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   FlatCityGirl posted on Nostalgia  Vintage "swamp cooler" on 1950 Chevrolet
   August 15 at 08:58 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Nostalgia  Just to complete the picture . . .
   August 14 at 10:31 EST .

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   Safetydude  ...Ok! Ok!....just don't get your t*t in the wringer....

An old GI expression, 'tho I never said it.
August 15 at 09:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  My grandmother had one - big galvanized tub behind it to 'catch' what came out of wringer. The aunt using it didn't worry about the wringer being a concern ; )

Anyone remember those wood framed corrugated glass scrub boards [hand washing]? We had a Mother/Daughter pair, could use a small one now on occasion.
August 17 at 07:04 EST .

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   StormCnter  Mei, rub boards can still be bought here. I agree they are very useful at times. As for the wringer washers, during the War my mother had a kerosene-powered one.
August 23 at 06:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Found this website for washboards, they even have glass milk bottles of all sizes - a walk down memory lane.
Thanks for the incentive to search.
August 23 at 06:51 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Main Page The Lobby  I finally saw Bela Karolyi last night. I had wondered if he was even in Rio. He was on-screen for just a few brief moments in a pre-taped piece about the Final Five; whoever was narrating the piece mentioned Bela but that was all. He was smiling a big wide smile, just like always. He's lost a lot of weight, and I wonder if he's had health problems. His hair is whiter than ever.
August 14 at 10:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Nostalgia  Pants stretchers. Still sold today. On Amazon --where you can find your Liquid Bluing.
   August 13 at 11:49 EST .

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   Gram77  I'll be, totally forgot about these. My mom used them.
August 13 at 15:20 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I can remember what it was like having to wrestle those things into heavy denim jeans.
August 14 at 19:35 EST .

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   MeiDei  The stiff jeans reminds me of an incident from the late 50's as well as the article regarding lack of solar activity & how it's cyclical [+/- 30 years & the scientist being harassed for believing we're entering a mini ice age].

The first was in winter - removing a pair of jeans & a few bath towels from the clothesline & when folded to fit in basket they snapped at fold, so I had shorts and hand towels to explain. In the early 80's it was so cold any moisture in the air formed ice on metal storm & patio doors - we had to use a hairdryer to melt ice to get out. We're in that cycle again now & I'm sorry we don't have a wood stove to compensate for lack of heat should our fuel lines freeze as they did in 80's [once - b/4 getting a heat line outside - now illegal] - maybe a can of HEAT mixed w/fuel oil will work. Ice on electrical lines cancels out elec. heaters. Strange how my mind works : )
August 17 at 08:40 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Nostalgia  Who remembers liquid bluing?

It's still sold today, same brand --in a plastic squeeze bottle.

   August 13 at 11:46 EST .

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   MeiDei  Your new avatar ..
August 17 at 07:06 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Pet Peeves  Has anyone ever been asked by a nurse or doctor whether you “use street drugs?”

I’ve had it happen three times.

I’m not a “doctor” person. Some people go to a doctor for every little thing and are religious about yearly health exams. I’m never have been –I’m never sick, except for now.

I decided about 20 years ago that maybe I should be more vigilant, so I got a recommendation for a primary care physician, made an appointment and went. I was in my fifties then, and didn’t take any medication. The nurse was taking my history before I saw the doctor. I had filled out the paperwork in the waiting room, answering all the same questions she was asking about health history.

She seemed astonished that I didn’t take any prescription drugs. After going through a list as long as my arm, to which I answered “no” to, she says, “Well, do you take street drugs?”

I managed to stay seated, and she left the examining room with all of her hair, and no visible lacerations or bruises.

The doctor showed up and “examined” me. I walked out of her office that day with seven -count ‘em, SEVEN prescriptions. Apparently, is you say you have occasional indigestion, it calls for a prescription drug.

I had two of the prescriptions filled, and one of them almost cost me my life.

That was it for doctors until I was diagnosed with lymphoma ten or so years later. Same story with another PC’s nurse: the Street Drug question. I was pretty hateful, and pretty vocal that time.

