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Need free credit check... (8/10/2014 12:54:01 AM):  Would you please help me find the site to request a free credit check once a year? THANK YOU!,  Bernetta, Nevada

1758 Divorce (8/10/2014 7:00:36 AM):  My DH is going to move out and divorce me after 26 years together. We've known each other for 55+ years (he was 2, I was 3 when we met). We had our house built in 2001, and I still love it. I don't want to lose him or lose the house. I have offered counciling, change what bugs him, etc, and he won't budge. I told him my vows were until death do us part and I meant it. I've been divorced before, but was much younger then. Now I'm close to retiremnet age. What I'm asking for is prayers. He was dianosed with diabetes about three months ago. He's been moody and cranky ever since. Could that contribute to this? Any prayers I would be extremely grateful for. I always participate in prayer requests on this board, so now I'm begging for them for our marriage. TIA,  No name this time

1762 universal Studio tickets (8/10/2014 7:36:56 AM):  Hello All, My family is vacationing in Orlando and would like to visit Universal Studios Orlando. Looking for any advice on purchasing ticket and meal plans for a good price. Thank you Deana,  Deana, MA

1765 Puzzle (8/10/2014 7:55:32 AM):  Last week's challenge: Take the name of a modern-day country. Add an A and rearrange the letters to name a group of people who used to live in the area of this country. Who are they? Answer: Netherlands and Neanderthals Did anyone come close to this answer. I don't think I saw anything posted. I know that I didn't have a clue. Next week's challenge: Name a well-known movie of the past — two words, seven letters in total. These seven letters can be rearranged to spell the name of an animal plus the sound it makes. What animal is it? ,  MAC--WI

1779 Johnny Bench Plate (8/10/2014 12:10:20 PM):  We are cleaning out our attic and I found a plate with a picture of Johnny Bench on it. I have googled and searched with no luck finding this particular plate. I did find others listed. This plate has Johnny facing to the right and it's a side view and his signature is below his picture. (Yes I know this is not his real signature). He has a red hat on and long sideburns. Can anyone find this and let me know how much it may be worth? Thanks!,  Finding lots in attic

1782 Matcha tea - health benefits (8/10/2014 12:58:20 PM):  My friend was telling me about Matcha tea (powdered green tea). After reading all it's benefits, I am trying it out! It has many reported health benefits, including high antioxidants, lowering cholesterol, increasing metabolism, just to name a few. There are many different grades of Matcha tea, and it can be very expensive. I bought it at our local Chinese market for $7.99 - similar to this on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pmvyutw I've been using 1 tsp mixed with 1 cup of soy milk in the morning (good protein!). Looking online, there are many sources that talk about the health benefits, and this is a quick, easy way for me to get protein in the morning. Just thought I'd share in case anyone else might be interested!,  Lisa, OH

1787 Grad party (8/10/2014 2:37:42 PM):  My son graduated this year and will be leaving for Navy boot camp in Nov. Yesterday we threw a pretty big grad/going into the Navy party. It all ended up good with a few slip ups along the way. Fri. the tent company broke our back gate, hopefully their insurance will be quick to fix it. (we have a dog) Saturday I sent hubby to pick up the two cakes I ordered from Costco. He comes home with one, says they couldn't find the other order. I got upset with him because he always calls me from stores if he is unsure about what to get etc. If he had called I would have told him just take one from the cooler I don't care if decorated. so I send him to Kroger (much much closer) to get pick up a white cake. I was already upset because he left almost an hour behind schedule to pick up cake and he I needed his help at home. When he goes to leave our garage dorr opener won't work. Just had it worked on about a month ago. I had everything set food all placed etc. I kept blowing the circuits because I using three electric roasting pans. I had to have my son help me rearrange everything in a less than ideal set up in order to have different outlets. I made way to much food as usual. (but I already deboned and froze chicken oldest daughter is having a few friends over tonight. In the end we had one of the nicest days weather wise of the whole summer. Probably close to 80 or more of people came, they had fun, ate played some backyard games & swam in the pool. I just now finished, everything is back in order and cleaned both inside and out. Oh and it our our 23rd wedding anniversary yesterday also. We will go out one night this week to celebrate. ,  Doreen,MI

1793 Immigration by the numbers (8/10/2014 3:20:49 PM):  Have any of you seen this link? They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I also clicked on the Immigration by the numbers off the charts and found that very interesting. Not political, just informative. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_embeddeddf,fl

1794 kitten (8/10/2014 3:24:20 PM):  found a kitten on our gravel road 5 weeks ago today. named him roadie of course. he according to vet is 8 weeks old now. he has a blue circle in each eye. tried to wipe out with warm water. he sees well and is a pistol. any way took him to vet last week they said he has an ulcer in each eye and gave us salve to help the situation. has any of you sweet chat friends had this problem. the salve is antibacterial vetropolycin.,  shirley ky

1796 Toluna Survey Question (8/10/2014 3:34:39 PM):  Somehow I've gotten signed up to do Toluna Surveys. I got another survey invitation this afternoon. It was for 1600 points & dealt with Computer Games. The very first survey question asked made me howl with laughter! The question was "What year are we in?" You then had a big square in which to type your answer.,  Virginia Ann S VA

1800 from stressed (8/10/2014 4:07:44 PM):  Fun just keeps on coming. I was eating lunch and felt something and I had a crown come off. Its old so I figure they wont want to re-cement it. I have an appointment tomorrow for the tooth that had part break off. so I guess it will be a 2 for 1 special,  s

1801 Bathroom remodel done (8/10/2014 4:08:57 PM):  Yesterday we finished our Master (shower) bathroom remodel. We now have a new (low water usage) toilet, repainted the bottom of the walls, repainted the molding and have new flooring put in (all done by us). If you follow my blog I promise I will post photos soon (extended family also wants to see all of it). After 20+ years of carpet in there I am so happy to have it gone!,  Heather, NV

1813 NCP (8/10/2014 5:46:15 PM):  I signed up for this (National consumer panel) many, many months ago. My area was never in their target area. Last week they sent me a scanner and I just opened everything up, etc. I don't know if I want to do it now. I shop sales and use a LOT of coupons and apparently you have to reference all coupons, etc. Seems like too much work. I'm busy enough with other things. Does anyone here do this? If so, does it take a lot of time? Do you get nice rewards? Thanks!,  Karen S (NJ)

1820 two toned kitchen chairs (8/10/2014 8:48:52 PM):  I have an older kitchen table and chairs (currently stained an oak color). At least parts of the chairs (and the table legs) need to be refinished. What the chairs look like: Horizontal solid top chair back (currently sanded), spindles, solid seat (currently sanded) and then spindle legs. One chair is sand on the solid parts. The spindle parts look in good condition and are a pain to sand. I am thinking of painting the solid top chair back and seat areas and leaving the spindle parts stained an oak color. I would then also paint the table legs. What do you think? Not sure what DH will think, but I am thinking of trying it (or maybe I should take a photo of a chair and color in the parts I am thinking of painting to see if I like it). ,  Heather, NV

1821 Fuze tea (8/10/2014 9:17:55 PM):  Remember when we got the out of date coupon for this from MCR? They recently sent me another coupon, but I cannot find this product anywhere. Anyone know where it can be found? I have tried Walmart, Kmart and Publix.,  June/AL

1831 bathroom remodel / Teresa (8/10/2014 11:06:50 PM):  The post just went live. I think this is the fastest I got a post finished and posted.,  Heather, NV

1837 Bob, PA (8/11/2014 6:35:45 AM):  THANK YOU! Yes that's shouting! I took the Bridgeport ferry yesterday and breezed right onto LI! I left very early-before 1230 for a 230 ferry- since I didn't know what Sunday traffic would be like on Rt 25. I was there about 110 and they put me in line. I figured a long wait to get on the 230 but they put us on the 130. Beautiful ride across the sound! Door to door less than 3 hours,including sitting in the line! I am going home on the ferry today even though the traffic should not be bad today. The $72 for us to ride is pricey, but after discounting a couple tolls, an hours worth of gas, the quality of life issue does account for something as my cousin says! Thank you again!!(PS Now I wish they had a Bpt to South Jersey ferry. That's one I would use all the time!! lol,  Sue P., CT

1838 AVG Quick Tune Puzzlement (8/11/2014 7:14:07 AM):  I have the AVG free Anti-virus program. I'm doing a Quick Tune Analysis right after I get off of the Web. Then I immediately shut my computer down. I will do another Quick Tune Analysis of my AVG the very next time I turn my computer on, & before I've gone on the Web. Invariably, AVG will pick up at least 1 registry error & 10 junk files. How are they getting into my computer when I immediately shut the computer down after doing the last Quick Tune Analysis?,  Virginia Ann S VA

1839 Positive Challenge (8/11/2014 7:57:10 AM):  With everything that is going on in our lives and the world it's easy to become overwhelmed. I would like to challenge everyone to post three positive thing that's going on in our lives or things we're thankful for. Let's do this for the next 7 days - anyone want to join me? I'll start: 8/11/14 1. It doesn't look like Blu (my puppy boy) will have to have surgery again. 2. A prayer was answered for a dear friend of mine. 3.. I have a job/business to go to this morning, so I'm thankful instead of my usual dreading Monday. ,  Sharon B., VA

1841 Greedy relatives (8/11/2014 8:30:56 AM):  I'm done with greedy relatives! Last week, I heard that a 39 year old male cousin was struggling with expenses. I asked if he needed help, and so I sent $300 and paid his phone. He is on disability for a car wreck. I clearly stated that this is a one time thing. Yesterday, he repeatedly asked for $900 to fix some car damage! I said NO, I am not an ATM machine. The requests continue. I finally blocked him from my phone and Facebook. So sick of those who ignore the word NO!,  Cousin

1845 DH (8/11/2014 9:05:28 AM):  Although I did answer one post about my Equinox, I have not been on here much since Thursday. Last Friday morning my DH fell down the basement stairs. I heard the loud noise and when I got to him, he was unresponsive. Spent quite a bit of time in the ER and then to the neuro ICU for the rest of Friday and Saturday. Went to a regular room late Saturday night. He hit really hard and had some bleeding in the brain. His heart was in A Fib (but that seems to be corrected now) but at the time they were looking for blood clots too. Didn't find any. The bleeding was fairly minor and the scan the next day showed inprovement. But he is very light headed and dizzy. Doesn't want to eat much because of the dizziness...and he loves food... and then sometimes he is still throwing up because of he dizziness. They won't let him up to walk alone because of the unsteadiness but may let him go home tomorrow. Yikes. I am not sure about that! He just is not himself at all even taking into consideration the dizziness. I asked the neuro doctor how long this could go on and he said "3 days to 3 years". I don't think he was joking either. I sure hope not. If he can't walk unassisted, I sure don't want him falling here again. We do believe he fell first and then injured his brain and not that there was a bleed first causing the fall. He remembers tripping and trying to catch himself, so that is a good thing. I am so tired though. As many of you know it is so tiring going back and forth to the hospital and sitting there. Will try to update when I can. I am sure many of you will pray for us, so thank you for that.,  Sue, MI

1857 prayers for friend and family (8/11/2014 10:09:07 AM):  Andy (52) (the DH of a high school friend - found again on FB) is dying of Brain Cancer. He has been on Hospice since the end of January (nurse has stopped making predictions). His wife (Karen) has to go back to teaching since she has used up all of her vacation / sick time (otherwise she has to pay COBRA to keep her family on health insurance). They first thought Andy was hanging on to see his oldest (they have 3 daughters) graduate from high school. He then survived his birthday and now their anniversary. Karen is taking Kendall to college (across the US) next week. Kendall is starting to have major problems since she realizes Dad will not be alive the next time she comes home. Like Karen says it is horrible to say, but she thought the family would be able to process / grieve before they all had to go back to school. ,  Heather, NV

1867 dear stressed (8/11/2014 11:08:10 AM):  So I just read your post about your crown coming off. Then it hit me. This is all about your attitude. I believe you honestly don't have any more things happen to you than the average person. It's how you view them that matters. If you're only going to view the negative, that is all you'll ever see. This is my opinion, and I don't know you at all, but I would love for you to truly think about it. I've had crowns come off. I've had teeth break. I've had a chemical imbalance for 20 years. I've had two miscarriages. I've had cancer. I've had a pregnant teen. I have a child that is immensely destructive. I've had a child disown me. I've been through divorce. This is all called LIFE. And it's temporary. I have a super awesome, wonderful life waiting for me after this one, thanks be to God.,  Dianne in GA

1875 today (8/11/2014 11:43:46 AM):  The crown cannot be glued back on. More bad news about husband's eye. The pressure keeps building. Wed he sees the specialist that sees him for macular degeneration. ,  stressed

1876 Update Princess (8/11/2014 11:44:26 AM):  Well, the Thank You notes went out yesterday. Let me remind you she is 10 so it wasn't the neatest, lol. But, her thoughts and heart was in it! I am still lacking 2 addresses, so if you would rather email me: Lorena3Med89@gmail.com but if not, she and I both thank you for thinking of her and sending her a card. I showed my parents the cards yesterday and they were overwhelmed. My dad said that this proves that there are still good people out there. I told him that you were my family. :D Thanks again for taking the time to send a card to my Princess....you have all made her feel special and happy. Blessings! ,  Lorena, TX

1878 Google Researcher (8/11/2014 11:45:43 AM):  Brenner's progress sounds wonderful as were the images of him you brought to mind. My thoughts and prayers continue that he makes a full recovery from his very difficult start in life and enjoys the happy, healthy life he deserves.,  Marion I, CA

1881 Cucumber bounty--- (8/11/2014 12:02:23 PM):  My garden is producing massive quantities of cukes this year. I have already made various salads, pickles and cucumber lemonade. Any good tried and true recipes for cukes? I also shared a lot with friends and neighbors.,  Garden lover

1892 bar codes and pictures (8/11/2014 12:56:44 PM):  Does anyone have an LG 39C SMART phone? I need to know if it can scan bar codes and take the pictures to submit to check51 and other sites to take advantage of these savings? Track phone has this model and I cant afford to pay $50 + a month for other services. It is $80 on amazon for the phone with triple minutes. Thanks for any input. ,  Vera in wet MI

1897 Need salsa recipe (8/11/2014 2:04:52 PM):  Have tons of tomatoes and want to make salsa-anyone have a TNT and easy recipe?,  Liz

1901 Smart Must Haves (8/11/2014 2:13:37 PM):  I got a response today regarding my concern about not being able to participate in their $10 back on $25 worth of Georgia Pacific products because I don't have a Smartphone. They said the sponsor was allowing only uploaded pictures or scanned images. I tried to submit a scanned image and immediately got the message that they were unable to verify my receipt and no option for anything further. Has anyone successfully submitted a receipt?,  Lynn H., VA

1904 Blonde joke (8/11/2014 2:17:22 PM):  A blonde walks into a bank in New York City and tells the loan officer that she's going to Europe on business for two weeks and needs to borrow $5,000. The loan officer says the bank will need some kind of security for the loan, so the blonde hands over the keys to a new Rolls-Royce, which is parked in front of the bank. She has the title and everything checks out, so the bank agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. As the blonde leaves with the money, the bank's president and officers enjoy a good laugh at someone using a $250,000 Rolls as collateral against a $5,000 loan. An employee moves the Rolls into the bank's underground garage and parks it. Two weeks later the blonde returns and repays the $5,000 and the interest, which comes to $15.41. As he hands the keys back to the blonde, the loan officer says, "Miss, we are very happy to have had your business, and the transaction has worked out very nicely. But we are a little puzzled. While you were away, we checked your records and found that you are a multimillionaire. Why would you bother to borrow $5,000?" The blonde replies, "Where else in New York City can I park my car for two weeks for only $15.41 and expect it to be there when I return?",  Diane J D, ME

1909 Kati, GA (8/11/2014 2:24:30 PM):  I too am watching what I'm eating. For the last 9 days I have made good choices and have lost 8 pounds. WHile that seems like a lot in 8 days I'm sure it's because of what I've stopped eating and drinking. My problem is that I cook everything pretty much from scratch and I gotta tell you, there's nothing like homemade ice-cream and cake from scratch….LOL…Then I have this love of Pepsi- It's not just the cola taste that I'm in love with it's those bubbles with the cola….LOL They pack the pounds on me. I'm drinking at least eight 8oz glasses of water a day and that's also filling me up. Here's to the both of us --may we continue to make good food choices :),  Sharon B., VA

1929 Lorena, TX (8/11/2014 5:01:52 PM):  I hope your first day back to work was good and you are able to relax this evening -,  Sharon B., VA

1930 Garden lover (8/11/2014 5:02:09 PM):  Please would it be too much to ask for your recipe for Cucumber Lemonade? I have never heard of it before.,  df.fl

1933 Ant Problems (8/11/2014 5:40:51 PM):  Any good remedies to get rid of ants. Thanks in advance for any help.,  Cheryl, PA

1934 Robin Williams (8/11/2014 5:42:34 PM):  Just heard about death of Robin Williams. Such a talented man. A little on the strange side, but an amazingly fast mind.,  Susan, LA

1935 Robin Williams -- died: (8/11/2014 5:43:11 PM):  The network just broke in with a story that Robin Williams was found dead this afternoon and the expectation is that it was suicide. Whatever happened, he was a genius and, like many geniuses, a little "off". RIP.,  Jane, ca

1936 Robin Williams dead (8/11/2014 5:47:12 PM):  Just heard on CBS evening news that actor Robin Williams was found dead. Cause of death, an apparent suicide.,  Pam, KY

1937 Robin Williams (8/11/2014 5:51:18 PM):  Robin Williams has died. Didn't hear cause.,  just me

1938 weather/car/DD (8/11/2014 6:00:57 PM):  Northern Nevada has been slammed with thunder, rain (and even hail today!) off and on for the last few weeks. DD drives the 17 year old van between Reno and work (in the next town). I think the multi-switch is dying (the wipers don't always work when she turns them on). Up until now I haven't convinced DH to get work done on the van (it isn't worth it, etc), but I am not ready to buy a new car (so DD could have my Rav4). After DD called and said she was she was hoping to get home between the storms (and saying that she had one day where the wipers completely stopped working for a while and she was judging the highway by the semis next to her) I realized that I need to exchange vehicles until the storms are over and seriously start looking for a new vehicle. I tried to call her back, but she must have already been on the road since she didn't answer. I am to the point she needs to drive the Rav4 and I will deal with the van until I find a replacement car. ,  Heather, NV

1939 Robin Williams..... (8/11/2014 6:04:20 PM):  Just now heard this one sentence on the news: Robin Williams has died. Another sad loss from the world of comedy and movies. ,  Marilyn CA

1940 Gina, CT: (8/11/2014 6:05:51 PM):  Sorry I'm late with birthday wishes, but I hope you're having the loving birthday you deserve!,  Janie

1941 Robin Williams, dead today (8/11/2014 6:15:10 PM):  Robin Williams, dead today in Tiburon, CA (Marin County, just across the Golden Gate), at age 63, of an apparent suicide. I loved his talent for laughter! I saw him about five years ago in a comedy club downtown. He was not scheduled, but just walked in and did an impromptu act on the stage. He was a delight and hilariously funny. One of his younger sons went to school with one of my relatives. He was known as a very doting father and kind man. R.I.P.,  Grace Basham, CA

1944 Opinions (8/11/2014 6:35:03 PM):  I bought a couch 7 days ago. I asked if they could do better on the price and she came back with $200 lower, just to be clear, it wasn't marked down or on sale. This weekend they had a huge sale that included tax free weekend. I went in to see if they would honor the sales tax. She hemmed and hawed and checked with her manager and she came back and "we don't usually do a promotion on top of a promotion, but I'll do it this time". Question, was I unreasonable? I don't see it as promotion on promotion, she named a price, I agreed. I don't want to be unreasonable. Most anything you buy these days, if there is a lower price in a window after it, they honor it.,  Karen-IA

1952 Pork (8/11/2014 7:11:18 PM):  DB and I went to an expensive restaurant (only because we had a Groupon) on Friday night. I ordered the pork chop because the steak, last time, was so rare I couldn't eat it. They brought the pork chop out and it was hardly cooked in the middle (like the steak). I pointed it out to the waitress. She explained that the restaurant doesn't cook it all the way through to keep the meat moister (it was pretty moist) and how it used to be a problem not to have the pork cooked through, but not anymore. Well, my stomach and mind is trained to have pork cooked through. I took it home and microwaved it for two minutes. It was good tonight. Have you heard of this practice? I never have.,  Mindy, MD

1955 what happened? (8/11/2014 7:16:14 PM):  ok this spring I planted the bulb of a dahlia I stored over the winter. It is not a dahlia now. some are telling me it is a flowering tobacco. How do you plant a dahlia and get a flowering tobacco plant? does not compute!!!! any ideas?,  Shirley, WA

1959 American products (8/11/2014 7:21:35 PM):  Check out http://keepamerica.com/ if interested in buying American made products.,  member

1961 DH (8/11/2014 7:44:06 PM):  Well, he is up a little more and moving a little more but is still really dizzy. As far as I know he has kept all food down since yesterday afternoon, but still isn't eating all that much. Had another test today and one was scheduled that wasn't done but I don't know the results. He probably isn't coming home tomorrow, but maybe Wednesday. When it rains it pours sometimes. I am a Christian woman but right now I am having a little problem with the phrase "God doesn't give you more than you can handle." Have been dealing with elderly parents, now all this with DH and this afternoon I came home from the hospital to water in the basement. Lived here more than 25 years and never had water before. Didn't need that on top of everything else. I guess I handled it though and tomorrow I will handle it some more. Right now I am going to get undressed and have a big bowl of ice cream with chocolate and peanuts on top. Chubby me doesn't need that but emotionally I think I am entitled tonight! Thanks for all the prayers. Keep them coming! Vera, I am in Saginaw.,  Sue, MI

