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  1. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i made you a present

    this should work on any blog comments about the TSA, including the TSA’s own blog.
    have fun.
    working on a facebook themed one next.
    make your own here

  2. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    That cat’s whiskers are pretty long. Time for a shave!

  3. nbs2 says:

    Not sure how to feel –

    Had LASIK with TLC, left eye in December, right eye last week. Paid for Intralase. When I did the left eye, they did the Intralase. When I did the right eye, they did micrkeratome, without telling me. Clear informed consent failure, even if the outcome was ok (left is now 20/15, right is 20/20). Clearly it’s too late to go back and make them do it right. Should I be asking for full refund, 50% refund (just for right eye), or cost differential?

    • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

      I’d raise some very well-worded, articulate hell, and ask the right person what he or she would do in your situation (usually a very good tactic). A little legalese couldn’t hurt, either.

      Good luck.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I’d ask for a refund of the cost of the procedure for the right eye. If you chose Intralase over microkeratome because of a significant reason, you should get your money back. The results, even if they are favorable, don’t change the fact that you didn’t get what you paid for…this is especially if microkeratome cost far, far less than Intralase.

      • nbs2 says:

        I’m not sure what the differential is – most places online seem to suggest $300-450.

        The trouble is, this is where I put my money where my mouth is. I’m a strong believer in tort reform (one of the reasons I refuse to join the Maryland State Bar Assoc), and need to figure out where my principles would lead me, rather than where my gut wants to go. Gut says full refund. Principles are debating the cost differential (or differential plus a slap) or full refund of surgeon fee (right eye minus TLC administrative and post-op provider) or full refund (would the money come from surgeon or facility is the issue).

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      They didn’t guarantee 20/20 vision? Get what you agreed to. Demand it be fixed. And check with another dioctor to be sure that different treatments won’t produce different long-term result.

  4. Total Casual says:

    Is it legal for my apartment complex to make (800kbps down) internet service part of my rent without me being able to opt out of such a poor service?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      depends on local laws i think? there should be a state tenants rights association with a list of stuff like that

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Yes, it’s possible, depending on state laws. Some states would allow a tenant to agree to certain telecommunications as part of a contract, such as phone or internet. I believe my state has a specific law against it.

    • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

      Ahhh, lease contracts. Usually there’s a lot in there that isn’t exactly legal, but most tenants can’t afford to fight it. Apartment people always act like they’re doing you a big favor by allowing you to pay them for some space.

      Check your lease, see what you signed. But also, see what you can negotiate. Good luck.

  5. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    I’ve had my beagle for a little over a week now. I’m totally in love, and overwhelmed with how to be a good doggy mama. He keeps nipping at himself, even after a bath (wasn’t that eventful). He’s a year old- anyone got any words of wisdom?

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      No doggie wisdom here, but please post beagle pictures : )

      • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

        I hope I don’t regret this, but here is a picture I posted on my Army-wife life blog:

        The blog has absolutely nothing to do with consumerism, except for my posts about the horror of the TSA pat-downs.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          Awww, thank you. He is just as addorable as I imagined! I want to rub his widdle belly : )

          Does he seem to be nipping at anything in paticular? Or could he just be bored? Does he have chew toys?

          • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

            It’s a few particular spots, and one that gets a lot of nipping. I don’t know what to do. He’s eating the best, bathed him- next up is Benadryl per the vet’s instructions and medicated shampoo.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Aww, what a cute goggie! I love beagles. Snoopy dogs. :)

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          awww, thanks for sharing

        • Me - now with more humidity says:

          Adorable puppy! And an excellent blog. My wife is a civilian with the NAVY and has several friends whose spouses are deployed. I’ll mention this to her to pass along.

      • CrankyOwl says:

        Yeah, I second that request — we can haz pictures pleez?

