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  1. Wasabe says:

    I’m donating blood platelets right now.

    • pop top says:

      Donating blood is awesome and everyone who can should do it. Kudos to you.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      I tried giving blood but they said I cant since I’ve lived in Germany for more than 5 years… blah.

      • CrankyOwl says:

        Wait..what?? I lived in Germany for over 5 years, what does that have to do with giving blood? Are they implying is some 3rd world country with sketchy health care?

        • SonarTech52 says:

          Im thinking due to the mad cow scare that was happening… There was a timeframe on the flyer I was reading, but I cant remember..

          I had given blood at a different place before, but this hospital that comes to my work wont take my blood.

    • Kuchen says:

      Thank you for donating!

      I try to donate when they have blood drives at work, but the next one is a Tuesday of a week that I work night shift on Monday & Tuesday, so I don’t think I’ll make that one.

  2. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Since this was mentioned several times in this week’s post: :

    Anyone ever gotten lap-band surgery? I’d love to hear the pros and cons, and recommendations. How much lower is your appetite? And I assume you need vitamin supplements?

  3. Murph1908 says:

    When you order a pizza, and choose cheese on one half, and 2 toppings on the other, what do you expect?

    a. Being charged for 1 topping, since you are getting the equivalent of 1 pizza worth of toppings

    b. Being charged for 2 toppings, since you are getting 2 toppings, regardless of getting it on only half the pizza

    c. Being charged for 2 toppings, but expecting a full pizza’s worth of toppings on that half of pizza.

    A recent attempt to order such a pie (from a place that will get me slammed by other commenters) prompts this question. In the past it only counted as 1 topping, but now their online order system is calling it 2.

    • Wasabe says:

      I expect my order to get screwed up. You don’t end up working in a pizza place because you’re great at taking complex orders.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I only trust our local pizza place to get our pizza correct. All the chains tend to get some aspect of our (very simple) order wrong nearly every single time.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I think toppings are separate regardless of how much topping you want. In your example, I’d say two toppings because you are getting two toppings regardless of how much topping there is.

      For example: You still get charged for two toppings whether you get a small, medium, or large pizza. Quantity of the topping is irrelevant – it’s the fact that you got the topping at all.

      • Murph1908 says:

        Most places charge different prices for toppings on different sized of pizza, from what I remember. So that analogy doesn’t seem valid.

        If your suggestion is correct, and I am getting charged for 2 toppings, I would expect a whole pizza’s worth of toppings on that half.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      I have never, never ordered a half-and-half pizza and been charged for each topping separately. I’ve been ordering pizza for 25 years, and worked in two separate Italian restaurants and a Pizza Hut in my early 20s, and have never seen this or even heard of it before. I would order from someplace else if it ever happened to me.

      • Murph1908 says:

        Thanks. That was my original reaction to the place when they told me. We did go with a different place last week, and the computer system was set up to charge half the topping price, and it even showed that on the receipt.

        The first place has been added to our ‘banned’ list.

  4. CompyPaq says:

    Fun week of finals and insurance fraud.

    On my way home for Thanksgiving, I got rear-ended and the car that hit me was also rear-ended. I had since been trying to get ahold of the police report. I finally got ahold of the officer last night who tells me that there were 5 cars involved and that I hit someone.

    Apparently, the two other cars had pulled 1/4 mile up the road before stopping and calling the police, which is weird, because my car and the two cars behind me are pretty much totalled.

    So now my insurance company is preemptively investigating before someone files a claim against me.

    • pop top says:

      Are you saying that you didn’t hit a car? How would you not know if you had hit a car?

      • CompyPaq says:

        I am fairly certain that I would have noticed if I hit a car. I actually can’t figure out where I could have hit a car based on the placement of my car and the cars that hit me after the accident.

        • pop top says:

          So the cops are telling you that you hit a car when you didn’t? Why would they do that? How do they know it was you if the person you allegedly hit drove away and didn’t know which care hit them? Do you even have any damage on your front end?

        • Paladin_11 says:

          Unless the officer in question witnessed the damage of all of the cars in the chain reaction collision *there at the scene* there is no way the damage to the rear of the second car can be attributed to you. There may have been pre-existing damage to the second car.

          It’s time for you to personally get a copy of the police report and lawyer up.

  5. masterage says:

    That cat :3

  6. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    What is everyone doing for the weekend? We’re running errands and having dinner with friends. We’re hoping it’ll be a celebratory dinner, as one of them has been unemployed for a matter of months and he may be getting a new job soon. Here’s hoping!

