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  1. nbs2 says:

    I got nothing. I’ve ranted here the last few weeks about CU. I’ve wondered if the average Roman in the late fifth century felt the same way I do now. I’m just too worn down to care. For a long time, I fancied myself Winston Smith. Now, I’d rather just be a prole and be on my way.

    Pretty bird.

    • nbs2 says:

      In a spot of good news, however, I’m through Module 5. Just three more and the state cert, and I’ll be a proper volunteer EMT.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        Thank you for doing that – we need people like you, and volunteers are getting harder and harder to find. It takes a special person to want to roll out of bed at 3 AM to go help someone else in need.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I just watched a show about the fall of the Roman empire. The average Roman in the late Fifth century was probably missing his running water, toilets, organized farming and food availability, and wondering who was going to repair his house because everyone who could do anything was either dead or gone. If he was smart, he’d be heading to the Eastern Empire where things were still a little normal.

  2. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOOOOooooooooo.

    Friday : )

    Open Thread : )!

    My dad has put it upon me to sell one of my wheelchairs (As featured here in this photo: http://consumerist.com/2011/08/if-you-dont-look-disabled-expect-shoddy-treatment-from-delta.html ) and he insists that if I just throw it up on eBay I should get at least 300 dollars for it.

    I don’t see any listings for anything similar on eBay, so I’m really doubting that it would happen like that.

    The price doesn’t seem that outlandish to me because brand new this model costs over 2000 dollars.

    We want to sell it so I can buy a new one that will better meet my needs.

    I don’t really have any ideas as to how to actually sell it or where to sell it. I’m sure I could give it away, but that wouldn’t help me in funding a new chair.

    Any ideas? At all?

    • nbs2 says:

      I think my dad ended up selling my grandfather’s old chair on CL. Didn’t get a whole lot, but the former doesn’t need it and the latter has long been sprinkled in the Ganges – so funding wasn’t as big a concern.

    • Straspey says:

      From a site aptly named, “The Wheelchair Site” -

      Selling a Used Wheelchair”

      “Selling used wheelchairs may be problematic. Wheelchairs are highly specialized products that require the collective input of a doctor, therapist, mobility equipment provider and potential user to ensure that the appropriate mobility equipment is matched to the user.

      Wheelchairs are individually tailored medical devices and so they are generally not meant for resale.

      If you plan to sell a used wheelchair here are some valuable resources with the proper mobility equipment knowledge to help you match your used wheelchair with a proper owner:

      Many local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) offices will often inform clients about available used wheelchairs through newsletters, notices or word of mouth.

      Ask to place a “used wheelchair for sale” ad on a bulletin board, website or in the newsletter of a local rehabilitation hospital or –

      Phone your state Rehabilitation Department or another local disability organization to see if they can put you in touch with a therapist who can properly match your used wheelchair equipment to a new user.

      It’s true that ads might sometimes appear in the classified pages of the daily newspapers, and on supermarket bulletin boards.

      Pawn shops, second-hand stores and websites like eBay might even accept used walkers, wheelchairs, etc. However, it is best to steer clear of this type of unregulated, unprofessional salesmanship, as these companies generally have no interest in matching the proper equipment with a suitable user. “

      http://www.thewheelchairsite.com/selling-a-used-wheelchair.aspx

      Have a look at the website – there seems to be a bounty of very helpful and useful information.

      Good luck.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Thanks. Maybe this will at least get my dad off my back about it. He made it sound like it should be simple as pie! lol!

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          My dad does that. He’s like “Why don’t you just–[insert incomprehensible thing that was easy about 50 years ago]?”

          Then I have to go, “Daaaaaaad…”

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i still think you should advertise it for sale to medical fetishists

  3. chizu says:

    A bird is a nice change from all those snakes Consumerist had been posting. It totally terrified me, I had to adblock all of them… :(

    I started my silversmith class yesterday! It was a lot of fun. Three hours went by really quickly. I’m not sure if I could afford a second round of classes, we’ll see. The first project is making a simple pair of earrings and I was the only one in class who managed to hurt herself. Hahaha…

    Class was really relaxing and helped me stay focus on my project rather than dwelling into things. So I started looking at what other “crafty” classes there are in the area. All I could say is that they are all very expensive. Pottery is in the 2/300 per course. I found this place with weekend “workshops”, they deal with lampworking, glass mosaics, etc. Classes run from $300-800 ish (not including room and meals). This is one of those moments when I wish I have tons of monies so I could actually do things that I want to do. For now though, I think I’m going to stick with silversmith.

