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Two days ago, I got the results of my chemical stress test and my heart scan. I managed to understand what was written in Hebrew and in English, but was completely lost by the part written in "Medicalese" and had no idea of what the various numbers mean.

I took it to my family doctor and he said that both tests show that my heart is working perfectly. He suggested, however, that I go back to the cardiologist who sent me for the tests and give him the results. The reason? My doctor said that the tests I took are 90% accurate but there is an additional test that would bring it to 100% accuracy and he wants the cardiologist to decide if I should take that test, although he guesses that the cardiologist will consider it unnecessary.

I got an appointment with the cardiologist for 2:45 on Thursday. This may prove to be a mistake. Generally, I take Marina to the supermarket on Sundays, as the stock market is closed which gives me much less to do on the internet. The supermarket we go to is in a strip mall close to her house and we went last Sunday. Polina and Olga came with us and, as always, managed to rip me off big time. We will be going back to the supermarket on Sunday, but the cardiologist is across the street from a major indoor mall which, until now, has been on corona lockdown. This mall is the city's most expensive one and just happens to be Polina's favorite. Marina has already told me she will meet me at the cardiologist's office and I would give strong odds that Polina (and possibly Olga) will be with her.

Four things are completely unquestionable:

1. Polina will beg to go to that mall.
2. I will find it impossible to say "no" to her.
3. Marina (and possibly Olga) will go with us and also find things that they really like. (Polina will say she "must have" the clothing she spots. Marina will simply say that various items "look very nice". Olga will just grab my hand, say "Dov", and lead me to the toy store.)
4. Marina and Polina are well aware that whatever they buy will be on my credit card. Olga appears to believe that toy stores simply give me the things that she likes and no payment needs to be made.

At the end of the day, when I total up how much the three of them have charged there, I probably will have to get into an ambulance after having a heart attack, no matter what the cardiologist tells me before the visit to the mall.

All of this, however, is very good practice for me. My daughter is scheduled to give me my first grandchild in late August, and no matter how much I spend on Marina/Polina/Olga it will look like peanuts compared to how badly I will spoil that baby!
 

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We are suffering another major storm here. This time it's torrential rain. The sound outside from the creek is deafening. I know the driveway is under water and the bridge on our road is under. The town to the west has flooded the downtown. Our lower field is under. So much flooding. Still have hours of rain to go.
 

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The creek is back in it's bank leaving behind loads of debris that will have to be cleaned up. We were fortunate with little damage while many areas were not. The IGA in the next town over had to dump everything. These once in a 100 year floods seem to be happening every decade now. We will have to fix the driveway, still usable for the SUV, but no car could make it up. I have a walking path that is 1/3 mile long that encompasses our lower field. A good chunk is either covered in sludge, sand, or debris. We did lose quite a bit of land to the creek and it gave a creek rock pile where it used to be flat. It's supposed to be dry and sunny all week, but the rivers haven't crested yet. Some areas of our state just got back power from the ice storm, now they are dealing with new outages and the roads are gone so the process to fix will be long again. I think Kentucky has had enough for this year already. On the plus side, I should find lots of new fossils and the dogs have found plenty of things to roll in.
 

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I have to preface this by saying that for years I have asking Marina to have an illicit affair with me. Of course, she knows I am joking as my propositions always include some impossibility (such as our leaving the girls alone in the shopping mall, driving to the airport in Tel Aviv, and getting on a plane to spend a week in Venice).

Marina, in turn, always turns me down -- generally by pointing out her wedding ring.

About two weeks ago, I turned things around by telling her that she is madly in love with me, while I, on the other hand, consider her just "Okay".

She asked why I thought she was madly in love with me, and I told her that it is in her eyes -- she looks at me with passionate hunger. She, of course, denied it. I told her that she might not realize it on a conscious level, but her subconscious knows the truth and is using her eyes to tell me.

We were in my car alone at the time, on the way from where she works to her house, to pick up the girls. From there we went to a shopping center to get Polina some clothes (I have no idea what she does with so many shirts and designer sweatshirts). While we were in the store, I noticed a black leather combination purse/backpack, which I thought Marina would really like. Her face lit up at the idea of having it, so I bought it for her.

