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ALenore

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  1. ALenore

    Pet Peeves

    I've been doing self-checkout for several years now. At the supermarket I go to (Stop & Shop) I do "Scan-It" where I pick up scanner at the door, put it in a holder on the cart, and just can each item as I put it into a bag. I love it because I can put each item into specific bags as I go along. A green bag for produce, blue for frozen items, orange for pantry items. When I get home I put the bags on the counter closest to where they go. There's almost never a line for checkout. All I have to do is scan the scanner and pay for the groceries, they're already bagged. I occasionally use online grocery ordering. The groceries come from a warehouse, not from the local store. It is possible to go and pick up your groceries, but the nearest pick up location is 5 times as far away as my local store, so that wouldn't make any sense. The last time I got groceries delivered is when there was an ice storm and my driveway was iced over. The delivery guy stopped at the top of the driveway and my husband and he walked the bags of groceries down. I might have to do that again this week, as we just had 8 inches of snow last night.
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    Audiobooks

    Automatically voiced books have a right to exist, but only as a last resort. They make me appreciate professionally voiced books. I don't listen to them myself, but my husband does when he has to read a manuscript in order to be able to do a book cover illustration. When he's listening to the manuscript over the speaker, I can hear it sometimes and it's usually terrible. There was a series of books he did in which there were a line of 7 or 8 asterisks printed to indicate a change of scenery or time. A human reader would just skip this and perhaps allow a few seconds of silence. The computer voice read "asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk". It also frequently couldn't distinguish between the past and present tense of "read", or between different pronunciations of "live," "wind," "wound," and "tear". He does still use it frequently because he doesn't have the time to read a manuscript unless he's also working on another painting at the same time.
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    Crashing

    I liked the scene during the church service when everyone is shaking hands and saying "peace be with you" Kat says "blessed be the fruit" to one woman. (That's the greeting from The Handmaid's Tale). No one seemed to notice.
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    Corporate

    I think I know where the writers got the idea for Thanks! One of my friends shared a post on Facebook last year in which a writer relayed that she had decided to use fewer exclamation points in her writing, she'd read articles complaining that people were overusing it, that it should be sparingly. When she decided to follow this practice when writing Facebook posts, she got into trouble. People thought her comments like "cute kid", "good looking puppy" or "nice music" were sarcastic. She had to go back to using exclamation points so as not to piss off her friends. Pretty much what happened in "Thanks!"
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    Pet Peeves

    I think this is a great idea. Some friends of ours went even more informal, and sent out printed postcards with their photos on them, and their new address. It was clear this was just to let various acquaintances know they'd gotten married, and wasn't any kind of a gift grab.
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    Magnum P.I. (2018)

    Yeah, if someone did find the gun, there's a good chance they wouldn't turn it into the police. And even if they did, it would have probably been impossible to figure out which apartment it had come from.
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    Magnum P.I. (2018)

    I thought this episode was pretty good. I agree that Magnum should have kept at least some of the money to pay his debts. I had a problem with the criminal going to all the trouble to get the gun from behind the wall. What are the chances a small gun would be found in the rubble after the building is destroyed? It would most likely never have been noticed.
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    Pet Peeves

    Where I used to work they gave out some cheap gifts for "employee recognition". The women all got scented candles (which I hate) and the men got mini-tool kits. I would have much rather had the tool kit (even though it was a pretty flimsy one) than the scented candles. This was just a few years ago.
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    Magnum P.I. (2018)

    I didn't see any promos, so I didn't know about the nuclear bomb. When Sergei went to open the suitcase I paused the DVR and said to my husband "I know what's in there, it the pee tape!," I was disappointed to find out it was just a nuke.
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    Pet Peeves

    I had the same problem last year, but with a desktop. I hadn't bothered to update to Windows 10, since I only used the computer to pay bills and do my taxes. Then I needed to update TurboTax and Quicken and they needed newer versions of Windows, and it was impossible to update Windows 7 at all, not even to Windows 8. I priced the software for Windows 10, and it wound up being cheaper to buy a whole new (refurbished) desktop, which came with Windows 10 pre-installed, so that's what I did.
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    What Are We Currently Reading?

    I just finished the book also (audio version) and loved it. No, it isn't the last book in the series. Quoting from her newsletter:
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    The Kominsky Method

    Just finished watching all the episodes and really liked it. I just assumed that Sandy did know about problems with his taxes, he was just throwing out letters from the IRS (before his daughter saw them) and hoping they would forget about him, maybe think he was dead or something. He didn't really think he didn't have to pay taxes. It wasn't until his daughter happened to open one of the letters that he got caught. I know someone who would throw out all his phone bills without opening them until he got one with a red border, which would contain a shutoff notice, and only then he would pay it. But once they sent the shutoff notice in a regular envelope, and since he didn't open it, he wound up getting his phone shut off. I think some people have this sort of 'magical thinking' that if they don't know about something, it won't happen.
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    Gratefulness and Smiles

    I agree. And it's great that they can be reused. I've got a whole bunch of them I've received over the years that I reuse to put other gifts in, just have to put on a new tag.
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    Pet Peeves

    I agree! I saw a one star review of an e-book that the reviewer complained didn't download to his Kindle. Since nobody else seemed to have this problem, it's most likely due to a problem with his Kindle or his internet. Why damage the book's rating when it's obviously a technical problem?
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    Chit-Chat

    I had to laugh at this, my situation is the exact opposite. My summer bills are pretty low (though a lot more than $40) but my winter bills are insane. We have the heat turned off except for the rooms we are actually in (living room and art studio in the daytime, turning it on in the kitchen in the afternoon/evening, and bedroom at night). We still have ridiculously high bills in the winter. I don't do the level pay plan, since it does give me an incentive to try to lower the bills in the winter. In the summer, we use the whole house fan to cool the house off during the night time, and try not to turn on the air conditioning until late afternoon, when the house has gotten uncomfortably warm.
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