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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7425 on: April 17, 2013, 01:12:54 PM »
Texas and Georgia have areas where the soil is sulfur free.

The onions grown in those areas are tear free and called "sweet" onions.

Texas Sweet and Vidalia (Georgia) are the trade names.  There may be other patches of sulfur free soil around the world where tear free onions can be grown, I don't know.

In the meantime, I love sweet onions!

This.  I think sweet onions are a lot less bothersome to the eye and since they look exactly like regular yellow onions (to me), I can only tell by the smell if we've gotten regular onions by accident (they don't make my eyes tear up but do smell a lot more pungent).  Taste-wise, DH prefers sweet to regular but he eats them raw.  I only eat them cooked and can't taste much of a difference.

RE: Snooze buttons, I always thought the reason was psychological.   :P  As in, 9 minute intervals ensure that (usually) both minute digits differed every time snooze goes off so it's easier to tell whether you've already hit snooze once or twice.  With my fuzzy eyesight and lack of brain in the morning, if snooze were 10 minute intervals, I might not fully process what time it actually was...  This, um, "reasoning" is also why I never set my alarm to a round time unit, it's always off by a minute or two (7:02 rather than 7:00).

I was a massive Snooze button fiend when I lived alone and would hit the button (or sleep through) for up to an hour every morning.  Since I always seemed to snooze during REM sleep, I would have the most annoying dreams about music I couldn't turn off...

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« Reply #7426 on: April 17, 2013, 01:43:01 PM »
How do people manage to go to the gym after work then cook dinner without starving to death or eating super late?

If I head straight to the gym from work, I get there at 5:30. Work out for an hour then get home around 7. By the time I walk the dog (I live in a condo, no yard) and cook dinner, it's almost 8. And by then I'm going crazy with hunger. Most evenings if I don't have leftovers, I end up eating scrambled eggs for dinner.

For me, I have to adjust my nutrition to include (1) a protein shake, 100 calories (2) a low GI carbohydrate such as oat cakes, another 100 calories. I also split my calories across three equal value meals and a small snack. I also plan meals that are either cooked and need microwaving or that are 10 minutes to cook. I prepare chopped vegetables in advance, use the timer on the oven or go for something like stir fry. It's a lot of work.

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« Reply #7427 on: April 17, 2013, 02:13:55 PM »
I've never heard that snooze alarms were standard at 9 minutes. My current one is 4 minute intervals and my previous was 5 minutes. The first alarm wakes me up but I'm groggy and have no sense of time. I'm not one to just jump out of bed. The second alarm tells me it's time to get out of bed. If I just turned off the alarm after the first ring, I'd lay there for 15 minutes thinking that it's only been 5 and end up late.
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« Reply #7428 on: April 17, 2013, 02:52:53 PM »
I've never heard that snooze alarms were standard at 9 minutes. My current one is 4 minute intervals and my previous was 5 minutes. The first alarm wakes me up but I'm groggy and have no sense of time. I'm not one to just jump out of bed. The second alarm tells me it's time to get out of bed. If I just turned off the alarm after the first ring, I'd lay there for 15 minutes thinking that it's only been 5 and end up late.

And I might just get up by the third...

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« Reply #7429 on: April 17, 2013, 05:43:10 PM »
WillyNilly wrote:

"Yeah but it'll take a long time and a lot of dirt. Can you get a roto-tiller anywhere (borrow, rent)? You could then use a rake and even it all out. It'd be one or two days of much more work, but it'd be done quicker and the dirt and everything that you grow in it would be better off/healthier afterwards."

You'd have to add in several weeks of growing a new lawn and a couple hundred bucks of grass seed if you rototilled your entire lawn out.  Plus you'd need to get a lawn roller to compress the dirt before you seeded it or it would settle unevenly and you'd be right back where you started.

And that doesn't even consider the chiropractor's fees.

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« Reply #7430 on: April 17, 2013, 10:27:54 PM »
And that doesn't even consider the chiropractor's fees.

Amen brother!  When we bought a house, I redid the entire back yard myself. Killed the old grass, wrestled with the rototiller and roller -- plus moved a lot of dirt with a shovel because the yard sloped badly and we needed some flat space. Built the sprinklers and laid the sod. Built a play area with a liner and edging and wood chips. Now I know exactly how much I'm willing to pay someone else to do that job, and that's a lot!
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« Reply #7431 on: April 18, 2013, 02:16:51 AM »
Another question that came into my mind because of a combination of a thread, and my watching the first season of Friday Night Lights.  The accents are a bit hard to understand especially with no subtitles but I get the gist of it.
Anyway, I do understand that medical treatment in USA is not free and that people need medical insurance, which can be expensive.
However if a child plays sport for a school and gets injured what happens then.  Some of the players look as if they come from homes that cannot afford insurance so does the school provide this for the team while they practise or play?  If so how do they afford it - does it levy team members, or all the children attending the school or what.

I am curious as we do not have such a set up in New Zealand

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« Reply #7432 on: April 18, 2013, 07:07:07 AM »
Another question that came into my mind because of a combination of a thread, and my watching the first season of Friday Night Lights.  The accents are a bit hard to understand especially with no subtitles but I get the gist of it.
Anyway, I do understand that medical treatment in USA is not free and that people need medical insurance, which can be expensive.
However if a child plays sport for a school and gets injured what happens then.  Some of the players look as if they come from homes that cannot afford insurance so does the school provide this for the team while they practise or play?  If so how do they afford it - does it levy team members, or all the children attending the school or what.

