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Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/4/21 5:54 p.m.
Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) said:

In reply to Antihero (Forum Supporter) :

I am a firm believer in making people pay for their mistakes. But this is family, the daughter of a deceased uncle, and I know she doesn't have that kind of money.

We will be having a discussion about who should and should not be allowed to drive those types of machines around the property and where they should drive them at the next family meeting. A young teen has no business driving a 2300 pound side by side without supervision. 

No homeowner's insurance?

KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
4/4/21 6:18 p.m.

Definitely sounds like a E36 M3 situation with the dog.   Sometimes it's kindest to let them go if their future is going to be full of pain and problems.

If surgery is the route you go, yeah selling the side-by-side might get the lesson across in a way little else does.

fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
4/4/21 6:29 p.m.

Dad fell Wednesday night. Got a call from his cell at 9:30 pm, really odd that late in the day. All he said was that he fell and come pick him up. I asked if he was hurt, where he is, but no reply, he was obviously struggling. 

I sped out the five miles to his house. House was dark, grocery bags on the porch and front door open. Heard him call to me when I went in, turned the LR light on. He was laying on his right side between a LR chair and a bookcase, the gap was 12" or less. He was wedged in, how he got to his cell phone I dunno. 

First thought was call 911 EMS for a lift assist. He wanted out right now so I moved the chair away, assessed him for pain before I would even move him. Got him laid flat on his back then sat him up on the floor on his insistence. Called 911 EMS, I didn't want to move him any further. I reluctantly lifted him up, spun the chair around and got him in the chair at his insistence. 

EMS showed up in 15-20 minutes, they evaluated him and recommended he be checked out at the ER, it's his call. Had pain in his right hip and thigh, abrasion on side of head. He didn't want to go. I vetoed that and they loaded him up. The two young EMT gals were fantastic. 

CT scan of his head and neck were okay, hip was broken, he's being admitted now. Surgery scheduled for Friday. He's in good hands now.

Tried to figure out WTF happened here. I asked why he's out so late. He claims he was home in daylight and by 7:30. Holy berkeley, he must have been out for quite a while. Time stamp on grocery receipt was 5:58, I figure he had to get home between 6:30 and 7 pm. He may have tripped on a throw rug at the door or another at the LR chair, or he said he may have just lost his balance. He was wedged in a hole between the chair and heavy bookcase, his fall moved both of them. He would never have crawled out of there on his own. Good thing he had his cell in his shirt pocket as he wouldn't have made it to the landline phone.

Thursdays surgery went well. Subcapsular break below the hip ball. Got a rod inserted from the ball to near the knee, secured with several screws. He'll set off metal detectors now. He was supposed to be on his feet and walking Friday but he didn't want to. He was lightly on his feet on Saturday. No therapists on duty Sunday.

This was the turning point we knew that would eventually happen. It's day to day now as far as rehab and release, just gotta wait. Don't know if he'll be able to return to his home yet. This changes everything. 

This was kind of a rant. He doesn't need to be out every day, he has free reign on that though. He could easily combine trips and go out once or twice a week but he's a people person and dislikes being home since Mom passed away. I could pick up necessities and do banking etc. for him but he's an old school, independent and obstinate guy. 

Tip: My county has a 'lift assist' by county EMS. They will medically assess and lift a fallen patient... at no charge. It's BLS (basic life support) vs ALS (advanced life support) so ALS has priority over BLS. Worth finding out if your area has this available, JIC, ya know. We first used lift assist several years ago after Mom fell and hit her head. No questioning the EMT's, she was transported to the local hospital then immediately to a regional hospital. She had a brain bleed requiring neuro specialists and a lengthy recovery. 

Also, I insisted Dad keep his cell phone with him everywhere. Just last week I found he was up and down the basement steps 4-5 times in a night. I would have never known if he was incapacitated there after a fall. 

Dad will be 98 in four months, he'll keep his routine going until he can't. This might be it, dunno yet

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/4/21 6:36 p.m.

Holy crap.

In reply to fasted58 :

Hoping for a speedy recovery for your father.

My dad is 82. This was what he was up to yesterday. Outside on the roof replacing a window sill. He had 5 bypasses done the week before Christmas but that's not slowing him down anymore. I'm dreading the day I get that call. He's as stubborn as I am when it comes to asking for help. I'm afraid his fall will be from a roof or a ladder. My mother can't even get him to slow down. 

