Random thing you loathe right now.

Robear wrote:

Or, replace the battery in the mouse, or reposition the receiver (assuming wireless here lol).

Did that at first, no luck. Just changing the port seems to fix it. Such a strange problem as it takes months before it occurs again. Just changed the port again and the problem went away. Put it back to the old port and had it happen again.

Second loath is trying to wrangle a group for DnD via reddit. Decent response but a lot of people express interest and just disappear.

The entire college process. The way college need-based financial aid punishes middle-class families for making good financial decisions for the prior 15-20 years. The arbitrary nature of in-state vs. out-of-state tuition. Increasingly diminishing returns for a student's outstanding academic performance all throughout grade school. Requiring students to live on-campus as freshmen.

Basically all of it. College applications feel less like "how can we make a quality education affordable" and more like "how much of your money can we convince you to give us?"

Yeah, I'll be dealing with all of that next year, as my kid will be a high school junior. Really not looking forward to it.

As someone who works in higher ed at a state university: yea it is frakked up. Biggest issue I have seen is the damn number VPs we have who are getting paid way too much. The VPs make over twice as much as the next two levels below them combined.

Allergies! You know when you put a faucet into drip mode to keep the pipes from freezing overnight. That’s what my nose turns into. A steady and relentless dripping that never thickens up. Just keeps dripping salt water continuously. Allergy meds ....eventually.... start closing off the valve and slow the flow.

Random quirk, I was at the gym this morning doing a hard weights workout. No runny nose the whole time. It was clear and I could breathe! Now I just need to figure out how to stay in constant workout mode from morning to night.

Sounds like your home may be host to dust, pollen, animal dander, mold or something else that you’re allergic to. Worth a thought.

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My 12 year old cat has end stage osteosarcoma. Effin cat bone cancer. First cat my wife and I got together. Our first kid. Such a sweet cat and has put up with little kids so well.

Going to have to make the call and end her suffering soon. Lost over half her weight, her fur is suffering, and she can barely walk in the past month.

Gonna miss her, poor thing was such a Titan I'd never thought we'd loose her so soon.

I just needed somewhere to say it.

Boudreaux wrote:

. Basically all of it. College applications feel less like "how can we make a quality education affordable" and more like "how much of your money can we convince you to give us?"

Combine all this with a culture that says you HAVE to go to college if you want to make anything of yourself. It's pretty brilliant, if messed up.

Hobear wrote:

My 12 year old cat has end stage osteosarcoma. Effin cat bone cancer. First cat my wife and I got together. Our first kid. Such a sweet cat and has put up with little kids so well.

Going to have to make the call and end her suffering soon. Lost over half her weight, her fur is suffering, and she can barely walk in the past month.

Gonna miss her, poor thing was such a Titan I'd never thought we'd loose her so soon.

I just needed somewhere to say it.

Sorry to hear that Hobear

Maybe more of a annoyance. Amazon has this thing where you can pick the day you want something delivered. Half the stuff I ordered is coming on days I didn't pick. I would have thought if they couldn't make the day I picked they would push it the next week for the same day of the week. That seems to be the point of the program, to get your stuff on the same day each week. Getting stuff on random days defeats the purpose.

Food poisoning. While on a business trip. Had to skip work yesterday to get every last bit of hydration out of my system.

Thankfully, a very kind friend had a bunch of stuff delivered to my hotel room so I'd stop feeling like death, and could get rehydrated.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Maybe more of a annoyance. Amazon has this thing where you can pick the day you want something delivered. Half the stuff I ordered is coming on days I didn't pick. I would have thought if they couldn't make the day I picked they would push it the next week for the same day of the week. That seems to be the point of the program, to get your stuff on the same day each week. Getting stuff on random days defeats the purpose.

I have been very annoyed with Amazon's shipping lately. Specifically the Amazon branded shipping. I will opt out of one day shipping anytime I can because they are so bad. Took me over a week to get something with one day shipping because they messed up so bad once (didn't deliver on day 1 because no answer because I was at work, then delivered to wrong place day two so I had to request a refund and then reorder from a seller because that was the last one Amazon had in stock, and all this despite my apartment complex having a parcel center where stuff is supposed to be delivered). I discovered that there is a Amazon Locker on my way home so I have just been getting everything sent there lately.

Yeah the Amazon delivery contractors have been awful for us this year. They couldn't figure out how to use our apartment complex's delivery lockers, so lots of items just vanished. Coupled with all the stuff about Amazon's warehouses and general practices, I'm doing my best to not use Amazon this holiday season.

We've also had a terrible time with Amazon's deliveries - have yet to have anything arrive in one day. They're going with a gig-economy setup and have leased tons of vans that are the largest vehicle one can drive without a CDL. It's a mess for the transportation system, not to mention the labor issues and how much risk they shunt onto overworked contractors. I've also been minimizing what I buy there.

Hobear, much <3 to you. If it helps, the Post a Picture of Your Pet thread could be another place to celebrate your cat.

I don't want to say that I haven't had any issues with Amazon deliveries (because I don't want to curse it!) but for the pick a day of the week thing, they should at least just ask you if you want it delivered ASAP after that date or the same day the next week if they can't deliver it on the day you specified. I agree that just randomly delivering defeats the purpose. If I regularly used that feature, I would be *depending* on getting my packages on *that* day of the week since I wouldn't be available to get packages on the other days and they would just be sitting around on my doorstep for days on end.