1971 New poll -- best deals: (8/11/2014 8:24:53 PM):  "Extreme Couponing" came on as I was fixing dinner. It's a rerun of a show about after-Christmas shoppers. That reminded me of one day in 1995 or 1996 when I walked into Penneys, knowing they had a sale (and I needed to buy kids' clothes for 2 birthdays) but had no idea I was walking into the Mother of All Sales! I bought $4700+ worth of kids' clothes -- everything from onesies to winter jackets -- in sizes "N" to 10 -- and paid a grand total of about %750!!! I did have a coupon for ?% (don't remember) off my whole purchase and I got another % off for using my JCP card. In the end, because it was a slow time at the store, I had as many clerks as could make it to the register hanging around to see what my total would be. It couldn't even ring up in one transaction. I think we had to ring it in something like 20 transactions. They found me a stocker and a couple flat-bed carts to take everything down the freight elevator and the stocker a 2 clerks helped me load everything into the car. I unloaded everything onto my bed for sorting and a friend took a picture of me with all my "loot") -- that wound up in a print edition of RC. Other than the birthday gifts I needed and a few items I saved for additional gifts, the rest of it was donated over time to a number of families, shelters, and churches. Yes, I spent a ton of money, but it was the best deal I ever got. What was your best deal ever?,  Jane, CA

1982 Faye, Lynn, and Jane (8/11/2014 9:14:01 PM):  Faye, Lynn, and Jane--bumping up. My post got put into yesterday's so I'm repeating it. I agree with all your comments. Did you watch the video? It's about our government's immigration policy, not about illegals. Jane, at the end of the video It says, "Immigration by the numbers off the charts" in a box. It is not a link, but when I clicked on it another video came up with very interesting information. I don't know how old this video is, however it is still very interesting and informative.,  df,fl

1984 broken link.....# 91972 (8/11/2014 9:27:51 PM):  http://tinyurl.com/dpkyl http://tinyurl.com/mgk9wwGoogle Researcher

1985 Prayers For All (8/11/2014 9:28:19 PM):  Just been doing few things today. Some work & some enjoying great weather and time with hubby. However I have seen your needs and am praying for all of you that have asked. I just finished eating some salsa that my neighbor made with things from his garden. My tongue has visited heaven. Nothing better than garden fresh and homemade. ,  Vicki, Va

1989 Sharon B. (8/11/2014 9:45:42 PM):  Bumping up your " 3 possitives challenge" on 8/11/14 1) We got a great deal on a new dishwasher today at Sears Outlet. (saved over $400) 2) We got there and back safely in the downpour that had many streets and freeways flooded. 3) DH got good medical test results this morning. And as a bonus, he cooked dinner tonight. Looking forward to tomorrows posts. Vera in very wet MI? B,  Vera in MI

1993 SB New Search (8/11/2014 11:05:59 PM):  Well I can't complain too much because last week I received some searches about 3 of them for points over 25 swagbucks. This new search thing today I only got 9 points and I think it was before the new search engine took over. I hope they get the kinks out because right now not impressing me one bit. How did everyone else do and feelings on it.,  Vicki, Va

1996 RAOK for: VT, NH, ME, (8/11/2014 11:49:09 PM):  (two) $5 off coupons on your next Purchase at Freihofer's Bakery Outlet. Expires Aug 31, 2014. I received these when we were in Vermont & donated blood to the American Red Cross.,  Pat, Traveling the USA

1997 RAOK for VT & NH (8/11/2014 11:55:00 PM):  I have a few: Buy One Get One Free Large Sandwich of your choice when you present this card at any participating McDonalds in the Napoli Group of Arch Advertising, Inc. Expire April 30, 2015,  Pat, Traveling the USA

2000 Northern NV weather, etc (8/12/2014 12:35:49 AM):  DD lives in Reno (goes to UNR so kept her apartment over the summer), she works in Carson City (south of Reno) and we live south of Carson City. Our area (but not our neighborhood) has been hit with multiple '100 year' flash floods in the last couple of weeks - the latest one was today and fires have been started by lightning also. We had giant rain drops, hail and thunder multiple times this afternoon. I heard tonight that at least two people I know (in two different areas) had standing water in their houses or garage due to flash flooding. One of them was next door to a house I looked at two years ago (when we were debating about moving closer to Carson City / Reno). Oh, and I heard that one section of Reno that flooded today had rain coming down at a rate of 10 inches per hour (luckily the storm didn't sit there for an hour). This weather is NUTS. We need the rain, but not this way.,  Heather, NV

2002 weather/DD / car, etc (8/12/2014 12:42:06 AM):  I am going to trade the van for the Rav4 tomorrow (at least until Thursday when these storm are supposed to stop and she goes away for the weekend - luckily she is not driving) and start looking at cars. Was talking to DH about how we could sell the van - put a sign in it, post on FB garage sale site, etc. His next comment was 'but it looks in perfect condition' (he is right except now the wipers don't always work, it has an exhaust leak and the speedometer sometimes acts crazy [DD has been using a TomTom to help her know what speed she is actually going]). How do I nicely tell my DH he is being cheap? I am so ready to hand him the van and say it is now HIS car (except that would mean I would have to drive an F150 truck all the time). As someone pointed out we would feel so bad if DD got hurt due to the wipers not working, etc.,  Heather, NV

2004 Positive Challenge Day 2 (8/12/2014 5:53:55 AM):  1. I am so appreciative for ThermaCare heat wraps-they are really helping my back 2. With the nasty weather out today, I'm thankful for a safe vehicle, so I can meet the Zaycon truck 3. And coffee- I'm so appreciative of coffee :) ,  Sharon B., VA

2009 Dreams (8/12/2014 6:01:46 AM):  I had the most wonderful dream and it's kept my heart soaring for the last few days. My dad died in 1993 at the age of 58 and my brother died in 2000 at the age of 38. I had a dream Sunday night that I saw my dad and brother. It was so real and I knew I was dreaming while it was happening, but still it felt real. I gave my dad an extra long hug and all the while knowing it was a dream ..He smiled and told me, "It's going to be okay". I then turned to hug my brother and when I turned back, dad was gone. It's strange, how I know without a doubt it was a dream and I realized it while it was happening, but I can't describe the happiness and peace that I got from that dream.,  Sharon B., VA

2013 Heather, NV (8/12/2014 6:29:11 AM):  You said you didn't see Robin Williams in much else. Did you not see Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam or Patch Adams?? I always thought his movies had an underlying message. Like Mrs. Doubtfire is about the how divorce tears apart kid's hearts. I've seen lots of that first hand when there have been bad custody battles. He was a comedic genius who left us way too soon.,  Susan, SC

2017 Masterchef (8/12/2014 8:21:01 AM):  Who left last night? I can't stand to watch the show as they always focus on Courtney and her shoes. Not the food. But still like to know how leaves,  Lynn

2026 CarMax / Susan, SC (8/12/2014 9:31:02 AM):  Thanks for posting, but there isn't one in Northern Nevada. Dang, I was hoping that would be the solution. ,  Heather, NV

2032 Robin Williams / depression (8/12/2014 9:45:45 AM):  I was watching Good Morning America and they were saying how there are many families that have a member dealing with depression. I was definitely nodding my head when they said it. DH is currently on depression medicine (which I am not sure is really working). DH wants to find a new doctor (finally) since when we went in a year ago to talk to the doctor about potentially having DH go to a clinic (and potentially go on new medicine) the doctor said he would NOT fill out the paperwork that would be required to get him a leave from work and said he would NOT deal with any medicine the clinic suggested (since the doctor didn't want to deal with any potential side affects). So, DH took a renewal of his previous medicine and didn't try to go to the clinic. I am praying we find a new doctor that will listen to DH.,  depression hurts

2036 Dumb crooks (8/12/2014 10:01:44 AM):  Just watched news story of 3 dummies, dressed all in black and wearing ski masks, who decided to pull a smash-and-grab of ATM from logo gas station. They hooked rope to van, busted the front door of the store, hooked other end of rope to ATM and yanked it out with the van. Problems: 1). Make sure there aren't multiple security cameras in operation. 2). Make sure your vehicle does not have the name of your company emblazened across the entire passenger side of the van! I'm guessing it won't be long before this caper is solved!,  Susan, LA

2038 Projects (8/12/2014 10:11:09 AM):  Well since I can't get search points from swagbucks and my gym is closing for a week it looks like I might get a head start on some sewing projects and some cleaning if we have some cooler days. Not a happy camper with SB right now with not getting zippo points for searches. I am seeing quite a few complaints on facebook . I hope they get things working better. I wish they would have just kept it the way it was. If it wasn't broke why change it.,  Vicki, Va

2039 Talk to Jesus Please (8/12/2014 10:14:22 AM):  Two best friends, two separate accidents. My daughter, Paige was in a car accident yesterday (hydroplaned). We are thanking God she is okay! Sore but fine and she can still drive her car. 3 hours later her best friend goes off the road, hitting a tree. Aly is on life support. She has a head and chest injury. Her car, everything is bent but the drivers seat. Please keep these two friends in your prayers. Aly needs Jesus to reach down and restore her body. I know he can because He holds everything together. He has answered so many of my prayers, small ones to big ones. Please lift Aly up in prayer and thank God for looking over us. ,  Charolette, Va

2044 College costs (8/12/2014 10:33:09 AM):  As most know by now, college costs are my pet peeve. My DD starts nursing school next week. She has earned a $4000 scholarship thru her Dad's employer each year. We weren't sure about it this year as his company is being sold and he'll probably be unemployed this fall. But it did come thru yesterday--the day before Tuition was due!! We also get lottery assistance in our state. So with a scholarship and lottery and savings, she still is debt free after two years (earning her associate this summer in Science). Hoping that will carry thru for one more year. Then have to concentrate on my twins who are seniors. So my blessings is thankful that SC awards lottery assistance to college students.,  Susan, SC

2046 Positive Challenge (8/12/2014 11:11:46 AM):  A set of three more positives. 1. Our neighbor whose wife passed away in May is taking a vacation. His wife was ill for some time and he took care of her at home as long as he could. 2. Won't forget my neighbor. She always had such good stories to tell as she led an interesting life. 3. My handicapped adopted son has a new job!! I find I have lots to be grateful for when I look around. I know that 2014 will eventually turn around to better news but meanwhile I'm looking for the best news I can find!!!,  Google Researcher

2052 Swagbucks Code (8/12/2014 11:56:21 AM):  POLKACITY worth 3 SB before 11am PT/2pm ET!,  Melody, WA

2061 Another not-so-good call (8/12/2014 12:45:32 PM):  My BIL called a short while ago to tell us that his DIL is not doing much better with her pregnancy. She still has whatever it was that was torn...and was told both she and her baby could die during the delivery. Today she was diagnosed with "gestational diabetes". Their baby is due in October.,  Google Researcher

2071 Depression (8/12/2014 2:36:42 PM):  One of the doctors on TV this morning said there is a difference between clinical depression and deep depression. Williams didnt have clinical depression. What is the difference?,  Karen-IA

2079 update on prayers (8/12/2014 3:09:41 PM):  Aly has no brian activity. At 7:00 pm est. Time. They will check for brain activity again. Then make a decision. Please keep praying! Paige is with Aly.,  Charolette, Va

2086 Prayers for Meeting (8/12/2014 3:29:52 PM):  We are having Ladies Night Out at our church tonight. The Lord gave me a devotion over battling the devil and encouraging our ladies. Our pastor left in January and took a pastorate about 3 miles down the road; then his wife passed away. About 19 of our people left and followed him because they loved him so much. No one was mad. It has really hurt our attendance and discouraged those who were left. We are voting on an interim pastor on Sunday. Please pray that it goes well and he is the one that God wants for us. One teenager was saved last Sunday and I led a young man to the Lord in my class last Wed. We have 5 people lined up to be baptized; so the Lord is still blessing our church. My dh is feeling better and Sunday was the first time he led the music in about a year. The young man who accepted Jesus in my class brought his mother Sunday and she is coming to Ladies Night Out tonight and wants to get involved in church. I have been working with her and her children for a while. Keep us in your prayers.,  Janice/Ok

2088 Catering in Portland,Or area (8/12/2014 3:37:15 PM):  I am looking for a catering recommendation for a wedding reception that has a country feel. Nothing real fancy food wise and there will be LOTS of children at this reception so any ideas of caterers in the Portland/Canby area that you have personally eaten their food or dealt. Thank You for your time!! If you want you can email me at jckeller@inlandnet.com and put in wedding.,  CK,WA

2089 Cute video (8/12/2014 3:42:37 PM):  I saw this video and the caption under it read, "I want a refund. This cat is defective.". When I read the refund part I thought about my coupon friends ... enjoy. http://tinyurl.com/kgwrgk7 It's only about 10 seconds and it's pretty cute.,  Sandy B., MO

2098 Back to Work (8/12/2014 4:05:54 PM):  Have to head back to work tomorrow. Can't believe my summer is over already!! For the first time in 10 years, I'll have two new administrators (principal and vice principal) so things will be different. But all will be good. The beginning of the year is always rough as so much to do. Don't like that part!!,  Susan, SC

2103 Sue, MI (8/12/2014 4:26:10 PM):  I hope your today is going better for you and hubby than it went yesterday!,  Sandy B., MO

2111 Bumping up-Jane-Cavett (8/12/2014 4:56:20 PM):  Jane, have not found what you are looking for but hope people will check this out. Heard it on CNN so decided to search for it. Go to YouTube and search for Inside the Actor's Studio, Robin Williams. This is hilarious and goes to the genius with the lightning-quick mind that he was. Have to admit that it took a while to catch on to the Amish mechanic one.,  Susan, LA

2119 Zaycon Foods-pulled ham (8/12/2014 5:06:31 PM):  Zaycon Foods meat todays delivery for me was the pulled pork. This is my first order from them and it is not at all what I thought it would be. I was thinking that it would be BBQ pork meat pulled apart. The kind that you put on hamburger buns and serve. This is more like a pulled ham meat, and I'm don't know what to do with 10 pounds of this meat. I remember reading that some of you have orderd from Zaycon and it would be so helpful if you could share just exactly how to prepare this meat. The only thing that comes to my mind would be a salad, like a chicken or tuna salad. ,  Trisha, TX

2131 Sandy (8/12/2014 7:00:55 PM):  I appreciate your hospitality but Great Big No to the projects and cleaning. I was just thinking the other day of what I needed to get started for fall cleaning but then the summer girl in me popped her head out and said lay back until the weather turns cooler. I just got to listen to her she is in charge for now. Also I'm really pooped from our garden I had to fight hard to save tomatoes from end rot and cucumbers needed more attention then a whiny needy brat. I do have lots I want to do but for awhile just gonna keep low cleaning profile and sip on my cold ice tea. ,  Vicki, Va

2132 Lauren Bacall (8/12/2014 7:19:56 PM):  Lauren Bacall died of a stroke at her home today. She was 89.,  Melody, WA

2135 Lauren Bacall (8/12/2014 7:38:28 PM):  Some of you younger people will say who?? Lauren Bacall passed away from a stroke, age 89. She made a lot of good old B&W movies & even did some acting in her 80's. The last thing I recall seeing her in was The Sopranos. ,  RIP

2138 Robin Williams (8/12/2014 7:45:46 PM):  I can't really say I was a fan of his, but did like a couple movies he made. On the news tonight, they said he was worried about money problems among other things. I had forgotten before his last show started, he commented in an interview he needed the money, divorces & life styles had left him needing to work. I wonder if since that show was canceled after 1 season, he thought that was his last chance to work? Pretty sad if that was the final straw. ,  Lynn

2139 Swag Code Extravaganza 8/13 (8/12/2014 7:47:13 PM):  The Save the Summer Extravaganza begins at 8am PT and will run until 6pm PT (11am ET – 9pm ET) 5 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 25 SB Fun, games and opportunities to be hooked up with Swag Bucks! Chances to help your Dog Days of Summer Team earn more points! Get excited! -Team Swagbucks,  Melody, WA

2140 Riots (8/12/2014 7:50:07 PM):  I'm at a loss about these riots in St. Louis. I fully believe that the cop may have been in the wrong. (I have not seen the full report). But how does that make it right to break into shops and loot these places. I'm sure those places had nothing to do with this young black man that lost his life.,  Susan, SC

2151 Honda Insight test drive (8/12/2014 11:14:08 PM):  I went and test drove a Honda Insight today (I was driving the van when I showed up). It is OK. It has a weird habit of feeling like the engine had been turned off at lights (DH warned me that the coworkers did that). I don't know if all hybrids do that. Now we maybe back to looking for a new AWD for me and having DD drive the Rav4 (DH doesn't want DD to have a new car in Reno - I said we would be trading off whether she had the 'new' one or the Rav4 and then the 'new' one would be sold to her when she graduates). Otherwise, I told DH I won't be crossing the Sierras by myself (to go see my Mom) from October until at least April and someone else (my DB or someone) will have to - the stress level of worrying about snow, ice, etc isn't worth it to me to not have the AWD (the F150 isn't even AWD).,  Heather, NV

2153 Susan, LA - bumping up: (8/12/2014 11:20:41 PM):  My BG was also a Sun Dancer. I won't describe it here but if people are interested they can Google it. (Lakota Sun Dancing). Eagles arrive for that, too.,  Jane, CA

2154 Church/Bump Up (8/12/2014 11:23:33 PM):  Thanks for praying, meeting went well. Thanks for all the input about your churches and finding a pastor. We were having 40-50 for SS, now we have 17-22. But we have had good crowd on Sun evenings. The interim we are voting on is 40ish and has a job. We can't afford a full-time pastor. When we first heard him, he was very nervous, but the more he speaks, the better he gets. You can tell he prays and studies before he speaks. There is a sweet spirit at the church.,  Janice/Ok

2170 Giant Eagle (8/13/2014 7:47:51 AM):  Can anyone tell me if the $10 gift card when you buy $25 worth of angel soft etc on the front page of their add is BEFORE or AFTER coupons?,  Laurie, OH

2171 Positive Challenge Day 3 (8/13/2014 7:52:10 AM):  1. The sun is shining and there's a gentle breeze blowing- perfect day to hang the laundry outside 2. I have a wonderful husband, he's smart, funny, generous and loving. 3. I am so grateful to be the steward of this farm- God is good!,  Sharon B., VA

2172 chicken marsala (8/13/2014 7:53:43 AM):  I have never tried Chicken Marsala and am wondering if the wine it's made with evaporates when cooked or if there is a potent wine taste? Not much of a drinker so don't want it to be overwhelming. thanks!,  Lori L MN

2177 Sandy B., MO / DH (8/13/2014 8:30:55 AM):  Thanks for asking about DH, but not so much. Still very dizzy and the therapy with moving head and eyes makes it worse. They say it has to get worse to get better. ?? He was expecting to come home today but yesterday they said no to that. Tomorrow maybe? Don't know yet, but the dizziness is not going to be gone.,  Sue, MI

2182 Recall Notices (8/13/2014 9:08:19 AM):  CoScentrix recalls candles in metal tins due to fire hazard. Sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/CoScentrix-Recalls-Candles-in-Metal-Tins/
JPC Equestrian recalls stirrup leathers due to fall hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/JPC-Equestrian-Recalls-Stirrup-Leathers/Google Researcher

2183 When/where SB Codes (8/13/2014 9:10:11 AM):  are coming out. All in Pacific time. 8 SB Facebook page 10:30 Team Challenge Page 1 Blog 3 Pinterest 5 Instagram ,  Melody, WA

2184 (8/13/2014 9:11:44 AM):  are coming out. All in Pacific time. 8 SB Facebook page 10:30 Team Challenge Page 1 Blog 3 Pinterest 5 Instagram ,  Melody, WA

2187 Swagbucks Code #1 (8/13/2014 9:38:47 AM):  SummerDays before 9am PT/12pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

2189 Positive Challenges (8/13/2014 9:48:02 AM):  I am still looking for the good even with the set back for Erica yesterday! I need to keep the faith now more than ever!! 1. I'm preparing for a weekend away. It will include a class reunion and some other fun things. 2. My BIL that has seizures has been a little better. The seizures are because he doesn't take his meds!! 3. My step-nephew is getting married!! He is 44 and never been married before.,  Google Researcher

2193 car saga continues (8/13/2014 10:27:50 AM):  a) I found out that PicknPull (which is in Northern Nevada) will take a car and either pay you or give it to a charity so you can take a tax deduction; b) DD is getting stressed about this (oh, I agree!) and just texted me that maybe she shouldn't have a car (after this week I agree she won't need one as much since she goes back to school and walks to campus); c) I did a Google search and found that it could be the wiper motor (about $100) or other parts. Like I finally told DH last night 'someone could DIE if the wipers don't work when they need to' - he didn't say anything. I just told DD I think we have 3 options: a) fix the van (if any of us are going to drive it), b) buy her a used car, c)look for a new AWD and I guess we now have d) DD doesn't have a car (which I don't think is a good idea). So, right now I told her I want her to bring the Rav4 home after work on Thursday and I will drive her to Reno (since she is going away for the weekend and won't need to drive to work next week). Then we have longer to get the van fixed or buy a car. Right now I am thinking of turning in the van for a tax deduction and just get rid of it.,  Heather, NV

2202 Star Trek Actress, T'Pring (8/13/2014 11:21:46 AM):  Arlene Martel, died on August 12 following a heart attack. She played T'Pring, Spock's betrothed wife on the original Star Trek, Amok Time. http://www.startrek.com/article/remembering-arlene-martel-1936-2014Melody, WA

2203 Thank you Lila (and others) (8/13/2014 11:38:36 AM):  Thank you so much for keeping me in your prayers!! I appreciate the prayers more than you know. I always try to remember to pray for all those with special needs because I believe that the prayers are answered. I like to hear the follow up stories and that's why I've tried to update Brenner's story as I can. Mike and Brittany appreciate so much all the prayers and kindnesses people have done for them. Mike said, "All the prayers and kindnesses have made a truly intolerable time tolerable.",  Google Researcher

2205 Swagbucks Code #2 (8/13/2014 12:07:55 PM):  GoTeamGo before 11:30am PT/2:30pm ET for 7 SB!,  Melody, WA

2209 Tee Shirts (8/13/2014 12:17:45 PM):  What was the name of that tee shirt site online that sold the tee shirts with the clever sayings? They were a pretty good price. Thanks for the help.,  Karen, LA

2221 Swagbucks Code #3 (8/13/2014 2:37:55 PM):  IceCreamParty before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 5 SB!,  Melody, WA

2222 Million Dollar Idea (8/13/2014 2:40:22 PM):  Since Rodney's retirement (AKA ~ the accident) he sits around and dreams up his "next million dollar idea". That always cracks me up when he says that because I have no idea what his first million dollar idea was ~ LOL. Anyway, he was looking at the grocery ads today and said, "I wonder why grocery ads aren't scented". Every magazine we get has perfume samples in it ... can you imagine how our house would smell with the perfume samples plus the food smells of scented grocery ads?!,  Sandy B., MO

2227 Stranded vacationers (8/13/2014 3:18:54 PM):  Isn't there an organization who helps stranded travelers? Red Cross? Sal. Army? United Way? Racking my brains... Someone I know is about a l000 miles away from me calling to say that they are stranded. That the car was towed off - they will take only cash and their money is gone and no money left on their debit card. They are very upset and I didn't get too many details. Just what can I do? No transportation - no money. Is there any org. that would help and maybe get them a bus ticket home? The car they were traveling in is not their car. The owner of the car who is with them says the car is not in their name - not sure if they have any type of ownership papers? And they are not sure they could even get the car back since not in their name. Not sure what happened to their $. Just trying to think what to do. ,  Trying to help!

