2.28.2020

Goodbye Mio Mocha Java.... discontinued??? (Maybe update at the end?)

About two months ago I was at the grocery store buying my regular little bottles of  MiO Energy Iced Mocha Java Iced Coffee Concentrate and the Vanilla Java.  I always keep these on hand - always. I noticed a little 'discontinued product' sign in front of them.

I assumed it was just my little grocery store was going to stop selling them and I'd get them from Walmart or one of my other stores.  I didn't give it much more thought and simply bought my regular 2 bottles.

I started to use them a few years ago during my long distance cross-country drives.  Mixed with regular water I thought they were awful, but I would choke them down as they truly were one of the only things I found that gave me that boost of energy and caffeine to wake me up after 7, 9, 12 hours driving.  It wasn't long before I figured out how to make them better for my travels.

I would take a water bottles I had already used, and refill them 1/3 (a third)  with water.  I would freeze them solid.  On the morning I'd be traveling, or even if I would be running errands and would like iced coffee later, I'd grab the frozen bottles, add a splash of almond milk, half and half, cream or even sugar free creamer;  whatever I felt like that day.  Then fill the rest with water and add a squirt of Mio flavoring.  Into the car I'd go and by the time I was ready for a nice cold iced coffee, the ice would have made my drink icy cold and ready.  YUM!!!!

As a matter of fact, I just decided to open my 'coffee cupboard' right now and snap a quick picture on my cellphone...  Mio. Mio. Mio.  Yep, I use them. I like them. I keep them stocked.


At home (when I'm not traveling) my "GO TO" iced coffee is a tall glass filled with ice that I then add a dark roast Starbucks Sumatra that I've brewed at the 4 oz. size (basically making it espresso). It melts the ice a little bit as it goes in.  Then, a squirt of Mio (either vanilla or mocha) and I fill with almond milk, maybe a dash of vanilla syrup, and top with a swirl of real whipped cream.  

The best iced coffee ever with the energy boost that gets me through the 2:00 pm brick wall I always hit.

And now...  I found out it's NOT JUST MY GROCERY STORE DISCONTINUING THEM. All the stores I was checking were either out or discontinued.

I tried to find them at Walmart last week and they were gone.  Not even a space for them any longer.  I was busy and didn't think much about it until yesterday when I made two (2) iced coffee's and as I looked at my stash of Mio's in the cupboard, I remembered that both my regular grocery stores didn't have them now... and I had that light bulb moment when I decided I'd better check online to see if I could buy them from Walmart.com....

And that's when I saw vanilla was still available but the mocha java was all "out of stock".... uh-oh.

Sure enough, it seems they are being discontinued by Kraft.  The mother ship company.  And even though they had the image on their site, when I clicked on the product, it told me the product was 'too new' to tell me anything about it.  Uh, these have been out for like, 4+ years at least.  Not new.  It looks like they took down the product description in the 'where to buy' section.

This, my friends is my entire and complete stash of Mio's from my cupboard at this particular moment.  And that makes me sad because I haven't seen any similar products sold at my groceries to replace them.

2020
It's August of 2020 and I saw Amazon had many listings for MIO Java and Mio Mocha available so I went back to the Kraft website and saw they added the product back on their listing!  I did a search for 'where to find' the product and I have no stores or military commissary within 70 miles of me offering them, but they ARE out there.  Although a very small market.

Until then, you can still find them on Amazon!  (Links above and below)


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Related to my post... but probably not available for long.  






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  MIO Liquid Concentrate, Iced Mocha Java and Iced Vanilla Java







2.26.2020

A petition is now calling for state legislators to make it illegal for individuals to wait too long before reporting a missing infant. “Evelyn’s Law” would make it illegal to wait longer than 24 to 72 hours to report a missing child.

AMBER Alert: Evelyn Mae Boswell


https://tbinewsroom.com/2020/02/22/amber-alert-evelyn-mae-boswell/

A petition is now calling for state legislators to make it illegal for individuals to wait too long before reporting a missing infant. “Evelyn’s Law” would make it illegal to wait longer than 24 to 72 hours to report a missing child.

More than 15,300 people have signed the petition. The goal is to get 25,000 signatures.
If you are interested, you can sign the petition at change.org. 









