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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7530 on: March 12, 2013, 10:53:33 AM »
When my mom was growing up on a farm during WWII, they named the pigs which were destined to become pork chops Hitler and Mussolini, so no one would get too attached to them.

My friends had Oscar, Myer, and Weiner. Worked perfectly.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7531 on: March 12, 2013, 10:59:11 AM »
When my mom was growing up on a farm during WWII, they named the pigs which were destined to become pork chops Hitler and Mussolini, so no one would get too attached to them.

OK, that's funny!  Or I just have a twisted sense of humour...

My maternal grandfather was a butcher, amoung other things.  Mom talked about the only part of the pig they didn't use was the squeal!  When I was a kid, my parents used to buy a side of beef from a local farmer.  Dad butchered it himself on the kitchen table (with lots of plastic sheeting both on the table and the floor).

My FIL butchers his own meat. Unfortunately he doesn't follow, uh, standard diagrams of meat cuts. He ends up with ground meat and "roasts." I've been given roasts that have odd-shaped bones in the middle (I swear one time he gave us a pelvis he'd cut in thirds. That "roast" was 2/3 bone.) He thinks I'm weird for not wanting his mystery meat.

Oh, ick.  My Dad worked in a butcher shop and has the diagrams so his cuts were all pretty good.  In fact, the couple of times my brother has shot moose, my Dad did most of the butchering for him.

Yeah, I feel badly for wasting it (we tell him over and over we don't want meat but he gives it to us anyway) but I just...don't know what the heck to do with a random sack of deer meat. Yes, I could just crock pot it, but I really like knowing exactly what I'm cooking before I cook it! He just keeps bringing over unlabeled ziploc bags full of hunks of venison (which is completely unappealing in itself.) :X

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7532 on: March 12, 2013, 11:18:01 AM »
When my mom was growing up on a farm during WWII, they named the pigs which were destined to become pork chops Hitler and Mussolini, so no one would get too attached to them.

I grew up on a sort of farm (my parents had non-farm jobs but we had chickens, rabbits, horses, geese etc.)

We just never named the animals that were going to be dinner one day.   :-\ 

Funny story about kids and where food comes from:  When my kids were smaller, my oldest worked out that she was eating chicken but it wasn't real chicken because it didn't have feathers.

They've since been educated.   ;D


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7533 on: March 12, 2013, 11:41:33 AM »
Since farming has turned into a real discussion, perhaps it can have it's own thread.  :)

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7534 on: March 12, 2013, 01:36:43 PM »
Yesterday my internet connection decided to slow down to dial-up speeds, making it near impossible for me to work from home. I called Large Phone and Internet Service Provider to report the problem.

The first-level technical support person was quite frustrating. At one point she asked what my signal strength was. Having no clue, I asked how I would go about finding that out. She replied, "Oh, it's on the main screen of the internet connection application." After much searching I failed to find it and asked for clarification. Turns out that you have to click Menu, then Support, then Settings, then Diagnostics to get to the page that shows signal strength. And it's not listed as "signal strength," either: it's called LSRX MME. But I was apparently just supposed to know all of that.

She then informed me that similar problems to mine were being reported in central Texas and since I lived so close to there perhaps I was experiencing the same thing. I live in southern Arizona...

Eventually I was transferred to second-level support. That lady also mentioned the problems in Texas and suggested that I might be affected "since I'm so close." I advised her that I live in Arizona and she replied, "Yeah, but it's just the next state over."  ???

And no, the problem has not been resolved.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7535 on: March 12, 2013, 01:56:36 PM »
When my mom was growing up on a farm during WWII, they named the pigs which were destined to become pork chops Hitler and Mussolini, so no one would get too attached to them.

My friend's father is the source of a few brain-hurting anecdotes. They raised goats, and he carefully labeled all the packages of meat in the freezer with the names of the dearly departed. So one night they might have Millie for dinner, and the next night it might be Bob.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7536 on: March 12, 2013, 02:27:04 PM »
Yesterday my internet connection decided to slow down to dial-up speeds, making it near impossible for me to work from home. I called Large Phone and Internet Service Provider to report the problem.

The first-level technical support person was quite frustrating. At one point she asked what my signal strength was. Having no clue, I asked how I would go about finding that out. She replied, "Oh, it's on the main screen of the internet connection application." After much searching I failed to find it and asked for clarification. Turns out that you have to click Menu, then Support, then Settings, then Diagnostics to get to the page that shows signal strength. And it's not listed as "signal strength," either: it's called LSRX MME. But I was apparently just supposed to know all of that.

She then informed me that similar problems to mine were being reported in central Texas and since I lived so close to there perhaps I was experiencing the same thing. I live in southern Arizona...

Eventually I was transferred to second-level support. That lady also mentioned the problems in Texas and suggested that I might be affected "since I'm so close." I advised her that I live in Arizona and she replied, "Yeah, but it's just the next state over."  ???

And no, the problem has not been resolved.

Ah - no, I was born in Texas and our first military assignment was in Arizona - it's TWO states over.....New Mexico? 

Although if the tech support has been outsourced to India, then their grasp of minute details of geography in the USA might be a little vague.  And the way the educational system has been declining over the last umpty-ump years since *I* graduated - even some students in the USA have been left a little vague on geography outside their own city limits.....

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7537 on: March 12, 2013, 02:48:16 PM »
Yesterday my internet connection decided to slow down to dial-up speeds, making it near impossible for me to work from home. I called Large Phone and Internet Service Provider to report the problem.

The first-level technical support person was quite frustrating. At one point she asked what my signal strength was. Having no clue, I asked how I would go about finding that out. She replied, "Oh, it's on the main screen of the internet connection application." After much searching I failed to find it and asked for clarification. Turns out that you have to click Menu, then Support, then Settings, then Diagnostics to get to the page that shows signal strength. And it's not listed as "signal strength," either: it's called LSRX MME. But I was apparently just supposed to know all of that.

She then informed me that similar problems to mine were being reported in central Texas and since I lived so close to there perhaps I was experiencing the same thing. I live in southern Arizona...

Eventually I was transferred to second-level support. That lady also mentioned the problems in Texas and suggested that I might be affected "since I'm so close." I advised her that I live in Arizona and she replied, "Yeah, but it's just the next state over."  ???

And no, the problem has not been resolved.

Ah - no, I was born in Texas and our first military assignment was in Arizona - it's TWO states over.....New Mexico? 

Although if the tech support has been outsourced to India, then their grasp of minute details of geography in the USA might be a little vague.  And the way the educational system has been declining over the last umpty-ump years since *I* graduated - even some students in the USA have been left a little vague on geography outside their own city limits.....

"Hey, you, kids - get off my lawn!"

Dang, I'm the batty old neighbor down the street to someone now....aren't I?

Not to mention that western US states (especially Texas) are just so BIG. Sure, it's just a state or two away, but that can easily be the distance of a drive across a whole country in other parts of the world.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7538 on: March 12, 2013, 02:52:05 PM »
Yesterday my internet connection decided to slow down to dial-up speeds, making it near impossible for me to work from home. I called Large Phone and Internet Service Provider to report the problem.

The first-level technical support person was quite frustrating. At one point she asked what my signal strength was. Having no clue, I asked how I would go about finding that out. She replied, "Oh, it's on the main screen of the internet connection application." After much searching I failed to find it and asked for clarification. Turns out that you have to click Menu, then Support, then Settings, then Diagnostics to get to the page that shows signal strength. And it's not listed as "signal strength," either: it's called LSRX MME. But I was apparently just supposed to know all of that.

She then informed me that similar problems to mine were being reported in central Texas and since I lived so close to there perhaps I was experiencing the same thing. I live in southern Arizona...

Eventually I was transferred to second-level support. That lady also mentioned the problems in Texas and suggested that I might be affected "since I'm so close." I advised her that I live in Arizona and she replied, "Yeah, but it's just the next state over."  ???

And no, the problem has not been resolved.

Ah - no, I was born in Texas and our first military assignment was in Arizona - it's TWO states over.....New Mexico? 

Although if the tech support has been outsourced to India, then their grasp of minute details of geography in the USA might be a little vague.  And the way the educational system has been declining over the last umpty-ump years since *I* graduated - even some students in the USA have been left a little vague on geography outside their own city limits.....

"Hey, you, kids - get off my lawn!"

Dang, I'm the batty old neighbor down the street to someone now....aren't I?

Not to mention that western US states (especially Texas) are just so BIG. Sure, it's just a state or two away, but that can easily be the distance of a drive across a whole country in other parts of the world.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7539 on: March 12, 2013, 03:01:17 PM »
My dear friend went to Ireland last year and told me it takes around 3 hours to drive from one coast to another.  I thought about that. Now, Maryland's not as big as Texas or Pennsylvania but still, it's 3 hours from where I live to Ocean City. 
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7540 on: March 12, 2013, 03:09:00 PM »
Texas is about the size of France.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7541 on: March 12, 2013, 03:13:55 PM »
bansidhe wrote:

"Eventually I was transferred to second-level support. That lady also mentioned the problems in Texas and suggested that I might be affected "since I'm so close." I advised her that I live in Arizona and she replied, "Yeah, but it's just the next state over.""

Telling someone just how far it is, in terms of their own geography, works in this regard.  In explaining how far someplace was from my workplace to someone newly arrived from India, I found that being able to say, "it's the distance from Bangalore to New Delhi and back, twice" got the point across.  If the tech you were speaking to was from India, the distance from Arizona to mid-Texas is Bangalore-New Delhi.  For a northeasterner, it's the distance from New York to Chicago, and so on.  It's tough for someone who's never been out west to grasp just how big the western states are.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7542 on: March 12, 2013, 03:14:59 PM »
Ah - no, I was born in Texas and our first military assignment was in Arizona - it's TWO states over.....New Mexico? 

Although if the tech support has been outsourced to India, then their grasp of minute details of geography in the USA might be a little vague.  And the way the educational system has been declining over the last umpty-ump years since *I* graduated - even some students in the USA have been left a little vague on geography outside their own city limits.....

Tech Support Rep #2 divulged that they are located in Rochester, New York so this appears to be a case of home-grown ignorance.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7543 on: March 12, 2013, 03:35:44 PM »
Texas is about the size of France.
When I was a kid, we were on one of our cross-country road trips and met a group of French tourists in about Pennsylvania. They were confused and my father was trying to help them make sense of their map. We realized that they thought the US was the same size as France. They had assumed they could drive from NY to LA in one day, max two days. We tried to explain that the US is waaaay bigger and the father's response was, "But they're the same size countries in the atlas. They both take up a page."

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7544 on: March 12, 2013, 04:15:39 PM »
Texas is about the size of France.
When I was a kid, we were on one of our cross-country road trips and met a group of French tourists in about Pennsylvania. They were confused and my father was trying to help them make sense of their map. We realized that they thought the US was the same size as France. They had assumed they could drive from NY to LA in one day, max two days. We tried to explain that the US is waaaay bigger and the father's response was, "But they're the same size countries in the atlas. They both take up a page."
British maps are even worse.  We had a UK couple ask if they could see Niagara Falls in the morning and drive to the Grand Canyon that afternoon.

DH worked it wrong the other way.  I wanted to go see something in Yorkshire the first week we were there, and he "didn't want to drive all that way because there would be no time to see anything once we got there."  He'd looked at the UK map and thought it was about 60 miles away.  It was about 5.

Re NY to LA -- Google maps says it's about 40 hours, so you CAN do it in about 2 days.  But that means driving straight through, changing off drivers when one gets tired, sleeping in the passenger seat, and getting meals at fast food places to eat in the car, and bathroom breaks only when you stop for food or fuel.  We made it from Baltimore to Pendleton, Oregon in 51 hours, stopping for restaurant meals and bathroom breaks. That was with 4 drivers, and in a minivan with the center seat removed so that one passenger could sleep on padding on the floor. Never again!
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