    Boss is going to be doing a whole lot of traveling soon to meet with clients. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that means our projects will pick up soon. While this whole four-day mandatory weekend thing can be nice sometimes, it is going to start taking a serious toll on me soon. (I don’t have the four days thing all the time since we implemented it. I might have had 3 of those weekends?)

    Going to spend the weekend with friends, just walking around and trying to not spend monies. Now that the weather is supposed to be nicer, I’m trying to spend some time outdoor… Anyone doing anything this weekend?

    • Laura Northrup says:

      Was there a real flood of snakes? I only remember the one I used because it’s a picture of snakes.

      • chizu says:

        There’s that one and then the one earlier today about Paypal. They also pop up every now and then on the right hand side when I’m least expecting. I guess one is too many for me. :(

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      My daughter’s having a sleepover tomorrow night for her birthday. Six pre-teen girls will be occupying my house.

      Feel better about your options for the weekend now? :)

      • chizu says:

        Wait till it’s an all teenage girls party. ;) Then you would wish they would never grow up so fast.

      • Cat says:

        I had nine 7 year olds camped in the living room of our 2 bedroom mobile home. I took the girls to the store with me, and they followed me through the store, in a line, quacking like baby ducks. Popcorn, movies, they were up till 4 am. We’ll never forget it.

        Best. Sleepover. Ever.

        Make the best of it. Your little princess will be all grown up sooner than you think – mine turns 18 next month.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        My condolences. I thought my weekend was going to suck because I have job related work to do, and of course it’s going to be cold and rainy again this weekend, so no lawn mowing even though parts of it are a jungle…I can hear the screams and giggles now. LOL! I remember going to sleepovers as a young girl, I loved it!

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

      Go to flea markets. Today I picked up almost 3/4 of an ounce of Sterling Silver for a grand total of $2.

      • chizu says:

        Is there one you’d recommend in Jersey? I heard there’s a huge one at the Meadowlands on Saturday, but I’ve never been to it. (But thanks for the great hint, especially when we could melt it down at the studio.)

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDave‚Ñ¢ says:

          I try the smaller ones. You need to get there early and scour everything. I realized the vendor didn’t check his pins for sterling marks, and made out like a bandit.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay for the silversmith thing!

      I’m going to prep the kitchen for painting. It’s supposed to be nice and will cool off next week, so I should try and get it done while I can have the windows open. I HATE scraping but like spackling. I got some spackle that is pink when you put it on but white when it dries. Maybe I’ll just go around and spackle the whole house; then I can just paint everything! Whoo!

  4. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    So check this out…I have Comcast Xfinity, but just the broadcast channels (ABC, FOX, etc) in HD. This is without cable boxes. It’s cheap(ish), $17 a month.

    Now the Xbox 360 app comes out, and I download it. I put in my info, and it gives me access to all the on demand for the cable channels (like History, BBC, and so forth) as well as HBO on demand and Encore on demand!

    I hope this fluke lasts.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      Whoa.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      shhh dont tell anybody, I noticed this “fluke” a couple weeks ago when I finally hooked up the xbox to my new tv. I got the version of comcast cable where i dont have a box but I do have a little reciever thingy so i can get all my local channels in hd, had it since the beginning of last month so I dont know how long this has been going on for.

    • SissyOPinion says:

      This isn’t a fluke. You’re getting these channels through your internet connection, not through your cable service. I am particularly pleased with this setup as I no longer have cable in my house.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        This is good to know. I cut way back on my cable package, but when I went into the On Demand function, I was able to watch shows originally broadcast on channels that I don’t have access to. This is through the cable box.

        This might be a good option for me – I rarely watch live TV, and our cable franchise charges $18.75 plus tax for just the OTA channels. It might be worth buying an X Box just to do this.

        • SissyOPinion says:

          Exactly why I don’t have cable. When I setup Netflix through my Wii a couple of years ago, I turned off my cable as soon as possible. No interest in paying for a bunch of crap I have no interest in watching.

  5. Laura Northrup says:

    I paid my idiot tax. I stopped by the grocery store to get milk, bagels, and chocolate (you know, essentials) and picked up a MegaMillions ticket while I was there.