2.22.2020

From the news.....Female inmate says she was raped by transgender inmate who was transferred from men's to women's prison

https://news.wttw.com/2020/02/19/lawsuit-female-prisoner-says-she-was-raped-transgender-inmate
https://disrn.com/news/female-prisoner-claims-she-was-raped-by-transgender-inmate



A female prisoner being held in Illinois' largest women's prison claims she was raped by a biological male inmate who identifies as transgender and was allowed to transfer to the women's prison, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week.

The unidentified prisoner at the Logan Correctional Center in central Illinois claims she was sexually assaulted in June 2019 by Janiah Monroe, a transgender inmate who requested and was granted a transfer from a men's facility to the women's facility.

Monroe, who is a biological male who identifies as female yet still has male genitalia, moved into the plaintiff's unit on June 18, 2019 and immediately "expressed an interest" in her, the new lawsuit said.

“Plaintiff was terrified of this inmate as the inmate was much bigger and stronger than Plaintiff,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff had also heard that this inmate had assaulted prior cellmates and had been convicted of murder.”

That same day, the plaintiff said she was raped by Monroe.

“In an attempt to justify the transfers, Defendants Sexton, Calhoun, Keeler and currently other unknown IDOC employees covered up the sexual assault of Plaintiff and tried to falsely classify it as consensual, to keep it from being considered a PREA violation.”


2.19.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: That awful McDonalds fast food smell is now going to be available in a... candle?

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/mcdonalds-quarter-pounder-fans-hamburger-scented-candles
and https://goldenarchesunlimited.com/



This morning I was just sipping my coffee, glancing at news article and headlines, checking emails and planning out my to-do list when I saw a headline about quarter-pounder cheeseburger scented candles.

https://goldenarchesunlimited.com/


Uh, what?

Yeah.  As in McDonalds fast-food scented candles that are supposedly going to be available soon.


"Now you can finally have that lingering odor of onions and fast-food beef in your house anytime you want — without even having to get take-out.

That’s right: McDonald’s has debuted a collection of Quarter Pounder with Cheese-scented candles, allegedly because "there’s no better smell than 100 percent fresh beef and a perfect combination of toppings,” the press release shared.

The collection of six scented candles, which is part of a larger assortment of Quarter Pounder-themed merchandise, comes in glass jars representing the six components of a Quarter Pounder: sesame seed bun, ketchup, pickle, cheese, onion, and 100-percent fresh beef."

I'm pretty sure I had a confused look my face when I read it.

Because... who wants that smell in their house?

No, seriously.


The second you bring a bag of McDonalds food (or Taco Bell or KFC or Captain D's, etc.) into your vehicle, the smell is going to soak into the seats, the fabric, the air... your hair and clothes... your hands where you touched the bag.

And that smell lingers long after the food is gone.

Same with your house.  The second that McDonalds bag and wrappers enter your house, the entire house will smell like your fast food.  And it's going to last.  If that bag is in your trash, the smell of your food will last until that bag is out of your house.  

One of the first things I thought when I read about people wanting that scent of McDonalds cheeseburgers and fries permeating their homes with a McDonalds scented candle is...

"All they need to do is leave their empty McDonald's wrappers, trash and bag sitting in a room of their house and the whole room will smell like whatever it is they ordered.  They don't need to buy a candle!"




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2.17.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: How come guys always get to keep their clothes on to sing, play sports, act - but girls can't seem to sing, play sports or act until they get half naked?



Glancing at the entertainment headlines, or even Yahoo's homepage headlines (which I despise snowflake-laden, low IQ, liberal propaganda spreading, parents-basement dwellers Yahoo staff writers... but I have one old email with them that my 'older' family members use to write us and it would be too difficult to explain to them how to change to a new one now) so I use it; I see headline after headline of female stars, celebrities, athletes and singers getting attention or trying for attention by... taking off their clothes.

Sigh.

"... posts topless selfie"
"... looking amazing in her tiny bikini"
"... poses naked for...."
"... stunning nude photos of...."

