Comic 1655 - Skeeter.. and filler for medical reasons..

14th Aug 2019, 2:43 AM
Skeeter.. and filler for medical reasons..
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)

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Centcomm 14th Aug 2019, 2:43 AM edit delete
Centcomm
Enjoy this pic of Skeeter, I had Vein ablation last Friday and spent most of my time laying in bed and sitting on my ass taking pain killers so i did not get the wonderful shots needed for the comic this week. Also apparently the insurance company decided that they didn't have to pay for my new compression socks so Eff you Terri. So that was money spent that i didn't count on. also had to buy a new fan for the computer.. ( I hate sneaky expenses...) So if any of you are willing to toss me some help that would be super amazing of you. HUGS all of you i have one more Vien thing to do and hopfully that will stop my legs from turning into balloons... as it turns out the valves in your legs can get leaky.. who knew... feel free to google it .. i just know the numbing shots hurt like hell.
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HiFranc 14th Aug 2019, 3:01 AM edit delete reply

Sending you wishes for recovery.
megados 14th Aug 2019, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

Very sorry to hear of your medical issues. You have more than your share. :( I hope you get what makes you feel better without pain. Get better soon! Don't worry about pages until you do. :) Thank you for letting us know. We care about you.

I have had some of my own medical crap lately, and yes sneaky extra hidden charges. One example is that I got one last month, that was a bill they said they were going to send to collections, from way back in February when I broke my ribs. It was some charge from a place in another city that did something for the doctor I went to on it. They never sent me anything, and suddenly here it is and they're sending it to bill collectors. Insurance didn't pay it, and I didn't know about it. Nice.
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

We get another week of rampant speculation and a nice shot of SKEETER to boot ? You spoil us ;)

Rest and recover, that's the primary thing, everything else can wait and we will too.
We certainly don't need you complicating things by pushing yourself too soon.
I was starting to worry about the silence from everyone, thought maybe I'd driven you all away with my incessant rambling.

Headed off myself in a few hours for something that won't be nearly as painful or serious but still irritating, especially on my day off. I'm getting a little tired of hospitals and Dr's but it beats the alternative.

And why is it that the anesthetic always seems to hurt more than you think the procedure might have ?

Got a bill for the ambulance ride I took a few months ago...it had two prices on it, one if I paid cash and one five times as much if I used insurance to pay it...just so I had to pay out of pocket regardless...so much for 'socialized medicine'.

I think my mother summed it up best..."I can handle the getting old, it's the getting decrepit part I don't like."
megados 14th Aug 2019, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

Not all "socialized medicine" is created equal. I keep telling those who decry Canadian socialized medicine in the US, "Then don't use the same system". There are many models of single payer or national health care. Most industrialized nations have it, and so far, exactly none of those has decided that they would like to change to the inefficient, for-profit model that the US has. Care is beholden to maximizing profits and shareholder value, not patient best interests.
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 9:26 AM edit delete reply

Well, when the government passes new laws to shut down anyone who tries to open a private office, as has happened many times for MRI clinics and orthopedic surgeries that would have lessened the load on the 'public system' and lowered wait times for everyone using either, while the politicians fly to the US for treatment even when they have priority over servicemen and women at military hospitals, you have to wonder.

But, the public have been told so many horror stories about US healthcare through the gov't owned media while glossing over the part where insurance premiums there are less than the difference in taxes, even with 'obamacare' and you don't usually have to wait a year for a simple procedure, that it's somehow become a point of pride to pay for layer upon layer of bureaucracy and wait your turn for rationed care.

Several provincial hospitals were closed the past long weekend due to no Dr's being available and it's a regular occurance. Did anyone die because they had to travel an extra hour to get treatment ? those statistics are 'unhelpful' so won't be made public.

It's almost impossible to find a family Dr, the wait lists are thousands long, and I waited six hours to be seen at the hospital, with a broken back !! then saw a 'Dr' who barely spoke english for a grand total of two minutes and was sent home with no x-rays taken and had to get my family Dr to order them a week later when I could finally get in to see her.

