General Discussion, Monday, November 15, 2021

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  1. Menagerie says:

    Good morning everyone. Didn’t get down to 31 last night as forecast, and that’s fine with me. The leaves are finally falling in great quantities here, but we had an awesome weekend driving the mountains and hills around us and enjoying the color.

    On the way home yesterday our vehicle beeped its little notification alert and I looked down at the display. It said “Consider taking a break” with a cup of coffee symbol. Good grief. Since when did they start programming cars to tell you how to drive? Will they just shut off in a few years and make you take a break? Will they come with allotted permissible mileage per day, week, or month? Will you have to apply for your allotment based on your job, illnesses, social credit score?

    Yes. I’m being paranoid, but them wanting to tax my mileage makes me that way. Along with the fact that there are people out there who think a car should tell its owner how to drive.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      😯 My car is old, but it lets me do the driving…………although it does tell me if a door is left open.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Mornin’ Menage. Sunny and cool here. About 51*. Cool enough that on our walk I had on a long sleeve shirt with my little light sweatshirt jacked over it and I still got chilled if I wasn’t in the sun.

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    • WeeWeed says:

      Mornin’ Menage!

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    • czarina33 says:

      Maybe because I buy bottom of the line cars without many accoutrements my warnings are simple: gas, oil, too hot, battery, door open. I have a Ford Focus. Czar’s Avalanche has lots more announcements.

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      • Menagerie says:

        We just have a Hyundai Tucson. Pretty basic, but it has stuff I could do without.

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        • We’ve got LOTS of bells and whistles on our new Jeep Grand Cherokee, but I haven’t found a coffee-cup icon yet telling me to take a break! Hands down, the best part is the heated seats and steering wheel. In the summer I turned on the AC just so I could enjoy the heated seat without getting too warm. Saw a meme somewhere that said “You know you’re over 40 when the butt-warmers on your new car are less about the temperature and more about your chronic back pain!”

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    • stella says:

      Good afternoon, Menagerie. My new car has a large display on the dashboard with maps and directions and other stuff that I don’t really understand.

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      • stella says:

        One thing my car doesn’t have is a CD player. I understand that they no longer put them in cars, which is not an improvement in my opinion.

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        • Menagerie says:

          I almost exclusively use my iPhone for my music, which originally came from my iPod. It all plays on the car speakers. Also, I am addicted to audiobooks and the Bible in a Year podcast. I need to learn how to use some of the music apps that are free, but I haven’t. I really like how you talk on your phone through the car now. It even reads my text messages to me, and answers them if I tell it to. Also, I do like the navigation system.

          Most of the rest of it I simply have not bothered to learn. I want to go from point A to point B, not have a relationship with my car.

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          • stella says:

            I don’t listen to music on my phone, but I do have tons of CD’s. I wonder if I can get a portable CD player for the car? PS: I will never own an iPhone, and I use my Android phone as little as possible.

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            • Menagerie says:

              I got addicted to smart phones early because of my business. Remember the Palm Pilot? My husband got it in his head that it would be a perfect Christmas gift for me back when I first started my painting business. I really didn’t think I would like it, but he was so proud of thinking of it that I decided to really learn to use it.

              Soon it went everywhere with me, just like my phone, which was actually our business number. I kept quotes, detailed notes, paint formulas, customer and vendor contact information, all kinds of business stuff, on that Palm Pilot. When the iPod came out, it took a couple of years for me to justify getting one, but I finally did, I think paying maybe $80 or so for the first one. I loved having it for music on the jobs, and soon I found a way to load audio books from cd’s on it, which was the only way to get audio books back then.

              So, I was carrying around a phone, the PP, and my iPod. When Android happened I was able to eliminate the PP and use the smart phone for all my business needs. Eventually I made the jump to the iPhone and had one wonderful device to carry around. In those days my phone case showed lots of hard use and colors of paint.

              Now I use it for everything, love how it interfaces with the iPad, which has replaced our laptop, and the grandkids have really had us taking advantage of the camera. Back when I was walking so much I set my Fitbit up on the iPad, tracked calories, as well as miles and steps, and I used to win a lot of walking challenges with friends on the app. When we lived at the cabin I had a sky map on the phone that would identify constellations when I pointed it at them.

