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#597773 - Mon Feb 21 2011 04:15 AM Fings I have lernt
mountaingoat Offline
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Posts: 384
Loc: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
What useful things have you learnt in your life to make things a little easier or safer.

1. Soak pots after use. Saves soooo much work.

2. 2 second gap when driving from the car in front. In advanced driver training I learnt the distance you can travel before you notice, move foot to brake, stop. Reaction time means I cover my brakes through intersections always.

3. Budget. I worked out everything I spent in weekly lots. I then kept 10 percent for savings and had all my yearly bills covered.


I am sure you have some useful tips for me.

Cheers

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#597825 - Mon Feb 21 2011 09:23 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: mountaingoat]
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Loc: South Africa
Some random thoughts:

Never be a cutting edge adopter.

Never let Windows update automatically. (You should have seen what I had to go through to get rid of WXP SP3!)

If you don't like getting telemarketing calls,
never give out your cell (mobile) number. Or any other contact information.
Maintain a special email address for higher-risk contacts, such as 'spamalot@...'

The best way to give a cat a pill is first to wrap the entire cat securely in a thick towel.

If you keep your hair real short, it doesn't get in your way.
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#597837 - Mon Feb 21 2011 09:47 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: Rimrunner]
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There's no such thing as the right time. Do it now.
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#597861 - Mon Feb 21 2011 10:36 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: quogequox]
Gatsby722 Offline
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Registered: Fri May 18 2001
Posts: 123698
Loc: Canton Ohio USA              
If you spin an egg and it won't spin? It's raw. If you spin one and it readily twirls around? It's cooked/hard-boiled.

Good barbers AND capable dentists? You can tell you have one when both or either talk too much.

Almost always, the best advice about how to get from point A to point B (when put in simple terms) comes from children under the age of ten. The most cumbersome person to ask, when needing such advice, is a lawyer or a mathematician.

It really IS true that a 'regular' person should not trouble themselves attempting to dismantle (and expect to reassemble) machinery that makes loud noises and/or boasts excessive horsepower. It never works out so well, doing that.


Edited by Gatsby722 (Mon Feb 21 2011 10:36 AM)
Edit Reason: typo
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#609922 - Tue Mar 29 2011 02:04 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: Gatsby722]
triviapaul Offline
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Registered: Thu May 22 2008
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Loc: Delft<br>The Netherlands
Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry.

Never lend money to a friend, give it or don't give it.

Be happy when it works, don't be unhappy when it doesn't work.
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#609951 - Tue Mar 29 2011 06:52 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: mountaingoat]
lesley153 Offline
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Posts: 724
Loc: Bedford England UK           
Originally Posted By: mountaingoat
Soak pots after use. Saves soooo much work.
When I was living with my parents and little bro, washing up was my job, and I was forbidden to soak anything. Great fun, best of all when there was a roasting dish caked with fat and burnt bits. Recently, I asked my little bro if he had any idea why, and he said they might have thought you'd soak something and wouldn't go back to it. That was his diplomatic way of saying that they communicated with him and not with me. Thanks, parents!

Still on washing up - the netting from the bags citrus fruits come in makes very effective disposable scrubbers.

This is for Rimrunner:
instructions for giving your cat a pill
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#610042 - Tue Mar 29 2011 02:04 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: lesley153]
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Registered: Sat May 17 2008
Posts: 2597
Loc: Northampton England UK      
I once had a cat who needed a pill.

He wouldn't swallow the pill when I gave it to him, he wouldn't eat food that had a crushed pill mixed in it, and he was a large cat with very big claws!

I took him back to the vet and asked if he could give the pill to the cat.

"It's easy, don't be such a wuss," he said. I said, "If I'm a wuss, show me how easy it is".

Robert was a very nice man and a very good vet, and the cat hated him. He refused to come out of the basket. The cat that is, not the vet. Eventually the vet pulled the cat out and when he'd calmed down (the vet that is, not the cat) he held the cat's mouth open "see, like that", popped in a pill, and closed the cat's mouth.

