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Alchemist
Original Poster
#226 Old 27th Feb 2021 at 2:36 AM
Just when I thought getting my card hijacked wasn't enough...

A robocall scammer got past my security under the guise of one of my doctors (some places have two numbers), and told me...

1. I now have a criminal record.
2. Give me your Social Security Number and you're free to go.
3. Resistance will get you thrown in prison.

As menacing as the stilted humanoid voice was...

I reported this to the .gov for Social Security involving scams.

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
Mad Poster
#227 Old 9th Mar 2021 at 8:40 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 9th Mar 2021 at 10:50 PM.
A whole lot of things at work.

And when I get home my laptop is endlessly slow - I suspect something's off after I did a backup last night. It's using 9 GB RAM and I find less than 1 GB of it on the system, wondering where the remaining 8 GB is being used (I haven't got a clue). - EDIT: Turned out this problem might have come from some stuck Windows updates or whatever it was. A forced update, restart and some tinkering later, and it's down again at 4-5 GB as per usual. Could still be a problem there, but at least it's less so).

And then I do a bit of digging, and suddenly notice something it's taken me THIS long to notice - the SSD is installed as the D: Drive and not the C: drive, which means Windows and all the programs are on the HDD. No wonder things are starting to run slow! Sheesh, whoever did that install sure did a muckup! What's the point of the SSD if it's not the main Windows drive? o.O

(it's a language issue - the full name for a SSD was almost identical to the name of a HDD in the defrag, plus I never noticed the mixup of the HDD/SDD in the task manager, which seem to be the only two places I could find any clear info without typing out the names of the discs, which I never thought to do because the laptop was supposed to come with a SSD as the main drive with Windows already installed)

So I'm quite annoyed, and rightly so.
Top Secret Researcher
#228 Old 10th Mar 2021 at 12:37 AM
I feel that society has changed in that if you don't hate the same things as others do, you're a social outcast. Come to think of it, it was the same way in the 1960s just that people hated different things and groups of people.

Sims are better than us.
Mad Poster
#229 Old 10th Mar 2021 at 1:47 PM
I'm tired of people telling me that if I'm critical of something, that must mean I hate everything.  I'm also tired of being told that if I don't buy something, I can't say anything about it.  I'm not going to go out and plunk $300,000.00 on a Tesla just so I can say that I'm not a fan and or don't like them.
Mad Poster
#230 Old 10th Mar 2021 at 6:01 PM
You mean things like pineapple on pizza and that kind of stuff?
If you like something, it's fine. If you dislike something, that's fine too.

(As long as your like or disliike doesn't end up hurting other people or groups of people, I mean. That's when things go wrong in society)
Mad Poster
#231 Old 10th Mar 2021 at 6:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by simmer22
You mean things like pineapple on pizza and that kind of stuff?
If you like something, it's fine. If you dislike something, that's fine too.

(As long as your like or disliike doesn't end up hurting other people or groups of people, I mean. That's when things go wrong in society)

It is a stupid sims community thing. People seem to have forgotten that sims is a video game and is the only place in my life anyway where people do this.  The grocery delivery guy doesn't lecture me about what kind of toilet paper I buy. My vet doesn't prattle at me for my choice in the pets I keep, ect...
Top Secret Researcher
#232 Old 14th Mar 2021 at 8:33 PM
Today's complaint: Endless Bitching.

Today I'm complaining about endless complaining. What a time to be alive! First, the computer was used to pass ASCII images of playboy centerfolds that could be printed out on dot matrix ASCII printers. Now? We use the internet to complain about everything! Endless bitching about everything from Dr. Seuss to silly computer games. What a hardship we have! We bitch about everything on line and here I am bitching about bitching. It's the new fad! Oh, how horrible these times!
Really? You should take a trip to the past. People of the 1950s were stoics by today's standards.
And the very word! A female dog. It doesn't get more loyal, more friendly than a female dog. Forget to feed them, leave them out in the cold, yell at them for protecting the house and they still give you dog kisses and love! Why did the world for a female dog come to mean endless complaining?! How could this happen! A female dog is the exact opposite of this current fad.

Sims are better than us.
Mad Poster
#233 Old 20th Mar 2021 at 4:43 PM
The song of Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!..... I'm tired and bored of it.   The earth revolves around the sun, not individual human beings. 
Mad Poster
#234 Old 21st Mar 2021 at 5:27 PM Last edited by simmer22 : 21st Mar 2021 at 7:28 PM.
Bedbugs. Or... one bedbug.
(No, you can not play on my computer. Go have a swim in the toilet instead!)
So tired of the isopods - they are everywhere!