    • hotdogsunrise says:

      I think I’m actually going to have time to do some things around the house. May sound lame, but I’ve been so busy recently I haven’t had time to clean as much as I’d like. I haven’t even had time to decorate for Christmas!

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Ha. We decorated the day after Thanksgiving. It’s been nice, too because I love Christmas stuff and we’ve got it down to a science. Everything was up in about two or three hours.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          I wanted to do that, but I was sick as a dog that whole weekend. Stupid cold. I did finally get my tree up, though. I left off the bows and just put the gold beads and glitter pinecones and white lights. Was way easier and looks pretty.

      • Kuchen says:

        We just moved to a new (to us) house last week, and the only Christmas decoration I have up is Christmas towels! I’m not sure we’re going to get the tree up this year. My daughter is only 15 months old, so she doesn’t know enough to be upset about not having a tree.

    • pop top says:

      I’m making Puppy Chow! :D

    • Cyniconvention says:

      Xmas shopping, I guess…as far as I know, my mother has bought nothing – the tree isn’t even up!

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        My mom told me this morning that she doesn’t have enough gifts for everyone, and I told her that she had already done enough. She seemed to be really preoccupied with finding more gifts for everyone ….is it jerkish of me to help her do that (for other people, not for me) right after saying that she’s done enough? I mean, if she insists that she hasn’t done enough I want to be helpful, but I do think she’s done enough.

        • Cyniconvention says:

          Maybe she just needs to step back and see how much she’s done. People can get so caught up that they lose track of things. If she still thinks that there’s more to be done, it’s possible that having your help would take some pressure off of her when there’s two people to think and look.

      • cash_da_pibble says:

        I don’t have a tree up yet and I’m almost done with shopping!
        We wait until the last possible moment to get a tree corpse.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Sleepover with friends. Is this wierd in your late 20s? One of us is like 33. I mean, half the time I go over there we stay to 1am anyway. This way we have brunch a see a show the next morning.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      I have to think of and get something for my wife for xmas.. Any ideas?

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        What does she like? What are her hobbies?

        • SonarTech52 says:

          Well she does like to cook, and is getting back into baking since she is at home more now. She has in the past done needle point and she like ceramics. She really wants a kiln, but cant afford one of those right now. She loves hobby lobby, arts and crafts things…Other than the aforementioned things, she really isnt too girly (retired police/swat officer).

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      I’m not sure.. I might have a houseguest (my dad) but then, I might not. And I have a fuzzy somewhat memory of my mom saying a memorial service was perhaps this weekend, but I’m not sure and she hasn’t mentioned it since. So… I don’t know.

      If I had my way, my dad would come and we’d go Christmas shopping for what he buys everyone. I usually help him and then somehow it ends up that I wrap all the gifts. I wrap better than him, and he isn’t patient enough to try to do better. lol.

      I also have lots of knitting to finish up, but I’m making great progress.

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      Tonight I am babysitting for one of my sister’s 2 children, ages 4 and 6. I am looking forward to it!
      Then spending the rest of the weekend at my parents’ house and having a Christmas dinner on Sunday with my mom’s side of the family.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Saturday I plan to do some last minute gift shopping, then Sunday I am going to the birthday party of the 82-year-old mother of a friend (the friend is significantly older than I am). After the birthday party, we are going to have a solstice/full moon celebration. The token stone-cold atheist (me) in the group of assorted witches and “light workers” will just enjoy the fire circle and sharing.

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        Just as a side note… when my friends refer to themselves as “light workers” I have to actively bite my tongue to keep myself from asking them what utility company they work for… I am a bitch. :D

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Gonna make Peppermint bark and steamed pudding tonight for my Christmas celebration at my Grandma’s in Sonora tomorrow –
      part of me hopes it snows but oi, what a disaster it’d be!
      And Sunday I’m going to a cookie exchange-
      I have to make six dozen cookies…
      but I love peppermint bark so I’m making that instead!
      We’re also decorating the house on Sunday- tree, lights, decor and present wrapping!

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        Don’t get me started on present wrapping. I am obsessed with wrapping gifts. I love it. I would open a one person gift-wrapping stand if I could.

        • cash_da_pibble says:

          Me too!
          I do not care what it is-even socks get beautiful wrapping that coordinates with my Christmas decor, complete with curled ribbon and matching gift tag! I’ve pondered the same- getting my non-profit dog group to go downtown in a vacant store front and wrapping for donations!

          mebbe next year!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Only just now posting since I left work early and was working on articles this afternoon.

