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Law of the Garbage Truck

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I received this in email today - seemed to hit home for me. Maybe it will be useful for others.

Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.

My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.

So ....

Love the people who treat you right.

Pray for the ones who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free day!

Have a wonderful day!



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PLEASEMASTER 11/19/2012 2:09AM

    Julia, love your blog! Thank you so much for the spices! I am overwhelmed by the support I have received less than 48 hours into my sign-up!!

THANK you for reaching out to welcome me!!

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NURSEPIRT 11/18/2012 4:37PM

    That was so true. Thank you for posting

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DIANER2014 11/18/2012 2:01PM

    What a great blog! Something to remember. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 11/18/2012 8:59AM

    Thanks for the post Julia! It's oh so true! emoticon

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DOLLYHOLLY 11/18/2012 7:02AM

    This is excellent advice! Wish I read this before I made my trip to NC the past week! emoticon

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PHEBESS 11/17/2012 11:59PM

    Yup, no garbage!

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ILOVEROSES 11/17/2012 11:27PM

    Great blog! emoticon Julia for sharing. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/17/2012 6:03PM

    ! love this! Thanks for sharing. HUGS!

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JILLYBEAN25 11/17/2012 5:15PM

    That was fabulous!

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SUNSHINEGB 11/17/2012 4:06PM

    I LOVED this Julia! Thanks for sharing, I've got to get my brain to remember this one!

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NESARIAN 11/17/2012 3:53PM

    I love this parable. Thank you for sharing. Have a garbage free day!

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JTREMBATH 11/17/2012 3:08PM

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MRSCLAUS46 11/17/2012 2:39PM

    emoticon and just what I needed..... emoticon Julia!

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GINNABOOTS 11/17/2012 2:36PM

    So true, thank you for posting.

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Hearing Aids or Heartache?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today I went to a presentation by the ReSound representatives to hear about the latest greatest hearing aid technology...

I'm cautiously optimistic... or maybe always hoping and optimistic, but still raw and cautious from some of the less than professional conduct of previous hearing aid dealers and other snake oil salesmen.

This blog won't make a lot of sense to the average hearing person and so it's okay, as this is really just my place to sort out my thoughts. And I got to get it in before midnight before the points expire.

There's a lot of backstory but I really don't have time to go into it. The main thing is that my sensorineural hearing loss is what's known as "ski slope" you know, like skiing down almost a straight vertical cliff downward into "loooooooook ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!" and then...... splat!

Those hearing losses do NOT work well with the historical variety of "analog" hearing aids. (Insert very long and dry and technical dissertations upon discussion upon ancedotal stories about why this is true...). Analog hearing aids would be the type everyone has seen on anyone else the past, oh, 45 years or more. I myself am of the old-school generation who wore the HIDEOUSLY UGLY Zenith body aid strapped across my private-school "kiddegarten" classes (back in the day before USA Federally mandated half day kindergartens were established, long before full-day kindergartens...) and first grader dresses, where kids would poke me, thump on it, magnifying the sounds and hurting my ears.

Okay, so today's show wasn't about your grandmother's hearing aids...

Noooo these have built-in blue tooth. They come with mini-microphones. They connect seamlessly to your bluetooth enabled hearing aids. They send signals back and forth to each other (the left ear aid and the right ear aid) to amplify the sounds you hear behind you, outside the usual range of the directional microphones. They have FM enabled transmitters (which they called "streamers", how cute!!) which would put the signal from a TV monitor or Stereo or other sound device right into my ear.

Guess they will surpress wind sounds (important in Kansas and a major disadvantage of the hearing aids I've had.... and other feedback inducing sounds.

Guess they process music stupendously wonderful (and yea, I know, it's weird, but the deaf gal goes to the Wichita Symphony with her hearing husband. I use an Infrared (IR) receiver which only partially processes the music - anything above a certain volume, and it "clips" out the sound and I hear nothing for awhile until the circuitary comes back online. Yea, kinda like a veg-0-matic approach to music. Better than just watching the guest violinist stand on stage and play the "air violin" literally, this way I do get some sense of the range of a violin. But a piccolo player? I might hear 3 or 4 separate notes if they played it literally in my ear, the one end shoved into my good ear while the player attempts to blow into it a mere 2 or 3 inches away. Anyone looking at us would think it was some weird "whispering sweet nothings" process.

Oh and "whisper sweet nothings"? what's that???

