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« Reply #4695 on: September 14, 2013, 01:44:10 PM »
Frederick's of Hollywood has a surprisingly large range of sizes. I can't speak for the quality, but they might be a starting place.

Freddy's is awesome, and I've never bought a "bad" bra from them. One of theirs lasted six months of being worn DAILY, washed every three or four days (I have a hard to fit set of ladies, and not enough money to buy two bras at the time.)

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« Reply #4696 on: September 14, 2013, 02:15:44 PM »
As I was backing out of the drive yesterday morning, I happened to look over at the porch. There was a box, delivered from my online pharmacy, with my INSULIN in it. The box had been overnight expressed, so it was delivered that morning. The delivery person did not ring the doorbell. If I hadn't looked over, the box would have stood there all day in the heat.

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« Reply #4697 on: September 14, 2013, 02:54:22 PM »
As I was backing out of the drive yesterday morning, I happened to look over at the porch. There was a box, delivered from my online pharmacy, with my INSULIN in it. The box had been overnight expressed, so it was delivered that morning. The delivery person did not ring the doorbell. If I hadn't looked over, the box would have stood there all day in the heat.

And this is why I will not buy my meds through the online pharmacy, despite the pleas from my insurance company and knowing that they will be a bit cheaper for us, too. We have three medications that are temperature sensitive, but any medication is not going to do well in 100 degrees or - 20 degrees in the handling/shipping process, plus the fact that it is sitting in my mailbox waiting for me or a thief to get it. Just, no!

We even talked about getting a Post Office box specially for this, but it just doesn't seem worthwhile with the extra transportation for us (even walking a total of 20 minutes from here to the Post Office if we have the time), and we still don't know what dock or truck they have been sitting on for how long.

Can you tell I'm a bit opinionated about this?

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« Reply #4698 on: September 14, 2013, 05:59:23 PM »
I'm going to be quitting my bank this week.  DH and I have a joint account at a different bank (credit union) but I kept a small personal account with BOA.  I already went in once, a few years ago, to close my account when I discovered they had started charging a $10 fee on my used-to-be no-fee checking account.  At the time, they waived the fee and upgraded me to a different type of no-fee account.

Well, I just got a letter saying that if I don't keep a min balance of $5000 they will start charging a $25 monthly maintenance fee.  Not going to happen.  $25 for maintenance?  Per month?  Perhaps this better belongs in the scammers thread because I don't see where that's reasonable in the slightest.  I believe the point of the letter is, they no longer want to bother with holding my chump change for me, so I will relieve them of that burden.

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« Reply #4699 on: September 14, 2013, 07:31:30 PM »
As I was backing out of the drive yesterday morning, I happened to look over at the porch. There was a box, delivered from my online pharmacy, with my INSULIN in it. The box had been overnight expressed, so it was delivered that morning. The delivery person did not ring the doorbell. If I hadn't looked over, the box would have stood there all day in the heat.

And this is why I will not buy my meds through the online pharmacy, despite the pleas from my insurance company and knowing that they will be a bit cheaper for us, too. We have three medications that are temperature sensitive, but any medication is not going to do well in 100 degrees or - 20 degrees in the handling/shipping process, plus the fact that it is sitting in my mailbox waiting for me or a thief to get it. Just, no!

We even talked about getting a Post Office box specially for this, but it just doesn't seem worthwhile with the extra transportation for us (even walking a total of 20 minutes from here to the Post Office if we have the time), and we still don't know what dock or truck they have been sitting on for how long.

Can you tell I'm a bit opinionated about this?
I wish that were an option, but my insurance will not pay for locally filled insulin. My insulin would cost close to $1000 per month if I filled it locally. And that doesn't account for the other meds. If I had all my meds filled locally, it would literally take my entire paycheck- if it didn't exceed it.
The insulin is shipped inside a styrofoam cooler, packed with ice packs, which were slightly melted, but still had plenty of ice. Since this is only an issue 4 times a year, I can plan to be watching for the insulin from here on out.

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« Reply #4700 on: September 14, 2013, 08:56:06 PM »
Oh, my! Most of my friends pay $1000 a year out of pocket for all diabetic supplies.

I hope you can come up with a better system for you.

(So. This belongs in a special US health care expenses folder? Sorry about that.)

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« Reply #4701 on: September 14, 2013, 09:06:10 PM »
My coworker and I had a bad day at work, and after we picked up his fiancee we decided to go out to a local restaurant to eat something and relax. Usually this is a good place to eat, and the waitresses are awesome. I saw that one waitress I absolutely adore was working that night. We'll call her Sally. Well another waitress came to the hostess podium and escorted us to our table, telling us she would take care of us. That was fine with me, it really didn't matter who was taking care of us. This waitress we will call Jamie.

