Thursday, December 5th, 2013
12:11 YA Novel: Boys boarding school, hiding pet fish in dorm, bed collapses and fish bowl breaks
So for the longest time I was convinced that this incident happened in the Catcher and the Rye, but apparently, it does not. |
There are a bunch of high school students at a boarding school (presumably a group of guys) and they have a pet fish in their dorm room. One day the are gathered in the dorm room and they hear that their supervisor is coming, so they grab the fish bowl and hide it under the bed. Then a bunch of them sit on the bed. The bed is not strong enough to support all of them, and it collapses. This causes the fish bowl to break, and the fish dies.
This has to be from some book! I know I'm not making it up!
10:43 Student Loan Weirdness
I'm not sure if this qualifies as bad service or not, but its definitely been an inconvenience. So I've been out of college for a few years and am in repayment on my student loans. My largest loan is a federal direct loan that I pay $200 on ever month. I'm also enrolled in their Kwikpay program, which is where the money is automatically deducted from my bank account every month. I get a slightly lower interest rate for being enrolled in this program. Usually the money is deducted 1-3 days before the monthly due date, and this has been the case for over a year that I've been enrolled in this program. |
Well, cue last month and its the night before the monthly due date. I notice that the money has not been deducted from my bank account yet. I log into my direct loan account to make sure that everything is still scheduled and on track and it says that it is, so I try not to worry about it. However, the due date comes and goes and I see that the money has STILL not been deducted from my account. I log on again and it shows that the payment is still scheduled to be deducted, but my account also shows a large PAST DUE notice in all caps. Umm...okay.
Now granted, I probably should have contacted someone at this point, but I figured that the payment was still scheduled and that the system was probably just being slower than normal and needed a little while to process. Another entire WEEK goes by and the money has still not been deducted from my account. Then I receive a very scary sounding email saying that my account is SO VERY PAST DUE and that I need to make a payment IMMEDIATELY or I will be subject to HELLA LATE FEES.
So I finally log back into my account and just make the payment manually (pressing the "make payment" button and authorizing the payment basically.) The money deducts from my bank account that day and I think that all is well. Well the next day rolls around and, as you can probably guess, the auto payment finally kicks in and the money is deducted from my account TWICE. Now, I'm kind of living paycheck to paycheck and I REALLY can't afford to be putting $400 towards my loan this month, so I start freaking out.
I call the customer service line and relay my story, and the woman I talk to tells me that there's really nothing they can do to reverse either payment, but that they can apply one of them towards my payment for next month. Heeeeey, that's real swell for next month, but I KIND OF NEED THAT MONEY TO PAY MY RENT THIS MONTH. Luckily I live with my boyfriend and he agreed to cover my portion of rent until I could pay him back, but I don't know what I would have done if that had not been the case.
I understand that technology fails and clearly there was some miscommunication going on in this case, but it seems weird to me that they wouldn't be able to rectify the double payment. And I don't understand why I would be receiving emails like that in the first place if I'm enrolled in the auto payment program. But maybe its just my fault for not contacting them sooner before I made the manual payment? I don't know. I'm still a little miffed about the whole situation.
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11:34 You Win or You Hide, 10/?, [PG], Chuck, Charlie, Ensemble
Title: You Win or You Hide, |
The Adventures of Charlie and Chuck in the Mysterious Kingdom
Chars: Charlie, Chuck, Crowley, ensemble.
Pairings: (later) Cas/Dean, Charlie/Anna
Genre: Crack, Adventure, AU
Disclaimer: characters belong to Eric Kripke/CW, who love fanfic. Any similarity
of setting to G.R.R.M’s Game of Thrones is certainly not co-incidental, but
easily constitutes fair use. Not for profit.
Summary: The Good King is dead, and the cunning Lord Crowley holds the realm.
The legendary Knights Winchester are sent away by tricker, and Charlie Bradbury,
Page, and Chuck Shurley, jester, have one hope: to find the Knights, and with
their aid restore the true Prince Castiel to the North.
A/N:I have no idea how this happened. Wait, actually, I have a pretty good idea.
This is what happens when I get sucked into Game of Thrones whilst desperately
awaiting Season 9 of Supernatural. Semi-crack AU. Probably ¾ crack tbh.
Gabriel hooked a chair with one foot, dragged it over to him with an audible creak and flopped into it. Anna winced a little at the floor-scrape.
Or Start at the beginning
09:18 Gracefic outside AO3 & deleted fic search
AO3 is kind of my go-to archive these days because of the easy searching, but I've pretty much exhausted the Grace Williams tag there. Can anybody rec me some good fic with Grace that's only hosted on LJ, FFNet, or elsewhere? I love me some epics but really anything with Grace interaction (or POV) would be great!
My second question, this fic scene keeps popping into my head:
Danny is on the phone when he picks Steve up on a Tuesday morning. "No, munchkin," he is saying as Steve gets into the car, "Step-Steve is busy today, but maybe next time, okay?"
"I thought it was 'Stan,'" Steve says absently, after Danny hangs up.
"What are you talking about," Danny asks, which is how Steve finds out that his partner's daughter apparently thinks they're married.
It's actually the scene I have as my summary for moonythestrals' Just Like the Saturday Morning PBS Kids Lineup on my delicious. The LJ has been deleted, though, and of course I can't get it on the Wayback Machine. Does anyone know if this is available elsewhere, or if I can get a copy somehow?
