06-13-2013 11:01:01 PM - edited 06-13-2013 11:06:56 PM
Well, first time starting one of these in a few years so here it goes.
It's now Friday the 14th of June, 2013, at least in Mountain land over here. Those on the West Coast still have another hour to go. I lost track of the place we were in the week so for those who missed my other post/update in WOTT 289 the permalink is here.
The weather here is windy but nice and cool right now, winds have come down considerably from earlier in the night. It's 53° with 17MPH/25G winds from the North and I have all of my windows open and enjoying every minute of this nice "Moderate breeze" (for those who know the Beaufort scale). Now that I left my "biannual" check-in in WOTT 289 I don't know what else to write in WOTT 290...I really should check in with you guys more frequently but life gets in the way. As I said in my other post I've taken up photography as a hobby so I actually have something to do other than "work for fun" when I get home in the evenings. Some new handles around here but am delighted to see some familiar ones, too. Forgot to ask in the other thread how everyone is doing...so...how is everyone doing? Any big updates in U-verse land?
As I mentioned in 289, I've been living in my new house for over a year now and things are going well. Just got done paying off all of my furniture a few days ago that I got on a "12-month no interest" deal, so that's a big payment gone which is nice. I'm going to be putting in a sprinkler system and lawn with my dad later in the month and I'm also putting in a security system through work since we do security now which are two quasi-big expenditures so it was great that everything lined up the way it did.
Things at work are as usual -- busy, but I still like what I do and wouldn't want it any other way. They're kind of swinging me out of the phone department some and are "oozing" me further into the IP transport side of things as well as managing our VMware cluster/blades. I'll still be doing what I'm currently doing on the voice side of our network and managing the IP side of our voice network, these are just some additional tasks as our network is growing so quickly our transport team has been swamped lately. Some background for those who don't know me -- I work for a regional telco up here in Northwest Wyoming in the telephony department (we do both ILEC and CLEC service). I primarily manage the VoIP side of our voice network but my additional duties now have me doing what I know from my schooling as that's what my degree is in so that makes me happy. I used to live in Houston and had U-verse from Feb of 2006 (we were the first sub to be turned up in our subdivision) until we moved in the summer of 2008. I and several others that I still see around here have been around U-talk since it started back in mid 2007. Obviously life after U-verse goes on and my time devoted to the U-talk and UU boards has been practically non-existent these past couple years (sad that I lost my CL status but I understand why they had to revoke that title from me) though I do check in from time to time to catch up with everyone as I am now.
Guess I found some more to talk about after all... And now -- off to bed as I have work in the morning...
06-14-2013 10:43:00 PM - edited 06-14-2013 10:47:27 PM
Greetings KK. Really nice to see your ID back on here again. You've been missed.
Yep.....years ago....we had purchased a Yorkie puppy. 1980 I think it was. When she was a year old it was time for her little operation. The vet was very concerned because she was only 4 1/4 lbs. fully grown. He tried to calculate the amount of anaesthetic needed and finally settled on 3 (three) drops. WOW. Difficult to believe. Well....all went well and she came through ok. However he did joke...."Looking for the ovaries of a tiny female Yorkie is like panning for gold flakes in a stream." Anyway......she did well until the day she tumbled off the back of a recliner to the floor. Went into shock. That same vet had to start her heart again with a shot of adrenalin and then he stayed at his office and slept there all night.....getting up every hour to check on her. She survived that crisis also. But the rest of her life she suffered from very occasional seizures. But she lived a fairly long life of 14 1/2 years......the Tiny Tyrant of our household. Typical Yorkshire Terrier.
OK.....well....I'm finally home from the hospital. Feel much better. But there IS a DOWN side. It appears that I will be harnessed with an Oxygen tube and pulling a tank around behind me for the rest of my life. We now have a "concentrator" installed in the house with a 58 foot long tubing trailing behind me wherever I go. If I go outside I have to switch to a tank on a little two-wheeler cart under it. Next week we'll go back to the supplier and see what they have in small, portable packets that I can strap on when we go shopping or out for lunch or dinner.
It's going to be a hassle and a burden but one does what one has to do to stay alive. I never smoked in my life. But I officially declare that I forgive all those nicotine addicts....self centered....non-caring individuals that I had to work with and around all of my multiple careers....for poisoning the air that I had to breath. Yeah....you're forgiven....but, if you're still up and around, I would not recommend you come around to visit while I'm cleaning my 12 gauge, five shot pump and reloading it with the deer-slug shells. Just kidding.
This past few days were a bit scary. Many of you who have raised kids can recall how you stressed to your young people.....the things they did to their bodies when young could come back to haunt them much later in life. Of course they ignored you....don't they always?
But .... imagine....when I was 5 yrs. old....in 1941....I contracted Rheumatic Fever....a streptococcus infection of the protective-sack around the heart....a rather common disease of children in those days. NO antibiotics were available......except for the rather new Sulfanilomide....which was used effectively to treat wounds during WW II. But many, including me, were allergic to it. A deep red rash was common. It was mis-understood. I, for example, was thrown into isolation in a basement room of the hospital with a private nurse because the hospital powers-that-be of the hospital thought I had scarlet fever. OK...onward.....
