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Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:04 pm

Somnambulist wrote:I went to Arlington.

What a beautiful racetrack. Guys, you should all go.

My boyfriend and I are also marveling over how cheap it is to live here. IL coffee is shit but we can import the water I guess..
You should just go to McDonald's for coffee. It's actually very good. I have my own creamer, but besides that, the coffee itself is good <G>
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Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:44 pm

starrydreamer wrote:
Somnambulist wrote:I went to Arlington.

What a beautiful racetrack. Guys, you should all go.

My boyfriend and I are also marveling over how cheap it is to live here. IL coffee is shit but we can import the water I guess..
Arlington is gorgeous. I love going there (to be fair, the only other racetrack I've been to is Golden Gate).

There IS good coffee there and it's not hard to find... where the heck did you go? :lol:

Having lived in both NY and near Arlington, I can say that yeah, it's cheaper in the Arlington area (we were actually seriously considering moving to Arlington Heights or a neighboring town). The nice thing about the Chicago area is that you get cheaper the further you go from the city, quicker than you do when you move away from NYC. Probably because there's no ocean.
It's cheaper to live in nice parts of this city than it currently is for us to live on LI. We're really blown away by that and that a city can be like this - and we're both well traveled!

Everyone here is just so nice. It's that Mid Westerness.
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Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:28 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!

CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Workers at Nissan Motor Co Ltd's (7201.T) plant in Canton, Mississippi, voted nearly two to one against union representation, the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) said late on Friday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uaw- ... SKBN1AL02O
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:19 pm

not sure saying "yay, no union!" outside of the politics threads is a good idea.
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Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:38 pm

sweettalk wrote:not sure saying "yay, no union!" outside of the politics threads is a good idea.
It does seem out of the spirit of the thread. Unless one of the workers is here and Stark is congratulating them specifically...?
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:47 pm

Somnambulist wrote:
starrydreamer wrote:
Somnambulist wrote:I went to Arlington.

What a beautiful racetrack. Guys, you should all go.

My boyfriend and I are also marveling over how cheap it is to live here. IL coffee is shit but we can import the water I guess..
Arlington is gorgeous. I love going there (to be fair, the only other racetrack I've been to is Golden Gate).

There IS good coffee there and it's not hard to find... where the heck did you go? :lol:

Having lived in both NY and near Arlington, I can say that yeah, it's cheaper in the Arlington area (we were actually seriously considering moving to Arlington Heights or a neighboring town). The nice thing about the Chicago area is that you get cheaper the further you go from the city, quicker than you do when you move away from NYC. Probably because there's no ocean.
It's cheaper to live in nice parts of this city than it currently is for us to live on LI. We're really blown away by that and that a city can be like this - and we're both well traveled!

Everyone here is just so nice. It's that Mid Westerness.
LoL There is a reason I (and many others) have moved to the midwest. You should come up to the Twin Cities. Beautiful, clean air, affordable (more than the Chicago area), and extremely polite people.

Living in the midwest has its issues, but I doubt I'll ever move back to the east coast (even though I really really miss the ocean).
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Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:41 pm

If I were gonna live anywhere but home (Missouri) or where I am now (Vermont-ish area), it'd be Chicago or Twin Cities. Chicago has so much going on, great food, cheaper than NYC across the board, people are neat (though ridiculous, but all cities are), and public transit is so solid. I'm biased because I went to school there, but still!
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Insane Crazy wrote:If I were gonna live anywhere but home (Missouri) or where I am now (Vermont-ish area), it'd be Chicago or Twin Cities. Chicago has so much going on, great food, cheaper than NYC across the board, people are neat (though ridiculous, but all cities are), and public transit is so solid. I'm biased because I went to school there, but still!
I honestly like the Twin Cities better than Chicago. City is smaller but still a decent public transportation system, with pretty much every amenity that Chicago offers, minus Lake Michigan. But go 2 hours north up to Duluth and you get Lake Superior, which is less polluted than Lake Superior anyway. And the TC does a better job at green space, I think - there are more parks.

However, I will admit that Chicago has an advantage in the form of the Art Institute. I love that place.
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I haven't spent much time in the Twin Cities, so I am obviously biased away from them -- but they always sound wonderful!

