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RTDNTOTO 🐻 Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own 16 (2021)

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mendelman

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I'm so tired of state/regional exceptionalism. "Ohno, the consultant you hired is from (state next door) how can they ever possibly understand what it's like here?"

Because neither you, nor (region) are all that special actually.
Rough week? ;)
 

arcplans

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I had to cover the virtual counter yesterday. I was trying to make some morning phone calls and totally was a rude A****** to this one customer because my mom was trying to talk to me and tell me that i stole her wallet (she has massive short term memory loss and what probably is the onset for dementia). I probably should have hung up but really the caller had questions that have all been explained on our website and I wasn't having it right then and there.

Long story short, the person emailed my counterpart and said how rude I was. I emailed them this morning and apologized. Don't know if that would set it right but it is what it is.
 

Planit

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Question for the Brain - what do you do with your dad’s diplomas and dental license?

I don’t want to throw them out. Don’t really display them. Brothers won‘t take them. UGH!








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Question for the Brain - what do you do with your dad’s diplomas and dental license?

I don’t want to throw them out. Don’t really display them. Brothers won‘t take them. UGH!

As long as they aren't in a frame they shouldn't take up too much space. Do you have maybe an old yearbook of your dad's that you could put them into?
 

Bubba

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Question for the Brain - what do you do with your dad’s diplomas and dental license?

I don’t want to throw them out. Don’t really display them. Brothers won‘t take them. UGH!

Anything like that of my parents that my sister and I could not bring ourselves to throw out (yet) is packed away in my basement for now
 

JNA

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Same feeling for my father's Maritime Service Officer Commission papers - I have Ensign, LTJG, & LT.
They are like mini posters - artwork & about 11x17 in size.

Also have his provisional promotion to LTCDR (Lieutenant Commander) paperwork.

 

Hink

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When I click on something, it should just go. Who has time to double click? What is this, 1995?
 

luckless pedestrian

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When I click on something, it should just go. Who has time to double click? What is this, 1995?

#til oh wow, that's so #okboomer of me as I double click and end up naming things wrong, opening stuff I didn't want to and all kinds of stuff lol omg hilarious
 

Dan

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I took a picture down towards town. Sorry for the poor quality.

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michaelskis

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Question for the Brain - what do you do with your dad’s diplomas and dental license?

I don’t want to throw them out. Don’t really display them. Brothers won‘t take them. UGH!








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Create an archive box. I was really into genealogy for a while, and I was super impressed with all the people who had original documents from ancestors and such. Some day, you will have someone who will really appreciate these documents. I also made a point to get a digital scan of everything that I put in the box.
 

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My dad called me yesterday with a random question asking if I could remember the correct spelling of his grandmother's maiden name. It's German and there are a bunch of different spellings I've seen and couldn't remember it off the top of my head so I tried to log in to Ancestry.com to see it on there where I had it saved. I hadn't logged into there in forever and couldn't figure out my password or get it to reset so I found another site run by the LDS church. On there, somebody had traced my dad's paternal grandfather's side back more than 1000 years to branches in Ireland and Sweden. Crazy!

While clicking through the tree online today, it looks like President Zachary Taylor would be my great(x8) uncle. I'm going to have to find a way to work that into casual conversation.



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This site is a rabbit hole indeed. The guy who was Zachary Taylor's great grandfather (so my g10 grandfather?) was an ancestor to William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Benjamin Harrison. And keep clicking some more and Louis VI of France aka The Fat King is something like my 20x great-grandfather.

There are also links to the website of the DAR and it looks like those people took genealogy seriously as there are all sorts of PDFs of old Bible pages with marriage and birth and death records written in them.
 
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JNA

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Salmissra

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Anyone else ready for a nap?? :sleep::sleep::sleep:

I've already spent 12 hours in 2 days on webinars/meetings, and I have another 5 hours tomorrow.
 

