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Is the "magic" in Sea Magic....fish poop? Fish poop is supposed to be amazing for plants. I think I mentioned before about keeping fish in your rain barrel.

My neighbor is going out of town for a few days next weekend but he's leaving me with his setup so I can level the slab he sold me for the waterfall table I'm building. I think that setup consists of a frame, a sled, and his router with a really wide square bit. It has to be his router because he built the sled for it. He also mentioned an old door or something to fasten the frame down onto. I'll take pictures and post them here, probably. If I remember.

I've got a big list of projects, and I'm working through them this summer, but I don't really have any questions about them. That's why I keep posting in this thread and not the other ones!
 

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Flyover, part of the problems we have is that many times when I go to the grocery store, they are out of what I want to buy. It can be out for weeks or even months and my mother is extremely picky. Doesn't help that my brother eats most of the food and drinks most of the water (although he will deny it). He's gotten back over 300lbs again.
I really do need to get better about organizing stuff. I'm terrible at it. It would be nice if I had more help from other people in the house.

I had to laugh at my mother (quietly so she didn't know I was laughing at her) when I mentioned my friend's gf has to clean 14 rooms a day at a hotel. She was saying that's not hard work at all. Mind you, this is someone who hasn't cleaned her own room in well over 20yrs and who didn't even clean 30+ years ago. She thought cleaning her parents' bathroom and doing dishes was the worst and the hardest work back when she was a teenag. She won't even clean one room much less 14 so she has no concept of what it's like to clean. LOL.

I am venting about my family today. My brother had a little b*** fit on the way to the grocery store yesterday. He interrupted me when I was telling him something (the plan to divide and conquer in the store) and it devolved into an argument where I told him he was being a b*** and he started screaming and swearing at me. I then started mocking him and saying "Waaaaah. Baby having a little b*** fit! Waaaah". He kept carrying on and I continued mocking him & reminded him I was treating him the way he treats me. He continued to shout and carry on. I stopped paying attention to what he was saying and just laughed at him and said "Baby have b*** fit. waaaah". He finally cracked a smile and stopped having a fit and we were cool by the time I parked.

We had gone in to see our friend. I got them food and then we all watched Avengers Endgame followed by an episode of Loki. The fat baby started crying right when Endgame was over so I handed him to my friend (trying to get the little fatso to stop being loud). Then off to the grocery store to get potstickers for Mom. She called right before we went and said she wanted them and I told her that was what we were going to get. My brother hung up bc he was not in the best of moods. After we got out of the store she called back and screamed about how we didn't answer the phones. We don't get signal inside. She insisted on getting bread, I asked why she didn't mention that the first time she called and she said I should have just known she wanted it. She got all pissy despite me saying I was going back in. Get inside and they are out of the bread she likes. But there was another kind she's had once before and didn't hate so I got it and told her they were out of her Wonderbread. I even took a video of the bread isle to show her how cleaned out they were.

Spicoli, does the chicken last to the "best by" date or expiration date? I've been having trouble with the milk not lasting to it's expiration date. Used to be it would last a day or two beyond the "best by" date but now it expires a day or two early- if not 3. I think it's how they are storing it. I put stuff in freezer bags to try to make it last longer.

Don't mind my jumbled thoughts. Dog woke me up and my brain is not fully awake.
 

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How old is your brother, @zannej ? My 4 year-old sometimes behaves as you describe, but that's on days when he's regressing. Actually you make me want to vent about your family too, haha I better stop there.

How about I vent about my job instead.

My company's idiot CEO has decided all the productivity and adaptiveness for remote work we've shown over the past 15 months doesn't count for $#!+ and so he's rolled out a "return to the office" plan that starts in earnest next week. This means a huge disruption to the lives of all his employees, including me, who now have to figure out things like how to coordinate day care and stuff. Even before the pandemic I had more flexibility than I'll have once the plan is implemented -- it's a big part of why I took the job in the first place! I'm hoping once he sees that he's hemorrhaging employees (because plenty of other companies are hiring and have more sensible arrangements) he'll change his mind. Either this is a profoundly stupid blunder on his part or he knows something nobody else knows.
 

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Flyover... Sea Magic is Seaweed, but what happens in the Sea ends up in a packet. As far as your CEO, he is an idiot. The new thing is working from home and I'm surprised most companies aren't shuttering their entire outside footprint. All my siblings and everybody that works in their branches of the family besides the kids that work fast food are never going back to the office again for their respective companies. The companies save $$$$ on overhead, can rent the buildings out to whoever, etc.

zannej... I have returned chicken to all those stores, that can't be on the date or after. They all "say" they are good for a week, but no chance. I buy frozen now from Costco, but who knows what that it. I assume they flash freeze it right away.
 

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The new thing is working from home
That's just it: this isn't a new thing! When I was employed by this company in 2019 there were of course some employees who had to come into the office for various pragmatic reasons -- they interacted with customers, or required special equipment or security -- but my group which is all internal facing had lots of flexibility. We were encouraged to come in if there was an important meeting or if we needed to collaborate on something in front of a white board, but that was only the case once in a blue moon. The rest of the time it was "we like to see you, but you're free to work from wherever you can comfortably get your work done" and so long as we got our work done and maintained a high standard of quality there was no issue. I ended up going in to the office most days just because the computer network was faster. So when the pandemic hit it was simply a matter of setting up a more permanent arrangement at home. My work still got done just fine -- and so did everybody else's! Grrr it makes me furious.
 

