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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Thrift Score!
« Last post by VorFemme on Today at 11:48:43 AM »
Had that "must go there" vibe, too - Brighton brown leather wallet on a strap (a little saddle soap cleans real leather nicely) and this one holds my checkbook, too.  The only thing is no where to put the cell phone (I need to find my "good" pen to put in it). 

Buxton black leather cell phone wallet with the expanding pockets for credit cards (found a strap in my "stash" that matches closely enough - don't know if the strap is real leather or not) - my only issue is that the cell phone part is for a phone wider than mine (Blackberry or even an iPhone might fit).  But for travel, either lets me keep the essentials on me without worrying about the cell phone falling out of my pocket if I'm using this one.  No place to put the check book - but it's been months since I wrote a check anyway....

Back pack (supposed to be the next great thing for fall) - I don't mind paying $8 for something that I might use only when flying...if it proves comfortable, I might wear it when shopping...but I've never had a "backpack purse" and I'm not sure if it will be comfortable or not.  Or will I find that I knock things over a lot so that I decide to wear something else....

$2 for a "basket" that is two Texas shapes held together with strips of lathe - it's going to be in my kitchen (retired military wife - we moved back to Texas and I'm reveling in it - there is a basket, an embroidered Texas held up with a scrap of barbed wire, and a Texas shaped Wilton baking pan - all from thrift shops). 
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Hilia,
A small sprinkling of stories like this, right as I was buying my house had me asking to NOT have an escrow account.  Every time I hear another story in this vein, I am just so glad so many people do tell these stories.   And I make sure to take the part of the person who mentioned before that they didn't do an escrow account.

On the other hand, I'm very glad that my property taxes are paid from an escrow account.  This year saw we had a county treasurer who was at best incompetent; there is a strong suspicion that she was dishonest.  When they finally got in to search her office, there were hundreds of undeposited property tax checks stashed in boxes, in her desk, all over.  At least by having the mortgage company pay my property taxes, I was spared having to prove I'd sent in the check without having anything to back it up - no cancelled check, no bank transaction, no receipt or other evidence of payment - not to mention having a large check outstanding against my account for months.
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Hilia,
A small sprinkling of stories like this, right as I was buying my house had me asking to NOT have an escrow account.  Every time I hear another story in this vein, I am just so glad so many people do tell these stories.   And I make sure to take the part of the person who mentioned before that they didn't do an escrow account.
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Family and Children / Re: Misunderstanding between teacher and DS
« Last post by Mental Magpie on Today at 11:37:30 AM »
How do you cheat at running?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosie_Ruiz

That's quite interesting; thank you for sharing!


When I asked, I was envisioning the physical act of running as the part that was cheated and didn't consider taking shortcuts or the likes.
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Probably the worst case of corporate split-brain syndrome:

We have to have flood insurance because we live in a 100 year flood plain and we have an FHA mortgage.  The policy effective date is May 1 each year.  This year, there was a big national blowup over flood insurance; for a while it looked as though everyone's premiums were going to go up ridiculous amounts (mine was supposed to go from $1400/yr to over $4k a year).  It was a mess for a while, and it delayed writing my new policy.  Things eventually settled down shortly before the expiration of my old policy, and my premium actually went down to $1200/yr.

My insurance is paid from an escrow account.  Starting in March, I started getting reminders from my mortgage company: make sure to provide proof of an active flood insurance policy by April 30, otherwise we're going to buy flood insurance for you and it will be extremely expensive.  So I start talking to my insurance agent to make sure it's handled.  She says she's sent the paperwork and all is good.

I keep getting more and more urgent notices from the mortgage company.  I contact my insurance company again.  Yes, they sent the documents.  I call the mortgage company insurance department; no, they don't have my policy.  Send it again.  Still no.  And get it done asap, because we're going to buy that super-expensive policy in 7 days.  But I see by looking at my online mortgage statement that the flood insurance premium has been paid to my insurance company, although the premium reflects last year's amount instead of this year's.  The mortgage company insists that they didn't pay it because they didn't have the new documents, and they're going to buy the expensive policy.  I'm losing my mind at this point.

