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I have 34 degrees, Robbie, down from 35 when I got up just after midnight. Winter has definitely come. The cold is bracing. The sky is pinkish.

The stars were bright this morning. The roof on the house across the street is lined with a string of red and blue and white lights, which look like cheap jewelry underneath the diamonds in the sky.
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It’s 39F and sunny here. Winter is definitely here. ☹️

They’re now saying that that storm will likely miss us, but the poor souls at points south won’t be as lucky.

I’m feeling better after not posting on politics forums for a couple of days. I can’t resist the temptation to lurk, but now that I’m not participating, I find myself in the position of being a spectator in a food fight in the insane asylum, and thinking, I don’t have to let myself get suckered into their craziness. Instead of feeling defeated for not sticking it out, I’m feeling somehow liberated. Woo-hoo!
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I feel the same way, Birdz. I have had NO temptation to lurk at the board I left (for good) yesterday.
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Maybe I’ll finally get to the point where you’re at, Belle, where I don’t even want to lurk.

I’m just sad that there seems to be no such thing, outside of our little oasis here, as a forum where truly civil discussion takes place and that the !@#$ disturbers and trolls get the boot - permanently for repeat offenders.
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Congratulations on your freedom, Birdz and Belle! It can take some time to "recover" from such boards, but I'm glad you're feeling less stress!

Turkey, chicken soup.... Your foods sound good, Robbie and Cooter! I have chicken to make chicken and rice casserole for supper, so it will be a poultry weekend for us. emoticon

Thanks for the offer to look up washer information in Consumer Reports, Cooter. The repairman was here this morning -- and it's shot. It would be $150 to replace the drum and another $300-$350 in labor. He said by the time we spent the $500, we'd be better off buying a new one. I believe him, because he only does repair, not sales. He was recommending against business for himself.

It's a Whirlpool front loader, Cooter. It's the largest capacity they sold in 2005. The repairman said that the platform underneath the washer is specific to the brand, and we're keeping the dryer, so I'd like to get another Whirlpool, I think, unless CR recommends against it.

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Lis - when my washer died, the repairman made the same recommendation to scrap the machine. When I asked if I should also replace the dryer at the same time, he said no, because dryers typically last longer. So now I have a 1-1/2 yo Speed Queen washer and a 25 yo Maytag dryer.
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Yes.... The repairman told me the same thing. He said he was surprised the washer had lasted 13 years, because he normally sees them last seven years. But he did say the dryer will last significantly longer and there was no need to replace it.

He recommended a Speed Queen but said the platforms are specific to the brand, so I'd have to buy a Speed Queen platform. I guess we'll see....

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I don’t understand where the “platforms” come in. When I replaced the Maytag washer with the Speed Queen, they just carted off the Maytag (I arranged with the store to have them take it away) and installed the SQ.

I did take measurements before buying it, to make sure there’d be room for it.
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It's the drawer underneath the washer and dryer, lifting them up higher. With my shoulders, I have trouble getting laundry out of the lower level without one.

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Elegant!
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When I first looked at that picture with the bottom drawer open my first thought was "Why in the world did they put a freezer drawer in a washer?"

I'm not real swift. emoticon

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EXACTLY what I thought, Robbie!
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Ha!

Actually, we don't even keep anything in them. It's too hard to lift from the floor. But they give me the height I need to be able to reach directly into the washer and dryer.

Brett was smart enough to put the same concept into effect for our dishwasher. Rather than being at floor level, had had the architect put a drawer for our kitchen towels and washcloths under the dishwasher, so the dishwasher is raised maybe a foot above floor level.

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EXACTLY what I thought, Robbie!



Oh, thank you, Belle! emoticon

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When I was in rehab, the occupational therapist took me to their mock apartment to pretend to do everyday chores. I found it challenging to do them while still having to use the walker, including loading and unloading laundry into and out of the washer and dryer.
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Congratulations on your freedom, Birdz and Belle! It can take some time to "recover" from such boards, but I'm glad you're feeling less stress!

