@mbersiam See mine in the IRK-reveal better than I could have expected given that they knew it was me since everything including the IRK bag was bubble wrapped-who says IRK doesn’t have a sense of humor.
@mbersiam Yeh-but this can’t last forever. Have two more IRKs yet to be shipping and I’ll bet one of them will be the worse IRK ever sent out just to prove a point. And BTW-what kind of demented indiv wraps an IRK bag?
@DoctorOW Yes but just think. In 40 years you can tell all the newbies on meh (or whatever it will be called when sold again), “back in the day when I was a young goat… blah blah blah” and there will be no old fogies to contradict you.
@chienfou You are all set. My mom said to me, “I can’t believe I am old enough to have a daughter that old. I’m not that old.” I reminded her of her age and asked her, “So how old is old?”. She thought for a minute and said, “Oh about 104”.
So I have on good authority that, fortunately for you, you will only be marginally old at 106. However you will still qualify as an old fogie and can thus contradict @DoctorOW when she stretches the truth about walking up hill both ways, wearing 3 masks, a space suit and carrying a backpack full of toilet paper, wipes and bleach, thinking she won’t be challenged.
2 times through for me. First one back on … damn, can’t remember where a couple of friends and I ran a popular channel (#California) - on Undernet (thank you wikipedia). and some fileserver stuff on Dalnet.
Much later in my Cybernations days, on Coldfront, where all the gamers hung out before discord
I hardly ever got asked this back in the day because I was either chatting with someone I knew irl or the rooms I frequented were more concerned with whether you supported Trek vs Wars and your favorite doctor.
44/F/KS. Heh i looked at that and thought fuck Kansas, fitting.
The younger kids do seem to know what it means though. I know my 22 year old daughter does. I’ll have to ask her if she knows what IRC is.
@smigit2002 a little ironic. I’m partially deaf and have wanted to learn ASL for a bit, but if I really needed it, I could get hearing aids. I’ve been putting it off since 2009 though because they’re expensive and I can generally make it through life without them.
@mbersiam@smigit2002 You can get by without them but how about those around you? A friend’s spouse got hearing aids and she was so happy to have conversations at a normal volume and that he didn’t blast the TV but he stopped wearing them.
@callow@mbersiam@smigit2002 Yeah the guy down the hall is pretty deaf and I get tired of his TV at top volume that I can hear it in my apartment 2 apartments away. I am really glad I don’t live closer. Or above or below him.
There are cheap BT transmitters that work great with these cheap bluetooth speakers here on Meh. Like under $25 on the 'zon. Avantree, Taotronics, and a few others are git’r’done value brands.
Or BT headsets. At least the BT speakers can be placed next to them (lamp stand, reading table, etc) and they dont need to blast the TV to hear across the room.
And they would only need the BT speakers when watching TV, if they’re not ready to commit to hearing aids.
@callow@smigit2002 My hearing loss is on the rarer side. It’s called reverse-slope. I can’t hear low tones. So people can whisper and I can hear them but I can’t hear bass in music (i do love feeling it though). So volume doesn’t change my ability to hear, but enunciation does. I actually need things quieter - like no running water in the background, in order to hear properly.
The only time it really affected my work life was with one particular co-worker about ten years ago. He spoke at such a tone that I could see his lips moving but could not hear the words. It was the strangest thing.
I also used closed captions on everything. I grew up with a mostly deaf father who blasted the TV and I hated it. So I am very conscious of how my inability to hear and my refusal to get hearing aids may affect those around me.
The biggest laugh we get is sometimes my kids will mumble something and I repeat back what I hear which is never even close to what they’re saying “purple bunny shoes?” No, mom! I said “I want cereal”
The biggest laugh we get is sometimes my kids will mumble something and I repeat back what I hear which is never even close to what they’re saying…
While I realize this is different than your situation, my kid would mumble, often grumbling or saying mean things thinking I couldn’t hear her. I’d then say, “Thank you for volunteering to clean the cat dirt box” or the toilet, or any number of things she hated to do. She’d then scream, “I didn’t say that”. I’d say, “Well that is what I heard. Next time speak louder”. I’d then hand her whatever it was she ‘volunteered’ to do. Cut way back on that kind of behavior.
@Felton10 I think I’ll go for a slow drive in the left lane with a turn signal on the entire way. How far, you ask? Who can tell this far in advance. I’m sure I’ll eventually run into something, though…
@Felton10 Why would you assume that? I feel more comfortable knowing that people around here drive the way they do because they can’t see over the steering wheel. The alternative is that they drive that way as a conscious choice, and that concept would be horrifying…
@Felton10 It’s actually not a traditional sinkhole. The bastard that built our house decided it would be a good idea to bury the trees he removed from the lot under the house’s foundation. Trees rot over time, and 40 years on, a hole is opening up under the house. Joy.