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P3PPY GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/20/23 10:35 a.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

That's awfully kind of you. 

I once communicated (?) with a living troll who was selling "tires." I was desperate so I bit. I asked him what kind, what size, what they're off of. "I don't know, they're extras sitting around the shop."

After some more back and forth it became clear that he was low man on the totem pole at a shop and there were some tires nobody else wanted and so he was trying to sell them. I tried to talk him through the process of discovering what they were and what they were for. Despite gently pursuing him, trying to get him to do a good job at something, even educating him, he wouldn't take the bait.  "Do you want them or not?"

Some people, man. 

jharry3 GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/20/23 10:38 a.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:



Had a mouse in the shop.  Remembered reading somewhere that peanut butter, lightly toasted to make it more aromatic, was a mouse lure.  Put a little ramp to a box, hit some peanut butter with a torch for a few seconds, placed in box.  AS I WAS WALKING AWAY the mouse ran up and jumped in.

Peanut butter has been my "go to" mouse/rat trap bait for years.  Works better than cheese.  Also good for trapping squirrels in the attic. 

RevRico GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/20/23 10:43 a.m.

Finally getting back to working on the bathroom, since May. Been about 2 hours and I'm ready to rip it all out again. The LVP doesn't click together like it should, the walls still come in triangle shaped so every berkeleying piece needs custom measured and cut. And no matter what I do the shower is going to look like absolute E36 M3. 

Why the berkeley are there no day laborers in western PA?

Recon1342 SuperDork
9/20/23 2:39 p.m.

Getting teeth fixed is berkeleying expensive. I broke a crown, and due to life/career changes, it's been a while since I've seen a dentist. That means I also need treatment for periodontal issues. $3200 to get it all fixed. I cannot afford this E36 M3, pay for my house, my wife's van, and feed the kids all at once. Berkeleying stupid-ass economy.

Peabody MegaDork
9/20/23 8:04 p.m.

Late  last week I had a little cough, and thought maybe I had a cold coming on. By Saturday I was definitely feeling it. Sunday was better and I was confident that my excellent diet and superior conditioning was the reason I was winning out on this cold, and convinced that I would be 100% Monday morning. Well, it didn't really work out that way and the last few nights I slept 16 miserable hours shivering most of the time.

I had big plans for this week.

volvoclearinghouse UltimaDork
9/20/23 10:41 p.m.

In reply to P3PPY :

The guy had rolled up in a rusty, clapped-out pickup truck, and as we loaded up the wheels he related why he needed them- a local tire place had screwed up his wife's car and one of the wheels on the car was bent. I wouldn't have felt great about myself telling him "hard cheese, you bought the wheels, it was your responsibility to make sure they fit", especially since he was so obviously clueless and made an honest mistake- and was already being done over by the tire place.  

j_tso Dork
9/21/23 10:28 a.m.

AC made it fine through 105+ highs every day last month, now that it's cooler it gives me grief.

Refrigerant line to the evaporator is freezing and dripping on to the access panel above the bathroom.

GPz11 (Forum Supporter)
GPz11 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
9/21/23 10:54 a.m.

I work in IT and once again, we have a drop everything and work on this!!!!

So do I need to stop working on the previous drop everything project and start on this one????

11GTCS SuperDork
9/21/23 11:16 a.m.

In reply to j_tso :

When was the last time you checked your air filter?  A plugged air filter / low airflow will cause this to happen and it's easy enough to take care of.  If the filter is clean it and your indoor fan is moving plenty of air it may be that the system is low on refrigerant.  Good luck.

eastsideTim UltimaDork
9/21/23 11:46 a.m.

Less than two days since I got home, and that post-road trip depression is starting to hit hard. 

j_tso Dork
9/21/23 11:59 a.m.
11GTCS said:

In reply to j_tso :

When was the last time you checked your air filter?  A plugged air filter / low airflow will cause this to happen and it's easy enough to take care of.  If the filter is clean it and your indoor fan is moving plenty of air it may be that the system is low on refrigerant.  Good luck.

Air filter was changed at the beginning of August. Did it last night but I normally aim for every month when it gets warm.

I'm betting on low refrigerant, it had to be topped up in 2021, at the time it just didn't blow cold. It was in April so I guess it leaked out when it wasn't in use.

Update: Little leak on the low pressure side. They topped it up again, but I'm planning on replacing at least that bit later this winter or spring.

Noddaz GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/21/23 12:33 p.m.


Customer replies to me "but you sent me the email."

Yes I did.  But I can't make an appointment for your vehicle with service.

Peabody MegaDork
9/21/23 1:02 p.m.

Well, that would 'splain it. 

mtn MegaDork
9/21/23 1:42 p.m.

In reply to Peabody :

Friday I had a little bit of a sore back. Not aching, but sore. I apparently had a fever on Friday night - my wife took my temp in my sleep - but I slept great. Woke up on Saturday feeling alright, went and reffed a hockey game, came home and was a little bit tired but still feeling pretty good. I sneezed, and my wife asked me to take a Covid test - it never even occurred to me that I was sick, though the fever should have been a clue (no fever that I recognized while I was awake though). 

It took about 3 seconds for the line to show up. So I've been holed up in my office on an air mattress since then. A little bit of fatigue but not too bad. Past two days have been about 97%, and I think the 3% was just depression, and not being on my Adderall (docs advice, blood pressure issues and she was worried Covid could exacerbate it). Wayyy better than the first time around which was nearly the sickest I've been in my life. 