When I got my order part of it was wrong, and the waitress went back to get the right item. I couldn't even eat my burger because it didn't have mayonnaise on the side as i had requested. Finally I had to grab Sally and ask her to do what Jamie should have done, which was go and get the right fries and the mayonnaise she didn't bring. Jamie didn't even check on us during the meal, except to come back at the end and give us our check (without asking us whether we wanted dessert or not!-- it is standard for the waitresses there to ask if anyone would want dessert). She placed my check in a puddle of water that was on the table... so it was soaked. Then after she did that, and after she asked my friends if they wanted refills, she fairly ran away from us, and didn't hear me as I asked for napkins. I ended up having to wipe my greasy hands on my sweater. I then grabbed Sally again, and asked for a box, so I could take the rest of my food home.

When we left, we didn't even leave her a tip, because the service was so awful. The tip that Jamie would have gotten, I gave to Sally, because even though she wasn't our waitress, she was the one who did everything for us! I even explained to the manager what went on, and she said that she would have a talk with Jamie. The way she said it makes me think this isn't the first time it has happened.

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« Reply #4702 on: September 14, 2013, 09:36:39 PM »
^ We have done that! The situation is so similar, except that were vacationing and will never be back anyway.

First server brought us our drinks, took our orders, and that was the end of her. New server brought us our meals and refreshed our drinks.

Yup -- slipped helpful server the tip in cash and didn't write a tip on the credit card slip. The manager kind of smirked and said that it happened before because first server takes a LOT of breaks. I would say that first server had a very expensive smoke break!

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« Reply #4703 on: September 14, 2013, 10:00:11 PM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

My DD is (IIRC) a 28B! I don't even know if they make a 28. She usually goes with a 30A, again IIRC, but has a hard time finding those too.

http://www.biggerbras.com/

Searched by size - http://www.biggerbras.com/catalog/bras-lingerie-swimwear.shtml?ss_1=&ss_2=&ss_3=&ss_4=774

If you can sew and want to make bras for her - there are also patterns and fabric for sale at several places - but the patterns seem to start at band size 32 - there were 32 bands with AA and A cups already drafted - the band pattern pieces might be easily cut down or "copied" at 90% instead of 100% to see if that got it close to the correct size (I did a quick search - not an exhaustive one).  Training bras keep coming up for 28B - I don't know the age of your DD, if she's over 16, she may want a REAL bra, at least some of the time!

There is also a book from Australia - "Making Beautiful Bras" with instructions on drafting bra patterns using various methods (the low tack tape used for keeping hair in "spit curls" comes to mind as a way to mock up a bra, mark it where seams would go, then cut it apart to make a "first draft" of a pattern).  There is also a Yahoo! Group or two where bra making is discussed - if you like to sew and might be interested.

Thanks :) Yes, she is 21 now :) Tiny little thing, she is.

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« Reply #4704 on: September 14, 2013, 11:34:12 PM »
Oh, my! Most of my friends pay $1000 a year out of pocket for all diabetic supplies.

I hope you can come up with a better system for you.

(So. This belongs in a special US health care expenses folder? Sorry about that.)
Luci,
Thanks for caring. However, this is the el cheapo insurance my employer selected.  My choice is take it or leave it. Buying better insurance on my own would also be hugely expensive.

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« Reply #4705 on: September 15, 2013, 01:58:24 AM »
*blink*  I just bought a car and paid cash....if they had told me there'd be an extra fee I would have bolted.  And the taxes shouldn't have been that much - I think mine were $1200 or so, on a $20k car.

I know this is a couple of months old, but I agree 100%.  I bought my last car in 1997 (still driving it) and I went in with guaranteed financing from the local military base's credit union.  The car dealership people couldn't do enough for me.  But an extra fee for paying case?  That's ridiculous.  I don't remember how much the taxes were since it was so long ago, but I bought an $8k car.

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« Reply #4706 on: September 15, 2013, 03:24:41 AM »
I would never go back to TGIFriday's. I had stopped going there years ago due to a bad experience. My best friend and I made the mistake of giving them a second chance the other night. First of all, the hostess asked if a table was okay. We said yes, but then noticed some empty booths with tvs. We asked for those and she fumbled for an excuse why we couldn't ("Um, those are reserved for two other...*long pause, can't think of a word*...later tonight.") One booth stayed full of trash and dirty plates all night, no customers filling it; she later asked random customers if a booth would be okay and oh golly, we have one available over here.  ::)

The waiter she sent over took a really long time arriving at our table. I had showed the waiter my Friday's Stripes rewards card when he first came to our table. I said "I'm not sure what rewards are on it." He told me "I can't check that for you. That's not something I can do here. But I can give you free chips and salsa." I accepted the offer. The chips were stale and flavorless. The salsa was disgusting. Even the salsa packets you get in Lunchables tasted better than the watery, oddly flavored salsa he brought.