I pay heavy taxes, well over 40% even before you add the 15% sales tax that's supposed to 'fund health care' and I pay several hundred dollars monthly in extra insurance premiums to cover basic things the 'socialized' system doesn't.

It's not that we can "choose to not use that system", we have no choice, and there have even been rumblings about punishing people who leave the country to pay out of pocket for services in the US (unless you're a politician) or other countries.

'socialized medicine' is one thing but 'imposed socialized medicine' is another altogether and that's my complaint. Having health care beholden to highly paid bureaucrats and overpowered nurse's unions isn't in the patient's best interests either and the maximizing of profit is still there too...the health care industry knows it has a captive market and prices are set accordingly, I'd buy a pair of compression stocking and mail them to Terri, but they're half the price in the US so cash is cheaper.
megados 14th Aug 2019, 3:58 PM edit delete reply

I can't speak to government shutting down providers, since I don't have any factual information. The US has great care capability, but access to it is limited by one's ability to afford it. Politicians look out for themselves very well in either instance, and the US politicians are no different. I don't want to turn this into a discussion of political ideology; Cent and Rose have stated their preference on that subject. I will say though, that anyone who has served their country should be First. No paperwork, no deductibles, no copays, nothing. They should have the best care. Period. It's a small price to help repay them for their service.

There are also horror stories in the US and although insurance premiums average lower, overall costs can be considerably higher when you factor in copays, hidden uncovered fees, and spotty coverage, and insurance companies like to use a thing they call "step therapy", in which they insist doctors try cheaper less effective medications, and won't cover what the doctor prescribed until they are all ruled out, at the expense of the patient's well-being. I have first hand experience with this, and it sent me to the ER, and a couple nights in the ICU at the hospital. And no, it wasn't all covered :( "Obamacare" (the ACA) is a two edged sword. While it does help about 22 million that couldn't afford health care, and provide mandates for coverage of preexisting conditions (I was also "lucky" enough to experience denial of coverage on that basis at one time also), it is also a windfall for the insurance companies at taxpayer expense. Insurance premiums have skyrocketed, and subsidies have to take up the slack, even as the insurance companies slash coverage amounts, and networks find ways to recoup on negotiated pricing by slipping hidden costs to patients. True example: Insurance covers a colonoscopy, but the patient is charged $500 out of pocket for anesthesia. True story.

If you're rich, you can get better care, but not many have the means to plunk down tens of thousands for a simple hospital stay. If you have insurance, they pay some of it, but you still have a nice bill to foot at the end. For the insurance plans (average cost ones you mention) your yearly deductible can be $7000 out of pocket, not counting copays. For-profit health care is also rationed health care.

When you mention politicians going to the US for care, I have to think of the huge number of people who travel to Canada for prescription medications, some of which are up to ten times the price in the US. The pharmaceutical companies have a stranglehold on the market. They keep their prices of their leading products high, by repatenting them just as the patents would expire to keep generics from coming to market, and ruining their cash cows. This repatenting is done by tweaking the formula or even the packaging and getting a new patent. This practice is outlawed in other countries, and these meds are much cheaper there. People ration their meds because it's too expensive to take it at the prescribed rate. One often cited : insulin. The cost in the US is outrageous even though it's a very common prescription.

Changing insurance means you might have to look for a different doctor, and if you have multiple issues, the possibility exists that if you have more than one doctor, they might be in different networks.

I'm sorry to hear of your issues, but this sounds like a case of "the grass is greener". Two systems with different kinds of broken.
Morituri 14th Aug 2019, 1:09 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, that weird pricing structure where they have different prices for insurance companies is found all the way through the American system.

On the face of it, it looks like they're ripping off the insurance companies, right? Soak the one guy if the other guy wants them to pay. But it's twistier than that.

See, the insurance companies are allowed to base their premiums on the amount they actually pay, plus some percentage that's limited, in some places, by state law. So, whatever they pay, they wind up making as premiums some percentage more.

The result is some pressure by the insurance companies to make hospitals charge them more (!) because making a percentage on a charge, isn't as good as making a percentage on a charge five times as big.

