I didn't even have a proper breakfast today, Salami--skipped straight to lunch! Some days, I get so behind, I can see my own back. Sigh.|
I feel I should be more positive, to combat so much negativity here--somebody must be having a fabulous day!
Reply #641. Nov 09 12, 2:07 PM
got home last night from work, needed a glass of wine .Before you know it,it was the whole bottle of wine.sure to feel drunk as i try to walk to the bedroom without crashing into anything .which i got there without doing so.|
Reply #642. Nov 09 12, 8:11 PM
Just watched Maryland lose to Kentucky by 3. I'm disappointed they lost, but I feel a little better about the rest of the season. Hopefully this won't be another season of almost beating everyone.|
Reply #643. Nov 09 12, 10:07 PM
Janwoo - wonderful ditty! I didn't even have to post but I thought you deserved a mention:-) |
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Reply #645. Nov 10 12, 3:33 AM
How to beat awkward customer service - a true story.|
A few years ago we purchased a new oven with the standard 1 year warranty.
After 11 months I received a letter telling me the warranty was about to run out etc did I want to renew – phone this number to renew it etc.
Two weeks later the oven went wrong.
No problem I thought – I am covered by warranty, simply phone up and get engineer – but no.
They refused to come out as I didn’t have the original receipt.
Whirr, whirr, whirr went my brain.
I then picked up the letter concerning renewal and phoned them. Once they had confirmed I was still covered and that the cover would be continuous even if I didn’t have the receipt, instead of renewing I asked them to send an engineer to fix it instead. That stumped them, but they did get it sorted.
I never did renew the warranty and it has never gone wrong since.
Reply #646. Nov 10 12, 5:50 AM
This one is for the parents. Here is a few things we learned when we became parents. |
1. No matter how loud you think you can talk, or try to talk, you can't out-talk a screaming baby.
2. No matter how deeply asleep or how content your baby is, the moment you sit down to eat is when he will wake up.
3. Rabbits don't have anything on dirty bottles, or diapers.
4. In a delivery room, there is no such thing as modesty.
5. Sleeping in doesn't mean as late as it sounds.
6. Luxury doesn't mean a fancy house or a posh car. It's a 2 hour nap.
7. You know that point just short of impossible? That's the point where making it through "Fox in Socks" without stumbling lives.
8. You truly arrive as a parent during your baby's first illness.
9. Remembering all those kid's songs makes you feel young at heart, but the rest your body always tells you the truth.
10. When your baby smiles at you the first time just because he recognizes your voice is the moment you realize just how much a parent can love a child.
Reply #647. Nov 10 12, 6:34 AM
"Does anyone know," my boss asked, "what the speed limit is in our parking lot." The long silence that followed was interrupted when one of my colleagues piped said: "That depends. Do you mean coming in to work or leaving?"|
Reply #648. Nov 10 12, 6:38 AM
I had a funny dream the other night. I was driving a motorcycle when my Niece and my Mom rode up next to me on another motorcycle. At the next red light, a woman was nagging at her husband. I told him there was a new device that would make his car quieter. It fits over HER MOUTH. That was when I woke up.|
Reply #649. Nov 10 12, 6:38 AM
I could tell many stories about my snow camping adventure with friends in Yellowstone National Park last year. Some we've promised to never tell and I never will. My most vivid memory is not xx-skiing through the geyser mist and suddenly realizing we were in the midst of a herd of buffalo, nor being told by a Park Ranger our assigned camping area was being changed due to active bear (yes, grizzly) movement. |
Most vividly I can remember, can feel, the goosebumps that ran through me one night when the temperature was -28C. Not from the cold, it was the sudden sound of a wolf pack howling before their hunt on a moonless night with the milky way as bright as a highway across the sky.
Reply #650. Nov 10 12, 7:21 AM
Being in the US Navy for Six yrs. was a time of growing up, and made Me the Man I am today. But One of My regrets was watching Two fellow Sailors drown on Cable Beach in Gitmo Cuba back in 1983. A horrifing experience. But also learned to LISTEN to what your superiors say, they went where the were not supposed to go. May they Rest in Peace.|
Reply #651. Nov 10 12, 9:26 AM
About a year ago, a friend and I were attempting to run an old electromagnet in order to test its performance; this involves running a great deal of current through a copper coil, and that, naturally, results in a lot of waste heat. To protect the equipment, you've got to run cooling water over the copper coils and over the power supply. But when we connected everything up, we discovered a small but steady leak in the supply line to the power supply. Nothing for it but to break the connection and try making it again. We decided that there couldn't be much water in the power supply, so we'd just drain it onto the floor and mop it up afterward, since it was at an awkward height.|
So we closed the supply valve, broke the connection, and waited for the power supply to stop draining.
