@mediocrebot Shouldn’t you blame me for not being around to blame me?
Pepperoni is a must! Pepperoni & mushrooms, pepperoni & pineapple, pepperoni & pepperoni. I’m flexible. I even had pepperoni and tiny little cocktail shrimp once. Pepperoni pizza is best when the oven was hot enough that the edges of of the pepperoni are scorched and little crispy.
@blaineg@Mothersnakes If it is torn cartilage- the next ? on the decision matrix is are you having mostly pain or mostly locking?
If mostly pain, then don’t have surgery- the results of EVERY kind of surgery for fixing pain [from a torn meniscus] are horrible- people who have surgery have pain at least as long as people who don’t, and a fairly large %-age have it significantly longer.
If you are having locking, surgery is almost always the only long-term fix for that- but you may still have pain for a while too.
BTW, the duration of what long-term fix means is dependent on many factors, including type and extent of tear, delay until surgery, age of patient, amount of excess weight carried, and quite IMPORTANTLY conditioning of the muscles in the front of your thigh.
Look up Quad-setting exercises here: https://www.home-health-care-physical-therapy.com/quad-sets.html
and terminal knee extensions AKA short arc leg extensions here: https://www.livestrong.com/article/444731-flexion-contracture-exercises-for-the-knee/
The subjects in the experimental group performed the following sets of exercise for 5 weeks (5 days/week). All exercises were performed in sets of 10 repetitions; 1 set of all exercises was performed twice a day for the 1st week, and this progressed to 2 sets twice a day until the 3rd week and then 3 sets twice a day until the 5th week.
Isometric quadriceps exercise: Patients lay in a supine position. A rolled up towel was put beneath the knee. They were instructed to maximally activate their thigh muscles in order to straighten their knee and hold the contraction for 5 seconds.
Straight leg raising (SLR) exercise: Patients lay in a supine position. They were instructed to perform a maximum isometric quadriceps contraction prior to the lifting phase of the exercise. Then they were instructed to lift the leg up to 10 cm above the plinth and hold the contraction during the lifting phase for 10 seconds.
Isometric hip adduction exercise: Patients lay in a supine position. A small pillow was put between the knees. They were instructed to perform isometric hip adduction exercise while pressing the pillow between the knees and to maintain the adduction with contraction for 5 seconds. [adduction means pushing yourknees
Sorry, I’m passionate about helping people with these, especially after seeing how much it helped me.
BTW, it doesn’t much matter what’s wrong with your knee, these will help- maybe to avoid surgery, and DEFINITELY to prepare for surgery and recover from surgery.
@blaineg@Mothersnakes@PhysAssist Second the motion. I call my physical therapy team Torquemada and Associates, but 4 weeks of these before TKR and 6 weeks afterward had me walking without agony. I just got my one year clearance.
@blaineg Sorry for the delay- work has been brutal.
By locking I mean either not being able to bend or straighten all the way because of feeling blocked, or sometimes it can feel literally stuck in one position.
BTW, if that happens, one of the best remedies is to sit on the edge of a tall bench or chair so your foot can hang, and let gravity act as traction to make the joint open up, and [hopefully] let the trapped cartilage slide out of it.
@CaptAmehrican It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done any woodworking, and I’m way out of touch with the current state of tools like routers. But they are handy tools, and can do things that no other tool does.
My dad had a table that you could mount a router to, upsidedown, and underneath the table. It was just a stamped steel thing from Sears, nothing fancy. A quick Google shows that the current stuff is way beyond the simple table Dad had.
If you’re doing repetitive stuff with smaller pieces, a table is probably the way to go. If you’re working on large pieces, it may be easier to move the router than the piece. Or if you’re not sure, get a router that has a table option.
5 hand-held power tools to start with: Circular saw, drill/driver set, jigsaw, random-orbit sander, router.
Probably skip the router table until you need it for a project and you have room for it (at that point, might think about building one yourself - there are several decent plans out there).
@CaptAmehrican@compunaut And if you really get into it, and start buying things like table saws, seriously consider a Saw Stop. I know too many people that know better that have put their fingers into table saw blades.
They’re expensive, but ER trips are even more expensive.
@ruouttaurmind You’d think he’d be angry, but he’s actually quite pleased that the heat is off him. His human disguise almost failed him in the Senate hearings. And Musk also makes a pretty good alien lizard (or robot) in human shell, so that distracts the conspiracy theorists as well.
But maybe it goes deeper than that. What if they are from the same planet, and are just taking turns in the spotlight to distract us?
Me, I’m just a guy. Oldest of 9 kids. No kids, but four grandkids. Married 25 years in August.
Dad was a banker by profession, but intensely curious, and a tinkerer, inventor, and builder at heart. He was constantly finding ways to alter the world around him to make it adapt to him better. His dad was an auto mechanic, and had his own shop, and Dad learned a lot from him. And he was always teaching us, in one way or another, usually by example, or hands on. He wouldn’t do something for us if he could teach us how to do it. All of us picked up the skill, or maybe the need to fiddle and fix to one degree or another. One brother became a professional auto mechanic.