      I will be finishing up presents (have to bake some cookies) and assorted chores around the house. And trying to make my shoulders quit hurting so I can do my job at work (tendonitis, I think). And talking to my honey, cleaning the car to go see the folks for Christmas. Sorry it’s not more exciting!

      Oh, I went to the Japanese market on the way home today to pick up some rice vinegar for making sushi. So I’ll do that too. I also bought a Korean pear and some little teeny canned quail eggs. Food adventure!

  7. pop top says:

    Tonight my friend is having a “Pirate and Ninja Reconciliation” birthday party for his 30th birthday. You have to dress as either a ninja or a pirate and you must be friendly to everyone. His parties are also legendary in how awesome they are, so we shall see since this is my first one. I’m shipping two packages after work and will be finally done with all my Xmas stuff, except wrapping presents for local family members and getting out Xmas cards. Then Sunday I’m making a gigantic batch of Puppy Chow!

  8. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    That cat could use a shave.

  9. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    My head is so stuffed up. I have a low-grade fever that makes me feel like crap.. and an annoying cough.


    But good news everyone, we picked something out for my dad (a new camera! since his recent ex-wife took theirs with her.) and I was able to get to the yarn shop to get materials for my mom’s gift.

    So that’s going well.

    Can somone squeeze the junk out of my head? Plz?

    • hotdogsunrise says:

      That’s why God made pseudoephedrine.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I know, I’m taking 12hr Sudafed (the behind the counter kind, the real stuff) and Delsym for the cough.

        I am surviving, but still kinda miserable. Just miserable enough to want to whine about it. My actual nose is clear, but my sinuses are either clogged or swolen.

        • hotdogsunrise says:

          I think the swollen/clogged sinuses are a million times worse than just a stuffy nose. And everytime I get a cold, that’s how it presents: sinus infection. Awesome.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I feel terrible today as well. The weather is bitterly cold, it’s snowy and slushy, and I’m very tired. My allergies are acting up, though they are not as bad as they would be if I had not taken medicine this morning. I’m wondering whether it’s me being tired that makes my sinuses feel worse or my allergies making me tired.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Ugh.. that could go either way for me. I take Zyrtec for allergies, and I used to take it in the mornings because that’s my worst time.. but one day I forgot to take it and decided to try taking it at night time instead.. Holy crap what a difference. It’s like 85% better, and I don’t have to take time out of my morning getting-ready-rutine to stop and blow my nose for what seems like forever.

        Well, I do now since I’m sick.. but you know.. on a regular every day basis. lol. My point is, if you take a 24 hour pill, try taking it at night time and see if that is better.. I can’t believe how much better it is, and I told my dad (he has wicked allergies too) and he is doing the same thing now, and says it’s as good for him as I said.

        Good luck with the snow, I wouldn’t know anything about that.. it’s been in the 70s here this week. Allthough, today it’s a bit colder and really grey outside, and supposed to get down to like 38 tonight. lol

    • pop top says:

      You know, this must be the driest winter ever. My sinuses are so out-of-whack it’s killing me. I have headaches every morning. I’m not used to having sinus-related problems; do you think Sudafed would help?

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        Sudafed will dry you up even worse. What you need is some targeted humidity. Fill a basin with steaming water, bend over the basin, and throw a towel over your head to make a tent and hold in the steam. This is also terrific for the complexion, and you may add essential oils if they help you.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I take Target’s Up and Up brand (10 mg). I feel kind of terrible right now but that’s my fault (got only 3 hours of sleep because I went to see Tron: Legacy at midnight) not the medicine being ineffective. I forgot to take it one day earlier in the week and my sinuses were hurting me so much I took one as soon as I got home and felt better within the hour.

        I’ve also taken Claritin and I really don’t think there’s much of a difference besides price. Claritin is a whole lot more expensive.

    • EWU_Student says:

      Neti Pot FTW. I received one as a gift last Christmas, and I was pretty skeptical. I don’t usually buy into hippy health cures, but this thing is fantastic. I think you can pick up a plastic version at Walgreens/RiteAid, etc.

      I have this one:

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I think I have the same thing!

      The only things that help me with my sinus issues are hot showers with eucalyptus diffusers, and searing hot damp dishrags laid over my sinuses. Medicine barely works.
      I never had sinus problems until about 4 years ago, and they cripple me.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I’ve always had sinus problems. My allergies actually stopped bothering me for about three years. Now they’re back, and worse than they were before they went away!

