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Took my friend to the ER bc his eye doctor said it was the only way to get him an MRI. 7-1/2" hours later he was released. Took them 6 hours before they would do the MRI. Turns out he had a stroke (he's only 30) and has a blood clot that is preventing his eye from working. He has to see a neurologist next to figure out what to do about it. Hopefully they can safely remove it.
 

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I think it's related to the head injury he suffered in 2015 from that near-fatal car wreck. He's also under a whole lot of stress. It seems to have scared his fiance in to straightening out & taking her meds though. She's behaving much better & being more responsible.
She's got a court date coming up on Monday. She doesn't even know her lawyer's name & hasn't heard from him/her at all. I told her that if she gets in there & hasn't had a chance to discuss anything with her lawyer yet to tell the judge she has had inadequate counsel as she hasn't even heard from her lawyer & doesn't even know who her lawyer is. It's absolutely ridiculous. This is a "stand your ground" state. Another defense attorney (that she can't afford) told her she never should have been charged much less be going to trial. She can't get a job until she gets this court thing sorted out. They lowered the charges, but I think it's so they can get money from fines out of her but she can't afford them. Friend can't work until he gets his health sorted out. I had to go buy their groceries today. Got them rice, pork chops, chicken, sausage, hamburger meat, bottled water (city tap water is blech), & some silicone cooking utensils (the plastic ones were melting).
I barely made it to the post office in time to get packages. Forgot to give them to Mom and have her open them. Oops. Just remembered that. LOL. Still salty about someone opening my package on my porch. Need to find a good security system to spy on people. I want one of those things where if I see someone on my porch I can send my voice through & say "Surprise Motherf****! You can't see me but I can see you and I've got a gun, better run!"
 

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Took my friend to the ER bc his eye doctor said it was the only way to get him an MRI. 7-1/2" hours later he was released. Took them 6 hours before they would do the MRI. Turns out he had a stroke (he's only 30) and has a blood clot that is preventing his eye from working. He has to see a neurologist next to figure out what to do about it. Hopefully they can safely remove it.
Sorry about your friend. I hope he gets better. Here's a resource that might help..

 

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Took my friend to the eye doctor again to find out if he's cleared to drive. Answer is yes and no. Yes during good lighting conditions. No at night & at times where he will have difficulty seeing traffic on the left or when he's not feeling well/comfortable. So for now I get to be his chauffeur.
The boots we got him just before his father's funeral 3 years ago finally started falling apart. They were waterproof but started leaking & don't want to dry out. So I took him to Boot Barn after his appointment & found a lighter weight pair that was $50off. Still has nonslip bottom and composite toe. Waterproof & might be grounded for electrical. He does a lot of working with machines in his job (if he still has the job).
Some petty co-workers at the casino are now accusing him and my brother of criminal activity. My friend's boss called & said the casino employees just informed him that last week a large man (that they claimed looked "just like" my brother) came in to the arcade after closing, used a key to access and steal ALL of the arcade prizes, and take them out through an unguarded door. They claim they think my friend gave him the keys & put him up to it. My brother hasn't been to the casino since October (when he helped my friend move some heavy equipment around). They have the perp's prints. After robbing the place, the guy supposedly went outside, changed clothes, and came back in to gamble. Security said something about the guy having a Texas ID but they didn't remember his name or other details. To be clear, it's not security making accusations, it's arcade employees. I think it's projection and that one or more of them are involved bc this had to be an inside job in order for the person to have the keys. My friend's keys are all accounted for & he hasn't gone to the casino since his stroke before Thanksgiving.
But, I'm worried that with as crappy as local law enforcement are, that they will try to pin this on my friend. The system here is so crappy that when I took his fiance for her trial (a trial that never happened bc her attorney who refused to defend her at all took a plea on her behalf without her permission). Prosecution's witnesses didn't show up but they refused to dismiss charges & the prosecutor admitted to her attorney that the other girl (the one she was accused of injuring) was the problem. They dropped it to disturbing the peace. $100 fine & $240 court fees. But they still haven't returned her $900 phone that was kept as evidence. She's supposed to get that back Monday if they haven't "misplaced" it. A lot of evidence goes missing from the local PD's evidence locker. There was a dude in the courtroom who's attorney didn't even bother to show up for his trial. He went before the judge and said "I never met or spoke with my attorney. I called & left messages but he never called me back." He asked for a dismissal & they literally laughed at him & said they were rescheduling for February. Good thing he's already employed bc you can't pass a background check to get hired while pending trial even for a misdemeanor.
Mom is asking for food now so I have to go take care of that.