Finally I try calling the bank's main customer service line instead of the phone number that's been on all the correspondence I've received.  I get routed to another area of the insurance department, where a supervisor cheerfully tells me that of course they have my policy, they've had it since the first time my agent sent it, and sure, the correct premium was paid well before the deadline.  The other people I've been dealing with didn't know about any of this because one area is manual processing and one is automatic, and the two don't communicate.  Oh, and the premium is displayed incorrectly on the online statement because they use a 3rd party vendor to do their data entry, and they must have just entered the amount from last year without looking at the actual account activity.

We've only had the mortgage a year, and everything else has been ok, but I keep a very close eye on my statements.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Swearing three year old
« Last post by Goosey on Today at 11:31:11 AM »
Well, yes, there are obviously those who find humor in posting video of a preschooler using obscenity and those who don't. Similarly, there are those who find amusement in embarrassing pictures and video from somebody's childhood and some who don't.  People send in their own embarrassing photos from childhood to the Ellen show for her to broadcast so it obviously isn't a fringe group. There are also a lot of movies where the central theme of the humor is based around embarrassment. Not my cup of tea, but they seem to do well at box office.

Those are all true. I've never experienced that type of entertainment at a wedding reception.
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Weirdest food combo I ever ended up eating was scrambled eggs with a green salad (lettuce/raw tomatoes/carrot slices/raw onions) for breakfast.
When I read this, I thought of the Frasier theme song: "Oh baby I hear the blues a-calling, tossed salads and scrambled eggs..." :)
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All In A Day's Work / Re: Oh, dear, someone stole the thief's pizza
« Last post by Lynn2000 on Today at 11:27:25 AM »
You could offer the job of cleaning out the fridge to Grace, with the understanding that she can do what she wants with the old food, as long as it doesn't stay in the fridge.

If any solution involves getting Grace to do something different, I don't think it's going to work. ;) She actually keeps extra food at work in the science fridges because it won't fit in the food fridge, and the boss allows it. I think she thinks we're her extra cold storage place.

Where I worked, we didn't have any food hoarders.  And we did have a sign on the fridge warning people that unlabeled food would be thrown out every Friday at 4pm (it was considered a janitorial assignment) and labeled food would be tossed if it had obviously gone bad.  So our fridge stayed pretty clean.

I wish! The janitors don't throw out the food here though, we have the hourly interns do it, and I can barely prod them into doing it once a month. I think the problem is that I am a fanatic about throwing the suspect food away, whereas Grace is a fanatic about keeping it, and everyone else is somewhere in the middle or doesn't want to get involved. We basically do have those rules about labeling the food though, it's more the enforcement of them.

Next time you do a clean out, 'ruin' the food you throw out. Rip wrappers, open things, pour liquids down the sink. She can't get anything out of the bin if the ancient-but-hopefully-not-stinky-yet yoghurt has been opened and poured all over the stuff that looked too suspect to poke into. ;)

That requires you to be willing to open ancient yogurt though.  ;D That stuff is staying SEALED!

I think that is what has prevented me from opening things in the past. But I work in a lab, we have latex gloves and a variety of cleaning products. I just need to buck up and do it! :)

Actually, I think I will have the intern clean out the fridge today, while Grace is gone...
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Shalamar on Today at 11:26:19 AM »
I love zucchini, and I've planted it every year for the last few years.  The first year, I got lots of healthy plants and no zucchini.  The following year, lots of healthy plants and three small zucchini.   Last year, lots of healthy plants and a dozen zucchini.  Hooray!  Thinking that I finally had my act together, I planted again this year.  Lots of healthy plants, no zucchini.  >:(
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Swearing three year old
« Last post by Sharnita on Today at 11:24:58 AM »
Well, yes, there are obviously those who find humor in posting video of a preschooler using obscenity and those who don't. Similarly, there are those who find amusement in embarrassing pictures and video from somebody's childhood and some who don't.  People send in their own embarrassing photos from childhood to the Ellen show for her to broadcast so it obviously isn't a fringe group. There are also a lot of movies where the central theme of the humor is based around embarrassment. Not my cup of tea, but they seem to do well at box office.

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