Random thing you loathe right now.

Greedflation killing off all my favorite local shops/restaurants. The last year in particular seems to have been brutal. There was one particularly surprising closure last month, the place had been there for almost 20 years, it was popular in a dense but walkable neighborhood and had gotten national attention- if they couldn’t survive the corporate parasites gnawing at the bones of the country I can’t imagine any local business is safe.

Mixolyde wrote:
whispa wrote:

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End of year school activities that are all bunched up and could be avoided by spreading it out earlier.

Same, how many "graduations" and performances and brunches and going away parties do we need for 3 and 6 year olds? *sigh*

Yep. Take my son for e xample, he has two concerts in one day. One during school day, one after school. Why not combine it or spread it out etc. Ugh..

whispa wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:
whispa wrote:

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End of year school activities that are all bunched up and could be avoided by spreading it out earlier.

Same, how many "graduations" and performances and brunches and going away parties do we need for 3 and 6 year olds? *sigh*

Yep. Take my son for e xample, he has two concerts in one day. One during school day, one after school. Why not combine it or spread it out etc. Ugh..

At my kids' school the concert held during the school day is just for the other classes to go to. The one held after school is the one for family to attend.

ruhk wrote:

Greedflation killing off all my favorite local shops/restaurants. The last year in particular seems to have been brutal. There was one particularly surprising closure last month, the place had been there for almost 20 years, it was popular in a dense but walkable neighborhood and had gotten national attention- if they couldn’t survive the corporate parasites gnawing at the bones of the country I can’t imagine any local business is safe.

My local area is suffering severely. Its a quasi-urban area, the places are extremely well frequented, and they're closing left and right. It's kind of apocalyptic. Every month is another place that's been open 10-20 years closing. Tonight I went to a place closing at 19 years, paid $100 for 2 entrees and 3 beers and a good tip. Felt bad for a lot of reasons

I had to use a sublingual nitroglycerine pill today after having persistent chest pain.

I was about halfway through a cup of coffee and started having chest pain. The nitro pill did the trick inside five minutes like it's supposed to. But I was thinking I shouldn't have to be using these since I have stents keeping my coronary arteries open.

Spoke with my cardiologist and he said not to worry about it at all. Earlier this year they stented two partially blocked arteries, and another was fully blocked. They couldn't do anything about the fully blocked one, but it's okay, because coronary arteries have this self-repair mechanism where smaller arteries will grow around a blockage to keep the blood going to the heart. That can take a long time, though, sometimes years. The doc said he expected me to have occasional symptoms, but not to worry about them because they took care of all the problems revealed by diagnostics.

For all I know it was excess acid in my esophagus from drinking the coffee. At any rate, the nitro pill worked a treat, and the doctor told me not to worry, so now I'm not worried!

Dude, it's like the cancer stuff. Trust your doc. They see this all the time. For them, it's just Thursday. Keep the pills handy and imagine the arteries growing around the blockage. That's two protective systems right there.

And I'm not sure what he told you about caffeine, but me, I'd follow his advice.

Since the procedure he has said repeatedly I have no restrictions on activity and only common sense restrictions on diet. Like... no fatty or cholesteroly foods.

He specifically said that I could go out and run a marathon if I wanted, so I'm pretty sure caffeine is not a big deal.

And maybe lay off caffeine though? I think some systems are just sensitive to it, or become sensitive to it, try it at least. I was a '2 cups of black tea a day' guy up until year 43 when my heart started doing some irregular beating. Doc says it's not harmful, just scary. Cool so I'll just lay off. Laying off caffeine (entirely) has 100% corrected the scary irregular beating. I tried eliminating everything else, alcohol, sugar, fat, no exercise, high exercise, it was caffeine.

If that's not you, cool great, but I was surprised my doc never mentioned it. I talked to a friend and started to broach the symptoms and he was like 'it was caffeine right?' which was so annoying, his doc clued right in on it and mine didnt.

I get the 'this irregular heartbeat is harmless, even if a little alarming' but if my cardiovascular system was under any other stress and I was pouring caffeine on top (to no benefit as I've discovered) I'd see no reason to keep abusing it. (meanwhile I keep drinking cuz that seems fine )

As I've taken to saying as I age: "Bodies are f*ckin weird man" They're super-complex systems.

Lifelong heart condition haver here. Been seeing a cardiologist annually my whole life.

He certainly advises keeping caffeine intake moderate, BUT one person's heart condition isn't equivalent to another's.

The goal of that advice FOR ME is to help keep my blood pressure low. I take meds for high blood pressure and my specific incarnation of heart problems means that high blood pressure is A Bad Thing for my heart. That may not follow for Ken, who might not have high blood pressure AND a blood pressure-sensitive heart condition, thus doesn't need to watch his caffeine intake.

Normally I don't drink anything but water. However, recently I've had a persistent digestive system problem, and caffeine helps immensely.

My blood pressure is well controlled (but... 3 different meds!). In fact recently did a checkin with the cardiologist to review my blood pressure log, and he is very happy with the result.

The most annoying health issue I'm dealing with right now is weight. I have dropped 50 pounds over a period of years, but my body seems to be stuck at 240, which is still about 50 pounds more than I'd like. The weight I've already lost pretty much did away with blood sugar issues I was having. If I could lose 50 more, it'd be much better for my general health and my cardiovascular health specifically.

According to the cardiologist and my PCP, at my age exercise isn't as effective as diet for weight control. I've become a fresh produce eating mofo, though, and the weight stubbornly refuses to budge. I'm sure eventually it'll happen. At some point I will reach a threshold where my metabolism gets the message again. Same thing happened when I started losing the first 50. As soon as the endocrine system got the message, the weight just melted away without a lot of effort.

