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  1. bornonbord says:

    Man, I’m stoked about The Consumerists revamp. When is it going down?

    I got hit by the h1n1 flu last week. First official week on the job and I had to take 3 days off. Hrmph. Walgreens cheapo ibuprofen did the trick to stave off the fever though.

    • Awjvail says:

      @bornonbord: I got hit with h1n1 last week as well… had to call in sick twice. Broke my 8 month long streak of not calling in sick!

      Which.. at my job, is a very big feat.

      Tamiflu did not help. At all.

      • bornonbord says:

        @Awjvail: Dang! I love big streaks of not having to call in.

        @admiral_stabbin: Well, I think everyone here was just happy I didn’t get them sick.

        @larrymac – please put me on your do not call list: Ha! Sorry… I mean… “When’s that seamlessly and permanently going up?”

        @pecan 3.14159265: I think most physicians don’t bother testing if it is H1N1 specifically, but there are statistics (somewhere) showing that a high percentage of the flu today is H1N1 (since the normal flu season doesn’t start for a little while), so it’s safe to assume you had it. (Someone please back this up with a google or two)

        My doc said that since I didn’t have any history respiratory or heart disease, it wouldn’t matter for my demographic (young white male). “Treat the symptoms and you’ll be fine”

      • CompyPaq says:

        @Awjvail: Tamiflu really doesn’t do anything. If started early enough for the regular flu, it can cut off maybe one day. For Swine, nothing.

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      @bornonbord: Never say “going down” when talking about a system change. </battle-scarred IT guy>

  2. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    So.. I got a bread maker for my birthday and I really want to make bread this weekend.. but I gotta get to the store and buy bread makin stuff.. this is one project I have.

    Today my dad is supposed to be picking me up from work (NOW!!) to help me go and buy a shower head and install it.

    And now he’s here. and I have to go! YAY!

  3. MartaMyrrha says:

    where does consumerist find all the awesome kitty pics?

    I lubs them!!!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      @MartaMyrrha: that’s jayden, she is available for adoption

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        @catastrophegirl: I’m still working on the husband! We both think she’s absolutely precious, but are worried about the effect on Clare as she’s continuing to have stress issues.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          @JulesNoctambule: no pressure, REAAALLY
          you could always volunteer to foster one to see how clare reacts?

          • JulesNoctambule says:

            @catastrophegirl: We have two other cats as well; Tristan is frightened of anything that moves (if it’s too big to try to eat), and Sophie wants those damn kids (which is anyone but her or Daddy) off her lawn. If we’re going to acclimate Sophs to another animal, it has to be forever!

      • MartaMyrrha says:


        Oh she’s beautiful *heart*. She looks like my baby, but with short hair. Even the ‘under the table comment’ is like mine LOL.

        I meet my friends foster kittens tonight (found abandoned at a city warehouse). One never knows.

        PS: everyone should have a cat, or more than one if they can swing it.

  4. subtlefrog says:

    Open thread. Where Consumerists stop using Twitter like IM and move here for random musings – because once a week, anything goes.

    We heart open thread.

    • Awjvail says:

      @subtlefrog: Yes, this is an accurate description of open thread.

    • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

      @subtlefrog: It’s so true.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      @subtlefrog: Open thread is my favoritest. It’s like a mini-holiday to look forward to every week!

    • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

      @subtlefrog: I’m not sure if you’ll even come back to check this, but I think you’re the only person on here who would be as excited as I am. I went to the herp show yesterday before I went to work, and brought my evil, nasty, hateful ’08 hypo lavender corn male with me to see if a peer at BGSU could use him for their herp lab. (We already have two specimens with nicer lavender coloration so we didn’t really need him.) I was kinda surprised to learn that she didn’t have any lavender in their collection, so she took him and gave me her absolutely beautiful pair of mex-mex kings. I wasn’t really a huge Lampropeltis fan to start out with, but the more time I spend with them (I have a colleague who’s breeding thayeri and has been trying to convert me from corns, I think) the more I’m loving them.

      Dark phase female, such a sweetheart.

      I am in love with the striping on this boy.

      They’re both in quarantine right now and I’ve been trying to leave them alone. I’m gonna run some fecals and let them clean out then see about brumating them for the year. I hope it’s not too late, but we’ve had a few warm days out here and they haven’t cooled anyone down at the lab yet so I think we’ll be okay. I’ll catch up with the doctor in the spring and see if they’ll be needing any baby mexes. If so, we’ll see how the pair does, and if not, we’ll probably retire them and use them for education or display critters. The girl was used for education previously and her temperament is so great.
      Okay, that was long. Sorry. Can you tell I’m excited?

      • subtlefrog says:

        @h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes: It’s all about bunedoggle. That way we know when we get replies. And all I can say is…Wow!!!!

        That bottom one is a Lampro? I’ve NEVER seen one with striping like that. Amazing.

        I knew you were a hobby herpist – what kind of education are you using them for? Are you on twitter? you should find me there if so.

