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    hbquikcomjamesl Well-Known Member

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    After 51 weeks behind the wheel of my Leaf, I still find it oddly satisfying to be able to abruptly accelerate like a proverbial bat out of Hell, in near complete silence and with a trolley-smooth power curve.

    Not to mention being able to look at the current posted gas prices and smile.
     
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    Green with envy.
    We need a new car but have been waiting with the current situation of availability and prices. I am sure we will at probably go highbred, but we will need to do some more research. With 9 grandchildren we fill our 8 passenger Pilot on a fairly regular basis. Our recent trip to Death Valley in the RV was a real nail biter when it came to pumping gas.
     
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    My dad saw how well I was doing with my Leaf (tentatively named "Millie," because she's "Thoroughly Modern"), and bought a Kia Niro plug-in hybrid. When I first saw the model designation, I immediately wondered if Kia also had a model named after Caligula. And so he can plug into my charger any time I'm not using it.

    Back when I bought my Camry, two decades ago, I took a vow that it would be the last hydrocarbon-burning vehicle I'd ever own. And I held myself to that. Even though I had to rent a vehicle briefly, when the Camry was no longer able to get out of its own way. I had no regrets when I stood next to "Millie" and watched the sagging old rust-bucket being hauled off to its final rusting place.
     
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    FWIW: I think Millie is the perfect name.
     
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    HUGE SIGH...........Maybe next year.
     
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    You may recall that my 1978 Datsun 510 was "Arabella." Named after the restored Model A Ford in Nanny and the Professor.
     
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    My new Chromebook is so much better than my cheap-ass tablet. A real keyboard; it's not wasting CPU cycles synchronizing things I neither need nor want synchronized; and on top of all that, it can run T-Bird, instead of some ridiculous joke of a tablet-based email reader.

    And it leaves the tablet in the dust before the tablet has a chance to get out of its own way.

    (The wallpaper on my tablet is my usual brick wall, with a picture of Commander Data's face in the middle. Only as slow and balky as it is, maybe it's not a picture of Data; maybe it's a picture of his dimwitted brother B4.)
     
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    Even better: Today, I installed Firefox, GIMP, and LibreOffice. Firefox was the biggest challenge: if you go through the Google Play Store, the only Firefox you can get is the lame tablet version. The Mozilla Foundation recommends installing the Linux version from a Flatpak, but I couldn't get the Chromebook to talk to the Flatpak repository. But eventually, I found a version I could install via "apt" (which is to say, Chromebook Linux is Debian-derived, rather than Red-Hat-derived), the same as T-Bird, GIMP, and LibreOffice.
     
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    Nice! I got a new laptop recently. My old one was soooooo sloooooow. The CD drive had stopped working, the headset jack went backwards on me so that I had to plug something in to get sound and even the replacement battery had quit holding a charge, so it had to stay plugged in.
    This one is so fast it scares me. Next up is a wireless printer so I do not have to walk over to the printer and plug in to print.
    I am still working on transferring files. Especially pictures.
     
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    Hmm. My DOS notebook is fast enough that, in Xerox Ventura Publisher (runs under a runtime version of GEM, and was written to run on an XT, back when a Turbo-AT was considered fast), the arrow buttons on scrollbars are almost too fast to control the scrolling. On the DOS side of my Pentium II DOS/Linux dual-boot, there's no "almost" about it.
     
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    My sons and I were just discussing DOS the other day. I remembered some sitcom where, when throwing insults, a teenager said, "Your computer is so old; it has MS-DOS." (Modern version of your mom is so ugly...)
     
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    That reminds me of one of Yakov Smirnoff's old stand-up bits:
    Something to the general effect of, "Never tell a Russian his mother wears combat boots. Because she probably does. And she will hurt you."

    Which is to say, if somebody said "Your computer is so old; it has MS-DOS" to me, I'd probably say, "And your point is?"

    Which is also to say, I don't allow WinDoze in the house.
     
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    At any rate, the real Xerox Ventura Publisher (not the memory-hogging PageFaker knockoff that Corel turned it into) doesn't run on anything but DOS.

    Corel seems to have a reverse Midas touch: everything they touch turns to memory-hogging <censored>-ware.
     
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    The nurse who gave me my booster shot had a really good touch: subtle as a mosquito's mouthparts. Then again, when you give the same shot a hundred times a day for a year, you probably get good at it.
     
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    I had to read this out loud to the whole family. We all appreciated it.;)

    We get our boosters next week. We waited until after the Holidays in case we get sick. Our first round gave us minimal effects. Hopefully the shot itself will be easy. I did not feel my first two but my husband got a pretty bad bruise.
     
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    Puppy shot: about 5 minutes after, I was lightheaded, pale, and diaphoretic as all Hell, with roaring tinnitus in both ears; after about 10 minutes (and some apple juice that the supervising nurse got for me, when she noticed my distress), I was fine. I still sat for another 15 minutes, then found the Men's room (my bladder was about to explode), then got some lunch in an office building coffee shop a short distance away. I remained a little sore for a few days.

    Second shot: No immediate reaction (although I stayed for half an hour again, before going to the same coffee shop for another turkey melt). But about 6 hours later, I developed a moderate fever, which lasted about another 6 hours.

    Booster: No reaction at all, other than a sore arm, for about 14 hours. I then woke up feeling hot and dry (even though my temperature was 98.4), and right now, I'm shivering, my back feels like I threw it out, and I generally feel like <censored>. I expect that this, too, will pass in a few hours.
     
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    Update: yesterday, my fever peaked at 101.3, and leveled off there for several hours. And my "day-trip to the People's Democratic Republic of Lumbago" (I could not stand or walk for more than a few minutes at a time without my back going into spasms) was the result of extreme constipation. Once the underlying cause was, ahem, flushed away, the lumbago, sciatica, and spasms went with it.
     
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    Sorry you had a such bad day. Hopefully all of the effects have or will subside quickly.
    Yuck to the constipation issue. Something I have literally not dealt with much in my life; after my hip replacement the Vicodin *backed me up* (to use my MIL's euphemism). When I was able to *flush away the problem* I was literally dancing when the PT came over for my therapy.
     
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    We have not gone out for NYE since 2000. And even that was not planned.
    This year it was going to be the same as usual; daughter's family for food and games and Lake Placid this year. I had made a big pot of beans with the bone left from the Christmas ham and cornbread. Then, I get a call that they all had direct exposure to someone with Covid! What the...............???!!!???
    Everyone was vaxxed but not boosted.
    Anyway, the weird thing, they got exposed by a friend that they took to the snow with them on Wednesday. We wanted to go but could not due to prior commitment. I am so happy we kept our lunch date and did not cancel.
    So, we are watching Jeopardy and will probably be in bed by 9:30 or 10.
     

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