  What exactly did he mean by "all?"  Was it all he had at the time he wrote it, or was it all his possessions when he died?"

So that's where the lawyer comes in.  It's not to make the document officially legal so much as to make sure that you don't get fucked.  This is not likely to happen, but for illustrative purposes let's say you got a really bad legal kit or misunderstood a clause in it.  You might have just legally signed away all your assets.  Which would leave you in a much worse position than if the document was invalid in the first place.

A good lawyer will tell you what the ramifications are for each clause.  They might point out assets you forgot you had, or some potential issue you didn't think about.  That's why four hours is kind of reasonable.  If you've ever done contract work or anything like that, you find that the actual work itself isn't too hard or time-consuming.  But you lose a lot of time dealing with a client.  They can't properly express what they want.  Or they think they know what they want, but it actually doesn't work that way.

So the only thing you can really do is learn and do just as much as you possibly can yourself.  Fill out every single form you can that's pretty much just download and sign your name here.  Go to the library, but don't check out a legal kit.  Get a book on marriage dissolution instead. 

When you've read it, then you will have a much better grasp on the ins and outs of this thing and you can better decide whether you want to go it alone or not.  Really think about your situation, too.  It's not that hard to drag out a dissolution and make it real nasty if one party puts their mind to it.  And it's almost never about the money or the assets.  It's just one side doesn't want to let go, or one side decides to screw over the other.  You think you know people, but they can do some surprising things.  We got two lawyers in my family, but we still got into a bit of a nasty situation with a will.  Not because we didn't know the law.  We just weren't as vigilant as we should have been because we really didn't think certain close relatives would be so greedy and well-- just trifling.  Didn't hurt anyone financially, it was just a stupid wasteful pain in the ass for about a year and feelings are still hurt.

So frankly, I would still lean towards hiring an attorney because you get not only the legal experience but the necessary objectivity.  But it's your call.

But even if you go the attorney route, it's still better to go in with a lot of knowledge.  It's awfully tempting wash your hands of it and say "Hey, this is complicated legal mumbo-jumbo and that's what I pay them to do."  But like I said, you really don't pay them to do complicated mumbo-jumbo.  That's a waste of money.  They earn their fees by protecting your interests.  The better you can express what you want in legal terms, and the better he can advise you. It makes their job much easier, and you'll get a better, cleaner document which is good just in case something weird happens.

Best case scenario is you get to the point where you can call up an attorney and go "We've already filled out forms X, Y, and Z.  I just need you to do Form A.  And as far as that goes, I got these assets. I'm keepin' em.  I'm not pregnant.  We have no pets.  I do not want support." etc.  You save him from having to ask you questions, and you're talking his lingo.  The $600 flat fee they quoted you is probably their standard charge based on the average client.  Well, the average client is a complete dumbass.  You won't be. 

So if you know your shit, you might convince the attorney that it's not really going to take him as long as it usually does and he'll knock an hour off his estimate and you can save yourself $150-200.   Yeah, they're greedy bastards and all but most of them don't have too much trouble finding billable hours so they can fill that extra hour pretty easily.  And quite likely with something a bit more lucrative and juicy.

The extra hours they budget a lot of times is really them trying to help you.  They want to make sure they get you all straightened out and you know what's going on.  People come in and they're like "I want that guy to pay.  I want every last cent they own."  And they have to go "Well no, you really can't do that."  If you know your shit, it moves from "walking a client through a dissolution" to something more along the lines of "quick ad-hoc-ish review/drafting of some paperwork" which they do all the time and simply bill by the hour.   Most attorneys I know will reduce what is normally a standard flat fee for a service if they're truly convinced you know what you're doing and there is no need to spend their normally allotted time on it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on March 29, 2008, 03:39:41 AM
Question for the Homeowners:

How much do you pay in county and city taxes annually?

I live in shitwater Kentucky and am paying a combined almost $1400 per year between the two, which seems utterly outrageous to me.

Just curious to see where others are at.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: eyeball on March 29, 2008, 10:56:20 AM
I know my bro pays at least a grand a year and he waits and does it at all at once and bitches the entire time.

I know a couple that has it worked into the mortgage.  no lump sum to deal with.

I have no idea how much that stuff is.  I still rent...pathetic, I know.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 29, 2008, 12:48:34 PM
A shitload more than that.  Like, more than double.

Put it like this:  We have a tax rate of about 1.2%, and the assessed value of my house has gone up 2.5x what it originally was when I bought it.  Could I actually sell it at it's assessed value?  Hell no.  Maybe two years ago I could maybe have come pretty close, but not now. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 29, 2008, 02:43:20 PM
Three of the houses we've narrowed our list down to had annual taxes over $4,500 a year last year.  These aren't cheap houses, but frankly... we're not going to be living among the upper echelon of town either.  Consider yourself lucky.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on March 29, 2008, 03:53:55 PM
Let's keep in mind, I bought my house for about 90K and live in shithole Kentucky. I recall my house over in Cincinnati that I bought for about the same, the taxes were considerably less. And I lump mine into the mortgage via escrow. I'd be fucked if I had to try to save throughout the year for it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on March 29, 2008, 03:57:04 PM
I think Ohio offsets its lower property taxes with the local income tax. There's no such thing in the other states that I've lived in.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on March 29, 2008, 04:58:42 PM
My property taxes are $1600/yr
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on March 29, 2008, 06:22:35 PM
I live in shitwater Kentucky and am paying a combined almost $1400 per year between the two, which seems utterly outrageous to me.

Wish ours was as reasonable as that
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on March 29, 2008, 08:46:24 PM
About $6300 a year.  It totally blows.  What I REALLY hate is California's Proposition (I don't remember the number) that passed years ago.  Basically, you pay property taxes at what your property was valued at WHEN YOU BOUGHT IT.  So, people in my neighborhood who own houses way nicer than mine or who own multiple-unit dwellings are paying way LESS than we are, but using way more services.  That annoys the shit out of me - because we bought just shy of the top of the market. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 29, 2008, 09:17:53 PM
Our house in Middletown is valued at about $104k Scott and we pay $1600 per year plus a 1.75% income tax.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Marlowe on March 29, 2008, 09:18:17 PM
i'm in the process of closing on selling my house back in ohio. i'm selling at a small loss from what i bought it at 6 years ago since the market-timing is bad. but...it's soooo worth it because i currently have to pay both property taxes AND state of ohio income taxes. i haven't lived in ohio for 3 years and they still make me pay income taxes merely because i own property there. property taxes? no problem. income taxes? that's legalized rape as far as i'm concerned. fuck you, state of ohio.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on March 29, 2008, 10:38:36 PM
Proposition 13, aka "the third rail."  Dumbest. Law. Ever.  It's like Social Security's evil twin for the fiscally conservative set.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on March 30, 2008, 02:55:20 AM
Damn. I thought mine was high. Guess I was wrong. I'ma shut up now...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on March 30, 2008, 10:39:08 AM
I'm paying $751 a year in property taxes. Then again, I live in a place that doesn't really believe in public service, either. I think it's pretty much to fund our prison and a little bit of the fire department (half of the stations in my county are volunteer)  My taxes went up last year because we had the new county property values kick in, and the appraised value of my house doubled.  My house is also on the tiny side!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 30, 2008, 08:17:48 PM
My property taxes are worked in with my mortgage payment, so I really have no idea what they are.  But, I know my folks pay around $7000.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: watusi on March 30, 2008, 08:24:35 PM
My property taxes are worked in with my mortgage payment, so I really have no idea what they are.  But, I know my folks pay around $7000.


I pay about 1200, I would think yours are probably pretty close, this is belmont after all.
But Shit-the-Bed Fred, 7k?? Where do they live?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Rafe on March 30, 2008, 11:16:50 PM
As usual, I can't offer any advice, as I live in a bucket of turds.

However, it's great to see "jose" posting. Hope life's treating you well, the Hose!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 31, 2008, 08:46:59 AM
My property taxes are worked in with my mortgage payment, so I really have no idea what they are.  But, I know my folks pay around $7000.


I pay about 1200, I would think yours are probably pretty close, this is belmont after all.
But Shit-the-Bed Fred, 7k?? Where do they live?

They live in Clearcreek Township.  High-falutin'. 

I think I actually pay Dayton property taxes, since I'm in Hearthstone (basically the ass end of Belmont).  Now I'm kind of curious.  I have to call my lender today anyway, so maybe I'll remember to ask.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on March 31, 2008, 12:33:23 PM
Question for the Homeowners:

How much do you pay in county and city taxes annually?

I live in shitwater Kentucky and am paying a combined almost $1400 per year between the two, which seems utterly outrageous to me.

Just curious to see where others are at.

Between property tax and city income tax, I think it will end up something like $3500.  My property taxes are also part of my mortgage, and my mortgage payment this year alone is going up about $34 a month.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on March 31, 2008, 12:45:56 PM
We have an escrow, but from what I saw our's is anywhere from 1100-1600.  I can't remember if the 550 + taxes due are twice or three times a year.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 31, 2008, 01:28:39 PM
I need to replace a tire on my car.  Any places particularly cheaper than the others? The place that tried to patch it (it didn't work) gave me a price of $160 (including tax & labor), but admitted that was pretty high and that I should shop around.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on March 31, 2008, 01:58:32 PM
Why was it so high?  I'm assuming you have low profile tires, fucking rip-off those things.  Our Matrix has them and they're extremely costly compared to regular tires which they could have as easily put on the thing when they were building it.

That said, I haven't ever really shopped around.  If you're just buying one and you have a Sam's card, or maybe your parents or someone has one, I'd probably try them.  If I were getting a full set I'd go to Tire Discounters so that I got the free balancing, rotation and the alignment.

I've used Tire discounters exclusively for a number of years and have had extremely good luck with them.  I got a nail in my tire a week ago and they still honored my warranty even though I haven't been back for the rotations and inspections.  They fixed the tire for free no questions asked.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 31, 2008, 02:02:11 PM
I think Monro was just charging so much because it would have been a special order, and they're more of a muffler & brake shop than a tire dealer.  I always get my oil changed there because it's cheap and they're nice, so I'm glad they didn't try to convince me I needed to buy it from them.

So far I've only had time to make a few phone calls, but seems like Gallagher Goodyear on Woodman is going to be the cheapest, at $105 total. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on March 31, 2008, 02:48:30 PM
Go to Tire Discounters.  They are nice and cheap. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on March 31, 2008, 03:22:52 PM
http://www.tirerack.com/

If you look on there you should be able to get a good range.  Add the price of the tire + shipping and you should pay about that from the place you're going to have do the work.

They sell most of the same brands you'll find in the stores.  For more "obscure" brands... try Wal-Mart.  Cheap.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on March 31, 2008, 04:19:20 PM
Ditto Poncho.

Sam's might also have what you're looking for.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on March 31, 2008, 05:58:48 PM
Done and done.  Got it for $109 (Tiretrack would have been $123) from Gallagher.  Surprisingly, Walmart doesn't even carry Goodyear.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 07, 2008, 02:21:57 PM
I'm full of questions lately. 

Moving a piano - what am I looking at cost wise?  I really want to start playing again, but I'm not spending nearly $100 on a freakin' keyboard if I can have my upright moved (and hopefully tuned) for a reasonable price. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on April 07, 2008, 03:44:23 PM
In NYC it's probably a couple hundred.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on April 07, 2008, 07:51:48 PM
QUESTION:

I live in an old house, brick walls outside, plaster walls inside. I've got some serious leaking issues on the first floor where the paint is peeling and it appears mold may be forming. I've patched as many holes as I can find in the brick and mortar outside, but it still keeps happening, especially in one particular area.

What type of contractor would I have come look at finding and fixing these leaks? A mason? Or would a general contractor be a better (less costly) route? Or is there someone else that might specialize in this?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on April 07, 2008, 08:25:02 PM
If you find a really good general contractor/fix-it guy, they can probably do it themselves if it's a small job or refer you to someone who can do it, or perhaps they will simply subcontract it out themselves.  I wish I had a guy like that.

Someone needs to figure out where the leaks are coming from first, and I would imagine most roofers/general contractors/masons are capable of doing that.  Once you know the cause, then you can decide who to hire to fix it.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on April 13, 2008, 03:54:53 PM
Do guys out at bars on Friday and Saturday nights in your part of the world wear visors, or is that only a Raleigh/North Carolina phenomena?

(Something like this:)
(http://s3.golfballs.com/1/2827_225.jpeg)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on April 13, 2008, 08:34:43 PM
errrr, no.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on April 13, 2008, 08:59:45 PM
Yes, but then again, I live where all those people like to come for the weekend and pretend that they are surfers.

Buncha poseurs.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on April 13, 2008, 11:04:44 PM
Do guys out at bars on Friday and Saturday nights in your part of the world wear visors, or is that only a Raleigh/North Carolina phenomena?

(Something like this:)
(http://s3.golfballs.com/1/2827_225.jpeg)

Happens around here, too.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on April 17, 2008, 02:20:05 PM
Any ideas on a super cheap weekend roadtrip for two fabulous chicks?  One of my best gals has the entire weekend off, which is a rarity, consider she is a manager @ Starbucks and has 3 kids.  She had originally planned the weekend off to go somewhere with a dude - and not surprisingly, the dude flaked on her.  So, seeing as how we could both *really* use a weekend away from Dayton - any suggestions?  We're not looking to go anyplace terribly far - maybe an hour or so away, so we won't blow all our funds on fuel. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 17, 2008, 02:23:15 PM
Cincinnati? Or maybe Columbus? Neither are terribly far away and there's lots of stuff to do and shopping.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on April 17, 2008, 02:30:34 PM
Yellow Springs at the Arthur Morgan House? (http://www.arthurmorganhouse.com/)

If you want something a bit more rustic, try Kentucky or Ohio State parks.  They rent out cabins which are pretty nice and cheap.  They aren't anything fancy, but have TVs, kitchens and beds. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on April 17, 2008, 02:46:03 PM
Go skydiving at that place just west of Oxford, OH...then travel down to Cincy for a Reds game or some Florence Freedom action...stop in at the Tea Cozy... graffiti 'Butter is a Douchebag' on one of the bridges spanning the Ohio River... drive down to the riverboat casinos and gamble invest your hard earned dollars... Go drinking in Mt Adams (or wherever this years hotspot is)...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on April 17, 2008, 03:01:03 PM
graffiti 'Butter is a Douchebag' on one of the bridges spanning the Ohio River...

Do this! Then go to the hofbrauhaus.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on April 17, 2008, 04:20:45 PM
... graffiti 'Butter is a Douchebag' on one of the bridges spanning the Ohio River...

We've already done that
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on April 17, 2008, 04:25:00 PM
I'm having some living room furniture delivered tomorrow. I've already paid the store $129 delivery charge.