I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but I can sing really well....  with clothes on.
And in my past life I was a pretty darn good actor... with clothes on.
In my younger days I got more attention than I ever wanted from guys, strangers, stalkers even... and I was fully clothed.
I can cook, bake, sing, play flute, camp, hike, repair things, do maintenance, bike, roller-blade, paint 2 story walls, act, and a plethora of other things... all while wearing clothing.

Amazing, isn't it?

When I click through the random music playing on my phone and it shows the 'album cover' photo for the artist, it's kind of amazing that all the guys are wearing clothes - shirts, pants, shoes, hats even.  About 90% of the females featured have their boobs hanging out at the very least.  The guys are posting by sitting down, turning their heads and smiling, or standing towards the camera, or it's a headshot.  The females are laying down on the grass, or legs spread or doing a 'half way to an orgasm' lowered lid and open mouth look or finger or other item in their mouth, etc.

The guys look like they're just fully dressed, hanging out, having fun.
The female artists are trying to get attention with their bodies, hair and makeup.

Hey ladies, you don't have to get naked to prove you have talent.








... it's just the coffee talking again.




2.14.2020

Happy Valentine's Day - Not Valentimes or Galentines or other stupid words



Good Morning!
I don't honestly know if Valentine's Day is going to be a thing in our household today or not.  You see, Mr. Coffee has been out of town all week so it's been just me, myself and I.  He's flying home today but he's not a romantic kind of person so it might actually be doubtful if he even knows that today is St. Valentine's Day. 

Besides, he knows I would rather get a little something special on a random Tuesday than a Hallmark Holiday that guilts guys into buying expensive crap for their wives and girlfriends.  I hate being told what to do.  Even on holidays. So I only randomly buy something for him on Valentine's Day - every couple years, just to mix it up a little. 

We probably aren't the best choice for poster-children for Valentine's Day.

I do however know I'm getting gifts today. 
Marketing gifts from his business trip!  Ha ha ha.  I know I've got a stainless steel water bottle with a company logo on it coming because they always give those out upon check-in and my husband doesn't use water bottles nor does he like them so ... I always get his water bottle.  Then he'll empty out his suitcase and I'll probably get a logo-emblazed pen, some logo-emblazed hand sanitizer, possibly another plastic water bottle, a little logo-emblazed bottle opener.  Not many businesses give out t-shirts anymore so I doubt I'll get one of those this time around.

And he'll probably have another In-N-Out Burger souvenir for me.  Because it's his all-time favorite, and he only gets to have it about once a year... on this particular annual business trip that's always to the same city.  It's the one treat he makes sure to fit into to the very little personal time they are allowed.  I think he had to walk there at 10:45 pm this week to make it happen... but he made it happen.  And he always brings me home something from In-N-Out Burger.  T-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles, stickers......

So Valentine's Day gift exchanges probably won't be happening, but some "They gave out all this marketing crap, you want any of it?"  will happen.








2.11.2020

Rambling over Coffee: Propaganda and A pediatrican who quit because she couldn't force children into the USA's current vaccination schedule

I met an interesting woman today who is originally from Russia.  She's 63 years old. She's a doctor who was a pediatrician for 3 decades, until about 3 or 4 years ago when she couldn't take the forced vaccination schedule the US imposes on little babies; and how horribly people who choose to not vaccinate or slow down the vaccination schedule to a more manageable schedule are treated.

This woman is a little tiny thing, but a spit-fire!  She holds no punches in her conversations and tells it 'just like it is'.   In her Russian/English accent she had so many thoughts and so much to say about the flawed vaccine system that she could hardly get one sentence out before she was into the next.  Her face showed the emotion and her eyes were showing the care and concern she had for those "little babies" she loved so much for all her years as a pediatrician.  She said she had a hard time with the vaccination schedule, and advocating vaccines at well-child checks that she knew were worthless or that a child should NOT be getting at that age.  She has nothing good to say about the Meningococcal Vaccine, for sure!

She supported informed vaccinations and also fully supported parents getting their babies vaccinated on a slower schedule so they weren't getting 4 and 5 vaccines at one time.  Waiting until their 1st birthday.

She sneered (I don't think she knew she did it) when she spoke of fellow pediatricians that would refuse to see parents/patients any longer the second they questioned the vaccination schedule or asked if they could space them out longer or wait until the newborn was a few months older.