2230 Verizon / Samsung S4 mini (8/13/2014 3:33:04 PM):  Does anyone else on here have one of these smart phones? I spent 1/2+ on the phone with a Verizon technician this morning since the replacement phone (got it last week) is also giving the Messaging quit error (and I only knew because DH came home last night and asked if I had found the answer to his question yet - no, I never got the messages). Hopefully it is done having problems, but I lost all of my calendar posts and tasks. Luckily, I wrote everything down last week before getting the new phone. I think I will use a Dollar Store calendar (in my purse) for a while as a backup.,  Heather, NV

2235 Swagbucks Code #4 (8/13/2014 4:38:57 PM):  SummerSavings before 4pm PT/7pm ET for 6 SB!,  Melody, WA

2242 Personal responsibility (8/13/2014 4:58:59 PM):  The stranded vacationer post reminds me of my recent exposure to a site : Gofundme.com. The site keeps a percentage of donations. People post on it begging for money for everything from funeral expenses to a $40,000 college tuition I want others to pay, to I am 20 and want to move to CA, to pay for summer camp for my triplets, well you get the idea. I always advocate for personal responsibility in taking care of yourself and this site promotes begging. As many cities struggle with pan handling, now online it is being encouraged. Another social layer we now have for people to hold their hand out and get it filled. Yes, I realize people give if they want, however this to me is yet another example of people doing nothing (ok, pecking a few keys to get set up) the mindset is troubling.,  Faye

2248 Trisha, TX (Zaycon) (8/13/2014 5:07:53 PM):  Bumping this up- Thanks for the link- This is the first product that I've ever gotten from them that I've not been happy with. Maybe it tastes really. really good? LOL,  Sharon B., VA

2252 Extreme Coupons (8/13/2014 5:26:31 PM):  Ok - so I didn't totally clean my house. I got side-tracked for about an hour today with "Extreme Couponing" episodes. Susan Samtur was on. It was kind of fun to see her start off with over $700 worth of items and pay only $39.00. I used to subscribe to Refundle Bundle years ago. I particularly liked that the store offered 10% off that day for being a senior citizen.,  Joanne VT

2259 Swagbucks Code #5 (8/13/2014 6:38:28 PM):  Last one of the day. Appreciate all the messages of thanks. HeadOverHeels before 5pm PT/8pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

2263 Paypal and Ebay? (8/13/2014 7:28:15 PM):  I received this from paypal when I go to log in to my account? I even called the paypal number and they said it's legit? But why do I feel so uneasy about giving my SS number? Has anybody that sells a little on ebay come across this? Can somebody please help me? Thanks Provide your tax reporting information We'll use your tax ID number to send tax Form 1099-K to you and the IRS if the payments you receive in a calendar year go above both of these levels: $20,000 USD in gross payment volume for goods or services 200 payments for goods or services Please provide your tax ID number today. That will help you continue to sell with PayPal and avoid any interruption to your PayPal service. You can find more information about the new tax rules and why we need your tax ID number at www.paypal.com/irs. What tax ID number do you use when you pay your taxes? I use my Social Security Number. I use my Employer Identification Number. If you select this, we'll ask you to upgrade to a Business account. I use my Individual Tax Identification Number.,  Lisa in PA

2266 Robin Williams as the American flag (8/13/2014 7:52:38 PM):  One of his best early bits from 1981. . http://tinyurl.com/n9axplz .,  William M M, FL

2270 Sirius XM in car (8/13/2014 8:33:06 PM):  I could use a little input as to Sirius XM radio in my car. Our year end of SiriusXM is September. We got a bill for one year at $185.00 Yipes ! I have heard I can call them on the telephone and negotiate. Not doing the 185.00 for one year ! Could some on this chat tell me … well… tell me what they paid for one year of Sirius XM radio in the automobile. thanks ,  Patti/IN

2273 Sweet Hubby (8/13/2014 9:00:19 PM):  Tried to post this earlier but computer shut down on me. I came out into my den and hubby told me he wanted to make cooking dinners easier for me. He then told me that he had ordered a power pressure Xl for me. He showed me a show on it and it looked pretty awesome. I also checked it out on amazon & it had very high ratings. It is a smart pressure cooker,slow cooker, canner & yogurt maker. They also knocked close to $30.00 off price. I thought that was sweet of him.,  Vicki, Va

2274 More positive challenges (8/13/2014 9:02:59 PM):  1) It's sunny today but only in the mid-70's. 2) We had a great crop of cherry tomatoes in our patio "garden", and now there's a new crop coming up. 3)Our kids are all happily married, healthy--and EMPLOYED!! Another blessed day!,  Barb M., OR

2278 Recall Notice (8/13/2014 10:06:59 PM):  ESL, Interlogix Hard-Wired Smoke Alarms recalled due to failure to alert consumers of a fire: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/ESL-Interlogix-Hard-Wired-Smoke-Alarms-Recalled/Google Researcher

2280 Jane--lost tribe of Israel (8/13/2014 10:40:27 PM):  I have not heard of that lore, Jane. That is very interesting. However, there are actually 10 lost tribes.,  df.fl

2286 Susan R (8/14/2014 1:16:22 AM):  Just read your comment "Last year, it was Trayvor Martin, killed for wearing a hoodie" in relation to the post on the rioting. Trayvon Martin was NOT killed for wearing a hoodie. Did you not watch TV and read the reports? He had attacked a man and was beating/slamming his head into the cement trying to kill him. He was shot in self defense by the victim. A jury of his peers found George Zimmerman innocent. Homes had been burglarized in the gated community. Trayvon was hanging around someone's house who was not home. He was dressed like a burglar would dress shielding his face. He circled around and went back and attacked/jumped Zimmerman. On his phone records/texts it showed that Trayvon liked to fight, there was pics of guns, pics of Trayvon smoking marijuana. He had been kicked out of school. He had burglary tools/jewelry in his backpack @ school. He was not a great kid who was shot for wearing a hoodie. Wasn't it several days before anyone even reported him missing? They say there are more African Americans in prison and that proves discrimination. Maybe they actually commit more crimes? They (many) don't believe in trying to do well in school because that is acting like whitey. Therefore they don't get good jobs or go to college. Instead they hang out in the streets and choose to sell drugs. Their mothers choose to not get married and provide a father. 75% of them choose not to marry. That way they can qualify for Section 8 money, food stamp money, free cell phones, Medicaid etc etc. Free child care too. Did you see the post from the FL real estate agent saying NO - you can't get Section 8 to pay your pool maintenance in S. FL. They give them up to $2l00 she said in S. Fl to get a Section 8 house - many of which have screened in pools. That would be a dream of mine. But no - I work for my $. I've never applied for food stamps, Section 8, Medicaid. I spaced my children out so I could afford them. No Medicaid paid for them. I have personally worked in a welfare waiting room taking welfare applications. Some of these women have 8 kids and 8 fathers. SMH big time!! Shot for wearing a hoodie? No way. Did you see the pics of him with the marijuana smoke coming out of his mouth? Gold teeth? The pics of the guns and conversations on this cell phone/texts about buying drugs and guns? I did.,  Juanita

2296 Sandy (8/14/2014 7:47:52 AM):  I just read your post about Rodney's next million dollars. See, he's already spent that first million and is looking for more money that he can spend. I've gone thru way more than a million in my dreams.,  Anna, AL

2303 Positive Challenge Day 4 (8/14/2014 8:52:54 AM):  1. The posts on the positive things in your lives really uplift me-This is truly an amazing group of women and men here! 2. Headache medicine is a wonderful thing :) 3. We took the 4 wheeler out last night and rode around the property. We came upon a flock of turkeys and further down we saw a family of deer- There were about 15 of them grouped together. It's such a blessing to be able to enjoy and I'm so grateful!,  Sharon B., VA

2307 Riots--Bumping up (8/14/2014 9:44:17 AM):  One of the men involved attacked the policeman. Many (most?) of the looters/rioters were from downtown St. Louis, not Ferguson. I have relatives and friends who live in the Ferguson/Florissant area. For the most part, people have gotten along well. There is a whole lot more to this story than is coming out in the press right now.,  Marcia, MO

2316 Positive Story (LONG) (8/15/2014 6:41:06 AM):  As most of you know Detroit has its share of problems. There have been many clean up fix up groups going on for years. This week one of the biggest events ever undertaken has been going on. It is an area I lived in for awhile in the 80's. A group called Life Remodeled started about 4 years ago and got volunteers to fix up one house. It grew each year. This year for one week Aug 11th through Aug 16th They are expecting they may have had close to 20,000 volunteers. They are remodeling a high school, elementary school and 100 city blocks of homes. This area is one of the worst for muggings and rapes. (Although their has been improvement) The high school had less than a 40% graduation rate 4 years ago. Since then they have split the school into academies. One for medical, one for Leasdership training, one for math and science. their graduation rate is now close to 80%! The high school did not have a football field. That is being done. All kinds of fix up clean inside the school. They want to give these people hope now that they are starting to get things on track.Homes being torn down, or boarded up in the neighborhood. As well as just grass cutting, bush cutting raking etc.A few students will have much needed interior renovations done. EVERYTHING is being done by volunteers! Everything! This is a joint collaboration of churches in and outside of Detroit. Home Depot, GM, ford, quicken Loans, just single individuals & many many others. Me and two of my children and a friend spent the day, cutting down overgrown brush, bagging trash sweeping. There were white people, black people, Arabic, Indian Asian you name it everyone was helping and happy to do it. We had about 20 to 30 people sometimes clearing one house (front yards only) The house I used to live in sadly is not occupied, and needs boarding up it, has been totally ransacked. The people living in the neighborhood were so happy to see us and they were helping too. No matter what you here in the news us suburban people do care about our city and want to see it make a comeback. When you get down to it everyone wants the same things, a safe neighborhood, good schools, places to live and have your children play and make memories. Anyways I was so happy to have played a tiny part in hopefully a growing trend of helping each other. I love my city and I am glad to see so many others do too. ,  Doreen,MI

2317 Third Color (8/15/2014 7:29:01 AM):  Our house is a 60's ranch-style. Most of the siding is almond/wheat with a portion of the front in cedar stained a deep brown. What would you suggest for an accent color.,  Sue S., MN

2318 Positive Challenge Day 5 (8/15/2014 7:37:50 AM):  Thankful for the things I take for granted…washer, vacuum, dishwasher, fridge, ect. Even though cleaning is a chore, I'm glad we have appliances to make it easier. It's going to be another gorgeous day outside--great day to get outdoor chores done Picked 20 pounds of concord grapes- I'll be using my steam juicer to make juice and jelly. Thankful for my steam juicer- it makes it so much easier! ,  Sharon B., VA

2320 Teen Challenge Thrift Store (8/15/2014 10:01:29 AM):  Teen Challenge Thrift Store on SE McLoughlin and Courtney in Milwaukie, OR is having a sale on books 25 cents each - means hardbound, softbound, large or small. they have tons of cookbooks, religious, autobiography, fiction and non-fiction (especially self help). How that school is around the corner - don't forget the dictionaries. They will also be having a FREE car wash Friday 8/15/ today - open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm Friday and Saturday, closed on Sunday,  Barb, OR

2323 MO (8/15/2014 11:11:41 AM):  Well now the rest of the story is finally being released as to what caused the officer to stop that 18 yr old man. Some might say 18 yrs old, still a kid. Legally he is adult, 6'4" 300 lbs & high school graduate, he'd be a man in my book. Maturity wise I read recently men don't fully get there till 34.I do have a problem with their releasing the name of the officer due to his & his family members safety.,  just me

2324 Kellogg's Family Rewards (8/15/2014 11:16:54 AM):  KFR4COUPONING101 This code was new to me.,  Melody, WA

2325 Memocodes (8/15/2014 11:55:22 AM):  250Million 4 points B2SHANES 50 points,  Melody, WA

2328 Weather (8/15/2014 12:55:17 PM):  This morning at 4:30 this morning we were at 45 degrees. Hard to believe that in the middle of august that I would have to have my car's heater turned on.,  Jackie A., PA

2332 Persecuted Christians TV coverage 7pm Fri (8/15/2014 1:44:31 PM):  This announcement is from Franklin Graham (Billy Graham's son): "Friday night, I will appear with Greta Van Susteren on Christians Under Attack, a special that will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on the FOX News Channel. I’m encouraging everyone to watch this important program that will shine the spotlight on how those who bear the Name of Christ are suffering around the world. In Iraq, a terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is threatening Christians with death if they don’t convert to Islam. In Iran, Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned for nearly two years because of his faith. In Sudan, President Omar Al Bashir continues to wage war on Christians living in the Nuba Mountains. These are just a few of the places around the world where believers are being persecuted in growing numbers. Please be sure and watch the program, and pray for persecuted believers around the world. If you won’t be home, please record it and watch later.",  Helen in VA

2335 Positive thoughts 8/15 (8/15/2014 4:36:28 PM):  My DH feels much better today. Yesterday was scarey as he had nausea, cold, clammy sweats and dizziness..think heart. Ekg and blood tests were good and he responded to the shot in the butt for the nausea. Today was officially the last day I serve as VP/secretary after a 3+ year term for my organ group. Someone surprised me by buying my lunch today. Yes. Life is good. And RC is almost back to normal..a bonus. ,  Vera in everchanging MI

2339 Deb, CT (8/15/2014 5:01:48 PM):  Sent you an email via FB.,  Sharon B., VA

2349 Greatful (8/15/2014 9:15:56 PM):  Refundcents working against 10:20 pm. Got more house cleaned, beautiful day here in Va.,  Vicki, Va

2350 My Coke Rewards (8/15/2014 9:28:36 PM):  Is anyone else getting "Promotion over. Code no longer active." when entering 12 digit codes?,  Sue S., MN

2353 Positive Challenge Day 5 (8/16/2014 7:24:53 AM):  1. Mowing is a chore, but I'm so thankful for riding mowers :) 2. I'm thankful for a friend who sent a box yesterday filled with goodies for the shoebox project. 3. I'm grateful that my grapes have produced more than I expected and today I'll be using my steam juicer again, this time making muscadine juice. ,  Sharon B., VA

2358 Restaurant week in DC (8/16/2014 8:13:15 AM):  I believe it is twice a year several restaurants in DC will have three-course meals for $20/lunch and $35/dinner. This is a very good deal considering that $15/lunch is doing good. This week was established about ten years ago to help boost the economy. Do other cities do this? I have never heard of it until I came here.,  Mindy, MD

2359 Couch Covers (8/16/2014 8:19:18 AM):  I need advice from expert sewing people here on line. I would like to change the look of my living room and also protect my couch. I would like to make a pet type of cover for my couch. I am not fond of the old type covers that look like a bed spread put on or the stretch and fit covers that work you too a frazzle and still don't look right. I need to know what is the recommended fabric to use. Naturally I want something machine washable & wrinkle free as much as possible. I was thinking a type of quilted fabric and possible light padding. ,  Vicki H, Va

2361 Zoombucks Code (8/16/2014 8:55:57 AM):  QUETICOPARK Don't know how long it's good for.,  Melody, WA

2367 Swagbucks Code (8/16/2014 10:30:02 AM):  ROLLERCOASTER 2 SB before 10am PT/1pm ET! This may not make it in time with RMC acting up.,  Melody, WA

2371 FOY Code (8/16/2014 11:42:01 AM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code iqv00n4zv worth 23 Hulk Coins for use by 1more user. Refundcents not acting right for me so this might not work. ,  Vicki,Va

2373 Reminder (8/16/2014 3:36:04 PM):  Just a reminder to double check your receipts. Today, some of my marked down merchandise at Shaws scanned incorrectly and instead of taking money off, $40.32 was added in twice. Since my grocery total is rarely much over $100, having a total appear of $188+ seemed off --especially since I only spent $6.00 on meat -- but I did have a lot of produce. When the cashier found the problem, she was unable to void it without the manager's code. It all worked out in the end. ,  Joanne VT

2381 Prayers for someone special in my life (8/16/2014 6:28:20 PM):  A lot of folk have posted prayer requests here of late. I would like to add my own. This person has been a special part of my life & that of my late Mom when we lived in Pittsburgh. Dr. Pat Albright was the former Pastor at the Methodist church we attended there.That chutch still continues to send me the monthly church newsletter. Dr. Albright led the memorial service for Mom at the cemetary in Pittsburgh last November. He recently has a seizure from which he quickly recovered from. he was kept in the hospital for several days for testing. Doctors have concluded this seizure was connected to the melanoma skin cancer he had treated a few months ago. He has now begun radiation treatment for metastic melanoma. I am trying to put him in the hands of our Lord. And hope he can beat this health issue. he is very well known for his true-to-life portrayals of historic people. A member of our church in Pittsburgh creates the authentic costumes he will wear. And the authentic wig he wears to complete the look is purchased in Williamsburg, VA! ,  Virginia Ann S VA

2382 Computer Time (8/16/2014 6:39:00 PM):  I just checked RC site little after 7 and I am seeing some new posts. Yippie! I know Michele must be pulling her hair out about now. Really has been pitiful computer days around here. I have missed not reading posts and replying back. Then swagbucks goes & attaches it self to search engine Yapoo, oh I mean yahoo. I have been lucky if I get credited for one search a day. Even on my not so good days with former SB I managed to get credit for at least 3 searches. I sure hope this is just a slow time for SB and they soon pickup the pace again. Then I tried doing films on gifthulk and it would get to film 9 and go back to film 1 and yep you guessed no hulk points. I wasted more time than I normally do on computer by continually checking sites to see if they were working any better. Well thank goodness hopefully getting back to par.,  Vicki,Va

2383 More positives (8/16/2014 6:51:40 PM):  1) I'm almost caught up in clipping, filing and sending coupons for the overseas military bases. 2) Got some "real" conversation time with friends I don't get to talk to very often. 3) Tomorrow will be sunny but cooler and we have a barbecue to go to.,  Barb M., OR

2385 need info (8/16/2014 8:46:22 PM):  what were named of thrift stores in orlando florida?,  amy s ia

2386 Being positive (8/16/2014 9:08:49 PM):  This the continuation of the devotional for yesterday that I posted in my Positive Challenge Day 5: "But thankful to whom? The problem with Christless gratitude is that, nice as it is, it's out of context. It's a gratitude that generically tosses its thanksgivings into the air, not sure if they should be directed toward good breaks, good genes, good fortune, or the good Lord. And we as believers simply cannot be content to consider this sufficient--not when there's a level of gratitude that offers us so much more than merely feeling good about how things are going. How can it ever be appropriate to thank our 'lucky stars' for even a single blessing that comes our way, when in reality it has come from the One who thought up stars in the first place--the One who wants us to know that He has engraved us on the palms of His hands (Isa. 49:16), who loves us 'from everlasting to everlasting' (Ps. 103:17). It is only by recognizing that our blessings have a single Source--a real, personal, living, and loving Giver--that gratitude become authentic, Christian gratitude: recognizing and expressing appreciation for the benefits we have received from God." The title at the top of the page was: "Thanks Where Thanks Is Due" and the Scripture at the top was from John 3:27 where Jesus says, "A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.",  df,fl

