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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

Can we share our questions, experience and info on the ACA here? My questions:

1. A lot of people have complained that they can't even look at the exchanges without signing up with a lot of personal data. Is this true everywhere?

2. Related question: Is everyone signing up on a Federal web page, or has each state designed its own? Are some states waaaay more intrusive in requiring personal information than others?

And a comment: I didn't think the ACA involved me since I've been on my husband's insurance. That may change - if my employer's crappy policy has come up to a new standard, I may have to buy my insurance there. Or - my husband's company may drop my coverage and refer me to the exchange. Nothing has happened yet, but it's something a lot of us may encounter. Absolutely no complaints here - my son will be getting his insurance January 1!

Anyone else work for someone with crap health insurance? The two temp agencies

I've worked for had "health insurance" that would end up taking most of my pay check each week. I think Walmart offers a similar plan. Sign-ups for employer backed health insurance for next year should be going out any day now. I'm curious whether anyone has seen changes in the policies on offer and/or seen their company drop the policies entirely.

Just got an e-mail from my husband's employer regarding retiree health benefits:

Q. Did Health Care Reform dictate the change for (redacted)'s retiree medical benefit?

A. No. It did, however remove two primary obstacles that retirees faced if the tried to purchase healthcare insurance on their own (elimination of pre-existing condition clauses and life time limits). Federal health reform offers more options for individuals in the insurance market. More choice, more stability and less cost.

Well played, Google!


"Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.

Experience Your America National Park Service


Last Updated: 10/01/2013"


OK - it looks like the shut-down is ON - when will it be resolved, and how?

It's not a shutdown, it's a lock-out!

Really poor car design - touch screens -

In older cars, there are a lot of buttons and switches - each one a different shape in a different location. It was possible to adjust the windows, change the radio station, turn off the heater etc without ever taking your eyes off the road. What is the difference between looking down at a touch screen and texting while driving? If auto makers want to impress me, let's get the speedometer and engine lights on a heads-up display!

Walking Dead spin-off - how will the story arc be different than the original?

So much of Walking Dead seems to me to be about how much more dangerous the humans are to each other than the zombies. Will the spin-off show us people who take care of each other better?

To all Federal employees: It's not fair that you will be taking the hit on the shut-down,

but take comfort that your pain is going to help bring down the Tea Party!

Thank you!

Saddest story about Breaking Bad - no spoilers here !

My son just moved back in with us to start a job today (YAY!)

So, last night he's flipping through the channels looking for AMC.

I'm about to tell him we only have basic cable, when up pops AMC.

AMC is on basic cable? I never knew that!

So, all these years, I could have be watching Breaking bad, the Walking Dead, Mad Men and Hell on Wheels?!?!

I live in a world all my own, I tell you!
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