News Commentary

Utah teen attempting 'Bird Box' challenge crashes into another vehicle, could face charges https://fxn.ws/2FrE6C6
When I was watching Bird Box and this part of the movie came on, the first thing that came to mind was "I wonder how long before some idiots start to try this?"        

At least 5 killed in crashes related to powerful Winter Storm Gia https://fxn.ws/2Fu7h7v
STOP NAMING SNOW STORMS!!  My gosh, it's one thing to name hurricanes, but tropical storms and now, snow storms?  Stop the insanity.

Wyoming fugitive and prison guard said to have aided escape caught in Georgia: police https://fxn.ws/2FxyK8F
Every week there's a new story about prison guards aiding and abetting prisoners... or should I say "a bedding?"    


The Federal Student Loan Scammer is now Named Lori Robbins and She Wants to Discuss Your Federal Student Loan with You! (SCAM!!!!)

I've posted about this before but it's a new woman's name and a new number... same spiel.   

"Yes, uh, this is Lori Robins and I'm calling in reference to your, federal student loan, um, I need to discuss your repayment options with some new changes that have just recently taken effect. So, if you could please give me a call back at 866-353-2882 with this reference number; that will be very helpful if you have that handy when you call back. It's 02026. Thank you."

Do not call 'her' back.  It's not legit. Erase, ignore and block.

UPDATED:  Same message and voice but she's going under numerous names now including Jessica, Lori, etc. 

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A leaking Keurig Coffee Machine... a simple fix! Sometimes. And sometimes it's not worth it. Photos to show why I did NOT bother to fix this one.

My love/hate relationship with Keurigs goes back to when I bought my first one in 2005.  I had had a cup of Keurig coffee while waiting for my truck repair at my car dealership. Then I had a second.  And then I came home after my repair was done, and announced to my husband I knew what I wanted for our next coffee maker.  It was called a Keurig and it was going to be about $150.  His eyes bugged out.  Over a hundred dollars for... a coffee maker?  Was it worth it?  Oh yes.  Oh yes it was.

And we did.  
And it broke right away.  
And we got another one that worked for about 5 months and broke.  
And then we got another one (luckily we had bought them through Best Buy and had bought the Black Tie Warranty so it was an easy return).  
That last one was good for a few years before it finally stopped working. 

Keurigs were great but at the time they OWNED the market - as in, their patent kept anyone else from making the machines or k-cups.  So they could do a crap job on the machines and there was no competition.  FINALLY their exclusive patent ended and similar options hit the market.

After that they seemed to improve their machines.

So our last Keurig (number 7 I think, maybe?)  lasted a few years but soon was flooding the counter.

Not just leaking.

If you've been caring for your machine correctly - which basically is just descaling it so the mineral deposits don't build up, then a leak probably means either the rubber gasket at the connection of our water reservoir is bad, your reservoir itself is leaking, or the hose inside the machine base just under this connection is leaking.  All pretty simple fixes using some food safe silicone goo available at Lowe's or sometimes having to purchase a new little gasket.  But both easy and cheap.  (Do a google on those if you need to watch someone do it on youtube - because that's not what this post is actually about.)

This was in 2016.

But by that time there were other machines on the market that were similar and I bought one of those.
I emptied the water out of this one and stuck it up high on a shelf... and forgot about it for a couple years.

Until this week.  January of 2019.

I was putting a new small appliance away on the top shelf of our storage cabinet and started to think about the Keurig I had stored up there.  I was trying to remember WHY we bought a new coffee maker a couple years ago.  Did I save this one for one of our kids to use when they got their own place?  Was I saving it for another reason?  Did it work fine and I just wanted to try the new iCoffee at the time?  

I took it down and commenced spending the afternoon descaling it and running boat loads of lemon juice and then, clean water through to clear it.  It was sucking up the water fine.  It worked great!  It made a good cup of coffee!  Obviously, I must have saved it to give to our daughter... so I emptied it out to put it back up in storage.  And then, I put my hand down on the black granite counter where it had been... and felt a puddle.  A large puddle that took up a good portion of the kitchen counter.

Ohhhh that's right!  I bought a new coffee maker because this one used to flood our coffee counter!

I could fix this!  (I fix almost everything in our home.  I do most of the maintenance and repairs, projects and servicing.) 

A quick search on the internet assured me most leaks were easily fixed...  and two places where the leak typically came from.