My happiness (?) for the day: quit my job. Was so anxious I couldn't get out of my car yesterday and drove home. Realized it wasn't worth it. Now I just have to deal with my boss for a few more days and I'm out. Broke, lmao, but out.
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:53 pm

Congrats! If all you feel is relief then it's a good sign.

Wish I could quit mine.
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Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:51 pm

Sorry you ended up in that situation IC, but glad you were able to make the choice that was best for you. Good luck going forward!

Two very long MRIs and an excellent neurologist later... and it turns out that not only are my recent neurological symptoms just due to positional overuse, but I don't even have any spinal lesions besides a benign cyst. My dismay at having worried about apparent spinal tumors for three years is eclipsed by my relief that there is nothing amiss!
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Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:49 pm

That's great...although I wonder what sorts of changes you're going to need to make to solve those "positional overuse" issues. :P
Are we talking too much sitting? Too much yoga? Too much exuberant hanky-panky? :lol:
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Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:33 pm

Haha, those I could certainly live with! :D No, I've just been resting my arms on my chair while doing too much computer work in the past few months- can't feel my ring or pinky fingers sometimes. Starting in September I'll be returning to the bench, so hopefully that resolves it.
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:27 pm

Tessablue wrote:Haha, those I could certainly live with! :D No, I've just been resting my arms on my chair while doing too much computer work in the past few months- can't feel my ring or pinky fingers sometimes. Starting in September I'll be returning to the bench, so hopefully that resolves it.
Standing desk girl. If your job lets you, anyway. Or get a stability ball with that back support. They make ones specifically now for sitting but I have a $10 ball from Walmart I've been using for close to 4 years. I've started office trends with them.

Plus the ball is fun. Cause bouncing and we're all toddlers are heart.
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:46 pm

Somnambulist wrote:
Tessablue wrote:Haha, those I could certainly live with! :D No, I've just been resting my arms on my chair while doing too much computer work in the past few months- can't feel my ring or pinky fingers sometimes. Starting in September I'll be returning to the bench, so hopefully that resolves it.
Standing desk girl. If your job lets you, anyway. Or get a stability ball with that back support. They make ones specifically now for sitting but I have a $10 ball from Walmart I've been using for close to 4 years. I've started office trends with them.

Plus the ball is fun. Cause bouncing and we're all toddlers are heart.
Careful if you have back stuff though, re: the bouncing. I switched to a ball when I fractured my spine and I bounced so much I was apparently mashing my vertebrae together repeatedly. Oops!

LOVE standing desks, though. LOVE.
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Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:50 pm

From what I've read it's better if you have the "chair" for the ball. I've yet to get one, mostly because my current job doesn't allow it. The research is in infancy; I've seen some articles swear it promotes spinal shrinkage when others don't. I need to get paid to get my JSTOR account.
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I appreciate the advice! My boss uses a standing desk and it has done him a world of good, but his issues are different from mine and I haven't had much advice on how to prevent these symptoms. Unfortunately, I have a really bad knee that blew up a couple years ago so standing gets very painful very quickly. But getting up and moving around is definitely a great idea and I will look into the stability ball, because that sounds fun AND beneficial and I am totally here for that.

Som I gotta set you up with a proxy or just send papers to you; that stuff is too valuable to hide behind a paywall.
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Somnambulist wrote:From what I've read it's better if you have the "chair" for the ball. I've yet to get one, mostly because my current job doesn't allow it. The research is in infancy; I've seen some articles swear it promotes spinal shrinkage when others don't. I need to get paid to get my JSTOR account.
My evidence is purely anecdotal -- my back started to hurt after sessions of bouncing around, lol. But I loved switching back and forth between ball and standing. It was a good solution.
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no, but a race where they sit down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey boy sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil? Well, I should say!
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Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:56 pm

My awful cold has subsided enough that I'm not blowing my nose AT ALL today and can much better enjoy myself seeing Lady GaGa tonight!
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Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:45 pm

I adopted a three month old orange tabby kitten named Cheeto tonight. I've changed his name to Patrick like st Patrick
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