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Off-Topic / Re: Caring For Your Teeth
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:21:23 am »Message ID: 1278776
The reasons health care plans do not wish to cover dental treatments are patients have too many dental problems.
Shame on these insurance companies because oral health is very important.

If dental was taken care of by health insurance with not such large deductibles and co-payments, many more people would go to the dentist regularly and it would become a more preventative service. 

Off-Topic / Re: How computer saavy are you?
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:11:25 am »Message ID: 1278771
Around the year 2000-2001, I didn't even know how to turn a computer on.  It seems laughable, but I had never touched a computer and was rather intimidated by them.  At this same time, my youngest daughter was getting a degree in computer technology and I was going back into the workforce after a lengthy time out of it.  I was about in tears the first 10-12 times I tried to make sense of a computer.
Long story short, I am still no expert by far.  However, I got several jobs where I had to use a database and word processing.  I slowly progressed as I used one everyday and was around wonderful co-workers who taught me things when I had a question. Can I take one apart?  No!  Do I know all the lingo? No! Do I sometimes get in a bit of a fix? Yes, but I usually figure it out with time.  So I have improved from knowing absolutely nothing to being moderately competent.

Off-Topic / Re: I don't understand...
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:04:46 am »Message ID: 1278770
They are subject to all the costs that the rest of us are.  For example, taxes, materials, wages/labor, and so on.  As the cost of living goes up, everything follows...sooner or later! It may seem funny, or an oxymoron, but the costs of death also increases.

Off-Topic / Re: Do you get tired in early afternoon?
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:46:06 am »Message ID: 1278622
I have trouble getting consistent, good sleep.  I never know when I will sleep only 2-3 hours per night or will get maybe 5-6, which is about the most I usually sleep.  I also never know what time I will actually fall asleep.  So, in short, depending on all these factors, I am frequently somewhat tired and unmotivated somewhere between 1-4p.m. It's a good thing I am retired since my sleep worsened just before I quit working.

Off-Topic / Tripping Over a Long Weekend
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:41:10 am »Message ID: 1278621
Scenario: You have a four day weekend (not even a three, but a four) and money is no object.  Would you get in a car, use a bus, ride a train, or catch an airplane, and where would you go?
Me, I would catch an airplane and probably go somewhere like Miami or the Keys.  Sounds great right now!

Suggestions / Re: what movie do you stop and watch when you see it on tv
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:36:45 am »Message ID: 1278619
Actually, there are probably about a dozen, but I would have to say the Predator movies, the Alien movie where Siguorney Weaver dons the robot apparatus and fights the alien over the little girl, and the Underworld series.  I have watched these on and off quite a bit lately so I will probably lay off them for awhile, but after about 6 months I will probably catch one on the TV and watch all over again!

Off-Topic / Caring For Your Teeth
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:31:11 am »Message ID: 1278618
Do you brush at least twice per day, floss, and regularly go to your dentist for check-ups?  I am asking because I am angry that dentistry is not considered as part of our healthcare insurance as they are so important to our overall health.  Teeth and gums can become unhealthy, and once they are, it is so expensive to treat them!

Off-Topic / What Do You Hoard More than Anything Else?
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:01:33 am »Message ID: 1278443
I have a very difficult time getting rid of clothing.  I can't even tell you why.  However, when I am looking through my closet and drawers, I will grab something to put in the donate pile and I will think that maybe I can wear it if I lose a bit of weight or that it will come back in style.  About 6 years ago I actually purged quite a few clothes but now I am back to where I need to again.

Off-Topic / Re: Blue jeans
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:58:00 am »Message ID: 1278442
I wear my jeans until they are pretty old.  It is essential they have a bit of spandex in them anymore.  I like to wear and wear them because they get softer and more comfortable as time goes by.  At some point, they seem to get somewhat baggy if you don't gain weight.  I still have a hard time getting rid of them!

