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Old 07-19-14, 03:11 PM
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Fun Week

I had a week from....well, it was not really fun. Besides raining most of the week and messing up work, wifey had to go get a polyp tattooed via EGD on Tuesday so the surgeon performing her abdominal surgery on this coming Monday would be able to see it. OK, one day gone. Mind you, nothing is close by. Wednesday she is messing with one of the dogs and he jumps up causing her to lose her balance and fall back into a closet opening and broke her radius completely through. Spent daylight hours at our local ER, just to be sent 65 miles away to a larger ER. Anyone from the Atlanta area knows what "Grady" is, and this one was a mini Grady. Grady ER nurses must wear flak jackets to retrieve patients inbound from ambulances, no kidding. Any way, 7 more hours at a meat market ER to have it set and cast placed. Day two shot. Thursday visited Ortho specialist as consult. Needed to do surgery to put in a plate to stabilize it. Day three poof. Friday, surgery, had to meet payroll with guys, and had to take older dog to vet to be put down, then back to hospital in time for her to come from recovery. Day 4. Abdominal surgery is vacated for a month, so I get to work on Monday
 
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Old 07-19-14, 03:27 PM
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Geeze! We got the forum. You just grab sometime to relax if you can.

Tell your wife we are pulling for her.
 
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Old 07-19-14, 04:31 PM
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Thanks Ray. I get on whenever she is asleep. Otherwise I'm running. Women are high maintenance items. I'll relax a little.
 
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Old 07-19-14, 05:23 PM
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Man...rough week. I feel for you bud. Hope she feels better soon. And you as well....
 
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Old 07-19-14, 05:49 PM
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Sorry to hear about all the troubles Larry. I know the internet helps me keep my sanity when I'm put in a situation like that where you're in a waiting room for hours on end.
 
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Wow, at least next week is bound to be better I'll be praying for you and your wife.
 
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Old 07-20-14, 03:51 AM
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Thanks guys. Yeah, Brant, I carried my Ipad to wile away time, but even with the WIFI at the larger hospital, the bandwidth was being eaten up, so connectivity was almost not there.
Next week looks good
 
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Old 07-20-14, 05:26 AM
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It can only go up from here right? Hang in there buddy!
 
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Old 07-20-14, 05:56 AM
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Wow! Like they say, when it rains it pours! Things can only get better after this. Hope everything goes well for your wife and sorry to hear about your dog.
Don't worry about here, but sometimes the forum gets your mind off other things.
 
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Old 07-20-14, 08:16 AM
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I can only repeat what the others have already said. Hope things look up. Hope your wife feels better and so sorry to hear about your dog.
 
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You have described some of the reasons why I don't move to the sticks. I would really enjoy having a few acres and my closest neighbors being a minimum of a quarter mile away but I also think of the "what ifs" in my life.

I live in what was an upscale development when built some 27 years ago, it is still a pretty nice area. I don't have to think/worry about my water as it is from a municipal system. Likewise, I don't have to concern myself about a septic system since I have municipal sewers. (I AM a bit concerned about the storm water pumping system since the city disconnected the emergency generator some months ago and haven't been back.) I have a very responsive EMT service via the municipal fire department, they took all of four minutes to respond the time I called and the paramedics (heart attack response) was only a few minutes behind the EMTs. No, I didn't have a heart attack but it is reassuring that the response time is so short.

I have several top notch hospitals with emergency rooms within a 20 minute drive and a class I trauma center in Seattle, maybe 45 minutes away and also Medivac service available. Many local medical clinics, some offering 24/7 walk-in care centers as well. With my ailments it would not be a good idea for me to live several hours from advanced medical care facilities.

Yet, I still have much of the desirability of living on the fringe of civilization. My house IS away from the street (dead end cul-de-sac) and my southern property line abuts an urban forest that has many animals not normally seen in a city environment. The major highway, although only about 1/3 of a mile away as the crow flies is far enough that any noise is more like the ocean surf than like a normal highway. I have lots of birds visit and that includes pileated woodpeckers, rarely seen in an urban area. In fact, the longer I live here the better I like it.
 
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Old 07-20-14, 12:15 PM
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Furd,

You think very much like I do. I also live in an area that has all of the conveniences as you do. Many people say I'm paying high taxes, yes but those taxes pay for sanitary sewers, storm sewers, garbage pickup, sidewalks, emergency services, door to door mail service, plowed streets, enough space between houses that I can be a good neighbor without always seeing each other and all the other suburban benefits. When all that is taken into account I'm willing to bet my taxes are less or equal to what others pay for those same services. Plus going out on the spur of the moment to buy an item is no biggie. Most shopping centers are within 2 to 3 miles. Sure country living is great, but that's what camping and road trips are for. Besides, can any of you country dwellers pick up a Little Ceaser's Hot And Ready Pizza and eat within 10 minutes?