Should I tip the delivery guys or am I good with just offering cold water and Cokes?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on April 17, 2008, 05:58:17 PM
I know most people seem to say tip, but I disagree.  If I a paying a delivery charge, I generally don't tip, as I consider it covered in the charge.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on April 28, 2008, 05:41:53 PM
After doing some research, I've ordered a nifty pair of affordable roller blades. Now I need to get the wrist, elbow, and knee pads. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding brands and also how to know what size to get? I also want to get walking poles. I found them downtown, but they're $100 and I really can't swing that. Other than Craig's List and eBay, does anyone have recommendations for an online site where I might find a used pair of walking poles?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on April 28, 2008, 07:01:16 PM
I can give you my knee pads (assuming I can find them  :D ) and you could call the Play It Again Sports (http://www.playitagainsports.com/alllocations.aspx) in Greensburg to see if they have the other stuff for you...that might be a good place to start.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on May 02, 2008, 03:46:46 PM
Can anyone think of a good place to buy a cheap but functioning AM/FM radio that I can take to the ballpark? I don't want to care if I drop it or if I forget it in the seats. I tried Big Lots and Family Dollar during my lunch break and found NOTHING.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on May 02, 2008, 04:02:38 PM
I would say try Radio Shack.  A quick search of their site turned up a few (http://www.radioshack.com/family/index.jsp?s=A-StorePrice-RSK&x=14&y=8&cp=2032054&categoryId=2032115&pg=1&searchSort=TRUE&retainProdsInSession=1).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Poncho on May 02, 2008, 05:47:35 PM
Can anyone think of a good place to buy a cheap but functioning AM/FM radio that I can take to the ballpark? I don't want to care if I drop it or if I forget it in the seats. I tried Big Lots and Family Dollar during my lunch break and found NOTHING.
'


Wal-Mart
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 02, 2008, 11:17:54 PM
Does anyone know anything about voice matching surround speakers with your mains, and does it really matter?

I was just about to toss all my old speakers and buy a home theater-in-a-box, but then I thought that would be a waste.  I don't really care about TV, but when I listen to music I still kinda like it two come from two NICE speakers that actually can move air.  Not that mine are all that fantastic but I mean it still has to beat a tiny satellite speaker, right?

They are Acoustic Research Status S40's, if anyone cares.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 03, 2008, 08:46:19 AM
When I had my place in England I had AR's as my front/music speakers, and paired the surround system up with rears and a centre from "Infinity" and a Polk sub-unit. That worked for me pretty good but YMMV as I had almost the perfect room for it.

The place we have now does NOT lend itself at all well to a surround set up - too many holes in walls etc - and I have been through three "surrounds in a box" since we've lived here, none of which have set me alight, although the current one - again from "Infinity" - has been the best of the bunch, given the awful dynamics it has work within.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 03, 2008, 10:34:51 AM
Thanks, CR.  I'll look into some Infinitys.  I had a pair a long time ago and they were nice.

I realized I'm in a horrible trap.  If I want to drive my low/midrange price AR's, I need a semi-decent low/midrange receiver.  Which would cost about $400.  The two surround speakers would cost me probably another $120.  Or I can just get an entire surround system for less than that. 

There's no point in having a semi-decent receiver with crap speakers or vice versa.  So it's like crap all around for $450 or semi-decent all around for $520.  Even if you already have front speakers.

It kind of chaps my ass to spend $450 on brand new surround system that will sound worse than the system I already have, but it looks like the better solution.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 03, 2008, 10:45:28 AM
I think this (http://www.smarthome.com/973315c.html) is the Infinity set-up I nabbed for around $220 last year.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 03, 2008, 01:43:31 PM
I've discovered that Harmon Kardon sells their refurbs on eBay for dirt cheap.  Since you are actually buying direct from HK you still get the warranty and everything.  They have the Infinity TSS 1200 set for about $300.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 07, 2008, 08:43:10 PM
Has anyone ever hired an interior designer or can explain to me how it works?  Like, do I tell them what I want first and show them some shit or do I meet them face-to-face and see if I dig them first?  When do they give me estimates for what I want, and what if I want is going to depend on the estimate?

Also, pretty much you hire an interior designer when you don't know what the hell you're doing in the first place... so then how do I know if I'm being ripped off or how do I tell them what I'm going for?  My idea would be to make a mix CD.  Unfortunately I have learned the hard way that mix CD's are not the solution to all problems.  In fact they are a pretty crappy solution to just about everything.








Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 07, 2008, 09:19:34 PM
That's what female relative/friends are for. :D

Why do you need one? Are you redecorating your entire house or just a room or two? Are you wanting improved window dressings and rugs, and/or upgrading furniture? These will all be questions that they'll ask you. It's also important for the designer to know what you want to use the space for - reading, watching the TV, hosting parties, etc. Think of them like a computer programmer - you don't just say "I need a program written", but rather "I need a program that tracks expenditures by department in order to estimate future budget needs." Or at least if you want to end up with a program that does what you want. In the same way, you want to end up with a room that meets your needs.

As far as finding one, I'd go on word of mouth. There are some here in Raleigh that specialize in using your existing furniture, but arrange it so that it makes better use of the space.

One advantage of going with one rather than doing it yourself is that they have connections with the lighting, flooring, etc. companies, and can follow up on the orders.

My friends that are interior designers do corporate work, so I'm not sure how it works for residential customers.

Of course, I'm always available to give my 2 cents.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 07, 2008, 10:20:38 PM
I would be wanting like the whole outfit coordinated.  Drapes, rugs, furniture, decorations, color scheme and a layout.  And I guess I'd be willing to lay out $500 just for a real good blueprint or plan or whatever you call it of drapes I should get and colors I should use and where I should put furniture.  Then I could order the stuff myself.

But I also need my floor redone.  Not totally, but definitely some slats replaced and the whole thing re-sanded and finished.  Also I would like to knock out the wall between my kitchen and dining room.  And my downstairs bathroom definitely needs sprucing up/repairs.  I don't necessarily need an interior designer for that, but I figure they have good contacts for that. 

I have a decent idea of what I want, but I don't want to spend months searching through furniture catalogs or looking at paint samples trying to capture it.  Basically with the amount of stuff I'm considering I figure it might be easier to have an interior designer who can help me coordinate the whole project and give me options/ideas along the way.

I have about $25k I'm willing to spend on sprucing up the place.  I just don't know how much of that I want to spend towards an interior designer.

Word of mouth is no help, unfortunately.  The only people I know who have used interior designer types got additions to their house or they spent $50k just on a kitchen remodel.  Also, they did the exact kind of things I wouldn't use an interior designer for.  Like mostly, they just got nice stuff.  Real nice countertops and expensive real wood cabinets, a nice fridge.  How hard is that?  Their kitchens look like furniture showrooms-- very nice but with no real style. 

And all the interior designers I looked up with portfolios seem to specialize in just ordering a bunch of Victorian shit for Victorian houses for wealthy 50 year old attorney's wives.  Again, how hard is that?  Basically if you have a shit-ton of money to spend and you want to replicate a furniture showroom or a specific period just go out and buy the antique furniture from that period or the exact shit you see in the showroom.

I'm just thinking like VCU has the best interior design school in the whole country, so surely there have to be some people around here who have awesome abilities with contemporary designs.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 07, 2008, 10:57:16 PM
Maybe you could be someone's senior project...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on May 08, 2008, 08:51:19 AM
You could try taking a Sunday afternoon or two going to open houses looking and getting ideas of what other people have done.  If you stick to neighborhoods that have the same feel as yours, you might walk away with a better grasp of what to do.  Michelle and I have done that from time to time and have almost always gotten something out of it.

The actual renovations and contractor discovery would be worth a subscription to Angie's List (http://www.angieslist.com/AngiesList/) (or you could just use mine.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on May 12, 2008, 08:39:51 AM
Anyone have any experience being part of a Neighborhood Watch in their area?  :police:

I got an invite today and part of me thinks I should check it out. Another part makes me think I'll end up being the only person in the whole neighborhood to show up and  end up being responsible for 80 houses or something.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on May 20, 2008, 06:24:17 PM
Q: Are buzzards, vultures or other large birds of prey indigenous to this part of the country? I hope so, because I saw three of the HUGEST birds tearing at some dead animal or other in the middle of the road one street from my house earlier today. They had red heads and greyish brown feathers, and easily stood as tall as my kid, who is around 3.5 feet tall or so. If they're not indigenous, then they escaped from the zoo or something. I've never seen birds like this around here.

**EDIT**

Did some searching and found something similar. Looks like they could be turkey vultures:

(http://www.calliebowdish.com/Birds/TurkeyVultureShaverLake090606_7491.jpg)

Though the necks on the three I saw seemed longer, and the birds seemed a bit larger. I dunno, this is the closest I could find. Seems like they're fairly common, but still, I've never seen anything like this around here.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on May 20, 2008, 06:38:53 PM
According to the Cornell bird department (yes, it has a fancier name), Ohio is part of the turkey vulture summer/nesting territory. they have a 5 foot + wingspan, but only stand about 2 1/2 feet tall. So if it's a turkey vulture, then yes.  And turkey vultures are larger than black vultures.

There are large hawks in the mid-west, so I don't think it's totally out of the question to have large birds around.

Hopefully they aren't zombies, which is the other option!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 20, 2008, 08:06:29 PM
Where does one park a moped/scooter in downtown Cincinnati?

Unlike England there are no obviously designated (free) motorcycle bays anywhere (that I can see, or have noticed). Surely a little bike doesn't have to pay to park in a full-size vehicle's parking spot or in the car parks?

Jeff? Bueller? Anyone with experience of this?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on May 20, 2008, 08:24:09 PM
I would see those fugly turkey vultures all the time when I used to drive the back roads of Preble county.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 20, 2008, 09:08:43 PM
There was a turkey vulture that lived in a dead tree on our [quarter mile long] driveway growing up. It always scared me a bit, and I'd run by when headed to the creek to play. I sometimes thought it would carry off one of my sisters when they were babies.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on May 20, 2008, 09:13:27 PM
Thought?  Or wished?  I'm only asking cuz I need more stories for therapy!

Three of them (vultures, not sisters) would show up in October right around the time for the annual hayride.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on May 20, 2008, 09:44:46 PM
I grew up in NKY Scott and that's certainly what you saw, Turkey Buzzards... used to see them all the time when cows/deer died on neighboring farms.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on May 20, 2008, 10:36:52 PM
A coworker used to ride a Vespa to work and would leave his parked up on Court Street on the courtyard-type section that separates the north and south sides of the street.  Never paid a dime.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on May 21, 2008, 11:44:31 AM
For CR and anyone else with a scooter, what should one look for when buying one? And which have the best rep in terms of quality -- Vespa, Honda, etc.?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on May 21, 2008, 01:15:45 PM
But where does a turkey vulture riding a moped park in downtown Cincinnati?  That's what I want to know.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on May 21, 2008, 02:48:40 PM
For CR and anyone else with a scooter, what should one look for when buying one? And which have the best rep in terms of quality -- Vespa, Honda, etc.?

Whichever brand you decide to buy, make sure you can get it serviced from the shop you buy from. A lot of scooter places (at least in the Cincinnati area) will not service a bike unless they sold it to you.

Stick with one of the known brands too - Vespa, Piaggio, Genuine Scooter Co (which does the awesome Stella), Honda, Kymco - because they are easier to get parts for.

Be sure to find out what the scooter/moped laws are for your state. In Ohio, for instance, you have to pass a motorcycle test to ride it and it needs to be licensed and insured, but in KY anything 50cc and under doesn't have to be licensed or insured, and you don't need a special motorcycle license for it.

As far as which one is best - it's hard to say. If you have a Genuine Scooter Company (http://www.genuinescooters.com/) dealer near you, I'd check them out first. They are American-made and easiest to get parts for it needed. They are affordable compared to Vespas and Piaggios too, and the styling is SWEET.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on May 21, 2008, 04:12:19 PM
But where does a turkey vulture riding a moped park in downtown Cincinnati?  That's what I want to know.

Congrats, Buzzstein! You have been awarded the "lost-its-luster-but-still-makes-me-happy" GSPoTD!

You may now ride this sumbitch off into the sunset! No helmet required unless you need extra vulture protection.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 21, 2008, 04:38:18 PM
My friend got a Buddy (Genuine Scooter Company) last year.  I thought it was pretty nice.  He was very happy with it as well.  At least for the six months he had it before he wrecked it. 

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on May 21, 2008, 10:37:36 PM
Even if your state doesn't legally require it, you also might have to have a motorcycle license to get insurance for the scooter.
Depends on your state and your insurance company.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on May 22, 2008, 08:28:02 PM
Okay, so I have a choice of two interior designers I like.

In terms of style, one is more sort of traditional sensibility.  Like her thing would be to try to retain/restore/accentuate the period flavor of my house where possible, and then where it needs modernizing to try and make it compatible with that.  I guess more of a restoration/renovation type deal.  The other one is more like "Screw it.  I'm a contemporary designer, you're a contemporary dude.  Let's just do contemporary." 

They both looked at my kitchen which has some exposed brick.  The first one said "That brick is hurting.  But exposed brick is really nice, so let's just clean that up and use it as a feature.  I have some ideas if you want to cover it, but I recommend against it."  The other one said "That brick is hurting.  I know a lot of people like it but it's a bit 'rustic' for your feel.  I have some ideas if you want to keep it, and a lot of people probably would opt for that.. but I recommend you change it."

The contemporary designer works like an advisor.  She charges by the hour and you pay as you go in $500 increments.  She has no insider-y connections.  She'll recommend a piece of furniture or a contractor and she has lots of catalogs and contacts, but you basically just buy the furniture yourself at retail or hire the contractor and work with them and pay them directly.  You can have her there to supervise and coordinate but she basically said it's not worth it most of the time.   Like if we agree on this piece of EQ3 furniture or whatever, just go out and buy it.  Why pay her for that? 

The more traditional designer is more like a contractor.  You pay her $500 for a plan on your budget and she tells you what she's going to do and breaks it down into deliverables as well as a total cost.  You can then choose to have her do parts of it or all of it.  And she has specific contractors and furniture people she knows who supposedly cut her a break.  She's more like, in the bizz.  She works with a friend of mine in real estate who says she's like awesome at adding value to the house.  Like "this is what people like, and I know a guy who specializes in this who does it real cheap."  You're more paying her for her connections and knowledge than for her aesthetic tastes, although her tastes aren't bad.  And she does know a lot like she was able to look at a wall right away and say "This is load bearing, but I've seen this design before and you can cut a casement window in here about this size.  But there's a neat trick you can do where they have this new material they make columns out of but you need to be careful of yaddayaddayadda."  The other designer was more like "I think this wall is load bearing.  I'll check with my contractors and see what kind of options they give me and we'll design something around that."

So one is more traditional and more businessy.  One is more contemporary and arty.  One charges by the hour, the other more by the project.  It turns out they know each other and have worked together.  And they both gave me the same assessment which was pretty honest of them.  They both agreed that if you are looking to flip a home get the business lady.  If you're going to live in the house and want something maybe a little more unique but which is more money down the drain if you sell, get arty lady.  I said how about if I hire the arty lady for aesthetics and pay her the hourly rate to supervise you and you do the structural stuff.  They said people have done that before but it wasn't cost effective for a small house and on my budget.  Too many middle-women.

What do you guys think?   I'm leaning towards arty contemporary woman.





Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 22, 2008, 09:37:19 PM
In Richmond, I think you can get away with a contemporary Victorian - especially since you're fairly close to Carytown. If you're planning on living there for at least 5 more years, I'd say go with the arty contemporary woman. When you do resell, there should be enough traditional Victorian around that your contemporary version would stand out. I guess the other thing is how much major work are you thinking? If it's just the one wall and the floors, that's not too big an issue. (The updated bathroom stuff should be easy to do, as that's mostly just picking the right fixtures and finding a quality plumber.)

