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  1. Thread: October chitchat

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    Howie, I like Rose's idea of an early Christmas...

    Howie, I like Rose's idea of an early Christmas present from your brother to you. Many people do their holiday shopping very early anyway, to avoid the crowds and the possibility that things they...
  2. Thread: October chitchat

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    I thought it allowed a 7-day free trial but...

    I thought it allowed a 7-day free trial but there must have been a catch to that. Sorry! Could you maybe get it on DVD in the near future through a local library? Some libraries are mailing...
  3. Thread: October chitchat

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    And thank you for the link about drones, Rose....

    And thank you for the link about drones, Rose. One part of that article concerns me somewhat:



    The "special landing pads" are located somewhere, I'm sure, that isn't exactly right outside my...
  4. Thread: October chitchat

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    Now that is the first intelligent use for drones...

    Now that is the first intelligent use for drones that I've heard about. I think Sam would enjoy it. Great for Hallowe'en outings!
  5. A recent brief article from Consumer Reports...

    A recent brief article from Consumer Reports gives a little more information on consumer satisfaction with several brands including those that have been discussed here--"Best Medical Alert Systems"...
  6. Thread: October chitchat

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    Yes, the little mini-helicopters or whatever they...

    Yes, the little mini-helicopters or whatever they are. A while back I was alarmed by news that they were soon going to be used for package deliveries. It alarmed me because I could visualize packages...
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    Those chickpeas sound good. When I was still...

    Those chickpeas sound good. When I was still tinkering with recipes, I used garbanzos/chickpeas often. They're loaded with good nutrients. A cup of chickpeas has 14g of protein, 12g of fiber, and...
  8. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, I believe everyone is having problems with...

    Rose, I believe everyone is having problems with deliveries now--not just people in HUD apartment buildings. I've noticed that sometimes I'm offered an option of a "no-contact" delivery, and the...
  9. Thread: October chitchat

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    Maybe this link? ...

    Maybe this link?

    https://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-picard/
  10. Thread: October chitchat

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    Sunshine, I have special instructions written...

    Sunshine, I have special instructions written into my information for Amazon, telling them not to leave packages outside the building and even giving them the code number to enter. They often ignore...
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    Welcome back, RandomThought! Glad you haven't...

    Welcome back, RandomThought!

    Glad you haven't forgotten us.

    Congratulations on your very remarkable daughter! Knowing how to play two difficult instruments by the age of 17 is really an...
  12. Thread: October chitchat

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    Deliveries can be interesting here because you...

    Deliveries can be interesting here because you never know how they're going to turn up. Sometimes the driver buzzes me and I buzz him in and he comes in and gives it to me, always in a huge hurry....
  13. Thread: October chitchat

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    I keep white vinegar on hand and use it mainly...

    I keep white vinegar on hand and use it mainly for cleaning. My little humidifier needs to be cleaned weekly with vinegar, for instance.

    Waiting for deliveries is the name of the game, isn't it?...
  14. Thread: October chitchat

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    Howie, I recall reading posts about Seven but...

    Howie, I recall reading posts about Seven but can't recall how she got her name. Was it because she was one of 7 kittens in the litter?

    Rose, cats often seem to have a sense for the right human...
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    Those who get along on Social Security with no...

    Those who get along on Social Security with no other source of income and have a chronic condition where that's how they live for many years are up a creek because the COLAS don't seem to keep up...
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    Social Security COLA increase 1.3% in 2021

    Social Security has announced that for 2021 there will be a COLA increase of 1.3%, a bit less than the 2020 increase.
  17. Or you can inch along on the ground until you get...

    Or you can inch along on the ground until you get there. Time-consuming but at least we're moving forward. A little bit at a time, but Rome wasn't built in a day....
  18. What a nice tribute, joy. In these uncertain...

    What a nice tribute, joy. In these uncertain times I think it's good that some of us are still here where most of us have spent so many years.
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    I'm reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout....

    I'm reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Saw the film version and thought I'd like to read the book.
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    From Tom Cat today:...