But it also gets reversed on some services. If it's something that there's almost no chance anybody could ever pay out-of-pocket in any circumstances, like a quarter-million dollars for a liver transplant, then whatever the patient winds up owing, one way or another, comes out of either the local government or hospital profits.

In that case, the charge for someone uninsured is jacked up five times higher than an insurance company would pay, because if the hospital's going to write it off they'd rather write off a bigger charge (which at 5x their regular fees actually makes them a profit) and if the local government is going to pay it they'd rather get reimbursed for a bigger charge.

They justify that by claiming that "since only a tiny fraction of these get paid anyway, this isn't really representative of our pricing practices, and besides each of these that actually gets paid has to cover our expenses for five or six that don't...."

Our medical care system in the US is so screwed. For all that the right's got all their people terrified of "socialized medicine" the real problem is hospitals and insurance companies cooperating under what are called "perverse incentives."

We have allowed the rules (in many cases laws) to be set up in ways that encourage bad business practices. And we have allowed bad business practices (like differential pricing based on who's paying) to be abused to take advantage of these perverse incentives.

This is the sort of thing that wouldn't happen in a free, competitive market. It is also the sort of thing that wouldn't happen under socialized medicine. Either would be better.
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

Ummmm this happened in a 'socialized medicine' country, I'm not in the US.
They do it so that you have to pay for using the system out of your own pocket...
It supposedly 'discourages abuse' while what it actually does is encourage nonuse and people die because they try to save a fee they might not be able to afford...even now you see lines of cars parked on the highway, a long walk from the hospital, trying to save the $3 parking fee that some people might not be able to pay if they need something like dialysis several times a week, or other treatment like dressing changes that need to be done daily, it adds up fast.
My radiation treatments ended up costing me about $400 out of pocket for parking alone, not to mention the gas for the hour long drive each way because this 'regional hub' supposedly major hospital doesn't have that capability.
I'm lucky, I could afford it, many people in this area are pensioners or unemployed, and poorer people tend to be sicker.
socialized healthcare is rationed healthcare.
Jack Simth 20th Aug 2019, 8:33 AM edit delete reply
There is no perfect system.

If you attempt to get rid of the costs for the patient entirely (irrespective of method used), the system gets overloaded, for a few basic reasons:
1) There's a lot of folks who start going to the doctor for *everything*. Every little sniffle, every little headache, or maybe just because it's hot outside and they don't feel like going to work today.
2) Nobody wants to be the guy who has to deal with the folks from 1 over & over & over again, so the number of folks who handle that front line gets lower & lower & lower as everyone prefers to specialize and only deal with folks who have an actual medical condition.
3) If you manage to avoid the other problems, then folks live longer, and there's no "perfect cure" - that 70 year old who had that heart transplant is a 71 year old next year who may need a kidney transplant. Medically speaking, the more work you successfully complete, the more work you have in the future. The demand for medical care is ever-increasing.

If you charge some amount for medical care, the folks from 1 above are greatly reduced, and problem 2 goes away as well. However, this means folks who can't afford it go without, and problem 3 still exists: the more folks who successfully receive legitimate medical care, the more folks there are who legitimately need medical care.

There's a whole bunch of variations and flavors on the above (plus stuff I didn't mention at all, of course). What any given person thinks is "best" will vary, mostly based on the rough spots they've seen in the setup they're in. It's something of a "pick your poison" situation (or rather, "deal with the poison you've been given" as the easiest way to switch systems is to switch your country of residence, and that's very difficult).
mjkj 14th Aug 2019, 12:56 PM edit delete reply

Get well soon, CentComm

...and take care of youself and your health first...
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 1:01 PM edit delete reply

Getting away from things medical and onto things groanable....
We might not see her again for awhile, but filler is filler ;)


"Gigi"

Who's the short droid protecting the city ?
Stylish black armour topped with pink hair?
Who's dropping in to punch out a gutter ?
Everyone knows it's GiGi

Who's watching o'er the streets of the city
Packing a pistol half of her size?
Who's reaching out to capture the bad guys?
Everyone knows it's GiGi

