Random 3 for August 28, 2022 – Covid, fantasies, technology

I’m at the tail end of my eye treatment which lasts until tomorrow morning. Reading is a challenge so it’s a short one today.

It’s still here – In the past week, two different groups of family/friends got covid on vacation. For one it was easier as they rented a house at a beach. For the other they were a long flight from home and had to quarantine in a hotel. Both groups are careful people who took precautions. Most did not get very ill but it’s still hanging around waiting to suck the energy out of you and any plans you make.

In my head – I often do things “in my head.” It’s so vivid that sometimes I think I actually did it. Most of the time it revolves around cooking fantastic meals which eventually gets replaced by ordering a pizza. Sometimes I buy the necessary ingredients only to watch them rot on the counter. Yesterday was different. I baked a cake and did some other “cooking” things that usually only happen in my head. Then we ordered a pizza for supper. I love a good fresh pizza.

It’s been a techie kind of week – We have a landline and two cell phones in this house. This past week, the land line went dead and the beloved husband had trouble with his cell phone. The cable technician has been here once and is expected momentarily. Whatever it is, it’s intermittent which makes it difficult to solve. Restarting the cell seemed to fix one problem but the other has the repairman flummoxed. Technology is great until it isn’t.

The old time cell phone! We could have used her this week!

So how was your week?

60 thoughts on “Random 3 for August 28, 2022 – Covid, fantasies, technology

  1. I still have my landline and likely will after I retire. I’ve had two issues of squirrels chewing on the outside wires which wiped out my landline. I have a flip phone and carry it but don’t use it. I am irked by more and more companies offering “an app for that” and I don’t really want to buy a smartphone, but it will be inevitable one day I guess. I just learned that OnStar will be discontinuing service to my car as I have 2G service and it sunsets on 12/31/2022. You can kinda/sorta use the service, sans diagnostics, if you have a smartphone. Oh well. Guess I’ll be giving OnStar the boot as paying to talk to someone on the phone when I already have Auto Club seems silly to me.

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    • Technology is changing how we do a lot of things. We stepped up to smart phones a few years back and have been surprised at how handy they are. Two houses ago the squirrels kept chewing my phone line. Finally the phone company used a conduit so they couldn’t chew.

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      • I guess my next phone I will break down and get a smartphone. I just bought a new flip phone this year as it was “sunset for 3G” – I will miss the security of OnStar and their diagnostics and I don’t like their “sunset for 2G” and am not ready for a new vehicle yet. Rolling with the punches more and more these days.

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          • I remember you got that phone right after the car accident or moving to the new house – you had a lot going on at the time. I just Googled and I’ll bet you have Verizon as it shuts down end of this year; the rest have already shut down their 3G. See below. Sunset for my phone was February 2022. I got a new phone late last year, then it broke … annoying as I never use it. I had to get a new one as it was only warrantied for 90 days without taking out an add-on warranty. It’s just an AT&T flip phone and I had my first AT&T phone, a 2G for years without a hitch. Here’s your info – if you’ve got Verizon, you’ll b getting an upgrade soon:
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            AT&T announced that it will finish shutting down its 3G network by February 2022. Verizon announced that will finish shutting down its 3G network by December 31, 2022. T-Mobile announced that it will finish shutting down Sprint’s 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022 and Sprint’s 4G LTE network by June 30, 2022.

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  2. Boy did that cooking bit resonate. I had everything ready to make chicken enchiladas, but then we decided to order pizza (gluten free, of course). So now I need to make the enchiladas before the chicken rots, but we still have pizza left.

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  3. We gave up our landline last year. I still feel untethered without it. As for doing things in my head, I can still add, subtract, multiply, and divide. I figure that’s about all the space I have in there right now. Oh, and I make lists that I immediately forget.

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  4. I was waiting for tomorrow. I’m glad to read that it seems to have helped and the clarity of your vision is improved. I hope it continues to get better and you never have to do this again.

    Am I understanding that your landline has died and they can’t figure it out? If so, the people putting in a new water line on our property down south nicked the protective covering for the underground phone wires. Water got in, fast forward several years so that no one was thinking about that water line and the phone wires corroded through and no one could figure it out…

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      • That is really good news. Do you know if it’s hopeful that it’s a permanent fix or is it something you have to do periodically?

        As for the landline, they wasted a lot of time insisting that it was working and I guess some voice was getting through but broadband wasn’t. It was fine at the pole and seemed fine coming into the house, when they finally dug up the tube the line lived in between pole and house, they discovered the opening in the tube and the badly corroded wires.

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        • Since the glands in my eyes do not produce enough oil to coat my eye, they will get inflamed again and I would have to have it done (good lord no!). Next on my list is to try a procedure to unblock the glands themselves. If I can get them to work, maybe not. My eyes feel so much better than they did so I’m hoping I can do things to stretch it out.

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  5. Are you free of the second lens from hell? I hope so and hope you can kick your cranky to the curb! Sorry about the plague and it finding some of your family members. I am still wearing my mask for the most part but I slip if off when I can. It’s less peopley here right now and yesterday I was able to go without it in Lowes. I rejoice when I don’t have to wear it… it’s too hot and breathing with it is difficult. I have to wonder how they can get a decent BP on me with the mask in place… I know it messes with my blood pressure. Techie stuff is a nightmare. I had an update on my laptop and lost the function of my night light which I leave on all the time. It took me an hour of frustration to finally straighten it out. May we have a no techie issues kind of day today! Good Morning!