A few days later, after seeing my cardiologist who told me that the results of the tests show that I am perfectly healthy, I picked up Marina and the girls to go to lunch. On the way there, Marina somehow -- I can't figure out how -- managed to get her wedding ring caught in one of the hooks of the new backpack. She could neither get the ring out of the hook or off of her finger, so she was now stuck with the backpack attached to her finger. She went into a small panic until I suggested that we get some butter at the restaurant to grease her finger. She realized that she has some hand cream in the backpack, used her other hand to get it out, put it on her finger, and was able to get the ring off (although it remained stuck in the hook).

"Do you remember what I told you about the subconscious giving you a message?" I asked.

She said she did.

"Think about this," I told her. "Not only did your subconscious put you in a position where you have to remove your wedding ring, but at the same time, it got the wedding ring stuck to a backpack which I gave you just a few days ago. What do you think it is telling you?"

What I didn't tell her was that her subconscious was being particularly smart. It arranged this to happen during the pandemic, when there are no passenger flights in or out of Israel, so we could not leave the girls and fly off to Venice. :D
 

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Did something tonight that we haven't done in a long, long time. A high school a half hour away has gotten back to performances in the big auditorium the city built for it several years ago. They were performing The Music Man and we couldn't resist -- even though we thought we'd be required to wear our mask all night long.

We haven't had any indoor performances here in at least a year now and didn't realize how much they've eased restrictions in that town -- maybe they never put them into effect in the first place? It was kind of odd to walk in tonight. At first, most of the theater-goers buying tickets were wearing masks, but we were surprised that those selling tickets weren't. As the night went on, many of those who arrived late for the show didn't wear masks either, however.

I don't think we were really at a big risk, since attendance was WAY down. I don't think people really expect live performances any longer, so perhaps not too many people knew about it. We've been to packed-house performances in that auditorium in the past.

We generally sit toward the back, and that meant there was only one couple at least five or six rows behind us, one lady five or six rows in front of us and a person or two about 15 or 20 feet to our left. We were on the left side of the auditorium and there was NOT a single person to our right for at least 30 to 50 feet. We went ahead and took our masks off, since no one was getting anywhere close to within six feet of us.

They definitely weren't social distancing in the audience at the front of the auditorium, where virtually everyone else sat. That section was at least 70 percent full and the players stood in the foyer to speak with the audience afterward in close quarters as if nothing had changed. We thanked the two or three we made eye-contact with on our way out (wearing our masks unlike those speaking to cast members) and headed for the car. We definitely didn't stop or shake hands as we normally would have in the past.

It was a high school performance, but the kids definitely put their heart in it. The gal who played Marian the Librarian had a BEAUTIFUL voice that pretty much carried the show, but it was a bit difficult to wrap our minds around a high-school aged boy playing the part of Winthrop, Marian's "little brother."

Ron Howard was apparently 10 when he played the part, but he looked closer to six or seven. Meanwhile, the high school boy who played Winthrop tonight was probably about 15 or 16, but was supposed to be 12. Guess they hoped the two would meet in the middle, but he was the same height as his "sister" Marian who was a tiny little thing about a foot and a half shorter than Professor Hill. :oops:

They were able to make good use of the high school marching band in their school uniforms for the end scene of the play, however, even then we were social distanced, because the band marched down the far left and far right aisles, as well as the center front aisle which was at least 20 or 30 feet in front of us. No one was using the aisle next to the row we used to get to our seats.
 

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At 12:30 this afternoon, I decided to take a nap and set my alarm for two hours later. At 1, I was woken by my telephone ringing. I picked it up and was told by a woman, "This is the Prime Minister's Office. Please hold for a moment for him to get on the phone".

Indeed, after a few seconds, I heard his very recognizable voice urging me to vote for him in next week's election and to bring three friends with me who also support him.

As it was a robot call, I felt no shame in hanging up on the Prime Minister of Israel in the middle of his talk.
 