Also, the left side of my headphones suddenly blew out in the middle of a Youtube video yesterday. I guess they've been through a lot, but it's not like something suddenly happened to the cord or plug or anything. One moment it worked, the other it didn't.

Good thing I had a new pair in reserve (mostly because the ear pieces on the old ones have seen so much use they looked like they'd been chewed-up - I've had them covered in plastic for a while so there won't be a trail of little black dots everywhere. I also have a bad habit of chewing on headphone cords, which I'm trying to stop because I've ruined so many headphones that way... I've been waiting for them to throw in the towel at some point, I guess now was the time). The new ones actually fit me better, so it's not too bad, I guess.
Field Researcher
#235 Old 22nd Mar 2021 at 5:19 PM
It didn't ruin my day or anything, it just made me feel miffed.

Ever been told by some random internet denizens that you can't possibly have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because you don't fit their idea of how the typical OCD-afflicted person behaves/thinks? I was diagnosed well over a decade ago, yet people still think I'm "trolling" them because the details I get fixated on are not the same things that they do. Just... What the heck? I don't make "help" posts on the internet just for the sake of "trolling" people.

A fool and his money are soon parted. ~ Thomas Tusser
Mad Poster
#236 Old 22nd Mar 2021 at 6:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Dixieland
It didn't ruin my day or anything, it just made me feel miffed.

Ever been told by some random internet denizens that you can't possibly have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because you don't fit their idea of how the typical OCD-afflicted person behaves/thinks? I was diagnosed well over a decade ago, yet people still think I'm "trolling" them because the details I get fixated on are not the same things that they do. Just... What the heck? I don't make "help" posts on the internet just for the sake of "trolling" people.

The only time I've had people accuse me of OCD-type things is because I like a clean, uncluttered house.  As I see it, if this is the worst thing I do, I'm okay.  I've never been diagnosed with any type of OCD and if I do have it, I'm still going to keep a clean, uncluttered house. It doesn't hurt anybody or take over my life.  I digress.

I'm sorry people are accusing you of trolling because you ask questions.  That's really obnoxious.
Mad Poster
#237 Old 22nd Mar 2021 at 9:16 PM
Another isopod in my bed. Those guys are so annoying!
At least they're slower than spiders...

Spiders - you see 'em, turn away for half a second to get something to grab 'em, and they're *poof* gone.

Isopods - you see 'em, turn away for up to fifteen seconds, they're still chugging along in roughly the same half meter or so from where you last saw them.
Alchemist
#238 Old 25th Mar 2021 at 11:53 PM
I hate my NVQ I'm currently doing. As far as I'm concerned it's beneath me, but the government decided we all have to have one so I can continue doing the job I've been doing for 5 years. Literally I get 1 hour a day to myself and usually I like to do cardio during that. But. Nah. Gonna write a whole essay on how to wash my hands. Awesome.

Also they want me to show them proof of my GCSEs (high school education) or I'll have to redo them. I have a Masters degree. This is not adequate proof. This will further prolong my NVQ by several months.

~Your friendly neighborhood ginge
Mad Poster
#239 Old 26th Mar 2021 at 1:43 AM
It just occurred to me that I've been in my house for a year.  Meanwhile, the knuckleheads from my local media are trying to play it up as if this is a good thing. 

For months they've been telling people how much better things are since the vaccines became available because we don't have 6,000-plus new cases per day like we did around Christmas and New Years. That being said, despite the vaccines and the weather slowly improving, new cases of Rona are back on the rise.  No, it isn't 6,000, but 2,000 and climbing. Tomorrow it will be back to telling people... "Just a couple more months and this will be over."  Kiss my what...

I guess I'm not leaving the house any time soon. As for the media, they make my eye twitch, to put it nicely.
Field Researcher
#240 Old 26th Mar 2021 at 6:07 AM
I just now typed a whole thing ranting about a family member, but deleted it.

Even though we have nothing in common and I sometimes don't see the point of us being friends (we are too different), I know that we're not going to just stop being friends just because I'm upset right now. I guess it's for the best - I literally have no other friends. I could make some, but I'm very choosey, so I guess it's good I have someone like this family member, because goodness knows I don't feel a kindred connection with hardly ANYONE anymore, so I guess this one family member is all I got, even if she doesn't understand me (which makes no sense because I have opened up to her in the most vulnerable way between two friends, but whatever).