Plus that track lighting I recommend awhile ago would look better if you go with a contemporary look. :D (I'm all about the Scandinavian furniture in a 100 year old house.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on May 22, 2008, 11:15:58 PM
If you are staying in the house for awhile (5 years, 2 years) go with the contemporary/arty designer. She's more your personal style, so you should get to live in a style that fits your taste, not how you will sell the place.

Glad you found someone!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on May 23, 2008, 07:48:23 AM
I have no experience of this but I'd suggest - like everyone esle- of going with the contarty lady.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on May 23, 2008, 09:18:06 AM
I have no experience of this but I'd suggest - like everyone esle- of going with the contarty lady.

2nded
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Marlowe on May 23, 2008, 09:55:40 AM
I have no experience of this but I'd suggest - like everyone esle- of going with the contarty lady.

2nded
since i always have different opinions from everyone here, i might as well keep the streak alive.

i'd go with the business woman who gets things done and can find you a bargain. i don't like "contemporary" style, as it reminds me of dentist waiting rooms and anonymous hotel lobbies. also, i think contemporary style clashes with an old house. the business woman has a better sense of the market and what makes houses more valuable, and that's the better way to build on your home/equity investment.

of course, if you plan to live there for the next 30 years, you shouldn't worry about the value of the house and should go with whatever you like best.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on May 23, 2008, 11:33:05 AM
I'm sort of a traditionalist so I would go with the business lady as well. But, either one sounds good.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on May 23, 2008, 12:08:41 PM
of course, if you plan to live there for the next 30 years, you shouldn't worry about the value of the house and should go with whatever you like best.

There you go.  I would go with business / traditional lady, but I care about style about as much as I care about Portsmouth FC, so I don't think my opinion really fits what you would like.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on May 23, 2008, 12:09:38 PM
I'd go with whoever keeps the bricks exposed!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Marlowe on May 23, 2008, 03:15:40 PM
I'd go with whoever keeps the bricks exposed!

if you ever decide on a career shift, i am sensing that stand-up comic might be something that would suit you.

well, either that or mason.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on May 24, 2008, 06:40:52 PM
But where does a turkey vulture riding a moped park in downtown Cincinnati?  That's what I want to know.

Congrats, Buzzstein! You have been awarded the "lost-its-luster-but-still-makes-me-happy" GSPoTD!

You may now ride this sumbitch off into the sunset! No helmet required unless you need extra vulture protection.

Wow...ME??!!  I had hoped to get that award someday.  Finally it has happened.  My dream has come true.  I feel special.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: slow-dog on May 24, 2008, 07:26:51 PM
I've got a question:

So I haven't been around for quite a bit of time....what have I missed?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on May 24, 2008, 10:27:42 PM
Not much. But check out the Fictionarium.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on June 11, 2008, 07:16:54 PM
I'm sure there is a grammar thread, but I'm too lazy to find it.

When are you supposed to use lie or lay?  Is it "I'm going to lie down for a nap" and "Lay the gun down, and noone gets hurt?"  Or is it the reverse?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on June 11, 2008, 09:55:44 PM
I'm sure there is a grammar thread, but I'm too lazy to find it.

When are you supposed to use lie or lay?  Is it "I'm going to lie down for a nap" and "Lay the gun down, and noone gets hurt?"  Or is it the reverse?

That should be correct. I believe lie deals with people, lay with inanimate objects.

As in, "I'd like to lie Angelina Jolie, but I'll settle by laying Paris Hilton."

...or something like that.

Better let Grammar Girl (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/lay-versus-lie.aspx) (sounds like a show on the CW), explain.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on June 13, 2008, 06:33:54 PM
Thanks- I'll check the Grammar girl!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on June 25, 2008, 02:24:00 PM
John McCain is supposed to be coming to Xavier doing one of those Town Hall meetings in a building across the mall from my office.  I'm not on the invite list, so chances are, all I'll see are security folks and press people, but there is a rumor going around that he is supposed to pop into the library. 

The thing is, I am supposed to go to lunch with my mom tomorrow around the same time all this is happening and I am torn about what I should do.  On one hand, although I am not voting for McCain, it is pretty neat that any nominee (for all intents and purposes) is going to be a couple hundred feet away from me and this could be a rare opportunity.  However, I did promise my mom and she's my mom and all and it would be kind of rude to dump her for the guy who might become leader of the free world.

So, should I stay or should I go?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on June 25, 2008, 02:29:25 PM
Could you do a picnic lunch on campus with your Mom?
 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on June 25, 2008, 03:40:46 PM
Moms are made to understand these sorts of not-quite-last-minute changes in our schedules. I think it would be OK if you postponed your lunch date.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on June 25, 2008, 06:41:22 PM
I agree- it's not that often that a presidential contender shows up in your office, moms understand (even if you aren't voting for him)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on June 25, 2008, 06:45:04 PM
I say go to lunch with your mom.  So you'll be in the same room with John McCain?  Who really cares?  You aren't going to talk to him, so it won't really be any different than being in the same room as a cardboard cut-out of him.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Hell Toupee on June 25, 2008, 10:45:26 PM
Ask yourself this... if John McCain was president and he died, would you regret not having spent some quality time with him?

Now, how about you mother?

Mom wins.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on June 25, 2008, 10:51:45 PM
Can't your mom meet you at the library then after Old Man MC leaves, you head out for lunch?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on June 26, 2008, 08:24:36 AM
Damn, HT, when you put it that way, you're right.

I thought about taking my mom out somewhere here on campus, but security has shut down a load of parking lots and it is just easier for me to navigate my way out than it is for her to come in.

On my walk in, I did, however, get a smile from local news crush Megan Mongillo.  Rwar.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on June 26, 2008, 12:35:15 PM
Win-win!  I had a sammich (maple, brown sugar bacon, tomato, basil on Texas toast) with my mom and, possibly saw McCain when I returned.  From about 100 yards away, I saw a short, gray haired man in a suit surrounded by other men in suits standing in front of the Straight Talk Express bus.  I'll just assume that it was McCain so I can tell the children I'll never have that I saw a Presidential candidate I'm not going to vote for at standing a football field's distance away from me.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on June 26, 2008, 03:37:15 PM
Another question:

My sister-in-law wants to learn how to play bass and asked me for advice.  The problem is, given her budget for the guitar and practice amp ($300-400), I have no idea what to recommend.  We're going to go to a store this weekend so she can get a feel for one, but I'm not sure if I should steer her towards certain brands or models?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on June 26, 2008, 05:27:57 PM
Nah, it's a bass.  It doesn't matter much.  Does anyone really care about bass tone?  Fender Squiers or the Ibanez combo starters will both work.  I like the Yamahas too.

Pretty much it's the same as buying a guitar.  A beginner will probably want something set up with lighter strings and lower action, check the neck joint, twiddle the knobs, check the jack, etc.  If they have small hands, make sure the neck isn't too chunky.  The standard procedure.

Only thing you might want to be a little more aware of is that shape and weight of the instrument is way more important on a bass are than guitar.  Especially for a woman.  Have her try a few on and make sure she understands she may be walking around strapped to that thing for a 1/2 or hour at a time. 

Maybe have her pick out a strap first; possibly neoprene or at least one with a comfortable cushion.  Don't skimp on the strap, I know it doesn't matter much on guitar except what looks cool but it makes a difference on bass.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on June 27, 2008, 01:02:56 PM
Thanks for the tips.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Marlowe on June 30, 2008, 05:34:44 AM
this might be a question best-suited for CR and rafe, but...

what's the deal with karl pilkington? i have always thought his persona was a put-on and their podcasts were loosely-scripted, sort of like curb your enthusiasm. i was in a bar-room discussion the other day where a friend of mine swore that he was 'for real' and he is just wired differently than the rest of us. i don't buy it. i think he's sort of playing the english version of steven wright.

thoughts?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on June 30, 2008, 07:48:42 AM
I know what you mean. He does appear to be somewhat deranged in his thought processes, however I'm of the opine that its not necessarily affected.

Gervais said he wanted to put Karl on the air because the guy made him laugh so very hard and knew the listeners would also get a kick out of his "common man" comments.

However, I'm of the belief that Pilkington only works well with Ricky & Stephen Merchant. Recent radio forays with arseholes like Russell Brand haven't worked anywhere near as well - at least when I have been listening they haven't.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Marlowe on June 30, 2008, 08:33:00 AM
hmmmm, that's interesting. i think that gervais and merchant are the comedic geniuses of our time, so it's hard for me to accept any answer than they invented his personae and purposely give him all of the best laughs during their podcasts.

either way, those podcasts are fucking brilliant and way too infrequent.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 08, 2008, 10:34:31 AM
How on earth do you get a  court order...for anything?  I've googled it every whcih way I can think of and I'm still coming up with nothing. 

Capital One told me that I could have my name removed from a car loan that I made the mistake of cosigning for by court order.  But not surprisingly, they couldnt' tell me how one goes about doing that. 

Any ideas?  This is dragging on forever (because my ex doesn't have good enough credit to refinance it on his own), and I can't get my much-needed divorce until this car loan is out of my name.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 08, 2008, 10:50:52 AM
They're not telling you to go get one, they're saying that you'd have to have one to do what you want to do.  There's no magic wand that's going to make this loan go away.  One of the ways you would get such a ruling is through a divorce and even that is iffy.  You signed for the loan, basically promising that you'd be responsible for it if he wasn't... a judge isn't going to reverse that.

Divorces are like onions (and ogres) there are many layers.  You're not going to get everything done bang in one shot.  Step one is getting a pendente lite (pen-den-tay lee-tay: latin for temporary) order that absolves you from financial harm that he may cause and states what's yours and his etc until the divorce can be obtained.  The car business should be a part of that. 

What you're going to have to do is start the court proceedings and have your lawyer draw up paperwork stating that your husband cannot make the payments on the car and that he must surrender it to you.  You can then dispose of the vehicle and thus the loan.  Or you can go the other way and and have the order written up in such a way that your ex retains the vehicle and that you should be absolved of any financial wrong doing on his part.  Ultimately you're better protected if you take the car.  This won't help you against crap he's already done or what he does between now and when the order goes into affect though so hurry.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2008, 01:07:39 PM
I have a few questions:

Kwyjibo - you sound like you know an awful lot about this stuff. Are you a divorce court lawyer?

All - If you're from Puerto Rico and you want to compete in the Olympics as an American, can you? Or do you have compete for PR?

While we're on the topic - why does Puerto Rico get different status for the Olympics? It's an American territory, right? If we made it a state, say, like Hawaii or Alaska, would Puerto Ricans HAVE to compete as Americans? But as a territory it holds Olympic autonomy? Why is this? How is this decided? How does this apply to other countries with "territories"? Can Greenlanders compete as Danes? This is utterly useless knowledge for me, but I still want to know.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 08, 2008, 01:37:31 PM
They're not telling you to go get one, they're saying that you'd have to have one to do what you want to do.  There's no magic wand that's going to make this loan go away.  One of the ways you would get such a ruling is through a divorce and even that is iffy.  You signed for the loan, basically promising that you'd be responsible for it if he wasn't... a judge isn't going to reverse that.

Divorces are like onions (and ogres) there are many layers.  You're not going to get everything done bang in one shot.  Step one is getting a pendente lite (pen-den-tay lee-tay: latin for temporary) order that absolves you from financial harm that he may cause and states what's yours and his etc until the divorce can be obtained.  The car business should be a part of that. 

What you're going to have to do is start the court proceedings and have your lawyer draw up paperwork stating that your husband cannot make the payments on the car and that he must surrender it to you.  You can then dispose of the vehicle and thus the loan.  Or you can go the other way and and have the order written up in such a way that your ex retains the vehicle and that you should be absolved of any financial wrong doing on his part.  Ultimately you're better protected if you take the car.  This won't help you against crap he's already done or what he does between now and when the order goes into affect though so hurry.

As usual, I probably should have been more specific.  This is the ONLY wrench being thrown into things.  We're getting a completely uncontested dissolution - no kids, no shared property, accounts, etc. -  and not involving an attorney.

If he were a repsonsible person, it wouldn't be such a big deal.  But, in the past, he has let someone cosign on a car for him and he just stopped paying for it (usually when he wrecked it or it stopped running). 

The creditor told me that if he can't get it financed himself and I want off the loan, that is my only option.  Now, I don't know where that leaves him, but I really don't give a shit.  At any rate, apparently this court order has to be completely seperate from the divorce/dissolution proceedings. 

And the thing I want to make abundantly clear is that I don't want that motherfucking car.  I can't make the payment, and I'd lose my ass if I sold it - it's a $6000 car with a $10,000 loan out on it because of the interest.  DO NOT WANT!!!!

So, I still don't know how one goes about getting a court order.  Do I have to have an attorney to get one?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on July 08, 2008, 01:50:54 PM
I googled "name taken off co-sign", and pretty much everything says you have to have the other party refinance it without you as a co-signer, or you are stuck.

So, it sounds like you are stuck.  Your next move should be to talk to a lawyer, especially since he can't refinance it, and you don't want the car.  Maybe they have some ideas about what this "court order" could say. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 08, 2008, 02:08:24 PM
Dan - No, not a lawyer.  I just went through something similar.  I took the car and got rid of it.

I hate to say it Vizz but I think you're probably SOL.  Like Butter said, contact a lawyer and see what they can do, my guess would be getting the car back from him, even if it is a loss, is likely to be about the best case scenario.

Like I said, there are no magic wands.  When you signed the loan you were pretty much saying that you believed he wasn't a douchebag and he'd pay the loan, and if he did turn out to be a douchebag you'd cover them.  Turns out you were wrong, but the bank isn't going to give you a get out of jail free card, and it isn't the courts place to give you one.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on July 08, 2008, 02:28:19 PM
Vizzah, are you on the title? 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on July 08, 2008, 02:36:25 PM
Vizzah, are you on the title? 


Nope, only the loan.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on July 08, 2008, 03:32:50 PM
.

When you signed the loan you were pretty much saying that you believed he wasn't a douchebag and he'd pay the loan, and if he did turn out to be a douchebag you'd cover them.

Wait a second!!!!
vizzah and Butter are married!?!?!??!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on July 08, 2008, 03:43:02 PM
Wait a second!!!!
vizzah and Butter are married!?!?!??!

Welp, I'm dead.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on July 08, 2008, 04:01:32 PM
Wait a second!!!!
vizzah and Butter are married!?!?!??!

Welp, I'm dead.


Looks like someone else needs to lawyer up!!! ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 08, 2008, 05:08:22 PM
Douchebacon
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on July 08, 2008, 09:39:01 PM

All - If you're from Puerto Rico and you want to compete in the Olympics as an American, can you? Or do you have compete for PR?

While we're on the topic - why does Puerto Rico get different status for the Olympics? It's an American territory, right? If we made it a state, say, like Hawaii or Alaska, would Puerto Ricans HAVE to compete as Americans? But as a territory it holds Olympic autonomy? Why is this? How is this decided? How does this apply to other countries with "territories"? Can Greenlanders compete as Danes? This is utterly useless knowledge for me, but I still want to know.

Well, I don't know, but I want to know now.  Wikipedia was no help to me.  Ella, I turn to you and your store of useless, er, interesting information.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on July 08, 2008, 11:40:22 PM

All - If you're from Puerto Rico and you want to compete in the Olympics as an American, can you? Or do you have compete for PR?

