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commented on Cathy
1 day ago
I have never spent $9 on a wallet or $15 on perfume for anyone. Too expensive for those items. Never spent $2100 (not even $1500) on a computer system and we have had a top of the line one since the 1980’s. No gyms. No TV’s over $700 (and that was in 1979 for a console, no more than $300 now). Sound system? My first speaker was made made from my dad’s old shirt. Never more than $200 for a sound system and that was for husband, not me.
Prices are way too high in this comic, even for then. Now, slippers, I prefer the $5 fuzzy ones, but bought a pair for $30 – Woolrich. Lasted 5 years. Bought another pair to replace. Lasted 5 years, can no longer find. My good shoes are less than $30, so they were some slippers.
commented on Jump Start
1 day ago
Last December husband had a bad cold and we were stuck in the house a week. He was feeling better and I suggested dinner out. We live on a 4 lane road. He pulled out of driveway and we were, literally, in front of the house next door in the left lane waiting to make a left turn. Our side of the road had no one on it but us. The other side had traffic and we had to wait several (at least 5) minutes to turn. Suddenly husband swore and as I turned to ask what he forgot at home, the car was hit so hard in the rear that the thought “This is it” went through my head.
The back of the car was completely gone. My eyeglasses were missing. My cell phone had been in my hand (I had checked an appointment on it and put it back into the case before we left and was holding it to put in my pocket when we got out) and was gone. After checking with each other that we felt okay, the ONstar came on and we gave the information about the accident. Husband had somehow managed to pull towards the side of the road after we were hit (with right rear wheel gone).
The other guy got out of his car so he was okay. He was young. He kept repeating that he never saw us (road well lit and straight). People came and one asked him if he was on his cell phone, his answer was “I have bluetooth”, not a no. We never got to dinner and dealt with the police for 2 hours. Officer said that since our stories agreed there was no problem.
Car, a day short of 6 months old, was totaled. I finally found my eyeglasses in the armrest of the back seat the next day, luckily undamaged and my cell phone was found on the left side of the dashboard. We each had an ache in the back of one leg, but were okay.
When we got the police paperwork a week later (luckily we had another car to use to go get it, they will not mail it) it said the cause of the accident was “following too closely” The road has a 40 mph, if it took him at least 4 minutes to hit us he was not “following too closely”. We are guessing that he was doing 60 mph, not uncommon on this street as there is light traffic and hit us at full force as he never braked. I called Police Dept and they cannot change the report, so I sent the error to our insurance co. (While our ins co was handling everything I had expected a call or letter from his for courtesy.)
A few months pass, we have bought a replacement car and now have a bigger car loan. We take our other car in for service and are talking to the mechanic/owner. He knows the guy who hit us, guess what – HE WAS TEXTING. We almost died. Our entire Christmas season was ruined with dealing with everything. Husband was not sure in January if his pain was from the car accident or something else, and he was texting and went off on his merry way with a new car lease. And the accident is not even listed as caused by texting!!!!!
commented on Stone Soup
1 day ago
1 – If I were Joan my better idea would be not to put the lights up , but DH would refuse to listen.
2 – I am Jewish, DH is Catholic. One should not treat Chanukah as “Jewish Christmas”. They are two separate holidays. Menorah for Chanukah. Tree and lights for Christmas. Chanukah bushes are sacreligous and should not be done. Do you have Easter eggs on your sedar plate?
commented on The Buckets
9 days ago
Join AAA, then you get free maps.
GPS vary in how good they are by manufacturer. We had one that would route us up roads then tell us to make a U turn and then go through parking lots of malls. We got a different one from another co and it did not do that, it does however when we are heading north on the street we live on, tell us to make a left turn at a specific corner, then make a right on a parallel road, then a right turn back to our street, left turn on our street to continue in the same direction we were going – we ignore it. Got a second one from the first co included with a vehicle – does the same as the first one.
Husband has learned that a wife is better than a GPS (and also a spellchecker, but that is another story).
commented on Cathy
9 days ago
Never bought for friends nor they for me (us). That would be expensive and stupid and just result in more junk in the house. Nothing ever said, just never did. Husband used to have give secretaries in office, but it always seemed stupid as does anyone want a random item that 7 other women are getting also?