I survived...obviously....but with a permanently enlarged heart which I have lived with the rest of my life. Enlarged hearts are NOT good. They are less efficient than the normal sized, more muscular, hearts of most folks. AND....when, at a much later age....when something like my lung problems develop and blood-oxygen drops below optimum....that less-efficient heart begins to struggle under the load. Fluid can collect in lungs and heart and then it becomes Congestive Heart Failure. So.....following doctor's directives and rules to avoid the fluid collection becomes the target of the patient and his physician. Thus, my life from now on.
Hey....you know what we always say.....Life is a Terminal disease.
06-15-2013 07:15:41 AM
Good morning all. What a crazy last few weeks. Life is finally starting to slow down. Between spending most of my time at work on a phone and last week spending 4 1/2 hours at a Nissan dealership buying a new Pathfinder then the IRL race at TMS it's been rather hectic.
Phil, glad to see you're back home from the hospital. I've seen little shoulder pack O2 systems instead of the green bottle and wheeled cart so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one. Sorry to see you need one though, but as you said, you do what you got to do.
06-15-2013 07:44:32 AM
Glad to hear you're out of the hospital, Phil. I've also seen people with those little oxygen packs many times.
The building that I work in is full of medical offices so I see lots of people coming and going in one day. The only thing I can't figure, even though we've asked about it many times, is WHY they don't have automatic doors on the place??? People come in on gurnies (hope that spelled correctly) many times and have held the door for the EMT's more than once! Guess we'l have to complain some more.
Hope you get one of those portable packs soon so you can be out and about a little.
Also I liked your comment about the Yorkie that you had..."Tiny Tyrant". Lol! The 4 year old Silky Terrier, that we inherited from my friend, is smart and loveable but STUBBORN like you wouldn't believe!! I think we'll keep her, though.
~ REGRET NOTHING~
~ we live & learn~
06-15-2013 12:39:51 PM
KK, glad to see your post in the forum it has been quite a while. I see life has progressed quite well for you, and I hope it continue to do so.
HP, I didn't know you were sick, but it is good to know you are home.
06-16-2013 09:39:08 AM
KK, long time no see. Good to hear from you and glad to see your doing well. The wife and I never made any major purchases unless we could get one of those "same as cash" financing deals when we started out (and still do). Saves a lot of money normally wasted on interest.
Phil, really happy to see you're home and feeling better. I feel your anger, but speaking as one of those tobacco junkies, you need to point those deer slugs at the real problem, big tobacco and the politicians that cow-tow to them. Who else would be allowed to put out a product that by itself, can cause cancer, and then add who knows how many more chemical carcinogens and addictive agents. All under the protection won (bought) by their lobbyists. Now the governments think taxing the bejesus out of it is going to stop people from smoking. Ha. All that's doing is making the governments dependent on those tax cash cows and the smokers paying those taxes. The only thing that will help is banning tobacco, or at least ban the adding of any additional chemicals to the tobacco that is sold, which will at least make it less deadly and less addictive.
Personally the last few weeks have been a nightmare for us here. Since we bought our new place we've been renting the old place to a person my wife has known for 13 years who lost her home to foreclosure. We knew she was not well off financially but we allowed her to move in for what she could afford, which was about half what it costs us to keep the place, while she was waiting for a spot at a senior living apartment complex. Well that turned into a mess as she then had no incentive to move any time soon. So we finally had to give her the ultimatum that the rent was going to double and she found her apartment in about thirty days. Unfortunately, she had pets. An old scottie, and old cat, and a turtle. The old scottie passed while she was living there and unbeknownst to us, she replaced it with a puppie. To our total dismay, when she moved out a few weeks ago, we found that she was not very attentive to when or where the animals needed to relieve themselves. So, when we took our move-out tour/inspection we found that the hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, and laundry room (the original floors) had over a dozen large black stains from the urine. The damaged spots had to be cut out and replaced, and the whole floor refinished. And talking about smokers, every surface in the house had a brownish-yellow tinge. So far we're at about $3,100.00 in labor and materials to refurbish the place and we're not done yet. It took two coats of Zinsser primer and two coats of ceiling white to bring the ceilings back to white again. I've still got another weeks worth of painting to do yet. That's why I haven't been around here the last couple of weeks.
How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
There are three kinds of people, those that can count, and those that can't.
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell
06-16-2013 07:12:51 PM
Wow, C.J. A mess...I guess! When things like this happen it really creates doubts about just how much "help" one should offer to others. You and your wife are to be commended for your charity to this woman. It is just such a shame that she did not take better care of the property.
Sure not much on the tube these weekend evenings. Don't give a toot about NBA or hockey. Many of my wife's favorite shows are in repeats.
Colorado Springs....Black Forest area sure got hit severely by that fire. I think I heard a mention of indications the fire had been set. But I'm not sure. Interestingly.....we owned a lot there in Black Forest years ago. Did not build because newer regulatory ordinances had been passed which would have required us to try to purchase adjacent lots to meet minimum distances between water wells and septic systems. So we sold the lot and walked away. Probably a real mess now.
06-19-2013 10:28:59 PM
Trying something different now.....just for fun. There is a non-tracking search engine called DuckDuckGo. AND there is a FF plug-in for it. When activated it supposedly becomes the default search engine for FF. They claim that the app does not track where I go on the Internet. Also I have the "Ghostery" blocker installed.....plus Ad Blocker Plus. WOW....I must be getting paranoid. Can encryption be far behind.