2391 Tablet (8/16/2014 10:45:09 PM):  I am looking to purchase a tablet to surf the internet/play games/and go on facebook and such. Looking for suggestions on the best one for value. Hoping to not have to spend a small fortune. Figured my friends on here would have good suggestions. ,  gloria wi

2395 facebook...... (8/17/2014 8:16:24 AM):  Curse or blessing ? I guess , like everything else , it's all in how you use it ! I only have 46 friends on fb . All are loved ones . Mostly family . I live quite a distance from my huge family . FB is how I keep in touch . To me , it's been a blessing , until yesterday morning . I got on FB just to read the most disgusting , vile , malicious post I've ever seen ! It was a post to one of my dear nieces , from her husband's "friend" ! He'd never been a problem before . Seems as if he thinks she was blocking his calls on her own phone . He wanted hubby to join him at the local bar . I don't care how drunk or drugged up he was ! Any kind of filth he could spew , he did. He has also put pics of her & her children on some weird dating sites . She's contacting the authorites and probably charging him with harassment , among other things . I wonder just how much damage has been done ! Then , FB became a blessing . Another niece's hubby and infant daughter were involved in a traffic accident . I got a quick phone call with no details , except the vehicle had been totaled . The word went out on FB and we began to pray . After a few hours , one short post relieved all our worries . "Vehicle totaled , hubby and baby are OK . " There were so many happy replies and many of the posts were thanking God ! I've been thanking Him every chance I get . My eyes are sore from the tears of joy ! I'm a sight , and I don't care ! Yes , fb and the net can be used for evil , but it can also be used for good . I guess I'll continue to read and post . Evil always finds a way to rear it's ugly head , with or without the computer .,  MB

2397 Positive Challenge Day 6 (8/17/2014 9:13:34 AM):  Sitting outside enjoying my coffee this morning with all of the sights and sounds of the farm. We take our senses for granted, but this morning sitting out back, I was thankful for sight, sounds and smells. I'm still making healthy food choices and going to the Y- it's making a difference with my back. While I'll still make my appointment with the Ortho Doc on Tuesday, I think the pain can be managed on my own. I really don't want to take any kind of RX's if I can avoid it. It looks like we're going to be getting some rain, so I'll snuggle up with a good book this afternoon. Life is good at the farm! ,  Sharon B., VA

2398 Walmart Savings Catcher (8/17/2014 9:16:14 AM):  Michele posted about this on her updates. I've been using the app on my phone and it's awesome. The last two receipts I've been credited money towards a gift card. It's so quick and easy to use on the phone. Then they send you an email telling you that you have a credit of whatever.,  Sharon B., VA

2403 C.O.P.D. (8/17/2014 10:53:49 AM):  I am 73 years old and have COPD. The last three years I have been on oxygen 24/7 so I decided to buy an oxygen concentrator. It is light weight to carry, charges on a battery and should last five hours. I got a used one for $1800. It came on a Thursday and I tried to get it charged It said it was fully charged but the most time I got from it was two hours. I did this all weekend and just gave up. I called them and said I wanted to return as I thought it was defective. I had to pay return shipping fees of $17.28 to UPS and a 25% restocking fee in the amount of $450. This was in my contract of which I did not read carefully. This was a very expensive mistake. I just want to warn others to read all document carefully and "Buyer Beware".,  Mary IL

2408 Positive Challenge Day 6 (8/17/2014 8:20:34 PM):  Positive Challenge Day 6 was actually Saturday, but was not able to post. Saturday some of the things I was thankful for were: 1) One of the cats I was caring for did not die. 2) I had the strength to get all my house work done. 3) I was able to start a good book.,  df,fl

2409 Fake java update popup (8/17/2014 8:26:55 PM):  My daughter and I have been getting pop ups that say java is outdated and to click here to update. I know my java is the newest one and these pop ups do not have anything to do with java. It happens on google, neopet, gamesville, yahoo and utube. I have done a system restore, ran antivirus, spyware, etc and they do find stuff which I get rid of but the pop ups keep coming. The pop up says "it is recommended that you update your java to the latest version to view this page. Please update to continue." Java is working fine for me. How do I get rid of these pop ups or stop them? I have googled the problem and didn't find what they said could have been downloaded on my computer. Thanks for any help!,  Ann

2412 cookeville, tn (8/17/2014 8:32:26 PM):  What is the main newspaper in Cookeville, TN? The newspaper that would have Sunday coupons in it?,  Cass

2413 It's been awhile..... (8/17/2014 8:36:31 PM):  We left home on Thursday and went to my hometown. My 50th HS Reunion was at the casino on Friday night. I heard two counts...one said 19 and another one said 20 so about half the class was there. I told my DH to stay in the hotel room and I went to the reunion by myself. Many had left by 10 PM as did I..I heard the next day that the heavy drinkers had stayed until 11:30! I did have a lot of fun and seeing Margaret was an especially nice treat. She lives in CA and we hadn't seen each other since we graduated. One of the girls lives in Hawaii and had been 5 years since I had seen her. The party started at 4PM but I didn't go there until 6:30. On Saturday we had an all school reunion at the HS. Another fun time! I did see many I hadn't seen for years and so that was fun too. My cousin was there and was a thrill to see her also. We left early this morning and just got home a short time ago. I'm tired but it's a good tired. Just as we were driving through town when we were leaving I saw Kelly take the hearse out of the garage. Apparently someone died in the last day or so. ,  Google Researcher

2414 Back to Work (8/17/2014 8:44:54 PM):  Back to work Monday. I hope Off Topic and Centsible Chat have a good day and work well and all of the little internet gremlins go away for good. Today was a pretty good day. I picked up a few things at Staples with the 20% off -- stuff the bag coupon. Then I came home and made 10 pints of pickles. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to do anything with the large quantity of plums that came from my father in law's tree. (Last year it didn't produce much -- but this year is another story!),  Joanne VT

2417 Buying quilting supplies ? (8/17/2014 9:07:59 PM):  I quilt every day and started a small business to help my income. The only problem I seem to have is that I can't find quilting supplies. I shop at AC Moore and Michaels. I don't live near Jo Ann's. I was looking for basting spray and couldn't find it. I also looked in Wal-Mart no luck. Now I can find batting. Does anyone order quilting supplies online. TIA,  Renay, NJ

2420 Amy, IA (8/17/2014 9:41:03 PM):  Use "Thrift Stores in Orlando, FL" as your search words. Lots of locations and different thrift stores will come up.,  Google Researcher

2424 PHONE CARDS (8/17/2014 9:12:33 PM):  Not sure if this is the right place for this, but here goes. We are downsizing and in cleaning out my husband found several Sam's Club phone cards (200 and 500 minutes). I went to the USO site to see how to donate them and got no answers there, so is there a market for these? ,  Cathy S, VA

2425 New Challenge (8/17/2014 10:23:52 PM):  The Gratitude/Positive shares have been a wonderful addition to this board. I've found much to be grateful for by performing a daily RAOK and highly recommend it. Giving when I've on the mountain is often too easy; giving when I'm in the valley is where I've been most enlightened. I was raised that anonymous RAOKs count; those that were advertised did not. So in this new daily Challenge, DON'T identify yourself. Share what you did, and its effect. All best,  Susan R., CA

2428 The class reunion (8/17/2014 10:49:26 PM):  There were 38 in my class. It was the largest class ever in that school until 1970 when my baby brother graduated. His class had over 40 students as did either 1972 or 1973. Those classes tied for the largest classes in the school. They sometimes have only 8 or 10 in a graduating class!! The girl that lives in Hawaii said I had offended her 5 years ago. I told her that I didn't mean to do that and I apologized more than once. She laughed and said she knew I didn't mean it the way it sounded. I told her that was a tough day and she said she knew that too. I know she's on FB so am going to send a friend request in a few days. I don't know when they were going back to Hawaii as their parents are all deceased but they do have brothers and sisters in the area. Margaret's husband is a very nice man! He uses canes to walk and said they can't do anything more surgically to help him. He said they usually drive from CA but decided this time to fly so they would have more days to visit family. I gave him a card with my NAZ and asked him to tell Margaret if she would like to keep in touch I would love to hear from her. They don't have/do computers so will be the old fashioned way (pen on paper). Mona was in better shape this time. She was telling me where their son lives...it's a beautiful place with lots of new trees and lots of flowers planted. Mona has 2 girls besides 1 boy. Catching up was great fun! I made a new friend. The wife of one of my classmates. They don't live far from us...20 miles maybe. There are some that look very much like they did when we graduated...then some look so different I didn't recognize them. There were graduates from other classes that dropped by to visit and that was fun too. I was painfully shy when I was growing up so my being outgoing was a surprise to some. I told one of the surprised persons "I've learned that I can say anything to anybody at any time as long as I say it nicely!!" She said that is really true. (It always got my way for everything). ,  Google Researcher

2430 Birds and Blooms (8/18/2014 12:56:18 AM):  Can someome please tell me what pages the bee and violet is on in the newest birds and bloom. I actually think they forgot to put it in there this issue but please give it a look and see if you can find it and let me know,  Becky Mo

2432 Site up and running. (8/18/2014 6:01:12 AM):  I never knew how much I enjoy reading the Off Topic Chit Chat until the site went down. There is always a great deal of information on this site and mostly very accurate. So glad it's back.,  Barb

2433 RAOK (8/18/2014 6:06:17 AM):  I had a wonderful weekend, mostly due to meeting a new friend. I've been needing help at my house and a wonderful young woman stepped up and wasn't afraid to tackle the job. She had such a wonderful attitude - she was falling all over herself, thanking me for giving her the chance to earn some cash. And what a worker she turned out to be!! Not only great help in the house, but she worked all day in the hot sun, reviving my flower beds and trimming trees. In talking to her more in those 2 days, I learned she was a single mom with a 4-yr-old, struggling to make ends meet. In addition to her pay (I paid her extra for her work outside)! I went through all my movies and toys, and loaded up items I thought her little boy would like. So my house got de-cluttered, she was super happy to help and earn some money, and the little boy got a box full of new toys God is good!,  No Name this time

2443 Positive Post (8/18/2014 7:56:19 AM):  YEAH!!! Chat is back! Michele, E.,- I know you're feeling positive about having everything back up and running. I bet you were about to pull your hair out--I can only imagine how frustrating this has been for you.,  Sharon B., VA

2444 Great Wolf Lodge advice (8/18/2014 8:04:30 AM):  Great Wolf Lodge just opened here in Massachusetts and we're taking our two daughters there for the weekend as an end-of-summer treat. It looks a bit overwhelming. I know many of you have been to one of these resorts. Any advice??? TIA!,  Susan, MA

2446 Posts (8/18/2014 8:19:13 AM):  I cant seem to get any posts but August 17. Is there still a problem. I didnt know if it was your computor or mine. Just checking,  Becky Mo

2447 Swagbucks (8/18/2014 8:19:19 AM):  On clicking on take a discovery break, when the LG3 page comes up I cannot click on the page to earn points. Never have been able to. But, sometimes it just keeps coming back up and up. Any ideas on what I must be doing wrong?,  Penny in MO

2455 MB/Facebook (8/18/2014 10:01:51 AM):  I am on FB because I like to communicate with my family out of town without having to call. I love seeing the pics of my great, great, nephew as he is growing up. Since many on my friends list are church members, I use to it make announcements of things coming up and prayer requests. I like it because we can find out who needs prayer quickly and not wait for a newspaper to come out to learn who has died. I do not like selfies. I have about 3 people who constantly send selfies with duck lips. I have unfriended them. I learned on 20/20 that there is a mental problem associated with people who take lots of selfies. A young man had taken over 200. He was looking for perfection. He was obsessed with it and almost committed suicide before he got help. I can't remember the name of the problem.,  Janice/Ok

2458 Church Update (8/18/2014 10:18:17 AM):  We voted 100% to call a young man as our interim pastor yesterday morning. We are excited that maybe our little church will grow again. My dh was able to return as music minister last week. He is so excited. He hasn't been having problems passing out because of low blood pressure in a several months. The people were glad to have him back also. Please keep him in your prayers. Our congregation went from 50 to 27 in SS recently because of people following our former pastor to his new church. Many were his family members and close friends. Two ladies who went rarely came to church; wouldn't get involved in Sun school or ladies activities. They only came when they wanted to sing or needed financial help. Once we flew her to her brother's funeral in Arizona (she complained about having to go to Dallas to catch the flight). We have paid for glasses, medications and other things. After leaving our church and joining the other one. She bragged on FB that she was among 13 who had joined the former pastor's church. It was a wonderful service, etc. She said that she had been "torn up" about our church for a long time. I don't think she liked me or my dh and wouldn't ever sing in the choir. (Learned later that she didn't sing in the choir before we came 5 years ago.) I didn't respond to her on FB. I unfriended her. Last night a friend of her adult daughter saw a post on FB about the wonderful church she was in and that 2 people had gotten saved and the great crowds. She just went on and on about how the church was full, etc. My thought: sure it is full, half of our people went there; filling the church up. (It was a small bldg. to begin with.) Sometimes it is so hard to pray for people and not to defend your church. Our church is building up slowly; we have been having people saved and join. We have 6 people lined up for baptism right now. Not bad for a church who hasn't had a pastor. There is a sweet spirit and all the people left are loving. It is probably a blessing our church was "downsized." I wanted to message her what was done to tear her up and make her unhappy; and remind her how good we were to her, but decided to just let God handle it. We will be seeing all these people tonight at our church for our association's monthly WMU (missions) meeting. We are the host. There is a banner for the church with high attendance at the meeting. We used to receive it most months, but I am sure they will get it this time. We will all be happy for them and clap for their church. Pray for us!! ,  Janice/Ok

2461 looking for a bank (8/18/2014 10:31:03 AM):  Capital One doesn't have a branch within 75 miles, so maybe someone knows of another bank with no-fee, no minimum checking accounts. A young friend started working for a mom & pop business so they won't, or can't, do direct deposit. He used BVO Harris (I think that is name), but they want to charge him $10 a month to have checking acct without direct deposit. Shoot he doesn't make much more than that per hour & it isn't always a 40 hour week. Does anyone know a bank with no fee checking, or something less than $10 a mo?,  Lynn

2464 Swagbucks Code (8/18/2014 10:54:18 AM):  Abrogate worth 3 SB before 10am PT!,  Melody, WA

2466 Thankful (8/18/2014 11:14:33 AM):  For DD's school making sure new schedule was right. For DS's doctor calling in his refill. My garden that producing just enough food for me to can with out being overwhelmed.,  cathy oh

2467 COPD (8/18/2014 11:17:03 AM):  Thank you for the understanding comments I received on Aug.17th. The company is First Medical in Englewood, CO. I checked my credit card account this morning and a credit of $1305 was there. This is not 25% of $1800. I called them and was told the difference was for the shipping to me. They told me the unit was fine, no defects. I am going to still look into this further.,  Mary S. IL

2468 Ferguson crime Scene Video (8/18/2014 11:19:42 AM):  Ferguson Crime Scene: A man who recorded a video accidently documented a conversation between a man who saw the Michael Brown shooting unfold and another man presumed to be a neighbor. The transcript is at the end. In my opinion, if a police officer is being assaulted by someone who is trying to take his gun, then that is a game changer. The kid could have cooperated, but instead he made his choice to retaliate and become more aggressive. Officers learn throughout their training that most officers are killed with their own weapon when overpowered by a suspect. I heard he was shot 6 times from the FRONT, but that could not happen if he was running away. (This was reported to be based on the independent autopsy requested by the parents) TRANSCRIPT @6:28/6:29 OF VIDEO #1 How’d he get from there to there? #2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck {CROSSTALK} #2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him {CROSSTALK} #2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him – #1. Oh, the police got his gun #2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him {CROSSTALK} #2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing #1 The Police? #2 The Police shot him #1 Police? #2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”) ,  What a sad situation

2469 hospital network hacked (8/18/2014 11:23:03 AM):  I just saw this in CNN.com. I am glad there isn't one of their hospitals in our area (from the map), but I feel sorry for anyone who went to one. This allows someone to get the social security number, etc and when that happens they can open new credit cards, etc and ruin the person's credit score. I know since someone got my SS# and I found out a year ago that my credit score was ruined, I had a credit card opened against me and they 'moved' me across the US. It has been fixed, but I need to have credit monitoring for the rest of my life. ,  past identity theft victim

2473 RAOK (8/18/2014 12:15:05 PM):  I did a few of these in the past school year for a teacher I know. 3 or 4 times I left a goodie bag outside her garage with classroom supplies-stickers, classroom decorations, rewards for the kids. She was a kindergarten teacher and I did it because I joined RAOK challenge because of a recent tragedy. I was supposed to do 12 so I better get going with something different for others!,  Like RAOKs

2485 Swagbucks (8/18/2014 2:17:15 PM):  Just wondering how many searches others are receiving points for since SB hooked up with yahoo. I am only getting credit for one search and sometimes zero. I was hoping that things might improve but so far not. I hope SB is not going to get like some of other point sites that you have to work like crazy to get a few measly points. I just want to see if others are doing about same as me or maybe I am just in a slow time and things might pickup.,  Vicki, Va

2486 Shoebox ALert-Bargain (8/18/2014 2:17:55 PM):  Walmart has these in gray http://imgur.com/vI2C3Dv marked down to $1.00 and then the http://imgur.com/iw5Dn81 navy marked down to $2.00. There are other tees for the boys for $2.00, but they are the big hairy eyeball kinda weird stuff. I won't send that kind of thing…I wouldn't have dressed my own child in that garb- so for me, they aren't suitable for the shoebox project. The tags on the gray say $2.00 but they are ringing up at $1.00. They also had the cutest girls shorts sets marked down to $4.00 a set, I bought all of them in sizes from 4 to 8. I think it was 32 shorts and tops sets for the girls . I was thinking I could make one dress to put in each box with a short set. I'll take pics of them later- it's pouring outside and I had taken the photos inside of WalMart for the boys tees. They also had packages of socks for $1.00 (girls), but someone else on this board has donated a lot of socks for these boxes, so I'm good on those. I have an ortho doc appt tomorrow, so I'll check out that Walmart in that city to see if I can pick up more boys tees. I'm pretty set on the girls for now.,  Sharon B., VA

2487 Lisa, OH: (8/18/2014 2:27:02 PM):  Hi Lisa -- I posted a few days ago but OTCC was going through issues and the post never made it. How have you and your family been doing?,  Jane, CA

2493 RAOK (8/18/2014 2:45:23 PM):  I like to pay for the person behind me when I go through the drive through. I also like to give out lottery tickets to the servers at the drive through, bank tellers and leave a ticket with my tip for the waiter or waitress. I've even walked up to police officers at a restaurant and said, here's a change for you- I'm giving you a ticket. They just laugh and are appreciative.,  --------------------

2497 Swagbucks Code (8/18/2014 2:57:57 PM):  DidYouWin before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

2505 low grade fever (8/18/2014 7:12:16 PM):  have had one for 4 days, how long would you wait to go to doctor? have a hard cough and terrible nose.,  sickee..............