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Yesterday I rewired the fluorescent tube kitchen light into a led tube kitchen light. I am pretty proud of myself. The light is now brighter and whiter. The fluorescent tubes were starting to flicker and it was bugging us. We had heard about how to do this awhile ago, but just got it done. I also attempted to fix a farm gate. The cut-off telephone pole that it is attached to is rotting out and when I made a new hole, it was pretty bad. The gate is up, but don't think it will last long.

My mom enjoys looking up in the clear blue sky and guessing where the airplanes are going. I downloaded FlightRadar24 on my spare phone and we sat on the porch and ran the app. It seems we get many UPS and Amazon Air planes overhead. We only get a few planes at any one time and there are spans with no visable aircraft so it makes it much easier. A couple of them seemed to way off track on the way to Louisville, since we are more than an hour southeast of them.
 

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As you can tell from the above pic, D2 (in the pink) and D1 (in the blue), loved having their picture taken and were not afraid of characters. D3 was not amused and probably had a meltdown after this photo was taken...she still does not like any characters and Disney world must have been torture for her. She also could not stand the Chuckie cheese mouse . LOL I miss them being this little (twins were 3 and my baby was 2) My girls are now 22, 22 and 20 1/2.
 

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Sunday was Olga's 5th birthday. I had asked Marina a week earlier what Olga wants and she said there is only one thing -- a Cubby Bear (a teddy bear that makes over 100 different noises). A friend of hers has one and she wants the same thing. Marina tried finding it in a toy store we often go to but they told her it can only be bought online and there is a long wait for delivery.

I told Marina that I would try to find something else, but would also get her a birthday cake and a large helium-filled balloon in the shape of a "5".

On Sunday, Marina finished work at 2 pm. I left my house early enough to go to the toy store to see if they had gotten it in. Both the manager and the sales girl told me that, "your wife has already been here and we told her we don't have it."

I then went to a second toy store and they did, indeed, have the Cubby Bear and I bought it. When Marina finished work, we went for hamburgers and I told her about the reaction at the first store. She was shocked and embarrassed, saying that "I have gone there with Genna (her husband). What are they going to think of me?"

Actually, even if Marina had found the Cubby Bear, she would not have been able to afford it. On Amazon, it costs about $90 but it is twice the price in Israel. I made Marina promise me that she would not tell Olga that I had bought the toy, the cake, and the balloon but rather say it is from Genna and herself, as is it psychologically important for a child to feel that she can always rely on her parents.

On Wednesday, I saw that this is not only true for young children. I took my daughter shopping for maternity clothing and she spent roughly three times what I had forked out for Olga's birthday, using, of course, my credit card.

BTW, I believe that I disqualified myself from posting on HCW when I bought the Cubby Bear. The store was offering a 20% discount if I paid in cash, but I didn't have that much with me and was too lazy to drive about 5 minutes to the closest ATM. :oops:
 

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Sunday was Olga's 5th birthday. I had asked Marina a week earlier what Olga wants and she said there is only one thing -- a Cubby Bear (a teddy bear that makes over 100 different noises). A friend of hers has one and she wants the same thing. Marina tried finding it in a toy store we often go to but they told her it can only be bought online and there is a long wait for delivery.

I told Marina that I would try to find something else, but would also get her a birthday cake and a large helium-filled balloon in the shape of a "5".

On Sunday, Marina finished work at 2 pm. I left my house early enough to go to the toy store to see if they had gotten it in. Both the manager and the sales girl told me that, "your wife has already been here and we told her we don't have it."

I then went to a second toy store and they did, indeed, have the Cubby Bear and I bought it. When Marina finished work, we went for hamburgers and I told her about the reaction at the first store. She was shocked and embarrassed, saying that "I have gone there with Genna (her husband). What are they going to think of me?"

Actually, even if Marina had found the Cubby Bear, she would not have been able to afford it. On Amazon, it costs about $90 but it is twice the price in Israel. I made Marina promise me that she would not tell Olga that I had bought the toy, the cake, and the balloon but rather say it is from Genna and herself, as is it psychologically important for a child to feel that she can always rely on her parents.

