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securitybreach

Well it depends on if I’m on the interstate or not. If I’m on the interstate, I go much faster but not aggressive. 

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abarbarian
14 hours ago, securitybreach said:

Or riding slow in the fast lane. Or the idiots who tailgate you  and then when you let them pass, they go the same speed limit as you.

 

Yup both very annoying.

 

Worse though are the folk who amble along slowly on single track windy roads where there is no chance to overtake. Then when a bit of dual carriageway appears they start to drive faster so that you can not overtake. When the dual carriageway ends they slow down again. Total mindless prats.🙄

 

Don't get me started on how car drivers act towards motorcycle riders 🤬

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zlim

Waiting on hold to get support! 4 hours and 32 minutes total in 2 installments to talk to someone at Verizon!

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Bookmem

People here in the New Orleans area have NEVER learned how to drive on a crowded Interstate.  I lived for several years in eastern PA and often had to drive into NYC.  You could have six lanes of morning or evening commuters on the Jersey turnpike into or out of NYC and the traffic still flowed at 65mph.  Here, the traffic will be stop and go the whole commute.  Why?  Because drivers here have never been taught to leave a distance between themselves and the car ahead.  If you dare to drop back, a car in an adjacent lane will immediately cut in front of you.  It drives me insane!!! 

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securitybreach
12 minutes ago, Bookmem said:

People here in the New Orleans area have NEVER learned how to drive on a crowded Interstate.  I lived for several years in eastern PA and often had to drive into NYC.  You could have six lanes of morning or evening commuters on the Jersey turnpike into or out of NYC and the traffic still flowed at 65mph.  Here, the traffic will be stop and go the whole commute.  Why?  Because drivers here have never been taught to leave a distance between themselves and the car ahead.  If you dare to drop back, a car in an adjacent lane will immediately cut in front of you.  It drives me insane!!! 


Completely accurate!!

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abarbarian

Weather reports on national networks. Why do they bother ? They report sunny weather for the region, an yes five mile away across the Milford estuary it is sunny here it is raining, fifteen miles away on the coast there is a sea fret so dense you can hardly see yer hand in front of yer face.  An the amount they spend on all those fancy maps and charts they show on the tv is laughable as they hardly ever show reality.  😱

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sunrat

I have sympathy for the weather forecasters because, you know, the future hasn't happened yet. They predicted 10-30mm rain here for last Saturday and we got 1.2mm. Geelong, which is about 70km to the south, got 35mm so they were pretty close. 😁

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zlim

I use a weather app, Storm Radar on all the android devices. We can see where the severe weather is in and around us. It is better than watching a "forecast".

My husband grabs the 8" tablet when he hears severe weather (mainly thunderstorms with the potential for lots of rain in a short period of time) is coming.

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Bookmem
56 minutes ago, zlim said:

I use a weather app, Storm Radar on all the android devices. We can see where the severe weather is in and around us. It is better than watching a "forecast".

My husband grabs the 8" tablet when he hears severe weather (mainly thunderstorms with the potential for lots of rain in a short period of time) is coming.

I can do that here with any browser just by watching the weather radar from local TV stations.

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zlim

My local tv radar is not as good as the Storm Radar app. I had both apps on my android devices and removed the local tv station one.

 

Another pet peeve - having to boil water! We had a water main break in the city on Monday morning so we had a boil water advisory. I'm used to safe running water.

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raymac46

Those tough clear plastic packages they use to wrap up a little SD card. Too tough to open by hand, can't even cut with scissors. You have to resort to a box cutter and risk losing a finger or two. Then the SD card falls on the floor and bounces under the fridge.

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sunrat
On 9/17/2020 at 4:42 AM, raymac46 said:

Those tough clear plastic packages they use to wrap up a little SD card. Too tough to open by hand, can't even cut with scissors. You have to resort to a box cutter and risk losing a finger or two. Then the SD card falls on the floor and bounces under the fridge.

Totally! But you just need better scissors. There was a meme about that I think in the funniest thing thread. It showed a pair of scissors wrapped up in that plastic bubble packaging with the caption "If only I had scissors". 😁

When I was young they didn't wrap everything in plastic because a lot of modern plastics weren't invented yet. Shops would give you a paper bag if you needed an item wrapped. I remember buying however many screws I wanted from the hardware shop in a paper bag. Shoppers would take a (non-plastic) bag with them to the shops. The proliferation of useless plastic is a scourge on the planet. Look up "Pacific Gyre" aka "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" to see where a lot of it ends up. 🥺🐟

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zlim

How about "child-proof" prescription bottles.

