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BetterMost People / Re: On Caregiving
« Last post by serious crayons on June 07, 2019, 09:59:04 am »
Caregiving is very hard and exhausting and sad. I was lucky that by the time my mom got to that point in her decline she was in assisted living (in Denver) and then a nursing home.

Before that, she spent a couple of years in "independent living," which, it quickly became clear, was not sufficient. She did those kinds of things, too. Some worse.

Nowadays I think they've merged independent and assisted, so the resident can move into a unit and then order whatever services they need, cafeteria style.

As for your last sentence, I'm glad you didn't do that! But a self-made billionaire here did, just a couple of months ago. At least, they found his and his wife's bodies in their bed with a gun between them and assumed that's what had happened. The two were in their late 70s.

It didn't seem like a malicious murder -- the wife had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they'd been married since their youth (he'd never traded her in for a trophy wife) and friends described them as "soul mates."


 
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BetterMost People / Re: What's for breakfast/lunch/supper?
« Last post by Sason on June 06, 2019, 06:53:28 pm »
That surprises me too.  That would be one of the last places I would think would have good tasting water.

Well, you go there often, so you can try it next time.

Then report back!  ;D
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by brian on June 06, 2019, 03:11:00 pm »
I belong to NZAA. It is only $39.50 per year as they carried over the membership from Australia so I have been a member for over 50 years. I get 6 cents per litre off petrol at BP and they send me emails and give me 10c on set days (usually about once per week but I rarely fill up more than once per month). I have had discounts when renting cars from Thrifty. They have insurance schemes as well but I have found them not as good as others. I have used the card for a discount when buying tyres. Their accommodation discounts tend to be with hotels above my usual level.
I have only used them 3 times in the 9 years I have lived in NZ. A few months after arriving with my new car I parked with the front wheels on too hard a lock and they would not budge. He came and wrenched the steering wheel round which I was not game to do. I have done that occasionally since. I had a flat tyre when travelling  on the North Island which I have described before (raining, in my good clothes, headed for dinner). And they came when my battery finally went flat after 8 years, gave me a discount on the new battery. My father (who spent all his spare hours working on cars, I was a big disappointment to him) insisted I join when I got my first car in 1965. In those days they were more necessary as cars were less reliable and I am complete lost mechanically. but I still would not be without my membership. It is one reason I carry my cellphone, I rarely actually use it.
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Bumping a great topic started by Bay City John.  :-*
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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by serious crayons on June 06, 2019, 09:47:51 am »
Do you belong to AAA? They've provided roadside assistance to members for, like, forever. It's probably even easier to connect with help now in the age of smart phones (or even flip phones  ;D ) I once had a situation where my car battery went dead because I didn't notice that when a passenger got out, somehow he bumped the switch on the dome light, so the light stayed on after the door was closed. AAA came out and gave me a jump, even though the car was in a parking garage.

I've been a member of AAA for years and used it countless times. These days, to save money I don't renew my membership when it expires -- I just call when I have car trouble, renew it on the spot and get service right away.

But also, my car insurance comes with roadside assistance. AAA has a limit on how many calls you can make during a given year and I've come close to or past that limit. I don't know if my insurance program has a limit or not, but I use them over AAA and have let my son, whose car is in bad shape, use the AAA because his insurance policy doesn't have it.

I also have gotten amazing hotel deals with my AAA discount. When Priceline and Hotwire came along, though, I switched to those services because their hotel deals were even more amazing. For a while there I was getting really nice rooms for $50-$75/night. I don't think the deals nowadays are as good as they used to be. My latest travel trick is to book a flight and hotel package. I haven't done this for a while (my last five trips were all free for work reasons -- best discount of all!), but I got a great deal on a French Quarter hotel room in NOLA with a flight/hotel package. And when I took my sons to Paris about six years ago, we got a three-day side trip to Barcelona with two nice hotel rooms and flight to Paris for free -- well, for the same price it would have cost us just to fly to Paris and back. A travel agent I know taught me that trick.

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Cellar Scribblings / Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Last post by Jeff Wrangler on June 06, 2019, 09:03:34 am »
I know how, but I've never done it and have never had to.

The closest I came to having to was when I got a flat at night (maybe around 8 or so? it was dark, anyway) on a freeway in an area not near commercial development but near some houses. I jumped a fence, knocked on the door of a house and asked the guy inside for help. He changed it! There are some advantages to being a woman -- I think a man would have a harder time doing this. (On the other hand, a woman is in somewhat more danger knocking on a stranger's door.)

Now, in the era of mobile phones and roadside assistance, I wouldn't even need to do that unless I was in the middle of nowhere with no service.

Nice to know there are still a few Good Samaritans out there. But I guess maybe you did take a chance. If I had a daughter, I wouldn't recommend it.

Do you belong to AAA? They've provided roadside assistance to members for, like, forever. It's probably even easier to connect with help now in the age of smart phones (or even flip phones  ;D ). I once had a situation where my car battery went dead because I didn't notice that when a passenger got out, somehow he bumped the switch on the dome light, so the light stayed on after the door was closed. AAA came out and gave me a jump, even though the car was in a parking garage.
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Brokeback Mountain Open Forum / Re: What happened to Jack's eagle feather?
« Last post by Front-Ranger on June 05, 2019, 08:00:00 pm »
Woke up this morning thinking of Ennis describing the end of his bronco rodeoing career: "And there I was. . .flying through the air." Ennis was earth-bound, a mammal, while Jack was air-bound, an eagle or other bird. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/12/12/new-frontiers
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The Lighter Side / Re: Say it all in Six Words!
« Last post by CellarDweller on June 04, 2019, 08:59:18 pm »
thinking of chores for the weekend
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The Lighter Side / Re: Life Advice in Three Words
« Last post by CellarDweller on June 04, 2019, 08:58:39 pm »
shave your kitty



*runs from Sonja*
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Q. Why was OMT so mean?

A.  Because he never found his own Ennis.

Q.  Who did Lureen's hair?
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