2507 Puzzle (8/18/2014 7:28:09 PM):  Answer: Lamb (La Bamba)---I know we had a winner last week. Sorry for the delay in posting this. I had tried so many times on Sunday and then forgot about it. Next week's challenge from American puzzle maker Sam Lloyd: You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target. ,  MAC--WI

2508 androgen disorder (8/18/2014 7:28:12 PM):  daughter was just told today that she has high testosterone causing a lot of her symptoms. last gynecologist said pcos. she is hypothyroid and on armour. anyone have any experience with this? I'm not quick to put her on birth control pills even though that was recommended. any thoughts? another opinion?,  christy, ia

2509 quilting supplies (8/18/2014 7:32:31 PM):  I have ordered from Connecting Threads before and I'm very pleased with their fabric and thread. You can find stuff at Amazon. See if you have a Hancock Fabrics in your area. They have a lot of great stuff. I also check thrift stores. I've gotten a lot of fabric there, including some quilt tops someone donated that I'm working on finishing. I've found fabric and notions at Tuesday Mornings. I've purchased fabric on eBay before also. Great way to build up your stash. I'm lucky, we have a Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Michaels in my town (along with Walmart). When they don't have what I want, I travel about 45 mins or so to Hancock. If those fail, I shop online :),  Dianne in GA

2512 Family Reunion Name Tags (8/18/2014 6:52:20 PM):  I am in charge of making name tags for our family reunion next week. Someone had suggested that I make the "lanyard" style - using card stock and paper for the name. All of the descendents are either from my grandmother or her sisters/brother. I thought about having 4 different colors in the lanyards - each representing the descendent whom each of us are from. I also wanted to stay away from stickers (may fall off) or pins (people may not want to put a pin in their clothing). Any other suggestions out there for name tags? I also want to make it as economical as possible as I am funding about 40 of them.,  Crafter - MI

2519 Looting, crime (8/18/2014 7:35:57 PM):  related to the Michael Brown shooting http://tinyurl.com/ngn7ry9Sue P., CT

2520 Lay's new flavors (8/18/2014 7:42:36 PM):  I tried Mango Salsa today. Not really impressed. Tried several and there was a very slight hint of mango flavor. I guess if you were eating with dip, etc., it would be OK. Just eating straight from the bag was not impressive.,  Susan, LA

2522 M & M tee shirts (8/18/2014 8:14:40 PM):  My sister really enjoys anything that has M & M on it. You should see her home! What she does not have is a "Miss Brown" M & M tee shirt. I have been looking for one and can not find a source. Anyone have any ideas on where to purchase this item. Thanks,  Marge, MO

2529 school supplies (8/18/2014 8:46:28 PM):  I have been buying things for the Christmas Child boxes is it just me or has anyone else think pencils have gotten more expensive? The 20 count at Walgreens for $1 I would swear were 39c or 49c last year,  me

2530 Jane LEgal question (8/18/2014 8:53:49 PM):  Jane I have a legal question. I think I know the answer but it is California law so one never knows the answer! I have a friend who is actually in San fran, nice girl . she works in an office with herself , her boss and a part time person, staff of 3. toni ( the girl) has been with this employer almost a year. Toni is gay, under 40. She suffers from depression and anxiety which has reared its ugly head lately. her boss has noticed lately and asked her what has been wrong. I have counseled her to tell him she is having medical issues and working through them, hopeing he would back off, so far he has not. She is concerned that when she returns from her scheduled vacation next week her job will be gone and she will be replaced. I am getting more details as whether she feels this is in her mind retailation or sexual discrimination. my first thought is to have her get a consult with an employment consult, a free half hour . do you have other thoughts? any one you recommend? you can email me at Pshri84101@aol.com ,  pat s az

2534 Church Bump Up (8/18/2014 10:27:57 PM):  Thanks for your comments; Susan La, Been there and Cathy Oh. I like "thinning the herd" comment. We are not our for numbers, but there are souls in numbers. I would rather have 25 loving people than 100 with trouble makers. We won the banner tonight!!!! And I was ready to be happy for them. We had 25 and they had 15 at the meeting. It wasn't bad since we only had 27 Sun morning in SS. They clapped for our church; but one "simple" man asked them why they were clapping; their church didn't win the banner. We had a great meeting. We were all friendly with each other before and after the meeting. We enjoyed the fellowship during refreshments. Only God's love can cause us to behave that way. The lady who discouraged me, didn't come tonight.,  Janice/Ok

2535 FB bump up (8/18/2014 10:32:49 PM):  I also don't care for people posting pics of their dinner. Also, I really don't care for people posting a story and you think it is about them or family and it is something from a radio station or sent from someone else I don't know. I don't like being invited to play games. My dd informed me today that I invite people to play Candy Crush and I was unaware of that. She has to correct my settings. So if you have been getting these from me, please bear with me until we correct it. Bear/Bare? I am tired. Must be bear, I don't want anyone naked... :),  Janice/Ok

2537 Susan R (8/19/2014 4:39:07 AM):  I was just reading all the comments about Ferguson and was wondering how your non-profit for the homeless children is coming along. You said to check back later for updates on your progress. Have you got your funding, a facility, kids coming to your facility? Please let us know how you are doing with your very needed place for all homeless children.,  Anna, AL

2538 Pro Player (8/19/2014 5:01:55 AM):  What is pro Player part of what company?,  Lynn

2540 Dental Concerns (8/19/2014 5:14:10 AM):  Recently I went to the dentist for my semi annual cleaning. I only get x-rays once per year as that is all my insurance covers. I have been going to this particular dentist for many years so I have full trust in their judgement. I was told I have 6 cavities. Two I can see that I couldn't before the cleaning. I brush at least twice a day but i am not that good with dental floss. The dentist wants me to call my md as she is concerned there is something going on that I should not have this occur. She suggested perhaps an auto-immune disease. I had my physical earlier this year with a full blood panel. Would that have flagged anything at that time? My body has always ached on and off for years but I also have back problems that contribute to my overall well being and how I feel on a daily basis and I also have dry eyes but so did my mom. Can anyone shed some light on this while I wait to get into the doctor, I am also out of dental insurance for the year as I had a root canal and crown earlier. There is only one she felt needed to be filled before Jan 1 but I would need to come as soon as the insurance starts over in January. I am getting a little nervous and I can't get into the doctor for two weeks.,  Name withheld

2542 Positive- (8/19/2014 6:42:46 AM):  Life is good!,  Sharon B.,VA

2543 Divorce (8/19/2014 6:44:07 AM):  You have been on my mind for the last few weeks. Has anything changed? Have you been able to get him to go to counseling? My heart goes out to you- Let us know how you're doing-,  Sharon B.,VA

2546 Kohl's 20% Skechers (8/19/2014 6:50:30 AM):  I had ordered another pair of Skechers Go Walk shoes from Kohls, using the 20% off coupon code that Michele posted. (The advertisement where the woman goes to her sock drawer and pulls out these socks and they turn into shoes as she's putting them on her feet.) These are the lightest shoes I have ever worn and they are so comfortable-your feet feel good when you're walking in these shoes. The ones Amazon have are not the same- they are like outlet stores where inferior materials are used and are not as comfortable- I just sent a pair back to Amazon.,  Sharon B.,VA

2557 Open office (8/19/2014 8:15:00 AM):  Recently had open office installed on my computer. Price is excellent FREE but I can not figure it out. Can anyone tell me where I can learn how to use it. Thanks.,  Linda N. Pa

2558 Jim Jeffords (8/19/2014 8:15:04 AM):  Jim Jeffords former Vermont Senator and Congressman passed away earlier this week at the age of 80 after battling Alzheimer's disease. He had been in politics since the the mid-60's until he retired at age 72. In today's Rutland Herald, www.rutlandherald.com there is a really nice article that covers his career and his affect on Vermont and national politics.,  Joanne VT

2563 Sloppy Joe recipe (8/19/2014 9:20:10 AM):  We are camping this weekend with extended family. Does someone have a sloppy joe recipe, maybe something I could make early and heat up? Any other food ideas? Thanks! ,  Lori Ohio

2564 Cilantro (8/19/2014 9:33:11 AM):  There was a discussion a few weeks ago concerning the "sorry state of cilantro"---growing cilantro and how to keep it fresh in the fridge. I would remove it from the plastic produce bag, wrap paper towel around the stems and wet the towel, then place the bundle back ON, not in the plastic bag. This method would extend the life by maybe a day. I recently bought a bunch at Target and it looked pretty good. When I got home, I almost used the same method then had a brilliant idea. Why not put it in my Tupperware FridgeSmart container. This was on Aug. 10. Today is the 19th. My garbage goes out tonight so I went to the container to throw out what I thought would be a mushy mess. It's still as fresh as the day I bought it. I was totally shocked! If you haven't invested in one of these, it works great for all produce. I've tried lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers. Don't know why it never popped into my mind to use it for cilantro.,  Susan, LA

2566 turkey fryer & canning (8/19/2014 10:08:20 AM):  Anyone know if a turkey fryer (which I don't have, but I can borrow one) can be used for canning (jam, fruit, etc)? I am guessing it gets warm enough to boil water. I have to admit I have never even seen one, but I can imagine what it looks like.,  Heather, NV

2581 Swagbucks Code (8/19/2014 12:00:38 PM):  UHave24Hours before 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

2595 Sharon B (8/19/2014 1:46:04 PM):  Thank you for the wonderful card. It is wonderful to come home after a week away and see something other than bills!,  Debbie, OR

2597 Sharon B (8/19/2014 1:57:07 PM):  I received your card. Thank you so much. I am grateful.,  Melody, WA

2605 Prayers please (8/19/2014 2:54:37 PM):  Just received bad news - my uncle, who was terminally ill, has passed. Under normal circumstances his passing would have been difficult enough, but he took his own life today, while my aunt was home with him. I'm not passing judgement - from accounts, he was losing his mind in the past few days. But the choice of suicide left my aunt to have to face that, to have it happen at their home, etc. A lot of pain and loss being dealt with - please pray for strength and forgiveness...,  No Name this time

2606 Hancock&Coupons (8/19/2014 2:57:42 PM):  I wrote the info down but now can't remember where I put note. So please excuse. Someone did a post on how to save with coupons and senior discount. I would really appreciate if you could post info again or if you have post number. Again very sorry & this time info going on ipad.,  Vicki,,Va

2622 Ferguson -- verrrry long): (8/19/2014 4:03:55 PM):  I’m actually re-writing this. I spent 35 minutes yesterday drafting what I thought was a reasonable response to various questions raised by the Ferguson case and, as soon as I was about to hit “Submit”, the website went down, so I’m writing this as a Word doc and will cut/paste it into Chat. Susan R. CA: You get an “A” in evidence – but you probably already did. The transcription that was posted yesterday is not only hearsay, it’s unreliable because of the number of unintelligible sections that couldn’t be included. I also agree with everything you’ve written so far today. Lynn and Cathy, OH: As Susan said, the officer had no clue Michael Brown was a suspect in anything. I don’t think he even knew there had been a robbery anywhere. His contact with MB was unrelated to anything except that, perhaps, MB was walking in the middle of the street. But even had he known there was a (non-weapon) robbery and that MB was a suspect, that’s not reason to shoot him, even had he been running away (and we don’t know that was what happened). Assuming for a moment that MB committed a technical robbery (by taking cigars from the store and used force by pushing the clerk/owner in order to get away), that’s not a capital crime; it’s not an offense in which deadly force should have been used. Police departments have procedural manuals. These manuals cover when deadly force may/may not be used. (I was just reading part of one yesterday that specifically says officers in that department shall not use choke-holds, for example.) Neither Susan nor I mean to “excuse” MB’s conduct if he stole cigars, not matter how much or little they were worth. (And I don’t know whether he stole the cigars or not because I haven’t seen the videos and/or more than one photo of MB.) But that’s a property crime, only elevated to the status of a major felony (robbery) because of a shove to the storekeeper. “Attitude”, including yelling, cursing, spitting, etc. is also not sufficient to warrant deadly force. In CA, and probably everywhere else, officers are trained at the academy to handle this kind of “attitude”. It might be frustrating, aggravation, disgusting, or any one of other things, but officers are trained not to let their emotions get the best of them in those situations. So, “attitude” doesn’t justify the shooting. Cathy, I want to talk about your point that the officer should have shot MB in the leg, or should have used a taser. First, keep in mind that officers are required to make split-second decisions, often in bad lighting. They sometimes shoot and kill people they think had a gun pointed at them only to discover later that the victim of the shooting was holding a cell phone or something else. Last week, a San Jose officer shot and killed a woman who was holding a Makita drill which, for whatever reason, had been painted black. Those kinds of circumstances result in tragic deaths. But officers who are not snipers sitting on the top of some building with time to assess a situation and take their time to aim can’t rely on disabling someone they see as a danger to themselves or others. When you go to target practice, you’re taught to aim for the torso – body mass. I call it “The Broad Side of A Barn Theory”. It’s hard enough to shoot a moving target (someone running, ducking, dodging) at all, much less to shoot a target in the leg. So, although you do practice “head shots” at the range, you’re mainly trained to aim for the largest mass and that’s the torso. Obviously, that area of the body has a lot of crucial organs – not just the heart – so a person shot, say, in the center of the chest or in the abdomen could still die, even if the bullet hits “center mass”. And, actually, even if someone’s shot in the leg and the shot hits the femoral artery, even a leg shot could be fatal instead of merely disabling. So I agree with you that, unless MB had a gun and was confronting the officer with it, you’d think use of the taser would have been the most appropriate response. Unfortunately, we really don’t know what happened. This would be the time we would wish for cameras (with sound) that could be affixed to an officer’s shirt or, at the very least, that the patrol car had a camera and that camera was positioned to capture the incident. But, if there is any film, we’re not being told about it. What I don’t understand about the scenario some people have laid out – the one in which MB’s supposed to have been trying to get the officer’s gun as he (MB) was falling or being pushed backward into the patrol car, is (1) if the officer had his gun out, why? And (2) if he didn’t have his gun out and MB was just making a move toward it, why would the officer draw it, thus giving MB a better opportunity to grab onto it? If, in another scenario, MB was being placed in the patrol car, why wasn’t he handcuffed? If that had been the case, he wouldn’t have been able to try for the officer’s gun. But, again, we don’t know. With regard to rioters and demonstrators, I think we have to be careful not to lump them all together. Peaceful, even emotional ones, demonstrations are perfectly legal. Unfortunately, sometimes, for whatever reason, demonstrations that begin as peaceful can attract people whose intentions are not as good as the original demonstrators and/or who have added alcohol or “substances” to whatever their mood might have been when they decided to “go downtown”. The people who are legitimately demonstrating – and who absolutely have the right to do so under the First Amendment – have no control over who shows up to the scene with bad motives. Rioters and looters are responsible for their own actions – the demonstrators can’t be blamed for the violence and looting. The “authorities” have made some major mistakes in this case and give the appearance of wanting to cover things up, even if that’s not actually their intent. They arrested journalists who were using McDonald’s as a headquarters (and, at the same time, were customers of McD’s. They were arrested for “trespassing”, although I haven’t heard or read anything about the staff at McD’s asking the journalists to leave or calling the police. According to a column in today’s paper (Contra Costa Times www.hotcoco.com Leonard Pitts, Jr.’s column), the officers making those arrests refused to give their names or badge numbers and “grew angry when one of the men attempted to take a video”. The reporters were released after a couple hours, no fingerprints or mug shots having been taken. This action certainly gives the appearance of trying to keep the “real story” from being reported. Mr. Pitts writes, “At least three witnesses have now disputed the official version of what happened, the tale of how Brown inexplicably shoved a police officer back inside the officer’s car, and they wrestled for the officer’s gun”. Citizens don’t (and shouldn’t) react well to the sight of tanks and military-grade armaments in response to a situation like this, violent though it might be. That kind of equipment simply adds fuel to the proverbial fire. Police departments (including Highway Patrol and sheriff’s departments) have been quelling riots for ages without using light tanks. I would think that if black demonstrators found themselves faced with a predominately white “army” of law enforcement deploying military equipment, they’d probably feel there was racially biased law enforcement action being taken. One of the things that concerns me is, what happens once the police and prosecutors decide to arrest or not to arrest the officer who shot MB. Clearly, MB’s family wants murder charges. But, even if the DA decides that the officer acted improperly, there are different charges that could be filed – anything from 1st degree murder to some variety of manslaughter. If the DA decides that the officer committed a criminal act but that act did not rise to the level of murder, is the level of anger going to rise even higher than it already has? Meanwhile, we have to wait for all the evidence to be in, sorted through, and reported. And let’s hope it all IS reported, no matter which way the facts turn out. And meanwhile, there was another police-involved shooting/killing of another young black man in or near St. Louis. This time, the police said the shooting victim was approaching them, angry and yelling (apparently, he was a suspect in a convenience store theft), holding a knife over his head and refusing to obey the officers’ orders. Let’s hope that doesn’t fuel the flames. ,  Jane, CA

2630 Humor (8/19/2014 5:07:08 PM):  2014 Final Conference on Aging for youtube - YouTube ,  Bob, PA

2631 Ferguson (8/19/2014 5:26:57 PM):  A wiser man than I said today, "I don't know why we are spending our hard-earned money paying taxes to support a criminal justice system, when issues of guilt or innocence are being determined on television--and even punishment is being meted out by CNN's showing the home and address of the policeman accused in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting". He later adds "It's amazing to me how many think they are doing blacks a favor by exempting them from standards that others are expected to meet." This wiser man is a black man, Thomas Sowell. I was raised by parents who taught standards of right and wrong. You don't steal what isn't yours. You show respect for teachers and elders and policemen. I don't know all that happened in Ferguson that night and now I've heard that the policeman involved may have an orbital fracture by being head-butted by the man he shot. Nothing that happened between those two excuses the lawlessness that continues in Ferguson. Martin Luther King didn't accomplish all he did by encouraging or excusing that kind of behavior. Our society is decaying and I pray that someone comes forward to lead us out of this mess before there's nothing left to save.,  Marion, CA

2634 RAOK story (8/19/2014 5:46:48 PM):  A few Christmases ago, I was in the local bookstore using a few good coupons they had at the time. I had an extra, and offered it to someone else shopping. She was very appreciative, as she was shopping for something for her son. Last night at our school Meet 'n Greet, I went to my younger son's class to meet his new teacher. The teacher said "We've met before. Do you remember? I believe you gave me a coupon! Your son is going to get extra credit!" I hadn't remembered until she mentioned it, and thought it was pretty funny! What a nice way to start the year with a new teacher :),  Lisa, OH

2643 Pro double browser (8/19/2014 6:46:43 PM):  I down loaded this double browser for my ipad. It is not the best but it does help me to save a little time with doing points programs and keeping up with email, facebook, & go course RC. You can enlarge print but when you click to another page you have to reset print. I got it really when we go on vacation & have a little free time in motels at night I could do a little more. I didn't post about it at first because it took little while for it to kick in & RC site was not working either. I have been playing around with it though and am pleased with it. ,  Vicki, Va

2652 Sharon B., VA canning (8/19/2014 7:54:11 PM):  Thank you (about the turkey fryer answer). Now I need to find fruit to can! I have been freezing extra berries from our garden so maybe I will make berry jam first. I am actually getting excited to water bath can this fall. Randy (who owns the turkey fryer) lives really close also (and says he uses it about once a year) so I could probably borrow it for part of September / October without a problems. I told him I will give them some jam or something as a trade.,  Heather, NV

2654 Recall Notices (8/19/2014 8:34:19 PM):  BRITA recalls children’s water bottles due to laceration hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/BRITA-Recalls-Childrens-Water-Bottles/
Bexco recalls Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 convertible cribs due to fall and entrapment hazards: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Bexco-Recalls-Franklin-and-Ben-Mason-Four-in-One-Convertible-Cribs/Google Researcher

2655 Bob, PA: (8/19/2014 8:37:13 PM):  Yesterday, Anthony needed to take some gunk off a couple car windows. Before he found the Goo Gone in the garage, he used gasoline, applying it with paper towels. Then he put the paper towels into the outside trash can (where the temperature inside the can must have been over 100 because it was well into the 90's outside). That seemed to me to be a potential fire hazard. I realize it's not quite the same as having a heap of oily rags in one's garage, but it made me nervous nonetheless, especially because I discovered this about half an hour later when I took out some trash and was nearly bowled over by the fumes when I opened the lid of the (plastic) trash bin. Am I crazed for having been worried about that? (I realize many people think I'm crazed on other bases.) Or are the gas fumes like alcohol in a sauce and will "cook off"?,  Janie

2658 How to do background check? (8/19/2014 9:11:25 PM):  I'll be a landlord for the first time and don't know how to actually check someone's credit or criminal history. I'd appreciate any recommendations! I may need to check one person or a few people, depending on how this process goes but it shouldn't take longer than a week total, in case there's a time-based subscription available. I don't have any idea where to start and the best options. TIA!!,  Heather G, PA

2660 Scam question: (8/19/2014 9:31:05 PM):  Today I received a letter ostensibly from Capital One. It references the last 4 digits of one of my credit cards and an account/case number. It said CO monitors acc'ts and that as part of that monitoring some suspicious activity has been noted on this account. A phone number was provided. However, the letter itself looks as though it's been photocopied -- it's all B&W. I called, confirmed my name, the last 4 of the card # (which was on the letter) and their case number. Then the CS rep asked for the 3 digit code on the back of the card. I declined to provide hat because I've always been told that a CC company wouldn't ask that (and that they have hat information) and that only scammers would ask for that information. The CS rep said we could not proceed without those numbers. She said I could go on their website and do the same thing there but I'd have to provide those 3 numbers. Something just sounds wrong about this. Tomorrow during regular business hours, I'm going to call the CS number on the back of my card but meanwhile wanted to know if I'm just being paranoid or if I was right to refuse to provide the number. Anyone else have this experience?,  Jane, Ca

2662 Daily RAOK (8/19/2014 9:34:18 PM):  Re-filled the TP at my favorite local Italian restaurant. For the next person in the bathroom, it definitely counted!,  Me

2670 Please Vote (8/19/2014 11:39:35 PM):  Lisa Barrett Nominated Female Artist Of The Year 2014 with Clays Country Radio. I'd appreciate helping my friend: http://www.clayscountry.com/Lisabarrett/ VOTE> Thank you! Three clicks for VOTE for Lisa Barrett,  Pat

2673 Ferguson (8/20/2014 4:40:24 AM):  I wish they would put a curfew there. This way the police will not be risking there lives. If anyone is out there, and they get hurt, its there fault. They need to get on and stop all the trouble they are causing. Some go there, just to cause problems. ,  Lynn

2676 to no name divorce (8/20/2014 5:42:59 AM):  If you find out your husband is involved with Gloria, his old church should know about it. The church wouldn't be very happy to be paying for her to visit her flame - a married man. In my experience, very rarely is there NOT another person involved. VERY rarely. :(,  Dianne in GA

2683 Jane (8/20/2014 7:08:49 AM):  How are grand jurors selected? Are they regular citizens?,  Karen-IA

2690 Able Lincoln's Positive Thought (8/20/2014 7:38:09 AM):  --“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” ¯ Abraham Lincoln--,  Sharon B., VA