    People must not realize that you can print regular lottery tickets from the newer scratchoff kiosks like this store has. (I’m in NY.) There were 12 people in line at the customer service desk and no waiting at the machine. Though come to think of it, some of them might have been there to cash their paychecks.

    • AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

      All anyone around here is talking about is what they will buy when they win the Mega Millions.

      While I’d love to win, and I know money would make some aspects of my life better, I keep thinking about how it would cause more problems, and be a headache to deal with.

      I mean, if I won $150,000, that is easy to manage. Pay down some debit, buy a fun to drive car, and just leave the rest in the bank for a buffer. But to manage $250+ Million (after taxes) just seems like a job in itself.

      • CrankyOwl says:

        I’m with you – I’d hate all the publicity that comes with winning a big jackpot like that. Just let me win half a mill quietly & I’ll be happy.

      • Jules Noctambule says:

        If I had that kind of money, every good animal shelter, genuinely charitable group and college scholarship in the state I could fund would be celebrating. After a certain point there’s just nothing else to do with money except make someone else’s life suck less.

      • AstroPig7 says:

        I would take every step possible to ensure no one outside of my immediate family knew.

    • MaytagRepairman says:

      We have self-service lottery vending machines in Washington state. I’ve tried using them before but they seem to be prone to problems. The machines also don’t give change and can’t return your money so if for some reason it is screwed up and can’t print lottery tickets you are forced to spend the money you inserted on scratch tickets.

  6. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Woo-hoo! Gaming weekend this weekend – Shadowrun tonight, and tomorrow a Fate-system game in a setting the GM has created. For those who think I’m a huge nerd – you’re right. But it’s also a standing arrangement to socialize with friends I otherwise wouldn’t see for months on end because our schedules don’t mesh unless we *make* them mesh.
    Now I just need to decide what alcohol to bring tonight.

  7. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    Oh…and I may go do some Jewish Singles Bowling tomorrow night.

  8. chizu says:

    Oh. BTW. Does anyone have a PS Vita? And what kind of games have you been getting on it? I considered getting one, but so far nothing really caught my eyes. (Okay, maybe the MGS collection.) Not to mention games are pretty expensive. I ended up spending all day brooding over it and not getting it. I probably will still get it a few months later when I rack up enough points to redeem it.

  9. Coffee says:

    That bird is a lorikeet. My sister had one that was foul-tempered approximately 5% of the time. During one of its moods, it bit her on the hand, hard. She reflexively swatted it away, sending it crashing to the floor and breaking its wing. It died at the vet’s office.

    She also ran over my step mother’s parakeet when it flew directly into the path of her bike when she was about nine years old.

    I occasionally give her shit about it, but then she starts crying and it gets all awkward. This is why my alignment is chaotic neutral.

    • SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

      your sister clearly has a preternatural ability to send birds to the afterlife, I suggest for her birthday/Christmas gift a set of business cards that read: Coffee’s sister, Avian Hitman ESQ. “Bird killin is my business, and business has been booming since age 9″

  10. KarenNfld says:

    Thanks for using my picture! It was taken at the Nashville Zoo a couple of weeks ago in a section called “Loriikeet Landing”. You can buy cups of bird seed and feed them. I didn’t feed any but they still landed on my head and shoulders. It was fun!

  11. Jules Noctambule says:

    I’m moving into a lovely, large studio and the nutball with whom I shared a studio before the tiny current studio is leaving the building entirely. Between her lack of customer skills and bad attitude all around, her business failed to take off – and the owner opted not to offer her a new lease as well. I feel ever so slightly smug.

  12. Jules Noctambule says:

    I’m moving into a lovely, large studio and the nutball with whom I shared a studio before the tiny current studio is leaving the building entirely. Between her lack of customer skills and bad attitude all around, her business failed to take off – and the owner opted not to offer her a new lease as well. I feel ever so slightly smug.

    • Jules Noctambule says:

      And hey, looks like our iffy wireless connection will resend a post when it drops and reconnects. Awesome super-secret bonus.

  13. dragonfire81 says:

    How about a fun thread for a Friday?

    Let’s make up fake and humourous Phil posts!

    “5 things you never knew Bologna could do.”

    “How to construct your very own catapault in 4 easy steps.”

    “Study: People generally dislike useless studies that do nothing except prove the obvious.”