While we're on the topic - why does Puerto Rico get different status for the Olympics? It's an American territory, right? If we made it a state, say, like Hawaii or Alaska, would Puerto Ricans HAVE to compete as Americans? But as a territory it holds Olympic autonomy? Why is this? How is this decided? How does this apply to other countries with "territories"? Can Greenlanders compete as Danes? This is utterly useless knowledge for me, but I still want to know.

Well, I don't know, but I want to know now.  Wikipedia was no help to me.  Ella, I turn to you and your store of useless, er, interesting information.
I haven't found the full answer yet, but DC is putting together an Olympic Committee (http://www.dcolympicteam.org/), since they don't get a vote in Congress just like the 4 territories that get to participate in the Olympics. There are also movements for England, Scotland, and Wales to send their own teams to the London games. (Especially since they send separate teams to other international competitions such as the FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup.)

Here's one answer from Slate (http://www.slate.com/id/2105234/).

The non-UN member states recognized by the IOC:
    * Republic of China, designated as Chinese Taipei by the IOC
    * Palestinian territories, designated as Palestine by the IOC
    * Four territories of the United States: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and United States Virgin Islands (designated just Virgin Islands by the IOC)
    * Three British overseas territories: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Cayman Islands
    * Two constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba and Netherlands Antilles
    * Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
    * Cook Islands, an associated state of New Zealand

Plus there is this
"If an associated State, province or overseas department, a country or colony acquires independence, if a country becomes incorporated within another country by reason of a change of border, if a country merges with another country, or if a new NOC is recognised by the IOC, a competitor may continue to represent the country to which he belongs or belonged. However, he may, if he prefers, elect to represent his country or be entered in the Olympic Games by his new NOC if one exists. This particular choice may be made only once."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on July 09, 2008, 08:08:11 AM
Douchebacon
Brilliant!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2008, 10:37:10 AM

All - If you're from Puerto Rico and you want to compete in the Olympics as an American, can you? Or do you have compete for PR?

While we're on the topic - why does Puerto Rico get different status for the Olympics? It's an American territory, right? If we made it a state, say, like Hawaii or Alaska, would Puerto Ricans HAVE to compete as Americans? But as a territory it holds Olympic autonomy? Why is this? How is this decided? How does this apply to other countries with "territories"? Can Greenlanders compete as Danes? This is utterly useless knowledge for me, but I still want to know.

Well, I don't know, but I want to know now.  Wikipedia was no help to me.  Ella, I turn to you and your store of useless, er, interesting information.
I haven't found the full answer yet, but DC is putting together an Olympic Committee (http://www.dcolympicteam.org/), since they don't get a vote in Congress just like the 4 territories that get to participate in the Olympics. There are also movements for England, Scotland, and Wales to send their own teams to the London games. (Especially since they send separate teams to other international competitions such as the FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup.)

Here's one answer from Slate (http://www.slate.com/id/2105234/).

The non-UN member states recognized by the IOC:
    * Republic of China, designated as Chinese Taipei by the IOC
    * Palestinian territories, designated as Palestine by the IOC
    * Four territories of the United States: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and United States Virgin Islands (designated just Virgin Islands by the IOC)
    * Three British overseas territories: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Cayman Islands
    * Two constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba and Netherlands Antilles
    * Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
    * Cook Islands, an associated state of New Zealand

Plus there is this
"If an associated State, province or overseas department, a country or colony acquires independence, if a country becomes incorporated within another country by reason of a change of border, if a country merges with another country, or if a new NOC is recognised by the IOC, a competitor may continue to represent the country to which he belongs or belonged. However, he may, if he prefers, elect to represent his country or be entered in the Olympic Games by his new NOC if one exists. This particular choice may be made only once."

Thanks. So I'm guessing that if we made PR a state then the IOC would likely make it a part of the US. For now, Puerto Ricans cannot compete as Americans, though, as well as those from the other aforementioned territories. But if New York City were to succeed from the Union and the IOC recognized it, then I could have the choice to compete for either the new country OR for the US. But I could only make this decision once and would have to live with that decision thereafter.

If anyone thinks I interpreted this incorrectly please speak up!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on July 10, 2008, 06:15:35 PM
OK, here's a question...

As some will know we've been swanking it up in the nation's capital the last few days, and celebrated our last night, last night, in a groovy Thai restaurant just a few blocks from George's Virtual Trailer on Pennsylvania Ave

We're sat eating and this woman - all a-fluster and a-buster - comes in and sits at the table behind MK, but in my direct vision.

Before her first mohito is delivered she has her laptop out and starts editing and reading through what looked like a very important document with a White House letterhead

I could read part of it as she was using a fucking 128-point or more typeface. It mentioned CVG airport, security arrangements, "entrance and exit theatre" details and shitloads more.... all in my field of vision. It could easily have been a prep document for visit by Mr Shrub to the Gtr Cincinnati region, or something more innocuous, I don't really know for certain

She spent our entire meal - actually HER entire meal - typing/editing with one hand and balancing a forkful of rice with the other.

My questions are numerous. 1) Should she have been doing what she was doing in such a public place? 2) Was I wrong to even read it? 3) How many security procedures did she breach? 4) How many did I breach? 5) Should anyone be told? 6) Should I give a shit?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on July 10, 2008, 10:25:43 PM
It may have been arrangements for McCain and/or Obama....both of whom are speaking at the NAACP conference that starts here on Saturday.

It does seem like a lack of judgement on her part though.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Slar on July 10, 2008, 10:48:49 PM
The FBI is likely monitoring this you in great detail at this point, including your internet habits, so I don't feel comfortable in commenting any further in this thread.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on July 11, 2008, 08:26:06 AM
Look, you obviously don't know anything about intelligence work, lady. It's an X-K-Red-27 technique.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on July 11, 2008, 08:49:50 AM
Look, you obviously don't know anything about intelligence work, lady. It's an X-K-Red-27 technique.

Don't call me stupid.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on July 11, 2008, 09:02:26 AM
As some will know we've been swanking it up in the nation's capital the last few days, and celebrated our last night, last night, in a groovy Thai restaurant just a few blocks from George's Virtual Trailer on Pennsylvania Ave...

Please note that the White House is lovely. The current occupant is temporary.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2008, 09:22:33 AM
My questions are numerous. 1) Should she have been doing what she was doing in such a public place? 2) Was I wrong to even read it? 3) How many security procedures did she breach? 4) How many did I breach? 5) Should anyone be told? 6) Should I give a shit?
1) Depends on what she was doing. It could have been a very low priority item.
2) Of course not!
3) See number 1
4) None.
5) Nah.
6) Never.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: kcneon on July 11, 2008, 09:40:52 AM
My questions are numerous. 1) Should she have been doing what she was doing in such a public place? 2) Was I wrong to even read it? 3) How many security procedures did she breach? 4) How many did I breach? 5) Should anyone be told? 6) Should I give a shit?

Someone really needs to inform her about privacy filters for her laptop - whoever she works for should make them mandatory.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2008, 11:50:27 AM
I have a question:
How much do you want this coffee table?

http://ultra-awesome.blogspot.com/2008/05/nes-coffee-table-update-6-wiring-and.html

(http://bp3.blogger.com/_njT2XfdP5Mc/SBqdDBkrk2I/AAAAAAAAANU/98fGjrnTZLY/s400/10.JPG)

(http://bp1.blogger.com/_njT2XfdP5Mc/SBqdDhkrk4I/AAAAAAAAANk/BsVbMV4T7XQ/s400/12.JPG)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on July 11, 2008, 12:26:17 PM
Holy cow! That's awesome!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on July 11, 2008, 12:29:05 PM
I just got a boner that went Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on July 11, 2008, 02:59:10 PM
I've lost contact information for a friend who lives in Australia and have had no luck tracking her down.  I've tried the Aussie White Pages and general google searches, but the only address info I can find is for a residence she's not lived in for about 3 years.  She's a stay at home mom and kept her maiden name, so I have no idea what her husband's last name is. 

Any ideas?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2008, 03:26:15 PM
Yes. You pay me $50,000, plus travel expenses, to go stalk her and track her down. I'm an expert stalker and would love to help you out in this difficult time, so it'd be like helping a friend on top of doing what I do best. Really, I think this is the only possible route for you to go. If you throw in a mix CD or two, perhaps I might even lop off a couple grand on that fee.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on July 13, 2008, 06:26:03 PM
I'll be in Chicago from tomorrow (Monday) afternoon through Sunday morning for a conference and two vacation days. Would love any recommendations you can give for good used music and used book shops since the last time I was there I didn't have much time to scout any out. Thanks!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on July 13, 2008, 07:11:13 PM
Quote from: foolsgold
I've lost contact information for a friend who lives in Australia and have had no luck tracking her down.

Have you tried Facebook or MySpace? If she's someone you went to school with, there's also Classmates.com.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: monkey neck on July 13, 2008, 10:28:35 PM
I just got a boner that went Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A.

That right there is funny.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: The Hegemo on July 15, 2008, 05:22:46 PM
I'll be in Chicago from tomorrow (Monday) afternoon through Sunday morning for a conference and two vacation days. Would love any recommendations you can give for good used music and used book shops since the last time I was there I didn't have much time to scout any out. Thanks!

Myopic Books in Wicker Park is great -- it's right by the Damen stop on the Blue Line

Powell's is also very good. I usually go to the one in Hyde Park, but there's also one on the North Side, and I think there's one somewhere in the Loop, too.

It's new books rather than used, but if you're into academic books at all, Seminary Co-op on the U of C campus is a wet dream.

I haven't done as much record shopping as book shopping in Chicago, but I know there's a Reckless Records on Milwaukee a few doors down from Myopic. I picked up a few things there last fall.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on July 20, 2008, 11:18:36 PM
Thanks so much for the Powell's tip, Heg! I hit the one on Wabash. Had I not been on a shoestring budget during the trip, I would have walked out of there with twice my weight in books. Their film section alone could have bankrupted me.

Didn't make it to any record shops. Ran out of time, unfortunately. I loves that damn city!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on July 21, 2008, 11:28:47 AM
My question-

Why are the DVDs out there that don't pause or rewind?  We Netflixed Hellboy and were watching it, and we needed to pause it, but it wouldn't let us.  A little circle banning symbol came up.  Same when we tried to rewind it a few seconds.  We could only go back to the start of the chapter.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2008, 01:30:46 PM
I can't speak for most, but I know David Lynch feels incredibly strongly about the natural order of his films. So he prohibits the use of chapters in his movies. You have to just sit down and watch the whole thing in order, according to him.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 21, 2008, 01:34:35 PM
I can't speak for most, but I know David Lynch feels incredibly strongly about the natural order of his films. So he prohibits the use of chapters in his movies. You have to just sit down and watch the whole thing in order, according to him.

What a completely asinine thing to be concerned with.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on July 22, 2008, 08:05:15 AM
I've never had a DVD do that.  Maybe something is wrong with your player.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on July 22, 2008, 08:34:24 AM
I don't think so, I've only seen this once or twice in the four years we've owned it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on July 22, 2008, 09:17:52 AM
I've only had that problem when I try to get through the FBI warning or with some of the previews on a rented dvd. I've never seen that problem occur during the movie. I've watched HELLBOY on DVD and I know I paused it. Very strange.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 07, 2008, 09:50:10 AM
We've got three digital clocks in our bedroom (our alarm, another alarm on the computer table and the DVD/VHS player's clock.)  In the last several days, the two alarm clocks have been losing time at ridiculous rates.  For example, yesterday, the DVD clock read 7:11 (actual time), the computer read 7:54 and the alarm read 10:24.  The DVD clock and computer desk clock are in the same powerstrip; the alarm clock is on the opposite wall, plugged directly into the outlet (they are on the same breaker though.) 

I've reset the two clocks several times and replaced them once, but the results are the same.  I'm stumped about what is causing this, any ideas (other than ghosts, Borrowers or Butter sneaking in to mess with me?)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 07, 2008, 11:52:02 AM
the cats
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on August 07, 2008, 10:15:23 PM
The borrowers!  I haven't thought of them in years. 

But Butter bribed them with buttons and spools of thread.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on August 10, 2008, 08:08:56 AM
How early is too early for the handyman to be drilling at our house on Sunday morning? Good thing we're on a corner lot and the guy next door to us only works out of his house. SHEESH!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on August 10, 2008, 06:01:14 PM
Well we just had our contractors over today, and they were blaring music at 7:55 AM.  I consider it fair payback for the late night party-ers in our neighborhood.  Wooooo!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 11, 2008, 10:47:07 PM
How similar are the film and book versions of Into the Wild?  A remedial high school student I used to tutor is now a remedial college student, not to mention a trust fund kid.  I could use a few extra bucks right now, and he has made me a lucrative offer to write a paper for him.  Problem is, it's due Wednesday and I'd only have time to watch the film, not read the book. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 12, 2008, 12:00:45 PM
Anyone?  Bueller?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 12, 2008, 01:46:50 PM
I haven't seen the movie, but I think it would be missing a lot of what is in the book.

The way Krakauer writes that he takes an actual event, but uses it as a backdrop to explore deeper issues.  In "Into the Wild" the premise is sort of "Was this guy just an idiot, or why did he do it?"  I'd say maybe only 2/3 of that book is devoted to telling the story in a linear-type fashion.  A lot of it is interviews with people about McCandless, philosophical mumbo-jumbo, and then there's a chapter where Krakauer talks about his own silly brush with death.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 15, 2008, 02:00:33 PM
How should you handle walking into a co-worker's office and they're looking at nudie (or almost nude, he was closing the laptop pretty fast) pics?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on August 15, 2008, 02:06:04 PM
Unless you're his supervisor, keep it to yourself.  Don't tell his boss, don't mention it to co-workers.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 15, 2008, 02:13:56 PM
What he said. Though who the hell is stupid enough to look at that shit at work these days? When I worked at UC, a top level management guy in our office got fired on the spot for leaving dirty pics on the printer. It ain't worth it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 15, 2008, 02:16:17 PM
It's his personal computer (he bought it for use at home/work). I just giggled and walked away. Our office is pretty laid back, so he wouldn't get fired or reprimanded. He'd definitely get laughed at. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on August 15, 2008, 03:36:29 PM
If it offended you, I'd go to the boss/hr but not use his/her name.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on August 15, 2008, 04:14:18 PM
Or, if you are in a position similar to one I was in a few months ago, and you're trying to get this guy fired, TOTALLY rat him out, but act like you feel bad about doing it.

I never caught our evil employee surfing porn, but when he used a racist slur to refer to my boss in front of me in a public area, you better believe I took that ammo straight to the top.... 

He got fired 5 months later.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 15, 2008, 04:51:22 PM
It didn't offend me and I like the guy, so nothing will be said. He was totally caught off-guard (I come in the back door so he didn't know I was in the office yet), turned bright red and barely squeaked out "good morning" while closing down his laptop. I had to step away VERY quickly because I didn't want to laugh directly at him.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on August 15, 2008, 05:32:26 PM
He was totally caught off-guard (I come in the back door).
I'd be pretty surprised if I was him to...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2008, 10:02:06 AM
I have a question:

I'm listening to "In Name and Blood", the 2000 disc from the Murder City Devils. I've had this for 8 years now and still quite like it. But I feel that it doesn't really fall into my 'typical' listening preferences.

