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Hometown: Flint MI
Current location: Nevada
Member since: Sun Feb 21, 2010, 05:47 PM
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Adventures in Toilet Repair

This will be the story of me repairing a toilet in real time. It will involve removing the tank and replacing all the innards.

I just watched a lady named Darlene on YouTube doing the job with the "help" of 3 pre-school kids and she managed okay. So, I feel better about my chance of success.

I will need to take a break every so often so I will come back here to post my progress, frustrations, and probably to scream. Any words of encouragement or advice will be greatly appreciated even if I am a violently shuddering bundle of stress and mindless screeching.

Wish me luck...

What Did I See in the Sky?

A couple nights ago, I was on the patio looking up at the sky. To the west, I saw some lights: one bright white light with 3 smaller red ones in a row above it. They did not seem to be moving and the lights did not blink. They were about 30 to 40% of the distance from the horizon to the zenith.

I googled to see if it could have been the space station, but apparently it is one bright light and moves rather quickly across the sky. Is it possible to see a satellite with nothing more than eyes with glasses?

I Need Advice on a New Cell Phone

I have a Samsung and my carrier is T-Mobile. I hate them both more and more with each passing day.

The phone battery lasts 6 hours if I'm lucky. That's with no apps or anything else running.

The last straw: several people have tried to call me in the past 2 days and not a single one shows up on the call log. I checked voicemail and there were NINE messages without a single call in the log. A good friend had left 3 of them. Her husband died recently died and she has not been taking it well. I felt awful that I did not know she had been trying to reach me.

I need a new cell phone and a new carrier. All I need is to be able to make and get calls, text messaging, though a camera would be nice (but not absolutely necessary).

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Does Anyone Remember This Cartoon Show Ending?

When I watched cartoons as a kid (in the 60s), I loved one particular clip of closing credits. There was a black background and a parade of characters dancing along. At the end was a little guy at the end sweeping, then he would twitch his mustache.

Does anyone remember that? I have been looking on YouTube, but I haven't found it yet.

I would love to have a clip of it for a thread in GD. Thanks to everyone in advance!

100 Years Ago Today

The Bolsheviks slaughtered the Emperor and Empress of Russia and their children.


I really don't know how I feel about it.

I'm Recovering from the Flu

I don't think it was food poisoning because I hadn't eaten anything new or unusual in the 24 hour preceding. And I looked up the symptoms and they were a bit different.

I started getting chills and fever yesterday afternoon. That's very off because I usually run warm. I was upstairs, which is noticeably warmer than downstairs, but I had to put a blanket around me. I was very tired and slightly nauseated.

I went downstairs to watch TV and I slept some, watched some. I finally woke up around 11pm, sweatier than I have been in years, but not feverish. Yaayy! The fever was broken!

This morning, I'm feeling a bit weak and like a wrung out dishrag, but waay better than I was yesterday.

If there is something going around, good luck to everybody. The only good news is that the worst of it will last about a day.

Two Questions on the Trump Tower Security Videos

That I haven't seen discussed here.

1. Where did he get them? Building security videos aren't easily accessible by just anyone. Somebody had to send them to Avenatti.

2. What else does he have? This one may have been just a warning shot. I'm hoping that there's one with chumpy himself with another shadowy player with a damning timestamp.

Weird Weather Forecast

I went to weather.com to check the conditions today and something strange is going on.

It's partly in German.

The line where you can see hourly and for the next ten day forecasts reads
Heute Stündlich 5 Tage 10 Tage Wochenende Monatlich Karten


There's more:

There's a Lokale Pollenwarnung (pollen warning, as if I didn't know)

Today's gefülte is 58 degrees.

Jetzt conditions are Feuchte 59%, Taupunkt 44 degrees, Luftdruck 29.89 and rising, Sichweite 10.0 mi.

The Nächste 36 Stunden shows Today 68, Tonight 54, DO 80, DO Nacht 61, and FR 87 (these are obviously Fahrenheit temps, starting off in English then switching to German).

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Are they having fun with me because I refuse to turn off the adblocker?

Cute Penguins!

What happens when you tickle a penguin?

Turn the sound DOWN!!

This Is My First Time Seeing It

Let me add these wise words by Lawrence O'Donnell:

What did Liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican Party?
I'll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote.
Liberals got African Americans the right to vote.
Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty.
Liberals ended segregation.
Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act.
Liberals created Medicare.
Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act.

What did Conservatives do?
They opposed them on every one of those things, every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, "Liberal," as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won't work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.

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