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Pet Peeves



   StormCnter  Last night, I woke up about 2AM, was trying to get back to sleep when I heard my cellphone chime in another room. If I had been asleep, it wouldn't have awakened me. But, a phone call at 2AM is never good, right? So, I retrieved my phone to see who had been in an accident or suffered a heart attack or something similarly frightening. Well no. I was being alerted that Verizon has an update ready for my phone. Then, I REALLY couldn't get back to sleep because I was composing poison letters to Verizon in my head.
November 24 at 05:43 EST .

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   GO3  So, is anybody else as tired of the snarky editorial cartoons on the main page as I am? I thought all of the "both candidates are bad" drawings would be gone now that the election is over. The one today can be interpreted as George Washington passing judgement on both zippy and Trump. Really? Or maybe I am misinterpreting it. Anyway, the main page cartoons attempted to establish some sort of equivalency between Trump and Hillary which was laughable. Listen, Staff, it's one thing to let posters give all sorts of opinions, but for goodness sake, stop this triangulation nonsense.
November 15 at 02:35 EST .

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   GO3  Case in point: see today's editorial cartoon on the main page.
December 2 at 01:49 EST .

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   Safetydude  So, is anybody else as tired of the sliding, texting penguin as I am?
Texting and driving is neither cutie nor funny.
How about a couple of photograph of a car full of teenagers wrapped around a telephone pole?
November 2 at 20:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Haven't seen that one - we lost a teenager w/a big future ahead of her in a wrap around accident caused by a hit and run driver ... family has never been the same.
November 8 at 10:42 EST .

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   StormCnter  While grocery shopping today, I watched a woman in the produce section sampling grapes. She plucked a grape from each of four different open-topped bags, clearly enjoying each one as she ate them. Then she wheeled her basket away without putting grapes in her basket. Now, I am not a proponent of sampling produce unless it is offered by an employee. Grapes, raspberries, blueberries, etc., are not free to the customer. Anything we eat costs the grocer. I knew better than to confront her. I've done that from time to time and there is always a scene with me getting yelled at.

Anyone else have an opinion on "grazing" the produce section of your store?
October 29 at 16:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Agree! I've seen too many 'mothers' give their kid(s ) a box of cookies, or cereal/potato chips, etc., to eat while shopping and leave the refuse in whatever aisle it was finished in. Once a really young Mom was in front of me at checkout, she put an empty cookie box through for payment - I congratulated her for being an exceptionally honest person with the hope it would be multiplied back to her.
Confession here - years ago I took my son & parents blueberry picking, when we came to ck. out & weighing our baskets I told the cashier to put her thumb on the scale - the 'boys' had been sampling as evidenced by their shy smiles and blue teeth!
October 30 at 01:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  The other day at our Giant, I saw a mom grab some grapes for her daughter. An employee walked up, took them back and told her taking from there is stealing. At the front of the produce section they have a basket, with a sign, it has bananas, tangerines, and baggies of grapes. It is to feed your child.
October 30 at 16:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  One of our stores just started w/small baggies of fruits r veggies for kids - it will be interesting to see how this works out and if the other chains pick up on it.
November 20 at 21:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  A Dominoes ad currently running on TV. The family wants pizza, the teenage daughter comes out demanding salad. The parents cave. But Dominoes offers salads too. I'd buy a bag of lettuce, and some veggies, and tell her to make her own.
October 16 at 16:57 EST .

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   Gerty  Don't get me started on teenage daughters...
October 17 at 21:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  I hate commercials with kids of any age behaving badly!
October 19 at 12:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Gerty, we all were teenage daughters once : ) Thank goodness my parents handled it well, or I wouldn't have made it out alive!
October 22 at 11:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have four granddaughters, three of them teenagers. The fourth is now in her 20s. Each of them has gone through varying food phases and we, the family, adapt. Right now, I have one vegetarian, one semi-vegetarian, one "pescatarian" (did she make that up?, and one who will eat anything. Holiday dinners are interesting.
October 23 at 08:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  Pescetarian is correct (though I don't know how to spell it ), eating fish, not meat. I am a semi-vegetarian myself. The older I got, the more meat I began to dislike. I'm down to various sausages that have spice so I don't taste the meat, an occasional, well-dressed burger, and an even more occasional Country-fried chicken cutlet at Texas Roadhouse. I also do fish and tofu, milk and cheese for protein.
I just get mad that they let the girl get away with dictating they not eat pizza. My sister has been a vegetarian for 40 years, you do learn to adapt, but, not change your diet. I live with my mom and sister, so, I cook my own meals. Have a bunch of $2.00 cookbooks from Amazon (I subscribe to Bookbub.com ), Korean, Japanese, Middle Eastern, etc. they are really good for new ways to make fish and/or veggies.
October 23 at 10:57 EST .