        • h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

          @subtlefrog: I’m so excited about those stripes. :)
          I am not on Twitter, although the Consumerists and my friend Rob are making me reconsider that. And as for education, I used to work as an animal handling supervisor/trainer for a local wildlife center. They did a ton of outreach, and when I left there I volunteered a few specimens from our collection in case any extra snakes were needed. They generally use native Ohio species when possible but sometimes their best “ambassadors” have just eaten or are blue at the time that they’re needed. Because of insurance liability I don’t do programs on my own, which bums me out a little but it’s really for the best.

  5. theblackdog says:

    Yay open thread!

    So tonight is the opening of the play I am in. It’s a satirical comedy about the Bible, and I figure that if we don’t offend someone every night, we’re not doing our jobs right.

  6. Smashville says:

    Weekly pimping of the blog…


    Also…anyone used Nike+ before?

  7. MostlyHarmless says:

    Okay… lets see… (sorry in advance folks, you are my involuntary support group right now)…

    Depressions are no fun. I keep on getting reminded about that the hard way every 2 years on average :P

    Last weekend sucked, but this week has been getting better slowly. In fact, today is considerably better than last Friday.

    Right now I am oscillating between “things are going to be just right” and “i am royally screwed” every few hours. Better than feeling “we are doomed” all the time.

    Hopefully this weekend will be better than the last one.

    Ooooh a fun update: I got my Google Wave account finally. I waited and waited and waited… and then, two invites in three days!

    One of them, was from Google itself. From a form I filled out requesting a preview. So I think they are now rolling it out to more people. Which is great.

    And yes, I promised some of you that I will send you invites. I will, as soon as I get some to give out.

    What else… I dunno. Any suggestions on helping me cheer up?

  8. HogwartsAlum says:

    That kitteh is cool.

    A bit ranty; I apologize in advance. Mad at my doctor’s office. Due to my complaint of nausea after eating, they sent me for a gallbladder ultrasound last Friday morning, and I was told they would call right away if there was anything alarming. I heard nothing, but by Tuesday I kind of wanted to know what the results were, so I called them.

    The nurse said and I quote: “The ultrasound showed something in your gallbladder. It’s either a gallstone or a polyp; they can’t tell. We’re going to give you a referral to a surgeon.” Since then, I’ve heard nothing. I called back to check and they said “We’ll call you.” I called again today and they are “closed for educational purposes.” WTF???

    I’m more than a little confused; last time I needed a referral, it came lickety-split. Now I’m wondering if they can’t get hold of a surgeon, if they called and are waiting for a call back, if they haven’t followed up with that, or what. Because they don’t check their voice mail (I was late to my appointment because of a flat and the front desk didn’t even get my message and ADMITTED IT!), I’m calling again Monday after lunch, if I don’t hear anything.

    WHYYYY would you tell someone indirectly that they might need surgery (and I’m pretty sure that I will) and then ignore them? Excuse me, but I’m kinda a) upset here, and b) not feeling very well. Also, I have company coming New Year’s weekend and do NOT want to be sick then. I would really rather not have to do this as emergency surgery. I feel like I’m lugging around a little gall-y time bomb.


    Okay, rant over.

    • chucklebuck says:

      @HogwartsAlum: What is it with doctor’s offices? I’m having pretty much the exact same experience as you aside from the actual medical issue – supposed to get scheduled for surgery for something scary, call to inquire, am told will be called by EOD, then no call. Do they just not realize we’re kinda freaking out?

      I hope your surgery, once you ever get it scheduled, goes well.

    • MostlyHarmless says:

      Don’t sweat the rant. We are here to listen :)
      [Though right now, I am more in the “I need to talk” phase myself.]

      It is uncool the way they are handling the case, and I especially agree with not telling someone that they might need surgery and then keep them hanging in suspense for this long. That’s just a recipe to destroy the weekend.

    • HogwartsAlum says:

      @HogwartsAlum: UPDATE the surgeon’s office called and I have an appointment on Nov 23rd at 10:00. The lady said she can’t promise anything but she feels confident that it will take place before the end of the year. I told her I was having company NY weekend and she said “Oh you’ll be well by then.” Yay!

      @squinko: They already did an ultrasound; I don’t think they’ll bother judging by my symptoms. Apparently it was pretty obvious on there that there was something in it. Eeyeeew!

      @chucklebuck: I don’t know, but the office staff at mine is lately leaving a lot to be desired.

      @MostlyHarmless: Aww, if you need to talk, we’ll listen to you too. *HUG*

      @squinko: They can, but with the gallbladder, once it starts doing that, it keeps doing it. They would just have to do it again. Whatever it is is big enough to be making me sick, so I say YANK IT OUT. Besides, I had a stone get stuck or something a few years ago, and I DON’T want that to happen again. :P

      @pecan 3.14159265: I put up with them because I LOVE my doctor. At least they did it, so I’m happy now.

  9. SkokieGuy says:

    Volunteer for and attended awesome nutrition lecture on foods that fight inflammation. Makes me wants to totally scratch cook everything.


