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jpcher

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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #840 on: July 14, 2013, 01:34:42 PM »
Don't try to simply walk off of your bed. The floor is a whole lot further away than you think.

Oh, and when helium balloons* lose some of their air? They tend to travel . . . why they travel toward a wind source (ceiling fan) is beyond me. You would think the wind would blow them further away. (If anybody could explain this phenomenon, I would appreciate it. Thanks!)


The other day I came home from work and heard a thump thump thump sound that was not normal. I went to my bedroom and sure enough there was one of the mylar balloons that DD#2 received for her beauty school graduation stuck in the ceiling fan.

The ceiling fan hangs smack-dab in the middle of my bed. There is no wall turn-off switch, just a pull chain. The pull chain got wrapped up in with the balloon string so I couldn't reach it.

I opened my door about 1/2 way so that I had something stable (yeah, door on hings, really stable) to hold onto while I stood on my bed . . . it's a water bed. Sooooo not easy to stand on ::). I finally got the fan turned off, the balloon and strings untangled, everything was hunky dory. No damage to the fan. Yea!


Stupid thing? Instead of sitting down on my bed (which would have been the safe thing to do) I reached for the door and tried to step down off of my bed.

Fortunately the door was there and all I got was a 4-inch bruise on my upper arm instead of taking a total tumble and ramming my head against the wall.






*We have a recessed ceiling area in our foyer where helium balloons are often decorations for birthday parties or other celebrations. The balloons stay contained in that area until they loose air . . . then they start to travel.

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« Reply #841 on: July 14, 2013, 11:43:59 PM »
Jumping in about the balloon.  The reason they travel toward a wind source indoors has to do with currents.  If the fan's on, air doesn't just move away from it, it moves toward it.  Circulating, y'know?  Outside of that well, the balloon's light enough to be caught in the current and thus sucked into the fan.  It's just a passive object, it has no ability to move itself out of the stream like birds do.  Paper presents a larger surface area for minute fluctuations in same current to knock it out of the current.

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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #842 on: July 15, 2013, 01:04:40 AM »
I am so sorry Jpcher but I just have to... again, sorry in advance...

One does not simply walk off the bed!

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« Reply #843 on: July 15, 2013, 06:23:53 AM »
jpcher, that made me laugh (because I'd probably have done the same!)

Last Christmas, my friend Jane was shouting a bunch of kids to the movies. No parents allowed! It was her Christmas present to the kids (movie) and the parents (a few precious hours free time just before Christmas).

Kids were to be dropped off at Jane's house by 10am. My son decided that he wanted to get Jane a present that was just from him, not us as a family. I put wrapping paper, scissors, sticky tape and a card in the boot. We stopped off at the local shops on the way to Jane's and he bought a Christmas mug and some of Jane's favourite chocolates to put inside the cup.

When we got back to the car, we were pushing it for time. I opened the boot, tossed my handbag and keys in, quickly wrapped the gift while DS was writing in the card, grabbed my handbag, slammed the boot closed and immediately started saying, "No,no,no,no,no,no,no,no,no."

Yes, I'd locked my keys in the boot. Running through all the options to get DS to Jane's in 10 minutes. Auto club would take at least 30 minutes. Taxi - our small town only has one, I don't know the number, by the time I get the number and the taxi gets here maybe 15 minutes. Walking - 15 minutes. Jane might pass us unless she uses a different route. Call Jane to pick DS up on way through? Yes, CALL JANE!! Great idea!! Oh, *()(*, Jane's not answering her mobile. I don't have her landline in my mobile. Call DH. YES! Call DH. He probably doesn't know how to access the saved numbers on our phone, but I'm sure I can talk him through it in CRUD MONKEYS! 6 minutes!!

Me: DH, I've locked the keys in the boot and we need to be at Jane's in 6 minutes. Can you get her number out of the phone?

DH: How'd you lock the keys in the boot?

Me: I don't have time to explain. Can you get the number!!

DH: Have you got your handbag?

Me: Yes, it's just the keys locked in the boot. Can you get the number, pleeeeease!!!

DH: So you've got your wallet?

Me: Yes, BUT CAN YOU PLEASE JUST ...

DH: Don't you keep a spare key in your wallet?

Me: Why, yes, yes I do.

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« Reply #844 on: July 15, 2013, 07:14:17 AM »
Cricket, I got such a giggle over you conversation about your keys.  Kudos to your DH for staying so calm.  If that had been my DH, he'd tease me about it (in a good way) for months.

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Re: Don't eat the meatballs! AKA: Stupid stuff you've done.
« Reply #845 on: July 15, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »
I got up a little late this morning and got dressed, all my stuff stowed in my tote and was ready to go, but I didn't have the key fob for my car. I keep it separate from my giant ring of keys (more than half are for work).

Last time I drove it was Friday, so I checked the jeans I wore that day. Nada
Checked purse again.
Checked kitchen table.
Told DH.
Looked at kitchen table and counters again.
DH looks at me, and is holding my keys. They were on the table next to my chair. I never thought to look there.  ::)
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« Reply #846 on: July 15, 2013, 12:20:59 PM »
I feel so stupid.  I forgot to lock my car last night.  This morning I woke up to a ransacked car.  The thief got away with my GPS, a really outdated ipod nano that keeps crashing, and a bunch of change.  So it's a lesson to me to remember to lock my car and not keep anything valuable in there.

It happens; I lost the truck's iPod that way.  The iPod itself was hidden in a shipping envelope, but the white cord was snaking up to the stereo.  The truck was out in the parking lot while I was having lunch with friends, and I think I left it unlocked when I ran out to drop some stuff inside and go back.  Later, envelope, iPod and cord were all missing.  I hope the thief wasn't expecting an iPhone, though.  The truck gets cheap refurbished Nanos.  The Nano in question was an elderly 3rd gen with a bad battery and a scratched display.

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« Reply #847 on: July 15, 2013, 01:02:24 PM »
I feel so stupid.  I forgot to lock my car last night.  This morning I woke up to a ransacked car.  The thief got away with my GPS, a really outdated ipod nano that keeps crashing, and a bunch of change.  So it's a lesson to me to remember to lock my car and not keep anything valuable in there.

Are you sure you forgot to lock it? Some thieves can get into a car using methods that don't leave a lot of traces. I remember once telling a police officer that I must have left my car unlocked, then he showed me some *very* small scratches around the handle that showed where it had been jimmied.
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« Reply #848 on: July 15, 2013, 02:07:43 PM »
I'll confess. Time: This morning. I am rushing to leave for work and--bloody ehell!--I can't find my keys. *moans* I always put my keys on the counter next to the Filofax. Where the ehell are they? *gets more frantic* *foolishly but desperately asks cat for help* (receives none)

Five minutes later I decide the ehell with it and grab two sets of partial keys (a housekey by itself, duplicate car keys by themselves) out of a drawer. I rush off--only to get to work and find that in the bottom of my bag are ... my keys.


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« Reply #849 on: July 15, 2013, 03:51:58 PM »
Many years ago I had a cat. If I called him, he would always come running.

One night I called him, nothing. I went outside to look for him, and there he was up against the house, kind of hidden in the shadows. He had a new little friend with him.

I was talking baby talk to him, telling him how nice it was that he had a new friend, when somewhere in the back of my mind a voice said, "I don't think his new cat friend should have a white stripe down his back".

The brain figured out long before the body did that this new friend was not a cat. I couldn't move fast enough to avoid both of us getting full on sprayed by a skunk.

Neither of us was very happy.

I do trapping of stray cats for the trap, spay neuter release program at out local shelter.   Last week, set out the traps by the woods down the street from me..it was dark and storms were moving in.  When I came back with the third trap to set, got all excited because I finally got the calico feral.  So I move the traps to an area out of the elements and go home.  At 1 am, while it is pouring, I walk down to see if I have got anything else.  It is pitch black, pouring and veryvery dark..I tried my flashlight before I left and it was dead.  Instead of changing batteries, I decide I can do without..altho my brain was screaming at me to change the batteries.   After almost getting run down by a startled deer, that I didn't see (proving I do not have the ability to see in the darn dark) I walk towards the traps and get excited to see one was set off..looked like it was a small baby.  So, of course, because I am obviously an idiot, I walk up, stick my face down and say "hey baby kitty."  and that was when I noticed the stripe!!!!!!  I still swear I levitated and did the run in place that cartoon characters do.  Called my sister, who also traps, and she is laughing at me and says to release it.  So I creep back over, release the back latch and flip that door down and ran.  It came toddling out..right at me.  So now, I look like a complete idiot because I am being chased by a baby skunk in the pouring rain at 1 am.  That is when I discovered they don't spray at that young of an age.  At the same time, I hear the other trap go off, walk over and it is a raccoon..again!  At least he ran off when I released the latch instead of chasing me!  I went home..soaked, out of breath..and changed the batteries in the flashlight.

