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  1. Thanks...for the record, I'm Catholic and it's my husband who's Jewish. He just doesn't plan. I have to re-memorize the Ma'oz Tsur every year.
  2. It did depress me a bit when they started locking up baby formula, but that started years ago. A lot of that was crime rings/drug addicts stealing en masse, though. Others steal due to mental health issues; that can be a complicated subject. That tends to be clothes and makeup, though. And yeah, while I was "raised right," a lot of others weren't. On reddit, these discussion threads get a lot of whining "But you need moneeeeyyyyyy to set up backup food stores!!!" Lotta basement-dwellers on that platform, and I just think, "B*tch, please, drop your beer budget for a couple months an
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/10/pandemic-shoplifting-hunger/ I've been making donations to the state food bank, but time to dredge up a bigger donation, I think. I popped into Safeway today for Hanukkah candles and they have a much higher, tenser security presence now.
  4. Been tested twice now; it's NOT fun. Set off my gag reflex and stung quite a bit. Skill of the nurse matters, too...first one took 3 tries.
  5. Just better hope the New Madrid fault doesn't have a big one like last time...
  6. What I described was in a regular grocery store. If you have a warehouse store membership you see far fewer items out of stock. Hand sanitizer and cleaning stuff is hard to come by, of course. The Asian grocers are mostly ok, too. They've put item limits on things like eggs or rice, though. Even if one piles up storage foods, getting your family to eat it is a different matter. This week I made up a nice batch of dal makhani one of the things I always get a bit of when we go to an Indian buffet nearby. And I did a good job if it, if I do say so myself. Served it up with some steame
  7. Lentils, oddly enough. Red and black lentils (urad dal?) invariably gone. Sometimes brown, and always the green remain. You'll know sh*t's gotten real if the green lentils are gone. Normal, short grain rice gone; brown rice and fancier rice varieties (jasmine, etc.) sometimes remain. Pasta, forget it. Tortillas- touch and go (time to get out the ol' tortilla press). Yogurt- gone in a flash. Tried looking for steel cut oats and those were gone, too. And, of course, any sort of chicken.
  8. We'll be okay so long as US currency/bonds is seen as the prettiest horse in the glue factory. Other countries have fired up the printing press too, so we might not see as much of a decline given US' relative position to its neighbors. Those who want most to undercut the USD would be doing it on the power of oil and hey, guess what was just gutted as well? I mean, the next year or so will be no fun, but I don't think things will be pay-for-groceries-with-silver level. Though the grocery store yesterday reminded me of Polish immigrants' description of the Communist days...
  9. HazelStone


    If my husband ever leads seder some year... this is approximately his grasp of history and retention of Hebrew school...
  10. Gaaahh, still trying to get the hang of the new forum. Moderate IT arcana going on the work machine, and on my own I'm cursing under my breath trying to get the quote to work... I live waaaaay too far east for the big kitties to roam. We've only recently gotten coyotes. I got to pet a cheetah once, and that's as big as I'll go. Anyway, my family taught me to prep, really. We lived way out in the country when I was little, and I was one of those weird kids who actually listened to their grandparents. Though even if you know how to make bread, the flour and ye
  11. It is funny how Fate turns, sometimes. I had a major injury that left me using a walker for a while. Y'know what I have a lot of left over from that time? HAND SANITIZER. Because I couldn't risk washing my hands and slipping/falling from a bit of soap residue... I consider myself lucky to be on the side of the equation where I'm delivering items for vulnerable friends rather than being among those stuck and scrambling for help.