I miss some friends I've had in the past - even had a dream about one from TEN YEARS ago that tore me up so much I BAWLED the next morning (I still remember it, too). But that was ten years ago, which is ridiculous to be that upset by (over an imaginary figment of my imagination).

Normally, I'm very happy with my life (overall I am), but I will admit that, out of all the peers around me, I am VERY much the minority among them. And I admit - I don't fit in. At all. I'm fine with that, but it means I'm lonely in this regard as I have no one with who can truly understand certain things I am going through, but I guess that is life. Everyone's got something that they'll find it hard to relate to the majority on, I'm sure (at least, a lot of people). I miss having mutual friends with similarities.
Alchemist
Original Poster
#241 Old 29th Mar 2021 at 1:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Noa_4ever
I just now typed a whole thing ranting about a family member, but deleted it.

Even though we have nothing in common and I sometimes don't see the point of us being friends (we are too different), I know that we're not going to just stop being friends just because I'm upset right now. I guess it's for the best - I literally have no other friends. I could make some, but I'm very choosey, so I guess it's good I have someone like this family member, because goodness knows I don't feel a kindred connection with hardly ANYONE anymore, so I guess this one family member is all I got, even if she doesn't understand me (which makes no sense because I have opened up to her in the most vulnerable way between two friends, but whatever).

I miss some friends I've had in the past - even had a dream about one from TEN YEARS ago that tore me up so much I BAWLED the next morning (I still remember it, too). But that was ten years ago, which is ridiculous to be that upset by (over an imaginary figment of my imagination).

Normally, I'm very happy with my life (overall I am), but I will admit that, out of all the peers around me, I am VERY much the minority among them. And I admit - I don't fit in. At all. I'm fine with that, but it means I'm lonely in this regard as I have no one with who can truly understand certain things I am going through, but I guess that is life. Everyone's got something that they'll find it hard to relate to the majority on, I'm sure (at least, a lot of people). I miss having mutual friends with similarities.


I never really had true friends. If you want to try to look for any semblance of friendship when I was younger, you're likely to find a proverbial black hole where my heart was. And yes, it hums in the key of B flat

I should be the only one to shine,
I am the Golden Queen of Shadow Galactica
(Translation of a line from image song Golden Queen Galaxia)
Mad Poster
#242 Old 31st Mar 2021 at 10:05 PM
I'm not really mad about this. It is turning into a week filled with stupid.  Maybe the fact that it was a full moon the other day has something to do with that...

One of those stupid things: I ordered a glass baking dish for the chins to bathe in since they keep chewing the aluminum pans I ordered awhile ago.  It isn't that big of a deal since I don't leave their dust bath thing in their cage all the time, but still, I don't want them chewing on and possibly ingesting aluminum. 

What does Amazon do?  They put the glass dish in a box with the rest of my order, unwrapped, boxed or whatever so the dish wouldn't shatter while in transit.  Who in their right mind thinks a glass anything will survive transit time without being protected somehow?  Nobody I know, but different strokes for different folks; I guess.  Then there was a big to do about a refund because there is no way I'm trusting them to send me another one.

Long story short, I got my refund, today.  I had to call them a second time, but I got my money back.  Then I go on to the website I order groceries from thinking they would have glass baking dishes, so I'll have them deliver one to me next week. Nope! The only carry the disposable ones. 

I'm not going to allow companies to live in my head rent free over this. I'll be spending my Amazon refund on a kitty litter box; the chins can flop around and take a bath in that.  I should have thought of that in the first place.
Mad Poster
#243 Old 11th Apr 2021 at 9:03 PM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 13th Apr 2021 at 1:19 PM. Reason: As my stomach turns....
I ordered 2 humidifiers. Amazon decided to try to charge me for 3 of them. When asked about the mysterious charge that appeared on my credit card, they said it was a 'authorization charge' that wouldn't actually go through.  I'm calling bullshit as I've never had any kind of 'authorization charge' that goes away any time I've put in a order with them.

If you use a credit or debit card with them, check to make sure they're only charging you for things you actually ordered.

EDIT: And the drama continues.

Amazon decided to hit me up with a third charge, the exact same amount as the charge to put on my account yesterday.  Now I'm up to 3 charges for what would be 4 humidifiers even though I only purchased 2.  All of these charges are still pending, but there is no reason for the other two charges to be there in the first place.

I was told yesterday and at early this morning ( I called when I discovered the third charge) that my bank only authorized payment for one humidifier.  That is curious because the payment that was authorized was for my original order.  Instead of arguing with them, I told them I'd call my bank and I did.  The bank not only authorized the original payment, but they've also okayed the other 2.

