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"His attempts at humor took the longest route for the shortest payoff. For this his departure will be appreciated and his absence will long be celebrated."
Ach! Somebody tell Colleen (Warmaiden) that I accidentally touched "unsubscribe" on her FF name while trying to access a certain related group. She has a private feed so I can't just resubscribe. Dang tablet touchscreens anyhow!
I gave her a heads-up if you want to send a new sub request. - LB: Ratchet Bear
Yep, just send a sub request :) - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤ from iPhone
I've done that plenty of times on my phone! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I live in a nearly continuous state of fear that, were I to click on the "Best of week from JKRAM" link, the page would be blank. And so I never click.
Sorry people, I'm trying to change my profile pic back to something less intense, but FriendFeed is denying me access! I can view my entire profile, but FF asks me to login under a DIFFERENT account to make the change. Not sure how that is going to work out! Oh well... I tried.
Nevermind. It finally worked after 2 re-logins and 10 upload retries. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
To assist my fellow FFers, those who are intensely interested in the recent historical weather patterns anyway (winter 2013-2014) I have tagged each appropriate post with the hashtag #ObligatoryWeatherPost and further denoted those that are (partial), (incidental) or (sorta) weather related. You're welcome.
My count may be in error, but I believe there are ~75 posts (by me) so tagged going back to October of 2013. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
That date span is roughly 6 months. so only about 12 a month on average, though certainly not evenly distributed across those months. Hey, it could've been worse, people. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, winter weather became topically relevant SIX MONTHS AGO! (To me, at least.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We're now on the 52nd day of the winter that has had temperatures below zero (F)... and it appears we'll be getting more of the same through this coming weekend. Beyond that, who knows? (But I'm betting there'll be more.) Even people who love the snow are getting tired of this. I reached that point about two months ago.
Woke up at 5:30 a.m. and it's already 20 (F) degrees outside. My house is ~60 (F) degrees and it feels comfortable to me. This is what an ungodly long, cold winter does to a person. And now that I'm fully acclimated to the cold, I have no doubt that we'll see temps in the 80's in less than a month. Adapt or die, people. That's life!
Just went for an hour long walk with daughter to capitalize on the short-lived nice weather we're having today, which will be obliterated when the winter storm blows in tonight and tomorrow. Fresh air, sunshine and good conversation. Awesome! Also, I walked the entire time without any shortness of breath! Yay for hemoglobin!
During my visit to my parent's house last night, conversation worked its way to old stories about when we kids were little. (This always happens.) Two stories about me ALWAYS come up. I've heard each hundreds of times. They always involve me wandering off when I'm only two or three years old, and a frantic search ensues...
Invariably these incidents occurred when my father was responsible for us while my mother was at work. They were both very young (father in his mid-20's, mother early 20's.) They all take place in the 1956 - 1958 timeframe. My father would get absorbed in some project and think I was safely and contentedly playing in the yard. This was a ruse on my part. On one occasion I decided to walk to the grocery store on my own. The store was about 5 blocks away, and most of that was along busy U.S. highway 10 as it passed through town. (Highway 10 continued all the way to Washington State, btw. I never ventured that far.) I went in to look at the cowboy hats, toy guns and holsters they had on display. I had no money, and barely any concept of it, so I really wasn't a threat. Anyway, eventually the entire neighborhood was enlisted into the search, my father meanwhile frantic in the thought that some random car stopped and picked me up for a cross-country adventure. Eventually a neighbor found me wandering out of the store, still dreaming of the day I would own one of those cool cowboy items. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Somewhat later, the frantic wandering and ensuing search still fresh in my father's mind, he was working in the garage and thought I was playing the house right next to the garage. A short time later he came in to check on me, and I was nowhere to be found. Full neighborhood search force was called into action almost immediately. No sign of me at the grocery store, nor anywhere in... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And another one comes to mind... also on a hot summer day. Same setup: father absorbed in a project in the garage, me playing contentedly in the yard next to the garage... and then I'm nowhere to be found. Same ensuing chaos... neighbors, relatives, random acquaintances all enlisted in the search. I, in my childish way of thinking, had decided to seek refuge from the heat by climbing... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I'm not sure what the takeaway of these stories might be. Perhaps that my father shouldn't have attempted such absorbing projects when responsible for watching his chidren. Perhaps that I was a trouble-maker even then. All I know is that I somehow survived and, for awhile, thrived. Who knows what bearing this had on my current health issues, though I doubt it played much of a role.... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Ahh good stories - Steve C