  12. Been away a while. Lots of crap over the last couple-few years. Some good stuff, too, and right as we were going to relax the purse strings a bit and go on a major trip... this happened. Right as I was trying to get the pantry re-sorted after the Drugstore Beetle Fiasco did in our stored pasta and we felt rather stupid for letting it snowball like that. I'd been following the current mess since December, thought it only a matter of time, and started re-stocking our current staples. Husband commented on it. I told him it doesn't hurt, and it was just in case. Started picking up extr
  13. Ambergris, when you're born and raised in such a place, you don't know any different until you leave. In the Midwest, this storm would be one day off and then business as usual. That said, Maryland's roads are horribly designed. The civil engineers must've been smoking something interesting when they designed the highways around Baltimore. And in most other areas the highway ramps have incredibly tight curves and are often banked wrong. And there aren't as many trucks to plow and salt. To top it all off, the drivers around here are insane. It takes a lot less for all Hades to break loose f
  14. Fine and well, here. We keep supplies on hand, and have a well-stocked drinks cabinet. I first ran the dishwasher and wash, in case we lost power. I did some other cleaning because I had some of that nervous pre-storm energy. Then I settled in to read or prepare gaming stuff for later. When the worst of the storm passed, I made cookies. And tomorrow I have no work either. Before getting out at work, everybody was asking if I had enough supplies to stay in for a while. "Dude. I grew up in Michigan."
  15. Anxiety/depression meds can be tricky. That said, some mental health issues don't manifest fully until late teens/early twenties. I deal with anxiety/depression myself; it nearly caused a crash n' burn during my college years, and some dark times later on. Vitamin D. Exercise. But don't rule out depression meds if it comes to that. This is not something to mess about with. College is a horrible environment for these issues; you've got stress and overwork and crap sleep quality (My personal discipline did not matter when my neighbors in the dorm were drunk and screaming at 3 a.m. on a weekn
  16. External hard drives and USB thumb drives are really dang cheap now. Your bookmarks, etc are simply a file you transfer over like anything else. When you get a computer, stay away from Windows 8. d**m but it's confusing. And this is from someone who fixes computers for a living. Almost enough for me to say "screw it I'll focus on Unix stuff." Blessed are the paranoid, for they hath made backups.
  17. Right when I think I have things sorted for a while... a wrench falls into the works. I've got a good job, that I like. I've got potential for advancement/a raise. I've killed my old medical bills and almost have the car paid off. I'm maxing out my Roth. My depression is well managed. I've managed to drop some weight. Sounds like a good time to try for a baby, right? Nope, more fibroid surgery. More delay. I've been to this dance before. It is not fun. Though sometimes I wonder about the sort of world I'd be bringing a kid into. I don't see the economy really improving in the futur
  18. Implicit in stock valuations is the opportunity cost for holding funds elsewhere- say, in CDs or highly rated bonds. So when "the markets" think that interest rates will rise soon, the stock market dips as people sell off some holdings because the risk vs. reward has changed. If you own stock that pays a 1% dividend yield and the interest rates will exceed that soon, you might not have reason to hold that stock anymore. Especially since that translates to a rise in companies' borrowing costs and the company in question might not grow as fast because of it.
  19. As mentioned in the other thread, I'm INTP (I have taken the full Meyers-Briggs before). I am a computer nerd by trade. I spend a lot of time curled up inside my own head. Language errors drive me NUTS (I want to smack the 'I could care less' offenders with a rolled up newspaper). I'm also very quick to make or anticipate puns, and learn other languages pretty quickly. I often will debate a point regardless of my emotional view on it, or point out logical inconsistencies in other people's arguments on either side of the debate. No, I don't have green blood and pointy ears. "hau
  20. A library has a finite amount of shelf space, even a new, more spacious place. Payroll budget for re-shelving stuff and keeping it neat have generally been on the decline. Meanwhile the demands/expectations of the amount of titles/research materials to have available has exploded with the Information Age. Scientific knowledge updates quickly. So does technology, and therefore the textbooks that teach it are obselete ten minutes after you buy them. It is far more cost effective to subscribe to Safari to have all that stuff online. And if the lights did go out... do you think the library wou
  21. My grandmother took it even further and said that God would have you account for each bit of waste- things like if you didn't curl the toothpaste tube hard enough, or left a couple teaspoons of milk in the cereal bowl (which just went to the cats at home, so it didn't really go to waste... Mind you, anxiety disorders run in my family and she fell pretty squarely in that camp.
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