When GiGi has bright red eyes
Combat mode is initialized
And Gigi just loves to hide
Above the park (Above the park)
Above the park (Above the park)

And Gigi drops from the skies
And catches them by surprise
And Gigi can traumatize
Those kidnappers (Those kidnappers)
Those kidnappers (Those kidnappers)

repeat as required

feel free to finish the rest of the verses off
I've done as much damage as I can here ;)
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

Nice filler shot and I'm thinking SKEETER still has a few surprises up his non-existant sleeves...
Those ports over the bright blue deflector/sensor/GBFO laser/whateveritis on his face haven't done anything yet...
Come to think of it, neither has the glowy blue light, wonder what it does ;)
The clear dome underneath seems to be his main sensor array.
Thracecius 14th Aug 2019, 2:40 PM edit delete reply

I hope you recover fully soon, Centcomm. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers always. :)

Looking forward to more Skeeter, and if he has to go boom, I hope he gets a chance for a lovely little speech, or at least a memorable one-liner. My favorite outcome if he does die though, would be like Shepard from Mass Effect 2:

NPC: "I thought you were dead!"
Shep: "I got better."

:D
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
The only good thing about that would be seeing the upgrades Olina adds when she rebuilds him...
megados 14th Aug 2019, 4:10 PM edit delete reply

Assuming that Olina built Skeeter, I doubt Goldy can do much she couldn't fix or rebuild. :D

*edit: Mass Effect reference FTW!
Oldarmourer 14th Aug 2019, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
bigger...faster...stronger...even if he'll have to move in slow motion ;)
megados 14th Aug 2019, 7:49 PM edit delete reply

Six million dollar Skeeter?
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 5:50 AM edit delete reply
At least that many credits for a Bionic Wombat ;)
Centcomm 15th Aug 2019, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

I always like Mass Effect references :D Auto win in my book!
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 8:25 AM edit delete reply

I must play that game sometime, maybe after I retire :) it's single player, right ?

Glad to see you up and about, remember, no sitting in one place too long or anything else the Dr says not to.
We'll be watching you, young lady...
megados 15th Aug 2019, 8:58 AM edit delete reply

If you're going to play it, I dont want to be spoilerific. Yes it's single player. In most basic terms, it's team building, and what you do and how you do it matters in the end. Sci fi, exploring, tactics, lots of facets to it. Your ending in game 1 carries into game 2, etc. I won't say more right now. ;)
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 9:13 AM edit delete reply

It's hard not see a lot of references to it on the net, and a few others I might start playing when I have a lot of free time on my hands.

I'm not big on server games, most of them just turn into PvP which I dislike intensely and the few RP focused servers for various games always seem to end up being invaded eventually.

I sort of liked the way WoW played when it first started but it became tiresome after awhile dealing with 12 year olds who just wanted to fight with other players instead of explore and going in to parties with them or even other supposed 'adults' became unbearable.

One of my sons started playing D&D with an actual party online and I might join him or look for a group more my age...
D&D's been around for over 40 years, should be some original players out there somewhere ;)

I'll find out in the not too distant future, there's only so many things I can do around the house before I run out, winter's coming...and I'm sitting this one out ;)
DLKmusic 15th Aug 2019, 4:43 PM edit delete reply

Two games for you to check out, Oldarmourer.

1..Mabinogi (uses old-school Anime for it's graphics, and has a lot of content that requires cooperation with others).

2. Elder Scrolls Online: I love this game, and most can be done solo, although all the really good loot is found in areas where you need to party up!

I LOVE both games, and like you I detest PvP in most instances. also, both games lean heavily on the crafting skills, so there's a lot more to do than just grind dungeons.

there are a few others here that are ESO fans too... I won't mention any names, but YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
'Anime' doesn't do a lot for me in general, I don't care for the style or storylines and can think of maybe two or three that I find interesting and having it in a game is usually a non-starter for me.

Played 'Daggerfall' a lot of years ago, liked it, still have the CD's somewhere, crafting is alright for a little while but the incessant running back and forth gathering components then making a hundred of something to go up a level in crafting gets to be worse than hunting for loot really fast.

