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General Discussion / Re: What's your weather?
« Last post by paultuttle on Today at 10:09:09 AM »
Cool and breezy. The heat's been on all day for the first time this year.
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General Discussion / Re: The Venting Thread
« Last post by paultuttle on Today at 10:07:52 AM »
As my Foot Fiasco has finally gotten resolved (still some soreness and middle of the night cramps, but overall, pretty much done), ALHS seems to have torn a tendon in his foot.  After a cortisone shot and brace and boot, our podiatrist ordered an MRI.

I was aggravated beyond words when the order was placed on a Thursday and ALHS got his test scheduled the next morning, to be done yesterday at 8 a.m.  (after it took me literally 4 months before Cigna would approve my MRI). He even asked the woman in scheduling if Cigna approved it--yes, they had, that same day it was scheduled.

You can probably see where this is going . . . .

In Monday's mail, ALHS received a letter from Cigna, saying they had reviewed the case and would NOT, in fact, pay for the MRI.

Good thing he got the letter in time to cancel the test, lest we be on the hook for the cost.  Now he's working with the doctor's office to battle Cigna. . . . just like I had to do all spring.

And I'm paying nearly $500/month out of pocket for my Cigna premiums (and the college is paying over $900 for both of us) WHY, again?

SIGH. I'm glad to have insurance, but I'm so tired of having to fight them for every blessed penny they pay out. And people wonder why people go into bankruptcy from medical bills, even when they have insurance?  I'm happy to answer that one.

Damn. So, they approved it and then changed their minds? Health insurance is such a scam. It's ridiculous that some people have to worry about whether they can afford to be sick.

Universal. Healthcare. Now.

My vent: I want to test the idea that a large group of politicians all talking at once could blow typhoons and hurricanes off course. Unfortunately, it might cost too much to be viable, given some people's inflated (you see what I did there?) conceptualization of their labor's value. :sad trombone:
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General Discussion / Re: Comeback when stranger calls you "dear"?
« Last post by Kron3007 on Today at 09:50:24 AM »

Obviously there are social roles and etiquette, but norms change over time and by region and your preferences do not determine what those are or make other standards wrong.  Expecting the next generation to use the titles you may have grown up with is ridiculous. 

Ironically, when I moved South, they were both more formal and more familiar at the same time.  I would either get called sir or dear/honey/etc , not much middle ground.  Instead of being offended, I adopted the local standards as best I could. 

I have also been placed where they called me dude, or man.  No offense was meant, just a familiar term that was typical for the time/place.  Taking offense to this type of thing will only make you bitter.

That being said, there is context and I recognize that it can be condescending, so for the OP I understand with the issue. However, most medical clinics I have been to recently have used first names.  This is just the new normal.

I agree that taking offense is not helpful. But it doesn't require you to respond in kind. (I'm not going to call a student "dude" because they addressed me that way. I'm not starting an email with "Hey!" and so on.)

I have yet to have a student call me dude, but that would be pretty awesome and I may indeed respond in kind.     

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We purchased a Bissell crosswave about a year ago. I am disorganized but I like to keep things clean and I thought my regular mopping was doing a decent job. The first time I ran the crosswave on our downstairs floor I pulled up an embarrassing amount of filth. It's been a great buy, I can clean the floors so much faster and better.
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General Discussion / Re: Deciding Something is a Hate Crime
« Last post by Wahoo Redux on Today at 08:24:56 AM »
appear not to understand how they would be seen as waging war.

Pot meet kettle, Mahag.

Or, conversely, the Right feels victimized and complains bitterly whenever someone points out how irrational, volatile, and sectarian it has become.

NBC: Man Accused of Punching 67 Year Old Asian Woman Please Guilty to Hate Crime
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ab_grp on Today at 08:17:11 AM »
Good morning!

I did get the pangrams and to genius this morning.  Yesterday we almost had team QB, but we needed help with loblolly, which I agree is definitely an aaargh.  I also missed abbacy (again! third time?!), nylon, ballboy, banally.

I felt like I was so close to a 2fer yesterday but got nothin'.  Congrats on all your different solutions! And on another today, cathwen!

Happy solving!
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by cathwen on Today at 07:58:08 AM »
Good morning!

QB yesterday with a one-letter hint to get nylon.  Today I have both pangrams and am above genius. 

LB:  I first had authenticates-sexor, which I did not think was a word.  Later I found exotica-authenticators.  I found a quick 2fer today.

Happy puzzling!

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General Discussion / Re: Comeback when stranger calls you "dear"?
« Last post by marshwiggle on Today at 06:59:07 AM »

Obviously there are social roles and etiquette, but norms change over time and by region and your preferences do not determine what those are or make other standards wrong.  Expecting the next generation to use the titles you may have grown up with is ridiculous. 

Ironically, when I moved South, they were both more formal and more familiar at the same time.  I would either get called sir or dear/honey/etc , not much middle ground.  Instead of being offended, I adopted the local standards as best I could. 

I have also been placed where they called me dude, or man.  No offense was meant, just a familiar term that was typical for the time/place.  Taking offense to this type of thing will only make you bitter.

That being said, there is context and I recognize that it can be condescending, so for the OP I understand with the issue. However, most medical clinics I have been to recently have used first names.  This is just the new normal.

I agree that taking offense is not helpful. But it doesn't require you to respond in kind. (I'm not going to call a student "dude" because they addressed me that way. I'm not starting an email with "Hey!" and so on.)
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by Langue_doc on Today at 06:45:43 AM »
Good morning!

Two pangrams and above genius. Missed loblolly yesterday--aaargh!

neurotoxic/chaos

Happy solving!
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General Discussion / Re: NYT Spelling Bee
« Last post by ciao_yall on Today at 06:39:42 AM »
QB, needed a hint for banyan.

LB intoxicates-struth which yes, is a word! Other attempts included exotic-chanceurs which I guess is French so it didn't take. And 2fer b4ss houri-intoxicates, cruxes-stanchion, thane-excursion, raunchiest-toxin.

Happy solving!
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