She took on those patients because she sided WITH them - and from an informed medical standpoint, not just as a mother.

She talked so lovingly about those little babies and toddlers.  Her face seriously lit UP when she spoke of the children.  But then the cloud passed over again as she told of the harm the current vaccination schedules are doing.  (She seemed ok with the vaccination schedules as they used to be, but absolutely not the ones being implemented now.  Too many at one time and given far too young and too close, not to mention making some mandatory that should not even be given.) 

She said she absolutely could not do it any longer.  She quit pediatrics and now has gone into a different specialty.  She couldn't change the way the government is demanding the vaccinations be enforced, but she said at least this way she isn't advocating for something she knows is not good for "the babies".

She is still a doctor, still practicing and likes what she is doing... but oh how she misses pediatrics.

Interestingly enough, when I sat down to chit chat about this woman, I had NO intention about writing about her vaccination conversation!  I was going to chat about what she taught me about how Russians are taught propaganda their whole lives and how she said she found it very difficult and still finds it difficult to train her mind to get past what she was programmed to believe, growing up there.  She has/had a strong hatred for Germans for instance, and she found herself bonding with a stranger during the September 11th attacks, as they were in an airplane at the time of the attacks, trying to get home to New York.  They had to reroute (obviously) and they were both stuck in another country, watching the news; their husbands and her children were at home in New York and she was so worried.  She and this other woman bonded, cried, drank wine together and got through it together until they were allowed to fly home to New York.  And only after they bonded through this situation, she found out the woman who she now considered a friend... was German!   She said it was so shocking to her, as she had been taught her whole life to hate the Germans.

She talked about the way of life in America verses being raised in countries like Russian, Japan, China, etc. where you are never, ever taught real history.  It's never taught and never mentioned.  They are very careful about how and what they teach in school and at University.  It programs your brain to think a certain a way.   She said she still fights that programming and has to remind herself to re-think how she feels about someone just because they are Japanese or German, etc. She was quick to point out it's nothing personal and she knows it's not true but she still has such a hard time deprogramming her brain.

That conversation is the one I found interesting and was going to write about!  LOL.  But alas, my coffee is cold and  I'm out of time.

Suffice to say I found this woman and her life very interesting!




.... meh, it's just the coffee talking again.
























2.10.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: That poor little 2 year old girl stranded in China without her parents now that her Dad has contracted the Coronavirus

I opened this editor window to post early this morning.  Here it is after 1:00 pm and I'm just now returning to it. Mondays.  What can you do?  Trudge through them.

I have a lot of irons in the fire right now and my brain just needed a break so I came to the computer with some sparkling water and clicked on news headlines.  I am not actually reading most of them since I refuse to deal with hatred, bullying, lies and the ugliness that is permeated through our news media anymore. 

But I did see a headline about a little 2 year old girl currently stuck in China... and oh, my heart broke.

For weeks the local government had maintained that 
the number of cases remained steady at 41 and 
that it was tied to a food market. 
Since then, it's ballooned to 
over 40,600 cases with at 
least 908 deaths. 


She is Canadian.  Her family is Chinese.  In mid-January they got word the grandfather (back in China) was dying of complications from cancer.  His son was to fly to China to say goodbye and booked a flight for him and his little 2 year old daughter.  Once there however, they found out the Coronavirus was much worse than the Chinese were letting on to the news media.  The grandfather not only tested positive for the virus but then the Dad came down with it.

The little 2 year old toddler, now parent-less in China, far away from her home in Canada, was taken in to be cared for by a neighbor.  However that neighbor soon contracted the virus and was hospitalized as well.  The little toddler was then (and now is) being cared for by a cousin and a slew of volunteer/employees of the hospital.

The mother, back in Canada is sick with worry.  She is hoping for an emergency evacuation of her baby from the heart of the virus epicenter. 


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2.09.2020

Random News - In Case You Missed Some of Them



2020 candidate Joe Biden told a woman voter that she was a lying, dog-faced pony soldier

At a campaign stop in Hampton, NH, 2020 candidate Joe Biden told a woman voter that she was a "lying, dog-faced pony soldier" after she asked him why voters should believe that he can win the national election after his abysmal performance in Iowa...