I am curious as we do not have such a set up in New Zealand

When my brother and I played sports our parents had to sign waivers that the school was not responsible if we were injured.  They also required a physician check to play.  There was also one that said a designated person could consent to emergency care and our insurance card was copied and placed in the file.

That said, there are low income insurance options in the USA.  There are programs through the school/counties/government for low/no cost insurance, Florida Healthy Kids program comes to mind for Florida residents...there is also Medicaid for those families that qualify.
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« Reply #7433 on: April 18, 2013, 08:50:04 AM »
Another question that came into my mind because of a combination of a thread, and my watching the first season of Friday Night Lights.  The accents are a bit hard to understand especially with no subtitles but I get the gist of it.
Anyway, I do understand that medical treatment in USA is not free and that people need medical insurance, which can be expensive.
However if a child plays sport for a school and gets injured what happens then.  Some of the players look as if they come from homes that cannot afford insurance so does the school provide this for the team while they practise or play?  If so how do they afford it - does it levy team members, or all the children attending the school or what.

I am curious as we do not have such a set up in New Zealand

When my brother and I played sports our parents had to sign waivers that the school was not responsible if we were injured.  They also required a physician check to play.  There was also one that said a designated person could consent to emergency care and our insurance card was copied and placed in the file.

That said, there are low income insurance options in the USA.  There are programs through the school/counties/government for low/no cost insurance, Florida Healthy Kids program comes to mind for Florida residents...there is also Medicaid for those families that qualify.

I also had similar forms that my parents completed when I played sports in middle/high school. We do have government-sponsored health insurance in most states that will cover children in low-income families, but once you hit 19, it is much more difficult to qualify for those programs—which is unfortunate for college athletes. My insurance while playing sports was state Medicaid, not private insurance through my parents. As far as I know, my mother rarely had coverage for herself during that time, though.

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« Reply #7434 on: April 18, 2013, 09:41:39 AM »
The name Fiona was supposedly started in Scotland or so I've read. Is it Scottish or Scottish-Gaelic? if the former, does it have a Scottish-Gaelic equivalent, and if so, what is it? I am putting this under stupid questions because I should have been about to figure this out myself but my google-fu in this area is lacking.



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« Reply #7435 on: April 18, 2013, 09:50:20 AM »
amandaelizabeth wrote:

"However if a child plays sport for a school and gets injured what happens then."

Every school or intramural program I've ever encountered required liability waivers and the participant's own health coverage would deal with expenses due to sports injuries.  Unless the school could be proven negligent in some way the school wouldn't pay.

"Some of the players look as if they come from homes that cannot afford insurance so does the school provide this for the team while they practise or play?"

The school wouldn't get involved but there are a number of public programs for health insurance that cover people who can't afford coverage.


stichygreyanonymouse wrote:

"We do have government-sponsored health insurance in most states that will cover children in low-income families, but once you hit 19, it is much more difficult to qualify for those programs—which is unfortunate for college athletes."

Most college athletes can get reasonable health insurance through the school.  Given that most college level athletes who can't afford their own coverage are there on grants or scholarships, it's often covered as part of the package.  It'd be a rare college team that would allow an athlete to participate without coverage due to liability issues.

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« Reply #7436 on: April 18, 2013, 11:04:03 AM »
stichygreyanonymouse wrote:

"We do have government-sponsored health insurance in most states that will cover children in low-income families, but once you hit 19, it is much more difficult to qualify for those programs—which is unfortunate for college athletes."

Most college athletes can get reasonable health insurance through the school.  Given that most college level athletes who can't afford their own coverage are there on grants or scholarships, it's often covered as part of the package.  It'd be a rare college team that would allow an athlete to participate without coverage due to liability issues.

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True, I’m sure that college teams make sure that their competitive team athletes have coverage. The health insurance available to college students at large their schools is laughable, however, if you have any need for it beyond basic trips to the on-campus health center (that is, nothing relating to broken bones or other sports-related injuries). Which means athletes that participate in intramurals or inter-collegiate but non-sanctioned sports may be out of luck (for instance cycling, crew, or rugby, depending on the college or university).

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« Reply #7437 on: April 18, 2013, 07:47:50 PM »
When I hurt myself at a field hockey camp when i was in high school, the camp insurance picked up the difference that my primary insurance didn't cover - co-pays and such, which meant my parents didn't pay anything for my ACL surgery. When my sister also hurt herself at a high school sports practice, the school insurance did the same for her medical costs. So the school insurance was a secondary insurance.

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« Reply #7438 on: April 18, 2013, 08:36:10 PM »
thank you for all the information, it is most helpful and interesting.  Our sports teams are covered by our Accident compensation which for students is free.

I have paid for travel insurance to the states and worked out it could me almost all my salary for full health coverage.  I know that travel insurance tends to be higher than the norm but it is huge.

My company offers health insurance which works out to be $130 per couple for specialist tests and everything past the specialist, with children under 20 being $10 per month.  Most people do no bother as our health system is very generous and open to all NZ citizens and permanent residents, but we offer it as an employment frill.


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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #7439 on: April 18, 2013, 09:40:43 PM »
The name Fiona was supposedly started in Scotland or so I've read. Is it Scottish or Scottish-Gaelic? if the former, does it have a Scottish-Gaelic equivalent, and if so, what is it? I am putting this under stupid questions because I should have been about to figure this out myself but my google-fu in this area is lacking.
It's Gaelic. And good on you for knowing the difference between Scots and Gaelic!  (That's a book peeve of mine, when authors don't know the difference.)
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