              Now I have apps that help me examine my conscience in preparation for Confession, pray the Liturgy of the Hours, observe special Liturgical seasons and feast days. And there is a hugely popular app now called Hallow, a Catholic app that has raised a lot of money and offers everything under the sun from so many leading Catholic priests, teachers, authors, even the guy who plays Jesus on The Chosen. It has music, meditations, scripture, the Bible in a Year, Gregorian chant, rosaries. I’ve never seen any apps like it. For a Catholic, it’s like having a library featuring almost everything you would need outside of a priest and Mass, right on your phone.

              Chris gets his phones from our son or DIL, who upgrade every couple of years because it’s their work phone. He actually started downloading educational games the kids love on his phone, and got me absolutely addicted to stuff like Wordscapes. I don’t trade my phone in often, I use it until it almost dies. I’m not terribly computer literate, and except for discovering blogs, and finding my friends like you on other blogs, I wasn’t really crazy about what computers could do. The iPhone changed that for me.

              I even used the phone on my breaks and lunch times to follow the blogs. I was on a painting job the day the Honey Trail disappeared, and dying of curiosity and concern until I got home and got on the computer, found you at Lucianne’s. I remember that day so well, checking in several times, thinking maybe the site was just down. I still have no idea how I wound up at Luciannes’s, I had never visited that site before. I must have googles something that led me to your comment I think.

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              • Menagerie says:

                Also, we no longer kept a landline once we moved here. We quit using it at the cabin, and I kept forgetting to check our answering machine.

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              • stella says:

                I understand why you love your Apple products – because you had a need for them. I don’t have a need and can’t justify the cost considering the way that I live. I am home most of the time, and my laptop fulfills most of my needs (even better than an IPad much of the time I think, considering all of the complaining comments I have seen), and I also have a Kindle, which I don’t use much, and an Android phone AND I still have a land line.

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              • stella says:

                Looking at forums about the loss of the car CD player, the most-often suggestion is that we should transfer all of our CD’s to MP3. The first time I saw this suggestion, it was in answer to a man who has 5,000 CD’s!! Can you imagine how long it would take to convert them?

                Why can’t the car companies just offer a CD player as an option for those of us who don’t want to do that? You can buy a portable one that works with the new technology, but not as well as a factory model, it is external and costs almost $300.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  Ha, ha. I don’t even know what an MP3 is. I am glad my car has a CD. Actually, it still has a tape player, too.

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                • Menagerie says:

                  Actually, that’s what I did with those audio books, via the computer, and then imported into iTunes. I also transferred every music CD I had, which took several weeks of my spare time. I agree with you about the CD player, we still have ours too.

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      • Menagerie says:

        Yep, ours has lots of stuff I have no clue how to use. And some stuff I figured out how to turn off.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          My friend has a new car and I noticed she was jerking it around weirdly and she said she was having trouble moving into the next lane. I finally figure out there is something that won’t allow you to change lanes easily unless you put your blinker on, so she had to develop a habit if turning it on. There are other things that make us curious.

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ all. I’m up early because I have to go to get blood drawn for my doctor’s visit next week. THAT is the highlight of my day. Hope you all have a nice day.

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  3. WeeWeed says:

    Monday again!! Mornin’ kids!

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Man….can you imagine trying to walk in these??? New respect for Ms. West…

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  5. stella says:

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  6. stella says:

    Bannon just surrendered to the FBI over “contempt of Congress” charges (well, they ARE contemptible).

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    • Menagerie says:

      I wonder why it is legal for them to tell any lie they want, yet be able to yank Americans around like this? Who has to pay if you get subpoenas to Congress, your expenses, I mean. And really, I don’t think regular citizens should have to play their fake theater games. We all know it’s just bull crap they broadcast for tv.

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  7. litenmaus says:

    Top of the morning Stella….I regularly shop with a local business and the owner often hires college students. There is a current employee who dyes her eyebrows black, which highlight the rows of piercings among them, she has cut off all but a 5 inch hank on the very front of her head and she believes that she is making some type of statement. Governor Kate Brown comes to mind.

    Oregon has had to real ‘winners’ in the Governor’s mansion. I myself thought Governor Barbara Rogers was a political nut job, but Kate Brown is just plain “bat sh!t crazy.”

    On the home front, it is a beautiful 65 degrees, there is absolutely no wind and we’re still experiencing ‘fall’ weather in these parts.

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    • czarina33 says:

      I find the best thing is to steel myself to not look surprised or stare, finish my business and go home to mock them in private. It is purely for attention, and I shall not give it. Nyah!

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  8. stella says:

    Love this.

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