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    • Second lens is out and the process has improved the clarity of my vision. Still on drops for a few days. Get evaluated in about 3 weeks or so. Don’t want to have to do again! Techie stuff is done too. Everything is working. This is off season in Florida. Enjoy it! Snow birds around here are starting to make their traveling plans! I didn’t know masks interfere with BP. I don’t think as well with it on that’s for sure. My local SB reopens on Saturday and then life will be completely good!

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      • Kate, that is awesome it improved the clarity of your vision! Good news on the techie front, too. Thumbs up for days/times when everything is working. I don’t think masks interfere with BP, just mine because I get all anxious over having it taken anyway and the mask doesn’t help things. Life will be good for you when SB opens and will be good for us when our renovated Arby’s opens the first of September. I miss my French dip and Swiss… don’t eat them often but I like knowing they are there when I have a hungry for them!

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  6. I’m glad you’re at the tail end of your eye treatment. I hope you’ll be able to read better tomorrow.

    Last night my ear buds didn’t work. I took them out and then put them back in. I turned my phone off and then back on. And they still didn’t work. Then, today they worked. It’s all a mystery to me.

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  7. I’m still masking whenever I am out especially now because – in the middle of moving – I can’t really afford to be ill or quarantining! Covid ran through my daughter’s house about a month ago…my SIL and grandson got it, but my daughter and grand daughter didn’t. It’s out there, more than ever I think.

    I hope your eye issues are resolved ASAP!

    Deb

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  8. I sure hope your eye appointment tomorrow delivers the goods! And that you will be free from this hampering lens. What an ordeal. And yet you found you could make cake, so you’ve been productive.

    We’ve been very fortunate with Covid, as well. As you know we live in a multi-generational household and the kids have all had it! The teens more than once. And yet Jay and I have escaped. We do have our own “quarters” and we go into hiding when they show up with the symptoms, but I still say we’ve just been vey lucky. Either that, or we’re the silent carriers. Yikes! And we sure aren’t out of the woods yet. I know several people who have tested positive only recently, and up until now they’ve not had it. I fee for anyone traveling who finds themselves in quarantine. That’s not easy!

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  9. So sorry about your phone issues and those friends/family members who were unlucky to catch COVID. Yup, it IS still around despite most people returning to life before it arrived. Apparently ‘Denial’ is not just a river in Egypt. Hope they recover quickly and your eye issue improves.

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  10. I loved Lily Tomlin and the switchboard so thank you for the smile. We got rid of our land line about six years ago. The only time I miss it is when the internet goes down. I hope your eye treatment is a huge success. Who said pizza isn’t cooking? It’s cooking at my place. It’s just that I don’t have a pizza oven so the local pizza place does it for me. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

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  11. I have several friends who have recently gotten Covid too. I also have several friends who have traveled a lot but remain fine. It makes me crazy because my husband and I have been so careful (and Covid-free), and I start to wonder if it has been worth it. For those who got it, the symptoms have ranged from mild to like a bad cold or flu. It’s the long Covid that concerns me the most.

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  12. Is the anti-inflammatory contact lens helping? Or is it making you miserable? I’ve never heard of this treatment and am very curious.

    We have avoided COVID, too. Hoping the kid continues to keep his mask on at school, but so many other children aren’t!

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    • They will test in 2 weeks to see the degree to which it has helped. My vision in the left eye is crisper so maybe. It’s not something I want to do often…or ever again! It’s Prokera and in the past it was used for chemical burns on eyes. It’s being expanded as treatment for severe dry eye. Ah kids, the little vectors! Good luck.

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  13. Lots of my family have gone hither and yon with no reports of anything happening, though I’m of a mind that people aren’t sharing positive covid readings as they might have done earlier. I’m still not ready for any real travel yet; it still seems fraught with too many opportunities for infection. I hope your treatment will be successful! – Marty

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  14. I truly believe that, at this point, getting hit by the COVID arrow is simply an unknown quandary of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. My outings still only include appointments, the grocery store, and a once-a-month late lunch at the same diner (how to avoid a crowd – go to lunch after 1:30 PM). I wear my mask for all appointments, required or not, and have it with me and hanging around my neck at the grocery store in case I find myself being close to strangers. I’ve been lucky – and grateful – though sometimes I think that, with all of my other maladies that cause muscle aches, fatigue and sinus issues with a cough, I could have a mild case of COVID and not even know it.

    Meanwhile, I’m hopeful that the eye issues will hurry up and be better. With the amount of reading I do, I don’t even want to image having vision issues!

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  15. I hope the eye problems are a thing of the past for you! Covid is still doing its’ thing but so far so good among our family and friends. We’re careful-ish. I say “ish” because we do NOT always wear masks – just follow our instincts about wearing….crowded place we always wear them. I hate that it’s going to be here like some say “forever”. Anyway, onward. Seems everyone I know is having phone or internet problems including us. Bothersome to say the least! Try to have a RELAXING Sunday – another week is almost here and I’m sure it will have its’ share of surprises. Yuck!

    Hugs, Pam

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