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  3. ran23

    Daily Chat

    And I always thought I would make it to Europe by age 25. Life is funny that way.
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  5. adiantum

    Daily Chat

    I'll always regret not taking up the opportunity to visit Papua New Guinea. Its flora & fauna is amazing. Wild banana plants grow 15m / 50 ft tall with beautiful red fruits. Landclearing is threatening it's existence. photos by Sebastian Carpentier
  6. adiantum

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    Yes, Hammer, I know it started in China but what I said was that the US had a more casual approach & didnt/dont isolate like we do which allows the virus to spread. Playing the blame game will always have you as the victim.................or in other words, the loser. Stop that mindset & get on with becoming proactive to protect others.
  7. Hammer

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    A 74 (4.11) today. Lee, the Wuhan virus, or coronavirus came from China. A woman in her 50's there, selling things in a "wet" market was the person who they traced the virus back to. China then tried to blame the US for it, well, it's Communist China, so they don't take responsibility for anything. Regardless, the virus is everywhere, so it'll be interesting to see how these new vaccines work out. I'm hoping that by this time next year, the coronavirus will be no more prevalent than the regular flu, hopefully less prevalent than the flu.
  8. adiantum

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    6.7 FunDad, I'm sorry covid-19 has inconvenienced you but cussing China is such a negative emotion that can devalue you. The virus was introduced to us by the US, not China but maybe it's our easy living that doesnt have us hating others.. we just get on with what we have & do the best we can. Give yourself a hug & be thankful you dont have to endure the restrictions many Australians endured to keep us healthy.
  9. ran23

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    A 109 today. rain off and on.
  10. FunDad62

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    100 Well Thanksgiving plans have changed. Mom called last night and said one of her friends who she was with Friday now has full blown covid. I had planned to drive up to day and spend two nights and we were going to my friends for dinner tomorrow for the third year in a row. Now I'm probably just going to go up for the day tomorrow, eat with my friends, drop a plate off at moms and head home. Freaking China.
  11. meyery2k

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    107 today, oh well...
  12. Diana_CT

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    I took a couple of days off. My reading this morning was 119 and yesterday's reading was 131. I have been hibernating as the COVID-19 keep rising in Connecticut, I have been limiting my excursions to the outside to just grocery shopping. Last spring the cases were spotty but now it is more widespread in the community. I think that I have read or listened to more books than ever before. It was nice when the weather was warm and I could sit out on the deck and read but now I'm stuck inside. For Thanksgiving we are having a Zoomgiving. The family is having a Zoom get-together in between football games. I am having Lobster Newburg tomorrow for dinner, no turkey.
  13. adiantum

    Thrift-ing

    Yesssss!!! Ahh Brooks sneakers.
  14. adiantum

    Daily Chat

  15. ShottleBop

    Low Carb Daily Diet.....

    Tuesday, November 24: 5:49 AM (FBG, before breakfast): 94 Breakfast: avocado, 1/4 cup moon cheese, 1/4 bar Montezuma's Absolute Black with almond & sea salt, coffee 8:09 AM: 103 10:41 AM: 99 11:36 AM (before lunch): 99 Lunch: 3/4 Louisiana hot, lemon matcha Dang bar, low-carb vanilla ice cream 3:21 PM: 93 3:45 PM (snack): 1/ cup unsalted mixed nuts 5:41 PM (before dinner): 91 Dinner: turkey and cheese scrambled with two eggs, salsa, tomatoes, SlimFast Keto bar, coffee 8:18 PM: 95 Average for the day: 96 Macronutrients: 63 grams carbs (31 grams fiber), 188 grams fat, 94 grams protein Calories: 2,250
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  17. adiantum

    Daily Chat

    Theres some interesting small company businesses that should conquer a niche market if only they advertised. A van was parked in this street a while back with hoses going into the nearby house. A sandwich board sign on the foot path announcing " Domestic oven cleaning in progress" . I've never seen that before. Googled them & the price is from $60
  18. ran23

    Thrift-ing

    I don't think I posted that I broke down and got some Navy Flannel's. Navy is something I have been 'iffy' about. My Navy chino's I sent to my Nephew. (too slim cut and low rise). I will replace those sometime. Navy flannels and grey herringbone tweed? yes. Lee? Brooks what?
  19. adiantum

    Thrift-ing

    Last week I gave away a $100 pr Brooks because I'd made an error when ordering the size. at this busy time it was easier to give them away then to re-sell
  20. ran23

    Thrift-ing

    Guess I will call them 'dark grey check'. Hart, Schaffner and Marx flannels, in my size, no alterations I believe. Too bad I got careless and ordered Allen Edmond's chili Brown Loafers in 9.5 3E instead of 9.5E. Great stylish walking shoe with full rubber sole. nice and quiet.
  21. Hammer

    Daily Chat

    Yes, I agree. When someone calls me on the telephone, and says that the order that I placed can't be processed with the payment method that I chose (PayPal), and they need to verify the payment options, not to mention that the guy has a heavy Indian accent, sends up red flags on my part, so I just ignore the person, tell them to cancel the order, and go elsewhere for the item that I wanted. Whenever I order something and use PayPal to pay for it, PayPal notifies me within seconds after I've placed the order. In this case, it's been an hour, and I haven't heard a word from PayPal. Also, the Sony Playstation is not available anywhere, so the fact that this place said that they had 10 units, seemed suspicious. I didn't know that they had 10 units until the guy called me. I guess he figured that he would entice me to give him my personal information, by stating that he has 10 units to sell. I'm not that stupid.
  22. adiantum

