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Susan Calvin

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Question regarding home gyms.

I'm considering buying a strength training one to save the time going back and forth to the gym, having discovered that there are some things I will do at home, like Zoom classes with a good instructor, and I think doing strength training with a machine may be another thing that I might be able to bring myself to do at home. (I already know cardio equipment at home is a no-go - I just won't use it. Won't use individual strength training equipment either, except with a live class, but I think I might use a machine.)

From the research I've done so far, Bowflex doesn't look like a good idea. So it's between one with a weight stack and Total Gym. I'm interested in opinions, if you would be so kind, as to which one someone who will go through the machines on the 30 minute circuit at the gym would be most likely to use, and which one is the easiest to switch between exercises, as convenience is another thing that might cause me to be more likely to use it.

Any recommendations on brands and models also appreciated. I'm hoping to keep it in the hundreds rather than the thousands as far as cost, since I think I would use it but cannot be sure until the thing is sitting there.


Save the Texas Observer.


They blew past their 100,000 goal last night and raised it to $200,000. The GoFundMe also has a lengthy explanation of what went on, which is basically the board pulled the plug with no notice and no discussion, effective virtually immediately. I would sure like to know more about that decision. Which might still be reversed, and raising a whole bunch of money can't hurt.


Previous discussion.

I just got put on this thing with my cardiologist, with a great big blurb about how great it is. I have been searching for more negative information on it than was in the post above, but all I've been able to find is various organizations touting how great it is. Has anybody else found any critical articles about it?

Samsung A51 issue.

Samsung's latest update removed my Google keyboard and voice recognition and substituted its own. Its own stinks and I can't get Google back. I've tried every setting known to man and every search known to man and have had no luck so far. I get no choice on the keyboard and voice input. It is Samsung or nothing. I can't believe the Google isn't still lurking there somewhere, but I cannot find it.

I don't pay that much attention to football, so I did not know this.

The NFL was not going to stop the game. I would say unbelievable, but I totally believe this disgusting fact.


Question regarding Ooma, and other components.

Things were starting to disconnect from time to time with my old modem and router, so I replaced it with a Motorola All In one. The phone seems to disconnect less than it did before, and usually turning the Wi-Fi off and on on the phone will fix it, so that is an improvement. The Kindle Paperwhite disconnects sometimes, but usually restarting the modem router fixes it. My real trouble is with my Ooma Telo and or Wi-Fi to ethernet converter that worked fine for years and years and years. It wants to disconnect frequently, and sometimes it seems I have to restart both the phone gear and the modem router. Other times just restarting one thing will fix it. I thought I had it narrowed down to the firewall and turning it up too high, but now it's back to the default and I still have this issue. There are so many things involved I don't know what to do. Like I could buy a new Ooma and or a new Wi-Fi to ethernet converter, but what if that doesn't fix it? And no, I cannot connect it directly to the modem / router, because the place where the phone base unit hangs on the wall is too far to run an ethernet cable.

Heck, it could also be comcast. Thanks in advance.

Look what's coming into the public domain on New Year's day!


Everybody's gotta have a job, sir.

Posted by Susan Calvin | Sun Jun 5, 2022, 12:30 PM (0 replies)

Just when you thought it couldn't get more disgusting.


"Following Tuesday's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, spread a false and transphobic claim that the suspected shooter was a "transsexual leftist illegal alien."

Gosar tweeted the claim even though authorities had already identified the shooter as an 18-year-old male resident of Uvalde, where the shooting occurred.

As of Tuesday evening, the GOP representative had not commented on his tweet, which was deleted about two hours after being published."

When you put a non-disparagement agreement in the contract,

It's reasonable to assume things are going on that need disparaging.


"Seven months after teachers at the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake went public with their concerns about an administrator’s advice to balance books on the Holocaust with titles that show “opposing” perspectives, district employees this week discovered that a new clause had been added to their annual employment contracts, listed under the heading: “Non-Disparagement.”

“You agree to not disparage, criticize, or defame the District, and its employees or officials, to the media,” it read."
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