So I don't know. Do I trust or do I stay away.

And where do I pony up $5,000.00+ (USA dollars.)

Obama care has reduced the maximum Flexible Spending Account from $5,000 to $2500.00. Oh joy! And this helps me how?

Our insurance has no coverage provisions for hearing aids. I realize some lucky saps do. I talked to a friend of mine who was deafened in the 1980's at the age of 8 or 9 years of age due to a case of spinal meningitus. Her husband's insurance pays 90% of hearing aids cost every two years. Wowza!

So anyway... time is slipping away. I can edit more later....

I have a lot of ambivalence... need another pros and cons list?

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HEALTHYLADY12 11/23/2012 11:44PM

    Honestly I love the fact that im reading the behind the scenes people with disabilities issues. I love how so many responded to this as well. Whats funny is I remember two assingments I had. One was in middle school we had to wear a blind fold to see how the blind experienced the world. In college, i wheeled in a wheelchair to see the barriers of a person in a wheelchair. This blows and it is said you cant get it all covered I like the others advice, youll find something that will assist with it,

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BELTONWALKER67 11/16/2012 9:36AM

    I just got two Resound hearing aids and so far so good. Check with your audiologist to see if there is a program you might qualify for to help with the cost. My audiologist got me in touch with a state funded program which I qualified for due to my income & still working full time. She also mentioned if I didn't qualify there she would find other programs that might help me. She has me on the lowest setting for now & I go back next week to adjust to a higher setting as she didn't want to overwhelm me with sound all at once. I can hear sounds better now but still have a little clarity issue. As mentioned above....I don't think any aid will give normal hearing. Oh, forgot to mention that with these aids I have no feedback. With my old aid, whenever anyone hugged me the aid would whistle loudly! Good Luck!

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JANNEPERRY 11/16/2012 5:50AM

    I'm excited that you have good up to date technology to consider-but you're right-that's a lot of money, and you hope all they said was true! Good luck with your decision making process!

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CHICCHANTAL 11/15/2012 12:56PM

    When I read things like this it makes me glad I'm in the UK. You can buy hearing aids privately if you want to here, but most people get theirs for free on the NHS and the NHS started providing digital ones more than 10 years ago. That said, anyone who tells you their hearing aid will give you back perfect hearing is . . . selling snakeoil.

I don't know what the market is like in the States but the advice here has always been that you should be able to take an aid home and try it out for a few days and get your money back if it doesn't work for you. Also that independent audiologists tend to be better vfm than big companies with pushy salesmen.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/15/2012 10:33AM

    Oh, my. I have had 2 stapendectomies and have sensorineural hearing loss too, which I've also had since kinder age. I have had many-a-person recommend hearing aides for me, but the price is a barrier for one and secondly, don't think that hearing aides would do much for my hearing loss. suppose it should be a consideration but then I think, what if it doesn't work out????

It's a tough situation. I learned sign language and read lips. Crowds are a hugs problem for me, but one-on-one, I can do pretty well.

Wishing you luck in making your decision. You're so right, it is hard to understand the difficulty in making such a decision if you're not hearing impaired.

HUGS and good luck.

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SUNSHINEGB 11/15/2012 9:58AM

    Julia, I can't help you here because I don't wear an aid, I have a cochlear implant and I'll tell you this, the implant is one of the greatest thing there is! The hearing device goes behind my ear and is like a mini computer, I have 4 programs of hearing on it, one is for partially blocking background noises, one is for music, etc. It's a Blessing to me! But like hearing aids, it's also expensive.

Music tends to be so-so, sometimes I can understand it, sometimes I can't, I think it just depends on the music. If I'm told what the song is, I can catch it and sing along, ho ho ho!

Your choice must be a difficult one. I wouldn't know which way to go. As for financial help, sometimes I think governments think the deaf are also invisible!
Let me know what you end up doing?

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SPARKLINGHOPE 11/15/2012 8:46AM

    Best wishes!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/15/2012 7:28AM

    a guy i work with had a hearing implant , and he clips this tiny box right to his head behind the ear.... cool!

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PAH! Another Captioned video - finally, I can see the subtitles!

Thursday, November 08, 2012


Remember me muttering elsewhere about all the settings and switches and TV and DVD and all, trying to get the "Tai Chi for Beginners" DVD to perform the captions that were allegedly on it (produced by Element, taught by Samuel Barnes)???