I like a well developed storyline that has a good dialogue tree so you can play it more than once by making different choices in the conversation, lots of sidequests and no kids (or supposed adults with no life) sneaking up on your fourth level character with a fiftieth level one then stabbing you in the back with no chance of survival so they can yell 'noob' and steal your stuff...

I might get around to finishing KotOR before anything else, just because it kept crashing the last time I tried it and a new install might help.
DLKmusic 15th Aug 2019, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

for the last part... (NOOOB KILL!!!), in either case it can't happen, as pvp can only be fought when both players consent to a duel.

Both games have a compelling story line, and a TON of sidequests, some silly (Can you gather these herbs for me so I can teach this twit a lesson?), some backbreaking (help help, my brother was kidnapped by the hag-fen). you could play either one for years and not play all of them!.

As far as Crafting goes though, In ESO in particular, you will find plenty of materials for crafting while adventuring.you will find plenty of materials on the way, no need to spend all your time looking for them.

Here's a link to some trailers, I think you'll find it interesting!
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Elder+scrolls+online++Trailer

(Egads, get back in the cage evil salesman Don... No, we won't get a commission if he signs up)
Thracecius 15th Aug 2019, 1:29 PM edit delete reply

Oldarmourer: Mass Effect 1 & 2 are entirely single-player as is the campaign story for Mass Effect 3, but it does have 4-person team vs. computer multi-player that can benefit the outcome of the campaign. I've never played any sci-fi cRPG as immersive as the Mass Effect games before, and nothing has come along to replace it yet. BioWare set the bar high, too high for them to live up to it seems, so it's definitely a rarity.

Also, if you're looking for non-PvP MMOs, I can recommend Guild Wars 2, as I've played it for a number of years. It's a lot easier if you have a dedicated guild or group to help you complete missions/main story campaign and special events, but you can play mostly solo if you know what you're doing, or join roving groups for special events and get pick-up groups to help in the later missions most of the time. My guild fell apart several years ago when kids when to college and so forth, but there are still some very active guilds, I just haven't joined one for nostalgic reasons (I've been GL of "Power of the Elements" since GW1). The PvP is only in areas predefined for it, which includes teamplay and world vs. world, something I dabbled in briefly and gave up on since I'm a casual player and prefer exploring the massive gameworld. There's also no monthly fee to play and, while there is an in-game currency system for buying things (mostly cosmetic items like outfits and skins), you can do quite well without it and get all the best gear and so forth if you put in the time. I have a fairly large cast of characters I created (it's one of my guilty pleasures), so it's definitely possible to play any class or race and have fun. I'm boring though, so most of mine are human. :)

I generally stick to single-player games, but I've played a couple of skirmishes with Centcomm in Battletech on Steam (watch it, she loves LRMs!) and play Civilization IV co-op with my dad most Sundays, so I'm not opposed to multi-player. :)
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Heard of all those ones, might get around to it, I have a steam account, I just have to find the password again :)

I love Mechs, always have, and I'm STILL waiting for the movie :(
Just might dust off the joystick and replay the old mechwarrior games, until they make a new one worth playing off or online.
LRM's are nice, but I rarely use them, loading up a medium or even an Assault Mech with a dozen machine guns or small/medium pulse lasers then running in and blowing a leg in a single Alpha strike at close range off is fun too :) My favourite was an Annihilator with 14 MG's and a bunch of ammo or 12-14 medium pulses and all the heat sinks it could carry and still move fairly fast plus AMS, no overheat problems :)
megados 15th Aug 2019, 6:43 PM edit delete reply

If you like Daggerfall, maybe also Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim . . .? I liked those.

Otherwise, I'm surprised no one has mentioned Fallout. Pick one (except 76 . . . I never played 76 because it was almost universally panned. It's an MMO Fallout but doesn't have a lot of the elements that make a Fallout).