How would you describe this disc/band? Is this rock? Is this post-punk? Is this ... what is this?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 20, 2008, 10:56:05 AM
Has anybody had any experience with exterminators?  We suspect that we have a fairly recent and so far small termite problem that we want to get nipped in the bud.  What should we know?  Are the big chains good?  Is there even such a thing as mom-and-pop extermination services?  What are we looking at as far as expense?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 20, 2008, 11:05:03 AM
We used Scherzinger pest control (well, we inherited the service contract when we bought the house), they were really good and they destroyed the colony around our home. It was around $340 to renew the service contract.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 20, 2008, 11:19:33 AM
How long did the original service contract run?  How long is the renewal?

Do they come out every so often and inspect or do they only come if you notice something and raise a flag?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on August 20, 2008, 11:43:05 AM
The renewal was for 3 years, there was an option of renewing for 1 year too but I can't remember the cost (we renewed last summer). The initial contract was for a year but got extended without added cost because the colony was not destroyed.

They used the guardian system, so it's stations located around the house with bait/poison inside. They check them every month or so during termite season then every few months off season. They'll replace any baits that have seen activity and leave a receipt on your door explaining what they found/did.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on August 20, 2008, 12:25:25 PM
I have a question:

I'm listening to "In Name and Blood", the 2000 disc from the Murder City Devils. I've had this for 8 years now and still quite like it. But I feel that it doesn't really fall into my 'typical' listening preferences.

How would you describe this disc/band? Is this rock? Is this post-punk? Is this ... what is this?

It is delightful.  Do you really need to categorize it?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: kcneon on August 20, 2008, 12:37:03 PM
I have a question:

I'm listening to "In Name and Blood", the 2000 disc from the Murder City Devils. I've had this for 8 years now and still quite like it. But I feel that it doesn't really fall into my 'typical' listening preferences.

How would you describe this disc/band? Is this rock? Is this post-punk? Is this ... what is this?

It is delightful.  Do you really need to categorize it?

We're all into this categorization thing today, eh?  I looked it up for kicks to see what AllMusic calls it - 'Garage Punk'.  Hmm.  Personally I'd call it hard Rock/Alt.  The guitars just don't make it sound 'punk' to me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 25, 2008, 05:30:23 PM
I have a question: what's the name and artist of that song with the chorus all "messed up personality" or something like that? They reference Mussolini a lot...maybe Stalin and a number of other dictators? It's on crap rock radio I think.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on August 25, 2008, 05:54:38 PM
Are you talking about Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" ?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 25, 2008, 08:28:11 PM
Questions like that make me feel 100 years old.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 25, 2008, 08:49:03 PM
If it is, Living Colour is not crap rock.

RZ5SVDYBNrY

(It should be in your Modern Rock 500 playlist that you are working on - it was #216 in 2008 and in the top 100 in previous years.)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on August 26, 2008, 07:19:43 AM
Questions like that make me want to kick Dan in the nuts.

Fix'd.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 26, 2008, 09:29:51 AM
If it is, Living Colour is not crap rock.

RZ5SVDYBNrY

(It should be in your Modern Rock 500 playlist that you are working on - it was #216 in 2008 and in the top 100 in previous years.)

We're sorry, this video is no longer available.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 26, 2008, 09:44:57 AM
If it is, Living Colour is not crap rock.
Yeah, I think it is Living Colour. And I know it's not a bad song... it's just on crap rock radio a lot, that's all. I bet you $10 that WEBN or the sh!tty equivalent in your town plays that song at least 5 times a week.

I know that's better than them playing Puddle of Mudd, but those awful stations are where I know it from.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on August 26, 2008, 09:54:44 AM
Saw Living Colour w/ the Royal Crescent Mob back in ... (adjusts walker and bifocals) ... 1989. One of the all-time best shows I've ever seen. And I got to touch Corey Glover's heiney when he crowd surfed in bike shorts. Yum.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 26, 2008, 10:35:13 AM
Saw Living Colour w/ the Royal Crescent Mob back in ... (adjusts walker and bifocals) ... 1989.

Hilarious.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on August 26, 2008, 10:45:32 AM
Why are my YouTube links not working?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 26, 2008, 11:23:32 AM
If it is, Living Colour is not crap rock.

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(It should be in your Modern Rock 500 playlist that you are working on - it was #216 in 2008 and in the top 100 in previous years.)

We're sorry, this video is no longer available.

Okay, I'm watching this exact video (the link is exactly the same) on YouTube right now. Is anyone else having trouble watching YouTube videos that are posted via the little YouTube button on here? I've had three in the last week do this, and am now finding that I can watch them on YouTube, just not when they're linked here.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 26, 2008, 11:26:19 AM
Saw Living Colour w/ the Royal Crescent Mob back in ... (adjusts walker and bifocals) ... 1989. One of the all-time best shows I've ever seen. And I got to touch Corey Glover's heiney when he crowd surfed in bike shorts. Yum.

I saw them in '89 with The Kinsey Report at Bogart's and agree that it was a fuckawesome show. Also got to see them again at Bogart's on the tour for their album Stain, which was probably better than that first time, and again at the Taste of Cincinnati a while back and they were still amazing. Definitely one of my fave bands from that era.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on August 26, 2008, 11:49:46 AM
Saw Living Colour w/ the Royal Crescent Mob back in ... (adjusts walker and bifocals) ... 1989. One of the all-time best shows I've ever seen. And I got to touch Corey Glover's heiney when he crowd surfed in bike shorts. Yum.

I saw them in '89 with The Kinsey Report at Bogart's and agree that it was a fuckawesome show. Also got to see them again at Bogart's on the tour for their album Stain, which was probably better than that first time, and again at the Taste of Cincinnati a while back and they were still amazing. Definitely one of my fave bands from that era.

Hey, just remembered that I actually saw them twice. Second time was the fall of 1989 when they opened for the Rolling Stones at Three Rivers Stadium (R.I.P.). Given that I couldn't even remember having seen them there, it probably won't be a surprise to hear it wasn't as good as the first show, given the venue and the crowd.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on August 26, 2008, 11:59:59 AM
I saw them in '89 with The Kinsey Report at Bogart's and agree that it was a fuckawesome show.
I'm guessing this is the show that I saw.  And courtesy of 97X got to meet the band after the show  :)  My roommate's boyfriend loved me, since it was his favorite band and I took him with me. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 26, 2008, 12:04:51 PM
Actually, now that I think about it, that show may have been in '88, shortly after Vivid was released. It was only the second show I'd ever been to in my life, and it set me on the course to becoming a live show addict over the next few years.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on August 28, 2008, 11:33:55 AM
Remember 24-7 Spyz?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 28, 2008, 11:34:07 AM
Question: Can you put corrugated cardboard in those paper recycling dumpsters they have at schools?  I checked the Abitibi website and it doesn't seem to say.  I know Rumpke doesn't like taking it (has to be small amounts) for some reason.  It's made of paper, so I don't see what the big deal would be.  Anybody know?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on August 28, 2008, 12:57:10 PM
Remember 24-7 Spyz?

Yep. If I remember right, they opened for LC on one of their tours. I know I saw them live once.

One of the bands I was in back in the day opened for Fishbone once on their "Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe" tour...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2008, 02:24:08 PM
Question: Can you put corrugated cardboard in those paper recycling dumpsters they have at schools?  I checked the Abitibi website and it doesn't seem to say.  I know Rumpke doesn't like taking it (has to be small amounts) for some reason.  It's made of paper, so I don't see what the big deal would be.  Anybody know?

This doesn't help, but I do know that my office takes corrugated cardboard in a separate removal system. So it could be a different process or something?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 28, 2008, 02:31:18 PM
It's possible.  I do work for the world's largest paper company... I suppose if I tried I could find somebody to ask.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on August 28, 2008, 11:19:14 PM
Does anyone have any experience with platform beds?  I recently moved downtown to a loft, and the bedroom has the standard loft half walls.  MY current bed is a 4 poster, and the posts stick up over the walls and it looks less than ideal, so I have been looking at a new bed frame.  I keep seeing platform beds everywhere, and I like a lot of the styles, but I'm not sure about the comfort.  Are they as comfortable as a bed with a box spring?  More comfortable?  Less?  Anyone have any opinions on them?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on September 03, 2008, 07:22:24 PM
When a coworker with outdated skills asks you to show her how to do something (not at all in her job description) that you have been assigned to do so that she can tell your mutual boss that she "helped" with it, do you let her?

Other factors:

1) unbeknownst to older coworker, her temporary raise and extra responsibilities are all about to be taken away from her and given to.... ME, meaning I need to learn parts of her job (but won't be asking her for help OBVIOUSLY)

2) coworker thinks i'm on her side, but really, I've been leading the charge to get her demoted because she is emotionally unstable, slow, and is technologically deficient, not to mention complains about EVERYTHING and NOTHING is ever HER FAULT.

How do you handle this?  I asked my boss, and she said to tell her I'm going to do this task on a day she isn't here (which I did), but older coworker wants to learn anyway.  I also told her, as per my boss' recommendations, that I "didn't feel comfortable" having someone watch me while I did it, as I am "still learning."

When she finds out (soon, probably) that I am getting this job (on a temporary basis - it's a HUGE promotion for me....even if it is only for a few months or even less), all hell is going to break loose.  There is even talk of moving me into a private office (as I will then have faculty status and will technically be required to be given a private office if I so request), but then if I'm still here after a permanent person is hired (I didn't want to apply for the job on a permanent basis... long story), I will have to move back to an office shared with this older coworker. 

UGH!

Oh, and despite this hopefully all being the case, it could all be yanked out from under me at the mere whim of some university official, so this could all be for nothing. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 04, 2008, 08:01:19 AM
Keep skirting her requests.  She's going to find out soon enough what's going on, and from someone else at that.  There's no reason for you to show your cards and certainly no reason to help her.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on September 04, 2008, 08:06:05 AM
2) coworker thinks i'm on her side, but really, I've been leading the charge to get her demoted because she is emotionally unstable, slow, and is technologically deficient, not to mention complains about EVERYTHING and NOTHING is ever HER FAULT.

There's your problem.  Either you're on her side or you're not.  If you want to try and play both sides of the fence, then you need to train her.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on September 04, 2008, 08:34:46 AM
RBS, I'm seriously wishing my sister had internet service right now (she just moved and it's not going to be connected until Saturday). She's been in a similar situation (although she was upfront about the other person's job performance) with her old library, she might have some advice.

If you've been leading the charge for her demotion, you're not really on her side. But, perception is everything, if you aren't comfortable showing her how to do this stuff, keep telling her you're uncomfortable with it (from the newbie angle), and see if you can push her off on your boss a bit (if they're amenable to it).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on September 08, 2008, 10:59:17 AM
Is it wrong that I silently add "Turner" each time a newscaster says "Hurricane Ike"? It feels mildly inappropriate when they use words like "pounds" to describe the damage it's doing to Cuba, etc.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Doug on September 08, 2008, 11:21:00 AM
Is it wrong that I silently add "Turner" each time a newscaster says "Hurricane Ike"? It feels mildly inappropriate when they use words like "pounds" to describe the damage it's doing to Cuba, etc.
Nope...I've been doing it too.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on September 08, 2008, 12:02:50 PM
Is it wrong that I silently add "Turner" each time a newscaster says "Hurricane Ike"? It feels mildly inappropriate when they use words like "pounds" to describe the damage it's doing to Cuba, etc.
Nope...I've been doing it too.

C'mon, Ike's sorry baby.  Ike didn't mean it.

*gives flowers to the Turks & Caicos Islands*
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on September 08, 2008, 02:21:09 PM
If those damn islands would just realize who the star of the show is, none of this would be needed.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: kcneon on September 10, 2008, 10:26:31 AM
Does anyone know if GnR's track on Rock Band 2 ("Shackler's Revenge") will be available for legal download once the game comes out?  Think iTunes have it next week?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on September 10, 2008, 11:46:01 AM
Is it wrong of me to want to know who put my name in for one of those fundraisers where you get arrested and sent to "jail"? I just got a call about one and haven't said yes or no, but I really would like to know who put my name in (I kinda feel like I'm being railroaded into something I'm not totally sure I'm available for).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on September 10, 2008, 12:40:51 PM
Is it wrong that I silently add "Turner" each time a newscaster says "Hurricane Ike"? It feels mildly inappropriate when they use words like "pounds" to describe the damage it's doing to Cuba, etc.
FYI, our team trivia name last night was "Hurricane Ike Turner". It got all kinds of laughs. THANK YOU, Villans!!!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on September 10, 2008, 12:56:41 PM
Is it wrong that I silently add "Turner" each time a newscaster says "Hurricane Ike"? It feels mildly inappropriate when they use words like "pounds" to describe the damage it's doing to Cuba, etc.
FYI, our team trivia name last night was "Hurricane Ike Turner". It got all kinds of laughs. THANK YOU, Villans!!!

YAY! I still crack up when I see Butter's response "Ike didn't mean it".
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on September 11, 2008, 04:32:08 PM
Is it wrong of me to want to know who put my name in for one of those fundraisers where you get arrested and sent to "jail"? I just got a call about one and haven't said yes or no, but I really would like to know who put my name in (I kinda feel like I'm being railroaded into something I'm not totally sure I'm available for).

I don't think So.  Is it a lockup for MDA?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on September 11, 2008, 04:42:33 PM
If it is, the local chapter doesn't have anything about it on their events page (I've been searching around for it on community events calendars and non-profit websites). The lady hasn't called me back, so I'm not sure what's going on.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: The Hegemo on September 16, 2008, 09:39:47 PM
Is it overly sensitive of me to be pissed off that I've worked at the same place for five years and they just sent a memo around tonight that had my name misspelled? And that they do this all the time?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on September 16, 2008, 10:06:34 PM
Is it overly sensitive of me to be pissed off that I've worked at the same place for five years and they just sent a memo around tonight that had my name misspelled? And that they do this all the time?

**Shakes magic 8-ball**

All signs point to no.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on September 22, 2008, 11:03:15 PM
I have a question: How in the world does one hit on a cute girl that works at the local grocery? I don't know anything about her other than I've seen her there a few times... and I strongly suspect that her English skills are... suspect.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 23, 2008, 07:34:16 AM
Ask her if her melons are firm?

<b.hill>I got nuthin</>
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 23, 2008, 08:07:17 AM
There's an editorial on CareerBuilder that says 22% of hiring managers now screen potential employees' profiles on facebook - and other social networking sites. (34% of employers who screen candidates on the internet say they have found content that made them drop the candidate from any shortlist)

My question is this... How can anyone screen somebody's profile on Facebook given the fact that one has to approve 'friendship' before allowing another party access to the info that is there?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 23, 2008, 10:01:49 AM
The old default setting when joining made your profile available to any one in your network(s). You'll notice that there are some people whose profile you can view without being their friend.

MySpace is even worse for open profiles.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on September 23, 2008, 01:16:47 PM
Yep, I've made sure to close my profile to everyone except friends for exactly this reason.  Also, I make sure "redbobsled" is completely unassociated with my professional profile and professional emails, as ALL occurrences of redbobsled on the internet are me!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on September 24, 2008, 07:18:18 AM
Yep, I've made sure to close my profile to everyone except friends for exactly this reason.  Also, I make sure "redbobsled" is completely unassociated with my professional profile and professional emails, as ALL occurrences of redbobsled on the internet are me!

Yeah, I had to create a separate Yahoo account when my boss decided he wanted us to be on Yahoo IM while at work.  Not just so they couldn't look up my alter ego online, but I didn't necessarily think "butter_of69" would be a business friendly moniker.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on September 27, 2008, 12:01:05 PM
Since I moved the litterbox to the upstairs bathroom, I have noticed that my cat enjoys taking shits with me.  He follows me in, and if he sees me sit down on the toilet, he'll go use the litterbox.  I allow him to engage in this behavior.  Is this odd/creepy?