Off-Topic / Ladies and Handbags
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:53:02 am »Message ID: 1278440
I have several acquaintances who spend a lot on purses.  They do one of two things.  They either are constantly buying "budget" handbags because they can't turn down a bargain and/or need to add to their collection or they spend several hundred dollars on a handbag.  I can't do either.  I buy purses that are under $100, put my stuff in it, and use it until I'm tired of it or it's starting to wear out.  I hate to change handbags after i get used to it and where everything is. Ladies: which type of handbag user are you?

Off-Topic / Re: Did I flunk English?
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:23:56 pm »Message ID: 1278326
As I'm quickly scanning through this thread the thought comes to me that most Americans can't speak a single foreign language so I try to give some credit to those from other countries who try to speak English.  I would say the only case where it becomes frustrating is where someone has not been screened enough that they are understandable or can understand an English speaking person on a customer service call. Those are the only times I have become exasperated.  One time I told the customer service agent I was having too much trouble communicating with him and needed to talk to somebody else. He didn't seem to want to transfer me so I hung up and called back getting a completely different person.  I listened carefully the first few sentences to make sure this person was much more fluent in English!

Off-Topic / Re: Shingles
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:12:02 pm »Message ID: 1278324
Wow! I am so sorry to hear you have the shingles. I have never known anyone personally who has had them, so I can't offer any advice except to say you had better get the vaccine once you are over with it so it won't come back. I have heard it is a really painful thing to have.

Vaccines do not work like that.  I actually did not even know they had a vaccine for shingles. Certainly not something I would run out and have injected in to my body.   

But it is like chicken pox if you have had them you do not need the vaccine.  And the vaccine is about worthless because I know several kids who had the vaccine and got chicken pox any way.

You can get shingles over and over.  And I think people who have them usually do have them over and over.  My cousin has had them several times.

Vaccines do produce antibodies to help fight the disease so that you may not get it at all or you will not get it as severely.

Off-Topic / Re: Just got back
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:08:18 pm »Message ID: 1278321
Twelve days in Germany, Hungary, Poland and the United Kingdom with the family. Finally shaking the jet lag off enough to write somewhat coherently. Eating, drinking, dancing, touring, hiking, resting and relaxing...long over due. Probably the last time I will be able to corral the entire family together long enough to share a vacation. One of my goals has been to accumulate more stamps in my passport than material junk in my life and this trip is the second in what I hope will be many. Aiming to do a solo adventure in Central/South America later this year. Being with the family was great but I focused, too much, on their comfort and happiness. I have six years of Spanish language study but will need to revisit. My day time job provides educational materials and will help me with spanish immersion.

What an absolutely fantastic adventure!  I have only been to Mexico and Canada.  However, my youngest daughter and i are presently planning a trip for 2020 on one of the European river boats and I am so excited I don't know what to do. You sound like a very experienced traveler out of the country.  Any advice?

Off-Topic / Re: What Did You Do in Summer as You Grew Up?
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:02:08 pm »Message ID: 1278319
I lived in a small town on a street where there were quite a few kids.  I played outside A LOT!  I rode my bike, played jacks, played hopscotch, played kickball and softball, played on school playground equipment that was just down the street, played tag, hide n' go seek, and Red Rover.  When I wasn't outside, I played dolls or dress up at a particular friend's house or was home reading.  I liked to read quite a bit and would visit the library often. Once in a while we would go to the local roller skating rink! Frankly, it was a great childhood and was a blast!!

Off-Topic / Re: Concerts and shows
« on: June 03, 2019, 01:55:48 pm »Message ID: 1278318
I would love to go to some concerts, but usually it is a major entertainer who I would be interested in seeing.  Since this is the case, the tickets are usually ridiculously priced (I don't want to sit so far back I can't really hear or see anything) or  I am not about to travel to where they are going to appear.  I no longer want to sit on a lawn or stand in a field where there are a lot of people getting rowdy and drunk.  That may have been of interest when I was much younger but now I want to be comfortable and hear and see the people I am paying for.

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