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by callista
Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Glasses?
Replies: 50
Views: 5278

Re: Glasses?

There remains the very real risk of diminished night vision. That's not something you can correct with glasses.
by callista
Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:30 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Glasses?
Replies: 50
Views: 5278

Re: Glasses?

I prefer not to risk it with LASIK, because it assumes that we'll have high-tech medicine for the rest of our lives. The long-term results can't be known yet, and it's just too easy to keep a couple of spare pairs of glasses. Modern glasses aren't made with glass lenses anymore, but plastic, and it'...
by callista
Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Zombie Squad Charity Projects
Topic: Virtual Blood Drive
Replies: 158
Views: 79551

Re: Virtual Blood Drive

Feh. I always hate Blood Drives. Since my dad was stationed in Great Britain during the early 90's, I'm considered a potential dormant Mad Cow carrier, and there's still no known way to test blood for Mad Cow (the last I heard, anyways. If anyone has Red Cross-sanctioned proof to the contrary, I wo...
by callista
Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:03 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World
Replies: 172
Views: 26592

Re: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World

Try being gifted and having ADHD and autism at the same time. People hold your success against you. "You were able to do this when you were in a rare moment of concentration and weren't overloaded--you must be lazy, rebellious, or badly behaved because you can't do it now!" Manage something once, an...
by callista
Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World
Replies: 172
Views: 26592

Re: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World

I am a bit disturbed that our society seems to have taken the concept of clinical depression and applied it to all forms of depression. The vast bulk of depression issues out there are because something is wrong in our life. Sometimes we're supposed to be depressed. It's a signal that something is ...
by callista
Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World
Replies: 172
Views: 26592

Re: Mental Illness in a Post Apocalyptic World

My mental illness list is... long. But here we go: PTSD (in remission), recurrent major depression, ADHD, and atypical autism. How it affects me: --I am easily overwhelmed by unexpected things. I need a routine, or a list of steps, or some kind of predictability, to get things done. --I am disorgani...
by callista
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:05 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Self-Education
Replies: 6
Views: 1037

Self-Education

I like to learn things. I soak up random facts from all over the place. I'm a nerd; that's just my thing. What I've noticed about having a big collection of facts and skills--even ones you wouldn't think at first were practical--is that you will be surprised how many random situations you find to ap...
by callista
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

The crime rate always rises when it gets hotter... nobody seems to know why, but it does. Heck, we don't even know that it's the heat causing the crimes; it could just be that some third factor is related to both. But there you go--statistically, you can predict crime rates with a thermometer.
by callista
Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:22 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

They don't think of it as a disaster, just an inconvenience--they take it for granted that things will go back to normal. For us, it's an inconvenience too; but we see it as practice for something bigger, when we'll need to be able to get ourselves and others through it, when things will take so lon...
by callista
Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Yeah, if you're in particular danger from the heat, then it makes sense to seek out a cooler place. But calling the President's office? What the heck is he supposed to do? He's not a fricking genie; he's a politician. If they'd called the Red Cross, they'd have been pointed to the nearest air-condit...
by callista
Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Wow... I mean, yeah, they can't have been comfortable; maybe they had to spend their days at the library or mall or someplace with power... but they had food, ice, and water. Hadn't they heard of a thing called "patience"? If they'd been desperate for refrigeration for their insulin, or they were in...
by callista
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Sorry about starting that little digression. It's interesting, though; did anybody ever start up a topic on the logistics of restoring power to a large area? According to our power companies, we learned a lot from Hurricane Ike and it's going better this time around. Apparently the fire department h...
by callista
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Watch out with those generators, guys: Blaze caused by generator destroys home Power outages are connected to fires that happen because people mishandle candles, fuel, barbecue grills, portable stoves, etc. And you don't have to be a Darwin Award contender to get clumsy, miss a failsafe, forget a fi...
by callista
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

You'd be surprised how often that happens (or maybe not). I've been on trouble calls before where the customer's power went out in the morning, but they didn't call it in until after the sun set......Because they assumed that a neighbor had reported it, when in fact they were the only ones who's po...
by callista
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Urban Skillz
Topic: Give up your addiction?
Replies: 83
Views: 17425

Re: Give up your addiction?

I'm addicted to caffeine, but it's an addiction I can kick in a few days if I need to. I know how my body handles caffeine withdrawal--I just get tension headaches for about three days. Tylenol takes the edge off them to the point that I can forget about them. So if you tend to have only mild withdr...
by callista
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

We have power! I didn't expect it this early--what a nice surprise! Lots of people out in the country still haven't got power and probably won't for a while, so I can only guess that my good fortune has a lot to do with my living near the university, where there are many apartment complexes. What I ...
by callista
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saving up for a new bike. Recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Re: Saving up for a new bike. Recommendations?

Several other questions need to answered - if you will You say "mostly on roads" - paved, gravel or dirt? Paved for the most part. Occasionally dirt roads or grass, when I'm taking shortcuts. I want to have the ability to get across a patch of grass or dirt if I need to, but almost entirely paved r...
by callista
Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Saving up for a new bike. Recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 1247

Saving up for a new bike. Recommendations?

So, last winter some jerkass cut through my lock and stole my bike. I've been getting around on an old cheap bike that a friend gave me because it had been sitting around in her garage forever; it's one of those "mountain bikes" you get at Wal-Mart and is not ideal for travel. For one thing, the hig...
by callista
Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Yet another bonus for those commuting on bikes: You can just carry it around downed trees and power lines.
by callista
Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Another line of storms today--it has set back restoration of power another couple of days and some people who had power lost it. I watched it from the library windows (our library has one side that's practically all glass, for natural light), and if it weren't making things worse I'd say it was one ...
by callista
Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic States
Replies: 131
Views: 8913

Re: 12 dead and 3.9 Million Without Power in Mid-Atlantic St

Currently without power & probably won't have it back for a week or more. My school's backup generators are running, or I'd have a great excuse not to do those term papers. As it is, I'm sitting in the library, wishing journal articles weren't written in such a horribly dry, unentertaining style. Pr...
by callista
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Interesting weather in AL, 3-2-12
Replies: 8
Views: 833

Re: Interesting weather in AL, 3-2-12

I love the look on the dog's face. It's like, "Hey, man, of course you came for me. You always do."
by callista
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Moscow, Ohio... pretty much wiped off the map
Replies: 22
Views: 1877

Re: Moscow, Ohio... pretty much wiped off the map

There are privacy issues with it, though. Have to take that into account. Best way is probably to count your Facebook page as part of your "real life" identity and just never let it touch the other stuff you do online.

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