Turkey, chicken soup.... Your foods sound good, Robbie and Cooter! I have chicken to make chicken and rice casserole for supper, so it will be a poultry weekend for us. emoticon

Thanks for the offer to look up washer information in Consumer Reports, Cooter. The repairman was here this morning -- and it's shot. It would be $150 to replace the drum and another $300-$350 in labor. He said by the time we spent the $500, we'd be better off buying a new one. I believe him, because he only does repair, not sales. He was recommending against business for himself.

It's a Whirlpool front loader, Cooter. It's the largest capacity they sold in 2005. The repairman said that the platform underneath the washer is specific to the brand, and we're keeping the dryer, so I'd like to get another Whirlpool, I think, unless CR recommends against it.



The first Whirlpool in the ratings isn't a recommended buy. The LGs dominate the upper part of the ratings. I suspect all of them sit on the base and it is probably the same size for all, but I don't know that. There are some for under $1000.
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It was barely above zero when I got up this morning, but the sun has warmed everything up to around 11 above! Yippy skippy! Coffee is more than needed right about now.

In light of nothing in particular, look what I found on the Interwebs today:

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By David S. Hilzenrath November 10, 1996

As the polls closed in Waitsfield, Vt., Tuesday night, Peter Cammann turned on his computer, connected to the Internet and waited to see the voting results. And waited. And waited.

Cammann knew that CNN's digital alter ego, an Internet site called AllPolitics, was posting election returns almost as fast as they became available. But the site was so crowded that Cammann couldn't get in. Instead of brightly colored electoral maps and detailed exit-poll data, Cammann saw a flashing comet on his screen, a symbol that meant he was stranded in cyberspace, orbiting his destination.

Thousands of miles away, in Winnetka, Calif., Sherrie Gogerty was having better luck. She quickly linked up with AllPolitics and scanned it for news on House and Senate races that interested her. Elsewhere, she checked voting counts on California ballot propositions. And she learned that House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) appeared headed for reelection -- about 25 minutes before she even heard his name mentioned on television.

It was the first big election night of the wired age and all the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet as the nation's newest mass medium were on display.

Several major news organizations used the medium to deliver up-to-the-minute voting results and other election information over the Internet's graphical World Wide Web. Besides AllPolitics, which is a collaboration of CNN and Time magazine, the lineup included MSNBC, a venture of NBC and Microsoft Corp.; Campaign '96, a CBS production; and PoliticsNow, produced by The Washington Post, ABC News and the National Journal. Many regional and local media outlets and several state governments offered similar fare.

The night showed that digital traffic jams can bring parts of the global network to a virtual standstill -- but it also showed that the system as a whole, based on Pentagon-funded technology for wartime communications, is hard to crash. "It's not a fail-safe system, it's not as easy as getting a television signal into your house," said Michael Riley, the AllPolitics executive producer. "But we're getting better every day."

Some Internet gurus such as Bob Metcalfe, a columnist for InfoWorld magazine and a pioneering inventor of network technology, have been predicting for months that the Internet will suffer a catastrophic collapse as its sudden, surging popularity clogs it with e-mail, video, even digital music. The cool new medium has become so hot that it is approaching meltdown, the thinking goes.

But one of the headlines of election night might have been: Net Necessarily.

Though election news sites appeared swamped at various times, the vast majority of the global network was working about as well as ever. The overall increase in usage was barely perceptible, according to Matrix Information and Directory Services (MIDS), which tracks conditions on the Internet and displays them online at a site called the Internet Weather Report ([sign in to see URL]).

Though Metcalfe continues to predict a major outage by year end, he conceded in an interview that the Internet passed something of a milestone. Election night was "yet another opportunity for the Net to go down, and it didn't," he said. "That would tend to refute my hypothesis."

Few events showcase the news-dissemination capabilities of the Internet more vividly than a national election. The sheer volume of news, numbers and analysis generated by hundreds of contests nationwide posed a challenge for television, which could present no more than a small stream of information. Watching the tube, people often had to wait for hours to learn about the races that really interested them.