So I grew up taking stuff apart, and often getting it put back together. I rebuilt a motorcycle engine in my bedroom one winter, and Mom put up with it. I guess I should be clear, the whole motorcycle was in my bedroom.
With loads of kids, we had loads of pets. A few dogs, mine was a black lab. Lots of cats, including a few really great oddballs. But a lot of weird stuff too. Snakes, from little garters, all the way up to pythons. A chinchilla, a caiman (South American aligator), a skunk, a dwarf parrot. Tropical and marine fish. Hamsters and gerbils. Probably more I’m forgetting. Mom didn’t just tolerate them, she encouraged us.
I got into electronics when I wanted to light a model of the Imperial Star Destroyer. Dad nudged me in the right direction, and a friend did a lot of tutoring.
My first exposure to computers was through Dad. He was in the first computer science course BYU taught. In fact they had to stall him a bit with other coursework, because they were still setting up their program. That was repeated when he got hired by a bank to run their computer. It wasn’t ready yet, so they gave him other work until it was. I remember the huge glass enclosed room with the raised floor, and seemingly endless punch card readers and reel to reel tape machines (the thing that’s always shown when they need a “computer” in old movies). It was cool, but not very interesting, since you couldn’t DO anything with them.
I didn’t think much more about them until a friend got an Apple ][ years later. Being able to make a computer do stuff was great. Playing games was also a plus. From the Apple I graduated to the Amiga. With full color graphics, stereo sound, and a multitasking OS, it was so far ahead of the PC and Mac at the time (1985), it was an easy choice.
A degree in electronics and an interest in computers led into a career. Just out of school I got a job at one of my dream companies, Evans & Sutherland. At the time they were one of the leading computer graphics companies. As a side note, they did the starfields and the tactical displays for The Wrath of Khan. Dave Evans & Ivan Sutherland invented a lot of the fundamentals of computer graphics, and their students and former employees created a lot of computer graphics companies like Silicon Graphics. E&S cratered because the young startups ate their lunch, and they couldn’t adapt fast enough.
Currently I run a network of around 500 computers (most of which I’ve built) that run production and test equipment. For me it’s the ideal job.
I’ve only had a few notable cars, the current Camaro, the '63 Grand Prix, and a '57 GMC pickup.
Dad taught me how to ride on a Bridgestone 60, and that was followed by a Suzuki TC250, and a Honda CL450. I rode the daylights out of them, but technically they were Dad’s. The first bike I bought was a brand new Suzuki GS1000E. Wow! That was in a different league from any of the others. 13 years later I replaced it with a Yamaha FJ1200, which I still have.
The TC250 scared me off of dirt riding for years (lightswitch powerband, nearly no suspension, and a squared off knobby). I got back into it with a first year Suzuki DR250, and upgraded to a Honda XR600R in '93. Just last year I swapped the XR for a Yamaha WR450F, mainly because it has electric start. With knee problems followed by knee surgery, trying to kickstart the 600 seemed like a really bad idea.
I’ve also had a Suzuki Quadracer for years, and that thing is a hoot at the sand dunes.
Most of my grandkids are in England, and they’re growing up. I enjoy playing favorite uncle to lots of nieces and nephews.
I’m a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons, for our belief in the Book of Mormon, which we consider companion scripture to the Bible). But I’ve examined it for myself, and believe and know it to be true. I even wandered off for for several years at one point, but I came back because I couldn’t find anything better.
I served a full time mission to England in 80-81, and that’s where I met my wife, but that’s a long story all by itself. Ultra-short version: it took me 13 years to figure out it was more than friendship. So I am kinda slow sometimes.
The church has a lay clergy, so almost everyone has a responsibility of some sort. Currently we teach the 6-7 year olds, but had assignments with youth and grownups as well. I served 5 years as Bishop (pastor, minister) of our congregation, that was both challenging and rewarding. I conducted a few weddings, and about 30 funerals during that time. The hardest funeral was for my little brother who was killed in an avalanche on his snowmobile. No, that was the second hardest. The hardest was for the child of friends who was stillborn a week before his due date.
I was also blessed to spend 10 years working in the Bountiful Temple on Saturday mornings.
So, did I miss anything? Oh yea, I was a very quiet and shy child, but you’re probably having a hard time believing that, if you got this far!
@blaineg What are the absolute favorite tool and toy that you own? (one of each, unless there’s one item that fits both categories)
Toy is probably easy, but I’m sure favorite tool would depend on the job at hand, so think of it outside of that context.
What is your overall favorite tool regardless of context?
Could be based on sentimentality, aesthetics, etc., not necessarily utility.
Maybe think of it this way - pick one favorite toy and one favorite tool that you’d like to be buried with.
@ruouttaurmind Oh, sure I do. But it would be an addition, not a replacement. The next question is which one: A C2 Stingray (split window is nice, but necessary), a C3 (but an early year, it has to have the built in rear spoiler, the round tails look dumb), or more practically, a C7?
There’s a lot of other cars I’d like as well, if I had the resources. Most anything from Aston-Martin, Jaguar’s F-Type, it’s a long list.
Definitely something from Koenigsegg, besides their technical prowess, I really admire what Christian vK has achieved. Besides that, he’d make a really good Bond villain.