    From Tom Cat today:...
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    It sounds to me as if today's ironing couldn't ...

    It sounds to me as if today's ironing couldn't go on for as long because you did so much yesterday. I couldn't iron for 2 hours nonstop. After 20 minutes or so, I'm sitting down for a break, and if...
  22. Thread: October chitchat

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    Virginia, about your niece's dog--I'm pretty...

    Virginia, about your niece's dog--I'm pretty ignorant about dogs but do recall that larger dogs, like labs, don't live nearly as long as the smaller ones. A big dog's typical life expectancy is only...
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    I second the advice about a pet. Cats make great...

    I second the advice about a pet. Cats make great pets, and I've almost always had one in residence though a couple of years ago I realized that the responsibility was probably too much for me, and so...
  24. I tried the satin type but my head kept slipping...

    I tried the satin type but my head kept slipping around. I'm now using a mesh type but for years I used a plain cotton cap. It's hard to find one of those now. There are a lot of turbans available...
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    I don't know the answer, Virginia, but I'm pretty...

    I don't know the answer, Virginia, but I'm pretty sure that walking beats standing as exercise simply because it uses more muscles. Standing is good, of course, particularly if you've been told to...
  26. Thread: October chitchat

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    I don't know how else a person could get the...

    I don't know how else a person could get the groceries to the car without having to reload them from the scooter-cart into a store-type shopping cart, then walk while pushing that cart to the car,...
  27. Thread: October chitchat

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    Is this a fall you didn't mention here, Howie? I...

    Is this a fall you didn't mention here, Howie? I do recall a serious fall you had a while back, I think in connection with the grocery store parking lot.
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    That reminded me that I hadn't posted my...

    That reminded me that I hadn't posted my September average, a bit lower than the previous several months: 1,487 steps/day taken in September on average, based on 27 days.
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    Congratulations on the step counts, Sunshine!

    Congratulations on the step counts, Sunshine!
  30. Thread: October chitchat

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    Does Jeanie have one of those personal emergency...

    Does Jeanie have one of those personal emergency response systems that I've been nattering on about in another thread?

    I notice that they are available with fall detection for an extra fee. I'm...
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    Bumping this up for ssusan. She posted in the...

    Bumping this up for ssusan. She posted in the Books thread just recently.
  32. More in the super-exciting saga of my attempts at...

    More in the super-exciting saga of my attempts at getting one of these systems:

    Someone from Lifeline called on Monday but he was assuming that I would be installing it myself, with help over the...
  33. Thread: October chitchat

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    A fly spy? Maybe the fly was a spy or as they...

    A fly spy?

    Maybe the fly was a spy or as they say in that biz, an agent or an operative? Gathering intel?

    It might even have been that fly on the wall you hear about. It got tired of hanging...
  34. Thread: October chitchat

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    Thank you so much for gathering this information...

    Thank you so much for gathering this information and bringing it to us, Virginia! Are you feeling better?

    Shingles must be terrible. I'm so sorry Jeanie isn't getting a better deal. Not being...
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    ssusan, sorry I didn't find your question...

    ssusan, sorry I didn't find your question sooner--and happy birthday!

    For me the last page of this thread is page 12, and the earliest post is from 2017. But different people have different...
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    I suspect all pedometers are a breed....

    I suspect all pedometers are a breed. Unpredictable, quirky. You have to love them in spite of their faults, I guess.
  37. Thread: October chitchat

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    LOL!! Pence is only 61, I just found out. That...

    LOL!! Pence is only 61, I just found out. That could be his real hair, probably with hair spray. Politicians are so eager to please us that they get all gussied up for the camera. Or at least that's...
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    Happy birthday, ssusan (October 9)!

    ssusan, I hope you'll be enjoying a happy birthday! We always like hearing from you and hope you're staying well.
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  39. Thread: October chitchat

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    A very interesting point. That thread was...

    A very interesting point. That thread was extremely popular but Howie never posted in it after starting it so far as I can recall.