Today I installed a different free-ware Video DVD software that was recommended to me by a woman I met last month who is late deafened (she teaches ASL at a private school for the deaf, as well as tutoring for pay. She captures YouTube videos of various topics having to do with and performed in ASL, and saves them to her hard drive. She said she has had cases where YouTube videos she'd seen were then removed and so she started her own collection, mostly to help teach her students.)

I got it installed and it's a bit rough around the edges, but I was able to right click during play and find the "Subtitle" settings, and then click on "Caption 1" and I got all the CAPTIONS!!


Ahhh I was hoping I had a screen shot of the captions but evidently I didn't do it right! They were nice big sub-title style captions, white letters over the video, not the "old school" style of captioning with the black block over video with white letters inside.

Anyway, I need to get some sleep now, but I'll get the links for this software - its put together with volunteers and is open source and no malware, viruses, or anything in it. I had a bit of stuttering in the sound quality, but that's likely my poor old computer filling up the cache buffers....

oh here it is:
official website

For those who like to download from reputable computer expert websites, where it is scanned and verified, here's another link to download the same program:

And this video was much more interesting reading the captions, so I'm wanting to get to sleep so I can watch it again while my son is off to school, where I can have more space...

Curious to see if I can get the other Elements DVD to perform the subtitles as well.

And this is an example of the kind of ignorance - well-meaning but accidentally confusing, I suspect - goes on when hearing people say that their DVD is "captioned" when in reality, it has a subtitle track. The two systems are encoded differently, and subtitling has less information so far as other environmental sounds (like this one, doesn't say anything about the music in the background, the ocean you can see beyond where the man is performing his Tai Chi exercises, etc the way it would be in captioning.) But... at least I got something, because non of my DVD players were pulling it out with their caption and/or subtitle menu options, and I do not know why.

But I am still Thankful, alright??

And Yes, Mary - we'll have to watch it a few times with captions on so we'll know what we're "supposed to do" later on, when we have our eyes closed!! emoticon (plus, some of us, closing our eyes can mean balance issues and the world going tilt - but I know my balance seems to do better if I keep trying to do these various exercises - like rebounding etc.).

good night, ya'll!


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JANNEPERRY 11/10/2012 8:36AM

    Good thing you are somewhat of a techno "genius". I have bought numerous DVDs for my mother that needs the subtitles or captioning and they say they have it, and do NOT. She is older, and somewhat "old school" so she does not watch them on her computer. Too bad, because it sounds like the freeware would be helpful to her!

Thanks for the info

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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2012 8:27AM

    Glad you got the captioning figured out!

It drives me looney. I have a captioned TV in the kitchen (where I do most of my computing.) DD is constantly turning it off when she watches because the captions get in the way! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!


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DIET_FRIEND 11/9/2012 12:16AM

    Interesting to read about the challenges of the hearing impaired regarding using fitness DVDs. You seem to be very pro-active to solving your problems. Keep on sparking!

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BESEVEN 11/8/2012 11:59PM


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First night...

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

...flying solo with my new cpap. Will see how this goes.

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BOBF15 11/8/2012 4:48AM

    emoticon Rest in the Lord, he gives His beloved sleep.

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BESEVEN 11/6/2012 11:56PM

    Hate CPAPs, but if you need it, you need it. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 11/6/2012 9:22PM

    Hope you got a good night's sleep.

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SUNSHINEGB 11/6/2012 10:56AM

    I sure hope it goes well for you!
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1CRAZYDOG 11/6/2012 8:19AM

    Hoping it goes well! HUGS

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M77355 11/6/2012 8:12AM

    i hope you got a good night's sleep emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 11/6/2012 8:09AM

    Hope it went well!

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JANNEPERRY 11/6/2012 7:12AM

    I hope that it went well and you had a good night's sleep! emoticon

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How to help SP nutritional trackers work harder for you!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Check it out...

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    Thanks for posting this! I'm going to read it now! emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/4/2012 9:41AM

    Awesome, I have a few of mine saved, but I could do better emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 11/4/2012 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing the link. I still track 4-5X weekly in maintenance.

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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 2:35AM

    If I do nothing else on SP, it's track my food!

And yes, I save a lot of things in my faves - it helps, doesn't it?

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BERRY4 11/3/2012 6:45PM

    Useful tool... I NEED to start tracking. (A PT said it IS tedious, but it DOES make a real difference!)
I'm thinking..."New Year Goal" emoticon

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