I have a similar story - also under the care of my Dad - when my cousin and I decided to hop a cab and head to the grocery store while he was sleeping by the pool. We were 14 and were in Cancun Mexico at the time, so when Mom and my aunt got home and found us gone and Dad couldn't tell her where we'd gone, the proverbial shit hit the proverbial fan. Dad was in so much trouble. So were we, actually... - WebGoddess
Dads make such good fall guys, though. Blame it on Dad! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I hadn't seen Steve's post ( ) before writing and posting these, but I consider myself and my family very fortunate that claw machines did not exist in this era. (Not in our vicinity, at least.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mark, now you would be setting cell-phone Amber alerts with your naughty behavior! - Janet
Instead of a boxcar child I'd be a milkbox child, many times over. Thankfully I moved on from disappearing to my somewhat famous "pyro" phase. Surprisingly, some of those tales are yet to be told, because the perpetrator was never identified. ;) (Though I'm sure my father had/has his suspicions.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Dodged a bullet on the big storm that was supposed to hit us... so far. We're getting some light rain but only a drizzle. Most of the day it was dry, windy and cold. Tonight the backside of the storm (the butt of the storm?) might bring some snow or more rain, but the worst has passed. Up nort' dey ain't so lucky, don'cha know.
I just want to be able to pull all the film off of my windows, but I'm not going to do so until we stop dropping into the 20's and 30's at night. That could still be weeks away. DAMN YOU WINTER! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Temps are in the low low 30's F, the forecast calls for snow and then rain, the winds are ENE at ~20 mph. I'm going to go on a bike ride with my new bike. I might be crazy, but I'm really anxious to try it out with my mostly-pain-free hip. Report to follow (if I survive.) #ObligatoryWeatherPost (partially, anyhow)
This really makes me sound like a wimp. In college I often bicycled to campus in subzero weather and heavy snow, on a skinny tired racer/road bike! Now I'm on a much wider tire attired hybrid, and the weather is "comfy" by comparison. So, yes, I'm a wimp. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Cold strong winds were cold, and strong. Did about 10 miles at a pretty decent pace, then stopped for a sandwich and a warm beverage. The final leg of about 5 miles was rough because it was into the wind and required climbing the 200 foot bluffs around here that separate the downtown and UW campus from my home. I'm tired. But, hey, I did it. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, riding on an upright bike rather than a recumbent has reminded me whereof the probable origination of the expression "numbnuts" began. #TMI - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We all did things in college that we're not as capable of doing anymore. It's life. - Spidra Webster
My brain knows that, Spidra, but my ego resists. I want to be that young stud again! (If only in my mind, then as now.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
This afternoon I drove to my hometown (about an hour) to see my parents. On the way back, driving into the setting sun on a winding 2 lane highway, I came upon a total of 8 Amish horse-drawn carriages...
...and a dozen grazing deer along the roadside. All of this may sound bucolic, or even idyllic, but believe me, when you're squinting to look through glare of a low setting sun directly aligned with the road you're on, STRESSFUL is the operative word. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Dusk is never a good time to be driving along a 2 lane highway bordered by woods for mile after mile. The deer like to forage for food along the edge of the highway, and are skitterish about approaching vehicles. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
The Amish horse-drawn wagons are required to have lights attached to the front an rear of the carriage. The lights have a brightness roughly equivalent to a single candle. Even in complete darkness it only become visible at a distance of 50 - 100 feet, depending upon humidity. Really kind of scary for everyone involved, particularly since they often can't get the right side of the rig... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
It is so hard to get the deer to wear those reflective triangles - maʀtha
You speak the truth, Martha. Though the reflection of their eyes is far brighter than those teeny lanterns on the Amish carriages. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I had a contractor friend give me a rough estimate of what it would cost today to take care of ALL of the major projects/renovations/replacements that I have on my list. I knew it would be totally unrealistic for my budget right now, but it was actually less than I expected. So i guess this is good news?