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on September 27, 2008, 12:15:05 PM
I'm not sure about odd/creepy, but it makes me laugh!  :laugh:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on September 27, 2008, 12:44:20 PM
Is this odd/creepy?

Only if you use him to wipe afterwards
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on September 27, 2008, 12:48:49 PM
You wouldn't like it if someone shooed you away when you were trying to wind one out, would you?  Consider it a bonding moment between the alpha and beta males of your pack.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on September 27, 2008, 12:54:07 PM
For fun, you should switch it up and you go in the litter box and give him the toilet.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 07, 2008, 12:09:44 PM
I'm having my floors sanded and refinished and have run into a problem.

The floors are apparently crazy-vintage awesome.  They're red oak, and apparently you can't get floorboards like that anymore because all the 200 year old red oaks are dead.  Furthermore, they've changed color with age so even if you bought new floorboards they wouldn't match up.  Unfortunately, there are some ugly black stains on the floorboard that can't be sanded out, or even apparently bleached to match.

After talking with some people, there are apparently two options.  One is to stain the floors a darker color which will not hide the stains but will help to make them not so obvious.  Downside is that staining the floors would also hide all the character of the wood.  To some extent, this was the situation that led me to refinish the floors in the first place.  There was an old, dirty ugly stain applied which made the whole floor kind of crappy and orange-y.  But it also hid the black marks.  Without the black marks, that floor likes incredible, which only makes them stand out more.

The other option is to simply write off the black blotches as "character" and just leave the floors natural, which will show off the golden wood and nice grain that make it all vintage-y and cool.  He did one section of the floor to show me, and it has this awesome golden look to it.  Floor guy is like "See that?  You can only get that with premium red oak that's sat around for 80 years."

The black blotches are really visible.  There's about four of them, about a foot across.  None of them can be hidden with area rugs very easily, unless you put an area rug in a random place or it is so big that it is essentially carpeting.

Opinion of my boss, my contractor, and the floor guy is I would be nuts to try and cover up such a beautiful floor with a stain.  They are all woodworker types and big fans of vintage stuff.  To them blotches are just what happens with an old floor, and it's worth the trade off to have the other 95% of the floor looking so good.  They also say this problem is not at all unusual because over 90 years, a floor is going to take water damage, spills, pet pee, etc. and it just highlights the fact that people lived there.  I think the lived-in look actually appeals to them.

Opinion of my coworkers, designer, and sister is that the blotches are really ugly and whatever has to be done to lessen their impact (including staining the floor) should be done.

What say you?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 07, 2008, 12:15:42 PM
I'd accept the stains if it got me the awesome golden color.

(we may encounter this issue next year when we pull up our carpets and refinish our oak floor, so please update with a picture)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 07, 2008, 12:24:12 PM
Iím with the wood guys.  Youíve got an older house and Iím guessing that, among other reasons, the charm of older fixtures and designs had a certain appeal for you.  I guess I look at our house and think of the drafty double hung windows, the push-button light switches, the stained and pock marked hardwood floors and it just makes me happy to know that I am sharing this house that has a history.  

I guess another way to look at it is to figure out what your reaction would be if you moved into the house and found that all the wood work had been painted over.  If you like it because it makes the house feel more uniform and orderly, then refinish the floors.  If it bugs to knowing that there is probably some really beautiful wood underneath those layers of paint, leave the floor alone.

In the meantime, troll around vintage home repair websites or shops to see if you can luck into some replacement wood that was removed from a demolished or refurbished home.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on October 07, 2008, 12:36:14 PM
Need to see blotches to really decide, but I would lean toward boss/contractor side.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 07, 2008, 12:56:16 PM
Like FG said I would be surprised if you couldn't find enough boards from a "recycler" to repair the damage.  If you can't I'd just live with them... wood is pretty, dark stain is not.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on October 07, 2008, 12:59:09 PM
I have the same problem with my floors. My home is over 100 years old. I just left the stains. Most people just think that's part of the aging of the wood and don't really say anything about them. Although I only have 2 spots instead of four and I was able to cover one of them really easily.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on October 07, 2008, 01:08:45 PM
You should probably post some pictures for us to be sure.
Without seeing them, I'd say leave them unstained. 

Maybe none of us can imagine how awful the spots are, but I've seen dark spots on wood before, and usually they're not that bad.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 07, 2008, 02:03:54 PM
unstained

I'd much rather have the character of stains in our house than the LOUD creaks the floor has. For whatever reason our place has oak downstairs - in some areas VERY thin and cannot be sanded - whilst upstairs the floors are pine and make a HELL of a noise when you walk across them.

One day we'll have a contracter come in to assess our floors but I suspect most of them will have to be replaced. Previous owners really didn't take care of them, the guy we bought the home from, DEFINITELY not. When the time comes I shall doubtless go for wide boards & reclaimed cherry bamboo
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 07, 2008, 03:19:13 PM
Like everyone else, I need to see pics, but I lean heavily toward leaving it as is. Unless those stains are god awful, I wouldn't try to cover them up with an even more awful color.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 07, 2008, 03:40:34 PM
I went with the natural.  Dude was kind of a nut, which actually kind of decided it for me.

The thing is, my whole house is made out of the same floorboards.  So 1)  It's not like he can't just swap out some boards from my closet, so the stains would end up where they won't be seen 2) he's going to have to match some floorboards when he does my living room anyway, because some of them are rotten 3) It's not like I wouldn't pay him for it, whatever he thought was reasonable.

But he insisted that the floorboards from anywhere else in the house will not match because the kitchen has so much light and the light has aged the floorboards just so.  I dunno, maybe he's just lazy but he was pretty adamant that doing anything to the floor was a bad idea.  He left me a message saying that I would be crazy to mess with a floor that had such a nice patina, and would I swap out the pickguard from my '83 Strat just because it had some scratches in it?  Unfortunately for him the answer is "Yes" because I don't really care that much about my '83 Strat.  I'm just too lazy and I don't care enough about a pickguard one way or the other.

So I just figure, if he cares that much about it, maybe I (or a potential buyer) will, too.  Plus it feels kind of nice to know that someone felt so passionately about the floor when they were restoring it.  And then on top of that, can I really guarantee that my cats won't pee on the floor or I won't spill something and ruin it?  So, maybe it's better that it has that lived-in look.  I imagine when I sell the house the new owners will replace the floors anyway.  And if I really don't like it, I can always choose one of the other options later.  It'll mean I wasted a decent chunk of money I guess, but it's not the end of the world.

I'll take a picture of the floor when I get home.


Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 07, 2008, 03:47:29 PM
He sounds lazy to me, and just kind of retarded... a big open space with a couple of slightly mismatched areas has gotta be way better than big ugly brown/black stains.  Who cares what this schmuck thinks?

As for you spilling on it or your cat peeing on it... you're having it polyurethaned right?  So that shouldn't be an issue.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 07, 2008, 04:29:22 PM
I'm with Kwyj.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 07, 2008, 04:35:15 PM
The problem if you replace the boards is that you make the affected area larger, and it will also have a regular shape to it which makes more noticeable.  The difference in color should be much less but that doesn't mean it stands out less.  I've had friends try do replace a section of flooring that way and it looks pretty bad, although you figure after a few years the new wood will start getting that same look and it'll begin to blend.

I figure I'll just see what color the boards in the living room end up, and how bad the black spots look.  If the color mismatch between boards is minimal, and the black spots are that bad, I'll try a swap.  
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on October 07, 2008, 06:50:12 PM
Add me to the leave with the spots - character is good!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on October 07, 2008, 09:40:17 PM
My last apartment had big stains on the floor.  I never really noticed them, and they were in places that couldn't be covered up.  The rest of the floor was gorgeous, so I was ok with the stains.  (True, I didn't own the place...)

Leave the marks.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on October 08, 2008, 12:43:15 AM
Yeah, anyone who looks at your house is going to be interested in its historic character and probably wouldn't be too thrilled with a floor stain that obviously obscures a great original feature.  At least, you'd hope that would be the type of potential future buyer you might have....  But I live in a 1923 Craftsman Bungalow, so I'm kind of biased.  We're cringing because our original floor has been polished and refinished so many times now that the wood is too thin and is rotting in spots.  We're probably going to have to put in an entirely new floor if we live here much longer.  I don't like walking over those "soft spots."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 17, 2008, 05:48:15 PM
For whatever reason our place has oak downstairs - in some areas VERY thin and cannot be sanded - whilst upstairs the floors are pine and make a HELL of a noise when you walk across them.

You know what?  I just found out I have the same thing.  Downstairs are red oak, upstairs is pine.  The floor guy said that was unusual, but I guess it's not *that* unusual.  I never noticed because someone stained both floors the same color and I didn't pay close attention.  Although come to think of it, I had noticed that the floor upstairs had more contrast/texture.  I just never put it together and wrote that off to random variation and/or the finish rubbing off more upstairs.

Anyhoo, I should have my floor guy call you CR.  He went off on this 20 minute schpiel about the grain and texture of longleaf heart pine, its taxonomy and where it grows, its use among early colonial settlers, etc. 

I thought he was adamant about not staining the red oak... that was nothing.  Highlights of the conversation include "Of all the floor materials, heartpine is my favorite, and of all the heartpines, long-leaf pine is the best."  "Your floorboards were salvaged from an earlier structure; they were probably cut in 1800 at the latest, and that's 200-300 year old pine on top of that.  Your floor is 400 years old!"  And my favorite... "Sissy Spacek wants your floors!"

So CR, if you decide to replace your floors, you can sell the old floorboards to Sissy Spacek for $10-$15 a square foot.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 17, 2008, 06:25:40 PM
Better yet, offer to trade her the floor boards for the Oscar she won for Coal Miner's Daughter, then give the Oscar to the actress who should have won it that year, Mary Tyler Moore, for her brilliant performance in Ordinary People.

On the surface it may look like you get nothing out of the deal, but in fact you will be known forever as the man who righted one of the grossest miscarriages of justice in cinematic history.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on October 17, 2008, 09:21:46 PM

Anyhoo, I should have my floor guy call you CR.  He went off on this 20 minute schpiel about the grain and texture of longleaf heart pine, its taxonomy and where it grows, its use among early colonial settlers, etc. 

I thought he was adamant about not staining the red oak... that was nothing.  Highlights of the conversation include "Of all the floor materials, heartpine is my favorite, and of all the heartpines, long-leaf pine is the best."  "Your floorboards were salvaged from an earlier structure; they were probably cut in 1800 at the latest, and that's 200-300 year old pine on top of that.  Your floor is 400 years old!"  And my favorite... "Sissy Spacek wants your floors!"


RVA, I could have saved you the 20 minutes and sent you the document I've been working on about the longleaf pine. :) Yeah, heartpine is pretty awesome, will last forever, is really hard, and you cannot get it anymore because the nearest longleafs that would be old enough are either in the Green Swamp in NC or Alabama. Maybe. The tree nearly went extinct around 1900 because of poor forestry practices.  Today, lumberers (?) drag the river looking for logs that sank 200 years ago and sell those.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Cockney Rebel on October 18, 2008, 02:55:48 PM
Longleaf pine or not (I know not) it creaks like a motherfucker. It used to creeeeeeaaaaaaaaak even when (the late and oh so great) Sir Nick our mere 5lb handsome kittyboy walked across it.

It drives me the fuck up the wall. If Sissy Spacek wants to pay for a replacement floor I will load up this old stuff and personally drive it the fuck to her in L.A. for free
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 18, 2008, 03:24:32 PM
I think she wants it for her spread in Charlottesville.  Apparently Rikki Lake is also interested, so you have your choice.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 21, 2008, 10:36:53 AM
I need a cute, frilly white apron, stat!  I don't have time to order one online, because I don't have money to throw around on shipping right now, and I need it for Saturday.  I have plenty that my mom has made, but I specifically need a white one. 
There's got to be someplace around Dayton where a gal can get a frilly apron.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on October 21, 2008, 12:47:14 PM
Try a costume store. I think they usually carry them for french maid costumes.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 21, 2008, 02:15:25 PM
Dear Vizzah,

My co-worker's nipples are out of control.  I don't know what it is about them, but it's burning hot in the office today and she's still using her high beams.  It's like this every day.

Biologically, I don't see anything special about her.  She's got a fairly nice rack, I would say she's rocking a C cup.  They are large, but not inordinately large.  Her nipples appear to be normally centered, and of average diameter and length. 

The thing is, I see her nipples all day every day so they've long since lost any fascination for me.  In fact, I've seen her nipples probably 100x more than even my own.  But it's still an awkward situation for me, as at some point in the day I will be standing and she will be sitting or vice versa and the angle is such that I see her nipples.  And I believe she is conscious of her problem because she walks around with her arms crossed whenever possible.  You know it is bad when another female in the office who brazenly bares her (deep and fine-looking) cleavage every day with tight scoopnecks is like "She needs to do something about her nipples."  So it's not just me.

So my question is:  How should a person act around someone who is showing their nipples so as not to make either party feel self-conscious?

Sincerely,
Blinded by the Lights
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on October 21, 2008, 02:19:11 PM
Dear Vizzah,

My co-worker's nipples are out of control.  I don't know what it is about them, but it's burning hot in the office today and she's still using her high beams.  It's like this every day.

Biologically, I don't see anything special about her.  She's got a fairly nice rack, I would say she's rocking a C cup.  They are large, but not inordinately large.  Her nipples appear to be normally centered, and of average diameter and length. 

The thing is, I see her nipples all day every day so they've long since lost any fascination for me.  In fact, I've seen her nipples probably 100x more than even my own.  But it's still an awkward situation for me, as at some point in the day I will be standing and she will be sitting or vice versa and the angle is such that I see her nipples.  And I believe she is conscious of her problem because she walks around with her arms crossed whenever possible.  You know it is bad when another female in the office who brazenly bares her (deep and fine-looking) cleavage every day with tight scoopnecks is like "She needs to do something about her nipples."  So it's not just me.

So my question is:  How should a person act around someone who is showing their nipples so as not to make either party feel self-conscious?

Sincerely,
Blinded by the Lights
I knew I awarded the GSPoTD too soon. But, at least I know that I would have given it to the same person.

The women in the office owe it to humanity to teach that girl what a t-shirt bra is. FOR REALS. Just a little padding. That is all she needs. We had to have this same conversation with my friend, Gwynne. Similar to the "Blue Eyeshadow Conversation of 1998", but a little more embarrassing.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 21, 2008, 02:44:36 PM
Maybe they're pierced.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 21, 2008, 03:13:22 PM
Dear Vizzah,

My co-worker's nipples are out of control.  I don't know what it is about them, but it's burning hot in the office today and she's still using her high beams.  It's like this every day.

Biologically, I don't see anything special about her.  She's got a fairly nice rack, I would say she's rocking a C cup.  They are large, but not inordinately large.  Her nipples appear to be normally centered, and of average diameter and length. 

The thing is, I see her nipples all day every day so they've long since lost any fascination for me.  In fact, I've seen her nipples probably 100x more than even my own.  But it's still an awkward situation for me, as at some point in the day I will be standing and she will be sitting or vice versa and the angle is such that I see her nipples.  And I believe she is conscious of her problem because she walks around with her arms crossed whenever possible.  You know it is bad when another female in the office who brazenly bares her (deep and fine-looking) cleavage every day with tight scoopnecks is like "She needs to do something about her nipples."  So it's not just me.