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fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
4/5/21 12:44 a.m.

In reply to Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) :

Through experience (and against my better judgement) we've found it's best to let them stay active in their pursuits and daily routines until they can't anymore, it will be their realization of limitations and their call. Of course, keep an eye on them of risky behavior and step in.

My Dad can't sit on the porch, never could, he needs to be active until he can't be.

Best wishes for your Mom and Dad's health. Good luck. 

It ain't easy sometimes. 

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
4/5/21 9:14 a.m.

Getting back into the swing of things at work after being off for a week is never fun. It's even more frustrating when you get back and have essentially no information from the group the new project you're supposed to be moving on to (vacation worked out perfectly that it bridged between when I was supposed to switch projects). Thankfully at least for the moment there's still work to be done on the old project, but it won't last that long so I'll have to keep harassing the Powers That Be on getting me materials for the new project to start.

Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/21 1:03 p.m.

My wife's car (2911 Mazda 6 with a 3.7 V6) just ate its second water pump at just shy of 90,000 miles. This results in a failure where the antifreeze dumps into the oil plan. I just verified- the oil (changed last week) now has a bit of milkiness to it.

The first time this happened, (about 30,000 miles ago) I put in a used engine with fewer miles than the engine in the car. I'm sick of this car now.

The trade in value on the car is like $4,000.

Is it:
- Time to kludge together a fix and trade it?
- Sell it as a challenger for $500?
- Something else?

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) :

Can you not change the water pump and drive it or trade it in? I had the milkshake oil in a Chevy Venture. I fixed the problem and drove it another 70k miles. 

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) :

K seal and trade. You've disliked it since the first engine failed. Time for something different 

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/5/21 2:17 p.m.
Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) said:

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) :

Can you not change the water pump and drive it or trade it in? I had the milkshake oil in a Chevy Venture. I fixed the problem and drove it another 70k miles. 

I'd try this. I had the intake gaskets fail on my 3.1l Malibu and fill the pan with coolant.  My mechanic replaced the gaskets and the lifters to be safe and I put another 250,000 miles on it. 

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE Dork
4/5/21 3:31 p.m.

In reply to fasted58 :

Yep, I see that all the time in medicine and EMS. More frustrating is, even when part of their life has to change it's difficult to get them to "change gears" to some other task; I've met way too many old men who've entered the nursing system, hell even family members of mine who retire, who just give up now they cannot live how they used to and stop trying new things. It's really frustrating, and its obvious why the typical nursing home resident only lives a year.

I hope everything get's better for you, bud.

RevRico
RevRico UltimaDork
4/5/21 3:40 p.m.

Yes customer service lady, tell me again what an shiny happy person I am for thinking 6.5 hours to fill an order online pickup in store order is a bit extreme.

"We were closed yesterday and only have one online order picker"

Sounds like your manager needs to learn how to schedule better.

Why do the extensions for customer service, online order status, and online order pickup all disconnect when they start to transfer?

"Umm umm we're very busy and these things take time"

Just give me a flat cart and I'll go pick my order my Damn self.

"Internet order picker guy, there's a guy here at customer service whose pissed it's taking you all day to fill his order can you skip him in line?"

 

Must be real berkeleying nice having the only hardware store in a 20 mile radius. I've never had a high opinion of Lowes, but for berkeleys sake, these past couple trips have me wanting to go an hour out of my way to wonder why home depot has a person at every SELF checkout but no one on the sales floor.

Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/5/21 5:42 p.m.
Toyman01 (Moderately Supportive Dude) said:

In reply to Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) :

Can you not change the water pump and drive it or trade it in? I had the milkshake oil in a Chevy Venture. I fixed the problem and drove it another 70k miles. 

The water pump is timing chain driven. It's a non-trivial adventure.  For a driveway mechanic without the special tools, putting in a used engine is easier than trying to take the engine apart and get the timing set again. 

Mike (Forum Supporter)
Mike (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/5/21 6:18 p.m.
RevRico said:

Yes customer service lady, tell me again what an shiny happy person I am for thinking 6.5 hours to fill an order online pickup in store order is a bit extreme.