    Thank you, Howie, for starting that thread.
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    Today was such a bad day for pedometers for me...

    Today was such a bad day for pedometers for me that I have no reading at the end of the day in spite of wearing two pedometers all day. I wear one as a check on the other because I'm still not sure...
  41. Thread: October chitchat

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    I totally missed the fly when I watched the...

    I totally missed the fly when I watched the debate, Virginia, but I found the segment online. He never seems aware of it, does he?

    If his hair isn't real, he wouldn't be aware of it though....
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    My goodness, Virginia, you certainly cleaned and...

    My goodness, Virginia, you certainly cleaned and cleaned! I hope this means you've been feeling better?

    Some days pedometers just seem to have "bad days," and I think your pedometer might have...
  43. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, the shoulder, wrist, and hand are slowly...

    Rose, the shoulder, wrist, and hand are slowly but surely improving. I've been going easy on the right arm and hand and that seems to be what is needed. Taking less aspirin now.

    As for...
  44. Yes, cold is bothersome! For years I've worn a...

    Yes, cold is bothersome! For years I've worn a nightcap to bed just because my head gets cold during the night. Part of the problem is my thin hair, I guess, but the cap is helpful.
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    Avoiding streets with darting kids takes...

    Avoiding streets with darting kids takes know-how!

    Around here there are many basketball hoops set up right beside the street, and the darting kids can be teenagers shooting baskets. They're not...
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    From Tom Cat on Saturday: Sorry to hear the...

    From Tom Cat on Saturday:


    Sorry to hear the fire smog from California fires is with you again. I need to write my fraternal twin brother out there. He's north of the Golden Gate, in wine...
  47. Thread: October chitchat

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    *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch ...

    *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch *bunch

    (((((((Feel better soon, Virginia!))))))

    I have a feeling you weren't really very up to doing so much cleaning just when you did. ...
  48. Thread: October chitchat

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    I've sent a PM to Virginia. I'm really concerned...

    I've sent a PM to Virginia. I'm really concerned about her.

    Watching the evening news has become more interesting now that some of the news broadcasters are seen in their homes. On the PBS...
  49. Someone called from Lifeline about installing but...

    Someone called from Lifeline about installing but he was assuming I'd be OK with doing this myself with guidance over the phone. That's what didn't work well for me with Life Station recently, and I...
  50. Thread: October chitchat

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    Rose, I transferred your message in the Tom Cat...

    Rose, I transferred your message in the Tom Cat thread to Ralph--It was a lovely message.
  51. Thread: October chitchat

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    I've been busy what with the trip to the doctor...

    I've been busy what with the trip to the doctor last week for the diabetic foot exam and the flu shot, then getting over the flu shot, followed by problems with the Life Station system, and tomorrow...
  52. Thread: October chitchat

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    Howie, wasn't there some question a while back...

    Howie, wasn't there some question a while back about whether you're on Medicaid? I can't recall how it was resolved. You probably are on it but I think you'd know because there's usually a number on...
  53. I've settled on Lifeline. For a few more dollars...

    I've settled on Lifeline. For a few more dollars I think I'll have a much better arrangement than with Life Station. The battery life is better, and a technician can set the system up (for a fee but...
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    Sent Thursday: After a number of hours spent...

    Sent Thursday:


    After a number of hours spent trying to get a mailing label to send my Kindle Fire in to get it fixed, I gave up. They need an e-mail address to send the Fed-Ex label to. I tried...
  55. Thread: October chitchat

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    Sorry I can't help with the Medicare question,...

    Sorry I can't help with the Medicare question, Rose. Sometimes a visit to the Website can be helpful if you're willing to spend a bit of time learning to navigate around on it. I prefer that to...
  56. joy, what an ingenious idea! I'm sure it's...

    joy, what an ingenious idea! I'm sure it's everyone's nightmare--falling in a situation where we have to call for help but we're stark naked. It's all very well to assure ourselves that those EMTs...
  57. Thread: October chitchat

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    I think it would be nice if you'd call, Virginia....