These have relatively open world's which allows for exploring. I like exploring. :D There are quests, some crafting, but you can take it or leave most of the crafting if you don't want to.
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
That's another one on my list, my problem is that when I find a game I consider interesting, I tend to get immersed and play compulsively for days on end until I've finished it. I recognize it, it's my mania and I accept it :)

I even ended up taking Diablo and Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale and even Mechwarrior to work to play them at night then uninstall them before going home (they took up almost all the drive and IT wasn't as strict back then).

I don't have that sort of time right now but I will soon, lots and lots.
And I hire people to do the heavy yard and house maintenance work nowadays :)
a) I don't want to do it and
b) I can't since I broke my back.
That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
Thracecius 16th Aug 2019, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

I've played the original Fallout and Fallout 2 multiple times, but I didn't like the direction Bethesda took the franchise. Centcomm recommended I give Fallout 4 a shot, but it still looks rather iffy to me. Friends of mine tried to get me to play Fallout 3 when it came out, but the animation in the promo videos made me cringe, so I never bothered, even when they said to try New Vegas. I guess I'm just not into the FPS conversion of the franchise, or Bethesda's idea of what makes an immesrive RPG. I do, however, own a copy of Skyrim (bought it during a Steam sale a year or two ago), but I played if for about a couple of hours and just couldn't get into it. The gameworld itself looked pretty good, but, in my opinion, the characters that I met were boring, poorly modeled and the animation was clunky. I also found the inventory and crafting systems to be tedious, mostly because I don't like shuffling things around constantly. I guess I've gotten more casual on such things since my Baldur's Gate days, because I prefer RPGs like the Shadowrun trilogy (also by Harebrained Schemes, developer of Battletech), which are more story-focused; open world stuff only holds my interest for so long, mainly because I don't have as much time to game as I did when I was younger.

Oh, and it might not be an RPG really, but I've found that I really enjoy the Dishonored series, even though it's a first-person perspective. The game world is fantastically detailed and rendered, particularly in the second game, and even though the plot is pretty basic, it has a great setting to play in (basically late Industrial Age with a twist). The gameplay and characters are engaging with top-notch voice acting and dialogue, which really helps the immersion factor. You have a choice between stealth or brutal combat throughout the game, but I prefer being as sneaky as possible, since the fighting can be pretty gruesome, and also because the more chaos you sow, the more negative the ending will be.

As for Battletech, I haven't seen any pulse lasers yet int he campaign, but I've found that a lance of four medium mechs outfitted with SRMs, medium lasers, at least one AC and more than default armor can finish off most opponents with a little tactical positioning and heath management due to the stability damage of SRMs (knockdowns are great for crowd control). I can suffer a bit until I get into range, but after that it's usually in my favor. I've just gotten to the point where I can field a lance of heavy mechs though, so I'm working to adjust as necessary.
megados 16th Aug 2019, 3:07 PM edit delete reply

Oh, well, there are lots of other games you could try . . . Assassin's Creed series also comes to mind, Dragon Age, . . . I also enjoyed those. I'm also going to pile on and add my voice for Fallout 4, and New Vegas, and the conversion mod (and unofficial prequel): New California, for New Vegas. I also enjoyed those.
Thracecius 20th Aug 2019, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

@megados

I own the first Assassin's Creed and played it for awhile years ago, but I didn't get very far if I recall correctly. I also finished Dragon Age: Origins, nearly finished DA2, and got maybe halfway through DA:I. I got distracted by something else (can't recall what), but I'll finish them eventually probably; never finished either BG or BG2 either, so they're on the list as well. I finished ME and ME2 six times each though (a record for me on any RPG), and ME3 once, almost twice, and even finished ME:A once, so maybe it's because sci-fi is more my cup 'o tea? Not sure.