White kid stops high school basketball game with a breakaway between-the-legs dunk

....a ridiculous breakaway between-the-legs dunk, Isaiah Rider style, during a high school game

P.S. Before you ask, I know you're thinking, "Why'd you have to mention that he's white, huh?"
Well, how many white guys have you seen pull off a between-the-legs dunk??
Exactly.




"Paying tithing is more of a sense of commitment than it is the church needing the money," Mr. Clarke said. "So they never wanted to be in a position where people felt like, you know, they shouldn't make a contribution."

Mormon Church kept $100B investment fortune secret for fear members wouldn't tithe, says head of fund.  Clarke and former Ensign employees claim that the Mormon investment firm created a system of more than a dozen shell companies to make its stock investments harder to track.




A theater in New York City wants to charge white patrons nearly 50 percent more for tickets

 Following media reports, the theater altered its website to read that the "two-tiered pricing" was "suggested, but not required." The "unique ticketing model" for the play "prioritizes access for people of color," the theater said.







Rambling Over Coffee: Checking up on elderly parents

Regular readers know that although my parents were 'young' parents - their goal was to have all their children by the time they were 30 - by comparison, my husband's parents were quite older by the time they met, married and had kids. They were in their 40's by the time my husband came along.

This is how I ended up with a father-in-law who will be turning 92 this year.  He's in good health and lives alone in the country, about 1,000 miles from us, 1800 miles from another adult child and about 200 miles from the third.

A couple days ago I was suggesting my husband call his Dad just to check in.  Make sure he's fine, see how the frigid weather up there is treating him.  Yesterday morning on his way to work my husband tried to call but didn't get an answer.  He tried again later that afternoon while he was sitting on a conference call at work - on mute - as it was a listening in kind of call. No answer.  He tried a third time last night during his commute home.  No answer.

Odd.  Because it's the middle of winter up there, they have a few feet of snow on the ground, ice on the roads, frigid temperatures and his Dad doesn't tend to drive much anymore, but certainly not in the winter time until the roads are clear, the sun is out and he has a doctor's appointment "in town" or needs a few groceries.

So I followed up with an email last night...  which he normally answers fairly quickly.  But as of this morning there was still no response.

The text-brigade began.

So I texted my sister-in-law at 7:45 am to ask if by chance she had planned a visit for him to her home, or if she knew if he was at the other siblings home?  She's an hour ahead of us, and she was up and texted back immediately that no, he wasn't visiting either of them and that she would try to give him a call.

About 30 minutes later she let me know that she called him and he had picked up on the first ring.  He sounded great, and was up looking out at the snow and watching the birds on the bird feeder this morning.

All was well.

And this is part of what we do now.

There isn't a schedule of any sort, but we all tend to email or call on a regular basis.  If one of us can't get him on the phone or email, then we check with another.  The text brigade starts and usually someone knows that he is away at a doctor's appointment that day, or is at a church function or visiting a relative.  If none of us know where he might be or why he hasn't answered an email or phone call, then I can call my parents to check on him.  They live about 20 miles away from him but will give a call and if he doesn't pick up, my Dad will drive over to his place and make sure all is well.  There is also a neighbor who has always kept an eye on him and checked in every now and then; and comes over with the tractor to plow the driveway after it drifts shut with snow. 

There is a regular little army of people in the background, quietly keeping tabs and making sure he is ok while at the same time, giving him his privacy and letting him live in his own home, out in the country where he wants (and needs) to be. 

I'm not really sure where I was going with this post.
Nowhere really, I suppose.

It's just that as I opened up the text editor on my site this morning, I was in the middle of texting my sister-in-law to check in with her on the status of my father-in-law... so it was on my mind and I started to chit-chat about it over coffee with you.



.... don't mind me.  It's just the coffee talking again.

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An 80 year old couple were having problems remembering things, so they decided to go to their doctor to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong with them.

When they arrived at the doctors, they explained to the doctor about the problems they were having with their memory. After checking the couple out, the doc’ said they were physically OK but might want to start writing things down and make notes to help them to remember things. They thanked the doctor and left.

Later that night, while watching TV, the man got up from his chair and his wife asked, ‘Where are you going?’

He replied, ‘To the kitchen.’