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   GO3  When I log in on a certain wall, why can't I return to the same wall instead of the main page or wherever? I know, sometimes I don't pay attention and it's my oversight, but this is a minor fix IMO. On a related peeve, I have not gotten an answer as to why I and others cannot change avatars.
October 4 at 00:11 EST .

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   Balogreene  All my family on Facebook who don't know truth from lies, and therefore tell me I'm stupid to not support Hillary.
September 30 at 20:27 EST .

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   GO3  Too bad. My wife is nominally a democrat and she would never vote for Hilary.
October 1 at 21:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  Most of us don't post politics, but gay and transgender relatives do. Even my very liberal sister has admitted not wanting Hillary (privately ), but she'll never vote Trump.
October 9 at 20:25 EST .

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   StarFire  My new pet peeve? People who have to give their opinion even when it’s the wrong time, the wrong place, the wrong audience and they aren’t going to do any good by saying it anyway.

My son-in-law has stomach cancer. He, my daughter and the kids are already stressed and actual treatment hasn’t even begun. Boy, the opinions are coming out of the woodwork, though.

So far:
One friend warned that modern medicine is “more deadly than the disease”. One suggested diet changes that are the direct opposite of what he needs. One warned that the VA won’t provide cancer treatment (it will ). One told horror stories about his cancer treatment several decades ago. Several carried on about having lost loved ones to cancer.

I’m beginning to see that my main job in this may be biting my tongue and redirecting the conversation.

The most ironic element is that the “hard hearted” conservative friends are offering real help & practical information, while the “caring” leftists are telling horror stories and spreading fear. Go figure!
September 27 at 15:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  You're facing what almost all cancer survivors have had to deal with - which is why I warned you to stay away from all the negativity, it's a downer and helps no-one. My survival rate was 20% - so many assigned me to the 80% I wondered how upset they'd be when I did survive ; ) too many. You will all get through this - everyone is different in how they handle chemo - he'll find what works for him. Keep cheerful, keep his spirits up, find humor - eye rolling is a good exercise! God is in control.
September 29 at 18:14 EST .

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   StormCnter  Too many people (and I include myself ) struggle with finding the "right" things to say when faced with victims of a serious illness. But, I don't think I would ever, ever, ever share any advice or story that wasn't optimistic and hopeful.
October 4 at 06:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  I wish there were more like you Storm, it's those quiet times when those negative remarks come back to haunt your well-being and no one is around to get you back to hopefulness ... bummer. I put a post-it up to read at such times - it was from a song I heard years ago: "He didn't teach us to swim to let us drown" - worked well for quite a while. I was lucky - people I hadn't heard from in ages, suddenly called often to share stories of survivors of Stage 4 with me - my hope is StarFire's family is equally lucky in that regard.
I don't believe people who give grim news knowingly do so to be hurtful, it's more likely they don't have knowledge of current successful cancer treatments to share.
October 5 at 12:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hmmm, on 2nd thought, I'm more inclined today to call the grim bearer {especially at 3 a.m. just because it's something Maxine the cartoon character would do] and tell them their words have come back to disturb me and I was sure they'd like the opportunity to cheer me up even at that ungodly hour! What do you think? [grin]
October 5 at 13:54 EST .

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   MeiDei  make that - Evil grin!
October 5 at 13:57 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Straight Talk. Lousy internet. Lousy phone. Only reason I have it is (1 )
Cant afford anything else (2 ) anything else won't work.
The business on the corner( a stone's throw from me ) has DSL.
Tried it here....dead zone.
August 24 at 08:59 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Have you checked AMAC, all their discounts may help. Unfortunately, I had AARP for life insurance too long to quit, but AMAC came along, and use them for everything else.
Here is there phone deal: investigate,

http://amac.us/club-cellular/
August 30 at 20:31 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  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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