Editing to add: My friend needs to see a neurologist about the blood clots in his head that are interfering with his eye but not a single neurologist in the entire state takes the form of Medicaid he has. I asked him if he could switch to a different version of it and since it's open enrollment, he's going to call tomorrow to see if they can switch him to something the neurologists will take so he can get treatment asap.

Gonna have to go to the bank tomorrow bc I gave him all my cash to help him with bills. His car insurance posted several days early & was going to overdraft his account again. The companies that do auto-billing keep trying to withdraw before the due date & it keeps screwing him up. He also had problems with the bank allowing withdrawals after he shut off automatic withdrawals for certain things & told his bank not to allow them. But the bank likes that $150 overdraft fee so they keep screwing him. He needs a new bank. I'm trying to get him to transfer to the bank I use.
 
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If the phone goes "missing", it can be tracked/traced. Contact the phone company and report it stolen...or something.
 

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Can it be traced if the battery is dead? It was confiscated well over a year ago and was on at the time.
I told her to write a letter stating that if they can't return her phone to her, they owe her the $ that it's worth & that $ should cover her fine & court fees.
Maybe I'm paranoid, but I've long suspected that they hacked the phone, wiped it, and started using it for themselves. Although, some phone makers have made it harder to do that now. AT&T makes sure you can login and wipe the phone in front of them before they will accept a trade-in bc too many people were trading in stolen phones.
 

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Can it be traced if the battery is dead?
Ha, we already had that debate on the coronavirus thread. I've heard some people say yes, others say no. Ed Snowden says yes for whatever that's worth.

Do people who steal phones try to use them as phones? I would think usually what they're doing is trying to use them to gain access to bank accounts and such, either by trying to do 2-factor authentication or accessing accounts via apps that stay logged in all the time. (One more reason not to have a smartphone.)
 

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Where I live, people steal phones all the time just to have new phones or to sell to other people (who likely know they are stolen phones). My best friend used to fix phones for people and sometimes they would bring him obviously stolen ones. He'd tell them to GTFO on that. Sometimes he'd just return the phones to the owners if he knew who they were and confirmed they were stolen. His father actually stole some phones he was supposed to fix and he had to contact the buyers and tell them to return them or they would be reported for buying stolen property.

Ever since they started giving people $$$ for trade-ins the theft has been bad. In the past it used to be easier to hack a phone and wipe it. Now it is harder to do that to prevent theft. AT&T will only take a trade in phone if you can login to it and wipe it after transferring your old data to your new phone.

There are some people who use it to get bank accounts, but around here people aren't that savvy. They steal a phone and either sell it on E-bay or sell it to someone who knows it's stolen and won't report them, or keep it for themselves and pay a little $ to someone who can hack the phone for them. There are constantly phones for sale on the local Swap Shop page and a few times I've seen people comment that the phones were stolen.

Yesterday I took Mom to the bank so she could sort out an erroneous charge. When all the mail got slowed down apparently one of her letters got returned. She was charged a "return mail fee" of $5 and they charged it every month since. She complained and said there was nothing wrong on her end for it to happen so they removed future charges and refunded her the $.

She wanted to go to Walmart to look at nail polish afterward and I wanted to get gas there. I really didn't want to go and warned her it would be crowded. We got there and she saw how many vehicles were in the parking lot and said "Forget it! Just get gas!"

Monday I'm supposed to take my friend for his eye appointment but he just remembered his baby has a pediatric appointment in another town in the opposite direction around the same time as his appointment. So, I suggested that I could take him for his eye appointment and my brother could take his fiance and baby to the pediatric appointment. We'll see how that pans out. Meanwhile, my friend is attempting to switch to a different Medicaid plan so he can get treatment. His symptoms are getting worse and I'm worried these blood clots may kill him before he can get treated. Neurologists won't even see patients without insurance here.

The faucet for the guest bathroom arrived. Box was pretty beat up but it was clear the faucet was never installed. I don't think anything was missing-- although there was one o-ring floating around. Not sure what it was for. Maybe for the part with the aerator which was floating around in the box. The faucet itself has no damage and looks pristine. Mom took the instructions and was reading them when I put the faucet up in a safe place-- will have to go get the instructions later.
 

