The latest from the IRS - my return has been approved and should be deposited this week.
Yay! I'm sure you're relieved! Hopefully, this is the only time it happens!
Wow! Did not realize that Shel Silverstein wrote songs.
I knew the song was based on an actual event...only because one of the guys at work mentioned it last week while they were irritating me by singing it constantly. Neither of them mentioned Shel Silverstein though - cool beans!
I've gotten some of their bills, but I've never posted on their site.
That appears to be the more popular option.
I had to drill; I've never heard of "Where's George", and therefore have never done it.
I hadn't heard about it until I got one of the marked dollar bills. It gave the address and out of curiosity I checked it out. When I find one, I go to the site and report it - you don't have to sign up for anything yourself. The last one started in Alabama two years ago - no other hits until mine. The surprise, to me, is that the few I've done seem to really get around. Only one seemed to get more than a or two in the local area.
Did anyone notice? I was without lights for almost 24 hours. Storm ROARED through my area yesterday afternoon, taking out the lights ... all over! My b-i-l's corn was laying down flat.
Got my lights back on this afternoon, about the same time they went out. I was setting up the time/timers on the DVD recorders, and setting the time on clocks ... when my weather alert went off. Another bad storm was a coming in, so I quit setting up. Shortly after that it hit, and the lights flickered a few times, but managed to stay on this time.
Did anyone notice? I was without lights for almost 24 hours. Storm ROARED through my area yesterday afternoon, taking out the lights ... all over! My b-i-l's corn was laying down flat. ...
We sometimes don't even notice when OUR power goes out. One night we were watching a video on TV and all our lights went out. We kept watching the video and about 5 minutes later our lights came back on.
Just LOVE UPSs!
I really want to install Solar Panels with a whole house battery backup but it's just too expensive right now.
Sorry about the corn, a loss like that has got to hurt.
It does seem like ice water would be bad for someone who is heat-stroke hot though.
What makes you think so? (Did I miss something?) Phalon checked on some water articles and IIRC the temperature of the water didn't matter. Whatever. For me, it's still cold water and especially so if heat-stroke is a possibility. I'd want my core temperature brought down somehow.
Spock: I can keep watching in the bedroom, as I have both TV and VHS/DVD player/recorder plugged into the battery backup ... but I can't in the living room. I'm too small to manage pulling out the big screen TV from the wall in order to plug it into the battery backup. And the TV is surrounded by heavy shelves with a bridge over the top, and I can't get behind it.
stepper: It just seems that too temp extremes would clash in some way when coming into contact with one another, and have a harmful effect.
It just seems that too temp extremes would clash in some way when coming into contact with one another, and have a harmful effect.
Is this opposites day?
As Paula Abdul said, opposites attract. The way I think about it, if the problem is that your core is over heated, you need to fix that both externally (A/C for instance) and internally. The internal choice for me would be ice cold water. Phalon mentioned running water between the wrist and elbow. Some health sites say "if air conditioning is unavailable, the body can be helped to cool by running cool or cold water over the underside of the forearms, and on the top of the head and sides of the neck." Cool water on the head has worked for me. I've had cool water on the head be warm to the touch by the time it reached my back and sides. The cool water helps cool the blood which cools your core as it circulates. I'd discourage cold water on the head as that can cause a headache. As a matter of fact, if a person is experiencing a heat event, ice cold water externally, especially on the head and neck, might be a bad thing - you cold cause a shock that way.
There is evidence which is pro ice water though. Wildmed says "The debate about treatment revolves around the efficacy and safety of cold water/ ice bath immersion versus the mist/ fanning method. When feasible, I advocate cold water immersion. In fact, it is at least twice as fast as the best misting methods. It appears to be as safe and maybe safer when one considers the relative rates of cooling.
How so? Cold water dissipates heat from the body 20 to 30 times faster than air does at the same temperature. Evaporation speeds cooling but not as much. People argue against cold immersion for fear that the cold will induce vasoconstriction and/or shivering and therefore inhibit cooling or even increase body temperature. If these factors are important, one would expect to find clinically relevant support in the medical literature. I have never found any. "
Lacking peer reviewed articles either way, I'd still avoid ice water immersion except for the most extreme circumstance in spite of the above. I say that because youthful exuberance caused me to be exposed to ice water immersion. The shock probably saved me from experiencing the worst of what the extreme cold did to me - it was, shall we say, uncomfortable.
Hopefully, none of us experience heat stroke or exhaustion.
I suppose there would be warnings if ice cold water were a danger to overheated bodies.
You'd think so. But then, you have to look for frostbite treatments to find out hot water isn't the solution. I did a 3 second drill and found this:
Do not rewarm the skin until you can keep it warm. Warming and then re-exposing the frostbitten area to cold air can cause worse damage. Gently warm the area in warm water (not hot) or with wet heat until the skin appears red and warm. If no water is nearby, breathe on the area through cupped hands and hold it next to your body. Do not use direct heat from heating pads, radiator, or fires.
They Mayo Clinic says: Frostbite is, literally, frozen body tissue — usually the skin, but sometimes deeper tissue. It must be managed carefully to prevent permanent tissue damage.
Interestingly enough, they also said this:
Frostnip Frostnip is a milder form of injury. It usually affects areas of skin exposed to the cold, such as the cheeks, nose, ears, fingers, and toes, leaving them red and numb or tingly.
Frostnip can be treated at home and gets better with rewarming.
What to Do: Bring your child indoors immediately. Remove all wet clothing. Wet clothes draw heat away from the body. Immerse chilled body parts in warm (not hot) water for 20 to 30 minutes until all sensation returns. Don't let your child control the water temperature during rewarming. Numb hands won't feel the heat and can be severely burned by water that is too hot. Body heat also can be used to rewarm.
Another step in the on-going identity theft saga. I finally got the report filed with the local police - the IRS said to do that and a few other things. One of the other things was get an IP PIN for filing taxes. You're supposed to start that on-line but the site begins with - until further notice this doesn't work because we are upgrading our security.
The weather guesser on one of the local channels used a term I haven't heard before: "Flash Drought". I know what he means though. It hasn't rained since the beginning of June, and it has been fairly warm ever since but lately it has been hot. So, in spite of all the rains earlier this year, the ground is now pretty much rock hard again because the moisture has been cooked out of it. The moisture loss over the past few days has put a large area in drought conditions. Saturday and Sunday are projected to be the hottest so far this year - they're saying that being outside longer than six minutes in the afternoon to early evening can cause sun burns - and people who are young or older will be much more susceptible to heat stroke, etc.
I was channel surfing this morning and passed over the weather channel. They were saying something about 100+ right up the center of the country but also mentioned storms. The area they showed made it look like your lack of rain may be over - it's supposed to be moving east and that would put you in the northern edge of a wet spot beginning Sunday. For us, it's red and pink for the next week - the lady kept saying it was pink but my screen looked purple. Anyway, that's supposed to be the extra hot. It kept fading out and coming back - then I realized they meant that at night it was going to drop below 100. Something to look forward to I guess. (Thank God for A/C!)
Pfft. Nothing...or nearly nothing. Heard the thunder, saw the lighting, but this morning the sidewalks, cars, and birdbaths were dry; the only evidence that some rain may have fallen was the soil in the veggie gardens appears wet. As Hubs says, 'it wasn't enough to even settle the dust'.
That's a bummer. No lightening here, but this morning there were clouds and that kept the heat down to 95ish. They say the clouds were blown off tops of distant thunder storms that were at the coast. There's no rain in sight for us though.
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