A little over a year ago I fell –it was a bad fall, and in the emergency room, when I answered “no” to all of the prescription drug questions, the “street drug” question reared its ugly head.

My son covered his face with his hands and whispered, “Oh Dear God! That the wrong question.”

Come to find out, it’s a standard question. The doctor told me that I would be surprised at the number of people my age who use street drugs.
August 12 at 10:30 EST .

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   Gram77  My yearly physical now has this street drug question. Now I ask you, is someone really going to say YES?
August 12 at 14:19 EST .

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   Daisymay  I live in a retirement community where drugs of all kinds are readily dispensed by the ER or the family doctor. I have to admit that I am guilty of having a stash that could give Walgreens a run for it's money! All of us hold on to prescriptions for future use. One reason is that Obama's drug police are getting stingy
about letting doctor's prescribe pain killers. So, we figure so what if the pills are 10 years old, they might still be more powerful than Tylenol if the old back goes out again! However, if the doc asks if I take "Street Drugs" the answer is no!
August 12 at 21:25 EST .

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   GO3  I've never had that question, but I have been asked several times if I had guns in the home by both military and civilian docs or the nurse. I poltely tell them nun ya. A few years ago a questionnaire they hand you every time you go in for an appointment; I mean every time. Questions like, do you feel safe in the home? Have you been deployed? Do you have thoughts of suicide or violence? Now, I can see this when you've just re-deployed, but they gave this to everyone, family members, retirees and at every appointment. Bunch of buttinskies who adopt the latest fad whether the patient fits the profile or not.
August 13 at 04:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  That's awful GO3 - ever tempted to proclaim MYOB?
August 13 at 11:16 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  When it comes to asking about Firearms in the home, a line has been crossed, and I well remember during the run-up to 0bastardCare, being warned by the people trying to stop it, that guns in the home would become a "medical" issue. That has come to pass. The only way to deal with that is to do what GO3 did: tell the doctor that it's none of his danged business. The doctor may be required by law to ask it, but are you required by law to answer yes or no?

The bottom line is, the "government" --that includes both sides of the aisle, would love nothing more than to disarm this nation. It has never been about Common Sense Gun Control, it has always been about Confiscation, and anyone who says otherwise is a danged liar.

Which leads to the question about safety in the home: what happens if someone tells a doctor that he feels unsafe in the home? What are the consequences of answering yes to that --because you can believe there will be consequences. There always is when the government pokes its nose into your personal business.

I suspect the "safety at home" question is tied to the "do you have firearms in the home" question.

As to the "street drug" question, I've finally gotten over being shocked and angered by it. Looking back 20 years when I was first asked the question, I can understand now why it's a necessary question: a doctor really does need to know what he's up against chemically when treating a patient. It's easy enough to do major harm with prescription drugs when a patient is being treated for different ailments by different prescribing doctors: a patient forgets to mention something he's taking, or a doctor isn't familiar with side effects and how certain drugs interact with other drugs.

And Gram asked the best question: If a patient was using street drugs, would he answer truthfully? The consequences could be deadly if he didn't.
August 13 at 11:22 EST .

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   GO3  The street drug question is valid to check for any prescription drug interaction, however, I have to chuckle at the close relationship of docs and big pharma salesmen. I remember many years ago going to the hospital for rehab sessions very early in the AM so to not interrupt my work schedule. The pharma guys were in the hospital parking lot before first light carrying in their milk crates full of brochures and booklets ready for a day of making deals. IMO medicine today can be pretty assembly line. In/out with a bagful of pills, with an admonition of "you'd better not self medicate, buddy." My modus operandi is my self-medicating is in direct proportion to the length of wait to see a doc. And in some cases, it's getting longer and longer.
August 14 at 01:02 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Sorry to be a little late to this thread - been tied up.

Regarding GO3 and the firearms questions from doctors or other healthcare providers, I have read a fairly recent commentary recently in which the writer suggested just saying "no" and letting it go at that. A "none of your business" response will usually be interpreted as an affirmative answer by the doctor or other healthcare provider. You can't be sure what they will end up writing in your file. As much as I detest not telling the truth, I think the question is intrusive (not to mention none of their business ) and can be used down the line by the government to grab your guns. So many files are now on line, and privacy protections don't cut it, in my humble opinion. So, I'm going to use the "no" answer for now on.
August 19 at 10:48 EST .

