The VENT Thread

Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Catalina » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:57 pm

RuffiantoRags wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Welcome back, R2R, although I'm sorry to read that these last seven months have been such an arduous journey. :(
I hope the presence of your family and your cats' purrs comfort you during the weeks ahead and that you recover completely.
FWIW, TVG's Simon Bray was also diagnosed with multiple myeloma a couple of years ago (IIRC), and seems to have recovered his health.


Thank you, and yes I was familiar with Simon's diagnosis, but I haven't seen him much now since I don't have the racing networks anymore. Any time I hear
of another person getting past all the treatments and back to their normal lives is an inspiration to me. I CAN DO IT TOO!


Wishing you a complete recovery and all the best for the arduous months ahead, R2R!
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby starrydreamer » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:45 pm

R2R - good luck and best wishes for an uncomplicated and speedy recovery.

I'm 2 weeks out from my surgery and it could not come soon enough. I'm tired all the time, to the point where my husband thinks I have Type 2 diabetes. No, silly man, I've just had a bad sinus infection for 3 months.
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Starine » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:50 pm

What a great attitude, R2R. I have faith in you.

Before I moved from Iowa last year I used to work for a multiple myeloma specialist at UIHC named Guido Tricot. Real grouch towards a lot of the staff but patients loved him. ;)
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:50 am

Yes, it has been a while. Busy life, working at my real job and on some other projects.

My own vent has been the fact that I was stung by a scorpion last Friday morning at about 4am. I was sound asleep in my bed and must have felt the little jerk on my neck and brushed at him with my fingers, because he not only stung my neck but also my left middle finger. The stinger didn't break skin, but it still hurt like the dickens. The only way to describe the pain is like somebody jabbing a white-hot nail into your skin. I screamed, then I cried and searched in the blankets for my would-be assassin but couldn't find him. I was scared to get back into bed, of course, and couldn't get back to sleep. I went to work anyway, but after about an hour I was so nauseated I had to call off (nothing like stomach nausea and the hideous problems that can cause) and go back to bed and felt better later that evening.

Saturday we had to take my niece northwards to be collected by her father. We got home, I went to bed and did some work on my 'Dams of Multiple Classic Winners' project and lo & behold, a scorpion came crawling up my knee (which was covered by the quilt, that goodness), probably looking for me again (was it the same scorpion from Friday? I have no idea.) I screamed, scrambled out of bed with great agility considering the arthritis in my shoulders, threw the laptop on top of the vicious little creep, found a Vermont Country Store catalog and proceeded to beat the stuffing out of the scorpion. Brushed him into a plastic cup and went to show him to Mom, who stabbed him with a paring knife to make sure he was really dead, not just mostly dead. He was entirely dead, so after going through his pockets for loose change*, I threw him outside and went out to the Tractor Supply store to get some poison to spray around. Yesterday, my brother called and said he & his wife are coming up with some proper poison to spray around the house, inside and out.

How, pray are scorpions getting in here? Because of the problems my air conditioner was giving me: it was causing the window next to it to rattle incessantly, driving me completely bananas, and so I stuffed some foam in between the window panes and apparently didn't notice that the window was open just a teeny bit. That teeny bit was enough for a scorpion (or a few scorpions, which doesn't bear thinking about) to crawl in. It was a little baffling, until then, that so many bugs were also getting in here.

<sigh>

And this is the SECOND time I've been stung by a scorpion. While in bed. No broken skin then, either, but horribly painful. He was beaten to death, by the way, with a DK Eyewitness Guidebook to Hungary. Fortunately, Texas scorpions aren't as deadly as bark scorpions from further out west, and I suppose it's not ironic that the further west you go through Texas and into New Mexico, the hotter the Tex-Mex gets. But now I check my pillows and sheets before I really settle into bed.

The previous stinging hurt just as bad and I cried for roughly the same amount of time.

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* That's a reference to The Princess Bride, which I watched on a 30-year old VHS tape with my niece and Mom. My niece had never seen the movie before. So Thursday night we popped the tape in and though we were able to watch it fairly well and know what all was going on, there was a strange bunch of noise going on due to the tape being 30 years old. ("Just pretend somebody's vacuuming.") After that, I threw the old tape away and now have it on DVD.
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby ThreeMustangs » Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:50 pm

Miesque, I'm glad you're okay, but I have to admit your post made me laugh out loud. I hope you have no more scorpion encounters, in bed or otherwise. And The Princess Bride is the best. :D
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:58 pm

ThreeMustangs wrote:Miesque, I'm glad you're okay, but I have to admit your post made me laugh out loud. I hope you have no more scorpion encounters, in bed or otherwise. And The Princess Bride is the best. :D


My brother and his wife came up Saturday and sprayed stuff around the house, inside and out. Apparently there's a poison called 'DemonWP' that will indeed kill everything. So we took the birds outside before they did the indoor spraying. They also took on the fire ant beds ("Kill! Kill them all! Mwahahahahahahaha!") and my brother crawled under the house and found a bone. He couldn't figure out if it was a human bone or some animal. I'm afraid to look. My sister-in-law told me that exterminators will only do so much spraying, so that customers have to call them back in a few months. If they would really do a full-on attack around the house, critters would be kept out for up to two years.

So as of right now, I've not seen any further stinging/biting critters around here since then. We do have goobers setting off fireworks right now. In the middle of the afternoon. When the temp is over 90F. And everything is really dry. Yeah, thanks for the brushfire, nimrod.

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby stark » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:47 pm

Many gas stations have converted from the old metal numbers used to display prices with new electronic models that can be changed from the office.

How about something similar for our starting gates?

Whenever there is a late scratch it just seems really old-fashioned to see one of the assistant starters tasked with climbing up on the stalls to re-arrange the numbers, why not go electronic?
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Miesque1973 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:09 pm

stark wrote:Many gas stations have converted from the old metal numbers used to display prices with new electronic models that can be changed from the office.

How about something similar for our starting gates?

Whenever there is a late scratch it just seems really old-fashioned to see one of the assistant starters tasked with climbing up on the stalls to re-arrange the numbers, why not go electronic?


All I can think of is that that would make things too easy, and heaven forbid that should ever happen. It also might cost loads of cash to update everything. But that's just a guess on my part.

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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:28 pm

Since starting gates are moved around all the time, they're not exactly plugged in to an electrical source. And going wireless might leave them vulnerable to having the signal hacked. :shock:
Because you just know that some teenage tech whiz stuck at the track with his parents would find a way to amuse himself by messing with the gate numbers. :roll: :lol:
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Re: The VENT Thread

Postby Catalina » Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:30 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Since starting gates are moved around all the time, they're not exactly plugged in to an electrical source. And going wireless might leave them vulnerable to having the signal hacked. :shock:
Because you just know that some teenage tech whiz stuck at the track with his parents would find a way to amuse himself by messing with the gate numbers. :roll: :lol:


Exactly. I don't even want a remote controllable thermostat in my house.
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