She asked, ‘Will you get me a bowl of ice-cream?’

He replied, ‘Sure.’

She then asked him, ‘Don’t you think you should write it down so that you can remember it?’
He said, ‘No, I can remember that.’

She then said, ‘Well I would also like some strawberries. You had better write it down because I know you’ll forget that.’

He said, ‘I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice-cream with strawberries.’

She replied, ‘I would also like some whipped cream on the top. I know you’ll forget that, so you had better write it down.’

With irritation in his voice, he said, ‘I don’t need to write that down! I can remember that!’
He then stormed off into the kitchen.

After about 20 minutes, he returned from the kitchen and handed her a plate of bacon and eggs. She stared at the plate for a moment and said angrily:

‘I TOLD you to write it down! You forgot my toast!’


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2.08.2020

Snapchat has been sending me notifications that "NULL has added to their Snapchat story"



For the past couple weeks since I had updated my Snapchat to whatever the latest version is, I stopped getting about 60% of the story notifications of my friends/family.

I get them 'sometimes' and it's hit or miss - quite random. 

The same family and friends adding to their stories but hit or miss if Snapchat is notifying me like it should... (and has for the past 5/6 years without issues).

And yes, perhaps I need to state the obvious... that yes notifications are turned on to get updates from them, including when they update or add to their stories.  

I've also deleted the app and reloaded it to see if that would help.  Nope.

Luckily most of my family and close friends not only put the video or photo on their story but send a copy to me directly as well - it's what we've all started doing to make sure we are getting each others photos and videos.  We just automatically hit about 4-5 close friends or family to send the same image to that we are posting on our story (to make sure they get it).

But for instance, last night I opened up Snapchat and clicked on my friends list to see if any of the little circles were lit up with a new story and sure enough - my son had added to his story. 
NO notification. 
He didn't send it to anyone direct, as it was a stupid one and just for fun on his story but there is no reason for snapchat to have not notified me.

It seems like the bigger they try to make that stupid app by adding all sorts of crap that no one wants or even uses, it just starts messing up more and more.  Lots of little bugs.

The most interesting one is that not only is it 'hit or miss' whether I'm getting notifications of my friends adding to their stories, but 40% of the notifications I DO get don't have the names attached.  Instead, someone in Snapchat's programming f-ed up with the coding because it will tell me;

Null has just updated their story....

(Null being the code programmers use when there is nothing there... as a fill in.  Like when you do mass mailings in a word program and you use {name} for the computer to fill in the names from your data source.)


*Update to add a little screenshot of the latest "NULL ADDED TO THEIR STORY" - for the record, it was my daughter, whose name is NOT 'null'.  And Snapchat has known her name all morning... but apparently suddenly forgot it by 1:00 this afternoon.  See?  Random.  Hit or miss.


I have to open my notification to go into Snapchat to see WHICH of my family and friends have updated their story.  Sometimes snapchat uses their name in my notification "Kristin has updated their story"  but the next day Snapchat might just say "Null has updated their story" and opening Snapchat I'll see it was Kristin.

No rhyme or reason that I've found and it's only started happening in the past couple weeks since I went ahead and updated the app (which I usually drag my feet about doing because the updates are ALWAYS WORSE than the previous versions....)

Seriously, I would LOVE to go back to the Snapchat of 2016 or even 2017.  It was still a clean and non-evasive program, easy, simple and fast... and it didn't take up a crap-load of memory on my phone either.







2.04.2020

The Chinese... again. And again. And... again.

News


The pair – Junliang Tang, 35, and Shuyan Wang, 33 – are Chinese nationals, and they are facing three second-degree felony charges, including one count of money laundering, a pattern of unlawful activity and unlawful use of a card. An investigation conducted by multiple agencies found that nearly 1,380 Walmart gift cards purchased in Utah between Jan. 16 and 23 were connected to the fraud ring.


News: This is the face of 'crazy' and 'desperation' - #WTF? Ah... no. Schiff warns that acquitted Trump might sell Alaska to the Russians



Schiff warns that acquitted Trump might sell Alaska to the Russians


2.02.2020

Today is a Palindrome Kind of Day - The last one similar was 900+ years ago!

