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Bertha Venation

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Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current location: Charles County, MD
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grammar tests suck

I have to identify the agreement error in this sentence:

He complains of abdominal, neck, and chest pain as well as the need for urination, though her Foley was in place.

As I see it, there are two: pronoun agreement and verb tense agreement. (Am I right?) I can only choose one answer.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Nov 15, 2015, 12:50 PM (30 replies)

testing/math question (not a math test)

I'm trying to figure out whether it's worth it for me to re-take a test.

I've scored 99% on an exam of 47 questions. If I re-take the test and score 100%, what will be my average score?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Nov 9, 2015, 10:35 AM (3 replies)

With thanks to many, I report --

we were able to make our house payment.

We may not get all we need from the gofundme campaign, but that's ok. You have no idea what an emotional relief it is just to have made that house payment.

Most contributions have been anonymous. If you are Anonymous, I thank you from the bottom of my liver (it's bigger).

Really. Thank you. I wish I could say it in a way that makes it stronger, in a way that can convey my relief. But all I can say is thank you. My gratitude is enormous.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Fri Oct 9, 2015, 09:45 AM (1 replies)

"Not a sermon - just a thought" is a crock. of. shit.

Do you have something similar on broadcast radio in your area?

Here in the Washington, DC metro area, the pastor of McLean Bible Church (I think) comes on with a concentrated altar call. The latest, just heard, included this line: "You know, it seems to me that the only way to not be afraid to live is to not be afraid to die." (best I can remember)

Then the pitch: the only way to be not afraid to die is "through Christ." WTF is this "through" business? There's a local carpet business here in Southern Maryland whose motto, printed on its trucks, is "Serving Jesus Christ Through Carpeting."

Not a sermon. Just a thought.

PS I'm an atheist but am not anti-Christian, or even anti-religion. I respect your right to worship.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Thu Oct 8, 2015, 12:57 PM (5 replies)

One of my cats is extremely unhappy and there's nothing I can do about it.

Rat Face, our five-year-old tuxy, is beleaguered by four of our other cats. She stays in the office all the time, afraid to go anywhere but the basement, where the litter boxes are.

I am probably anthropomorphizing her, but I can't help it. So here goes: she lives in a constant state of fear and anxiety. It's impossible for her to relax. I think she must be very, very sad.

I spend as much time as possible with her. She has learned to come out and sit with me when I'm on the computer in the dining room, but she'll only stay out here when I'm here. Mrs. V. holds her in her lap at least part of each day when she's working, but she hasn't been able to work for almost two months, so Rat Face is more lonesome than ever. Spending time with her is the only thing I can do for her.

Her misery is my fault. My inability to say no has blessed (?) us with ten cats. My only other option for improving her life involves making her an only cat, and I can't do that.

Got questions? Got ideas? Thanks.

PS Feliway doesn't work.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Wed Oct 7, 2015, 05:12 PM (9 replies)

Have you ever had a concussion?

Mrs. V. had a rather gruesome boating accident last month, and it included a concussion. She's unable to work (and is on LWOP, which is not good as she's our sole breadwinner). Her job is 100% brain work, and docs have told her she must rest her brain.

I know that everyone is different, that there is probably a different period of healing for each concussed person.

Still, I'm curious: if you have had a concussion, will you please tell me what it was like, and how long it was until you were back to normal?

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Sep 27, 2015, 07:55 AM (23 replies)

Would welcome any fibromyalgia references you have. (cross-post)

Cross-posted from Health, where I might get a response next month.

Thanks, all.
Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Sep 20, 2015, 12:21 PM (21 replies)

Would welcome any fibromyalgia references you have.

Posted by Bertha Venation | Sun Sep 20, 2015, 11:17 AM (5 replies)

A question about THC.

I'm going camping. For five nights I will be sitting around a campfire with a lot of people, a few of whom will be smoking pot.

I'm applying for jobs! If I inhale cannabis smoke, can I test positive for THC?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 08:36 PM (17 replies)

Does anyone know how

to shrink a jpeg so it can be used as an avatar?
Posted by Bertha Venation | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 05:51 PM (3 replies)
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