"We were closed yesterday and only have one online order picker"

Sounds like your manager needs to learn how to schedule better.

Why do the extensions for customer service, online order status, and online order pickup all disconnect when they start to transfer?

"Umm umm we're very busy and these things take time"

Just give me a flat cart and I'll go pick my order my Damn self.

"Internet order picker guy, there's a guy here at customer service whose pissed it's taking you all day to fill his order can you skip him in line?"

 

Must be real berkeleying nice having the only hardware store in a 20 mile radius. I've never had a high opinion of Lowes, but for berkeleys sake, these past couple trips have me wanting to go an hour out of my way to wonder why home depot has a person at every SELF checkout but no one on the sales floor.

I have literally never had a Lowe's store pickup go faster than picking everything myself. It's never even been close. It's always just involved standing at customer service for hours, waiting for someone to get back from break or for someone to get a forklift off the charger.

Home Depot, somehow, does this really well. Almost as well as Target Drive-Up, which I consider to be the gold standard.

RevRico
RevRico UltimaDork
4/5/21 6:30 p.m.

In reply to Mike (Forum Supporter) :

The whole reason I did that was because I woke up this morning and couldn't move my right shoulder any direction it didn't hurt, so I was trying to get out of loading 10 bags of mulch 3 times. I still had to load it into the truck then unload it at home.

I thought kids were supposed to be useful for manual labor.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
4/6/21 10:20 a.m.
Mike (Forum Supporter) said:
RevRico said:

Yes customer service lady, tell me again what an shiny happy person I am for thinking 6.5 hours to fill an order online pickup in store order is a bit extreme.

"We were closed yesterday and only have one online order picker"

Sounds like your manager needs to learn how to schedule better.

Why do the extensions for customer service, online order status, and online order pickup all disconnect when they start to transfer?

"Umm umm we're very busy and these things take time"

Just give me a flat cart and I'll go pick my order my Damn self.

"Internet order picker guy, there's a guy here at customer service whose pissed it's taking you all day to fill his order can you skip him in line?"

 

Must be real berkeleying nice having the only hardware store in a 20 mile radius. I've never had a high opinion of Lowes, but for berkeleys sake, these past couple trips have me wanting to go an hour out of my way to wonder why home depot has a person at every SELF checkout but no one on the sales floor.

I have literally never had a Lowe's store pickup go faster than picking everything myself. It's never even been close. It's always just involved standing at customer service for hours, waiting for someone to get back from break or for someone to get a forklift off the charger.

Home Depot, somehow, does this really well. Almost as well as Target Drive-Up, which I consider to be the gold standard.

I've only once tried to use the store pickup at Lowe's, back when they had a really good deal on some plastic totes we wanted to use to store Christmas stuff. Ordered them online for pickup, waited well more time that it should have taken, went in to the store to try and get them. They didn't have them ready and didn't have anyone available to get them, so I cancelled the online order and decided to just grab them myself. About half an hour later and approximately 2/3 of the total staff in the store helping me at one point or another it was determined that the problem was that despite the website (and their store inventory) saying they several dozen of them there apparently weren't actually any of the things in the store...

Ashyukun (Robert) said:
Mike (Forum Supporter) said:
RevRico said:

Yes customer service lady, tell me again what an shiny happy person I am for thinking 6.5 hours to fill an order online pickup in store order is a bit extreme.

"We were closed yesterday and only have one online order picker"

Sounds like your manager needs to learn how to schedule better.

Why do the extensions for customer service, online order status, and online order pickup all disconnect when they start to transfer?

"Umm umm we're very busy and these things take time"

Just give me a flat cart and I'll go pick my order my Damn self.

"Internet order picker guy, there's a guy here at customer service whose pissed it's taking you all day to fill his order can you skip him in line?"

 

Must be real berkeleying nice having the only hardware store in a 20 mile radius. I've never had a high opinion of Lowes, but for berkeleys sake, these past couple trips have me wanting to go an hour out of my way to wonder why home depot has a person at every SELF checkout but no one on the sales floor.

I have literally never had a Lowe's store pickup go faster than picking everything myself. It's never even been close. It's always just involved standing at customer service for hours, waiting for someone to get back from break or for someone to get a forklift off the charger.

Home Depot, somehow, does this really well. Almost as well as Target Drive-Up, which I consider to be the gold standard.