As you can see from the photos...  the normal places people have leaks with Keurigs looked great on my machine.  No leaks.

But when I removed the screws from the metal plate on the bottom of the machine, the source of the leak was obvious.

And the scaling and mineral deposits will show you just where that leak is.  (Remember, my machine had sat for a couple years on the shelf before I opened it).


 The problem was...  THIS particular leak is NOT easy to reach or even see.  It's SO far up into the machine I can't even tell where the leak is coming from in such a dark, tiny and hard to reach area up at the top of the machine where the tube comes out.

 In the end... I decided 'meh' and it wasn't worth my time.  This machine was ready to be thrown out 2 years ago when we got our new one, and it's only my curiosity and penchant for fixing items (repairing, reusing, recycling) before I finally commence to throwing something away.  But Keurigs make it pretty tough to truly get up into the guts of the machine and frankly, there are so many other things going on in our life right now that this was not an easy or quick fix and it wasn't a priority.

In this instance, the leak was NOT an easy fix.

Sometimes that's life!

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I hate "pay it forward" and apparently so do most people voicing opinions about it on the net

This morning on my stupid little hometown facebook there was a post from a women 'thanking' whomever it was ahead of her in line at the fast food restaurant that morning getting breakfast.  She made the post nice and sappy saying she got 'tears in her eyes' and promises to pay it forward to someone else some day.

Gosh I hope that person isn't me!

I do not WANT anyone to pay for my meal and I certainly don't want the guilt trip to go with it.  What it does (to most people anyway) is guilt you into offering to pay for the person behind you in line ordering.  And you know what?  That's crap.  Because being guilted into good deed isn't a good deed.

You don't want to feel judged by being 'that guy' who ends the pay it forward.

I don't eat at fast food restaurants but maybe once or twice a year (yeah, for real).  So when I go it's usually on a cross country road trip.  I don't have excess money in my budget so I choose a pretty frugal and tiny food item because that's what I can afford.

I'm 'that guy' that has a $3.99 order and feels guilted into paying it forward but the person behind me has a $27 order.

Ummm no.

And people really love to do this crap at Starbucks.

Again, I almost never, ever go to Starbucks (mostly out of principal...  they don't stand for the same beliefs and things I do so I don't go).  But perhaps once a year (again, on a cross-country driving trip) I'll end up going for a coffee.

Now, I'm the person that orders a tall black.

My bill is $1.85 plus tax average in the states I'm usually driving through.  So... $2

Whomever offers to pay for my drink is getting off pretty lucky for $1.85 but then when the "don't be the guy who breaks the chain" guilt kicks in, I'm then forced to pay more like $14 for that tall, plain, black coffee because the couple in the car behind me more than likely are NOT ordering simple black coffee.

See where I'm going here?

So I like the people who proclaim;  "Take your freebie, be thankful and move on!" 

YAY for them!

Even better is when I'm hopping around the internet and I'm seeing managers and supervisors that WORK for the company saying "This pay it forward stuff is crap.... I'm secretly HAPPY for the customers who just take their free food or drink and move on"  others say their company cash registers make it a pain to do the 'pay it forward' crap and slows down the lines when people insist on doing this.

For example - I found this on a reddit style forum...  

When you're doing 65 cars per half hour, trying to make sure the bump screen and the register stay sorted and organized is a hassle that really slows down the process. Also, you're not getting a free drink if you contribute to the chain, you're just getting your stuff at a different price. It's an empty gesture that makes a lot of people uncomfortable because they feel obligated and so many people celebrate an empty gesture that doesn't do any charity after the first person. It's just another way for people to pretend they did something charitable and friendly without actually doing so. That's my hot take.

It's an empty gesture that makes a lot of people uncomfortable...


I'll pay for my little $3 food order myself, without any guilt, thank you.  Because I don't HAVE the $15 to pay for the person behind me.  I brought or budgeted $3 for my order and that's what I have.

If someone really wants to 'pay it forward' to help someone - go buy GIFT CARDS.  Keep them with you or in your car and hand them out to someone in the grocery store or other places you do that you deem would be thankful for it or need it.  Hand out food gift cards to the homeless if it makes you feel better.

But paying for someone's fancy schmancy $8 drinks in line Starbucks isn't really being charitable.

.... don't mind my little rants, it's just the coffee talking again.