On Wednesday, I saw that this is not only true for young children. I took my daughter shopping for maternity clothing and she spent roughly three times what I had forked out for Olga's birthday, using, of course, my credit card.

BTW, I believe that I disqualified myself from posting on HCW when I bought the Cubby Bear. The store was offering a 20% discount if I paid in cash, but I didn't have that much with me and was too lazy to drive about 5 minutes to the closest ATM. :oops:

"BTW, I believe that I disqualified myself from posting on HCW when I bought the Cubby Bear. The store was offering a 20% discount if I paid in cash, but I didn't have that much with me and was too lazy to drive about 5 minutes to the closest ATM."

LOL
 

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Not a good start to the fire season here -- especially when we've had so much rain and snow in recent weeks. I really didn't expect it this early. Today, we traveled to the town a half hour away and the city a half hour beyond that to do some shopping we couldn't do here. Noticed as we were pulling into the first town that there was a terrible fire on the horizon.

We had heard about a bad fire yesterday, but hadn't heard more news on it. The clerks at the store we were shopping said they understood that the fire crews had it under control and thought they had saved the two houses that were originally in danger. It certainly didn't look like it was under control to us.

We drove by the fire to get to the second city we were shopping and the smoke kept getting thicker and thicker while we shopped. The city we were shopping wasn't in danger, but the air quality certainly was.

Got home tonight to learn that the fire got so bad the entire town of Firth was advised to evacuate today. It is a small farm community so only a little more than 500 residents, but still ...

The scuttlebutt is that someone was trying to burn off weeds yesterday and the fire got out of control, although the cause of the fire is still under investigation. So far it has burned more than 1,200 acres, it is only 25 percent contained and they don't think they'll be able to get it under control until at least Saturday night. :(
 

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I currently have a "promotional" digital subscription to the NY Times. $3 for 4 weeks. I received an e-mail today telling me that the promotional period is up and from now on it will cost $8 per 4 weeks. I decided to cancel, went online to do it, and when I was asked why, I told them. I was immediately offered a full year at the $3 for 4 weeks, and agreed to that.

I now feel like a full-fledged HCWer!
 

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Dreading going to work tomorrow and hope it is not a replay of last Monday where 8 teachers called in sick, 2 needed coverage for state testing and I was responsible for the opt out kids (those who chose not to take state tests). That day left me very upset and I had to send an email asking people not to call in sick at the last minute. Last Monday, 3 people called in sick after 6 am and I was unsure what to do with not enough subs. We are a small district with 260 students but the amount of people that decide to take a day off at the same time is mind boggling. There are those that do not use the sub system and it is deceiving if an administrator looks at the absences and not everyone has posted it on the system. Sometimes I can do it for them but they should know how to do it themselves. Sub dispatcher is a thankless job and I will never do this again

Crankie is busy finishing the upper level of the garage and has now had it painted. We are using the same painter to do some work in D3's room that needed a makeover. There is too much going on here and there is so much to do in May.. Mother's day, graduations and getting my daughters home from college, just to name a few. The stress is killing me and when I needed to lose weight, I did not. I ordered something off ebay to wear to a graduation and it will :Deither fit or be my laugh for the week. I will let you know how it goes.
 

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So, Microsoft is at it AGAIN! :mad:

They've been doing update upon update and have now apparently messed up both of our computers!

Actually, after messing up mine previously the technicians finally got it running well last autumn, but it only took two weeks for Microsoft to do another Cumulative update and mess it up AGAIN. I've been fighting "Thermal Shutdowns" ever since. Considering that the fan was just replaced AFTER Microsoft ruined it with a Cumulative update last autumn, I have a really hard time believing it is the fan again -- especially since it will run for hours without problems when Microsoft is NOT doing updates. (The computer was only about six months old when a Cumulative update made things go awry -- just as happened with my last computer.) However, Microsoft does updates numerous times each day and THAT is when I have problems. They keep telling me they aren't doing that many updates, but EVERY time the computer shuts down there is another update about 10 or 15 minutes later -- or sometimes right before the shutdown. I've got pages upon pages of notes telling of all the updates the computer reports to me each day.