So my question is:  How should a person act around someone who is showing their nipples so as not to make either party feel self-conscious?

Sincerely,
Blinded by the Lights
I knew I awarded the GSPoTD too soon. But, at least I know that I would have given it to the same person.

The women in the office owe it to humanity to teach that girl what a t-shirt bra is. FOR REALS. Just a little padding. That is all she needs. We had to have this same conversation with my friend, Gwynne. Similar to the "Blue Eyeshadow Conversation of 1998", but a little more embarrassing.

If Gwynne would have been wearing blue eyeshadow when I met her, I may have slapped her right in the mouth. 

 I'm with lando.  If other women in the office have noticed this phenomenon as well, someone needs to pull her a side and have a little girl talk with her. If she's rocking a C cup, there's no reason she shouldn't be able to find a lined, or "t-shirt" bra.  It's when you get into the bigger sizes above DD, typically support and minimizer bras, that seem to only flatten your goods and show off your neeps.  It's a travesty.

As far as your specific question, rva, hopefully the broad's got a nice mug and you can try focusing on that instead of her high beams.  But, I can't imagine how difficult it must be.  Why, just weeks ago I found myself trying not to stare at all the nipples at our fine local gentlemans' (and ladies') club.  You can only ignore it for so long.  I say wait for your other female co-worker (with the fine cleavage) to bring it up again, and maybe suggest that she have a little chat with her.  Chances are, it's a nerve issue and out of her control, but she may not realize how distracting it is, or even that everyone notices.  It's kind of like having a bad hairpiece, or bats in the cave.  Someone should ahve the decency to tell said offender.


Also, piercing doesn't tend to cause the neeps to stand at attention ALL the time.  Aside from having a hole through them, they operate and function as normal.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 21, 2008, 03:22:30 PM
Oh, and I found an apron. Not exactly white, but it was the closest I was going to get, after seeing what was available on short notice.

(http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/product_images/230/6751514431845P.JPG)


w00t!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 21, 2008, 03:52:12 PM
Also, piercing doesn't tend to cause the neeps to stand at attention ALL the time.  Aside from having a hole through them, they operate and function as normal.

Really?  I thought I had heard otherwise.  Oh well, either way it's not really information that I ever really need to pontificate on, I guess.  In fact it's probably safer that I don't.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on October 21, 2008, 04:20:22 PM
Hmmmmm I don't know, I would have to see these nipples before I formed any kind of opinion.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 21, 2008, 07:01:30 PM
Open your window and look East.  I'm pretty sure you can see them from KC.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 23, 2008, 10:24:21 AM
Who needs a vibrating mascara applicator? (http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=348183&CategoryID=28688) Seriously.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on October 23, 2008, 10:39:22 AM
The female equivalent of the male idiots who bought a Mach 3 Turbo vibrating razor.

In other words, if I was a drag queen or a glam rock artist, I'd be all over that thing.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on October 23, 2008, 11:20:22 AM
The female equivalent of the male idiots who bought a Mach 3 Turbo vibrating razor.

Hey, I bought one of those vibrating regular razor things.  I think I had a coupon so it ended up being like $2 or something.  I don't understand the vibrating.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on October 23, 2008, 11:27:13 AM
I pretty much fall all over myself to get every new mascara Lancome comes out with, but even I looked at this with a big ol' "WTF!??!"
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on October 24, 2008, 08:40:50 AM
I pretty much fall all over myself to get every new mascara Lancome comes out with, but even I looked at this with a big ol' "WTF!??!"

I mentioned it to my sister, she called me from Macy's last night. Apparently they have a huge display and testers, she ran past it on her way out of the store. Her verdict was "why the hell is it even necessary? Who wants a vibrating brush coming at their eye?".
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 24, 2008, 11:48:56 AM
Well, sure it's a bad idea... if you apply mascara on your eyelashes.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on October 24, 2008, 12:08:36 PM
Well, sure it's a bad idea... if you apply mascara on your eyelashes.
You are not going to trick me into asking the obvious follow-up question.

Nope. Not.gonna.do.it.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 27, 2008, 09:07:54 AM
I have a question:

When will our $@#& puppy stop pissing on the carpet?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on October 27, 2008, 01:28:51 PM
When you train him not to?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on October 27, 2008, 01:37:46 PM
I have a question:

When will our $@#& puppy stop pissing on the carpet?
Are you crate training? Are you taking it outside like ALL the time?
When we got Ozzie, he was around 8 months old. I'd say it took us a good 8-10 months to really feel like he was house-trained. But, that dog is BIZARRE-O!

Congrats on the puppy! PUPPIES make the world a better place.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 27, 2008, 02:20:17 PM
This is a little bitty puppy, only 10 weeks.  She's too little to crate train because she couldn't hold it that long with any amount of training.  We do take her out all the time, and we use the puppy piddle pads but still she pisses on the carpet about every other time.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on October 27, 2008, 02:26:37 PM
Do you take her out as soon as she wakes up (even if it's just a short nap) and after she plays?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on October 27, 2008, 02:36:21 PM
I can't relate.  It took us like 2 weeks to train Lily.

Lily, from 2 years ago says hi!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v633/agprice98/IMG_0605.jpg)

Now, she'd just nip you as soon as look at you.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: MissKitty on October 27, 2008, 02:39:02 PM
So cute!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 27, 2008, 02:53:52 PM
Do you take her out as soon as she wakes up (even if it's just a short nap) and after she plays?
I usually let her eat and drink before I take her out in the morning or when I come home from work.  We never have a problem with her going at these times.

After she plays, yes and no.  This is probably one we screw up and don't do.  We have the puppy pads though, so I'd think she'd go on those if we forget, but she doesn't always.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Angry Bird on October 27, 2008, 04:21:32 PM
The youngest pup I started with was 7 weeks when I got him, so yours is not too young to crate train. 
I can see where, in theory, those pads are supposed to work, but my sister used them and her dogs are just filthy now, both pooping & peeing in the house.  So for me, crate all the way.

The trick is that Herculean effort on your part now will avoid endless cleaning down the road.  So yeah, it's a pain in the ass now, but stick with it and it won't take more than 1-2 months to be solid for good.  You will know you are making progress when they don't poop in the house.  Whiz is a bit harder to hold in.

Let's see, what can I say from my experience....

--Remember, the crate is supposed to be like a nice little environment for them, not to confine or punish.  The idea is that they get used to and like having a clean environment.  Just like we enjoy a clean bed.  If all you ever had was a pissy bed, you'd get used to it, so having them 'get used to' filth is to be avoided at all costs.  Clean that fuck'n crate out asap every time, even in the middle of the night.  (This is way fun!  But it does pay off.)  Later, 'house' translates to 'larger crate we all live in where we don't poop either.'

--Even if you have a fenced in yard, take pup out to do business on the leash.  Say 'hurry up' (or command of choice) when they begin to pee/poop.  Eventually you can use this command to tell them what you need them to do, esp. handy later if you have to rush off to work and don't have time to wait for your adult dog to pick the 'cosmically-perfect' place to poop.  (Right, Kato?)

--Take them out often.  Don't give them a chance to have a mistake in the house.  If you get up in the middle of the night, take pup out for a piss too.  Again, a total PITA, but effort now pays off in spades later.

--Don't bother punishing mistakes after the fact.  Doesn't compute.  Don't punish during, either.  What worked for me was;  Pup starts piddling in house.  SWOOP DOWN SCREECHING like the HOUSE IS ON FIRE, grabbing pup up and running outside like you are saving them from something horrid.  It's more about startling them while staying on their side.  "Oh thank god!  We made it outside!"  Sometimes they will still have more biz to do once you get there, and sometimes you may have scared the piss out of them literally, but a negative association with going in the 'big crate/house' has been made.

--Truly most important, give Pup many, many opportunities to go outside.  Showing the right place is easier than correcting the wrong. This young, every 20 mins/half hour.  Don't let them roam the house unattended.  Prevent as many mistakes as possible.

--If you have to go to work and leave them for long periods of time...Ideally you could have someone come in and let pup out, but if you don't, you'll have to decide how you want to handle that.  I had to crate the little dude all day, so I would get up 2 hours earlier than usual to feed and water him, play with him, get it out of his system, and then crate him with a little bit of water.  Since he was a Dobie, his crate was built for a giant dog, so he still had room to get away from an accident.  Not ideal, but what I had to do.  Pretty quickly he got used to the regular schedule and would  sleep all day. He also began to make the connection between drinking a bunch of water=having to pee, and would only drink a bunch once I got home.
    Other people would put pup in, say, the bathroom with some pads.  Again, I hope someone who did pads and had it work will post here, because I personally haven't tried it or seen it work.

--Finally, remember, patience etc.  Don't get mad at pup.  Evaluate yourself to see if you are communicating in a way pup understands.

Hope this helps.  Good luck and best wishes!

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Angry Bird on October 27, 2008, 04:24:45 PM
P.S., currently living with The Pack of Three Happy Retards Who At Least Don't Piss In The House, so that's gotta be good for something.   

P.P.S. That doesn't include me or Watusi.  I mean, we aren't retarded.  uh.... :D
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on October 27, 2008, 05:03:26 PM
But do you piss in the house?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Angry Bird on October 27, 2008, 05:17:11 PM
But do you piss in the house?

Usually.  Sometimes in the backyard behind the shed though.  Gotta keep up those 'camping out' skills.  (Read: "Depends on alcohol/blood ratio.")


 :pirate:
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2008, 12:43:22 PM
I'm looking for some holiday gifts for my customers that are out of the area (Folks within driving distance get a big fancy desk calendar).  The last year or two, we've done Cheryl & Co gift towers, so everyone in the office can share.  But, I'm kind of over that - just feel like switching it up. I've looked at Harry & David, but nothing blows my whistle there, either - mostly because of what you're getting for the price.  I've also looked @ Norm Thompson, Fairytale Brownies and soem other places - but their stuff is pricey and not easily share-able.

Any ideas?  When you get holiday gifts from other companies in your office, does anything memorable come to mind?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on November 06, 2008, 01:33:37 PM
Zingerman's is probably my favorite mail-order food place.  (They are a bakery/deli in Ann Arbor).  Not too cheap, but super good!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2008, 01:59:38 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, rbs, but...Sweet fucking Christ, that place is expensive!  $13 for a loaf of bread!?!?!  I'm looking to stay in the neighborhood of under $30. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2008, 02:14:21 PM
Vizz, what about Swiss colony?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2008, 02:17:25 PM
Vizz, what about Swiss colony?

Not sure I'm familiar with that one, but I'll check it out.  Thanks!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2008, 02:21:03 PM
No problem, they're one of the go-to places in my family (the other is pittman & davis).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Juliana on November 06, 2008, 02:23:52 PM
Watch any episode of "Road Tasted" on the Food Network, or even look it up on their website.  The show's focus is food places that ship.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2008, 02:25:46 PM
Cuddly - are you getting tons of broken images on the Swiss Colony site?  Maybe it's our crap connection, but nothing will load for me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 06, 2008, 02:27:18 PM
Vizz, the images loaded fine for me.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on November 06, 2008, 02:57:24 PM
Ok, I'll just have to check on it from home. 

I looked at soe of the stuff from Road Tastes, and even though I'd like to eat all of it, there were no good "corporate gift" kind of things there.  Thanks for the ideas, though - keep'em comin!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 06, 2008, 04:16:30 PM
Vizz, I'm out of town at a conference right now, so I don't have access to the company name, but our office always LOVES the gourmet popcorn we get every year around the holidays. They usually send us a big tin divided into thirds, with each third a different popcorn flavor.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on November 06, 2008, 07:03:40 PM
Vizz, I'm out of town at a conference right now, so I don't have access to the company name, but our office always LOVES the gourmet popcorn we get every year around the holidays. They usually send us a big tin divided into thirds, with each third a different popcorn flavor.

Ooo!  I bet it might be Topsy's from Kansas City!  They have the best freaking popcorn ever.  I LOVE their cinnamon popcorn.  Brian's parents send my parents some every year.

Yummy! (http://www.topsyspopcorn.com/)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on November 07, 2008, 10:09:23 AM
You could also try the popcorn factory Vizz.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on November 07, 2008, 12:01:51 PM
Vizz, I'm out of town at a conference right now, so I don't have access to the company name, but our office always LOVES the gourmet popcorn we get every year around the holidays. They usually send us a big tin divided into thirds, with each third a different popcorn flavor.

Ooo!  I bet it might be Topsy's from Kansas City!  They have the best freaking popcorn ever.  I LOVE their cinnamon popcorn.  Brian's parents send my parents some every year.

Yummy! (http://www.topsyspopcorn.com/)

Huh so I've been spoiled all these years?  I didn't know it was that unique.  I like the cheese flavored stuff.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 11, 2008, 02:22:23 PM
When identifying your mp3 files, do you use the year of original release for a track or the year of the specific release used to make the mp3 file? For example, I have U2's October. It was released on vinyl and cassette in 1981, but didn't make it onto CD (which is my version - although I had the cassette, too) until 1985. Plus there's the remastered version that came out this year.

For compilations, is it the date of the compilation or the original release?

And if something is rereleased when an artist gets a major label record deal (see Better Than Ezra's Deluxe)?

My tagging software uses the date of release, but having New Order's Blue Monday with a release date of 1995 just doesn't seem right.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 11, 2008, 02:47:31 PM
I go with year of release, even if it's from a compilation.  It's more important what year the song came out to me.  1995 is most certainly not the release date for Blue Monday.  Of course it's a sticky situation if you're talking about a remaster because then it really is different, and probably inferior the way they master things nowadays.

I would say with your example of BTE's Deluxe I would go with the major label debut, if that's what you've got (I assume you don't have the Swell version).  If you happened to have the Swell version then I might use that date.  I certainly wouldn't correct the Gracenote dates, unless they were just wrong of course, to reflect the indie release date... that's uber-nerdery beyond anything I'd do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on November 11, 2008, 02:48:32 PM
I usually don't pay attention and just go with whatever my tagging software throws in there, bu tI'll give you my opinions.

To me, it should be the year the album was originally release in most cases.  I wouldn't care when it was released on that format (CD vs. 8 track vs. tape) but when the original album was released.  The only time this should be changed is if they do a remastered release, since at that point they usually change the release somewhat (clean up songs, add additional tracks, etc) then I would list it as the remastered version date.  Same thing goes for rereleases.  They are rarely exactly the same as the previous release, so I would go with the rerelease date (and treat it as a separate album if I have the original as well).
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 11, 2008, 03:40:11 PM
I' definitely the date of original release, but I'm nowhere near anal enough to go back and look up the right year for everything.   I don't even use genre tags.

As long as the album, artist, and track # are right, I'm good.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: trixi on November 11, 2008, 03:59:09 PM
I'd vote for original release as well, unless it is truly a new version of something.  For example, I've got a Modern English CD (not a compilation), that has I Melt With You on it.  It's not the same version as what you normally hear, so I would put the release date of the album.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2008, 10:22:09 AM
So, The Greg decided to iron his pants using my mother's hope chest as the ironing board. Now, there are white, filmy stains on the top of said chest. Am I fucked? Or is there a way to safely (to the chest) repair this on my own?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 12, 2008, 11:17:48 AM
What is the film?  Something from the pants, like starch?  Or is it the melted finish of the chest?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2008, 11:25:27 AM
Or is it the melted finish of the chest?
Probably this....
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 12, 2008, 11:34:40 AM
D'oh.