My friend and I ordered wings, burgers, a pecan crusted chicken salad, drinks and whiskey cake. The waiter took a really long time bringing back the drinks. He brought my friend's Coke out and told me "Your's will be out in a bit. It takes a while to prepare." Apparently putting ice + flavored syrup in a blender requires a trek to a glacier for ice and a PhD in physics or something, because this guy took forever bringing it back. And then the drink didn't even have much cherry flavor as the menu promised. Although my refill drink later tasted perfectly fine. I had to ask for a refill, but my friend did not. The waiter made sure his drink was full. Which was odd, since the waiter had repeatedly made a big deal about "If you order the cherry drink x-way, it doesn't come with free refills. If you order it y-way, it's unlimited refills. Y-way is a better deal and a better price."

The waiter brought out my friend's wings. We sat forever waiting for my food. Finally the burger and the salad were brought out. My salad had no dressing cup, so I asked the waiter for a side of it. He assured me "Oh, the dressing is all on the bottom of the salad. But I can bring you more, if you really want some."   ::) While he was gone, I noticed my salad was absolutely coated in celery slices. I took all the celery out of the salad. I took a bite of chicken. It tasted nothing like the pecan salad Friday's used to serve. The coating was mushy, had too many herb flavors and had absorbed the celery flavor. My friend was disgusted by the taste of it, too. When the waiter came back with my dressing (apparently he went to France for the ingredients), I explained the problem. I asked him to replace the salad with cheesesticks. You would think cheesesticks are fairly goof-proof, but nope. I received a plate of very bland, not terribly tasty cheesesticks. My friend was surprised by how poor they tasted, even for cheesesticks. Plus the marinara dipping sauce was even worse than the salsa  :o His own french fries were mushy, undercooked and had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for a long time. His burger had some not very crisp onion pieces that somehow made the burger dry. Also, they randomly added pickles to the bottom of the sandwich.

My cake and a scoop of ice cream arrived with two spoons "in case you want to share." The cake was covered in nuts, so I said "Oh, he can't have any. He's allergic to nuts." The waiter told him "You don't know what you're missing." I said "If his throat closes up from an allergic reaction, he'll certainly miss a lot." The cake was good. My only gripe is that the bottom of the cake was so drenched in sweet, grainy, liquidy syrup / sauce that I couldn't finish it.  The sauce made the bottom half dissolve from being too soggy. Which meant I wasted a huge amount of the dessert.

We certainly had sticker shock when the bills arrived. Wow, the prices were high (okay, that part was our fault for not paying closer attention on the menu  :P). And the service was ridiculously slow for a place that was mostly empty. The only good thing I can say is that the waiter ran outside to find us after we left, because my friend had left his phone at the table. Other than that, sorry, not going back to Friday's ever again.

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« Reply #4707 on: September 15, 2013, 04:23:36 AM »
My DH and I love TGIFridays in London and have always gotten both good food and good service there, so when we went to NYC we naturally figured we'd get a good meal there as well. Yeah, not so much. The food was boring (although not as bad as TeamBhakta experienced) and the service sloooooooow. We still go back when in London, never when in NYC.
 
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« Reply #4708 on: September 15, 2013, 05:36:18 PM »
I'm going to be quitting my bank this week.  DH and I have a joint account at a different bank (credit union) but I kept a small personal account with BOA.  I already went in once, a few years ago, to close my account when I discovered they had started charging a $10 fee on my used-to-be no-fee checking account.  At the time, they waived the fee and upgraded me to a different type of no-fee account.

Well, I just got a letter saying that if I don't keep a min balance of $5000 they will start charging a $25 monthly maintenance fee.  Not going to happen.  $25 for maintenance?  Per month?  Perhaps this better belongs in the scammers thread because I don't see where that's reasonable in the slightest.  I believe the point of the letter is, they no longer want to bother with holding my chump change for me, so I will relieve them of that burden.

I lovelovelove my credit union.  Will never go back to a big bank.  Even my last two car loans were through CU's.

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« Reply #4709 on: September 15, 2013, 07:20:12 PM »
RE: VS

I will never, ever shop there again.  I'm a hard to fit size (There's a 9 inch difference between my rib measurement and bust measurement), but they had a couple of styles that, even though they weren't exactly right, they weren't terribly uncomfortable.  I'd had to resort to "off the shelf" bras when the little old lady that ran the lingerie shop that I previously shopped at passed away and had nobody to take over the business. She actually hand measure everything down to the different size cups I require.  She was amazing.  Anyway, VS had been a a reasonable second best until recently, when I noticed the quality going downhill fast.  Bras that had been lasting 6 months were barely lasting a few weeks.  I emailed corporate to complain, and I got a canned email back telling me how to exchange the product.  Now why on earth would I want to exchange one poorly made garment for another one? If they can't even give me a simple "thanks for letting us know, we'll pass along your concerns to our quality control department", I have no desire to ever shop there again.

Now to find a new bra maker.  This is Miami.  There's got to be somebody who's doing it again.
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