I've only once tried to use the store pickup at Lowe's, back when they had a really good deal on some plastic totes we wanted to use to store Christmas stuff. Ordered them online for pickup, waited well more time that it should have taken, went in to the store to try and get them. They didn't have them ready and didn't have anyone available to get them, so I cancelled the online order and decided to just grab them myself. About half an hour later and approximately 2/3 of the total staff in the store helping me at one point or another it was determined that the problem was that despite the website (and their store inventory) saying they several dozen of them there apparently weren't actually any of the things in the store...

I have a good friend who is a Lowes manager. He says their online system is a disaster. Not only for customers, but for the employees as well. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
4/6/21 11:35 a.m.
RevRico said:

these past couple trips have me wanting to go an hour out of my way to wonder why home depot has a person at every SELF checkout but no one on the sales floor.

Ask yourself:  would it matter if Home Depot had anyone on the sales floor?  The typical Lowesdepot employee tops out at being able to tell you the aisle your item is probably in. Many never achieve even that level of wisdom.

 

mtn (Forum Supporter)
mtn (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/6/21 11:53 a.m.
Duke said:
RevRico said:

these past couple trips have me wanting to go an hour out of my way to wonder why home depot has a person at every SELF checkout but no one on the sales floor.

Ask yourself:  would it matter if Home Depot had anyone on the sales floor?  The typical Lowesdepot employee tops out at being able to tell you the aisle your item is probably in. Many never achieve even that level of wisdom.

 

Home Depot, or at least the one near me, has the best online inventory that I've seen. Look it up online before you head to the store, it'll tell you the aisle AND the bay that it is in, along with how many they have in stock. 

Menards is good for telling you they have it and how many, but not the aisle or bay. No Lowes near me. 

 

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
4/6/21 12:00 p.m.

In reply to mtn (Forum Supporter) :

I've found that Lowe's does list where the item is supposed to be located, but it often isn't there or there are too many things in general locations without specific aisle/bay assignments that it's quite annoying. My experience with the staff has been haphazard- some know their stuff well- some the above meme is pretty damn accurate.

The last time I had much interaction with them was when I was trying to find a grow-type bulb to put over our sink where I planned (the seeds turned out to be too old to use) to put some herbs in pots. I'd found the bay they were supposed to be in, but couldn't find the bulbs themselves. Got a few employees to help, and after moving things around they found that some of the boxes the bulbs were supposed to be in- but found they had been opened and were empty, so someone had stolen like $100 worth of grow bulbs. They pulled down a bunch from high up so I could get my one, but also had to report the stolen bulbs. I couldn't tell if they just thought that I was buying the bulb to grow drugs or if they though I had also stolen all of the ones that were missing...

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
4/6/21 12:08 p.m.

In reply to Ashyukun (Robert) :

Ha ha ha - back in the 80's when I worked at the big K a guy buys a bunch of fluorescent fixtures and grow bulbs only to return the grow bulbs.  

Later that day I walk up to the service desk to get them to put them back on the shelf.  Surprise!  

Somebody swapped out the bulbs and they weren't grow lights.  Stoners probably saved themselves 1/2 lid in cost on that one.  

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) PowerDork
4/6/21 12:29 p.m.

Well, it's spring again- which means it's also time for the wasps and A-holes (what The Dancer and I call wood/carpenter bees- because they make Bee-holes). I spend some time Sunday while I was cycling water in the hot tub to bring the temp down chasing A-holes with my electric tennis racket and spraying wasps, but it's never enough. Annoyingly the wasps like to buzz around the windows of my upstairs office, and I badly want to bring up a can of spray for them- but I know that would end with either me getting wasp spray all of the the place in the office if I tried spraying them through the window screens or with one getting into the house if I opened the windows with the screen to spray them...

PMRacing
PMRacing GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/6/21 12:30 p.m.

Spinach and cheese ravioli with garlic pesto for lunch. And now I have to wear a mask all afternoon. Even breath mints aren't helping this time...

NickD
NickD MegaDork
4/6/21 12:34 p.m.

These stupid half-turn plastic oil drain plugs that the OEMs have fallen in love with can go berkeley themselves. There is no way possible to remove them without getting half the oil pan's contents dumped over your arm.

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