2692 Ferguson (8/20/2014 8:03:10 AM):  I only have a few things to say about this situation. 1. I understand people getting upset over any 'child' being killed. BUT why take it out on the town, the place you live. It's not the store owner's fault. 2. Every person who is out should be hauled in and detained no matter what their color. People like me and any person with a functioning brain would be in their home and away from trouble. 3. I am hoping that there are enough cameras around town to capture and charge those that stole from local business owners. I will NEVER understand how looting solves anything or even enters the picture.,  CB OH

2694 Do any of you read Carolyn Hax's column? (8/20/2014 8:23:44 AM):  She writes an advice column for the Washington Post. You can get it emailed to you daily. Although she often deals with topics not of interest to me (like dating), I always read her column. She gives the BEST advice. She is so smart with a huge amount of common sense. She is way better than Dear Abby, IMO, or any other advice column out there.,  Dianne in GA

2696 decluttering (8/20/2014 8:35:17 AM):  Well in getting our house ready to go on the market I have been decluttering like crazy. Also, since turning 48 I've realized that time is getting shorter and so is my energy or desire. So for those projects or books that I said I would do/read "some day" I am really making a decision. If I don't think I ever will "get to it" it's going. I don't save a lot of books. After I read them I pass them on to friends, the library, or charity. I've gone through my books and am keeping only the ones I know I want to read. I don't even save "favorite" books. I'm not the type to reread books. I probably started with 150 books and will end with only about 30-40. I have decided I AM going to read all my books! This decluttering has put my priorities in check for sure. It's been a bit harder to get hubby on board. For example, I found a work light, new in box, behind a shelf in our storage room. It's been there for 10 years. At first he didn't want to donate it, but I was like, "really?" He isn't as good at "getting around to it" stuff. I could have just donated it and he would have never known, but I am trying to show him that it's okay to get rid of stuff that you really don't need or use. He picked a book up at church on Sunday. I told him he had two weeks to read it. He listens to audio books during his commute and during his free time he plays on the computer or ipad. He hasn't read a book in years. He just doesn't have the declutter mindset! It's now Wed. and he hasn't started the book yet! He also isn't very good at self-evaluating what he actually does spend his time on and saying to himself it's okay to just pass on things you want to get to but know you probably never will.,  Dianne in GA

2697 Entertainment Weekly (8/20/2014 8:37:14 AM):  I love reading Entertainment Weekly because it gives great reviews and focuses on shows, movies, books etc. and not gossip. I went to mycokerewards.com to turn in points to renew my subscription and it's not on there anymore. I really hope it's not going to go out of business like so many other magazines have these days.,  Dianne in GA

2698 Irazoo Treasure Code (8/20/2014 8:38:57 AM):  moms Expires: 8/26/2014 9:00 PM ET. Worth 150 points.,  Melody, WA

2702 Computer Help Needed, Please (8/20/2014 8:53:52 AM):  I have a new-to-me laptop at work: A Dell, E6400, running Windows 7. The touchpad works but the scroll on it doesn't and I have searched hi and low in the Control Panel and can't find where to enable it. I googled to no avail. Can anyone help me? TIA!,  Shelby, Iowa

2710 Positive Challenge (8/20/2014 9:56:03 AM):  One big positive thing is that Chat is back up and running! I am so glad I can ask the random questions to people on here and they usually have an answer.,  Heather, NV

2711 Singer Futura Sewing Machine (8/20/2014 10:13:41 AM):  Does anyone own this model Singer models 900, 920, 925, 1200, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010. Please email me at dpepin (dot) sbcglobal (dot) net Thank you very much. ,  DEB CT

2719 Your Worst Fears (8/20/2014 10:56:24 AM):  Originally I saw Beth Moore talk about this in a Bible study. It is one of the best things I've ever seen. Imagine your absolute worst fear came true. For Beth Moore, it's if her husband left her. You don't have to be a Christian for this to be meaningful to you. Here's the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai54Q3-KcuU No matter what pain you're going through, you will come out of the other side.,  Dianne in GA

2720 Pat, traveling the USA (8/20/2014 10:59:10 AM):  Got the bakery outlet coupons in the mail today. What a wonderful, kind thing to do! Thank you!,  Diane J D, ME

2721 Smart Ones (8/20/2014 10:59:38 AM):  Steak Fajitas are really…really good! Now, I'm not a connoisseur of Mexican cuisine, but to me it's like getting a real meal! LOL The only problem is I could easily eat two boxes, but I only had one ;) I'll be getting more of those for my lunches. ,  Sharon B., VA

2723 Fitbit Flex (8/20/2014 11:04:52 AM):  So, with all of the healthy eating and going to the Y, I thought I'd get a FITBIT and use an app called fitwachr to calculate the steps/calories into Weight Watchers activity points. My son looked at me and said, uh, mom, you know theres an app on the Iphone5S that will do the same thing? I packed the Fitbit up and sent it back to Amazon- I just got an activity report from FitBit telling me how well I've done in the last week --telling me that I walked a total of 118.9 MILES!!!!! Hmmmmmm…That box must have bounced all the way back to Amazon. LOL,  Sharon B., VA

2737 Therapy question (8/20/2014 12:17:47 PM):  I need to be anon. for this since family and friends are on the board. We have been through a lot lately. Two of my children are interested in going to therapy. Is there any repercussions of going through insurance to pay for this or is it better in the long run to pay for it myself and not involve the insurance at all?,  a mom

2750 Puzzle (8/20/2014 2:07:08 PM):  K-GA I think your answer is correct....at least it equals 100. I hadn't taken the time to think about it yet. Nice job!!!!,  MAC--WI

2753 College text books (8/20/2014 2:23:21 PM):  Just got the list from DS for his text books. Do I buy them now before classes start or wait until he goes on the 1st day to class and confirms with the teacher? I know that the books at the bookstore will be more than if I shop around.,  Randi, LI

2754 Swagbucks Code (8/20/2014 2:30:00 PM):  FuzzyFriends before 3pm PST for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

2755 A changing picture (8/20/2014 2:58:48 PM):  THE POLICE OFFICER whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of often violent demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., suffered severe facial injuries — including an eye-socket fracture — and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com. ,  Bob, PA

2770 Michele-site crash (8/20/2014 3:49:55 PM):  Michele, thanks for all your hard work in trying to get us up and running again. I'm sorry that it had to be when you were enjoying your family visit. Thanks for all you do.,  Susan, LA

2774 Jane-Capital One (8/20/2014 4:35:24 PM):  When I had suspicious fraudulent activity on my Capital One Visa Card, THEY called me. They were wonderful and I paid $0. I was very impressed with their customer service. Yes, the number on the back of the card is a 24-hour number. Good luck! ,  Lori Ohio

2779 lab results (8/20/2014 5:07:27 PM):  got my doctor to order labs today, these came out high, alt/sgpt, bun, monocyte percent and alkaline phosphatase. should I be concerned? we get instant results through a patient portal.,  sickee......

2784 Ebola -- CA: (8/20/2014 5:37:07 PM):  Just heard on the 5:00 news that there "may" be a case of Ebola in NorCal -- apparently in a Sacramento area hospital. The (medical) talking heads are saying that CA has "procedures in place" (whatever that means) to isolate the "case" with no worries about contagion....,  Jane, CA

2795 Anniversary (8/20/2014 6:29:41 PM):  I can't believe that we've been married 37 years! We went out to dinner last night since we both had to work today. It's always a crazy time of year now since school seems to start earlier and earlier. This year, first day of school for teachers, August 18th, Anniversary on the 20th, and my birthday on the 25th -- kids start back on the 27th.,  Joanne VT

2805 Update on my husband (8/20/2014 7:34:31 PM):  In February my husband fell on the ice and hit his head. He suffered severe head trauma. He spent 3 months in the hospital. In July he had 2 seizures and he started to decline. Today he was admitted to a nursing home. One of the hardest things I have ever had to do.,  Barbara,IN

2833 Positive-Thomas Edison (8/21/2014 4:58:16 AM):  “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison This reminds me of the story of Milton Hershey. He failed several times before succeeded. Have a GREAT Thursday, everyone! ,  Sharon B., VA

2837 Smart Ones- Rewards (8/21/2014 5:12:34 AM):  CB in OH mentioned a rewards program for Smart Ones, here is what I found: "Weight Watchers Smart Ones - "Smart Rewards Loyalty Program" begins 8/1/14 Got an e-mail regarding this new program which begins today (8/1/14) "Receive a $10 Visa® Reward Card* when you purchase 30 Smart Ones® products — now through November 14, 2014! How To Participate: Shop Purchase a total of 30 of your favorite Smart Ones® products at a participating retailer. (Can be in multiple trips.) Highlight the items on the receipt with a star or check. Snap Snap a clear photo of your receipt, showing your Smart Ones® purchases, using your smartphone. Send Text "SMARTREWARDS" to 811811** for submission instructions, upload above or email your photo to submit@smartonesrewards.com. Please allow 48 hours for processing. Register Once you submit your photos, you will receive an automatic confirmation and request to complete a registration form. If you do not receive a confirmation or offer code, please click the Check Rewards Status button at the top of this page. **Valid from August 1, 2014 – November 14, 2014; Terms apply. Void where prohibited. Full Terms and Conditions can be found at http://snipp.us/!bVJ. By texting SMARTONES to 811811 you consent to receive up to 10 automated text messages to the number you provided from Snipp Interactive on behalf of H.J. Heinz Company, L.P.. Your consent to the above is not required to make a purchase. Text Msg & Data Rates May Apply" http://www.smartonesrewards.com/d/Default.aspx",  Sharon B., VA

2839 Fox news (8/21/2014 5:22:53 AM):  Thank goodness for there coverage, as that is the only place you will find out the truth about what went on in Ferguson. The coverage has been spot on. The governers report was way off base and did nothing to stop the riots but inforce them. And if anyone wants to stand up for the police they are forced out of the area. The protesters only want those that are backing the trouble maker. Nothing like all being one sided. I really feel sorry for the policeman, as he will not get a fair trial if it goes to that. Mike was wrong and the police was in the right. If Mike had not been looking for trouble all of this never would have happened. The Police was NOT looking to make trouble.,  Fox news, Get the truth.

2844 Stouffers Loyalty Program (8/21/2014 5:58:31 AM):  There has been discussion here about Smart Ones & Lean Cuisine. Someone said Lean Cuisine was ending it's Loyalty program in December. I thought it was Stouffers frozen entrees that was ending its Loyalty program this December. And not Lean Cuisine.,  Virginia Ann S VA

2847 News reporting (8/21/2014 6:18:27 AM):  All this uproar over Ferguson - the media is manupulating everything just like they did with the Zimmerman case in FL - took almost 2 weeks before they showed you Zimmerman's head injuries - now the Ferguson officer has orbital fractures which means someone punched him in the face. I want to know if there is blood INSIDE the police car and who's is it? The news media has become a total laugh....look at how they turn Obama's numbers around!!! Look at how they turn unemployment numbers around! Wish there were someway to restrain them from making up stuff,  Joanie in NJ

2851 Google Researcher (8/21/2014 6:41:27 AM):  I'm starting my day thinking bright thoughts and wishing you and your husband a very happy 43rd wedding anniversary. May you do whatever makes you happy in the best of health and good spirit. I hope this next year is a good one for you two, and all your family. You're due and you've earned it! ,  Marion, CA

2853 7Zip (8/21/2014 6:54:50 AM):  I tell and tell my family to not download ANYTHING without checking with me first. Grown son was looking for something so he could download the pictures from his dad's old dumb phone to the computer and its so old it looks like there is way to do it. Then he found 7ip and thought that would do. So he downloaded it, not checking the myriad of other things that came with it, foolishly believing that and only that would would be installed. Its been a nightmare of popups and warnings from 7Zip and all its other malware ever since. Its impossible to uninstall (no surprise there). Any suggestions? I see sites on the internet that say they can tell you how to get rid of it but I don't trust anything and how do I know my efforts to get rid of it wont trigger something else from it? I am about to take it to the shop and make my son pay for the removal. Every time I type something on CC or OTCC an ad pops up over it and there is no way to get rid of it. I have to wait until its over,  mad mom

2859 Printer problems (8/21/2014 8:34:02 AM):  I'm having a quirky problem with my printer & I don't know where the problem originates. My printer is an HP Deskjet 6980 series. I can print from some Websites like Betty Crocker. But I cannot print documents, etc. from other Websites. I will have my printer on, paper loaded, issue print command. And 5 minutes later, no printing is occurring! I went into my printers & saw something very confusing to me. My HP Deskjet 6980 series printer was listed twice. The first listing said "offline". When I right clicked on that listing screen message said "Printer Status:Offline." The 2nd listing for HP Deskjet 6980 series said "Copy 1" It was listed as Default Printer. When I right clicked on that listing, screen message said "Printer Status:Ready". How do i fix this problem so I can print from all online sources? I have Vista OS & Chrome browser. I wanted to print out the new forms Michele has listed. But my printer refuses to hear print command!,  Virginia Ann S VA

2861 Tragic accident, blame??? (8/21/2014 8:36:32 AM):  A two-year-old girl was killed by a hit and run driver in San Francisco last week. At 10:30 at night, the child's aunt was crossing a very busy downtown street after a movie. The family is demanding that the driver turn himself in. Yesterday, police arrested the aunt on felony child endangerment. Surveillance video shows that the aunt left the tyke in the crosswalk, which (confusingly to drivers) is in the middle of the block, against the light! The light was green for traffic on a fairly high speed street (Mission St). The aunt did so while walking back to the curb to get the tyke's twin brother, leaving the girl unattended. There's a good chance the driver never saw the tiny girl, or even realized he hit a human being. The sister of the woman arrested is saying the police need to go after the driver, not her sister. Of course the police are searching for the driver, but the main fault lies with the aunt, for causing a deadly situation. How can someone be so ignorant?,  Grace Basham, CA

2870 Google Researcher (8/21/2014 9:33:07 AM):  Happy anniversary to you & Mr. Google Researcher!,  someone you helped many times

2877 Background check help needed (8/21/2014 10:38:25 AM):  I’m going to be a landlord for the first time and need help with conducting background checks on potential tenants. Advice on how/where to check credit and criminal background will be greatly appreciated! Hopefully, I’ll only need to screen a few people before finding the right tenants. TIA for any help!,  Heather in PA

2885 Prayers Please (8/21/2014 11:56:29 AM):  My 86 year old Dad was admitted to the hospital last night diagnosed with having suffered a heart attack. Turns out he has major heart blockage and needs triple bypass surgery. The elected to wait until tomorrow, possibly early Saturday morning because he took his blood thinner meds before being admitted. He is the kindest, most patient man I have ever known and so full of wisdom. I would appreciate it if all of you wonderful people would lift him up in prayer. Hugs to all, ,  Susan TX

2889 kmart/sears (8/21/2014 12:20:21 PM):  I went to the KMart that is closing yesterday. I bought a couple of mini bar clamps and found out why they were still there when my husband pointed out the pads were missing. All sales final. Outside of trying to fashion new pads I don't know what next. I was thinking of trying to return them to Sears since those are Craftsmen I have been looking online for the pads but no luck so far. Any suggestions? I have not heard the end of it so far from husband and son,  goofed

2894 Excel 2010 and 2013 (8/21/2014 12:55:20 PM):  Are there significant (or just minor) differences between the Excel 2010 software and the Excel 2013 software? TIA,  Alice

2898 Recovering from kidney cancer (8/21/2014 1:28:38 PM):  I've had my right kidney totally removed and 3 cancer spots removed from the left. I would like 2 things. Advice on how to medically recover from the surgery(I was cut straight down the front)and suggestions of how to start preparing for Christmas. Things will be tight with these new bills and I am out of work for now. The Dr. mentioned 3 months for my body to recover and I may still have to see an oncologist later.,  D. Maness in SC

2900 Swagbucks Code (8/21/2014 1:35:41 PM):  LetsAllShop before 2pm PT/5pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

2902 Go Fund Me site (8/21/2014 1:52:57 PM):  In case anyone is interested, someone started a thread for Officer Wilson 3 days ago at the go fund me site. Around here we figure the officer will need plenty of money to get himself a VERY good lawyer. If nothing else, he is going to need funds to probably move and reestablish himself and family as it would probably be very detrimental to his health for him to stay where he is. It's interesting, in 3 days over $147,000 has been raised. As always....,  Marian/MO

2919 Faye-Camera's (8/21/2014 3:09:53 PM):  -You mentioned cameras everywhere you go and I agree with you. Now, at my doctors office and dentist they are asking to take your photograph. When I went into the ortho doc's office yesterday. I was a new patient. I handed the girl my insurance card and VA drivers license which has my picture on it. She said, I need to take your picture- look at the green light-I said, whoa, why do you need my picture, she said it was for identification. I looked at her and told her that's why she just ran my drivers license through the scanner on her desk. She said, well, I need to take your picture anyway and I told her no, you do not have my permission-You have all of the identification you need- She then told me that they wouldn't see me if I didn't allow it and I told her (with a straight face) in a hushed voice "I'm in the witness protection program and you are not taking my picture" She backed off and yes, I saw the doctor. I guess she got the joke when she saw me laughing as I sat back down in the lobby. ,  Sharon B., VA

2925 Sickie (Bumping Up) (8/21/2014 3:15:23 PM):  Did you get the translation on the lab results today?,  Sharon B., VA

2927 Traveling from Michigan to Buffalo, NY - Labor Day (8/21/2014 3:23:55 PM):  We will be traveling from Michigan to Buffalo, NY during Labor Day weekend (leaving Friday evening and coming home on Labor Day). What kind of delays can we expect at the Blue Water Bridge and the Peace Bridge? Is there a website that we can check for updated delays while we are on the road? Is there a best time for traveling to reduce our wait at the bridges? Any tips would be helpful. Thanks in advance for any input!,  Traveler, MI

2930 Officer Wilson (8/21/2014 3:50:44 PM):  Our illustrious [said snidely] governor Nixon opened his mouth and stated that "a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued". Really? What happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? I know who will NOT be getting my vote come election!

Here is the link for the go fund me site for Officer Wilson. http://www.gofundme.com/SupportOfficerWilson Sorry, don't know how to hyperlink, maybe GR you can help? By the way, it is now up to $157,631 !! As always....,  Marian/MO

2932 Ferguson, MO (8/21/2014 3:55:15 PM):  Sharpton, Jackson, and Holder are all there. Isn't that an infringement on the Three Stooges trademark? Just wondering....,  Bob, PA

2937 Financial Help Cancer Treatments (8/21/2014 5:01:55 PM):  I am trying to help a relative who lives in NC who was recently diagnosed with skin cancer and must have 20 radiation treatments 5 days per week for 4 weeks and pay $45 upfront per treatment is there some type of financial help with paying for these treatments They are elderly have a fixed income (ss about $1200.00 a month ) and have medicare and humana prescription coverage it is my understanding they must pay 20% after insurance pays 80% the $45 each day is separate from the 20/80 charges and doctor copay for visits and they have met their yearly deductible ,  Debby NC

2947 Sandy, MO (8/21/2014 6:17:18 PM):  Are you done eating the "clean out the pantry" meals? We are working on that now... UGG!!! Did you get/take the job? What was it? ,  Shelby, Iowa

2948 Happy news for a change: (8/21/2014 6:17:37 PM):  Over the last week, I've enormously enjoyed hearing about M'onet Davis, the girl pitcher on the Philly Little League team who pitched a shut-out and is still smoking the competition. She even made it to the cover of Sports Illustrated, the first Little Leaguer to do so! She reminds me of the achievements of Bob's kids and grandkids -- good for her!,  Jane, CA

2950 Ferguson (8/21/2014 6:32:24 PM):  While I do read the newspaper daily, I don't watch the news on tv and every time I see the posts titled Ferguson, here's what pops into my mind first : Craig Ferguson of the Late Late Show. We got tickets to be in the audience! We always thought we had plenty of time to go to one of his shows, like everyone else, right? Then he announced that this was his last year. We had booked a cruise for November/December that embarks from CA to 4 HI islands and back to CA (we're in NV). I was able to apply for and GET 2 tix for his show, on the day of our disembarkation! So we'll disembark, head for our hotel, then get in line to see 2 shows, live, as they are being taped. Then, the next day, we drive home to NV. I think DH is almost more excited to see Craig, than he is about our cruise :) I also want to say thanks to Marian, MO, for the gofundme info for Officer Wilson. DH and I are both retired law enforcement and we know there is always "the rest of the story"...,  Sheila L, NV

2952 After 43 years.... (8/21/2014 6:52:20 PM):  he can still make me laugh! DH called me earlier to see how things were going. He went with his sister to check on cemetery business and then they went to Grand Forks for some other business. They were in a store and the salesman wanted to know if she wanted to look at the rings closer. My DH said, "She's not my wife..you can sell her anything you want to!" Then DH said, "She's my sister." The salesman said, "I thought she was your daughter!!!",  Google Researcher

2957 Julie in Mass (8/21/2014 7:27:38 PM):  How is your sister, Pam? I have been thinking about you both.And praying for her recovery.,  Sue P., CT

2959 Wifi (8/21/2014 8:58:52 PM):  ok I am a big dummy! I reset my ipad not even thinking of my passwords for wifi. Now I can't remember my passwords to reset my wifi. I looked on google but makes no sense or they show icon that for life of me I cant seem to find on my screen. Please in baby steps and I do so appreciate.,  Vicki, VA.