After I was done speaking with my bank, I got back on the phone with Amazon for the third and hopefully last time. With this call I was told my bank canceled my first payment.  What. the. actual. frick?!  NOPE! After much muttering and asking me stupid things like if I wanted said humidifiers, I was sent a email stating that I would only be charged what I should be and if not, they [Amazon] will take full responsibility.  Yeah and it won't be me making phone calls if need be, it will be my bank.  They have my back, Amazon...not so much.

They keep pinging my account and can't understand why when they tell me that I'll only be charged what is owed, I don't believe them.  My bank is giving them the benefit of the doubt, but when I log into my account and see charges pending for things that I did not purchase, it is beyond annoying.  I've already paid for this order; I don't want to see any more charges about it or hear that somehow my bank fucked up when they didn't.  I know it isn't my bank, my card or whatever other excuse Amazon can pull from the sky as I donated money to my favorite charity yesterday. That payment went through with no problem.

If this is how things are going to be for a long as Rona is spreading her wrath, I'm going to have to invest in leather straps to chew on.  I don't lose my cool when I call Amazon with issues, but I'm in no mood for blame games, excuses...whatever.  If this whole thing is a glitch on their end, they need to deal with it.

FFS! Who knew there could be so much crap over ordering frickin' humidifiers.

EDIT- Final: Amazon finally got their shit together. The original charge from when I placed my order has been dropped and all is well again; for the time being anyway.  With the way my luck runs, the stupid things will be broken and I'll have to send them back. 
Field Researcher
#244 Old 13th Apr 2021 at 6:46 PM
Feel like I got stabbed in the back. I caught one of the people who originally encouraged me not to delete my mod and keep working on it actually bad mouthing my work to another mod author. If she has a complaint or a criticism, I am very open and happy to receive them--but not like this. This is low.

And to think I listed her at the top of my Thanks list!

A fool and his money are soon parted. ~ Thomas Tusser
Mad Poster
#245 Old 13th Apr 2021 at 7:56 PM
The person that said they would foster the baby bunnies has backed out. I spent my morning in a panic, on the phone trying find a foster human or humans; apparently there isn't any even though there is endless screeching online about how abandoned baby bunnies need to be in the care of a wildlife rehab person until they are old enough to be released.  I'm really, really not a fan of people today, especially the screeching, chest-thumping type.

I'm waiting on one more return phone call. If that doesn't work, then I guess I'll be wearing the baby bunny foster human hat as the other choice is to have them put down.  They're losing weight, when stimulated ( they need to be stimulated to go potty right now, much like a kitten or a puppy) they are not producing urine or stool...they're empty.  They need food, pronto.

I've read that the success rate of getting wild bunnies to the point of release, is low.  I'm going to do everything I can, call my vet if there are problems and do my best if they don't end up with somebody that is trained to do this.  If there are any praying type reading this post, please send good thoughts to the 4 baby bunnies...
Field Researcher
#246 Old 13th Apr 2021 at 9:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
If there are any praying type reading this post, please send good thoughts to the 4 baby bunnies...


I am and I will. I used to keep rabbits many years ago. They are some of the most sweetest creatures imaginable.


A fool and his money are soon parted. ~ Thomas Tusser
Mad Poster
#247 Old 13th Apr 2021 at 9:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Dixieland
I am and I will. I used to keep rabbits many years ago. They are some of the most sweetest creatures imaginable.

Thank you.

My lionhead rabbit is old girl, she will be 13 this year. 
Scholar
#248 Old 14th Apr 2021 at 4:21 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
The person that said they would foster the baby bunnies has backed out. I spent my morning in a panic, on the phone trying find a foster human or humans; apparently there isn't any even though there is endless screeching online about how abandoned baby bunnies need to be in the care of a wildlife rehab person until they are old enough to be released.  I'm really, really not a fan of people today, especially the screeching, chest-thumping type.

I'm waiting on one more return phone call. If that doesn't work, then I guess I'll be wearing the baby bunny foster human hat as the other choice is to have them put down.  They're losing weight, when stimulated ( they need to be stimulated to go potty right now, much like a kitten or a puppy) they are not producing urine or stool...they're empty.  They need food, pronto.

I've read that the success rate of getting wild bunnies to the point of release, is low.  I'm going to do everything I can, call my vet if there are problems and do my best if they don't end up with somebody that is trained to do this.  If there are any praying type reading this post, please send good thoughts to the 4 baby bunnies...