Source 


Sunday, February 2, marks a unique calendar date, as it forms a palindromic day — one that is written the same both backward and forward.

But this Sunday is more special than post palindromic days.

In this case, the date rendered as it normally is in the United States — as month/day/year — is identical read both normally and reversed: 02/02/2020. However, in the numerous countries that follow a day/month/year format, the date is still the same either way. And in the many Asian countries that place the year first, it is still identical backward and forward.

So whether you're in Europe, Asia, or the U.S., February the 2nd is a very special palindromic day. And extremely rare:
  • The previous eight-digit palindrome like this was 909 years ago, on November 11, 1111.
  • The next one will be December 12, 2121, 101 years from now.
  • After that it'll be another 909 years until the next eight-digit palindrome, on March 3, 3030.
  • After the 3030 palindrome, people will have to wait another 1,010 years, until April 4, 4040, to be treated to the rare occasion again.















2.01.2020

Online Grocery Shopping Has Made Grocery Shopping Hell For The Rest of Us






I do most of my grocery shopping between two stores, and use another for the other items I can't get at the first two.  One of the stores I regularly shop for groceries is Walmart.  However, in the past year it's slowly growing more and more irritating.  Yes... Walmart CAN get more irritating.

It's those darn online order pullers.

They've had to hire a plethora to fill the need... and their standards are quite low for order pullers.  Surly, angry teenagers?  No problem.  Blue and green hair with a permanent scowl on their face, tossing random, poorly chosen vegetables into a bag and throwing it into the bins?  Yep.  Got an attitude, can't get hired anywhere else, have poor work ethics and zero customer service skills?  Sign up!  We'd love to have you!

About a year ago I noted the aisles were filling up with the huge carts that hold 6 blue plastic bins and employees were doing the online shopping order fulfilling.  But at the time, it was still manageable to do your own shopping and the employees they were using were regular employees - with manners.

Online shopping took off and they had to remodel the stores to design pick up areas.  They remodeled the parking lot to add 20+ online pick up only spaces.  They started to hire anyone off the street to try to fill the need for order pickers.  And, the number of 'order pickers' in the aisles exploded.

The last few months of grocery shopping has typically involved 1-3 order pickers in an aisle.  Trying to maneuver through the aisles around their huge rolling pallets with blue plastic bins plus a few other regular shoppers with our carts has become much like trying to drive on the 91 freeway in Southern California during rush hour.

And gone are the polite employees.

Not ONE excuse me.  Nope.  They have the larger rolling pallets, and are trying to fulfill orders quickly;  therefore, in their minds, their online order picking takes precedent over the fact that we are ALSO trying to fulfill our OWN grocery shopping list quickly.

They will block aisles, park their huge rolling carts in front of the fresh veggies or shelved items and pay no mind to the other shopper(s) trying to peer around them or shop for similar items.

The elderly shoppers that don't use online ordering are often the shoppers in the stores pushing their own carts and getting their own groceries and I feel terrible for them as I see them often by-passed, ignored, stuck behind an employee who won't move, and ignores any "excuse me" regular shoppers might be uttering in vain....

I've had to shop Walmart twice this week due to helping a family member move into a new home and buying some last minute items.  We didn't need grocery items thankfully, but as we walked past all the aisles and glanced down them, almost every aisle was jammed with those darn entitled and rude Walmart order-pickers.

They ignore you, won't move, give you attitude if you say "Excuse me!" and try to get past them.  They are talking to each other on the floor and complaining about their days, their hours, the fact they have to work until "8:00 pm" tonight - oh you poor thing???  No one in the universe but you has to work from 11-8 pm.  You are a snowflake, a special little snowflake and are so unique.

Whatever.

I'm tired of trying to do my regular family grocery shopping in both Walmart as well as my local Publix with the rude employees pushing themselves in front of all the 'regular' shoppers, never using manners, never saying excuse me, blocking the aisles and complaining about their 'difficult' job to other employees on the floor.  (My Sam's Club and Costco obviously have online order pickers doing their jobs, but the aisles are wider, there are fewer - maybe one every 6 or 7 aisles - and it doesn't seem to be as much of an issue.)





Meh, don't mind me.  It's just the coffee talking again.........














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