And we waited.
And we waited.
After a minute, we grabbed some small plastic tubs that allowed us to catch about half the outflow for later dumping into a plastic bucket.
More minutes passed -- and this was chilled water, so my hands were getting very cold. Eventually we realized the obvious: there was more water on the floor than could ever have fit into the power supply. The water must be coming from somewhere else!
And that's when we realized our error: we'd closed the supply valve, but not the return valve, and the lab water supply was happily backfilling the power supply and our floor. Sure enough, the flow stopped when we finished shutting off the water. After that it only took about two hours to clean up the spills in the lab and the hallway with a wet/dry shop vac. Not a mistake I'll make again (I hope!)
Reply #652. Nov 10 12, 10:14 AM
We were lucky to escape Superstorm Sandy by a whisker. We have a beach house on a narrowpeninsula which sits between a creek and Long Island Sound. The storm surge was high enough that water washed over the road, sloshing back and forth until it sucked out the foundations of five homes at the end of the street that fell into the ocean never to be seen again. Our house, located in the middle of the peninsula had its contents float to new locations but is still standing.|
Reply #653. Nov 10 12, 10:56 AM
A couple weeks ago I rented a car in Paris. This would be my first time driving in France, and driving with a stick, as well. Looking at the directions, I realized I would be heading down the Champs-Elysses towards the "deadliest traffic circle in Europe", the circle surrounding the Arc d'Triomphe, where an accident happens every seven minutes. I looked for another route, but all the other routes looked far more complicated. So I slowly navigated my way down the street in the rain ... nearly hitting a pedestrian while getting used to the manual transmission. Just as I was about to enter the circle of doom, I saw a tunnel to the right that led under the Arc. Relieved, I quickly took it and eventually made my slow way out of the city during the rush hour traffic. I was overjoyed to be finally out of Paris and into the French countryside. But when I hit the first toll booth and reached for my wallet, I realized I had left my credit card, with all my hotel reservations associated with it, at the rental car company. |
Needless to say, I was not enthused about going back.
Reply #654. Nov 10 12, 12:36 PM
Went and saw 'Skyfall' today-- it's finally out in North America. As soon as it ended, I had the theme tune replaying itself over and over in my head (what're you going to do? It's Adele). The problem is, by the time I'd made it home I'd already ruined the song for myself by changing the lyrics to:|
"This is skee-ball.
Until we fall.
And we play more, together."
I think it has the same emotional resonance.
Reply #655. Nov 10 12, 8:27 PM
Children: Don't ask your parents permission before posting on these boards.|
Reply #656. Nov 11 12, 12:11 AM
I spent the day watching college football. I went to two schools that played today and both of them lost.I am so glad I did not bet on either game.|
Reply #657. Nov 11 12, 2:03 AM
Tomorrow, I go back to the Day shift after three weeks of working on the runway at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. I meant to stay up until bedtime, but felt the need to take a nap before the recent Batman Trilogy was on the TV. What was supposed to be a 2 hour nap turned into a 6 hour slumberfest. I awoke just in time to catch the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. This essentially ruins the movie, no?|
Reply #658. Nov 11 12, 5:05 AM
all i did so far was play fun trivia :)|
Reply #659. Nov 11 12, 7:13 AM
It's Remembrance Sunday, and I am reminded, as always, of my father who served in the Royal Navy and was at Gallipoli and Jutland. Fifty years later he took part in the Remembrance Day parade in Salisbury, as he did every year, as a member of the Royal British Legion and as that year he had become the oldest member (or at least the oldest who could still walk) he got the job of leading the marching column of former servicemen. You know, he was the guy at the right of the front rank, the guy who would yell "Hats OFF, eyes RIGHT!" at the appropriate time. And so that year, for Dad's big moment, the whole family gathered and went to watch.|
Over lunch, Dad asked what we had thought of the march past and his teenage daughter (that would be me) said it was fine but... BUT? "But when you told everyone to "Hats OFF, eyes RIGHT!", weren't you supposed to take *your* hat off too?" Every year after that, when he led the parade, my father could be seen grasping his hat *before* he said "Hats off" and every year as he removed his hat with a flourish we cheered. :)
Reply #660. Nov 11 12, 9:25 AM
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