Similar to last time, the worst part is that we have to keep our kid home from daycare. The 2nd worst part is that I was scheduled to get the new booster Saturday evening - actually 3 hours after I tested positive. Oh well, maybe I'll be able to get the Novavax booster in 3-6 months instead.

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/21/23 3:05 p.m.

In reply to Peabody :

Both The Dancer and I are feeling like crap- started really feeling bad yesterday and today is about the same and that's with having started taking cold medicine to counter it. We went to a friend of hers' 40th birthday party over the weekend where there were a whole lot of people- it's not escaped our attention that Covid is a possibility. One of the few slight downsides to working from home- I'd likely have not gone in to work today were I still working in the office, but I'm working a normal day since I only have to sit at my desk.

Peabody MegaDork
9/21/23 3:47 p.m.

I contacted both people I spent a lot of time with last week. Apprenticeboy says he's felt like E36 M3 all week, and my buddy with the cottage, he says he had a light cough late in the week, and that was it. I had the light cough too, I wish it ended there. And now PW is coughing and sneezing...

I didn't know who to call at work. I don't know their current Covid policy. I've been there 2 1/2 years and never called in sick

No Time
No Time UltraDork
9/21/23 5:13 p.m.

>80% markup from account prices to counter prices at the local dodge/jeep/Ram dealer.

$25 price with account, $45 price for OTC. 

Streetwiseguy MegaDork
9/21/23 6:08 p.m.
No Time said:

>80% markup from account prices to counter prices at the local dodge/jeep/Ram dealer.

$25 price with account, $45 price for OTC. 

That's actually a 44% discount from retail.  That's pretty good at a dealer, about normal at a parts store for me.

Nobody sells at parts store retail.

No Time
No Time UltraDork
9/21/23 6:52 p.m.

In reply to Streetwiseguy :

It would have bothered me less if the parts guy didn't give me the account price first and then correct it to the over the counter price. 

Appleseed MegaDork
9/21/23 8:46 p.m.

Man, there's quite a few threads filled with riled up, argumentative people.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/21/23 9:19 p.m.
Appleseed said:

Man, there's quite a few threads filled with riled up, argumentative people.

Sez you.



9/21/23 9:58 p.m.

I hate management sometimes.

Just got off a long, entirely text message based and off hours communication with my now, new Chief Nursing Officer as of maybe 72 hours ago for some pretty lackadasical issues with my onboarding onto my ICU.

  • I have been training for 28 days as a new nurse from my prior status as a paramedic. The two people who interviewed me was CNO "A" and HR "B". The interview was 5 minutes long.
  • HR "B" left company within the week.
  • I get my packet. I have 60+ hours (some say 90) of training to complete for the next 12 minimum weeks of training on the floor. All training is due in November. Several courses demand an instructor in a zoom meeting- these are largely 3+ hours long.
  • My trainer and I begin making a plan and schedule for the classes while I'm up to working 2 patients a day.

This was 10 days ago. Everything is going well for nursing, until:

  • CNO "A" was found to be covering for a Manager who would leave the floor for long spans without coverage. CNO A is now fired.
  • The CEO and now acting CNO- a different manager- come to us while we're working, and tell me I have several classes due within the week. We explain we have a plan being set up, but these courses demand an educator and scheduled time that might not work with work schedule.
  • Nothing else, schedule remained the same. I worked last Thursday and Friday, off Saturday and Sunday, then work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all 12 hours.
  • Nobody says anything until I'm close to the due date and I have to say "You do know, that I can't get this done in time? You only told me last week."

Now one manager is super defensive thinking I'm attacking them (because we've just been texting) and my trainer has to shield me. Management is trying to claim I should know when things are due- until I replied both who hired me are gone or fired. I'm happy to miss a weekend shift so I can get these needed JAHCO trainings complete, but I almost feel like a dick trying to cover my ass here despite similar things literally happening to all new hires. berkeley.

Appleseed MegaDork
9/22/23 1:17 a.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:
Appleseed said:

Man, there's quite a few threads filled with riled up, argumentative people.

Sez you.



Oh, believe me. I definitely had that coming. I've scaled back after the G.G. Allen memorial poo fest.

But a lot have not.

jimbob_racing SuperDork
9/22/23 7:55 a.m.

Work keeps adding to the things that I do when working on customer requests.

Put certain issues into this database to track them. Other issues into a different tracker.

Type the same notes in three different places.

Look up and use a specific transaction code for every call.

Use a standard template email response, but spend a few minutes personalizing it.

Don't look at the actual inventory before shipping a replacement, escalate the request to management so they can look at the actual inventory and delay me shipping a replacement.


Then the VP has a Zoom meeting for the team to call us out for falling behind on the number or emails that we've been working. Telling us to work harder but not thinking or caring (probably the later) about how much all of this extra work is increasing our handle time of each request.

I used to answer 70 emails a day, now I'm lucky if I do 20 to 30. They say all of the new steps and processes are providing a better customer experience. Tell that to everyone that now has to wait 7 days to have their email answered instead of the previous 24 to 48 hours.

Time to dust off my resume.

calteg SuperDork
9/22/23 9:51 a.m.

In reply to Recon1342 :

Los Algodones, Mexico.



Wife brought home COVID, she's had fever/chills for the last 4 days. Thought I was immune but woke up feeling terrible. Yay.

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