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Old 05-27-2019, 05:57 PM   #8461
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Ah geez, that's a terrible disaster!

I mean...something that can at least be laughed about in a few months time, but still.
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Old 05-28-2019, 05:42 PM   #8462
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The hell was that...

I've been annoyed that the weather forecast keeps suggesting possible thunderstorms for days now and they never materialize. Now we FINALLY get one, and part of that system that has been really bad to some states... and yeah, I dunno what happened. Down bust, micro burst, straight line winds... whatever it was it was kinda scary and full of hail. Looking outside you'd have thought it was a hurricane; total white out.

We weren't sure if a tornado was trying to happen or what, but there was no "train" heard. But whatever it was it was angry and on the back side of a storm.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:21 PM   #8463
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Dear self who existed in May 28th... don't worry, you'll hear that train sound the next day.


So this "grind" is a day late, because we lost power yesterday that was not permanently restored until after 2am. (And since it had been in the upper 80s that made for a nice miserable, muggy night for everyone around here.)

Were it not just bad luck and coincidence, I'd have thought my area had pissed off Mother Nature. For a second day in a row we were, well, to put it bluntly, basically b*tch slapped by the weather. What little local damage there was nearby Tues. was probably at least tippled yesterday. (Largely tree damage.) It's oddly a relatively narrow area in which this happened... again.

I'm not sure what this one, yesterday, was though. Tuesday's I assume was a down burst or whatever. Maybe there was a similar wind and hail event yesterday, but... BUT.

The storm was starting to role in, but it was only lightly and we had not yet needed to shut all the windows. So my mom is leaning into one listening outside... and asks me if I can "hear that." Sounds like a train, just as they say tornadoes supposedly sound like. Like that rumble that keeps going, or a continuously running engine minus the mechanical tones.

I've seen a couple other mentions online of people noticing that sound. There doesn't seem to be any reports of damage to homes that were not tree related, but that train-like sound was unlike anything I've heard out of any storm before. Not even the hard wind and hail from the day before or any other high wind events I've witnessed in the past. An old guy from the fire dept. later that was blocking off the main road our road connects to, due to trees down on the road, suggested "wind shear" (or I assume straight line winds, etc) can sound like that... but this was very different than what I've ever witnesses from any other wind events, and when we were hearing it we were not even getting any kind of wind like that yet. It was like a continuous roar of something at a distance. Even the winds that roared through here when Isabel went by to the west years ago were not this kind of sound.

So, I don't know if it will ever be confirmed if there was a tornado, but it was kind of creepy. Accompanied by hail and flickering lights and loss of power... Someone my brother-in-law knows recorded video of something that could suspicious maybe resemble a tornado trying to exist... There is some odd rotation, but not sure.

Fortunately WE have been fine through both days and no damage and our trees are all in once piece. Only one in my own neighborhood that got hit bad was the guy two houses down at the end. Lost part of one on Tues. (that tree might be salvageable), but two other oldies really got trashed. Luckily the trunks stayed standing, as they may have otherwise ended upon the house) but a lot of the limbs came down... including on the house, but damage is minimal. And we never saw him yesterday because it turns out he's on vacation! Relatives of his just happen to come past today and were shocked and unsure how to go about letting him know... But I'm glad they showed up as we felt bad that we had no way to contact him, where ever he's at. At most, my brother-in-law put plastic over the one broken window for him. But losing some of the old trees on this road and esp right there at the entrance, that's going to look pretty sad.

And as I write this our third evening of storms rolls in... I hope it's NORMAL this time. That's all I wanted, just a normal storm, but now I don't even trust it anymore.



6/5 - What remained of the neighbor's trees, post-storm and post initial clean up on Fri., were taken down today. They've been there right at the entrance of our road for so long, it's going to take a long time to get used to that. Just looks sad. No doubt the sun will also kill off the ivy that's always been on that embankment.

Woman who lives there came to thank my brother-in-law for covering one of their windows that was broken when a lot of it came down on the house. Turns out they were in Florida, but seeing how they supposedly had a branch/limb go through their roof, straight through the attic, and through their living room ceiling, basically skewering the house...I'm glad they were not home after all. Yikes.

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Old 06-09-2019, 03:50 AM   #8464
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The right side of my laptop screen has a few big scratches in it from my kittens going amok.

It's mostly cosmetic - the touch screen still works in the scratched areas. But it still looks obnoxious. And will definitely damage my ability to get a good price on the laptop if I ever have the chance to sell it.