To replace the roof, soffits, fascia and gutters, ALL of the windows (except the bay window in the kitchen dining nook which was added after initial construction and actually DOES insulate somewhat) would run about $25K. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Adding an exterior stair off of the balcony deck to the back yard adds another $2600. And the last (and lowest priority) improvement would be to add maintenance free siding over the existing redwood, which is the stuff that gave me so much grief when I did last summer's painting project. That would bring the total to $36K. So, hey ol' FF buddies... ol' pals... I'll send you some naked pics for a $5K contribution! For $10K I'll send pics of someone else! For $20K I promise not to send any! ;-P - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Seriously, I was expecting the roof alone to cost $20K. I figured the windows would cost $10K or so, but that was for just the biggest ones. He's figuring in the french doors to the balcony, and all of the smaller windows in the lower level and the bathrooms. So that's a relief, in an odd way. Maybe if I can do it in stages over 10 years or so, it might be manageable. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I remember hearing a financial advisor on WPR telling a prospective home buyer that he should expect to spend about 10% of the purchase price annually for maintenance and needed improvements. My jaw dropped, but now that doesn't seem so extreme. I guess I/we were fortunate in our previous homes, because we never came close to that ratio. On the otherhand, I could do a lot more of the regular maintenance myself, as well as some "special" projects. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And just to be clear, I'm kidding (KIDDING!) about donations... too many people with real and urgent needs out there. (I would sell the naked pics, however.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
We put a lot of money (for us) into the house when we bought it. We couldn't afford to get the yard, kitchen, or master bath done. It'll be a while. :-/ - Yvonne from FFHound!
The windows will give you immediate return on heat/air conditioning. - Janet from FFHound!
Definitely, especially in another winter like we just had! (And are still having...) That would be my highest priority except that the roof will soon reach a point where I'll either have to go with stop gap repairs year after year, or get the whole thing done right and not have to deal with it anymore. (And probably not the next one or two owners after me.) But still, shelling out $300... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Seems exceptionally reasonable what type of roofing will it be and is it a re-shingle or complete tear down to frame? We're in the same boat I do most work but am now paying for major landscaping work. - Steve C
Oh, and a wood stove in the lower level. Which will will really help keep the bedroom areas of the house warmer at night. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I know, it does seem reasonable, Steve. The roof is warranted for 30 years, and the shingles will be the "architectural style." He'll do a complete tear down and lay down the ice water barrier around the perimeter and the "valleys"... I was considering a metal roof, which carries a 50 year warranty, but I won't be around for most of that and I'm not sure the eventual buyer would view it... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Wow in that case that is a great deal! Roof alone down to tear down and replace is at least $15K - Steve C
The guy who is providing the estimate is trying to do a lot of projects this spring, summer and fall so that he can finish purchasing a piece of property up nort' and build himself a small cabin to serve as his abode in retirement. As such he's willing to offer better than normal pricing so he can get the amount of work he wants. He knows his stuff, but I do have to watch him a bit on... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Commenting on that "10% for maintenance..." Wow. If that was true around here, we'd move into a rental, since that would be considerably more than our total annual spending on *everything.* That is, house maintenance, food, utilities, clothing, entertainment...everything. - Walt Crawford
I'm glad I'm not the only one who balked at that number, Walt. In the three houses that I've previously owned, I'd say we spent 10% - 15% of the mortgage *payment* each month (on average). Many months it was much less, but then an occasional big item would need repair or replacement. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Istayed up until 2:45 a.m. I had tracked down my camera tripod (mini-version) and thought I was all set. When the eclipse finally happened, I turned on my camera and the battery was dead. Doh! Ergo, these pics are taken with my low light limited, tripod non-compatible smartphone camera.