Thanks in advance!
current mood: hopeful
Friday, December 6th, 2013
01:51 Saturday, 7 Decmber 2013
We end the week finding out why John broke his foot. Simply put, he's too stupid too understand what Elly means by a 'big' turkey. Since he can't read minds, it's clearly his fault he bought too big a bird.|
(Strip Number 760, Original Publication Date, 8 December 1984)
Panel 1: Back at home, Mike reminds Elly that she asked Daddy to get a big turkey and wonders HOW big it'll be.
Panel 2: Elly guesses that said bird would be ten to twelve pounds or so before saying something she shouldn't about how John knows what she means.
Panel 3: We shift back to Megafoods's butcher's counter. As he looks at the Christmas turkeys, John reminds himself that Elly wanted a big one.
Panel 4: He then confidently states that twenty-five pounds should be plenty big.
Summary: And Elly has been married to John how long exactly? She's as clued into the fact that he needs precise directions as he is into her belief that he reads minds.
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Thursday, December 5th, 2013
11:00 40 Years of College Football's Sexual-Assault Problem
In November, TMZ reported that a former Florida State University student had accused the school's quarterback, Jameis Winston, of rape nearly a year ago. The accuser's lawyer says that after she came forward the Tallahassee police tried to dissuade her from pressing charges, warning her that the city is "a big football town" that might not treat her warmly if she leveled these allegations. Indeed, since her charges became public, some Seminoles fans have floated conspiracy theories that a rival school or Heisman Trophy contender may have put the accuser up to it. Prosecutors, for their part, will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon to announce whether they'll go forward with the case.
Ultimately, Winston—whose DNA was found at the scene and who claims the sex was consensual—may not be charged. But the case has highlighted a disturbing and long-standing pattern in college football. At top football schools the sport is a major moneymaker, and many big-name universities (and law enforcement authorities in those jurisdictions) have too often shielded players accused of rape—even going so far as to smear and punish victims who speak out. Here's a brief guide to college football's sordid history of addressing sexual assault:
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11:00 What If Your Income Grew as Fast as The 1 Percent's? Try Our Calculator.
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Back in the real world, most Americans' incomes have stagnated over the past few decades. Meanwhile, top incomes have skyrocketed, leaving middle- and low-income Americans behind and accelerating the growth of the income gap that began opening in the 1980s.
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02:14 Mom's Nightmare at La Mariposa Nursing & Rehab Center
I'm sharing a review I wrote about my mom's recent experience at La Mariposa after recent hospitalization because I'm really not sure what else I can do but share this with as many people as possible.|
DO NOT BRING YOUR LOVED ONES TO THIS FACILITY!!!!
After hearing about how my mother was treated here I am absolutely livid. My mom has a rare autoimmune disorder that at times can make her muscles so weak that she isn't able to breathe and sometimes even requires hospitalization for IVIG treatment + breathing tube intubation. When it gets really bad she is unable to talk because she's not getting enough oxygen and losing consciousness/ceasing to breathe is 100% possible without quick action. We are used to her being hospitalized at Kaiser in intensive care for a week or so and then being transferred to a nursing home for another week or so before getting well enough to go back home.
On this particular occasion she was sent to La Mariposa instead of the usual facility that takes her and the neglect from the staff over the 24 hours she spent here could very well have killed her. I've written somewhat of a summary of the events that transpired:
"Mom woke up with the feeling that something was "not right." She was bathed and then set down to watch TV and was given oxygen via machine. Shortly after she was left to herself in her room her condition started to worsen.
When she began to experience rapid onset of weakness and began having trouble breathing, she pressed the button to alert the nurse for assistance and waited for 5-10 mins and began to panic. Unable to speak or get up to find help, started banging objects around trying to get someone's attention. A total of approx 25 minutes passed before a CNA came.
The CNA named Carmen that arrived was asked to get the doctor because something was clearly wrong. CNA had to tell the nurse Mona a total of three times over another 15 mins or so to come evaluate what was happening to my mom. Mona was down the hall passing out pills and medication to the other patients.
When Mona finally came she did not apologize for the delayed response and, after evaluating the situation, she discovered the oxygen wasn't even turned on. Again, no apology. She said it was probably a CNA or janitor who unplugged the oxygen on accident.
Mom said she needed to be transported back to Kaiser hospital ASAP because she is going to need emergency treatment. Non emergency ambulance was called and it took at least another 20 mins or so for Mona to sign off on the paperwork required before they could take her.
Back at Kaiser, my mom had to be placed in ICU and given IVIG treatment. When I visited her that evening she looked and sounded terrible - a complete 180 from her condition when she was discharged from Kaiser and transferred to La Mariposa."
Does this nurse Mona even understand that someone can quite literally die in situations like this??
When mom was back at Kaiser she was telling a nurse there about what happened and she said the nurse had tears in her eyes. Apparently that nurse's father actually died in the care of La Mariposa.
This is not a coincidence. This is the reality. These people do not care about you, your family, or the health of their patients. Please, don't let them do the same thing to you. You might not be lucky enough to survive that 25 minute wait for help.
The only good thing she had to say about this place was about the CNA Carmen. She was kind, helpful, and my mom says she feels grateful that Carmen did everything she could to help her that day because who knows what could have happened had she not come into that room. Carmen deserves to work for a better facility than this place, among other doctors and nurses that actually care about their practice and your loved ones deserve the same.
A family member talked to the manager there that day about our complaints but I doubt anyone will be held accountable because all the other reviews are negative and describe similar conduct. If you live around the CA bay area/valley beware!
current mood: cold
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