Speaking of kittens, I have a baby that's refusing to wean off the bottle; he's way too big for it now, but he hasn't gone off as well as my other kittens at his age.

At least all three little ones are starting to get onto some solid food, including him.
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:57 AM   #8465
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I'm looking at new AC adapters since my monitor's one craped out (apparently a common issue with Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q..?)

So on a Norwegian website, the ac adapter I have costs about $74.

So I looked for cheaper options and found a cheap Upright ac adapter for less then $10, but... With shipping, value added tax and customs handling it'll be more expensive then the one on the Norwegian website at $77...

Guess I'll have to look at the upside, I just ahve to wait 2 days instead of 2 weeks for a new adapter lol
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:16 PM   #8466
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Only a grind in that I know it's going to annoy me every time I forget my reusables until I get back into the habit of it... but note that Walmart is supposedly doing away with their plastic bags. Won't even have paper ones. There's nothing unless you take your own. So either keep some in the car or get used to taking a loose pile of goods to your car via cart.

My sympathy to those who often buy a full cart's worth and don't have any bags with them...
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:21 PM   #8467
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That's lame. the store I work in have recycled plastic bags, so they are more green then paper bags.

Buuut, thanks to couch activists who have a layman knowledge at best and think paper = good, now we have introduced paper bags. They cost more then plastic bags and are less eco-friendly, it's kinda funny seeing who buys them.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:25 PM   #8468
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Sheesh, I hope not. I don't have the reusable ones, and since I walk.... might have to bite the bullet and get a few.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:37 PM   #8469
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Yeah, I assume it may happen sooner in some places than others, depending on the amount of bags a store has left.

Mine still has some, but the last couple of times I did notice the amount in the self checkout is getting scarce, and the the time before that an employee was handing out bags to who needed them from a handful she had... Thought it was odd and maybe they were just short, but one of them told my mom today that they're doing away with them.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:41 PM   #8470
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Is that everywhere, though? Ours still seems to have plenty. I know certain states are looking to ban them, but ours isn't one of them, so.... (Yeah, Texas is far from the "greenest" state. In fact I recently saw an article about protesters of pipeline construction and frakking getting arrested. Totally UN-ecofriensly here!)
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:51 PM   #8471
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True, it could be state based. Supposedly our stores around here are expected to switch to paper by 2021, but that Walmart isn't even doing that... I dunno.



6/15 -- Handle strap came off the little bag I use for my work device... Put it back on this morning and wasn't entirely easy to get it popped back on so I thought it would be fine, but I guess I should have left it off as it now somehow disappeared at some point while working. Went and checked around both stores and the parking lots, but couldn't find it. Only the handle strap, but used it and I want it back, dammit.

The fact that it wasn't able to be spotted just laying somewhere around the areas where it could have come off makes me think someone or their damn kid swiped it. Which just jabs at an old scar from middle school and a little purse that vanished and never turned up and wondered then and all the years since what awful person my personal belongings ended up in the hands of...


Scratch that, I found it. After a third, and figured would-be pointless look in the car, but from the passenger side... Was deep down in a pretty good hiding spot.

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Old 06-18-2019, 04:46 PM   #8472
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No thanks to my kittens, my laptop has a long scratch down its screen. It doesn't do anything to hurt the touch screen, but it's really obnoxious looking.
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:22 PM   #8473
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Idiots who feel the need to comment on a fb post with nothing but hate-speech, false accusations, playing a victim card, and finger-pointing, when their entire argument rests on provably and objectively biased views. Had a "friend" basically show his true colors as a chauvanist and a moron today, on several fronts. I'm about ready to unfriend him, since he verbally face-slapped me by bringing up my daughter's adoption in a totally insulting way. Judgemental, asinine jerkoff....
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:53 PM   #8474
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Wow. If karma was real, well good luck to that jerk.


Why is my package in Ohio...? Shipped out of VA, only had rather short trip to make to DE and tracking shows it at a local facility this morning...and then almost 9 hours later is shows up in Ohio. Wtf.

I've had one in the past coming out of Jersey that skipped past and end up in the the Midwest then turn around and come back, but I've not had one that actually got here and leave again. Hm.


I want my wall decor fish, darn it. Look how cute this is. So many colors and patterns it was hard to choose, but the calico reminds me of a little one I had, sans telescope eyes.

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