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Pretty exciting, I know. Can't understand what caused my camera's battery to run down so soon. I also have a backup battery, but it wasn't where it is supposed to be, and a quick search yielded nothing in the time available. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
So... DOH! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
The moon(?) looks like a used post blood donation puncture cover cotton ball. - Eivind
Don't remind me! Had a loooooong needle stuck into my hip joint this (yesterday) morning! I'm still wearing the bandage! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
And, yes, I should have said "lunar eclipse." That makes at least two mistakes so far. I'm fighting to hold onto my "C" grade! (And that assessment doesn't include typos!) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Um... the pics posted on the Washington Post website are slightly more impressive than mine. For instance, you can actually tell that that dot is a heavenly body, and not some dust mote or inflamed pimple. And they did time lapse images of the moon traversing the sky and changing incrementally as it did so. I could've tried that, but it would've looked like a line of aphids crawling... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Sometimes... on occasion... I may use more words than necessary to express a thought or idea. Just thought I'd give you all a heads up on that.
Are you sure about that? - Kirsten
You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means - Steve C
"Heads up"? "Necessary"? "Thought"? (I do get confused on the "thought" thing. Because I get confused when I "think." Or at least when I "think" I'm "thinking" or "thought" I was "thinking"...which, truthfully, I may not have been. So I guess I just convinced myself that you meant something "thinking." ... I rest my case. (And my keister, because I'm exhausted from all of that "thinking." - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, Kirsten, I thought I was sure, but now I just don't know... life is like that you know. You think you're on the right track and then *boom* something comes along to set your brain on another track. Like the time back in the late 70's when I was watching the UW homecoming game. The game was close, the victory on the line, and then *boom* the cheerleaders ran past me to perform on... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
:-D - Kirsten
Say hello to my leetl' frien'! My leetl' squirrely frien', that is. Pics are taken through my bay window, so the glass is a factor. Still he was pretty cooperative, holding poses to allow several shots, except when that dreary gray squirrel came and ruined the moment. Then he (she?) went to a higher branch, and we continued.
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I guess FF must order the pics by filename rather than the order added to the photo queue. I'll have to start renaming the files to get the proper sequence. Anyway, this is the almost-albino-but-less-so-than-a-couple-weeks-ago squirrely friend. (The long qualifier is to differentiate him/her from all of my other squirrelly friends, many of whom are here on FF.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, it's very difficult to get a photo unobstructed by branches when BRANCHES ARE EVERYWHERE! The fact that my camera's automatic flash would kick in at random--thereby spooking my subject--didn't help matters. I would never make it as a wildlife photographer. "Excuse me, Mr. Lion? Excuse me? Could you just hold that pose for another moment while I change this from "landscape" to "portrait"... that would REALLY be helpful! You're awesome. YES YOU ARE. WHO'S THE AWESOME LION! That's right! YOU ARE!" - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Dang! I was just going to DM a longstanding FFer to thank them for some quality features they've made available as enhancements to FF. I believe we've been connected almost since I first came here regularly almost 6 years ago. (Can it be that long?) Anyway, he's apparently blocked me. Why does errbody hate me all of a sudden!?!
I honestly don't recall any "spats" here, or even any recent exchanges of any sort. Despite my best efforts (not that great, I grant you) I guess I've become more annoying than I thought. Dang. But, well, I shall forge ahead, for I yam what I yam. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
And to all of you who are still my friends, this isn't a ploy to "fish" for compliments. Just a statement of self-reflection at the discovery of this unfortunate turn of events. So don't feel compelled to post the nice things that many of you have in the recent past. The increasing frequency of these developments renders those kindly gestures unnecessary, 'cuz I remember them well... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I know, I know... I should just let these things go. And I have for most of the last 5 years. But in all of that time I was only aware of one time when I was blocked, and it was due to an unfortunate misundertanding for which I take full responsibility. Understandable. But now it's on another level. So I am obsessing just a bit, because this is FriendFeed. I don't care about this stuff... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I luh my FF buds. Even those who sever ties. I'll turn the other cheek, people! (It might not be the one you're expecting, though. Oh wait, you know me, so you probably will be expecting that one.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
After staying up way too late to take pics of the lunar eclipse, I had to get up just a couple hours later to take daughter to her 7 a.m. shift at the UW library, and to drop off her artwork at the Fine Arts building on the way. I greeted her at the door with a vanilla latte when I arrived to pick her up. She's gonna miss her ol' pappy...
