Ok, so at the risk of getting people’s attention in a bad way, @kuoh doesn’t seem like a good choice. He (she?) Doesn’t even have an “irrepressible chatterbox” label on their profile, only “up for a chin wag”, I would think that you have to be a big contributer to end up as Goat. . But who am I to say. I’m not a huge contributer.
Preaching to the choir, but if you don’t vote, you don’t get to bitch about the assholes everyone else voted into government because you couldn’t be bothered enough to vote for someone else.
We get the government we voted for. Nothing more, nothing less. If we abdicate our power, as the Senate is about to do, then you don’t get to complain about the consequences of not voting, and never getting it back peacefully is one of them.
@CaptAmehrican I agree. People need to check the issues and candidates, become informed and VOTE!
That really doesn’t happen. Many don’t vote, many go by ‘headlines’ and only ‘mainstream’ news. It’s a shame.
Jeff Bezos is quite the American success story. His bio is interesting. He took his ‘Book store’ to be an amazing company that I use to shop or compare prices almost every day.
I’m glad for every dollar he gets.
@thismyusername@tinamarie1974@CaptAmehrican I remehber those VMP valentines. I think mine were passed on in an exchange years ago. Since there are now at least two artists working at meh mahbe they will make VMP’s new ones this year.
@narfcake@therealjrn@ybmuG I live in a rural area, so my office is small. They have really cheap plastic folding chairs, super uncomfortable Even if you get there before they open and wait it still takes a while for them to call your number.
I went up on my bday to get my new license, was the first person through the door and STILL waited 10-15 min to call me up. What on earth could they be doing BEFORE they even helped one customer.
@narfcake@tinamarie1974@ybmuG Our DMV’s are called “Tag Agencies” here and are privately owned by someone’s brother-in-law or whatever. It makes a difference which one you go to. I got lucky and the one closest to me is well-staffed and friendly.
@narfcake@therealjrn@tinamarie1974@ybmuG Perhaps not doing their job? I was once at social security to get my kid her card and instead of helping customers they were discussing a bridal shower. For about an hour. Including the manager. Sigh.
I drove my kid to a rural office last week to renew hers. She was in and out in 5 minutes as was the only one there. Almost, but not quite. tempted to do that myself next October as the local office is a nightmare of 3-5 hour waits. I’d save time but the gas costs would be outrageous as it is about 70 miles, one way, from me.
@narfcake@therealjrn@tinamarie1974 that’s amazing! Ours are all county-run. I have to say our county made some significant improvements in the last 10 years or so. Not sure about other countries, but I suspect our experience is not typical. And whatever the message, subliminal or otherwise, pews are definitely better than plastic chairs!
@tinamarie1974 In Missouri, you can bypass the for-profit “agency offices” which all have an “authorized by the state legislature” $12 per tag fee and the additional $3 “online processing fee” by going straight to the DMV by mail.
The MO statute authorizes “non-DMV employees” to charge the “agency fee” and online “processing fee” (i.e. a fee to take your money - ain’t that rich). You have to hunt for the address of the main office in Jeff City to mail it - the instructions to mail in a renewal are mysteriously missing from the website.
I just renewed mine for 2 years and paid only the exact amount (~$50 I think) and didn’t pay the 30% agency fee/tax.
You also need to mail in your insurance certificate. Thats not the same as the card that has summary policy info. You can find it on your insurance company’s website. It is the literal certificate of insurance that states the exact amounts covered and the policy’s compliance with the state insurance commission’s regulations for your policy.
I included my policy cards, since the license tag requires a “certificate of insurance” in the lust of required documents (along with personal property tax receipts and emissions/safety inspections). You don’t want the underpaid state DMV HQ clerk/drone to reject your renewal on a technicality to make you give up and go to a satellite agency office run by some state reps cronies.
Got it back in a week or so. Score
“Socialism” : 1,
“Privatization” : 0.
Get the government services your tax dollars pay for, instead of lining the pockets (bribery, by any other name is still a rose) some politician’s grifter cronies sucking the teats of government dry. Corporate welfare and tax credits are just another name for socialism for the rich.
We had a rare “snow day” here in Tulsa. Plenty of advance warning so everybody could get the B,M,&TP runs the day before. Lots of TV coverage of kids who hadn’t ever been sledding and playing in the snow in their lives before.