    I think it would be nice if you'd call, Virginia. And please say Hi to Jeanie from me! I hope she's on the mend.
  58. This Consumer Reports article was one of the ways...

    This Consumer Reports article was one of the ways I looked for the system I've been using. The article is now over a year old and doesn't indicate whether one system is better than another in any...
  59. Thread: October chitchat

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    One problem about calling: If several of us ...

    One problem about calling: If several of us called, we might start to be a nuisance for Jeanie and the staff there. They're always coming in and wanting to do something to you in such places, and...
  60. Sunshine, Jeanie probably hit the "Thanks" button...

    Sunshine, Jeanie probably hit the "Thanks" button back before her fall. The thread goes back to May. I confused things by dragging it up.

    Let's hope that Jeanie will be back among us soon though.
  61. There are several types. I'm not sure why the...

    There are several types. I'm not sure why the battery is part of mine either except maybe that it's so it will still run in case of a power failure.

    Today's phone session with the person who was...
  62. I'm dragging this thread up to make an additional...

    I'm dragging this thread up to make an additional comment.

    I've had my LifeStation system for a few months now. I hadn't had it long before it started telling me, at top volume, "LOW CONSOLE...
  63. Thread: October chitchat

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    Howie, I think that you and your doctor need to...

    Howie, I think that you and your doctor need to have a discussion. Have you ever asked him/her why you're having problems getting the gabapentin--and explained that it's the one drug that helps you? ...
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    Thanks for the link, ANN. The good luck lasts...

    Thanks for the link, ANN. The good luck lasts through the whole month then--and whoever wins in October gets a nice long month.
  65. Thread: October chitchat

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    Howie, the Social Security Website is saying that...

    Howie, the Social Security Website is saying that payday (for me) will be tomorrow. I can't guarantee that that will be what happens for you though because the scheduling of the paydays seems to be...
  66. Thread: October chitchat

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    Virginia, I believe you have Windows but can't...

    Virginia, I believe you have Windows but can't recall what version. I can't be of much help with your questions but I have Windows 10, and have had things like that happen after an upgrade has been...
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    Does everyone need to say "Rabbit" on the first...

    Does everyone need to say "Rabbit" on the first of the month? Or is it that the first person to say "Rabbit" on the first of the month is going to have especially good luck that day?
  68. Thread: October chitchat

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    October chitchat

    I don't know how it got to be October already but it did.

    What have you been up to? What's on your mind?

    I keep hoping we'll get news of Jeanie. And that renee will be able to check in. There...
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    Thank you for your suggestions, Rose. I think...

    Thank you for your suggestions, Rose. I think there may be a connection between the wrist issue and the shoulder pain though I've had the shoulder pain for months now. It's not such a crippling pain...
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    There you are, Rose! I'm so sorry you've been...

    There you are, Rose!

    I'm so sorry you've been grieving for the loss of your dear friend. I hope that you and her other friends will be able to share good memories of her --and eventually get...
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    We're so lucky to have Howie as a resource here....

    We're so lucky to have Howie as a resource here. Not only does he do dentistry--he enriches our vocabularies.:cool:

    I kept saying I wouldn't watch TV tonight too but I weakened and watched anyway.
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    Virginia, I've heard people say (often) that...

    Virginia, I've heard people say (often) that weather affects their arthritis, and here you are having an arthritis flareup at the very time when I must have been having one too. Could it be true that...
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    Sorry--I have no recent news of Rose or Virginia,...

    Sorry--I have no recent news of Rose or Virginia, and they haven't had anything to say in several days. I'm going to try not to be concerned but that clucking reflex is hard to stop.
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    Tom Cat placed this bouquet of asters and...

    Tom Cat placed this bouquet of asters and gladioli as a tribute to Cat:
    ...
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    I may be wrong (it's been known to happen) but I...

    I may be wrong (it's been known to happen) but I think it's anniversary time for stillstANNding and Peter (the 28th?). So:

    ...
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