I'm making DAMN SURE of that! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I should clarify that she always protests that she can just walk and carry the three armloads/backloads of stuff. But seriously, she's my daughter. It's one of the increasingly fewer things that I can do to be of assistance. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
That's really sweet! - Yvonne from FFHound!
She has less than 4 weeks of classes left, and it's going by really quickly. Fortunately she'll be back here for 6 weeks or so this summer as a German-language "camp" counselor. (No NAZI uniforms will be issued or tolerated.) So I've got that to help ease the transition. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I stayed up until 2:45 a.m. I had tracked down my camera tripod (mini-version) and thought I was all set. When the eclipse finally happened, I turned on my camera and the battery was dead. Doh! Ergo, these pics are taken with my low light limited, tripod non-compatible smartphone camera.
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Accidentally posted the uncropped versions in my post made a few minutes ago. Here are the cropped (and zoomed) pics. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Not necessarily in chronological order... apparently. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
If I had stayed up another 30 minutes the moon would've been blood red. But I didn't. Cuz I was tired. Still am. Hopefully the next of the tetrad series will peak at a more midwest-friendly time of night. ("Time of day" doesn't really get us where we need to be, y'see.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, the spare camera battery that eluded me at 2:30 a.m. was found almost exactly where it was supposed to be, and is nearly fully charged without intervention from me. It's almost as if my brain wasn't functioning on all cylinders at that hour! However, I haven't located that charging cable OR the SPARE charging cable! This is why I should never "organize" my stuff. Finding it becomes infinitely more difficult. (At least by my half-arsed method of organizing.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Very nice, Mark. I didn't even attempt to stay up. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Thanks Stephan, it did turn out better than I expected given that I was trying to stabilize the camera with my hand propped at an odd angle on a wobbly fence railing. Just wish I'd had actual optical zooming capability. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I terminated my Yahoo account last night. I use it so infrequently that I can never remember the password, so I end up resetting it and then not using it for another year. That includes the email account. Feels like tying up a dangling loose end. Should of done it long ago. Guess that means my Flickr account is done as well. (Have to confirm that.)
This is the year of the great unraveling of nearly two decades of cyber-entanglements. Now, if I could just figure out a way to wipe out that GeoCities webpage... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I started early spring cleaning a while back. It is surprising how many accounts I was unable to remove. But yeah, deleting your Yahoo account will affect Flickr as well. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
While I can't say that I enjoyed the needle going all the way into the hip joint (even with local anesthetic) I'm really liking the result of the injection. Walking pain free and I can even lift my right leg into and out of the driver's area of the car without wincing. Better living through chemistry.
And after the 45 minute wait because I went there too early, it took all of 20 mintutes for the procedure. Half of that involved a thorough explanation of what was about to happen. Medical care has changed a lot since I was a young man. They never explained much of anything back then. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
sounds like I could use this. Who recommended this to you? - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Val, my primary doctor referred me to an orthopod, who in turn recommended this cortisone injection directly into the hip joint using a flouroscope to make sure the needle was inthe right location. Otherwise the odds are about 70/30 in favor of proper placement. I had the first injection a couple years ago in the office of my primary doctor, but that was in more accessible part of the joint. This deeper injection directly into the joint should (hopefully) last more than a couple months. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
thanks I am going to mention this to mine. - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Ed Head wants to have a word with you... be afraid... be very afraid.
