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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Is there a word for Mommy Brand Whoring?

I'm at the age where a lot of us are having kids, and occasionally someone pops up with a "can any of the mommies out there recommend a good safety seat for precious Madison?" What follows is a cacophony of "We have a Britax/McLaren/Brandoftheday Hypermarathon and we LOVE it! You get what you pay for!"

STFU you stupid, stupid, stupid morons.

We went through the same thing. MrsG posted on Facebook, and, lo and behold, the only people who had any input were the ones who had the Brand Whore brand seats.

Now we own two Britax car seats. ffffuuuu.gif

The worst part is the guilt that underlies the whole thing. Once you know there's a better-quality version out there, there's always that nagging sense of, "what if I get into a wreck and the non-Brand Whore seat fails and something happens. I'll spend the rest of my life feeling guilty that I didn't spend just a little extra for Brand Whore!"
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

hey, at least you northerners are getting a proper freeze. Here in Houston we didn't get one, and quite a few of us wish we had. You see, a good freeze tends to kill off the mosquitoes - or at least cuts the population substantially. Since we had some West Nile activity last summer, it would have been very welcome.

We've had something similar here. I heard crickets chirping the other night. In January? WTF?

I hope we get a little more "winter" before winter ends. I shudder to think about this summer's bug situation if we don't.
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Just got the keys to our old house back from an employee.
Warning: Long, dumb story to follow! (Click to show)
We have a long-term employee (almost 50 years here!) whose son is kind of a mess. I think he (talking about the son) has hearing issues that make him seem even more impaired than he may actually be but I think there have always been some issues with him. I've known him since he was a kid and he wasn't always quite so screwy (he's probably early 40s now). Anyways, he does some handyman work and does absolutely perfect, gorgeous work. He is a real artist and his stuff is always of great quality. We have used him to do work here at the office on many occasions... but had stopped using him of late because he is just so dodgy. If you can get him to show up, the work is wonderful, but he'll show up one day, set up his stuff, then disappear for a week. It became overly problematic. Obvious the guy has some issues with the drink, maybe into some drugs, but tough to tell.

My wife and I have not sold our old house and it is in desperate need of some sprucing up, so we thought to use this guy for a few odd jobs. There was no huge rush on it and we didn't mind if he was a little flakey so long as he got the job done. Furthermore, since he lives with his Dad and the dad knew he was working with us, I figured the father would make damned sure the work would eventually get done. So we had him do some small jobs and he was doing beautifully. Taking his sweet time, but stuff was getting done.

Anyways, he kept talking us into doing more and more work, which was all fine. Finally, we agreed to have him do a significant chunk of work for about $1200. So I gave him a deposit of a few hundred bucks for material and we said he'd get a "bonus" if he got the work done by a certain date. Anyways, a week or two later he said that a few things had not gone well, recommended a few other things, and asked for some more money based on the progress he had made. We did not check the progress, trusting him, and gave him a few hundo more. $750 in total.

Anyways, the weeks dragged on, the work was not getting done, and he started getting more and more dodgy about answering the phone, returning calls, etc. We started to worry.

My wife mentioned something to the father at our company Xmas party (my wife used to work here so she knows the father well too). Within hours, we at least get our first phone call back, but there's lots of excuse making and promises to finish, but eventually the lines go silent again. My wife eventually leaves a message saying "I know what's going on, you spent the money, you need to call me and figure out a plan to get this right, or I'm going to tell your Dad to bring the keys back into work." The next morning, she gets a really sketchy call from some dude pretending to be X's "boss" saying "oh, hi, this the only number in X's phone, he left it at work and I can't reach him because his mom was in a serious car accident. They're not sure if she's going to make it. He's at the hospital with his family." Obviously, one of his meth buddies or something but this cockamamie scheme forgets that we both know the family. So my wife contacts the father asking "Is Y alright? Heard she was in a major accident" and of course there has been no such thing. So the jig is really up, and my wife gently says "hey, this has not gone well, we need the keys back so we can get someone else to finish the work." Father says some stuff about son needing to collect his tools, can't give the key back yet, etc etc. She says "figure it out, I'll have Douglas bring his tools into work if that's necessary, we're done."

Anyways, the upshot is that I finally have the keys back, which I guess is good, but it's sort of the final nail in this coffin. I'm out $750 for halfway done work I'm going to have to pay someone else to do (things are torn up but I think most of the "material" never materialized, and ended up in someone's arm/nose/whatever). But ultimately sadder and worse than any of it is just the loss of innocence of the whole thing. I'd let my wife handle the business with the Dad, as I was trying to be sensitive to everyone in the affair, in particular the father and his professional position within the company. Though he had "marketed" his son's work to me personally, and to the company, before. That he has not mentioned anything to me, or really apologized, or made sure the work got done, or really addressed the issue at all other than silently handing the keys back suggests the son is really pretty far gone and that he is pretty ashamed about the whole thing or in denial or whatever, and that's much, much worse. A truly sad, pathetic situation, and it's bringing me down.

tl; dr version - I'm out $750 and got a front-row seat to a sad, crumbling family/drugs situation.

That's really awful, Douglas. Sorry to hear it.
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I was driving to work today, and someone told me my brake lights were out. I thought, "no biggie, I'm sure it's just a fuse, and I carry extras just in case."

I pulled the fuse to check it out.

It's not the fuse.

ffffuuuu.gif
post #41403 of 67966
Speaking of baby car seats I often wonder how anyone over the age of 30 made it through childhood. Even back in the 90s they would try and tell you that you could not take your new baby home unless you had a carseat...like some fucking nurse on the LDRP ward has force of law to hold your kid hostage. They also tend to call CPS if you defy them. IMO, it's a sign the End Times are here.
post #41404 of 67966
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Btw, there's a whole bunch of people that will tell you if it has beans in it, it ain't chili.

