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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22440 on: July 24, 2013, 07:54:02 AM »
I can hear fluorescent lights when they start to go bad. It is terrible and has given me migraines before.

I agree that Sarah and Jane have incompatible parenting styles, but I would much rather grow up as Sarah's child.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22441 on: July 24, 2013, 08:22:10 AM »
The lack of respect some people in this neighborhood have for other people's property.  Our house is next to an alley that intersects another one that goes behind our house.  A few use these alleys to park behind their houses since not many have garages and there's street parking but nothing's assigned. 

We have a neighbor whose house backs up to the alley and they use the paved section behind their house to park their pickups.  The alley is wide enough so that he shouldn't have to roll his back tires over the flower beds where we have lavender and azalea bushes, but he does.   I need to find some sharp rocks to put there, though DH thinks we need railroad ties. Where would one even get old railroad ties?

Then one of our azalea bushes was dug up and found lying next to the hole it was in.  We didn't see who and maybe I shouldn't, but I do suspect it was the neighbors who back over them.  I have no idea what we did to offend these people other than plant bushes on our own property.  The wife is pleasant enough and I've chatted with her a bit when my youngest wanted to see her dog.  But the husband is a bacon-fed-knave of the first order and his oldest boy is following his unfortunate example.  ::)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22442 on: July 24, 2013, 08:28:25 AM »
Don't use railroad ties.  They are usually impregnated with a lot of chemicals to prevent them from rotting, which you don't really want getting into your plants, especially if any of them are edible.

Nice big rocks would be better, preferably big enough that they need equipment to put them in place.  Otherwise, the bacon-fed knave is liable to just move them.

Or pound in some rebar, then sharpen the tops to nice points?   >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22443 on: July 24, 2013, 08:37:48 AM »
Don't use railroad ties.  They are usually impregnated with a lot of chemicals to prevent them from rotting, which you don't really want getting into your plants, especially if any of them are edible.

Nice big rocks would be better, preferably big enough that they need equipment to put them in place.  Otherwise, the bacon-fed knave is liable to just move them.

Or pound in some rebar, then sharpen the tops to nice points?   >:D

Good to know, and I thought the railroad ties sounde like an odd idea anyway.  The plants aren't edible (well lavender can be put in tea so I guess that one is) but either way I don't want the plants taking in those chemicals. 

And well the thing is that this bed is not very wide anyway  (maybe 3ft at the most) so rocks that big wouldn't leave much room for the plants.

There is some ol' rusted rebar though that's currently part of a grill someone built in our backyard that DH and his dad have discussed taking apart... >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22444 on: July 24, 2013, 09:14:39 AM »
Don't use railroad ties.  They are usually impregnated with a lot of chemicals to prevent them from rotting, which you don't really want getting into your plants, especially if any of them are edible.

Nice big rocks would be better, preferably big enough that they need equipment to put them in place.  Otherwise, the bacon-fed knave is liable to just move them.

Or pound in some rebar, then sharpen the tops to nice points?   >:D

Good to know, and I thought the railroad ties sounde like an odd idea anyway.  The plants aren't edible (well lavender can be put in tea so I guess that one is) but either way I don't want the plants taking in those chemicals. 

And well the thing is that this bed is not very wide anyway  (maybe 3ft at the most) so rocks that big wouldn't leave much room for the plants.

There is some ol' rusted rebar though that's currently part of a grill someone built in our backyard that DH and his dad have discussed taking apart... >:D
I've seen borders of half bricks, at an angle so they are a jagged line, and something like that wouldn't take up too much space. Perhaps there are some odd bricks laying around?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22445 on: July 24, 2013, 09:17:24 AM »
I think Rebecca's idea is spot on.  Decorative and fairly easy to do.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22446 on: July 24, 2013, 09:40:51 AM »

I've had something similar happen in three different stores and I think I finally solved the mystery...each store uses some type of high-end sonic alarm.  Every time I went in there, sometimes just in the door, I would start getting nervous, jittery, sweaty, nauseated, heart racing, short of breath...it was bizarre.

Interesting - I'll have to ask hubby if he knows anything about that.

I hear the horrible, intense, high-pitched eeeeee in a lot of places. DH can't, but I can, and it makes my head ring and I start sweating as my heart races from the strong irritation. I didn't know this happened to people who can't hear it. My local library is unfortunately a big culprit here: I have to sit far away from the entrance where the alarm thing is, or I can't concentrate enough to even read a paragraph.

I was at a nursery (garden place, not baby place) once and their bug deterrent was a gizmo that emitted a similar noise. I couldn't look at half the plants because the sound was too strong. I don't know if it worked on insects, but it certainly worked on me. I asked the lady at the counter and she was unaware that the sound was audible. "Although, now that you mention it, a lot of kids complain about the noise, but we always thought they were making it up..."

It's an anti-loitering device and companies put them up DELIBERATELY.   I read about it awhile ago.   There's even a website for it.
http://movingsoundtech.com/
So this is what we've come to. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22447 on: July 24, 2013, 09:44:18 AM »

It's an anti-loitering device and companies put them up DELIBERATELY.   I read about it awhile ago.   There's even a website for it.
http://movingsoundtech.com/
So this is what we've come to. 