    • 12345678nine says:

      First things first make sure the food you are feeding him is meatbased, and not grain based. Everything you buy at walmart/publix is complete junk. Something like Natural Choice is a good decent priced food available at all pet supply stores, and it meat first. Most dog foods say “chicken” but if you look at the ingredients the first ingredient is usually corn.
      It can take a month to make a difference. If you just adopted him I would be concerned that maybe he was being fed one of the grain-based foods. Alpo, gravy train, blah blah blah all crap

      • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

        Thanks so much. I’m feeding him Merrick, which is all natural and no corn. I think the canned wet food is better than what I eat! I will be patient. That helped.

    • Bativac says:

      My 6 year old beagle has skin issues. They are all 100% cleared up now, but we figured out thru process of elimination that he has a corn allergy. So might want to make sure whatever you feed him has no corn in it. Also we use a medicated shampoo on him.

      Beagles are a handful!

    • Me - now with more humidity says:

      As others have said, sounds like food. My basset/beagle mix gets itchy if we stray too far from Blue Buffalo (expensive, I know), but she also does really well on Beneful.

  6. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    Smug kitteh is too good to take your ghetto reservation.


    I am bored, and I’m afraid I’m becoming a very boring person. I have a 3 day weekend thanks to MLK, and I have no plans whatsoever.

    But I do have new super cute kitteh pictures to offer you:

  7. CrankyOwl says:

    I feel like that cat is judging me. And I’m not measuring up to its standards.

  8. HogwartsProfessor says:


    Had an endoscopy on Monday (bleah!) and was told I had a hiatal hernia. I called my doctor’s office on Tuesday and they hadn’t gotten the report from the gastroenterologist yet. I’m waiting now for them to tell me what the hell I’m supposed to do. Is it huge? Do I need surgery? Do I just have to live with this terrible, random pain that strikes when I least expect it? I can’t pay for another surgery. I’ve not paid all the gallbladder one yet.

    Consignment item sold and I’m still waiting for the money. The dealer has had some health problems also. Hopefully he will get better soon. He’s a really nice guy. Also, I want my money so I can buy a plane ticket to see mah honey. We are planning for the President’s Day weekend because he will probably get that Monday off. I will miss the geek convention, but I really need to see him and get out of here for a few days.

    Seems like all I ever do is WAIT!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      used a treatment cost estimator on BCBS to see what kinds of price ranges you might be looking at. used my zipcode as the basis so it may vary more for you

      Diaphragmatic hernia, w/o surgery $145.00- $1,367.00
      Diaphragmatic hernia, w/ surgery $13,539.00 – $22,038.00

      also, ouch, sorry to hear that

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Yack!!! I guess it would be better to not have surgery, unless it becomes strangulated. I’m pretty sure I would know if that happens. I have insurance, but you know they don’t like to pay diddly.

        What fries my butt is that NO ONE has bothered to explain this to me. All I got was a Moon Pie and a handout. I didn’t even see the specialist after I woke up and my doctor’s office hasn’t called me yet. I hate today’s health care.

        • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

          They gave you a moon pie? Like the snack? Mmm.

          Also, I hope you feel better soon however that works out. I think the weekend with Friendboy can’t come soon enough!

          • HogwartsProfessor says:

            Yes, the snack. I made the cab driver stop at Backyard Burgers and I got a bunch of food and went home, stuffed my face and fell asleep. I saved the Moon Pie for my lunch and enjoyed it thoroughly. :)

            I’m dying to see Friendboy. Although he offered to come up here so I didn’t miss the geek con (AWWW!), I feel the need to get the hell out of here for a few days. And I want him to see me in HIS habitat so the seed for my continued presence is planted, heh heh.

    • ArcanaJ says:

      Holy crap, m’dear! You deserve a weekend with your sweetie. My fingers are crossed for you.

  9. ArcanaJ says:

    Wait, it’s Friday? I’ve been hunkered down for ages now. Too much to do. Stress Cadet is stressing!

    PS, Happy weekend everybody.

  10. MamaBug says:

    Anyone notice they took down the post about nominating them for the bloggies?