    “Macguyver eat your heart out: Three great ways to make a parachute using stuff from your kitchen.”

  14. Cantras says:

    I’m trying to be a grown-up and do grown-up things, but it seems half the HTML I learned in high school is now not only outdated, but actually deprecated. It does nothing. So, I have to learn CSS and/or bat my eyelashes at CSS-knowing friends.

    As it’s warmed up, my attic has developed wasps and my desk developed ants. I was on a cleaning frenzy yesterday (my day off) and it’s probably going to continue into Saturday. I got to wipe my desk down with vinegar, that was a joy. All the ant spray I see at the store is ant/spider. No! I want the spiders! Spiders would prevent the ants!

    Not sure what to do about the wasps. So far we’ve used spray outside and a tennis racket inside. We had a friend ID the wasp (yellow jacket) and help us find where they’re coming from (hole in the eaves at the very top corner). I’m a little tempted to go up with a caulk gun and close up their escape vent, but I think we might have bats, too, and I don’t want to close them in.

    Anyone have ideas on how much it runs to get this sort of thing professionally nuked from orbit? It’s a small house, and we have attic access from inside.

    • exit322 says:

      I got 750 matches at Home Depot for $2.98 a couple weeks ago.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I can’t help with nuking from orbit, but I had an experience with tunneling bumble bees once. I had a large wooden crate, and brought it in from outside during the winter to take part of it apart and make a sort of dog shelter for on the back porch. I hauled it inside, got distracted…you know how that goes, and thought, oh, I’ll work on it tomorrow. Later that evening, I started to hear buzzing. I went nuts trying to figure out what was going on. Then the bees started to fly around, big fat bumble bees with black heads. Turns out they had bored their way in when it was warmer and were hibernating or whatever, and when I brought the crate inside, they warmed up and thought it was spring. That was fun.

      Anyway, I’ve had luck with ants using 20 Mule Team Borax mixed with a little powdered sugar, and putting it where they come in and out of the house. I try not to kill spiders either, as they seem to clean up the other insects. My neighbor had bats, so he sat outside at dusk and watched where they came in and out. After a few days of nailing down the timing, he waited until after dark, and they had flown out, and sealed the hole from the outside with wire mesh. He also put up a proper outside bat house on one of his outbuildings to discourage them from trying to get back into the house.

      When stinging flying insects get into the house, I tend to freak out and spray them with Aqua Net aerosol hair spray. It brings them down and then I hit them with a shoe.

      Hope this helps!!

  15. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Dad update: hip replacement is on for Monday AM – will be at the hospital at 6:30 AM. I will be taking puzzle books for my Mom so she doesn’t read all the health stuff and lecture the others in the waiting room. This happened before, and it was sort of embarrassing.

    Netflix update: Dragnet 69 and 70 are now on streaming as I watched several episodes the other night. The picture quality seems a little weird and jumpy, but when I watched Downton Abby, it looked fine as did Cold Squad. Quincy ME is back to showing “coming soon”.

    PubDHub update: I watched a cautionary film, Last Date. It stars a young Dick York, who went on to play Samantha’s husband on Bewitched. I’ve seen him in a few of those films. I’m thinking about springing for the “gold” version. I really enjoyed Duck and Cover, too. Just not sure it would do any good in an actual atomic bomb attack!

    Finally, I learned a valuable lesson. If you make up a key for the wireless router, and it’s a random jumbled mess of upper case, lower case, and numbers…write it down in more than one place. I spent 40 minutes last night trying to find the stupid thing because I had misfiled it in my filing cabinet. Ugh.

  16. tooluser says:

    The frequency is 640 MHz.

    Sincerely, Kenneth.

  17. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I don’t know why I keep applying for jobs at law firms. They’re stuffy and corporate and prim and that is SO not me. But unfortunately, I have to do a minimum of three contacts per week for unemployment and right now, that’s all there is. Crap!

    Last night my Spanish class went to a Mexican restaurant and ordered in Spanish. It was fun but every time I go out I miss my boyfriend even more. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if we saw each other all the time.

    We’ll see each other on my birthday, and we’re going to Los Angeles again this year. I just wish we didn’t have to fly separately and were in the same place. I spent a little more on the ticket to arrive in the afternoon when he does, instead of late at night like the cheapo airline will. But I have to fly to CHICAGO first to go to Los Angeles! I hate hate hate hate hate hubs!