Dan

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Create an archive box. I was really into genealogy for a while, and I was super impressed with all the people who had original documents from ancestors and such. Some day, you will have someone who will really appreciate these documents. I also made a point to get a digital scan of everything that I put in the box.
I'm debating what to do with all the family stuff I have. I'm an only child, my wife and I don't have kids, and I don't live in the same city as most of my relatives. I know I'm going to scan, digitally restore, and label all the photos that I can, burn them to archival CD-ROMS, and distribute them to as many family members back home as I can. Identifying some of the people in those photos will be difficult, though. For example, in photos from 1940s where all the women have the exact same makeup, hair style, and facial expression, I have a hard time picking out my mom from the group, much less anybody else.

Big framed old-timey photos: I identified most of the people on them, and know who to pass them on to. However, I have a HUGE album of photos from the mid-to-late 1800s, and none of them are labeled. It's filled with photos of stern-looking men and couples, and soft focus images of babies. I have no clue what to do with it. Some of those photos are from studios in Toledo, and there's a few depicting men in a Great Lakes maritime setting. @Super Amputee Cat, have any thoughts?

Papers: box them up, and maybe give them to family members on the appropriate side of the family. I don't know.
 

Faust_Motel

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After running probably 50 bucks worth of descaler through it in the last 2 years, I finally fixed my coffee maker last night (Bona Vita, notorious for clogging up and shutting off halfway through the brew)

I took it apart to get the lay of the land and determined that the little ball valve that lets water into the heated vessel from the reservoir was getting sticky. No amount of descaler was going to do much there (there was very little scale inside of the vessel). I poked the valve from the inside with a little brush I have and then was able to go at it from the other end by pushing the brush through the hole in the bottom of the reservoir. I ran two reservoirs of water through last night with no stoppage, and the coffee i made this morning went off without a hitch!
 

mendelman

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After running probably 50 bucks worth of descaler through it in the last 2 years, I finally fixed my coffee maker last night (Bona Vita, notorious for clogging up and shutting off halfway through the brew)

I took it apart to get the lay of the land and determined that the little ball valve that lets water into the heated vessel from the reservoir was getting sticky. No amount of descaler was going to do much there (there was very little scale inside of the vessel). I poked the valve from the inside with a little brush I have and then was able to go at it from the other end by pushing the brush through the hole in the bottom of the reservoir. I ran two reservoirs of water through last night with no stoppage, and the coffee i made this morning went off without a hitch!
Phew.

Alternatively...my coffee maker (basically).

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It stops working. I throw it away and just buy another, but individual desires will certainly vary.
 
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Faust_Motel

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Phew.

Alternatively...my coffee maker (basically).

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It stops working, I throw is away and just buy another, but individual desires will certainly vary.
I threw away at least 3 like that over the years and just kind of felt bad about it. The Bona Vita was a little more of an investment and does make better (more consistent brew temperature, pre-soak available) drip coffee than any of the others did. But I was fully prepared to bin it if I couldn't figure out how to fix it.

I had to file down a screwdriver to deal with these evil triangle-head security screws they use to try to make it so you can't open it up!
 

HomerJ

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French Press. I switched about 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. Only real downside is needing to grind your own beans, which isn't so much a downside when you develop the acute Pavlovian response to instantly perk up at the sound of your coffee grinder.
 

Faust_Motel

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French Press. I switched about 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. Only real downside is needing to grind your own beans, which isn't so much a downside when you develop the acute Pavlovian response to instantly perk up at the sound of your coffee grinder.
I grind my own beans for drip. I just find it easier to dump out the paper filter and grounds into the compost than rinsing out my French press. Also I like not picking fines out of my teeth. French press is my go to for camping.
 

michaelskis

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I was holding back and being nice

lol

actually we did go back to Mister Coffee Drip as I love percolators the best but we burn through them literally lol

I love a good pour over like anyone else but percolator coffee is so smooth
I bought a stove top percolator a couple of years ago before hurricane season. If the power went out for a while, I wanted to make sure I could make coffee on my gas grill burner.
 
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