Sorry for the frightful face. Once again I was deeply in thought trying to adjust the camera settings on my tablet and (inadvertently) touched the shutter button. I thought it was interesting because when I look at it my face seems to be receding into the darkness. (Or maybe that's just my screen acting weird.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also. That doesn't look anything like the way I *think* I look. What's up with that!? #NotSafeForChildren #EatcherHeartOutAntonLaVay - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I haven't looked anything like I think I look for 20+ years now. :^) - Friar Will
ZARDOZ SPEAKS. - Big Joe Silence
On my screen the #EatcherHeartOut hashtag is displaying in bold black text. How did I do that? - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
you clicked on the hashtag and got search results for it? that usually results in the search text being bolded. - Big Joe Silence
Ach, I'm and idiot. I inadvertently touched the hashtag and FF went into search mode, displaying the resulting found instances (of which that was the ONLY one) in bold. Doh! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
You got it, Joe. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
*waits for rifles and revolvers to come spilling out of your mouth as your head hovers over the shoreline* - Big Joe Silence
[A bit of background... Ed Head was a comic strip in our college newspaper here, created by an art student who loved to provoke those who experienced his art.. The strip conisted of a large floating head with a face and glasses. (It' simple to draw, people.)Think Hank Hill, but without a body. Ed would hover over the goings on of "normal" people, and make some tngentially obtuse observation about what he witnessed.] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
In other words, Ed Head and I have a lot in common. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
I'm probably going to have to pay another $40 copay today. Second one in as many weeks, and the fourth one in the past month. And it comes on top of the hospital bills I'm already paying off in installments. Even with insurance this business about trying to stay healthy is pricey.
Yeah, I really loathe deductibles. I wish we could spread them throughout the year on installment instead of all coming in Q1 of the year. - Spidra Webster
The hospital clerks always act as if co-pays are no big deal, because they're relatively small compared to the cost of the actual service. But that's kind of a skewed comparison since the co-pays are adding up to more than my food budget for recent months. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
The hospital's financial office is letting me pay the bill for my hospitalization in monthly installments, with a minimum of 10% each month. Of course, when you're talking about a balance of several $K it still hits pretty hard. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I began Medicare B when I retired Nov 1. I keep getting a $214 bill per doctor visit (I've had 2 visits since then). Called and found out that the office didn't notify Soc Sec until March 21! And it takes 30-90 days for MedB to kick in. In fact I should pay nothing since my copay should be picked up by my retirement plan. They assure me that I don't have to pay and the insurance will catch up. For now neither plan is paying because each one is waiting to be covered by the other plan. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I had a similar experience when my private health insurance (through my former spouse's employer) expired. I didn't know that I needed to notify Medicare that they were no longer my secondary insurer, mostly because I never designated them as such! Anyway, the way their system works, if the primary insurer (as designated by them) doesn't pay anything, they don't either. Even if they're... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I made the last comment on 70% of the posts in my "My discussions" feed that are not posted by me. Sometimes I talks too much.
I just did my bimonthly Twitter login, and then ran JustUnfollow to see what's been going on with that. Turns out @JohnCleese hasn't followed me back. Ah well, for him I'll make an exception.
But, seriously, it's been about 5 years John! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Dang! Changing passwords across all sites is a PAIN IN THE KEISTER!
It gives you a lot a time to consider the real value of whether being online is a good idea. - Greg GuitarBuster
Unless you know sites have revoked old certificates what's the point. (If that's what you were referring to.) - Stephan Planken from iPhone
You might want to check the sites via to see if you're changing them too early. Also assuming it's due to the Heartbleed/OpenSSL issue. - (Curtis/Alan) Jackson
I've been checking out which one's have implemented the OpenSSL patch and resetting those. I' ve also been continuing the process that I go through every year to change passwords, though it's getting to the point where quarterly seems like the maximum interval I should risk. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
With close to 350 passwords, I know how you feel. :-/ - April Russo
Whoa! That's about 10x as many as I'm dealing with. But then again, I don't get out much. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Maybe if I got out more, I wouldn't have as many. (in my defense, I'd have to say at least a third are work related) - April Russo
LastPass and Google's double authentication don't get along very well.
Also, accessing a site via LastPass seems to disable various options in Google chrome. Or maybe I'm doing something wrong? For example, there is no "Request Desktop Site" option in the Chrome drop-down menu. Hvorfor er det så? - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Mr. Snow paid us a visit overnight. Mr. Snow! Can't you figure it out? You ain't wanted round here no mo'! #ObligatoryWeatherPost
Also, Mr. Snow is not a drug-related euphemism. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I lost the password to my router, so I couldn't give it to my sister's SO, which he needed to get some work done online this morning. Since I was going to need it for other reasons sooner or later, I decided to reset the router to the factory defaults and setup a new one. Bad idea.