Internet users, however, were able to go straight to what they wanted and ignore the rest.

There were continuously updated vote counts for the presidential race, state-by-state reports on the House and Senate and tallies from the gubernatorial contests. There were projected outcomes, based on exit polls and early returns.

There were the exit polls themselves, which could tell you what percentage of Hispanics voted for President Clinton in California (70), what percentage of people with incomes under $15,000 favored Bob Dole in Virginia (46) and how Ross Perot fared among Texans in the 18 to 29 age group (24 percent).

One of the ironies was that television networks could scoop themselves on the Internet, as CBS did when it posted on the Net its projection that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would win reelection before Dan Rather got around to mentioning it on-air, according to Dean Daniels, director of interactive services for CBS News.

David C. King, an associate professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, made the most of the Internet on election night. "Instead of the broadcasters tailoring their message to me, I was tailoring my search . . . to get the information I most wanted," he said.

When early returns put Democratic challenger Lydia Spottswood ahead of Republican Mark Neumann in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, King used the Internet to look at Neumann's biography, which included such details as the fact that he has a wife named Sue and three children. Later, when Neumann did emerge as the winner, a profile on AllPolitics showed that the incumbent's voting record had earned him a perfect "100" rating from the American Conservative Union, an advocacy group, and a zero rating from the liberal Americans for Democratic Action.

By 1 a.m., the Internet told King the outcome in Ohio's 6th District, another race he was following closely. With that, he went home and went to bed. The technology saved him sleep, he said, because in past years he stayed up all night waiting for results.

Patrick Tillman, manager of a pizza restaurant in Mobile, Ala., favored online results for a different reason: He could avoid the talking heads. "I think that it's much better because it's objective," said Tillman. "I get to find out the information that I want without the opinions, without somebody telling me what to think."

For people who prefer their own opinions, the wired world provided the kind of soapbox that could turn anyone into an instant commentator. In live "chat" rooms and on electronic bulletin boards, armchair pundits typed messages to each other, gloating over their candidate's success or bemoaning the future of the republic.

At some election-night gatherings, the Internet became part of the social scene. But at the University of Denver, where it went head-to-head with the television networks, old media beat new media hands down. Dozens of campus Democrats and Republicans gathered in a ballroom equipped with four televisions and one computer. Early in the evening, students huddled around the computer, trying to make the Internet work. Before long, they tired of trying.

No one knows how many people used the Internet to view election results. But CNN estimated that its site had 50 million "hits," or requests for specific information, up from its previous record of 18 million on the night of Sept. 3, when Hurricane Fran bearing down on the East Coast and a U.S. missile attack on Iraq combined to boost the ratings. Hits don't equal people, however: A user could rack up many hits in a single visit by cruising around a site. CBS estimated that it had 10 million hits. MSNBC and PoliticsNow said they had five times their usual traffic.

For someone in Washington trying in vain to reach AllPolitics, the odds were the problem had nothing to do with the infrastructure of the Internet -- the lines linking the user's computer to the news organization's computers.

Rather, AllPolitics didn't have enough computer power to meet the phenomenal demand. MSNBC said it, too, was overloaded, even though it put more computing power online as the night progressed. CBS's Daniels said the demand for his site never exceeded its capacity, but some users said they had trouble connecting.



Seems like just yesterday, don't it?

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Wow, 1996, All Politics... yes, it doesn't seem that long ago.

I notice they didn't mention Sherrie's diamond-encrusted bra.

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Good morning, all. We have 35 balmy degrees and a light cloud cover, heading for 46 and a chance of rain.

My Canadian friends are coming down for tea this afternoon. It will be nice to see them, especially given that the holiday season's mania may prevent future visits this month.

Coffee, please, Tanya.

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Coffee, Tanya.

We have reached our high of 41 degrees and it's still raining. I am going to start some chicken soup later and am considering also making some chicken salad.

DD was in "wash clothes" mode last night and was still going when I went to bed. I'm sure that she's not through.

I'm thinking baked fish and sauteed asparagus for supper. Lunch is at this time an unknown.
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