Being sick but not sick enough not to go to work.

Toys 'R Us Canada's website. We have a $50.00 gift card and am looking at getting our daughter a Christmas present. Payment options are credit card only. Looking at the website details out how to pay with a gift card but it's all lies. Even the Gift Card Redemption button at the bottom just bounces back to the homepage.

Found out my brother and sister have been gaslighting me for at least 20 years to keep me away from my parents (one now dead, the other dying) and outright lying to me in the process. Further, they tried to drive a wedge between me and my parents in the process (which, thankfully, did not work). I knew we were not close, but I always figured I could trust them, because, you know, family. That, unfortunately, has to stop now, which is a bitter thing to learn about family.

I've gotten far in life by being trusting; it rarely fails. To have it fail like this is deep irony. Strangers treat me better than they have done.

They were raised better than this. I know, because I was there.

That's rough Robear.

Hobear wrote:

My 12 year old cat has end stage osteosarcoma. Effin cat bone cancer. First cat my wife and I got together. Our first kid. Such a sweet cat and has put up with little kids so well.

Going to have to make the call and end her suffering soon. Lost over half her weight, her fur is suffering, and she can barely walk in the past month.

Gonna miss her, poor thing was such a Titan I'd never thought we'd loose her so soon.

I just needed somewhere to say it.

I just lost my kitty earlier this year, so my heart totally goes out and feels for you all.

I too have known that feel in the recent past. It's hard and there's nothing to say to make it better. My heart goes out to you.

I would also re-iterate actualdragon's suggestion of the pet photo thread. It's a good place to share and celebrate the happy kitty memories.

Robear wrote:

Found out my brother and sister have been gaslighting me for at least 20 years to keep me away from my parents (one now dead, the other dying) and outright lying to me in the process. Further, they tried to drive a wedge between me and my parents in the process (which, thankfully, did not work). I knew we were not close, but I always figured I could trust them, because, you know, family. That, unfortunately, has to stop now, which is a bitter thing to learn about family.

I've gotten far in life by being trusting; it rarely fails. To have it fail like this is deep irony. Strangers treat me better than they have done.

They were raised better than this. I know, because I was there.

*HUGS*

I have lived long enough that I have worn out the knees I was born with. Time for both knees to be replaced. Left was done just before Thanksgiving. As I am a Physical Therapy Assistant by profession, my base attitude, is that I got this. I have a high pain tolerance. No, no I don't. I know what to expect, what to do and why it is important. I know about the pain and how to deal with it as a clinician. Sometimes one knee is unbearably painful and difficult and the other is easy. I am really hoping this one is the unbearably painful hard to move one. If it isn't, I am so f*ked.

My uncle just did both knees about 6 weeks ago. Saw him shuffling around a bit at Thanksgiving. You can do it.

Thanks everyone. I'll take to the thread to post some good photos.

Robear, sorry to hear!

Early last year I received a concussion at work hitting my head on a heavy metal mail box they have on the wall. We have been trying to convince them to move. For almost two years.

Today they finally moved it. But instead of moving it from the relatively low traffic area it was in, they moved it to a higher traffic area instead of over a small cabinet (i.e. an area with no foot traffic) like we wanted.

It only look an unrelated serious accident to get it moved. They are trying to eliminate potential workman compensation claims. Good job on them.

Acute, unrelenting, lower back pain, and the inability to get comfortable enough to get any kind of respite from it.

Also, arguing with my wife.

My life right now.

The last few weeks have been really overwhelming and I’m praying something gives.

To start with I hurt my back. Work has me tied up enough that I haven’t been able to treat that properly. My wife and I ended up joining a gym and swimming helped the pain to go away.

I was going along okay and then our cat, Sydney, stoped eating.

So I’ve missed more work, above and beyond the time I missed with back pain, because she’s been in and out of the vet and I’ve had to observe her.

My back still hurts. Still haven’t gotten that treated. There’s a better bed in the room with the foster kittens, but I don’t think I can sleep there without them waking me up.

Yesterday while taking the door down to separate Sydney from our other cat, in the hopes this would help her to eat, I dropped the door while getting it down from the ceiling.

As I dropped the door I caught it (it’s a fairy light composite door). In doing that, though, I injured my bicep and now when I bend my arm I get searing pain.

To make matters worse, because I’ve spent so much time attending to Sydney I haven’t gotten into the gym. Now my back is hurting again.

So I have a back injury, a bicep tendon strain or tear, our house is divided in 2 and I feed cats in 3 different places (counting the foster kittens).

Getting all the cats ready with these injuries takes a lot of time. I haven’t been able to make it to the doctor.

I don’t know how this gets better.

Now that I’ve vented. I would gladly take any advice on back pain. I’m not sure it’s worth its own thread.

It feels like it’s worse when I sit.

Do raises supports help at all? Raised toilet seats? This has been debilitating.

The only thing that has helped out my back, and I've just found this out in the last month or so, is working out.

A couple months ago for the first time in my life I started going to the YMCA and doing a half hour of treadmill followed by a half hour of various workout machines. I've been going at least every few days. And I have to say, it's done wonders for my lower back pain, even just from doing it this short amount of time. Strengthening all those muscles seems to make a difference, at least for me personally.