The cat took aim at the vet's eye and spat out the pill.

"Hmm..." said the vet. Or words to that effect.

He grabbed hold of the cat again, gripped its jaws firmly, pulled the lower jaw right down, put the pill right on the back of the cat's tongue, and closed his mouth.

The cat looked him in the eye, and spat the pill at him.

The vet grabbed the cat. Held his jaws open in a vicelike grip, put the pill on the back of the cat's tongue, close the cat's mouth and clamped his jaws firmly shut while he stroked the cat's throat until it swallowed.

"See?" the vet said, "he swallowed it."

The cat looked at him.

The cat looked at me.

The cat strolled to the end of the table and spat the pill clear across the room.

"It's easy, isn't it?" I said.

The vet looked at me. He looked at the cat. And then gave the cat an injection.

"No charge," he said, "just don't tell anyone on your way out!"
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#610189 - Tue Mar 29 2011 05:42 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: flopsymopsy]
lesley153 Offline
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Loc: Bedford England UK           
Originally Posted By: flopsymopsy
The cat took aim at the vet's eye and spat out the pill.
Good one, flopsy. I just coffeed my keyboard and probably woke the neighbours up. laugh
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#610246 - Tue Mar 29 2011 09:44 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: lesley153]
ren33 Offline
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Reminds me of the time I had a very similar experience. When all was over, I had given up after a long, exhausting fight, the pill remained on the floor onto which it had been ejected. The cat from hell then wallked calmly over and ate it!
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#614356 - Mon Apr 11 2011 11:15 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: ren33]
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Loc: Little Rock Arkansas USA      
On an airplane, never put your carry-on bag behind you. If you do, you'll be the last person off the plane.

Buy gasoline in the morning. It's cooler and you get more pounds of fuel per gallon.

When dealing with government employees, be cordial. They will delight in making your life hell if you don't.

If you are a man in an urban area, carry two wallets. In your front pocket carry the credit cards and big bills. In the hip pocket carry your small bills and cards that don't matter. When someone tries to rob you, give them the wallet with not much value.

If you need to wait in line for something, choose the queue with the fewest women and kids. Call it sexist if you want, but women and kids are slower.

When using a cash till (ATM), use your off hand to cover the keyboard while you type in your PIN. You never know who is looking, including security cameras.

Always buy a Japanese vehicle. It might not be the most prestigious car you'll own, but it will be the most reliable.

If you need someone to work on your house (carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc) always depend on word-of-mouth from people you know. Actual experience cannot be improved upon.

Send your kids to the best school available in your area, even if you have to pay for it. Life is hard enough without them getting thrown into a poor learning environment.

I'll shut up now....

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#614414 - Tue Apr 12 2011 03:57 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: tadpoles_uk]
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Registered: Mon Apr 22 2002
Posts: 4275
Loc: Western Australia
"When dealing with government employees, be cordial. They will delight in making your life hell if you don't."

Not just government employees! I work for a medical specialist and because there is a shortage of doctors in our area, we are booked solid for six months ahead.

I am amazed at the number of people who ring for appointments and are outrageously rude to me because of the long wait, and then expect me to give them priority if there is a cancellation. Needless to say, their appointment in the diary is marked with an asterisk that tells me they were rude and therefore they have a snowball's chance in hell of being offered an earlier appointment.

