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  1. I wore something similar, made by a company called Zio. It monitors your heart rate and looks for arrhythmias. If you only have to wear it for 24 hours, rejoice. I wore mine for two weeks, by the end of which my skin was going nuts from the adhesive, and I wanted to chew off my left pec.
  2. SAD: Snow Ain’t Depressing. Yeah. Summers are bad for me, too. There’s too much light and I can’t sleep, and in very short order that turns into a mixed episode, and then into depression. Typically July is the worst month for me. Bleak and wrung-out and alone. It’ll pass. Eventually.
  3. Hey, guess what? We care. We don’t allow misogyny, or people being, in general, fucking pricks. You’ve set off my prick-o-meter. If this is your attitude towards women, I bet they can’t stand being around you, either. This is your only warning. Can it with that shit, or you’re getting banned. Gearhead (admin)
  4. I worked as a jeweler for six years. If crystals and/or gemstones had any medicinal properties, jewelers would be the healthiest, most well-balanced people on the planet. Let me assure that they are not.
  5. Have you tried going for a walk? Maybe doing yoga?
  6. I’m sitting in The Comfy Chair in my back yard. It’s cool enough that I might want to put on some socks. This time last week it was so hot there were heat advisories. I kept the dogs in because I was worried about their health.
  7. Turns out I am strong enough to make Hugo get in the bathtub, but not strong enough to make him stay there.

    1. jarn


      Oh yes, dog bathtime...I do it on my own sometimes, but it's really a two person job!

  8. I don’t mean to say that everyone shouldn’t get vaccinated. It’s our best protection, short-term and long term.
  9. By all means, get vaccinated. It’s the best way to deal with uncertainty about who else may be vaccinated, or not. It’s the best way to prevent mutations. It protects people who can’t get the vaccine.
  10. As I’ve heard it explained, the WHO is looking at the problem globally, whereas the CDC is only thinking about the U.S. The WHO is looking at the planet as if it’s one entity, and saying “Given the overall low vaccination rate of the population (the human race), we think it’s smart to keep masking.” The CDC is only looking at the U.S., and they’re concluding that enough people have been vaccinated that it’s ok to go unmasked. Here’s a handy graphic: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/world/covid-vaccinations-tracker.html I have no remaining faith in the CDC, and will continue masking indefinitely.
  11. Well. Dang. Whether you want to abandon him at this point or not, I hope you can read back over your post and see exactly how much grief he’s causing you. He hasn’t got the right to tell you how to do your job, or to snap at you when you do it to the best of your ability. He hasn’t got the right to dictate what you talk about on the phone, or with whom. Going off a med because you can’t afford it is a special kind of hellish. Have you tried https://www.goodrx.com ? Maybe they can help you.
  12. I have no phobias, but I have so many issues with the smells, textures, flavors, and sometimes the mere idea of foods that I might be able to fool a casual observer.
  13. Yup, that was the intent. But sometimes punctuation can save lives. One colon and that sentence could go from macabre to merely awkward.
  14. To me it’s like a combination of interpretive dance and and sibling rivalry gone vigorously awry.
  15. The other night I was watching rugby with a friend (it was three a.m. Drinks had been had) and one of the announcers yelled “What the fuck?!” and it was the best sports commentary ever. Rugby is the only sport I will watch, full stop; and if you try to explain the rules to me I will physically prevent you from doing so. Don’t you dare spoil this for me.
  16. I only had three, both uppers and left lower. They came in when I was in my early twenties and I lived with them until…how old was I? I think I was thirty six. My jaw is small, and I bit myself constantly on the left side because I had too much tooth. Then the dentist who removed them had apparently never heard of TMJ, and he dislocated my jaw so badly I couldn’t eat solid food for a month. This is how I know that it is in fact possible to get sick of mashed potatoes and pudding.
  17. Hello, @MICHAEL 7. Welcome to CB. Your post is interesting, but the format is hard to read. A wall of text like that isn’t easy to follow. Could you edit so that there are paragraph breaks? Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Gearhead (admin)
  18. I love the masks. They free me from having to pay attention to and censor what my expression is doing. I’m considering how long I want to wear them, in what circumstances, etc. Congratulations on getting your first dose. May I suggest that you get it on your non-dominant side? Bugger can hurt.
  19. Don’t wear white if you’re planning to eat spaghetti.
  20. When I was ~10, my paternal grandmother and my dog died within days of each other. I was mortified, in the following days, to realize that I missed the dog more. It wasn’t because I hadn’t loved my grandmother-I did, very much. But we’d had that dog since I was 18 months old. I couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t a daily presence in my life. My little brother learned how to stand up by pulling himself up the dog’s leg and holding on to handfuls of his fur (dog was a saint before he died…). We share parts of ourselves with our pets that other people never see, and when they die, some of us goes with them. I am sorry for your loss.
  21. I’m not happy about this. There’s no way to prove who’s vaccinated and who isn’t. People are going to lie about their status. We were out shopping today and my husband saw a woman wearing a mask that said “This mask is as useless as my Governor.” Does she seem trustworthy? Does she maybe seem like someone who’d doff her mask at the first chance, whether she’d been vaccinated or not, because she’s an imbecile and has no regard for the lives of others? I think that it’s moronic to lift the ban until enough of the population has been vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. I’m including the under-18s in that. I had Covid last August and it has ripped my life apart. I’m terrified of the prospect of getting it again. Terrified, and I do not scare easily. Fewer masks and fewer precautions means more chances for the virus to mutate. We don’t know if the vaccines will protect us from mutations. I do not know what having Covid again would do to me, but I’ll tell you up front that permanent damage to my sense of smell would be ample reason for me to give serious consideration as to whether I still want to live. I can’t let go of the fear of what could happen to my loved ones. It’s been slowly dawning on me that I may have brand new trauma issues around Covid that will need to be worked on.
  22. Bean, bean, bean and a half, half a bean. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
  23. 😷 Hypochondria. Or possibly 🤒. 😴 Narcolepsy 🤑 Kleptomania 😵 Overdose 🥴 Mixed state
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