Slow and steady wins.

BadKen wrote:

According to the cardiologist and my PCP, at my age exercise isn't as effective as diet for weight control.

Good work on the weight-loss Ken! You're bang-on that it's a long game, you just gotta keep plugging away at it.

With respect to the above quote, that is very true at any age, albeit more so as we get older. Diet is a much, much longer lever to control weight than exercise is. Exercise gets you fit. Diet gets you lean.

Diet controls 100% of the calories that go in. Exercise controls, at best (like an hour+ of intense exercise every day), 30-40% of the calories that go out.

Noom is good for working on weight loss without dieting or driving yourself crazy.

Know what else burns the calories?

Thinking.

Brain activity makes up about 20% of the body's energy needs, and that can be raised with intense brain-exercising activity. In fact, it's about as energy intensive as moderate weight training!

And since the brain burns more calories while sleeping than while awake and idle, sleeping all day should be a great way to burn that weight!

(Hoping for that to show up in a Google search results AI summary...)

BadKen wrote:

Know what else burns the calories?

Thinking.

Brain activity makes up about 20% of the body's energy needs, and that can be raised with intense brain-exercising activity. In fact, it's about as energy intensive as moderate weight training!

And since the brain burns more calories while sleeping than while awake and idle, sleeping all day should be a great way to burn that weight!

(Hoping for that to show up in a Google search results AI summary...)

Someone needs to figure out how to exercise while sleeping... would save so much time! #sleepercizing

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Someone needs to figure out how to exercise while sleeping... would save so much time! #sleepercizing

Have you watched Severance, Mao? Because I think you're proposing something like that, a gym-innie.

Jonman wrote:
Chairman_Mao wrote:

Someone needs to figure out how to exercise while sleeping... would save so much time! #sleepercizing

Have you watched Severance, Mao? Because I think you're proposing something like that, a gym-innie.

yes! What a great show. And terrifying.

My family never says good morning or good night, and when my wife or son come home, I used to go say hello and try to kiss my wife or talk to my son. This to them is crowding them or attacking them when they walk in the door and they need time to decompress. I didn't see welcoming people home as being rude or whatever, but whatever. It's a battle I can't win. I've even tried to talk to them about it but it's the same thing, I'm crowding them or attacking them. Aside from this the first thing I hear isn't "hello" it's pointing out something I did wrong or didn't do at all. Ehh I guess that's married life.

Here’s how I pictured your situation in my mind: your wife or son spent the day acting on the requests of others, not necessarily completely in control of what they could do. Or maybe they were in situations where they had to hold back any replies or disagreement with what was going on. When they get home, they are in an environment where they can exercise more control over what they say or do, so they do that by asking (or even demanding) some mental or physical space for themselves.

Or I could be completely off base. Just what popped into my head after reading.

BadKen wrote:

Know what else burns the calories?

Thinking.

Damn, so that's my problem.

Honestly I kind of get that MaxShrek, sometimes i get home flustered after a hard day and the kid is in my face and the wife is asking what were having for dinner and I'm like "Jesus Christ at least give me 5 minutes to unpack my bag first".

Believe your family when they tell you it's crowding them and it's unpleasant. That's not a knock on you, we're all different and respond to stimuli differently. Look at it as them giving you information you could use to be a better parent and partner.

Similarly, gently let your wife know that being greeted with a list your wrongdoings makes you feel attacked instead of welcomed, isn't it weird/funny/delightful how different people are, and it seems you've all been doing "welcome home" in incompatible ways.

Jonman wrote:

Honestly I kind of get that MaxShrek, sometimes i get home flustered after a hard day and the kid is in my face and the wife is asking what were having for dinner and I'm like "Jesus give me 5 minutes to unpack my bag first"

I work overnights, so it's tough, especially balancing family activities and work. I don't mind if it's a hard day, but saying hello when people get home or when I get home seems natural.

So compromise. Let them know that you'd like a "hello" when you get home before anything else, and when they get home, you let them come to you for a hello when they're ready.

Our home gym is really showing its age. One of its welds failed last August. I got my brother-in-law to reweld it. Then a support bar was splitting due to metal fatigue. Another weld this past weekend. I got to use it twice and a whole other weld failed. It happened to be the weld holding up the seat I was sitting on.

Maybe it's a sign I should learn how to weld?

No it's a sign you need to replace it before it breaks under load and dumps weights on you.

I've often had the irrational fear that the thing would impale me in some kind of Final Destination-ish catastrophic failure.

Instead it just sent me crashing to the floor on my ass.

As a fanatical kettlebell aficionado, I had to work really hard not to say "it's a sign you need to scrap the whole thing and buy a couple kettlebells instead".

A neighborhood dog has been terrorizing my kid.

The dog isn't aggressive, but it's aggressively friendly, and is a bigass pitbull that weighs twice what my daughter does. It roams the neighborhood, no collar.

Those morning was the third time it's terrified her on the 3 block walk to the school bus. Heard her screams from one street over.

We got it in the car and took it to the pound. The owners should be thankful I didn't take a f*cking shovel to it's head. Or more rightfully, theirs.

Hey, look, it's an awesome new Windows feature with absolutely zero drawbacks!

BadKen wrote:

Hey, look, it's an awesome new Windows feature with absolutely zero drawbacks!

What an awful idea.

Dumb thing I learned today: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones formally split up in '22 over singer Dicky Barrett spreading antivax conspiracy theories, and since then he's formed some kind of dickhead supergroup with guys who were kicked out of other punk bands for similar reasons (e.g. Offspring and Smashmouth).