Being rude when you want something from someone is not the way to go!
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#614450 - Tue Apr 12 2011 06:49 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: tadpoles_uk]
lesley153 Offline
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Posts: 724
Loc: Bedford England UK           
Originally Posted By: tadpoles_uk
If you are a man in an urban area, carry two wallets.
Tissues, hand cream, glasses cleaner, spare change, all that sort of thing, are in my handbag. Mobile phone, keys, real money, are in my pockets. (I a skirt or trousers haven't got pockets, I won't buy.)
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#614739 - Tue Apr 12 2011 08:27 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: lesley153]
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Loc: Gloucestershire UK
I have a dog now, but when I had Siamese (ornery cats squared), I offer the following to give medicine...take tablets and crush, or capsules and empty. Mix resultant powder/liquid with Marmite. Pick up a butter knife. Seize cat by neck scruff and 'butter' the cat with Marmite & medicine mixture (very therapeutic). Watch cat groom itself. Warning - if you have more than one cat, remove cat that does not need medicine, otherwise other cat joins enthusiastically in grooming.
Note to Australians - Vegemite might work, but I have no knowledge...
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#614747 - Tue Apr 12 2011 08:39 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: Quiz_Beagle]
rayven80 Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 22 2007
Posts: 498
Loc: Ft. Collins Colorado USA    
I have learned that when you leave for vacation, either take the recycling to the drop off or rinse it very well before you leave. If you don't the resultant smell is not pleasant when you come home.
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#627646 - Sun May 22 2011 05:52 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: rayven80]
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Loc: Arizona USA
When booking for an appointment, whether it's for auto service or personal medical, and they're booked for months, don't be afraid to ask if there IS a waiting list that you may be placed for an earlier time if there is a cancellation. And as MG said, don't be rude about it. You'd be surprised at the number of people that don't ask. Just recently I had an appointment that I'd waited weeks to attend come to find out that I was going to be out of town on that day. I was told to re-schedule which would take weeks more because of the long booking. I asked if there was a waiting list that someone take my earlier place and I'd take their later one instead of waiting weeks. Worked like a charm and I got in when it was convenient for me AND I gave someone else an earlier appointment which I'm sure made them happy.
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#628220 - Tue May 24 2011 03:46 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: ClaraSue]
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Loc: Alberta Canada
Eggs (in the fridge) last much longer than the date they stamp onto the carton. And, in fact, if you are making devilled (hard boiled) eggs, you probably shouldn't use the very freshest eggs as they are hardest to peel.

But if it's close to the "expiry" date and you want to make sure, this is what you do... Fill up a small bowl with water (to a depth larger than the egg lol), put the raw (whole, unbroken) egg in it. If it sinks to the bottom, it's still good. If it FLOATS, it's a goner (just like bodies you find bobbing down the river if you're a paramedic... sorry for the "grisly" association, but that's how I remember which is the good egg and which is "beyond help").
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#826556 - Tue Sep 25 2012 07:52 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: Jakeroo]
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1. Expect the unexpected.
2. Keep check register up to date. Otherwise, I’ll find myself surprised by the low amount of money in my account.
3. Don’t let the recycling bin overflow before taking the bottles over. First, it makes it harder to get the bin out of the cabinet. Second, the trash room might be full at the time… Oh, and rinse bottles before putting them in the bin—otherwise, the bag will need to be replaced.
4. When eating chicken, bananas or broccoli, it’s probably best to put any trash in a store bag that can go down the chute right away—the stench is overwhelming otherwise.
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#827616 - Fri Sep 28 2012 08:16 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: mountaingoat]
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Loc: Missouri USA
I found that when I let a smile be my umbrella, I nearly drowned in a rainstorm.

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#827636 - Fri Sep 28 2012 09:47 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: einsteinII]
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Loc: Florida USA
Penny pinchers tend to have strong fingers.
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#827640 - Fri Sep 28 2012 09:55 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: mehaul]
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Loc: Ft. Collins Colorado USA    
If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, do not bring him in the house.
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#828621 - Mon Oct 01 2012 02:15 PM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: rayven80]
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LOL rayven, I hear you on that one. I have a rather long story to tell about our Irish Setter (as well as the rest of the interior of our house) coated in tomato soup ... but I'll cut it short and just say:

We learned that a dog will shake itself vigourously (and frequently), whether it really needs to or not.
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#951135 - Fri Nov 23 2012 09:46 AM Re: Fings I have lernt [Re: Jakeroo]
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Hold onto your keys, for finding/replacing them can be a painin the pants.
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