I'll look at Fallout 4 again when it goes on sale and maybe pick it up.
Centcomm 19th Aug 2019, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

yeah Mass effect is single player.
KarToon12 14th Aug 2019, 4:02 PM edit delete reply

I hope you get well real soon! <3
Cerberus 15th Aug 2019, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Get better soon! Amazon is cheaper and better quality for compression stockings than local medical goods suppliers, IMHO. I had the same procedure. It sucks, but you'll be glad you did it in the end.
Centcomm 15th Aug 2019, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

thanks - oh I know I trust my cardiologist totally, Hes really awesome. Doctor Pankreet Sharma here in Arizona. Tri City cardiology for the win!
Sheela 15th Aug 2019, 10:14 AM edit delete reply

Oh, didn't know you were an east-coast gal. 😁
And yeah, shopping around for equipment can save you a pretty penny.
megados 15th Aug 2019, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela, Who's a what now? o_O
Oldarmourer 15th Aug 2019, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
Just smile, nod and hold out a can of tuna..and watch your slippers.
megados 15th Aug 2019, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Oh, I know . . . I'm already out two shoes. I just wish they were from the same pair. If I'd have had the presence of mind, I'd have gotten metallic ones and I could have gone over the yard with a metal detector.
Sheela 16th Aug 2019, 6:07 AM edit delete reply

Erh .. isn't Arizona out along the east coast ?

I'm sorry, I'm a Danish doggy, and my American geography isn't that good.
Oldarmourer 16th Aug 2019, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Once California finally falls into the ocean, Arizona will be prime West Coast beachfront ;)
megados 16th Aug 2019, 8:38 AM edit delete reply

@Sheela, no need to be sorry; all is forgiven. The American doggies aren't any better at it. :D
(You know where my shoes are, right?)
Sheela 17th Aug 2019, 11:14 AM edit delete reply

@Megados

Sure - They're in my backyard ! 😁
megados 17th Aug 2019, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

Ah, see there, at least you have your priorities straight! All's well 😊

*sets out a plate of tuna*
Sheela 19th Aug 2019, 3:42 AM edit delete reply

*eats tuna, steals plate, buries it in the backfrontyard*

😁
robnot 16th Aug 2019, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
just look up "hottest city in the us." Tucson AZ..
funny side,, most wood think AZ. wood be the hottest state in the us.. but no, northern 3rd of the state drops the temp/ranking too 11th..
knuut 17th Aug 2019, 1:51 AM edit delete reply
Phoenix is way hotter than Tuscon. I got 114 in my back yard this afternoon.
robnot 19th Aug 2019, 9:19 AM edit delete reply
i know ,, right..!
100+ (107 today)all this week.. but maybe 100 average for the week in Tucson...
Centcomm 19th Aug 2019, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

Dies of heat..
knuut 20th Aug 2019, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
And this has been an uncommonly cool summer with almost no 'monsoon'
Oldarmourer 20th Aug 2019, 12:39 PM edit delete reply
Meanwhile, up here it's snowing in BC and in Saskatchewan the temps are hovering around freezing setting record lows for this time of the year but the media keeps screaming "hottest year on record"...never mind that all the records before 2005 have been either purged or 'adjusted'
Oldarmourer 16th Aug 2019, 5:44 AM edit delete reply

Dunno why, just struck me as funny...I laughed far too long for this early in the morning.
Especially if you read the smaller ship in Marvin's voice and the larger as a Vogon ;)
Could this be SKEETER and the Feeliewacker in a different encounter ?


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Thracecius 16th Aug 2019, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

Heh, I read that comic too and find it amusing, some episodes more than others. :)
Centcomm 16th Aug 2019, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

heheh OK that is funny.
Sheela 17th Aug 2019, 11:14 AM edit delete reply

Hah, it's the kind of humor that reminds me of Schlock Mercenaries

https://www.schlockmercenary.com/
megados 19th Aug 2019, 8:26 AM edit delete reply

Also, maybe a bit Monty Python-esque
Thracecius 20th Aug 2019, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

Howard Tayler is an excellent writer of sci-fi and fun. He's straying into the territory I want most in sci-fi now...extra-galactic. I've been reading it for about...14-15 years now, maybe longer? Time flies. How the guy can post *daily* (with a double length on Sundays) for 19 years without ever missing a day is beyond my imagining. He's not the best artist, but he's definitely consistent and prolific.
kiddeagle 20th Aug 2019, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
I couldn't find the comic! :(
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