UPS still managed to get a couple of 43# boxes to my front door undamaged and everybody has paid their rent (late after the 5th) excepting one. It was a good day to stay inside and do some small chores around in the house.
@tinamarie1974 Yep. A little more South of me but we got ~4". It’s melting now and the temps are way below freezing tonight. We’ll (they’ll) be slip-sliding away for morning drive time. Schools are out again tomorrow.
@therealjrn We had snow once when I lived in Norman, OK. My kid was popular as I had two 2 person plastic sleds which worked really well. The on ramp of the highway was full of kids sledding down the side. Kids were “sledding” using plastic sheets, a bag, a laundry basket (did not work well - would tip over), a car hood (also did not work well as the snow wasn’t hard enough, flying saucer, plastic bags… They all had a blast and got wet and muddy by the time the cop kicked everyone off the on ramp (he had been there making sure cars were going slowly).
Well sigh. I am still sick with a temp up to 103 and a bit… I am home all day because I am sick and I missed yesterday’s meh click? Like I was doing anything other than mostly sleeping and pushing cats out of my face? Not even watching TV as my headache is too horrible. So am back to missing my calendar. “2299 times, 1 day in a row, with a longest streak of 408 days in a row.” If I remember tomorrow I’ll be up to 2300 clicks. Oh wait. Blame. That should have been today. Oh wait. Can’t blame.
/image no goat
@tinamarie1974 Thank you. Actually I have been pretty lucky on the sickness front. Outside of cancer crap and getting really sick and also getting shingles during chemo for the blood cancer (and having a few other major cancers and 2 other major medical catastrophes) I really have missed out on most of the flu, colds, etc. that people get every year. Not sure how but counting my blessing for that anyway.
I signed up to deliver lunch to the robotics team at school today- 30 or so teenagers and adults. I placed an online order last night and felt all smug that I was prepared for once. Dominos just called and said their oven was broken. Shit.
Blame! Last Monday while driving to work I picked up a piece of steel and it came out the sidewall of my tire. Changing a tire at 630 in the morning on the side of the road in Iowa in wintertime is no fun!
I am slightly farsighted in one eye, slightly nearsighted in the other (natural built-in bifocals; have been that way since pre-school).
And The Great State of Texas makes me wear eyeglasses to drive.
I have been bitching about this for as long as I’ve had a license.
And!!! <drum roll>
The Great State Of Texas finally “sees things my way on this!”
No more drivers license restrictions. No more “crap, where are did I put my fucking glasses again?” agonies.
please note: The Great State Of Texas does not restrict legal driving by persons who are best described as “being Looney Tunes”.
/giphy “looney tunes”
(The “primary eye auto-switching” between my left and right eyes according to desired focusing distance is a completely seamless and unconscious habit, unless I force awareness of it. I wonder if it messes up or changes one’s brain somehow.)
It is actually an unused ticket from a hockey game I attended a few years back. I had mine in a lanyard in my basement (hockey cave) and it and a few other items suspiciously came up missing after a maintenance man was here
BLAME - this town, yet again, has a boil water order. They first noticed the problem January 28th and they tell us for the first time this morning over 2 weeks later? And it took so long for what reason? Second boil order this year. They were a bit more prompt about the other one. Of course the flood is supposed to put one of the three water treatment plants (that one that serves where I live) underwater starting sometime this weekend so I guess we’ll be having problems for a while. Sigh.
Blame because I have been waiting at home since noon for a delivery. I just called the delivery company to find out the driver is running late. Now instead of noon to 4 window it is from noon until the driver decides to show up.
How is this even acceptable. No apologies from the CS rep, just that he is running late. Apparently I am just suppose to hang out and they will show up based upon their convenience.
@luvche21 I’m trying to get back into making yogurt- I’ve been lazy. I just make regular yogurt on the mild side and add frozen berries that I’ve thawed overnight with sugar. I like the texture of yogurt but not the sourness so I only cook it for 6-8 hours.
@sammydog01 nothing wrong with not as sour yogurt! If you want to take it to the next (super easy) level, try half yogurt and half juice, with a little sugar (optional, depending on your sweetness tastes. Just whisk it up for a delicious drink. I’d recommend orange juice or some kind of nectar (apricot, peach, mango). It’s one of my favorite drinks!