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I am working on a sled to move thing around at my cottage in northern Quebec . one year we did get 14 feet of snow cumulatively , it would pack down over time , I use snow shoes to get around .
 

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My friend canceled his eye appointment and will reschedule it later because it conflicted with his baby's appointment. So I drove them to the baby's appointment and waited in the truck while they went in. Took over an hour and a half. The place was packed and people weren't wearing masks. My friend covered his baby, wore his mask, and tried to get as far away from other people as possible. The baby is overweight (as suspected). He's over 14lbs when he should be around 10lbs. The doctor said they should cut back on the feeding and my friend said "Tell that to him! He wants to eat all the time!" Apparently it's normal in his family for babies to be overweight when younger. The baby got 3 shots and an oral vaccine and was not happy about it. He was fussing up a storm until the truck got rolling more and he went to sleep.
Friend found me some good tires online that I need to look into. Mine are about bald. Need something with better traction for my crappy roads. Unfortunately 145 65R18s in AT with 105H don't come cheap.
Stopped by a local business that sells boudin and other food. They doubled the price of their small stew and no longer sell the large stew. I got it anyway to support the business. Got two links of boudin for my friend.
Tomorrow I have to go into town to return a misdelivered letter to the post office, check for any packages, and then to the grocery store to restock a bit. We're out of a few things. I hate shopping this close to christmas bc there are too many people at the stores, but we don't get grocery delivery here so I have to go in to get stuff.
 

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For the last few days, I've been all about the Christmas rush. Decorations, gifts, dinner, friends meetings, I didn't expect it takes SO much time.
 

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I am working on a sled to move thing around at my cottage in northern Quebec . one year we did get 14 feet of snow cumulatively , it would pack down over time , I use snow shoes to get around .
Wow! I can’t imagine living with all that snow. Must make a person very self reliant.
 

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Today I took a day off to relax and eat leftovers and watch movies 😉
I was in the hospital with COVID-19 over thanksgiving so Christmas Eve I cooked the thanksgiving meal and made an apple pie. Lots of turkey sandwiches for me!
Tomorrow I have to start taking down the wall board in my dressing room and start with dry wall. I’m dreading the job...but there’s only one way it will get done.
 

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I posted to the wrong thread. LOL.
I slept, cleaned up, cuddled with cats, got phone calls from family and friends and slept some more.
 

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too funny...cannot stop laughing. All in all better to have a solid piece of equipment, well maintained used backhoes have an advantage where the kinks have been worked out. New, gives you the blank screen but does not relieve you of working out the bugs. I personally would opt for a a seasoned used one, especially with those savings.
 

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Today I took a day off to relax and eat leftovers and watch movies 😉
I was in the hospital with COVID-19 over thanksgiving so Christmas Eve I cooked the thanksgiving meal and made an apple pie. Lots of turkey sandwiches for me!
Tomorrow I have to start taking down the wall board in my dressing room and start with dry wall. I’m dreading the job...but there’s only one way it will get done.
Glad you are feeling better! Carpe Diem
 

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May have been exposed to Covid last week (maskless person who had been exposed & was afraid to visit family bc of it sat near me and started blabbing her head off at the tire shop when I was getting new tires put on) and am having some of the symptoms. It's probably just seasonal crud (at least I hope) but I'm isolating for now. I had to send my brother to help my friend with installing a door and got really frustrated bc my brother broke the threshold bc he wouldn't listen to me (we were facetiming so I could see how things were going). Frame was level but door was sagging & kept hitting threshold. I told him repeatedly to check the hinges. He just kept interrupting me, talking over me, and being a dismissive jerk. Turns out it was the hinges-- top hinge wasn't installed properly and had bent slightly. So, now my friend's brand new door has a broken threshold bc my brother is an idiot.
Now I'm trying to figure out what size storm door my friend needs. He got a 32x80 door with brickmould. It's a Therma-Tru brand. Friend still isn't feeling great bc of his blood clots but can't get in to see a neurologist.
I was sick pretty much all day. Still feeling cruddy but am a bit better than I was this morning. I had to wear a mask, frequently wash my hands, and be extra careful not to touch my eyes while I was cooking for Mom.
 

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Today I want to make a gift to my wife, since we have an anniversary of 6 years of life together. But I still don't know which is better to buy, a new phone, or still go for the weekend to a suburban complex, but I don't want to ask, I would like to make a surprise
 

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