Yeah, that's all I've got.  There might be a fix, but I don't know what it is.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on November 12, 2008, 11:49:09 AM
As a last resort, you might want to try putting folded paper towel over the stains then iron over the paper towel using it at just a "warm" not hot setting. It may reactivate the wax finish without burning it again. If the stains are from trapped moisture, maybe the steam from the iron, this will definitely work.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 12, 2008, 12:30:28 PM
So, The Greg decided to iron his pants using my mother's hope chest as the ironing board.

And where is The Greg living now?  ;)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 12, 2008, 01:40:46 PM
Yeah, I agree with Robbie Robot with the caveat that it's a high risk maneuver.

You steamed those marks in, so the only way to get rid of them is to try and steam them back out.  Problem is, by doing so you're doing the same thing that caused you to get marks in the first place so if it could just make more white marks.

I think the trick is you want to get just the right amount of steam/heat to get the finish to react, but not so much that you inject more steam into the finish.  You want to steam and lift.  So get something thicker than a shirt like maybe a towel or something.  Steam/heat the towel enough so the heat goes into the finish.  And then maybe the towel will suck up the moisture.






Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 12, 2008, 01:49:39 PM
So, The Greg decided to iron his pants using my mother's hope chest as the ironing board.

And where is The Greg living now?  ;)
Hahaha. I know. However, he did this as he was ironing the pants to go to his grandmother's funeral, so I couldn't actually yell at him. I just made a noise like my head might explode and said, "It's fine. Don't worry about it." (INTERNAL TORTURE OF HIGHEST MAGNITUDE!!!!!)

Thanks for the tip, Robbie Robot and rva. I'll probably try this out as it's already fucked and this couldn't possibly make it MUCH worse.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: whigsgeek on November 12, 2008, 07:16:10 PM
Vibes to The Greg and his family!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on November 12, 2008, 09:08:10 PM
I checked with our collections manager, and she said to not try anything yourself.  It depends on what is on the surface: there's all sorts of issues.  She recommended getting in touch with a conservator- here's a link to the AIC (http://aic.stanford.edu/).  They should have someone in the Atlanta area.

American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

1156 15th Street NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005-1714
Phone: (202) 452-9545
Fax: (202) 452-9328;
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Condolences to Greg and his family. :(
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 14, 2008, 01:04:41 PM
Anybody know an easy (or even not-so-easy) way to transfer cassette tapes to CD using a computer?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 14, 2008, 01:12:31 PM
The easiest way to do it, and probably the only way you can afford to do it is to use a 1/4" to 1/4" stereo cable from your source, (a tape deck with RCA outs would be a lot better than a battery powered player with just a headphone jack, but you can do either) to your sound card on your PC.  There are lots of free programs out there to record the incoming sound, the one I used to use even had an easy way to split the long file into multiple tracks.  I'll have to check and see what it's called when I get home, I haven't used it in years.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 14, 2008, 01:21:17 PM
I just found a wiki article on how to do it, which is pretty much how you laid it out, but with different cables.

I found a box yesterday with HUNDREDS of tapes in it that have a bunch of discarded Pebbles Overflow songs, demos, live recordings, alternate mixes, song ideas, etc. There are even recordings from some of the other bands I've been in as well. Many of them aren't even labeled, so it's going to be a lengthy process getting them all off tape and onto a more permanent media.

I'm just trying to figure out how I'm going to get some of the four track recordings done. I guess I'm going to have to break out my ancient four track machine and mix them down. Ugh.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 18, 2008, 02:09:06 AM
I have a piece of gear I bought almost two years ago that's designed for recording instruments directly to your computer that I was using as a makeshift external sound card from my laptop into my DJ console. It's been collecting dust for a while since I "upgraded" to a Vista laptop and wasn't compatible, but they've since released new drivers for it.

Long story short, I hadn't thought of using this option to do my cassette to computer recording, but it suddenly dawned on me that I had this, and figured I'd give it a shot. It works! It's going to be time consuming as hell getting all that stuff recorded, but at least I know I can do it now. New cost to me? Zero dollars. Huzzah!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 18, 2008, 07:27:18 AM
Bonus!  That's awesome, have fun with it, if you can.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 18, 2008, 08:39:58 AM
New cost to me? Zero dollars. Huzzah!
Double Huzzah!!!!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on November 18, 2008, 11:57:29 AM
Wow. Been going over some of this stuff this morning. Humbling to hear how absolutely horrible a singer I used to be, but fun to discover stuff I'd either forgotten about or didn't even realize existed.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 25, 2008, 01:54:51 PM
Has anyone ever used Petsmart for puppy obedience training or any other kind of training classes?  We need to get our pup straightened out before one of us kills her.

Any other suggestions on pet training?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Atzend on November 25, 2008, 02:20:38 PM
We used Petsmart when we first got Gideon.  We had some good luck, unfortunately, it was tough for us to stick with it because of our schedules.  Our trainer was really good, but that was the one in Florence.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 25, 2008, 02:24:52 PM
We really want to do it through our vet but they don't start up until late January, I really don't want to wait that long.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on November 25, 2008, 02:40:25 PM
My friend did it.  He found it pretty useful but he also said that it's not really a fix-all.  The thing for him was like he didn't really know how dogs are supposed to behave, like when they whine a little is he being too cruel or does he not give in to spoil them?  So he said it helped to see someone else interact with his dog and also other owners interact with their dogs.

His dog is extremely well-behaved, and he's better with his dog than many people I know who've owned dogs all their lives.  But I think it's mostly him.  He picked out a breed that worked with his temperament and that was easily trainable, and then he just followed the rules no matter how much work it was or how much it confused his puppy at the start.

So I think he would have been fine anyway just reading online what to do.  He also has the advantage of being a lawyer with his own practice, so he was able to stay home a bit and devote time to training the dog that most people don't.  He's the type of guy who can watch his dog poop in his crate or on the carpet and not lose his cool and still follow the proper procedures to a T.  
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on November 25, 2008, 03:12:31 PM
As someone who attends dog obedience classes nearly every week, I can tell you that they do work if you put in the work.

I have a friend who took the classes at Petsmart and she liked them. I would also recommend looking into classes at your local humane society as they are probably cheaper and your money supports the shelter.

*Edited to add that I looked up the website for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and they do not offer classes. BOO. But, you might want to call their offices (937/268-PETS) and see if they recommend any particular location/business for training.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Nate on November 26, 2008, 01:12:34 AM
I have a question.  Where the hell is Jonathan?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kenneth Toilethole on November 26, 2008, 07:32:16 AM
Australia. But he is still active in my hockey league so he does get online every so often.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 26, 2008, 07:52:49 AM
I have a question.  Where the hell is Jonathan?
He pops up on Facebook with some frequency.  I made a comment the other day about him having time for Facebook and not us but as you can see it didn't really have much effect.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 26, 2008, 03:38:00 PM
I'll be sure to berate him on his absence when I see him next month. (here, not there)
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on November 28, 2008, 12:00:54 PM
He got eaten by a dingo.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 01, 2008, 05:20:46 PM
IHaQ:

Why has my digital camera suddenly stopped working properly with Photoshop? I can no longer upload my photos from my camera onto my computer using Photoshop.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 01, 2008, 09:53:32 PM
I'll be sure to berate him on his absence when I see him next month. (here, not there)
I can attest how hard it is to keep up with you people when you suddenly don't have tons of access. I even said to myself the other day, "ahhh, now I understand why Jonathan disappeared."
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on December 01, 2008, 10:52:55 PM
Dan!  Don't leave us like Jonathan! Perhaps it's time to find a new job afterall- one with more internet access.  Just sayin'...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Buzzstein on December 02, 2008, 11:33:37 AM
Yeah, you gotta get your priorities straight man!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on December 02, 2008, 01:27:46 PM
Anyone want to help me install a garage door opener? Steve isn't feeling well today so it'd just be me doing the work...
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2008, 07:02:52 PM
Heh. Don't worry, I won't completely leave. But it's hard.

And yes, I often think about getting a new job b/c I can't listen to WOXY or post on Rville... which makes sense in my mind. No one elses, apparently.

FWIW, I did interview at another firm that I know allows streaming, but the job wasn't for me. In this economy though I'm not going to risk anything at my current job.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 08, 2008, 06:23:38 PM
My PC is totally fucked. 

It started about 2 months ago, I must have gotten a virus or something.  Now, even though I'm running anti-virus and AdAware once weekly, it keeps happening.  Pop-ups, cutting off my keystrokes, and shit just won't run properly.  My spybot goes bonkers blocking stuff, but something is obviously getting through.  I'm to the point of setting the whole thing on fire. 

So, my question is - can anyone in Dayton help me, or at least recommend a fix?  All suggestions need not require American dollars.  i.e., I can't pay you to help me or buy any new software.

It has taken me over 15 minutes to type this, since half of what I'm writing just disappears.

ETA: Okay, now I can't even get normal updates.  Whatever it is has disabled automatic updates to the point that I can't even turn them back on, even through the run>services.msc menu.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 08, 2008, 06:50:31 PM
You probably have some kind of hijacker on there.

If you have a restore point from before this started happening, maybe you could try that?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on December 08, 2008, 07:25:49 PM
check to see if you have something called tinyproxy.exe running. I got a virus the other day and it was that. It sounds a lot like the one you have. Do control alt delete to pop up the programs running. If it is tinyproxy, let me know and I'll get Butter to talk you through how he got it off our machine.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 08, 2008, 07:35:37 PM
I'm pretty sure the restore point would have been too long ago - it was before Halloween the first time it happened.

It's not tinyproxy -  I'm pretty sure it's something called "getmodule" that always has a number attached to it. But it is an exe file.  Whatever he did may work for this too, though.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: clemsonfan on December 08, 2008, 08:40:00 PM
Here's a step by step guide on how to remove getmodule: http://www.exterminate-it.com/malpedia/remove-getmodule

Quote
How to Remove GetModule from Your Computer
To completely purge GetModule from your computer, you need to delete the files, folders, and Windows registry keys, and registry values associated with GetModule. These files, folders, and registry keys are respectively listed in the Files, Folders, Registry Keys, and Registry Values sections on this page.

For instructions on deleting the GetModule registry keys and registry values, see How to Remove GetModule from the Windows Registry.

For instructions on deleting the GetModule files and folders,
see How to Delete GetModule Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)

How to Delete GetModule Files (.exe, .dll, etc.)
The files and folders associated with GetModule are listed in the Files and Folders sections on this page.

To delete the GetModule files and folders:

Using your file explorer, browse to each file and folder listed in the Folders and Files sections.
Note: The paths use certain conventions such as [%PROGRAM_FILES%]. These conventions are explained here.
Select the file or folder and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
IMPORTANT: If a file is locked (in use by some application), its deletion will fail (the Windows will display a corresponding message).You can delete such locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. To delete a locked file, right-click on the file, select Send To->Remove on Next Reboot on the menu, and restart your computer. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 08, 2008, 10:12:44 PM
thanks so much, cfan! I hope this works!
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: frizgolf on December 08, 2008, 10:26:56 PM
If all else fails, try HijackThis. Their forums and support are top-notch.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 08, 2008, 10:32:23 PM
This leads me another question.  The Exterminate It website states "All (features accesssable via the free versin), except the virus removal feature. Detection, Submit State, Update, all this functionality is available in the non-activated version."

Whthe hell does that mean? They'll findthe virus, but I'm still stuck with it?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: dirk on December 08, 2008, 10:56:28 PM
You pretty much nailed it.  They will scan your system, but not actually fix anything.

If you want free antivirus, I would suggest AVG (http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition).  You can also try Housecall (http://housecall.trendmicro.com/), which is a free online scanner.  If you suspect your infected, it's a good one to run since it isn't actually installed on your machine it can often find things other can't.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 09, 2008, 09:11:33 AM
We're doing a Christmas tea this weekend and I'm sort of stuck with what kind of soup I should make.  I'm leaning towards a creamy tomato herb because of the colors, but is there a soup that says "It's Christmas, pal?"

Really, the only contingency is that it must be vegetarian friendly. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Butter on December 09, 2008, 09:23:21 AM
Fruitcake soup.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: vizzah on December 09, 2008, 09:45:16 AM
You pretty much nailed it.  They will scan your system, but not actually fix anything.

If you want free antivirus, I would suggest AVG (http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-edition).  You can also try Housecall (http://housecall.trendmicro.com/), which is a free online scanner.  If you suspect your infected, it's a good one to run since it isn't actually installed on your machine it can often find things other can't.

Thanks, Dirk - I'll try this when I get home.  I hope it works before I go apeshit.  I'm running all kinds of security (spybot, norton, security settings in IE are set pretty high), but this shit is still getting through.  It's becoming incredibly frustrating.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 09, 2008, 12:33:53 PM
We're doing a Christmas tea this weekend and I'm sort of stuck with what kind of soup I should make.  I'm leaning towards a creamy tomato herb because of the colors, but is there a soup that says "It's Christmas, pal?"

Really, the only contingency is that it must be vegetarian friendly. 

I hate pumpkin, but most people don't. Maybe something pumpkin oriented?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: Bronzetree on December 09, 2008, 12:34:55 PM
Thanks, Dirk - I'll try this when I get home.  I hope it works before I go apeshit.  I'm running all kinds of security (spybot, norton, security settings in IE are set pretty high), but this shit is still getting through.  It's becoming incredibly frustrating.

Once you get it all sorted out, switch to Firefox. I haven't had a virus in years...*knocks on wood*
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: va-vacious on December 09, 2008, 09:14:23 PM
We're doing a Christmas tea this weekend and I'm sort of stuck with what kind of soup I should make.  I'm leaning towards a creamy tomato herb because of the colors, but is there a soup that says "It's Christmas, pal?"

Really, the only contingency is that it must be vegetarian friendly. 

I hate pumpkin, but most people don't. Maybe something pumpkin oriented?

Blerg! Pumpkin!  I can't stand it!  :)  What about a minestrone type thing?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: redbobsled on December 09, 2008, 09:57:51 PM
butternut squash bisque is always yummy.  Or maybe some vegetarian split pea soup. 
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on December 10, 2008, 08:55:55 AM
Make something up with roasted root veggies (butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, rutagaba), nutmeg, and veggie stock. It's more thanksgiving-y, but it'd do.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: foolsgold on December 10, 2008, 09:30:41 AM
I was thinking about a butternut squash and pear soup, but the last two months have been pretty gourd/sweet potato heavy, so I was looking to make a break.  I looked at last year's menu and we did tomato/basil, but that just seems kind of boring.
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: cuddlyevil on December 10, 2008, 09:54:21 AM
But tomato basil is so damn yummy! Maybe pasta fagioli?

I have an apple soup recipe at home, I can post/e-mail it to you if you'd like.

Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: rva on December 10, 2008, 10:19:25 AM
I think you should make a butternut reduction.  Yes, I said a butternut reduction.  Would you like some butternut reduction?
Title: Re: I have a question...
Post by: c-lando on December 10, 2008, 10:21:42 AM
But tomato basil is so damn yummy!
Seconded. It's yummy, Christmas-colory and it's satisfying!
Title: Re: I have a question...
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