Managed to get one sister and her husband to agree not to trade gifts. Mom was in financial straits a few years back and got other sister to agree to give/spend what we would give each other (and husbands) to mom and not accept gifts from mom. Sister & h apparently broke pact and accept gifts from mom. Mom refused my gifts if I won’t take from her so no gifts there. Send niece and nephews checks – in their 20’s. Husband’s sister and her husband and us exchange checks – stupidest idea I ever heard of. We buy for their 2 girls as they are young. These nieces get so many gifts that most are never used (one year s-i-l gave the one they had then 64 gifts just from “Santa”), their gifts are literally tossed onto a pile in a spare room and they have no idea what they have and stuff has never been opened.
I decided years ago gift giving was stupid. I would buy my sister a sweater at Sears with the gift card from what she bought me the year before, and vice versa and I was never sure if I was buying her the same sweater as the year before or not. Husband and I will buy something if we see if during the year and hold it to get as a gift – I have gone 5 years with no birthday, anniversary, Xmas (or other) gifts as there is nothing to get.
commented on Adam@Home
9 days ago
Husband and I have a business making and selling handcrafted gifts. Unfortunately in this area handcrafted is looked at as inferior to manufactured items. “Craft shows” are mostly manufactured items. We were at show where husband was selling (among other items) leather belts – he bought the hides, cut the belts, hand stamped the designs $20, including almost 9% sales tax – next to other someone had belts from Mexico $9, think we sold much? We started doing craft shows in 1986. We were down to 1 show a year and that was mostly sentimental, not sales, when we stopped 4 years ago. People are only interested in mass produced items. The only items that still sell of ours are items made for 18th century reenactors that we sell online and through a “sutler” who sells this sort of item at reenactments.
Local businesses – car repair, hair/nail salons, EXPENSIVE ladies dresses, jewelry, card stores – mostly owned by people who do not live here, but in FL and have managers, so they are not locally owned. Of the actual stores (as opposed to services) high prices, no service, no returns. When Walmart opened in the area I felt sorry for the bike shop next to it – 15 years later bike shop still there (but this is an hour from us). Only business that has closed in the 2 counties due to Walmart is Kmart. There were no local businesses before WM/KM came. Kmart took over location of “local” store of a chain that had closed way before it came.
commented on Arlo and Janis
23 days ago
Never had a phone go bad at the end of the 2 year contract. Kept my Centro for 4 years. Husband needed to upgrade for work to a smartphone and we had to leave that plan as any change would more than double the price. Pay less now for 2 separate pay as you go plans (he managed to find a new 4 yr old Centro for me for new plan).
We have kept our landline and spend much time arguing with Verizon to leave it as it is – copper wire. No electricity needed. Hurricane Sandy knocked out the cell towers and cell phones did not work. Trusty landline still worked despite the lack of electricity, so we were able to call and report same. It is well worth $27 a month to have a phone line that always works. We make calls on my cell (his has limited minutes) and give out our home number for others to call us.
commented on Ben
about 1 month ago
Happens to celebrities too. Many years ago there was a comedy duo called Bob and Ray. They wrote a book. Husband and I went to local Bloomingdales for their book signing. We were the only ones there and spent a great deal of time with them.
One of the things they did was the first stereo TV. They made arrangements with 2 local TV stations. One needed 2 TVs set up a set distance apart with each tuned to a specific station. They would, say throw something from the station on the left TV to something on the right TV. It was very creative and they were very deadpan funny. They were rather popular so we were surprised to be the only ones there.
Bob is the actor Chris Elliot’s dad.
commented on Drabble
about 1 month ago
Husband needed to get a smartphone as he has to be able to access Internet all the time to check for work messages or he will be dropped. To do this and not go broke we had to change companies. He went out and found the same phone as I had, 4 years old, online and bought it and bought a sim card so I could keep the same kind of phone.
Sister in law’s sister in law uses a large tablet for her phone, dumbest thing I have ever seen. It rings and she has opens this huge purse and takes it out, folds cover over and holds this (relatively) huge thing and talks at it to take the call. It is like a comedy routine.
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