We’ve been making yogurt for years. It’s one of the best ways to save money, since it’s like a few cents per serving vs > $1 for store-bought. If anyone’s thinking about it, here’s my unsolicited advice:
Is it for you? Well, do you already eat a lot of yogurt, like almost one a day? If you just eat it every now and then, it probably won’t be worth the motivation to make a new batch every week or so and you’ll let it spoil.
Do you eat plain yogurt? Be aware that that’s what you’re making, and any sweetening and flavoring adds a step. (My wife and daughter like frozen blueberries and honey in it. Personally, I’m lazy enough that I like to just tip a bit of maple syrup in and call it a day, even if that’s not my favorite flavor.)
OK, you know you want to make yogurt. Do yourself a favor, don’t just grab a tub of Stonyfield and use it as starter. It’ll be nasty. Go to https://www.culturesforhealth.com/ and order one of their starter cultures. (And put one in the freezer for when you do eventually let it spoil and have to start over.) Check out their ebooks too. But be warned that if you hang around there too long you’ll be making your own cheese, kimchi, and (shudder) kombuuuuuucha. (Shudder.)
Use whole milk. Listen, if you want to reduce fat in your diet, eat a damn mango. You wanna make your own yogurt that tastes good and isn’t a runny liquid? Quit complaining and use whole milk.
The first batch is never quite right; the culture is still getting going. It might be runny, or a bit bitter. Throw it out if you want, except for the couple of spoonfuls that inoculate the next batch. Don’t quit yet.
You don’t have to buy a yogurt maker, but you probably want to. If you’ve got an Instant Pot, its “yogurt” setting does work well. If you want to flavor a big batch at once, might as well make a big batch at once. Of course, in my experience, the Instant Pot gives you yogurt the flavor of The Ghost of Chilis Past. A yogurt maker is like $30 and has the benefit of making it right in the single-serving jars. (If your jars are like ours, though, the plastic lids don’t seal well. If they’re still like ours, old spaghetti sauce jar lids do seal well on them.)
@f00l@therealjrn@ybmuG I hate to say it but I think my age has something to do with it. It wasn’t THAT long ago I could party all night, go home sleep for an hour and do it all over again. These days that would kill me
@Kidsandliz@RedHot@tinamarie1974 Kouh only seems to look at the deal thread and an IT help thread, and comment every few days. Not sure Kouh checks the goat thread or has mail notification when mentioned set up.
BLAME!!! AND MORE BLAME!!! Kid (young adult) problem big time. Her past behavior, poor decisions, etc. (she has brain damage and when I adopted her at almost 10 and some other serious issues that meant that I getting her through high school with a regular diploma, not pregnant and without a court record was not a given - fortunately by the grace of who knows what gods we managed that) have caught up with her and she thinks somehow I can solve it all for her. Nope out of my hands.
My Monday will be busy. Between sitting at the VA starting at 9am (where there is no phone service) all morning while a friend has a port put in for chemo (they required someone to be present), taking my car in at 7:30 to get fixed from when that transmission thing fell off the truck and hit my car and then getting the insurance provided rental car, and now dealing with the court system trying to get her a free attorney after the fact for her next court appearance April 6th (she is not capable of handing stuff like this, had an IEP with services though school, have tried to get her to cooperate with getting SSD but she refuses for unknown reasons)… Plus trying to get another related office (that office likely won’t deal with me since she is a minor but hopefully I can at least make the case before they cut me off) realize I can’t drive 50 miles to get her (she has no functioning car - her abusive boyfriend deliberately drove it into a tree in his yard and he had no car insurance nor did she and there is no public transportation in that county), 50 miles back, get her there by 10am (due to the VA previous commitment) nor bring her in the afternoon if she can convince them to change the apt and then be back at the house in time for when the school bus drops off a 5 and 6 year old (at least the littles will be with her)… SHIT!!
And this is going to cost me money I don’t have to get temporary guardianship of the kids so they don’t land in foster care (apparently I have to get it being the grandma and then I go to court a second time to add the woman at the house where they are living, she can’t be added initially since she isn’t a relative)… Was shocked to discover how expensive this is and how long it takes due to having to go though the courts. Actually my priority is the kids - she has made her bed so to speak. She might learn something - but all this is going to traumatize the kids. Something they don’t need. I need guardianship to be in effect by April 6th. SHIT SHIT SHIT!!!