Yeah, and millions of people think 9/11 was an inside job. What's your point?

So, I always carry around this little chaplet, (Divine Infant of Prague) and I am putting on my jacket this morning and I realize it is gone. Its not in the pants I wore yesterday or the jacket, not in my jeans' coin pocket either and not in my desk or where I empty my pockets, not in my car either. My only thought is that it would have fallen out somewhere at the boxing gym but its so small its easy to miss and may have gotten swept up... basically there aren't many possessions I would be upset to lose and this is probably the only one.

Also, yesterday I texted two of my good friends to see if they wanted to hang out (They are married) and the dude was like what you got in mind, I was like down for whatever, gotta eat and then I never heard back from them. Really bothering me actually....
post #41405 of 67966
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

I was driving to work today, and someone told me my brake lights were out. I thought, "no biggie, I'm sure it's just a fuse, and I carry extras just in case."

I pulled the fuse to check it out.

It's not the fuse.

ffffuuuu.gif

ugh. what is it?

can it be fixed with a lighter?
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Speaking of baby car seats I often wonder how anyone over the age of 30 made it through childhood. Even back in the 90s they would try and tell you that you could not take your new baby home unless you had a carseat...like some fucking nurse on the LDRP ward has force of law to hold your kid hostage. They also tend to call CPS if you defy them. IMO, it's a sign the End Times are here.

even seat belts were not really worn as a standard not too long ago. on long car trips i remember me and my siblings sleeping across a whole row of seats and on the floor between rows of our mini van. it seems car safety was almost non existant until fairly recently.
post #41406 of 67966
stupid effing snow. slipped in my house and fell on my ass cuz my shoes were layered with a thin membrane of ice, salt everywhere, and traffic is a freaking mess. man, snow used to be fun. now its just a huge PIA.

/grumpy
post #41407 of 67966
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

Yeah, and millions of people think 9/11 was an inside job. What's your point?

If you take meat out of chili whatever that dish is the vegans are serving just plain isn't chili.
post #41408 of 67966
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

If you take meat out of chili whatever that dish is the vegans are serving just plain isn't chili.

Well, this is true.
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Chili is a very divisive topic. There are so many regional variations, and each region's chili is the One True Chili And All Other Chilies Are False.

I'm not even sure how once could accurately describe the broader spectrum of chili, except to say that it is a stew that contains some type of dried chili peppers in it.

Now, I love me some meaty chili, but I will say that one of my favorite chilies has no meat--just beans. It is delicious. I can't call it vegetarian as I put fish sauce in it for some extra umami umph, but yeah... It's delicious.
post #41410 of 67966
Erm, it's pretty much just meat and chili powder. Chili with just meat and chili peppers would be weird.
post #41411 of 67966
My knowledge of chili con carne (note its meat and chili here, not chili con carne y frijoles) is that it was created in Texas, with San Antonio as the epicenter, and was dried meat, fat, spices and chili peppers pounded into some sort of pemmican type thing for eating on the trail. Just toss into boiling water and you've got dinner.
post #41412 of 67966
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

ugh. what is it?

can it be fixed with a lighter?
...

Don't know yet. The first thing I need to do is actually have someone get back there and check so I can be sure there really is a problem. I put a new fuse in that spot just to see if it worked, but I didn't have anyone who could check it out when I hit the pedal.

If it's not the fuse, my next guess is a bad switch, assuming all of the other lights are working.

If it's not that, I don't know, and that suuuuuuucks because electrical stuff can be a huge pain to fix.

I suppose it could be fixed with a lighter. And a gas can. But I like my Jeep and want to keep it.
post #41413 of 67966
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Originally Posted by MrG View Post

Don't know yet. The first thing I need to do is actually have someone get back there and check so I can be sure there really is a problem. I put a new fuse in that spot just to see if it worked, but I didn't have anyone who could check it out when I hit the pedal.

If it's not the fuse, my next guess is a bad switch, assuming all of the other lights are working.

If it's not that, I don't know, and that suuuuuuucks because electrical stuff can be a huge pain to fix.

I suppose it could be fixed with a lighter. And a gas can. But I like my Jeep and want to keep it.

I assume you've checked the light bulbs, right?

BTW: PROTIP ALERT - I was a bit of a clamp snob for a long time, my dad got some pistol-grip clamps that also function as spreaders and I resisted their siren call for years until one day I needed a spreader and picked one up. Now I use it every time I need to check tail lights - I prop it between the steering wheel and brake pedal and spread away. I know, I sound slutty and cheap, but there you go.
post #41414 of 67966
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

I assume you've checked the light bulbs, right?

Not yet. That'll be on the list when I start diagnosing. Though it seems like a long shot that they'd all go bad at the same time, especially given my third brake light is an aftermarket LED.

When I pulled the fuse, I noticed a couple of burn marks on the blade, though the fuse itself wasn't blown. I'm hoping that means it was bad, but I'm not optimistic. I'm also concerned about what caused the marks.
post #41415 of 67966
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Chili is a very divisive topic. There are so many regional variations, and each region's chili is the One True Chili And All Other Chilies Are False.

I'm not even sure how once could accurately describe the broader spectrum of chili, except to say that it is a stew that contains some type of dried chili peppers in it.

Now, I love me some meaty chili, but I will say that one of my favorite chilies has no meat--just beans. It is delicious. I can't call it vegetarian as I put fish sauce in it for some extra umami umph, but yeah... It's delicious.

Cincinnati chili has cinnamon in it for some ungodly reason. It's not exactly revolting but it's so unnecessary.
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