We opted not to get that for my 90+ Mom who had poor eyesight, not great hands and lived alone. Her meds had to come by mail. Even the un-child-proof bottles were hard to figure out how to open When you are legally blind, as she was, it is hard to read the directions on what you have to do to get to the pills.. We weren't always there when the meds arrived.I'd put the pills into an easy open bottle for her.

 

 

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Pete!
58 minutes ago, zlim said:

I'm not sure how this would work out for a legally blind person, but both my mail order pharmacy (Optum) and the local pharmacy, that I use have been using reversible caps. Turn them upside down, and they become ordinary screw caps.... You still have to cope with child proof the first time they're opened.

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How about "child-proof" prescription bottles.

We opted not to get that for my 90+ Mom who had poor eyesight, not great hands and lived alone. Her meds had to come by mail. Even the un-child-proof bottles were hard to figure out how to open When you are legally blind, as she was, it is hard to read the directions on what you have to do to get to the pills.. We weren't always there when the meds arrived.I'd put the pills into an easy open bottle for her.

 

 

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ebrke

Speaking of plastic, how about stores that use the pandemic as an excuse not to accept plastic bags for recycling any more, but won't allow you to bring your own reusable bag into the store for the same reason. I am hoping someone starts accepting bags for recycling soon, before the ones I'm storing take up my entire pantry!

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securitybreach
3 minutes ago, ebrke said:

Speaking of plastic, how about stores that use the pandemic as an excuse not to accept plastic bags for recycling any more, but won't allow you to bring your own reusable bag into the store for the same reason. I am hoping someone starts accepting bags for recycling soon, before the ones I'm storing take up my entire pantry!

 

I use them to clean up my cat's litter box.

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Bookmem
9 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

 

I use them to clean up my cat's litter box.

Hmm!!  Does cat litter disolve them?

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securitybreach
6 minutes ago, Bookmem said:

Hmm!!  Does cat litter disolve them?

 

Nah, the garbage company takes care of them.

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Bookmem
5 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

 

Nah, the garbage company takes care of them.

So, they still wind up in land fills?  I don't have a cat but I can still throw them in the garbage.  Which reminds me, we now have to preserve easily bio-degradable "doggie poop" in plastic bags so that is last forever.

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sunrat
5 hours ago, ebrke said:

Speaking of plastic, how about stores that use the pandemic as an excuse not to accept plastic bags for recycling any more, but won't allow you to bring your own reusable bag into the store for the same reason. I am hoping someone starts accepting bags for recycling soon, before the ones I'm storing take up my entire pantry!

 

What? Your stores still give away those thin plastic bags? They were banned here from November last year.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-01/victorian-plastic-bag-ban-explained/11658360

Now stores encourage you to bring your own bag, and supermarkets will sell you a thicker reusable bag usually for 15c or a heavier almost indestructible bag for a couple of bucks.

I used to reuse them as liners for my kitchen bin but have to buy them now, less than $2 for 6 months worth.

There are definitely less disposable ones floating around the streets now. 👍

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zlim

Pete, post a shot of the reversible cap. Those are probably new since 2012, the year my Mom moved to assisted living. I really didn't have to worry  then because I delivered her meds to them and they administered her drugs. (Her plan changed from mail order to CVS pharmacies, so I picked up her meds.)

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Pete!
1 hour ago, zlim said:

Pete, post a shot of the reversible cap. Those are probably new since 2012, the year my Mom moved to assisted living. I really didn't have to worry  then because I delivered her meds to them and they administered her drugs. (Her plan changed from mail order to CVS pharmacies, so I picked up her meds.)

 

I don't recall exactly when they started using them, but it was well after 2012. before that, I would save a non-childproof top for each commonly used bottle size in case they forgot.

 

Bottle from local pharmacy on left, Mail Order on right,

 

Child Proof

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Not child proof

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zlim

Thanks Pete. That looks interesting. I've never seen that.

 

I'll take a picture of our local pharmacy's bottles. (We can't use them any more because now we have to use CVS). The "child-proof" is easy to open with a lever. I just checked and I can also turn that cap upside down and it simply screws on. All these years and we never knew!

 

I'm also posting a picture of a bottle I saved because it was easy to see and open. I put my mom's pills in that.

 

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