Sending good throughs and virtual carrots your way. That's quite a job you are taking on.
Would the vet know of anyone? Or could the vet ask around with other vets? Good luck! To you and the bunnies.
Mad Poster
#249 Old 14th Apr 2021 at 2:12 PM Last edited by Gargoyle Cat : 14th Apr 2021 at 2:49 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by 310175
Sending good throughs and virtual carrots your way. That's quite a job you are taking on.
Would the vet know of anyone? Or could the vet ask around with other vets? Good luck! To you and the bunnies.

Thanks and yes it is.

One rehabber of the few that I left messages with called me back late last night.  This person does have a reputation of doing a job with these situations, but I felt more insulted than anything else after I spoke to them.  I'm no expert about rabbits, wild or domestic, but when a animal loses most of their body fat within a few days, that usually indicates a problem.  I also struggled with the idea that their nest would be in the same exact condition as when I left it which is what I was told.  The nest outside is roughly 6 inches round and about equally deep.  The mother would have had to disturb some of the leaves I kept piling on top of the babies along with the layer of fur that the mother left on top of them.  None of this was being shifted or moved.  I understand wild rabbit mothers are stealthy, but they're not that stealthy.  A adult female rabbit cannot nurse 4 babies without moving something around.  I digress.

I could not make this person understand this, so instead of putting the babies back outside in 30 degree weather like I was told to do, I kept them in and weighed them so I would have a baseline.

I weighed them first thing this morning and no surprise, they're losing weight.  I only fed them once last night as that is when I had something to feed them, so today they will be fed every 4 hours.  I'm going to call the person back today to see if I can reason with them as I'd rather these babies be with somebody that does this on a regular basis.

My vet is allergic to rabbits, but I have been in contact with her and her office.  They asked me to send a picture of them yesterday so we could figure out roughly how old these babies are.  Their ears are erect, they have full coats and all but one opened their eyes yesterday. From what I've read, this would make them around 2 weeks, but they're not 'behaving' like they're 2 weeks.  They should be curious about their surroundings, want to nibble on things and should be relatively stable on their feet, these babies are not doing any of these things.  They want to huddle in a baby bunny pile and not be bothered, with anything. Today they are going to spending some time outside to get some fresh air, grass under their feet, and sunshine.

I haven't heard back from my vet, so I'll have the phone with me all day.  I'm also hoping that by sending a picture this somehow prompted my vet to reach out to her fellow vets that either specialize in wildlife rehab or know people that do. She already knows how frustrated I've been with this whole situation, so we'll see.

I've lived in my house for over 20 years. I've seen lots of baby bunnies, birds, chipmunks, ground hogs, ect... I do not make a habit of taking in wild critters just for the giggles or trying to convert them to pets. The only 'rescued' animals that have come into my house up to this point have all been domestic. If things were happening as they should have, these babies would be being taken care of by their mother. I don't know where the mother is or even if she's still around.

Sorry for the novel of a reply; there is lots of balls up in the air.

EDIT: I called the rehabber back.  I explained the weight loss along with the loss of body fat.  I also explained that my intentions are good, I'm not treating these bunnies as pets. I want them to grow up and be healthy wild rabbits.  This seems to have prompted action, so the bunnies should be in good hands at a wildlife rehab center by the end of the day.

I'll edit again, later.
Field Researcher
#250 Old 14th Apr 2021 at 4:02 PM Last edited by Dixieland : 14th Apr 2021 at 7:49 PM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gargoyle Cat
EDIT: I called the rehabber back.  I explained the weight loss along with the loss of body fat.  I also explained that my intentions are good, I'm not treating these bunnies as pets. I want them to grow up and be healthy wild rabbits.  This seems to have prompted action, so the bunnies should be in good hands at a wildlife rehab center by the end of the day.

I'll edit again, later.


Thanks for keeping us posted, GC.

What you said about them wanting to stay in a bunny bundle and their weight loss reminds me of something...

A few years back, I adopted two kittens. They were from a litter of nine, but only three survived. Their one brother was adopted instantly, and I can only assume that was because, outwardly, he was "perfect." You see, all three of them have herpes, but the brother and sister that I adopted were hit a bit harder. The boy is missing an eye, the girl is blind, and they both had what the vet called "failure to thrive". They were much smaller than they should have been for their age, and were incredibly skinny. They needed interaction and attention--they needed love.

So even if you end up being the one to care for these bunnies, do not be afraid to lavish attention on them. They are young enough that they can still turn into proper wild rabbits in the future, but they sound like they are at a critical point. Keep them warm, stroke their ears, and talk to them. Love can go a long way.


A fool and his money are soon parted. ~ Thomas Tusser
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