The only thing I abhor with a passion are gated communities. At no time will an association try to tell me that I can or can't fly the Flag, paint my doors or house any color within reason or park my extra car or camper in my driveway. Local laws are enough to prevent abuse of slumming if the neighbors are willing to stick together to get local government to applying rules to bad home owners. Most suburban developments are pretty good.

Short anecdote. A few days ago an older women ccoms in to buy a storm door from us. We had a Larson door on sale that was a near match to her existing but broken door. However, because she belonged to an association and the door was not an exac match, she had to buy from the association and pay an inflated price and have it installed by their people. That's BS in my book.

WOW, I'm way off topic.

Chandler, keep us posted on how things are going.
 

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Old 07-20-14, 12:50 PM
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Norm, we have to "plan" grocery shopping, etc. Like tonight, after church, I will probably have a list to pick up at the grocery store. Definitely not allowed as a single trip.

The guy next to me built a road to nowhere, or actually to a building site that is located so his registered plat at the county is stamped "No Emergency Services to This Location". 12% grade.

We feel safe. Driveway is about 1/4 mile long, one way in, one way out. No one in their right mind would nefariously come up....especially with banjo music playing
 
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Echoing Norm in asking Larry to keep us informed of how the better half is faring.

Norm, I agree 100% with you concerning gated communities and right behind are the non-gated but HOA communities. I told my RE agent I had two absolutes, one was the county where the house was located and the other was no HOA. My sister lives in an HOA controlled community and while their CC&Rs are fairly innocuous they are too much for the likes of me. She likes it though so I guess it is okay.

Larry, while I DO plan my outings it isn't all that important. Wally*World about 15 minutes, Sam's Club 25 minutes (should go there today), two supermarkets less than ten minutes and rather than the Little Caesar's I would opt for the taco place right next door, and in the same strip mall as the supermarkets. Also have a great (somewhat expensive) pizza joint less than ten minutes the other direction.
 
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Old 07-20-14, 03:08 PM
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My place in VA had "covenants"(?) and a HOA type group when I first moved in. Now, unlike most places, we had no common areas, no pool, no tennis courts, nothing like that except one little grassy curbed circle in the middle of one cul-de-sac 2 blocks away. I went to one meeting at a local church meeting room. They were asking for $10 a month in dues. When I asked "For what?", they said to pay for use of the room, donuts and coffee for the meetings, and to landscape and maintain the grassy circle.

Now this was a development of about 80 homes when completed. I said "$800 a month for that?!". Then they said "Oh, and for legal help if we have to go to court for anything." Since there would be no reason to sue the builders that I could think of, and I had title insurance, I got up and walked out.

Probably a year later as I was shingling the roof of the backyard garden shed I had built, some guy in a suit walks in my back yard and asks if I had gotten approval from the HOA. I said "I'm not a member, it meets all codes, is barely visible from the street, and exactly matches my house. If you don't like it, sue me. By the way, you are trespassing. Have a nice day." Never heard another word.

I can understand an HOA that has amenities like I mentioned above and that pay for professional services, but when they become little fiefdoms that restrict people from displaying a flag, except in "approved manners and times", or someone having a garden, or someone not mowing their lawn to the required height, then they can bite me.
 
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Old 07-21-14, 05:59 AM
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Larry I am so sorry to hear about the problems your wife has had I sure hope she feels better soon and I will pray for her. I haven't been on the forum much lately with a bad carpal tunnel attack that gets better and then worse again. Might be going to the doctor myself soon if it doesn't go away. Keep us posted Larry!
 
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Old 07-21-14, 06:17 AM
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I haven't been on the forum much lately with a bad carpal tunnel attack that gets better and then worse again.
Clear sign that you use the computer way too much. Learn to use you left hand or maybe your feet to move that mouse. LOL

Since I'm the screen and window repair guy at work, my fingers get cramped. At night I'll wake up and my right hand fingers will be "locked" in a curled position and hurt like hell. That should be subsiding since screen season is winding down.
 

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Pretty much any repetitious work will give you cramps. Yrs ago I worked for an outfit where I was required to paint 40 windows a day [8 over 8s] Did that for about 3 yrs and I often woke up in the middle of the night with my fingers and wrist twitching.
 
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