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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Got hammered by two powerful rain storms between 10 pm and 5 am. There were tornado sirens during the earlier one, though not sure any tornadoes were sighted.

    Power went out at 1030 pm last night. Dog freaking out from the thunder. Can't find the calming tablets. Had to drive 4 miles to son's house to get some from him. Forgot my glasses, so drove in rain at night without glasses (fortunately my implants give me reasonable distance vision in lit areas that I am familiar with). Get home from that and start generator on motorhome. Routing two extension cords to house, removing window screen to basement window and installing a board that clamps in with a passage for the wires, including stuffing the better parts of a 100-foot and a 60-foot extension cord through the window (about 8x18 inches opening). By this time my back is soaking wet thorough a nylon windbreaker. Then route the wires through the house to power up two refrigerators, my computer and a lamp in the living room.

    Now what to do with the dog today. She loves to chew stuff and generally stays in the part of the house that now has wires all over the floor, and I can't latch the basement door, and she loves to whip down there to explore. Ah well, could be worse, at least i have my food protected, a computer and a lamp.

    They are saying our power is expected to be back on by 1130 tonight. There are currently 77,992 customers out of power in the Metro Detroit Area and down to the Ohio border. Power company has 519 crews in the field.
    Wow.

    Wait. Implants? Like, eye implants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Wow.

    Wait. Implants? Like, eye implants?
    Yes, they gave me rabbit eyeballs and ever since I have had intense cravings for lettuce and carrots.

    Actually it is lens implants for cataract surgery. Plastic lenses inserted into the eyeballs (there is a You Tube not for the squeamish and not recommended before surgery) to replace the clouded natural lenses. They are great. I don't wear glasses much anymore, but for far distance. Had it done about 4 years ago.

    Anyway, the power did not come on at the estimated 1130 last night but by midnight they put up a new estimate of 6 pm today, then at about 9 am the lights came on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Yes, they gave me rabbit eyeballs and ever since I have had intense cravings for lettuce and carrots.

    Actually it is lens implants for cataract surgery. Plastic lenses inserted into the eyeballs (there is a You Tube not for the squeamish and not recommended before surgery) to replace the clouded natural lenses. They are great. I don't wear glasses much anymore, but for far distance. Had it done about 4 years ago.

    Anyway, the power did not come on at the estimated 1130 last night but by midnight they put up a new estimate of 6 pm today, then at about 9 am the lights came on.
    Yeah, the worldwide extreme weather phenomena and aging infrastructures are creating these sorts of electricity outages. Texas' legislature voted to divorce ITS power grid from that of either of the other connected grids in the continental US (a gimme to a local power company), and now its power goes out when it gets too cold and when it gets too hot.

    Out here in California we have these "rolling blackouts" when the furnace-like Santa Ana winds get too crazy. Mostly it's to prevent power lines from causing massive brush fires. Understandable. In my little area, in a small county north of L.A. they even have blackout maps, and you can go online to see if your area will be experiencing a planned outage. We've had outages in many areas around us, but so far have managed to never be on the schedule.

    As for the eyes, I'm glad your surgeries went well. It's amazing what we CAN do using "western" medicine. It's a bit strange that with all our scientific sophistication that we cannot transplant an entire eye, nor restore hearing.

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    You're so right about hearing. I have my eyesight back after having cataract surgery, but when my tinnitus spikes there's nothing they can do about it. One of my recent gripes, during the tree pollen season, was that my ears were congested and my hearing affected but of the tablets available to me, one was not safe to be taken by people of my age, and the other made my tinnitus about 300% worse.
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    I lost my hearing in my left ear so went for a test the lady suggested that I go to the hospital and made an appointment for me, a charming young lady did a few things and eventually presented me with a spatula which had on it a three quarter inch length of wax!!!!.
    How embarrassing I had never had my ears de waxed but my Hearing was restored.
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    Better to be embarrassed than deaf!

    Wax removal has occasionally helped reduce my tinnitus, but doesn't always. GP surgeries in the UK are less and less willing to do it these days - I'm not sure why.
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    Back from the dentist's feeling weak, tired and hungry - but another hour at least till my mouth & cheek un-numb. One thing - the left side of my face is temporarily free from wrinkles!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Back from the dentist's feeling weak, tired and hungry - but another hour at least till my mouth & cheek un-numb. One thing - the left side of my face is temporarily free from wrinkles!
    If you can't chew, then ice cream is the answer.
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    Why do I always pick so difficult pieces to play? Now it's Cordoba by Albeniz in Llobet's transcription. He was a wizard! I'm soon a wizard too I actually know why, I love the thrill of the challenge and it's a fantastic piece of music. The life of the guitarist would be a lot easier if he didn't know about all the things he knows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    If you can't chew, then ice cream is the answer.
    Ice cream is always the answer, regardless of chewing.

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    This is a very “first world” gripe, but...book-collecting enthusiast that I am, I bought a 50-volume set of Harvard Classics from 1938 at a library book sale for an obscenely cheap price ($25...they are going for $1,420 on Amazon!) I am incredibly satisfied with the purchase but for one thing - it’s missing Volume 2! Aaarggh, that sends my OCD off the charts! These things are so valuable that just buying the one volume would almost cost me more than I spent on the whole set. Oh well, maybe I’ll leave it that way - a valuable reminder not to seek total perfection, perhaps. If you ever happen to come across a good deal on one of these old sets, take it! Especially if you want to get into serious reading, they contain practically all of the highly-regarded fictional and philosophical works, religious texts, historical documents, biographies, poetry, etc. in world history, and it’s truly enough for a lifetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    This is a very “first world” gripe, but...book-collecting enthusiast that I am, I bought a 50-volume set of Harvard Classics from 1938 at a library book sale for an obscenely cheap price ($25...they are going for $1,420 on Amazon!) I am incredibly satisfied with the purchase but for one thing - it’s missing Volume 2! Aaarggh, that sends my OCD off the charts! These things are so valuable that just buying the one volume would almost cost me more than I spent on the whole set. Oh well, maybe I’ll leave it that way - a valuable reminder not to seek total perfection, perhaps. If you ever happen to come across a good deal on one of these old sets, take it! Especially if you want to get into serious reading, they contain practically all of the highly-regarded fictional and philosophical works, religious texts, historical documents, biographies, poetry, etc. in world history, and it’s truly enough for a lifetime.
    Can you get a refund and would it include the return costs? Just sayin' ....................

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    I just sneezed and got a cramp in my ribs! Ugh, no fun getting old.
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    This is a very “first world” gripe, but...book-collecting enthusiast that I am, I bought a 50-volume set of Harvard Classics from 1938 at a library book sale for an obscenely cheap price ($25...they are going for $1,420 on Amazon!) I am incredibly satisfied with the purchase but for one thing - it’s missing Volume 2! Aaarggh, that sends my OCD off the charts! These things are so valuable that just buying the one volume would almost cost me more than I spent on the whole set. Oh well, maybe I’ll leave it that way - a valuable reminder not to seek total perfection, perhaps. If you ever happen to come across a good deal on one of these old sets, take it! Especially if you want to get into serious reading, they contain practically all of the highly-regarded fictional and philosophical works, religious texts, historical documents, biographies, poetry, etc. in world history, and it’s truly enough for a lifetime.
    Are you refering to this: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Harv.../dp/B07G38BKZL ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TxllxT View Post
    Yup! Wow, I didn’t know that it was available so cheaply in digital form.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

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