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   Safetydude  Re: 'Street Drugs'.
I've not been asked that question in those terms.
Years ago my quack asked if I use OTC drugs, which I do, and I told him I use Bayer, Ibuoprofen and Aleve. Bayer almost regularly. Those drugs are on my records and all I'm asked is if I still use them.
When I was in the AF I had the Flight Doc put Bayer on my medical record so if I ever had to do a pi** test and strange chemicals showed up I would be covered. The worst OTC drugs were cold medicines. We were not allowed to self-medicate without going to the Doc and having him ok it.
OTC drugs can react badly with prescribed drugs so your doctor is most likely doing a CYA.
August 21 at 20:29 EST .

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   GO3  IMO experience answering the firearms question with a nun ya puts them on notice to cool it. Normally that question is not asked again by the same doc. On the military side, they eventually stopped asking all together. And if I was in their bad boy database I knew whoever was managing it would eventually leave/PCS and it would be forgotten as most fad PC initiatives end up in file 13 anyway. BTW, Safety, quack is a good term to describe these no bedside manner, buttinsky MDs.
August 23 at 06:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  My mother, 86, is asked that question all the time (she takes 3 courses of Vicodin daily ). They also test her every 90 days, to make sure she has the correct amount of the drug in her blood and urine. They want to make sure she is not standing on a street corner selling it. I find it demeaning.
September 30 at 20:31 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Nostalgia  This is the interior of the store when it opened, and this is the narrative that followed the photo at Historic Lubbock County:

The historic Kress Building stands empty in downtown Lubbock. Before its first day of business on Saturday January 21, 1933 the Kress Store opened its doors to the Lubbock public on the preceding Friday afternoon and evening. The ad in the AJ read: “On this day nothing will be sold, but you are invited to inspect the store and its merchandise” with music provided by the Garth Green Orchestra. Samuel H. Kress began in 1909 to develop a chain of "five and dime" retail department stores on "Main Street" in hundreds of cities and towns. A number of former Kress stores are recognized as architectural landmarks and many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Lubbock building listed in 1992. Built in 1932 at 1109 Broadway, the two-story brick and terra cotta structure was designed by Edward Sibbert, who designed more than fifty Art Deco Kress stores between 1929 and 1944. The Lubbock store has Art Noveau influence and is an example of 20th century commercial architecture found more often in New York City. The first floor, 14 feet in height, is a large open space separated by columns into bays, with original wood floors and windows. Stairs and the original Otis elevator provide access to the basement and the second floor. The Kress Company operated the “five-and-dime” store until 1975 then Goodwill Industries purchased the building in 1977 for its retail store. This historic building is now for sale -- only $355,000.

   August 12 at 09:39 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  That photo enlarges by clicking on it and you can see the incredible Art Deco detail in the building.

The Great Depression didn't end until 1939, and the Dust Bowl ended in 1939 as well, so in 1933 when this store opened, the nation was in a full blown economic Depression, and this part of the country was also suffering through the Dust Bowl.

That's interesting.

I wonder who had money in this town to buy that merchandise, and I would love to know what it is, what was being sold.

Lubbock has always been known as a Cotton Town, and Amarillo an Oil Town.

In 1933 you couldn't buy a bucket of rain in the Panhandle of Texas --or anywhere else in a five-state area. As mother said, We were sitting on four sections of land, but you couldn't grow anything on it and you couldn't eat it.

The first irrigation well in the Panhandle came in in Castro County, north of here, in late 1940 or early '41.

Amarillo might have been limping along on Oil, but I don't know how Lubbock was surviving in 1933.
August 12 at 15:41 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Nostalgia  Kress Building, Lubbock
   August 12 at 09:05 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Main Page The Lobby  Market Street, 98th and Quaker, Lubbock
   August 11 at 14:26 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl posted on Main Page The Lobby  Whiskey for my men, Starbucks for my horses.
   August 11 at 14:22 EST .

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