They've been downloading three HUGE updates on my computer for weeks now, but they never got around to installing them until today. There wasn't even a button allowing me to install them. Two of the updates installed fine, but one WILL NOT install no matter what we do. Meanwhile, they have now started downloading ANOTHER big update in addition to the one that won't install.

So we called Microsoft only to learn that they no longer take calls and technical support is online only. That will do a lot of good the next time they destroy our Internet connection!

After repeated steps that were supposed to fix things, the update still won't install so that will get so bad we'll eventually have to lay out another hundred or two to the technicians, but until then the computer intends to "keep trying" -- i.e. it will continue to shutdown until I can't stand it any longer. Then the local technicians may or may not get it fixed -- only to have Microsoft ruin it again with its next cumulative update. It did something like SIX huge updates to my computer today, why did it need to do so many simultaneously?

The computer runs like a dream when Microsoft leaves me alone!

Meanwhile, it did updates to DH's computer late last week followed by more big updates today. DH didn't learn until he was on a conference call over the weekend and needed his USB ports that the updates have broken them AGAIN. This happened once before and he had an awful time working through the diagnostics to get them fixed again. I think we finally had to pay a local technician.

After last week's updates, he noticed he was no longer able to connect to our one printer/scanner. He just thought they had messed up the wireless connection, but he now realizes it was because the USB port wasn't working following the update.

He finally got it working, but wirelessly he can ONLY scan to PDF. He can't do jpeg photos any longer and since the Microsoft photo software is worthless, he's now got to send them to me since I've got Photoshop and then I can convert them to jpeg using that. More wasted time and effort on our part due to Microsoft's incompetence.

Meanwhile, he's madly working away trying everything he can to get his USB ports working because he needs them desperately this weekend.

The technicians usually keep a computer for close to a week before they get around to it and we can't have both of them in the shop at the same time.
 

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PAYING IT FORWARD WORKS

I first met Nick about 15 years ago. He is a Christian Arab from a nearby village, then in his late 20s, who had lived in Los Angeles for several years and spoke perfect English. He moved back to Israel because his family was here but he was having trouble finding work. I was running a business on the kibbutz at the time, hired him, was impressed by both his personality and his work ethic, and arranged for the kibbutz to give him several pay raises.

He stayed on the job for a few years while also learning about refrigeration and air conditioning. Eventually, he opened his own business, installing heating/cooling systems and repairing them. We remained good friends, with my attending his wedding, him selling me an air conditioner when my house was refurbished, and us visiting each other several times each year. Today, he is a successful businessman.

I am posting about this now because Marina and her family have just moved into a less-expensive apartment. The advantage to them, besides paying less in rent each month, after living there she will have the option to buy it with a government-assisted mortgage. The disadvantage is that her old apartment came equipped with an air conditioner. The new one does not -- which is not the greatest thing in a country where the summer temperatures often reach above 100 F.

Two days ago, I phoned Nick and told him about Marina's problem. He went to her new apartment, told her that her best bet was to get an air conditioner that would cool the living room, kitchen, and both bedrooms. The price was $2300, but it is state of the art, purifying 97% of the air from bacteria and air-borne particles, automatically adjusting its output, and controllable with a smartphone so that she could turn it on/off and set the temperature before leaving work to go home.

The downside is that in Israel, the price of an air conditioner does not include installation, and as she now lives on the third floor of an apartment building, that would double the cost. I told Nick that I would pay for the air conditioner, but I don't think Marina could afford the installation. He told me not to worry as he would do the work for free.

That's what I mean by "paying it forward works". I helped Nick when he needed it 15 years ago and, as a result, not only gained a friend for life but he is now helping Marina when she and her family really need it. I have a gut feeling that this chain will continue and when Marina finds herself in a position to help others with financial problems (perhaps another 15 years down the road), she will do the same thing.
 
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