Turns out that because my router is more than 3 years old (man o man time flies!) Netgear won't do diddly squat unless I pay $130 for 6 mos. support, or $40 for a one time deal. I told 'em I may as well go out and by the latest router (with free support) instead. Apparently I need to update the firmware, which would be a piece of cake if I had internet access. Guess I'll have lug everything to Starbucks and do it with their wifi. I've never had a problem getting support on an older device (except computers, of course. When 6 months of extended support costs more than the device cost,in the first place, I can't imagine too many people taking the deal. Next time I'll make damn sure I don't lose all of my setting, setup notes and miscellaneous rambling notes during the process of moving! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
I had heard Netgear had terrible support, but this sounds like extortion! - Anika
Why did you need to contact them in the first place? Plus, often you can export the config for later. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
You're thinking logically and coherently, Stephan. Neither of those elements was in play in last night's situation. There other extenuating circumstances, but the crux is that I inadvertently blasted ALL of the settings rather just the few that I intended. That and a nervous sister's boyfriend breathing down my neck caused a tension-filled (and fueled) episode of borkiness. It wasn't pretty. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
That charge is a little crazy. Why do you need to update firmware to reset your password? - Eric - Watch Me Now
You could flash a free, open source firmware to it. DD-WRT springs to mind. - Steel Penguin Slippy from Android
Yoke, I was told that I needed to update the firmware after the tech support guy had me run a few cursory tests. Based on the results, he said that the update was necessary and there would a (huge) charge for him to help with it. I've downloaded the firmware update to my phone via the cellular network, so hopefully I'll be able to get back up and rolling then. In the meantime I've... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
I vote you tell sister's boyfriend that Starbucks has free wifi. - Spidra Webster
Haha.I actually suggested that, even though he works remotely, they require him to work at specific times, starting at 4 a.m. It's an odd situation for many reasons! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Can't you just reset the router and use the default password? It's usually on a label on the router. - Jenny H. from Android
That's what we started with, Jenny. But that's apparently when something went awry. The cable modem is connected to the ISP and the computer's Ethernet connection with the router seems to be unlocked, but the router isn't bridging the computer/modem gap. That's when the Netgear tech guy said the firmware was the problem... and the rest is history. Once I can get through to confirm the ISP login parameters for the router setup, hopefully things will be copacetic once more. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Ah, as I reread the opening post, I realize that I left out some key information. (I was posting from my smartphone, which only shows one short line of the typed text in the edit box. No wonder everyone was thinking I must be a total nimnal, which I am, but that's beside the point. ) Suffice it to say that the factory reset wasn't behaving as expected, and only then did I discover that... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Sure is nice to have access to the internets again. Good morning, FFers!
I'm a bit stiff and sore after my bike ride yesterday. I think that's due to the fact that it was cold and windy as much as the muscle exertion factor. But I got out there, damMIT! That's what counts. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Also, I just baked a cherry pie. Not from scratch, but it looks a whole lot better than what I would've ended up with if I'd tried a homemade version. But 2 hours of cool down seems a bit unfair to me. #ContraFARP - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Okay, I only waited and hour... so sue me. Also, it's mighty tasty. Also, cherry pie for breakfast should be required of all potential voters before they're actually allowed to vote. #InstillsHumanitarianPhilosophyofLife - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
"He's a young thing and cannot leave his mother" #canhebakeacherrypie - Greg GuitarBuster
"She's my cherry pie * Cool drink of water * Such a sweet surprise * Tastes so good * Make a grown man cry * Sweet cherry pie oh yea * She's my cherry pie * Put a smile on your face * Ten miles wide * Looks so good * Bring a tear to your eye * Sweet cherry pie" - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
^^I've never heard a band sing so enthusiastically about baked goods! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
I miss Bernie Mac. Every now and then when I'm feeling like the world has gotten even more crazy than it was, I just want to sit down and have a talk with America like he used to do. Truth be told, I do this... but only in my head. (And I use my Bernie Mac voice.)
I thought I was the only one who had an inner Bernie Mac voice. - Anika
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