    Scams

    Watch out for online shopping scams this holiday season Dear Lee, Losses to online shopping scams have increased 42 per cent this year, and Scamwatch is warning Australians to be careful when buying gifts this holiday season. Scamwatch has received over 12,000 reports of online shopping scams so far this year, with almost $7 million in reported losses. “More people have been shopping online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and scammers are now targeting people doing their Christmas shopping, including in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said. “Scammers create fake websites that look like genuine online stores, offering products at very low prices and victims will either receive a fake item or nothing at all.” “They also post fake ads on classified websites, often claiming they are travelling and someone else will deliver the goods, but the item never arrives and the victim can no longer contact the seller.” Losses on classified websites, such as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, have increased by 60 per cent this year, to $4.5 million. Reports of online shopping scams involving consumer goods, such as shoes, phones, computers and toys, continue to be high. But the most common thing people were trying to buy when they were scammed was puppies and other pets. People aged 24 and under reported the highest number of scams involving phones and computers. “Watch out for popular products being sold at prices much lower than on other websites and sellers requesting payment through direct bank transfer or cryptocurrency,” Ms Rickard said. “Take the time to consider who you are dealing with and don’t be pressured by special offers.” “Do your research by checking independent reviews of online stores or the seller’s history on classified websites.” Another scam to be aware of if you have made recent purchases online is fake parcel delivery notifications via text message or email. “Australia Post will never ask you to click a link to enter your personal details, nor will they ask for credit card details or a fee to deliver your packages,” Ms Rickard said. “If you have been the victim of a scam, contact your bank as soon as possible and contact the platform on which you were scammed to inform them of the circumstances.” Most financial institutions offer a charge back service for credit cards and will dispute a credit transaction with the merchant if they still exist. More information on scams is available on the Scamwatch website, including how to make a report and where to get help.
  23. adiantum

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    6.2 Theres an op-shop nearby to which I've been donating goods to de-clutter. It seems I've turned it into a swap shop where I give them stuff but buy even more things then I got rid of. At first it was christmas decorations so I didnt have to unpack mine, but now they have stuff I just cant say no to. Things are just so cheap that I cant afford not to have them.
  24. don1942

    Daily Chat

    The Indian guy may have been a spammer trying to steel your personal info and had nothing to do with the PlayStation order.
  25. Hammer

    Daily Chat

    I canceled the order for the Sony Playstation because someone called me on the phone and said that they were having a problem charging me for the Playstation. I used PayPal to pay for the Playstation, because I had never heard of this company. The guy who called me had a very heavy Indian accent, and when I asked him where he himself was located, he said in California. Once I heard that, I knew that he was lying, since American companies don't hire people with heavy, hard to understand, Indian accents to work their telephones. I told him to just cancel the order, then I hung up. If he thought that I would be stupid enough to give him a credit card number over the phone, then he was sadly mistaken. When something sounds fishy to me, I just hang up, or walk away from it.
  26. ran23

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    105 today. Major yard work planned later.
  27. Hammer

    Daily Chat

    I just received a steam cleaner that I ordered, and I'm supposed to receive a rechargeable, lithium battery jump starter (NOCO Boost HD GB70) today. I ordered the jump starter because my VW Jetta has an old battery that has failed on cold winter months. I wanted to get the battery replaced, but the VW dealer said that they require you to drop off your car, and come back later that day to pick it up. Due to the coronavirus, they don't have a waiting area for you to wait in for the car. This dealer is a 50 minute drive from my house, so if I can't wait for it, what do they expect me to do, try to walk home? I also ordered a Sony Playstation 5, which I doubt that I'll get before Christmas. I ordered this to give to my son-in-law as a Christmas gift, but they are sold out everywhere, so the odds of me getting it by Christmas are slim to none. The steam cleaner that I ordered will hopefully do what I need it to do. There are two things that I hope this unit will clean...my oven and my bathtub/shower. My wife, well I think, never cleaned the oven. It's a real mess, and even though I rarely use it, I still would like it to be clean, but I have tried various cleaners, and the only one that partially worked was ammonia. I tried using straight ammonia to clean it, but the fumes were so strong that I had to stop. Something like a steam cleaner will melt the grease, and hopefully will allow me to wipe it off. As for the shower/tub, well, I have a well, and even though I have a whole house sediment filter on it, I still get this fine silt that sticks to the sides of the shower and tub. I have tried numerous things to get it off, but I can't use anything that is abrasive, since it's a fiberglass tub/shower. I checked, and this steamer is safe to use on fiberglass showers and tubs, so I'm hoping that it will remove the silt from the shower/tub.
  28. Hammer

    Daily Chat

    Lee, I have a DVR and a camera that I use to keep an eye on my neighbor's house when he is away. I bought this setup just for that purpose. A DVR and camera are not very expensive, and the DVR that I have will record up to 9 days worth of high quality video, plus, it has a built in DVD recorder that allows me to transfer anything that is recorded on the DVR to a DVD. Whenever my neighbor goes off camping for a three or four day weekend, I just place the camera under a second story storm window (the camera has a mounting bracket that I just wedge under a storm window), and turn on the DVR and record his property. It works really well, so maybe that would be something that would interest you to record your neighbors stealing from you?
  29. meyery2k

    2020 Morning FBG readings

    93 this morning. Rainy season is here. Saturday and Sunday were all day rain here in Hilo. Yesterday, it cleared for a couple hours. Rained overnight. Who knows what today will be like ?
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