  10. JulesNoctambule says:

    Last week, I bought a CD off Ebay; the seller’s feedback was acceptable (lots of negs/neuts, but also 100ks of FB total) and the CD was described as being complete and in great condition. CD arrives, quickly and intact — only it’s in nothing like great condition at all. The disc has scratches and the liner notes are completely ruined. This is not an easy album to find, much less one that’s affordable, but it was a gift for my husband and he’s a real geek for details like the liner notes and all. It plays, but he’s only getting half the experience.

    So I send a message to the seller, just outlining the actual condition of the CD and noting my disappointment. First message: They’ll be glad to send a replacement. About an hour later, second message: No replacement available, so here’s a complete refund and keep the CD.

    Good outcome, I suppose, but I do feel a little conflicted — I didn’t expect for that to happen, and I feel a little guilty, honestly. Is keeping both the money and the CD right in this case? What would you do in the same situation?

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      Something like that happened to me. I bought a leather purse from an EBay seller. When it came, it was in great shape, but it was not leather. I wrote the seller and offered to send it back for a refund (or a replacement if they accidentally sent the wrong item). I honestly did not want a purse that was not leather. They apologized for the error, immediately (I’m talking about within one hour) refunded my payment, and told me to keep the purse. I wound up donating it to a charity near here that gives presentable business clothing to poor women looking for office work.

      Basically, you needn’t worry. If you keep the CD, you’re doing just what the seller told you to do. Give them credit for being grownups and just let it go. Positive feedback for a generous and professional settlement would be a nice touch, though.

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        I do plan to leave positive feedback, of course, but I’m going to have to be honest with the DSR score when it comes to description. If I’d known how bad it was, I’d have looked elsewhere.

        • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

          Yes, as old fashioned as it may sound, honesty is the best policy. They should have been honest about their listing, and you should be honest in your feedback.

          The gist of the positive feedback comment I left for the seller in my example was that the wrong item was shipped but the error was quickly and professionally resolved.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I’d keep the money and the CD but I would still write an honest review of the experience. The seller’s misrepresentation of the CD would be the issue with the review, not the actions taken after. It’s great that you solve a problem but you shouldn’t create the problem in the first place.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      That was their only way to make it right for you, so I think you should just tell them thank you and Merry Christmas, and leave them good feedback for handling the situation in the best way they could.

      You shouldn’t feel bad, they mis-represented the condition of the item, and that’s serious business. Or.. it’s supposed to be anyway.

      One year I ordered my dad a Grinch doll from a seller on Ebay, and when it arrived there were actually TWO dolls in the box. I emailed the seller and told her what had happened and asked her what she’d like me to do with it/offered to send it back to her, and all she said back to me was “Merry Christmas!!” I was really happy too, because I love the Grinch too and actually really wanted the same doll. I still have it : )

    • Roloboto says:

      People still buy CDs?

      • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

        What’s the alternative, stealing them? Just kidding… I still have my old bookshelf stereo that I paid a lot for but it does not play well with line in. CDs are what works, and it’s a hassle to have to go through the steps of downloading, copying, making a CD, and then having it not sound as good as a commercial CD.

      • cash_da_pibble says:

        Yes. It’s the physicality of it. If I’m spending $20 on an album, I want the whole shebang, not some digital info that i could lose when my machine dumps.

      • pop top says:

        Oh man. This joke is always so hilarious all the hundreds of times it’s posted on the Internet!

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        Oho! Aren’t you the clever little cracker?

        A friend of mine asked me the same thing once. . .then came begging to borrow a few when her iWhatever died the same week as her computer and took all her downloads with it.

  11. Cyniconvention says:

    Did anyone else partake in this “Epic Free Shipping” day or whatever that a lot of online retailers have today?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      No, because I started Christmas shopping in November and have only paid for shipping once. I’ve gotten free shipping because I shopped at Amazon (where I always get free shipping) or with coupon codes that give me free shipping, or enough of a discount to offset shipping.

  12. CrankyOwl says:

    That kitteh is adorable! I had an EKG this week for the 1st time ever – my dr. said it was just a baseline EKG since I’ve never had one before — but I was kinda nervous anyway, so my heart was beating faster than normal. Then I noticed they had pictures of cats taped to the ceiling right above me. It made me feel more relaxed immediately. I think all doctor’s offices should be equipped with cats for patients to pet :)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I remember going to a doctor for a lady exam once and there was a lovely scenery poster on the ceiling. That was much nicer than staring at grubby ceiling tiles while being medically groped.

  13. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    I make my own sleep at home.