More specifically, it's an anti-YOUTH device. As people age, we lose our ability to hear high-pitched sounds. So these devices are designed to be audible only to the young.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22448 on: July 24, 2013, 09:56:49 AM »

It's an anti-loitering device and companies put them up DELIBERATELY.   I read about it awhile ago.   There's even a website for it.
http://movingsoundtech.com/
So this is what we've come to. 


More specifically, it's an anti-YOUTH device. As people age, we lose our ability to hear high-pitched sounds. So these devices are designed to be audible only to the young.
These, I have a problem with. The way that the shopping center near us handles things? Not so much. (They play 30s/40s swing/big band music all day, interspersed with what could only be described as 'lounge singers of the 1970s'. Almost no one loiters, except for those three kids that love swing dancing, and no one minds them entertaining us).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22449 on: July 24, 2013, 09:59:11 AM »

It's an anti-loitering device and companies put them up DELIBERATELY.   I read about it awhile ago.   There's even a website for it.
http://movingsoundtech.com/
So this is what we've come to. 


More specifically, it's an anti-YOUTH device. As people age, we lose our ability to hear high-pitched sounds. So these devices are designed to be audible only to the young.
An device designed to cause people pain should be illegal.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22450 on: July 24, 2013, 10:06:25 AM »

It's an anti-loitering device and companies put them up DELIBERATELY.   I read about it awhile ago.   There's even a website for it.
http://movingsoundtech.com/
So this is what we've come to. 


More specifically, it's an anti-YOUTH device. As people age, we lose our ability to hear high-pitched sounds. So these devices are designed to be audible only to the young.
An device designed to cause people pain should be illegal.

I can hear the ultrasound of the anti-mouse gadgets you plug into a wall.  Those anti-loitering devices would drive me insane. And I'm nowhere near being a teen.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22451 on: July 24, 2013, 10:10:40 AM »
I can hear the anti-rodent devices, too.  I've never noticed the anti-loitering devices around here, though.  But then, I don't go to the mall a lot, nor to other places where a lot of teenagers would tend to hang out.

One of the convenience stores in my area was having an issue with teens loitering.  They started playing new Country.  Wouldn't have worked for me but it seems to work for most of the kids and it doesn't alienate the older customers.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22452 on: July 24, 2013, 10:47:14 AM »
     My aunt. I took her and her very fat cat to the vet this morning - which meant I had to get up 4 hours earlier than normal, drive to her house, carry the 25 lb cat out to the car ( and because it's so blasted fat you can't use the handle. and have to carry it by your hands - which hurts your fingers, but "is better for the cat".  She started yelling at me for picking the cat up the "wrong way" so I could get a grip on it. I put the cat in the car and off we went. We got to the vet and she got mad at me for going to the bathroom, rather than coming in the room to watch the cat get treated.
    Then when she was done, and I got the cat in the car aunt gets in and TELLS me, not asks, but demands that we go out to breakfast. When I tell her I have plans for the rest of my day she screams at me WHAT KIND OF NIECE ARE YOU?  when I told her I am the type of niece that will get up and do this for her...she then lectures me about I don't have the right to get mad at her, and that I need to treat her with more respect.

  No good deed goes unpunished, right?  Never again.
 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22453 on: July 24, 2013, 10:59:25 AM »
     My aunt. I took her and her very fat cat to the vet this morning - which meant I had to get up 4 hours earlier than normal, drive to her house, carry the 25 lb cat out to the car ( and because it's so blasted fat you can't use the handle. and have to carry it by your hands - which hurts your fingers, but "is better for the cat".  She started yelling at me for picking the cat up the "wrong way" so I could get a grip on it. I put the cat in the car and off we went. We got to the vet and she got mad at me for going to the bathroom, rather than coming in the room to watch the cat get treated.
    Then when she was done, and I got the cat in the car aunt gets in and TELLS me, not asks, but demands that we go out to breakfast. When I tell her I have plans for the rest of my day she screams at me WHAT KIND OF NIECE ARE YOU?  when I told her I am the type of niece that will get up and do this for her...she then lectures me about I don't have the right to get mad at her, and that I need to treat her with more respect.

  No good deed goes unpunished, right?  Never again.

Wow. Sorry she treated you so shabbily. Did she ever say 'thank you'?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22454 on: July 24, 2013, 11:00:17 AM »
     My aunt. I took her and her very fat cat to the vet this morning - which meant I had to get up 4 hours earlier than normal, drive to her house, carry the 25 lb cat out to the car ( and because it's so blasted fat you can't use the handle. and have to carry it by your hands - which hurts your fingers, but "is better for the cat".  She started yelling at me for picking the cat up the "wrong way" so I could get a grip on it. I put the cat in the car and off we went. We got to the vet and she got mad at me for going to the bathroom, rather than coming in the room to watch the cat get treated.
    Then when she was done, and I got the cat in the car aunt gets in and TELLS me, not asks, but demands that we go out to breakfast. When I tell her I have plans for the rest of my day she screams at me WHAT KIND OF NIECE ARE YOU?  when I told her I am the type of niece that will get up and do this for her...she then lectures me about I don't have the right to get mad at her, and that I need to treat her with more respect.

  No good deed goes unpunished, right?  Never again.
 

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