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« Reply #850 on: July 15, 2013, 05:05:26 PM »
  It came toddling out..right at me.  So now, I look like a complete idiot because I am being chased by a baby skunk in the pouring rain at 1 am.
Poor baby.  Here you were, his hero rescuing him from the nasty trap, and you wouldn't even let him thank you properly! 
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« Reply #851 on: July 15, 2013, 05:20:22 PM »
A few tips for dealing with skunks in traps:  Grab an old blanket or beach towel and drape it over the trap.  The dark will calm them down (of course, you don't need to do this in the middle of the night).  Talk to them quietly in a calm voice, pitching it lower than you would normally speak, especially for women.  Then, pick up the trap and put it in the back of your car.  No, I don't recommend this; I did it, though.*  When you are ready to let Pepe Le Pew out, wrinkle the towel/blanket back so you can open the trap door.  Back away slowly and let Pepe mosey out on his own time.

*I was trapping a family of 6 raccoons (Mama and 5 babies) in my urban back yard and relocating them to a wooded area and in the process, caught the skunk.  I wanted to relocate it, too.  I actually had less trouble with the skunk than some of the raccoons.  The skunk left very quickly, on his own; I had to shake out some of the raccoons.

Last summer, the trap was set but the bait had been stripped by chipmunks, mice and ants.  I hadn't bothered to trip the trap.  I found a skunk in it one evening when I went out to the garden.  I figure he'd been in there for at least 24 hours.  I opened and propped open the door and walked away.  He didn't move.  So I figured he was close to death and went and got a can of cat food and some water.  Put those in the trap.  He still didn't move.  So I shoved them farther in.  Suddenly, I was looking at the back end of a skunk.  So I told him he was on his own and backed out and went to work in the garden.  I caught him running out of the corner of my eye so he was fine after all.  Just grumpy about being wakened from his afternoon nap, I guess.
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« Reply #852 on: July 15, 2013, 07:28:46 PM »
Don't use old tea towels as pot mits. I have a huge saucepan I use for boiling pasta. One handle is long and doesn't get hot but the shorter one does. So being careful, I grabbed a tea towel to hold it as I took it off the stove and towards the sink.

Said tea towel has a frayed bottom and got caught on the pot stand on my gas stove so when I pulled the pot away, it got stuck and boiling water went all over both my hands. Yay.

Luckily I put the pot straight down, shoved my hands under running water and hollered for DH and managed to avoid any serious damage but I still have some impressive burns. Ironically the tea towel that caused the problem actually partly protected that hand so it isn't as badly burnt as the other one. Said tea towel is now a cleaning rag and not allowed anywhere near my stove.

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« Reply #853 on: July 15, 2013, 07:29:59 PM »
Outdoor Girl - I am in awe of your nonchalant bravery.

Many decades ago, when I was a young girl growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was called to a neighbor's garage to remove the snake they found there.  I was known as an animal lover.  I remembered how my father would catch gopher/garden snakes to show us kids, so I used the same technique on this little snake.  The snake was molting and moving very slowly.  I picked it up holding behind the head and put it in a cardboard box which I closed up to show my parents what everyone was so excited about.  What's the big deal?  It is just a harmless little snake.

Maybe I should have studied snake identification a bit more, or at least learned that snakes are harder to identify when they are molting.  When I picked up the box to carry it over to my Dad, I heard the distinctive sound of a baby rattlesnake: Tiny little tail bones rattling against the box. :o

No one ever asked me to remove a snake from their garage again, but if they had, I would definitely pay more attention to the specific type of snake I was moving.
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« Reply #854 on: July 15, 2013, 08:06:04 PM »
I was at the edge of the woods so no need to relocate.  The racoons just sit in the traps and look at you like "What?  I'll leave when I am good and ready'"  I will tell you though, groundhogs are the angriest at being trapped and I am still shocked at the damage it did to the trap.