2966 RV Travels- Part 1 (8/22/2014 2:01:57 AM):  I laughed when I saw Michele's update mention my name and expert for Go RVing... because this past week has been a perfect example of what can go wrong will go wrong! We enjoyed the FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) Convention/Rally in Redmond OR. I'm on the Governing Board (along with 220 others) and we had the shortest meeting I've ever attended: only 6 hours! A few years ago it was 13.5 hours and we had to return the next day to finish elections which added a few more hours! There were about 1550 motorhomes, about 1485 attending were members and the others were new motorhomes on display for sale. We looked at one…. The only thing I didn’t like about it: it had a fireplace! Cutesy- but I need every bit of space I can have for storage! Our tower electric space heater takes up less room! I think our motorhome must have felt some vibes that we might move into something else! Because after we left this Rally, we developed some major problems! Just like GR said: it could always be worse… well: sure enough things did get worse! One of the seminars I attended (we always learn something) mentioned when we drive the RV it has similar effects of being in an earthquake.... especially with some of the roads we've driven on! Keep this in mind as I’m sure it added to our problems. And just like any homeowner, we have things go wrong in the living area of the RV. And the same is true for owning a vehicle- ours just happens to be two-fer, all in one! At least we only need to get an oil change once per year… but it costs the same as getting a car oil change four times in a year! To be continued...,  Pat, Traveling the USA

2989 Jay Nixon/political aspirations (8/22/2014 7:51:27 AM):  I don't think Nixon will run again as governor but, according to the Wall Street Journal, Nixon has apparently set his goals for a higher office. President? Senate? Not sure. I do know that the Lt.Governor, Peter Kinder, was very verbal against what Nixon said and I agree with Kinder. I also know that Claire McCaskill [democrat senator in MO] went to Ferguson, attended church there and was photographed hugging a protester. Was it for political reasons? Probably.

I don't play with politics that much, when I decide who I want to vote for then I check it out. All I know for sure is I will NEVER vote for Nixon for anything ever again. As always.....,  Marian/MO

2995 Auto Correct (8/22/2014 9:26:51 AM):  I see posts where I know auto correct has changed a word from what it is intended to something that can be funny and we get a good chuckle or you're horrified when you read what you sent. Not picking anyone's posts apart. I'm am curious, how come people don't reread their posts/texts and make sure it says what it should before hitting send? I go back and read a text before I hit send. I want to make sure it says what I wrote. I know we're all busy but 10-20 seconds to read before it's sent, makes sure you won't turn 10 shades of red. ,  Melody, WA

2998 Today is (8/22/2014 10:03:13 AM):  a GREAT day! ,  Sharon B., VA

2999 eRewards (8/22/2014 10:11:02 AM):  Does anyone do these? I keep getting notice to do these, but would like to know if anyone does these and is it worth your time?,  Lynn

3003 Need internet help - Bob or Melody (8/22/2014 10:56:22 AM):  We purchased a smart tv and whenever we watch a streaming movie I cannot use the laptop to run SBTV or my iPad to run a SB app or the movies stops numerous times and buffers. I thought I would call my internet provider but in looking at my bundled bill, it doesn't appear I am paying for internet. HMMMM! So, I am wondering if there is anything else I can do from my end to remedy this problem? Would replacing my Actiontec wireless router help? We have had it for more than 5 years. (And yes, we unplug it at least every 2 weeks per your recommendation Melody). My friend runs a PS4, smart tv (movie), laptops, and phones running video apps without problems! I can't! Can you help me?,  Computer Illiterate

3006 Tipping (8/22/2014 11:38:45 AM):  I live in a state when servers must be paid at least the minimum wage. Yet, the servers seem to still expect a tip on top of that. Anyone here know why? They must make out really well from out-of-state people that assume they only make $2.33 an hour.,  Confused about this

3007 DH got a surprise...... (8/22/2014 11:50:15 AM):  other than having a salesman assume his sister was his daughter! She had him on a tight rein most of the day yesterday. She was afraid he would get away from her and she had been planning a SURPRISE birthday party for him! His sister and BIL were taking him to dinner for his birthday. They went to Grand Forks to a Mexican Restaurant and the hostess said to go to the back. They get back and tables all set up with about 20 of his family members all seated around the table! He was really surprised! They got him good!!!,  Google Researcher

3008 Funny Picture of Woman (8/22/2014 11:57:47 AM):  Years ago a car salesman came to my window at the auto license department for me to type up his papers. He came in all the time. He asked if I wanted to see a picture of his girlfriend. He showed me a picture of an "ugly" woman. I was from a joke shop. It was a pic that was photo chopped (?) with every bad facial feature you could imagine. She had a large Adams apple; large forehead, crooked nose, etc. Has anyone every seen one of these? Anyway, seeing the picture catches one off guard and you want to be nice and try not to laugh. This was in the early 70's.,  Janice/Ok

3009 Vacation - Cabin Rental (8/22/2014 12:35:30 PM):  I am looking for a deal on a cabin in the Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge area. I would like to arrive on September 10 and depart on the 14th. I would like a 2 bedroom cabin. Does anyone have any suggestions? ,  Donna - KY

3021 Recall Notice (8/22/2014 2:12:51 PM):  SolarWorld recalls Solar Systems with copper grounding lugs due to electrocution, electric shock or fire hazard: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/SolarWorld-Recalls-Solar-Systems-with-Copper-Grounding-Lugs/Google Researcher

3022 Home safe (8/22/2014 2:21:13 PM):  I went on our 6th annual gal getaway. About three hours from our home to south Haven Michigan, on Lake Michigan. I drove our van so 6 of us gals in one van. (don't know how we packed us and all the gear but we did) We had to drive through a flood and sideways rain and winds, tree limbs down etc on the way in. The power was out but came back on within the hour. We had a great few days. A little more than half way home the van started losing power and didn't seem to be changing gears. The speedometer wasn't working, the ABS and Reg brake light came on. We managed to limp to the nearest exit safely. I called AAA and called my husband. AAA came and got the van to take back to our mechanic. (lucky we have free tow for 100 miles and we were 90 miles away) My husband came in our other van to pick up us gals. We were able to sit in the truck stop and eat and wait for him to come. Van is already fixed and all is well. Something caught or rubbed a cable that connects the speedometer to the drive shaft so the car couldn't figure out it's speed or gear. (120.00) But We are all home safe and sound. We didn't get into an accident and other than a delay everything is fine. So feeling thankful.,  Doreen,MI

3026 Support for Officer Wilson (8/22/2014 2:41:36 PM):  For those that are still interested, the original page at go fund me has maxed out with a total of $235.010. Amazing! They have teamed up with another [official] page at go fund me to continue to raise money. It will initially look like it is starting over until they can get the funds transferred to the new page. It is also an official charity so any money donated is tax deductible. The new site is: https://www.gofundme.com/OfficerWilsonFundraiser

In our local paper today[apparently coming out of a St.Louis paper] Eric Holder told all about his past with racial profiling. Okay, I know it has happened and will prob. still happen, but how did he think this will "calm" the situation?

And this apparently is part of the agenda, this trip also underscored the priority to the Obama admin. of civil rights in gen. and the Michael Brown case in particular. Wow, this is sooooo out of control...JMHO....As always.... ,  Marian/MO

3027 Crazy Weather (8/22/2014 2:42:07 PM):  My home county of Blackford County, IN had over 10 inches of rain in 7 hours last night. There is lots of flooding everywhere. Here we were 97 degrees at around 4 or so. It's HOT !!,  Susan, SC

3031 getting rid of odor?? (8/22/2014 3:14:08 PM):  Long story short--some friends gave us a king size mattress set which we needed. Got it all set up and it smells funky. How would you get rid of a smell in a mattress??? It looks clean (no stains, good condition). Any advice??,  Susan, SC

3032 GoFundMe (8/22/2014 3:15:59 PM):  I went to their looking for the policeman from Ferguson. I didn't find it, but I did look through some of the other entries looking for money. I made the mistake of looking at the animal ones - there are some seriously sad stories. I want to give them all money to save their little kitties! It's heartbreaking!,  Shanna, CA

3038 Susan, TX (8/22/2014 4:03:01 PM):  How is your father doing?,  Sharon B., VA

3046 Springfield, MO (8/22/2014 4:21:34 PM):  I am driving to and though Springfield, Mo this Sunday. I will take a friend out for lunch. Any deals or recommendations for a good restaurant. I have gone to Ryan's, but on Sunday, it might be expensive? Thanks,  Maggie, OK

3062 Lisa Update (8/22/2014 7:06:28 PM):  This is an update on Lisa, my co-worker who had the "routine" hiatal hernia repair and spent the following 60 days in the hospital, released for a wk or so and then back in again. She was discharged from her latest hospital stay. Another co-worker called her and said it seems like she may have depression (can't imagine that she wouldn't after all she's been through and still not well). Said she only responded in a monotone voice and only answered questions with one word answers. She finally said that she can't live like this. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.,  Susan, LA

3068 Patsy, AL / RVing (8/22/2014 8:37:57 PM):  I can't reply fast enough to you! I certainly hope your DH is a jack-of-all-trades handyman, mechanically inclined or great at solving a wide & different variety of challenges. DH & I are both second generation RVers and we've been RVing for over 30 years ourselves & still learning! JMHO: experience is the best education for RVing. FMCA and Good Sam have National rallies- that are filled with seminars about every RV aspect. My DH was not very mechanical- he was an accountant, but has learned so much out of necessity & because of the $$$ factor. My mom would always tell everyone who was considering RVing to rent one first. I continue with that advice. One friend didn't listen, bought a bigger/better and didn't like RVing. He didn't have his garden nor his garage for tinkering and ended up selling the RV in less than a year and took a great loss. We love our lifestyle and have had some major glitches. It's been almost 12 years since we sold our home and hit the road. There is so much to see & do in the USA...maybe someday we'll see you down the road!,  Pat, Traveling the USA

3069 ICE (8/22/2014 8:38:38 PM):  ICE reveals locations of convicted murderers it freed: http://www.cis.org/vaughan/town-near-you-ice-reveals-locations-convicted-murderers-it-freed Just because they were released there in 2013 doesn't mean they couldn't of moved elsewhere. Just a warm fuzzy feeling that they released these people here & didn't send them back from where ever they came.,  JMHO

3070 RV Travels- Part 2 (8/23/2014 12:55:25 AM):  The "down side" of RVing (especially Fulltime) is actually the same as living anywhere! Missing out on family events, Holidays, special occasions and impromptu gatherings is usually rated at the top of the list when you are no longer local. The plus side of spending Holidays away is that everyone else in the campground is feeling the same! I guess I'm mainly saying this for those that are snowbirds from colder climates that winter in Florida, Alabama, Texas, Arizona or California. What's odd is the population migration is often straight down, such as northeast area goes straight to Florida and Northwest to California. One thing DH & I agreed to when we started: we would not have a strict itinerary. We do make plans and reservations for campsites but decided we would be flexible. You never know when there might be an event or a point of interest nearby that you might just drive by and miss out. We once saw an example and signage for huge metal sculptures. These were like flat signs that you sometimes see at craft shows except instead of 8" x 10" they were like 80 feet x 100 feet! Another time we spotted several hot air balloons which led us to a weekend hot air balloon event! We have also seen people over the years become very stressed & agitated if they had a life hiccough that changed their itinerary. To be continued,  Pat, Traveling the USA

3072 Lynn (8/23/2014 2:36:02 AM):  $8 or $10 per hour as pretty decent money? That is well under federal poverty wages especially if you do not work 40 hours. And if you do work 40 hours a week then around 20k per year less taxes and other items taken out. I don't think that is pretty decent money for hard work.,  Susan, SC

3077 computer question?? (8/23/2014 5:35:42 AM):  What is the meaning of a cup or what looks like a clearplastic cup or bucket/thrash can in the upper left corner of my monitor ?? Never noticed it before and tried to click on it but nothing happens. Would appreciate any help. Thanks,  Cristina C. MS

3081 High School Football (8/23/2014 6:22:29 AM):  Our local high school team the Oscar Smith tigers is one of teams being televised by ESPN tonight. We are playing a team from Fla Booker T. Washington high school. If interested it will be on espnu starting at 9pm. You can see a small piece of my city and where I went to high school. This is just a espy exhibition game. Our schools here don't start until Sept 2. Go tigers! ,  Vicki, Va

3083 Ring in candle (8/23/2014 6:47:53 AM):  My sister gave me one of those candles with jewelry in it. Last night, I was blowing it out and saw a tiny bit of foil. I finally pulled it out an unraveled it. I got a silver ring with an emerald-colored stone. And it fits too!,  Mindy, MD

3084 Jane, CA (8/23/2014 6:54:24 AM):  Bumping this up from yesterday. I should have clarified why my sisters bf (sounds silly since they're both in their 50's) wouldn't be able to visit her in Boston. He's a stroke survivor and paralyzed on his ride side so can't drive anymore. They live 10 minutes from the hospital in Rhode Island so he's been able to take a taxi to visit her there. He would have no way to get to Boston easily to visit. No other reason, rest assured! Thank you for wanting to send another card! She is so impressed with the cards she's gotten from people on here, it has really lifted her spirits! Pam Tonsberg 70 Armington St Unit 4 Cranston, RI 02905 Thank you again, so very much! You are really putting a smile on her face!,  Julie in Mass

3090 Black Bear (8/23/2014 7:51:38 AM):  We saw a black bear out our window around 6 pm yesterday. It stayed around for about 15 minutes. Got some pictures as it was leaving from inside the house. Love to see deer, turkeys, squirrels, ringnecks, eagles and such. Enjoyed seeing the black bear but I don't want to see it when I'm in the garden or picking berries or going down our long drive to get the paper or mail. I was talking loudly to myself this morning when I went out to burn trash. We figure he was at least 300 lb. We had heard a few days before that a bear had been seen around the area.,  Jackie A., PA

3091 Need ideas for Sr. year (8/23/2014 8:02:28 AM):  My twins are seniors this year!!!! How did happen? I am looking for ideas to make this a meaningful year, ideas for things do make / do to make this year special, something to make / plan to give them upon graduation or their 1st day at college. Anyone have ideas for me? Anything you wish you had done for your senior? Thanks.,  Susan near Houston

3095 Scope deal (8/23/2014 8:16:00 AM):  In your Scope deal for week of 8/31, you said the $1 coupon expires on 8/31. Thecouponclipper.com has a $1 coupon that expires 9/30. Will it work? Scope RINSE on ONE, 500mL or larger, excludes trial/travel sizes, coupon states "Limit of 4 like coupons per household per day" ,  Patsy McManus, La

3097 Hospital Visits/Jane (8/23/2014 8:35:45 AM):  Jane -- I agree with your post about hospital visitors. It really should be up to the patient who he/she wants to have visit them. When I was in the hospital 2 years ago, I wanted only to see my husband and a couple of friends. Fortunately, the nursing staff understood and helped to "get rid" of a few other visitors. (My inlaws actually had a loud argument in my hospital room over the candy that my coworkers had brought me earlier that day and then were upset when they were asked to leave. My husband finally just told his parents NOT to visit me.) In the late 1960's, I also remember sneaking in to see my sister in the hospital when I was just under 12. She was 11 and was hospitalized for several months due to severe burns on her leg. ,  Joanne VT

3103 Printer question (8/23/2014 9:07:31 AM):  I have an HP4400 printer. I used it Monday with no problem. Go to use it last night and it is offline. No one else uses it. How do I get it back online to print?? Thank you for your time.,  Printer Help!!

3104 Top Load Washing Machine (8/23/2014 9:28:26 AM):  My front load washing machine went up in smoke Thursday evening after only 4 years of service. Very disappointing experience with the front loaders and going back to a top loader with an agitator. Anybody care to comment on recent purchases. Likes and/or dislikes/ ,  Nancy, PA

3107 Swagbucks Code (8/23/2014 9:42:40 AM):  FlyAKite before 11 AM PDT / 2 PM EDT for 2 SB!,  Melody, WA

3120 Tipping (8/23/2014 11:02:32 AM):  Scenario: Fancy restaurant with expensive prices. For example, a glass of wine was $17. Bill was $650 including 10% tax. This was for 4 people. 2 hours dinner duration. 20% tip based on $650 is $130.00. Question is... Is there ever a max amount you would tip?,  Wondering

3130 Dorian Johnson (8/23/2014 12:42:20 PM):  Heard that the key witness in the Mike Brown case. He was with Mike and has a record of stealing. And in 2011 was arrested and gave false name information. And resisted the arrest. So the key witness has a record since 2011. What kind of truth will they get from him? Not a good key witness.,  Key Witness.

3139 RedBox Rhant (8/23/2014 1:16:19 PM):  While we enjoy reserving DVD rentals online at RedBox.com Picking them up or returning them can be extremely time consuming or impossible at times Several groups of 2-5 adults and children stand at the machine deciding on which movies to rent for 15 minutes or more per group I have had people walk up and ask to go infront of me ( hello?) Other times the redbox machine will not except returns I thought maybe it was full and could not except more returns but saw others rent several dvd's but no one could return any I reported this by calling the toll free number manytimes I am on long holds 15 to 20 minutes then told to take dvd to another redbox which is 15 minutes away .... to me this makes no sense and aggravating renting at redbox is supposed to be convenience and saving money redbox does give me a credit code for the problem but waiting for an hour to return and waiting on long holds is beyond my patience anymore I wish the machines had 2 sides 1- return and another to rent from for those who do not reserve online and something to tell customers maybe a big Blinking light :-) full can not except returns Just an idea Love to hear if this happens at other locations ???? ,  Debra A, NC

3153 Paying it forward (8/23/2014 2:16:55 PM):  What am I missing here? I just don't get why PIF is done, atleast in this situation. The other day in FL for 10 hours, there was a 457 car PIF. First person in line that day got a free drink from Starbucks. They said they would then pay for the person behind them. That person paid for the car behind them. I don't get it. Some people paid less than their drink, same as their drink or more than their drink. Car 458 said no, she would not pay for the person behind her (woman was reading the order off a piece of paper). It could of been 1 drink, I am not a coffee drinker so if I pick 1 up for my DD, I always have to write down what to say. I am amazed that Starbucks has 45 cars an hour average through their drive-thru window. I have no issue with PIF, I have bought lunch for a military guy a couple times, gave a few dollars to a mom short on cash for total at check-out, but other than a "news story" this just seems silly to me. If I were in that line, more than likely I would of said no thanks, I will pay for mine, pass it to the car behind me.,  what am I missing?

