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  • February 23, 2017, 08:12:29 AM

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Thrift Score!
« Last post by RevMaxx on Yesterday at 10:53:52 PM »
Oh Sheesh! This came up today with me and DearHubs recounting "thrift-score-type-thingies".
I would have posted this earlier, If I'd have realized it's a gem to share so others can benefit!

We do not do any black-friday shopping. We actually don't go into any store unless absolutely necessary during November & December...Except the grocery store at about 11:00 am on the day after US Thanksgiving.

Fresh (never frozen), natural turkeys - Ahhh normally US$3.99 per pound, are discounted the day after Thanksgiving. We scored three this year (2016) for .59c per pound!

Actually, all turkeys were discounted, with name brands and lesser knowns going for only .19c per lb.  We scooped up the last seven birds for .19c a lb. for the local church Food Pantry.   They turned them into a lovely Christmas Community meal for those that might have missed out on a Joyous meal for the holidays.  Just a heads-up for you all for next year.  :)
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Holidays / Re: Your holiday hill to die on.
« Last post by JadeGirl on Yesterday at 10:49:26 PM »
snipping quote tree...

My father was a very quiet man, not given to showing a lot of emotion of any kind.  My mother regularly called him 'Mr Spock'.
However...when I was a teenager, I remember one incident.  My father came home with a bag of stuff for my mother.  He had noticed that she was running out of her favorite scented powders and toilet water, and thought he'd pick up some more for her. It wasn't her birthday or any special occasion, he just noticed that she was running low.
My mother cried. 
I thought that was very touching, and unfortunately, I have not yet met a man who is anything like that.

I am feeling a bit teary reading about your dad!  He sounds like a lovely man, and you totally deserve someone as good as him  :)
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I somehow cracked a rib (while laying in bed surfing the internet).
There is apparently little that can be done for this other than OTC pain relievers.

Sneezing is currently my mortal enemy.

What about at least wrapping your rib-cage? Maybe not corset tight but at least stretchy wraps or medical bandage/tape? To stabilize your ribs much like not much can be done for broken fingers or toes other than splinting/wrapping them.

 Any wrapping at all is not encouraged as it encourages you to breathe shallower than you normally would . This encourages pneumonia.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by JadeAngel on Yesterday at 09:31:16 PM »
A couple I am friends with on FB have set up one of those FundMe pages to cover the costs of converting part of their home into emergency accommodation for a friend of theirs who has no place to stay. Which is very noble of them, however what they did was to set up the FundMe page and then immediately go ahead and set up the space at the cost of around two thousand dollars. To date the donations on the page only total around $800 so all this couple's FB friends are being bombarded with messages pleading with them to make up the shortfall because the couple has spent money they didn't have expecting that their expenses would be covered by donations.

While I have sympathy for them, they really should have waited to see the total of the donations and then spent the money accordingly, perhaps adjusting their plans if the amount wasn't quite what they had hoped for rather than putting it all on their credit cards with no clear plan to pay it off if the donations didn't come through.

Agreed. And why are they spending all this money in the first place?

We don't know who the person is who needs the "emergency accommodations" nor why they need them.  Presumably the 'emergency' would soon be over and the person would find somewhere else to live and the couple would have a $2000 home improvement to capitalize with for as long as they owned the house or when they sold the house!  Would I contribute?  I don't think so!

As far as I know the friend is not in any way impaired or disabled, but was looking at having to live on the streets if he couldn't find new lodgings. Beyond that I have no idea why he couldn't live in an existing area of their home, possibly there simply wasn't space I can't speculate.

Adding to the tale of woe, the husband of the couple was just diagnosed with a medical condition which required surgery and an extended stay in hospital. The couple have now set up a second GoFundMe asking for donations towards the medical bills as they have not yet managed to pay off the credit cards for the remodelling of their garage and have no funds for emergencies like this. This is pretty much the exact knock on effect I was afraid of when I saw the outcome of the first appeal. I haven't looked at the donations page and I do hope they get the funds to dig themselves out of this hole, but I'm not in a position at the moment to offer them financial assistance.
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New (to me) car!  I've been in a long term rental since my last car died on me in September. Yay!

Yay!  Congratulations on your new wheels!  ;D
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All In A Day's Work / Re: Preventing gifting by a coworker
« Last post by gramma dishes on Yesterday at 08:53:29 PM »
I would suggest "Oh thank you for remembering me, Tim / Sally. But I cannot accept it, unfortunately. It is / probably is a lovely present, of course, but we don't know each very well and I wouldn't want to violate company policies by accepting this gift." If the gift giver is someone with a very obvious crush or a history of questionable behavior, a trip straight to HR afterwards would be a good idea (to prevent retaliation such as "I think Mark is my secret boyfriend and he intimidated me into a gift giving exchange")

I like this.  In case there really is no company policy preventing the gift giving, he could say "... and I wouldn't want to risk violating company policy by accepting this" based on the possibility that in the future one of them could be the other's superior.
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No, but I've seen people using my real name...  (It's not super rare or eligible for the baby names thread, but it also not a very common name.  Although it's getting more so.)

It makes me grrrr, even though I have absolutely no right to.   What can I say?  I'm possessive about my name, even though plenty of other people share it.   ::)

Are you aware that there is a Giraffe message board?  www.giraffeboards.com

Snark board! For the Straight Dope Message Board  ( http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/) and any other board... but since its inception a few decades back (it seems) it complains about a lot of stuff... carry an umbrella (protection for storms and has a pointy end).

As far as my username here ... it is pretty close to many.  My usual user name, well, I found only one other person using it the last time I checked (about 2 years ago). And only on 1 forum.  I don't recall if they posted more than once because it was a vanity search and I just went "huhn".
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"I hesitate to bring this up, but we just had some guests that used essential oil diffusers and strong smelling personal care products...Would it be possible for you to minimize the use of scented products while you are staying with us? DH and I are sensitive to them.  Thanks! Can't wait to see you Sunday!"

This is perfect and what I would say to a new guest or future guests if I had a scent problem.

But I would not worry about how the room smells now to _you_ for any future guests unless they, too, have a scent problem.  Simply because most of us* don't have super smelling and smells don't bother us.



*I'm a smoker and a super smeller.  I'm addicted to cigs. But I can follow a scent to its source 80% of the time.  Which is more than my non-smoking husband can do. He slept in the room a mouse died. For days.  Until I finally gave up my aversion due to missing my bed and sniffed and sniffed and... found the lil guy dead in an electrical socket which had a hole that was promptly filled so no re-occurrence would ever happen again.

But I also can "smell" stuff that is non-existent on the yearly times I get a sinus infection. I kind of like not smelling the yucky stuff most of the time and only rarely get sad I don't smell the good stuff.  Because I can smell a lilac spray... even if I can't always smell that they are blooming.
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New (to me) car!  I've been in a long term rental since my last car died on me in September. Yay!
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I somehow cracked a rib (while laying in bed surfing the internet).
There is apparently little that can be done for this other than OTC pain relievers.

Sneezing is currently my mortal enemy.

What about at least wrapping your rib-cage? Maybe not corset tight but at least stretchy wraps or medical bandage/tape? To stabilize your ribs much like not much can be done for broken fingers or toes other than splinting/wrapping them.
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