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Nope, same CEO. He's been there a long time I think. Maybe the vaccine scrambled his brain :p
 

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Something happened to him, and yes, the vaccine can do all kinds of new and fun stuff to the body because the tech has never been used and was called "Dangerous" by the FDA themselves a decade ago, ending this long run on sentence now.

I think you are right that a lot of employees will pound sand. Can you go to a competitor in the same space?
 

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Flyover, my brother is 41. In fairness, he wasn't feeling well and that made him cranky.

Spicoli, I've heard some of the stores-- particularly Walmart-- will get meat/eggs/produce labeled as a certain date when shipped but they will change the date to say it's fresher than it really is when they put it out on the shelves.

Having a weird issue with my frostless feezer. It's building up ice at the top corner where the door opens. I'm guessing the seal is leaking. I hope it can be fixed because I don't want to try to buy a new freezer.

I wonder if the CEO went through some change in life-- like a divorce-- that made him want more control. Might also not be getting as much profit overall as he wanted. Who knows. So many employers don't seem to realize that if they didn't jerk employees around they would have better loyalty.

I had a brief discussion with my brother about how if he goes back to working at the casino (in a different area) he can get back on better insurance that will pay for the medicine that was helping him more. Medicaid won't cover it and he's been getting sicker because the replacement medicine doesn't work anywhere near as well. He can then get the medicine at the casino's pharmacy.

I watched this video:

Pretty cool but even I can see some improvements they could make. I was hoping it would be for something like a device to pick up logs and move them, but this is just sort of like an engine lift.
 

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my brother is 41. In fairness, he wasn't feeling well and that made him cranky.
"He wasn't feeling well and that made him cranky" is a good excuse if you omit the "1" from your brother's age. Seriously, from your descriptions of your brother I thought you were going to tell me he's 12 or something. I'm really surprised to hear he's a grown man who acts the way he does. I don't mean to pick on your family, but in my defense, you brought them up! :p
 

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zannej, I wouldn't doubt they all do it, at least the worthless mega chains. I don't think the little guys do it, but any enforcement is probably up to the State Agriculture department. The FDA never does anything to help anyone, and the USDA lets Chicken companies import it from China without telling anyone, so they won't enforce any rules on dates.
 

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Zannej, I'm sorry I just now saw your comment about my CEO. As far as I know he's doing fine. Without giving away personal details about where I work, my hunch is he's falling for the sunk cost fallacy: our company spent a lot of money on new offices in 2019.
 

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@Spicoli do have some fish fertilizer.it seemed to do a better job last year
Bit in fairness, it sat out all winter... so it may not be effective. I love seeing the pics of the difference. I am going to order some and see what happens.

I accidentally took a 3.5 hour nap today and am ready for bed again 🙄
I hope to work s ok me more on getting my tools and stuff organized and the shelves built so that I can get rid of my storage unit. Lol
 

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zannej, I wouldn't doubt they all do it, at least the worthless mega chains. I don't think the little guys do it, but any enforcement is probably up to the State Agriculture department. The FDA never does anything to help anyone, and the USDA lets Chicken companies import it from China without telling anyone, so they won't enforce any rules on dates.
I have worked with just about every major chicken producer in the US and I know of none that import chicken from anywhere. Most of them export significant amounts. I was real close to going to China to work with some of their producers. Talked my way out of that one though. Costco has recently begun to raise and process their own chicken in the last couple of years.
 

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I watched this video: [ ] Pretty cool but even I can see some improvements they could make. I was hoping it would be for something like a device to pick up logs and move them, but this is just sort of like an engine lift.
Yeah, some grease on the shaft would make it easier to turn, reduce wear, and stop the squawking noise. Add a rope loop to prevent the handle from spinning back. Some wheels would allow moving it around.
 

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The FDA and UDSA *LET* companies import Chicken from China. Being that I can't find out if they do, and the Government will cover it up like everything else, I just assume they do.

Seems like a weird thing to do, not sure why they would do that. I would bet when they say post slaughter birds would be sent to China to "process" I'm guessing that would be what the industry calls "further processing." Many processing plants, heck most really, slaughter and process the birds then they are sent somewhere else for further processing. That can be anything from just putting it into consumer packages to making other chicken products like lunch meat, hot dogs, and the like. That I could see as viable to a producer maybe. Process it here then freeze and ship off shore to make other stuff.
 

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Yeah, well regardless, there is no regulation in anything. As long as people aren't selling shrimp from their trunk and there aren't any evil Spinach fields for the FDA to bust, you never hear anything about it.
 

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Hahaha it's the Great Chinese Chicken Cover-up! Also funny to hear people complain about not enough regulation by the FDA. Nothing against you, Spicoli, I'm just not used to seeing it.

My projects are piling up, in part because all my weekends keep getting booked solid with other stuff. I think part of it is I need to be more assertive and put my foot down and say "No, I'm taking 2 hours on [whatever day] and getting X Y and Z done" and then actually do it.
 

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How is there regulation by the FDA when EVERY single drug they approve needs 45 seconds during the commercial to say the 45 ways it can maim or kill you? How is there regulation when the head people at the FDA used to be executives in Pharma companies, and vice versa?

Look at Scott Gottleib, former head of the FDA and now a Board member for Pfizer. That's only one example. There is no regulation against Pharma by the FDA because they have been in bed together since the beginning and will always be in bed together.

The ONLY thing the FDA does is shut down that Spinach farm every once in a while under the guise that they are "doing something"....

If they were doing their job, all the 5 million chemicals in fast and processed foods wouldn't exist, but then there wouldn't be obese people that need drugs for all their illnesses brought on by the franken food, and Pharma would be out of business.

It's not rocket surgery.
 
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