3161 cats scratching (8/23/2014 3:20:06 PM):  My DD lost her job in May and moved in with us with her three cats. They are house cats and now have itchy sores on their heads -she took their collars off today and Abby had a sore under it. We re looking for help on this. I know many of you have cats. Since her funds are limited we hope there is some thing we can do at home without the vet.,  Elaine, MO

3164 Fergueson/ Wilson/ Brown (8/23/2014 3:57:31 PM):  Excuse me, but can you please post about something different for a change? This story has been posted for two weeks now and regardless of who is innocent or guilty I'm getting tired of reading it.,  DM

3169 birds hitting windows (8/23/2014 4:37:47 PM):  Lately birds have been flying into our living room window and now the slider in the dining room. I am looking for a way to deter them (which is nice looking) before I buy new windows - any suggestions? Or, has anyone bought a window that has something that would deter them built in? The living room window has been replaced three times since the seals keep breaking (I am guessing due to bird collisions).,  Heather, NV

3171 Dry Erase Eraser? Good on Car Windows? (8/23/2014 5:04:34 PM):  I read somewhere that a dry erase marker eraser works great on the inside of your windshield to get gunk off the windows. Has anyone tried this? Any testimonials on how it works (good or bad)? I see there is one on sale for $1 tomorrow at Office Max/ Office Depot - thinking that's a great price if it works.,  Foggy windows

3182 cat accidents (8/23/2014 6:12:32 PM):  My daughter's cat have reeked havoc he decided that my dooney and Bourke were a litter box. Any suggestions to get the smell out,  Kathy jo ma

3197 high b/p (8/23/2014 7:48:37 PM):  I just don't feel good. In Oct. I had an aortic dissection' Been doing real well. Now have high b/p with rapid heartbeat. Went to my Dr. at the cardiology clinic Mon. The EKG showed my heart was strong. Did alot of blood work which came back normal. Now have some cough which concerns me. Dr. took me off Lasix as said I was dehyrated. Can some of you help me. I need some advice on what to do & how to feel better.,  Ruth, Mo

3200 Wouldn't you be mad? (8/23/2014 8:50:28 PM):  I decided to buy an IPad Mini, on sale for $199, for a granddaughter. Since it was out of stock in her state, I sent her the money, including tax, and she told me a location in a nearby town had it. She sounded excited. Today, she tells me that she decided it was better to put that money toward fixing her laptop. They are two different items, and I am annoyed. Would you agree? She never mentioned the laptop repair before, either.,  Grandma

3204 Tipping bartenders (8/23/2014 11:13:23 PM):  We had recent posts regarding the wages for waitressing being below the minimum as well as tips. Are bartenders paid less than the minimum wage from their employers. Do bartenders get better tips than waitresses do?,  Just asking

3214 foot pain (8/24/2014 5:04:10 AM):  I was hoping someone could help. I had heel pain after exercise 3 months ago and still have it. Decided to see podiatrist. He said pain was from plantar fasciatis not from heel spur even though x-ray showed small heel spur. He gave me inserts that cover my heel and arch. They have made things worse. Now I have arch pain as well. Not sure what to do. He said he could make full inserts. The only reason I went to him was because I have trip of lifetime Alaskan cruise this week. He did cut out my ingrown toenail and that is better. but now I have heel pain and arch pain. Not sure if I should continue to get used to the inserts, go back to heel cups which helped or try something new. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I leave on Thursday.,  Linda, Oh

3219 Labor Day (8/24/2014 6:07:21 AM):  I can tell its just around the corner because school supplies are being moved to make way for fall/Halloween items. School just started here on the 8th. I find it interesting that the fall decorations at Rite Aid 50% off and they were just put out,  me

3239 Earthquake (8/24/2014 11:24:19 AM):  We had a pretty big one in the middle of the night (3:20am) - I hope everyone in Nor Cal is doing ok. Biggest one since our '89 Loma Prieta quake. ,  Shanna, CA

3240 Question (8/24/2014 11:33:46 AM):  Has anyone used the new ceramic knives? Are they worth buying?,  Geri P - WI

3242 anyone try or have TrustConnect VPN? (8/24/2014 11:38:47 AM):  After a little research online, I found that for traveling purposes when on public Wi-fi using a VPN service is an interesting option. I came across COMODO's TrustConnect VPN service. They have a monthly option for less than $10 a month. Did anyone ever use this? Any feedback on this is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. ,  arlene FL

3244 california (8/24/2014 12:38:59 PM):  I have friends in Northridge. I don't know if the earthquake affected them or was even near them. Anyone know?,  concerned

3249 College Aged Children (8/24/2014 1:30:28 PM):  Curious as to how other handle/have handled this. Daughter just graduated from High School. Is going to a Jr. College & living at home. We are trying to teach her to be self-sufficient & self-supporting. With the help of grants & scholarships etc., is paying her own way through college. For others in a similar situation what do you pay or don't pay for as far as day to day living etc.?,  Momma

3262 Power Grilling (8/24/2014 3:10:13 PM):  I have a busy week ahead of me, so I decided to grill: Tuna Steaks, Salmon Steaks, Salmon Burgers and Crab Cakes. The crab cakes I actually put in a cast iron skilled and took the grate off -I put the cast iron skilled on the coals. Everything else had already cooked, so the coals weren't red hot. I closed the lid and they got that nice mesquite smoky flavor to them. It will be easy this week to open jars of veggies and add a tossed salad to the seafood for healthy meals.,  Sharon B., VA

3266 Swagbucks Code (8/24/2014 3:31:41 PM):  DoubleSBBack before 4pm PT/7pm ET for 3 SB!,  Melody, WA

3268 Hunting (8/24/2014 3:41:39 PM):  Jackie, this is what I was talking about http://imgur.com/TmxXTwC It's used for hunting, but I like to get up in there and have quiet time. Here's another pic http://imgur.com/lhCgKsI You can see why I call it a port potty on stilts- Hubby wants to get another one so he can put it on a trailer and go wherever he wants on the property. Just shaking my head. LOL ,  Sharon B., VA

3274 crockpot sthattered (8/24/2014 4:42:11 PM):  Just got one of those new rectangle crockpot casserole cooker. Left it outside in pick up and when I went back outside to get it-the crock had shattered. Has anyone had this happen? I would have never thought this would happen-it is 100 out, but they are supposed to withstand heat.,  MO

3280 decluttering update (8/24/2014 6:07:40 PM):  Well I haven't had the internet for three days. That was interesting. Anyhow, after nearly 3 weeks of constant decluttering/downsizing things are looking pretty good at my house. This has been quite the process. I gave away 6 SUV loads of stuff. I sold a lot of stuff. I counted and I have 75 books to read. I cannot imagine having a library of 10,000. My hubby would love that. But the practical person in me says to pass those books on and let someone else enjoy them. I did finish one book so far. And I had read part of one awhile ago, started to read it again, and said to myself, why am I reading this junk? So I closed the book and donated it! It really excites me to have a goal to read all my books. I don't think many people have read ALL their books (not if they are a reader anyway. I usually read 40-50 books a year - I know many read much more.). My sewing room is one of the rooms that is going to be painted in a week or two, so I haven't fully moved into it. But everything is neatly stored in my storage room so I can access anything I want/need. I still have some minor things to do, like go through my linens and clean out a hall closet. Oh and declutter the kitchen (I'm not the cook in the family and I have cleaned the cabinets out within the past year anyway.) This process has been physically and emotionally tiring. You get to the point where you just want to give stuff away and not deal with it anymore! I am so glad to finally see some neat and clean rooms!,  Dianne in GA

3281 Jane CA (8/24/2014 6:11:28 PM):  You were asking about candles with the rings yesterday. I got an email today from Prize Candle where the have buy one get one free with the code BACK. Their regular price is $25, so BOGO just makes them reasonable as far as I'm concerned. I've gotten Diamond candles before, they're a bigger candle. HTH,  Diane J D, ME

3290 drinking and thankful (8/24/2014 8:30:00 PM):  I got a call at 1 AM this morning and since we have CallerID I knew it was the DD (20) and up at college. First thought was 'why??' (note: our DD usually goes to bed by 11 PM and doesn't go drinking). Turns out three of her roommates went to a party (with two cars). Wendy got really drunk and still tried to drive home (they took the keys away), they got her in the other car and drove her home. {long story - woke up other roommates, etc} Then Wendy opened her bedroom window and ran away (definitely not typical). DD wanted to know who to call. I suggested non-emergency Police. Well, the police didn't even want Wendy's description (Wendy didn't have any ID or phone on her) or anything (like DH said they probably get 100s of calls like this since college starts tomorrow). DD and all the 'non-drunk friends' (guys and girls) split up and started walking around the neighborhood trying to find her (one stayed at the apartment in case Wendy came back). Turns out a nice guy found her walking down a street (a long way away) and Wendy was able to say where she lived so he brought her home! Wendy wasn't happy when everyone came back to the apartment to make sure she was OK, but finally fell asleep on the couch. Like DD and I believe God was watching over her since that situation could have turned out really bad. It will be interesting to hear what Wendy thinks about all this in a few days. (Last fall Wendy got drunk at a party and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She is still trying to pay off that bill.) ,  Heather, NV

3291 Question for LE officers: (8/24/2014 9:19:28 PM):  I know we have a number of people here who are or have been law enforcement officers. I have what might sound like a silly question, but it's a serious question to me and one that's been bothering me for 30+ years. I would (respectfully) expect that you might choose not to sign your response this time, even if you otherwise would do so. We all know about "cop speak" -- "vehicle" instead of "car" or "truck", "responded" instead of "went to", "exited his vehicle" instead of "got out of his car", Institution" or "facility" instead of "prison" or "jail", and so on. (In the last few years a new one's been introduced and it bugs me to pieces -- "on-viewed" instead of "saw". That's like fingernails on a blackboard to me and I'd love to get my hands around the throat of the person who started it!) That word, "person", though, is what my question involves. No LE officer I've ever met, whether that officer's with a police or sheriff's department or with the Dept. of Corrections, ever uses the word "person". It's always, always "individual". I don't understand why. What's wrong with "person"? I'm sure "individual" is a learned term, probably picked up at the academy and, by the time someone's been in LE for 6 months or less, it's second nature. Some of my colleagues think it's a way to (not the right word, but it'll have to do because the right word's been eluding me for the last 45 minutes, ever since I started thinking about posting this question) "dehumanize" people and to take as much emotion out of the job as possible. I understand writing (in a report) or testifying, "I contacted the suspect/subject.....". But I don't understand writing, "I contacted Witness Jones who stated he saw an individual leaving the 7-11 as Jones was entering". As I said, "dehumanize" isn't the right word and I certainly don't mean it to sound insulting, so please don't take it in the wrong way. I'm not trying to be argumentative; I'm just asking a question that, as I said, been's bothering me for over three decades. You'd think I'd remember to ask an officer when I see one but, somehow, it's never the right time (like when I'm in the middle of cross-examination, lol), or there isn't time for a "philosophical discussion", so I thought I'd ask here. TIA,,  Jane, CA

3307 Positive-Monday (8/25/2014 5:41:21 AM):  I'm off for Hampton Roads- this is a six hour round trip, but I'm thankful that I have a dependable vehicle and that I am healthy enough to do the work that needs to be done. I hope everyone here has an AWESOME Monday!,  Sharon B., VA

3308 Divorce (8/25/2014 5:42:59 AM):  You're on my mind this morning and in my prayers. How was your week last week? Has Gloria returned home? How are you? ((((Hugs))))),  Sharon B., VA

3309 Susan TX-Dad (8/25/2014 5:43:38 AM):  How did your dad make out with his heart surgery? He's in my prayers.,  Sharon B., VA

3316 Shooting at Fort Lee (8/25/2014 7:53:07 AM):  they some kind of active shooting going on at Fort Lee Military base in VA. No other details at this time. facility is in a lock down mode.,  Doreen,MI

3322 Good deal of the Day (8/25/2014 9:18:06 AM):  Let me start by saying I Never Win Anything. Well last Wednesday I get an email saying I won a years supply of salad in a bag from Earthbound Farms and Albertsons. Go me. Well I guess I have no excuse not to eat salad every week now. Maybe I need to start entering more contests. Just wanted to share I'm excited to get my free coupons ,  Lynda/SFL

3325 yellow squash (8/25/2014 9:27:19 AM):  Got a yellow squash from grand-daughter's garden and need help on how to cook it. Never had it so I am clueless. Would like a quick easy method. Thanks,  Sharon,Oh

3327 New used car (8/25/2014 10:54:21 AM):  I'm hoping to buy a 2010 to 2013 car in the near future. I'm thinking of a Honda Accord, Kia Soul, or Subaru Forester, (or?). Anyone have one of these? What do you think? I need good visibility, easy access, (med problems), and traction control (I live in a rural area.) Thanks for your help!,  Marcia, MO

3336 Vacuum cleaners (8/25/2014 1:14:05 PM):  My 25 yr old Kirby has bitten the dust. Looking at new options. Thinking about a Dyson Animal Or Animal Complete. Would like any reviews or recommendations. Open to all new possibilities.,  Ksy

3337 FOY Code (8/25/2014 1:21:08 PM):  You've won Fountain of Youth Code 193ctr2pz worth 21 Hulk Coins for use by 1user ,  Vicki, Va

3342 Freezer meals (8/25/2014 1:44:47 PM):  Has anyone on here ever done the freezer meals in bulk and if so, was it worth the days prep time and effort. So many look good from some different web sites but I hesitate to put the effort into them if they don't hold up well or aren't tasty. Opinions please!! Have a great Monday!,  Jan, IA

3352 Shoebox Shopper Alert (8/25/2014 2:26:50 PM):  Toys R Us has Crayola Crayons (24 count) for .25 each. Limit 8. (I think Crayola is the best.),  Sharon in Hot MI

3353 seeing little bright green bead-like things (8/25/2014 2:48:30 PM):  on MULCH ? I'm wondering if anyone knows what these TINY BRIGHT Green BEAD-like things are that are on the mulch outside ? It's actually right where the downspout for the rain off the roof ends up. So this isn't a vegetable gardening question, as there is only leaf-like plants nearby - I'm thinking it has to do with ANTS : 0 ( as I saw this near an ant mound somewhere else on the mulch. Any input on this is greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance.,  arlene FL

3366 Las Vegas / Laughlin in December (8/25/2014 5:52:27 PM):  We will be visiting the area of Las Vegas/Laughlin, NV around Christmas time. Can anyone tell me what the weather is typically like that time of year? We would also like to visit the Grand Canyon while we are there. I understand the weather will be cold in that area. Any input regarding weather in that area would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!,  Traveler, MI

3373 Swagbucks Code (8/25/2014 6:11:37 PM):  Prepare2Clash before 6 PM PDT/9 PM EDT for 4 SB!,  Melody, WA

3374 Heather, NV (8/25/2014 6:14:02 PM):  Did you go with your hubby to the doctor today? How did it go? ,  Sharon B., VA

3377 Burger King (8/25/2014 7:14:03 PM):  Not really a big fan of BK, but go once in awhile to earn Plink points. I might have to add them to a list (Walgreen's soon to be 1st on list) of places to no longer purchase from. BK has this plan to buy a Canadian corp Tim Hortons & this will enable them to save millions in taxes in the US. It is referred to as an inversion, a strategy that allows US firms to lower their tax bills by merging with a foreign company, & then relocating to the new country. Corporate tax rates are lower in Canada than the US, which has the highest tax rate among developed economies (surprise).,  Lynn

3383 Opinions (8/25/2014 10:03:36 PM):  I want to make sure my thoughts are right before going to my boss about situations at my job. To do my job, I rely on 2 other people do to their job first. Once they are done, they give me what I need so I can do my job. One night I saw 3 items in a lady's work area that I needed. I asked if I could have them and she said no, she would bring them to me. She was done with them but has an attitude with me grabbing my work when she is done. I waited and a few minutes later she brought me just 2 of the items, not 3. I KNOW she had 3 in her area. I didn't say anything because from previous times she will lie and say she didn't have 3, only 2 or something in this line. I have noticed other times when she has items I need but "holds" onto them awhile and then brings them to me. Any opinions?,  Wants her work

3393 Smart Phone Case for storing reading glasses (8/26/2014 7:16:18 AM):  I love anything that has a Laurel Burch cat design on it! I currently have a tee shirt & an old, very worn out sweatshirt. Last year at our rescue squad auxiliary yard sale, my SIL found a dessert size plate with a Laurel Burch cat design on it. I searched the Web hoping to find more of this design in other dinnerware like bowls. I had no luck! I even called Ganz who made this Bella Casa design. Was told it had been discontinued 10 years ago. I do see cat food bowls with Laurel Burch designs on PetsMart Website. I thought of using that for serving myself ice cream. But half of the reviews give a "thumbs down" on these bowls. They say they're poorly made, chip & crack easily. I see mugs in Laurel Burch cat designs. But I don't drink coffee, tea, & seldom have soup for a meal. And I already have decorative mugs I'm not using. have seen a smart phone case on MYThreeCats.com It's 7" long by 3" wide. I don't own any cell pheone. Could I use this case to store my reading glasses in? The case i presently store my glasses in is slightly smaller than that.,  Virginia Ann S VA

3402 10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck (8/26/2014 8:19:42 AM):  Many people on here may http://tinyurl.com/oy3ebvm already know this. ,  Sharon B., VA

3403 5 Easy Ways to Save More Money (8/26/2014 8:21:58 AM):  Delaying instant http://tinyurl.com/m69z6ol gratification is probably the hardest for people today. With charge cards people get what they want right now.,  Sharon B., VA

3404 The Power of Prayer (8/26/2014 8:25:46 AM):  My daughter has her phone interview for the Disney College Program scheduled for 8:45 this evening. This is her second time applying. Please say a prayer that her interview goes well. After the interview comes the hardest part, the wait. They may not inform her of their decision until October. Thanks!,  Yvonne LA

3411 Ferguson (8/26/2014 11:06:22 AM):  Tomorrow the Grand Jury convenes to hear the Michael Brown murder case. It is my understanding that the DA will present evidence along with two of his assistants to convince the jury that Officer Wilson should be indicted to go to trial for murder. The Grand Jury consists of 12 people of whom 3 of them are black. As near as I can determine, nine jurors must vote to indict.,  Bob, PA

3413 iPhone Siri (8/26/2014 12:03:25 PM):  I use Siri on my iPhone a lot when I'm driving. I can tell it to read me my text messages and it will and will ask me if I want to reply. I do get frustrated with Siri and two times that I've told it what I thought of it and the conversation between me and my phone went as follows (LOL) Me to Siri: you are worthless! Siri : After all we've been through! Me to Siri: you are on my last nerve Siri: Well, quit squeezing me then!!!! I've never had Siri do anything on its own. Today I was driving and dictated a message to Siri for my manager. I said: Read back my message, Siri did and it wasn't right. Siri replies: Shall I send it? I said no. THEN Siri said: okie dokie artichokie………….I had to pull off of the road to be sure I heard what I thought I heard. Sure enough it was in black and white on the screen I laughed so hard. Who knew the phone could be so entertaining!,  Sharon B., VA

3419 Sleep Apnea (8/26/2014 12:45:34 PM):  The thread below brings up the subject of sleep apnea and if it's a fad diagnosis. A sleep test at a clinic is conclusive. Either a person stops breathing or they don't. It isn't like going to the doctor and saying "I'm depressed and here are my symptoms." The doctor agrees and prescribes an antidepressant. There isn't a blood test for depression. With sleep apnea, there is a definitive test. You can't say, "I snore, therefore I have sleep apnea" or "I don't snore so I don't have sleep apnea." Unless you have a sleep study, it's conjecture. Once you have the sleep test, it's either YES or NO. Here's what happened with my husband. He's in his sixties. He is a healthy weight and doesn't snore. One morning very early I awoke first. I happened to watch his chest and suddenly realized it wasn't moving. For a few seconds, I panicked. Then very slowly he started breathing again. I watched for about 10 minutes. He stopped breathing for 5-10 seconds over and over. I told him about it, but he shrugged it off. I put the pieces together. He has always had daytime fatigue. He takes an OTC sleep aid nightly because he says he doesn't sleep without it. I told him I thought it was sleep apnea, which he didn't buy. Finally after 3 years!!! I got him to the doctor who ordered a sleep test. Turns out he stops breathing 60+ times an hour on average. He has severe sleep apnea, but he DOESN'T snore. He now wears the CPAP mask but not every night. The doctor lectured him about how serious it is, but he's fair-weather about treating it. Maybe it seems like a fad because 1) more people have it now because of weight issues, 2) baby-boomers are aging and this is more common in older people, 3) it was under-diagnosed in the past, 4) there's now a definitive test showing if you have it or not. It's true you hear a lot more about it now than 20 years ago. ,  Joan J

3445 Girl kills shooting instructor (8/26/2014 6:57:02 PM):  DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday. Who in their right mind, especially an instructor, would think a child has the strength to control an Uzi? Her parents were there, too, yet another blatant example of terrible parenting. The child will have to live with that memory for her entire life!,  Grace Basham, CA

3446 Going to the gym (8/26/2014 7:04:18 PM):  For the fourth time in my life, I've joined a gym. In the past, I joined gyms for the social aspect. This time I joined it because of the health aspect. My initial goal was to just get there once a week, however, now I've been making it twice a week. I do some cardio and a little weights. Isn't a goal of making it x times a week good enough or do you think I need to set a goal of, for example, losing two inches off of my stomach or so many pounds? Personally, I think it's an accomplishment I'm going at all.,  Mindy, MD

3451 Contest win! (8/26/2014 8:08:53 PM):  My husband and I attended Homearama last month. There was a contest for you to tweet a selfie standing in front of a house/room you liked. I encouraged him to do it...he grumbled a little, saying it was a national contest and there were probably a ton of entries. I said I thought it was only a local contest, and they were giving away (5) $1,000 gift certificates...worth trying for little effort (I entered too)! Well, they tweeted him the next week saying he won! When he looked up the site where they posted the pictures, it looked like there were only about 12 entries (Great odds!). The $1,000 gift certificate was for an upscale appliance place....we are currently redoing our kitchen, so need appliances! We ended up with a top-of-the-line Bosch dishwasher for under $250 (we would have gone with a Sears model that would have been around $650, but not near as nice or well rated)! I wasn't convinced it would all work out (the sales person tried to tell us you had to buy ALL your appliances there), but I picked it up yesterday! A lot of people say I'm lucky that I win various things....in reality, I focus on things where there are the best odds (and things I can use). So....keep entering (especially local contests with fewer entries!),  Lisa, OH

3455 MY Dad (8/26/2014 8:24:47 PM):  Sharon B ,thanks for asking about my Dad yesterday. He had a rough week-end and was not doing well. Then yesterday,all of a sudden he opened his eyes. He knew his name and birthdate and was very pleased the stock market was up! While he is still in ICU we are all hopeful. Thanks Sharon and all the other wonderful RMC posters praying for my Dad. ,  Susan TX

3456 Recall Notice (8/26/2014 8:29:02 PM):  Hewlett-Packard recalls Notebook Computer AC power cords due to fire and burn hazards: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Hewlett-Packard-Recalls-Notebook-Computer-AC-Power-Cords/Google Researcher

3459 Margie, my Mom (8/26/2014 9:26:19 PM):  got her cast off today. We really were expecting another cast but she made it out with just a hard splint today. What a relief. The incision healed well, she had some "hot" spots from the cast. She so enjoyed all the cards she was sent. You guys outdid her Church. She got 4 cards and over 20 from RMC folks. She says THANK YOU to all for the cards, prayers and thoughts you sent.,  Melody, WA

3460 Stressed (8/26/2014 9:34:12 PM):  I've been thinking about you. Please email me tielbird33 at yahoo dot com.,  Milly MN

3462 Sleep apnea continued (8/26/2014 10:03:45 PM):  Well, I totally missed the comments on the board today until tonight so I was surprised that I had started a conversation. a) DH is 50, but is fit (not overweight). b) We were told there are multiple ways to treat sleep apnea now (not all include the mask and machine, etc). c) We were told that the company will come to our house, drop off a machine (and tell us how to use it), he uses it overnight and they come and get it in the morning. Me: Last fall I was told to take the test (by a different doctor and at the time I wasn't sleeping at all - dealing with stressful family issues, etc). Well, I refused and ignored the call from the company (we also thought I slept fine: DH didn't hear me gasp for air, etc). I guess depending upon what they find out with DH I will get another referral. ,  Heather, NV


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