  10. pop top says:

    I forgot today was Friday until I saw this thread. Now I’m super happy. :-D

    Tonight Mr. Squinko has promised me a date night. The first in a month or so…about damn time. ;) I just picked up three new games for my DS, and two new games for my 360, so I’m excited. Tomorrow we’re having dinner with my dad and step-mom, no D&D again. :( Sunday we’re taking some friends to this cool winery we went to a few weeks ago. I am by no means a wine person, but this place is great. They even have some excellent mead.

    I made beef stew and meatballs this week, both for the first time . The meatballs were pretty good, kind of dry, and I disliked the stew. Mr. Squinko said it was great though, so I guess I didn’t do anything wrong? Just not a fan of stew.

  11. GitEmSteveDave_HurtHisKnee says:

    Yeah, I promise I’m gonna sit down and write the thank you letter to everyone I have been writing in my head this weekend. I hope.

  12. Ratty says:

    This has been a super dull week. One of accomplishments in the last 7 days was getting my 2nd level 80 – Orc Shaman. Healed H ToC (successfully–no wipes) in less than 48 hours after getting the level. That’s worth being a bit pleased over, I guess. lol Warcraft.

    Also ran a lot for 4 days, and early work meetings have kept me from doing so again the last couple days. Tomorrow I want to hit at least 3 more miles.

    There’s a bake sale at work next week. going to make nanaimo bars. not going to eat said nanaimo bars. Except for cooking samples, mind! We’re doing a lot of charity fundraising this winter. Our workplace is adopting 3 families for Christmas and getting them all some gifts. Bake sale money goes to the food bank I believe, and we’re doing a book sale and raffle to go to some other organizations. I think it’s kind of cool.

  13. Ratty says:


    I got a new trainee at work who is sitting with me. yesterday he asked me “do you mind if i eat?” Figuring he meant a snack on break or something, I said no.

    He proceeded to decimate 1/2 pound of cookies, 1/2 big bag of Doritos, several PB&J sandwiches, 2 foil pouches of pop-tarts (so 4 of the suckers) and several bottles of Propel fitness water (!!!). This over the course of a mere 6 1/2 hours of an office job.

    He’s not an exceptionally big guy, but good lord. I’m going to get Diabeetus from watching him.

  14. katstermonster says:

    Wheeeeee open thread!!! I just had a lovely nap through an hour-long seminar.

    Now I’m going to go to Starbucks and correct some papers, then I’m headed to my friend’s to see the baby she had recently, thennnn who knows! Yippee for Fridayyyyy!

  15. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    It’s been an eventful week at la casa de H3llc4t.
    -Paid off all of the bills that my mom ran up to the tune of $5k. The only debt that I have left at all is a small amount of student loans. The last year sucked so hard but I’m free now from a lot of stress. Still gonna keep the second job to save up for a house/wedding.
    -Got myself my Dune tattoo as a reward for surviving this year without totally losing my mind.
    -Threw my back out on Monday some time, woke up at 3AM with horrible pain. Saw Urgent Care, diagnosed with muscle spasms, came home with muscle relaxers which are pretty much useless.
    -Hung in until yesterday, where I went to a different Urgent Care closer to my office. Waited 2 hours, took a urine test (probably to prove I wasn’t taking drugs), saw a doctor who jabbed me in the kidney because he couldn’t understand why I was experiencing such severe back pain without “any real provocation,” cried in the examining room from the pain/anger at being treated like a shady addict.
    -However, I finally got my sweet, sweet codeine and the first good night’s sleep all week.
    -Just had great Indian with one of my best girlfriends from college. She reminds me to have faith in the world. Also, now my hair smells like curry. Mmmmm tikkalicious. It’s like bootylicious but more savory.

  16. Elvisisdead says:

    Just a note to the world – you get screwed if you go contract to perm.

  17. RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

    Hooray! The promise of the open thread somewhat dulls the sting of not getting to see Pirate Radio with this friend I would kind of like to be more than friends with. S’okay, though, she still wants to meet for sushi, she just has a family thing to go to that means no time for sushi and a movie.

  18. Berz says:

    Anyone make a kegerator before? I’m going to build an insulated cabinet and use the guts from an old college fridge to do it. Tips?

    • admiral_stabbin says:

      @Berz: I haven’t done it myself, but I knew a guy that made one out of an old horizontal chest freezer. It saved the headache of building a cabinet, and was free to him.

    • CaffiendCA says:

      @Berz: Chest freezers are a great option. Cheaper than regular fridges. Easy to convert to a fridge – they have teperature regulators that control the power to set temp. Building a cabinet would be quite a bit more money, and insulation would be an issue. Check craigslist for a chest freezer, you could get one for free – $50 or so. Conversion kts are available, but you should probably just get components.

      They hold two full size kegs, or 3-4 ponies.

  19. Dont lump me into your 99%! says:

    Nice meetup Mostly Harmless!!! Classic the conversation you were having with your parents and not knowing your mic was on!

    Cannot wait for the next. I actually wish there was one right now so I could bitch about my employer!!!

  20. PsiCop says:

    I can’t resist. Here is the sweetheart, Sable: