Posts by Angela

21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite trees (Message 1859116)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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There were lots and lots and lots of dead pines in Yosemite; far too many for the park service to remove.

Fuel

Sadly, yes. There was obviously serious forest fire potential all over the valley last fall.

We've had a wet winter, fortunately, but when things naturally dry out in August, September and October of this year, Yosemite Valley will be a tinderbox again with all those dead pine trees.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite trees (Message 1859112)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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We just watched an episode of Nature on PBS that talked about how the drought, and lower snowfall range, and increased temperatures are affecting the sequoias in Yosemite National Park. Those trees are survivors, but are having a particularly hard time of it in our time.


We were in Yosemite last November. The sequoias may have been suffering, but it was the pines that were all dead. The pines were weakened by the drought, which made them more susceptible to pine bark beetles. There were lots and lots and lots of dead pines in Yosemite; far too many for the park service to remove.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Favorite trees (Message 1859109)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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LOL!!! And a happy April Fool's Day to you as well, Mister C!
24) Message boards : News : We're back online (Message 1859103)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Well done!, now could someone bring up the assimilator(s) on Beta, (assuming, of course, that they were off-line for the same problem...) then hang a tape, once the Beta Assimilator(s) have caught up?(disregard if Beta has a different problem...)


Sure, KWSN THE Holy Hand Grenade!, provided that you come over this weekend and do our taxes.

Tax preparation is the #1 item on Ol' Pooker's honey-do list for the weekend. Well, that and giving his wife a world class foot massage... Any takers?

25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part IV (Message 1859100)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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(wibble wibble)

The poster doth protest too much, methinks...
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1859098)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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B. Car was OK last I drove it. Must be confusing me with Vic. However, send the $600.00........I am always in need somewhere. And if not, it would go to a good kitty shelter.

https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=81058&postid=1858638
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food II (Message 1859069)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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And the yummy part is that, it's supposedly fattening too.

I try not to think of any one food as "fattening" or as "not fattening". If something is high calorie, I still eat it. I just try to control (not always successfully) how much and how often I consume that food.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food II (Message 1859044)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Well, a quick wiki-check seems to reveal that "urushiol" is the problem. Mangoes, poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac and cashews all produce this irritant.

Dang! What did we ever do before the internet?
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food II (Message 1859038)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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It's nice to know why citrus fruits and I don't get along, that might also extend to Mangoes...


I have heard that mangoes are botanically related to poison oak. Citrus is not.

I have to wear gloves to peel mangoes because there is something in mango fruit skin that gives me a rash. Once the peel is off, I have no problem devouring mangoes. Yum!
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1859019)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Byron, you are a beautiful person.

I am certainly not free of flashes of anger, fearful reactions or periods of despair.

I hope to live up to your words some day...
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1858877)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Why has it got to go?

Uh, Grandpa Chris, I think there has been a miscommunication.

"got to go", or g2g as the kidz say, simply means a person is signing off on a communication.

g2g was not in reference to Vic's car seat.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The perhaps last kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1858830)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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And so, Angela, yes. I am an enigma.

I don't think you are an enigma. In fact, this winter I stepped in puddles deeper than you.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLOTPW - CCLXIII Making Roman numerals great again. (Message 1858810)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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A narcissistic post...
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1858807)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food II (Message 1858769)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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What? A fun-guy like you doesn't care for fungi?!!!

Yes, it is a fairly standard scalloped potato recipe. You could leave the "shrooms" out. You could substitute slices of yellow onion for the "shrooms", provided you precooked the onions well. Onions can over-whelm potatoes if not cooked down some.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food II (Message 1858756)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Last year, I started working part time for a local university. Ah, the glamorous life of teaching... 30 hours of actual work for every 10 hours of pay. While I actually LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new job, our dinners suffer a bit on the days I am scheduled to work. A typical dinner for us on one of my work days is crackers and cheese, or pita and hummus. I round out these "desperation dinners" with crudite, olives, fresh or dried fruit etc. Eric never- ever complains (especially if there is wine), but every once in a while I have to remind Ol Pookers that I actually can cook. Tonight is one of those evenings. I picked up a small pork roast that I will serve with sauteed snap peas and a potato dish. Eric is from the midwest, so he never met a meat and potatoes combination he didn't like. The vegetables are for my benefit. Being a California native, I like lots of green on my plate.

Anyway, if you cook this potato dish, I promise you that your family will devour it, and look around for more.

Potato Mushroom Scallop

4-6 large Yukon Gold potatoes
3 Tbsps butter
10 ounces button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
a sprinkle of salt
3 Tbsps flour
1.5 cups half and half
1/2 tsp salt
ground black pepper to taste
a generous dash of nutmeg
a generous dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsps dry sherry
2-3 sliced scallions
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
2 Tbsps grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or any other grated hard, dry cheese)
1-2 Tbsps melted butter
1-2 Tbsps chopped fresh parsley

1. Boil the potatoes in their jackets until tender, about 50-60 minutes; remove potatoes from water and let cool a bit, then slice to potatoes - skins and all
2. Saute the mushrooms in the 3 Tbsps. of butter, with a sprinkling of salt to help draw out their moisture
3. When the mushrooms are nearly done, sprinkle in the 3 Tbsps of flour and toast the flour to get rid of the raw taste
4. Stir in the half and half, 1/2 tsps of salt, the ground black pepper, the nutmeg and the cayenne pepper - stir the flour in well. The mixture will look a bit thin, but bring it to a boil and cook 1 minute. It will thicken right up.
5. Remove from heat, let cool a bit, then stir in the sour cream, sherry and scallions
6. Gently fold in the sliced potatoes
7. Place the potato mixture in a flat, buttered baking pan (No high sides, you want the topping to brown)
8. Mix breadcrumbs, cheese, melted butter and fresh parsley together, and sprinkle crumb topping over potatoes
9. At this point you can pop the whole dish into the fridge for a day or two, or bake it off right away
10. Bake uncovered, at 325 degrees, until hot through, and top is crispy (this may take anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes, depending how chilled the whole dish is.
11. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

Serves 6-8, depending on how much your family likes potatoes and mushrooms. The left-overs keep fine in the fridge and can be microwaved.

Caution, this is not a "diet dish", but it is worth every ridiculous calorie.

Enjoy!
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1858611)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Hi Vic,

As you know, nothing is "off topic" here in the Critter Cafe. I have no problem with any reader using this thread to discuss issues that are of importance to him or to her.

By posting about your challenges accessing medical care in the Critter Cafe, a thread you must know I read with great regularity, you have made our discussion a public one, rather than a private one. I am going to continue our discussion in public, rather than privately via the pm system, as the information I wish to provide to you may help other readers who are faced with transportation challenges.

To begin, here is another possible option for transportation in your area:

http://acemedicaltransportation.com/areas-we-serve/

A forum friend very kindly alerted me to this information, in hopes that it would help you and others. She was pretty sure they take MediCal as a funding source. You would need to call and verify this and you would need to make an appointment, once you know the definite day and time of your medical procedure. The company covers your entire trip area.


Regarding your post:

It's not worth it, since I'd still need to replace the struts, I'd have to spend between $45 and $91 for a one way trip to the Hospital via Uber, and they never assigned Me a time, since surgery was never approved, and the Doc had submitted the application for approval a month back, and still nothing, the 10th is/was a guess on the Docs part.

And the Uber drivers would have to accept a credit card, I don't carry cash.

And then I'd still need to get home afterwards, which means I'd have to wake up from the general anesthesia, and figure out how to get a ride home, if one was available, since the hour of release could be at night.

No, I'd rather use My own car, severe anxiety rules Me at times, I'm more comfortable, if I'm secure or in control.



As many here know, I am significantly visually impaired and I self-limit my driving because of it. Please do not interpret the following information as an advertisement specifically for Uber. There are many ride-share companies. Uber happens to be the one I use regularly. My experience with this company has been uniformly good. Eric has used both Uber and Lyft and has been equally satisfied with both.

1. Not having a specific appointment time for 4/10 is not a problem at this point. For Uber, you don't call for a ride until you need one, so if you don't know the time of your 4/10 appointment until the day before, it is not a problem. If your appointment ends up being another day, that is also not a problem. You call Uber the same day you use Uber, so you just need to know an appointment time an hour or so in advance.

2. I use Uber freuqently. Yes, your account would be linked to a credit card. You have posted many times that you have a pre-paid credit card. Open the Uber account using your pre-paid credit card, send me some proof you have done this via the pm system and I'll send you a check for $200 to cover your round trip costs to and from your medical appointment. The funds would be there well before 4/10, if you open your Uber account today. Alternatively, Eric and I could send you funds via PayPal, which would be faster, but before doing so I would want some sort of assurance that you have downloaded the Uber ap and set up an Uber account with your prepaid credit card. That and your "word" that you would be willing to actually use Uber to get to and from medical appointments are all I need to release funds.

3. There is no cash involved in an Uber ride, unless you choose to give a cash tip to the driver for the service. (I always do, but tipping is entirely optional and not expected by Uber drivers.)

4. Uber runs day and night. If you are awake enough to use your phone, you are awake enough to call an Uber. If you are too groggy to use your phone, then you would be too groggy to drive a car safely and the hospital would not discharge you. After general anesthesia, patients are advised not to drive. Most hospitals will not release you unless somebody is there to drive you home. So if a niece, nephew or sister-in-law is not available to drive you home after your procedure, then a professional medical transport system, a taxi or an Uber/Lyft style ride-sharing service would be your only option anyway. I want to make this perfectly clear. Even if you drove yourself to the hospital, your doctor would not allow you to drive home. If nobody came to get you, your doctor would probably arrange medical transport for you, just to get you discharged. This means that you would be leaving your car at the hospital for a day or two after your procedure. Most hospitals charge for parking. Your parking costs would add up quickly!

5. I understand that anxiety can be a debilitating condition, but not attending to your medical needs will create more anxiety for you in the long run. It will also create more anxiety for those of us in our community who genuinely care about your health and well-being.

6. Vic, I know you would rather have the money to get your car fixed, but old cars are a giant money-sink. (I know this from personal experience!) From what you have posted, it sounds like you do not drive your car daily. I propose to you that using Uber, Lyft, or some other ride-sharing service when you need it to go to the store, go to the doctor, visit relatives etc. might actually be cheaper than insuring, maintaining and gassing a private vehicle that you use infrequently.


Vic, please allow me to remind you, as I have reminded you many times in the past: public posts are an invitation to public comment and, at times, public critique. If you choose to make specific information public, then all members of this community are welcome to comment and even critique what you have posted, provided that they do so kindly, respectfully, and within the posting guidelines of s@h.

If you post here in the Critter Cafe, in a place where people genuinely care about you, then you are going to get advice, support and occasionally even criticism, whether you want it or not.

If you wish to take further discussion of this issue off the boards, then you should respond to my post in private, via the pm system.

If you respond to my post in public, I will continue our discussion in public.

Wishing you all the best.

ang. (& Eric)
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1858399)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Great news, Vic! I just accessed the Uber site and service is available in your area. The cost of your ride will be under $200, round trip.

Please call your physician's office and tell them that you definitely will be there April 10th.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1858396)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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Ok I called the Urologists Office, and told them that I can't drive to St Marys Regional Medical Center in Apple Valley CA cause of car trouble on April 10th, I have had to put off surgery until I can get the car fixed, most likely in May 2017, there is no Medical Transport, and I have no one else, it's just Me, I'm on My own out here.

Vic, download the Uber or Lyft ap to your phone. Uber to your appointment and I will send you a check that reimburses you for the costs of transport.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1858395)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile AngelaProject Donor
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I take it that a Condo is a Condominium. Am I right in that the difference between that and an apartment block, is shared communal areas? What we would call a block of flats over here.


A condominium is an apartment that is owned. It does not, typically, involve shared communal areas. An apartment is rented, a condo is owned. That's about the only difference between the two. Houses out here are outrageously expensive, so lots of people buy condos first, build a little equity, and then upgrade to a house if they can.


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