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hedgehog

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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
Number of posts: 33,595

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

Hey - where are all the Breaking Bad threads?

Can I have a round of pity?

I'm trying to get my weight down to 130, and my daughter is trying to get her weight up to 130!

Now, this is just pure evil - I just got a solicitation in the mail to join a

Chocolate of the Month Club!

Two of the CFL bulbs on the chandelier have gone out -

is it time to go with LEDs, or should I stick with the CFLs for a while?

Our CFLs have a sleeve made from a plastic pipe to cover the base, giving them the aspect of a pillar candle. How hot does the base of an LED bulb get?

Inspired by two recent threads -

If you had to choose one or the other, would you like to see the US government go after Phone Solicitors and Internet Scammers, or Drug dealers? I for one have never been bothered by drug dealers, but I have to deal with Phone Solicitors several times a day!

ACA and crappy employer supplied insurance -

If you have the option to buy health insurance through your employer, and is costs more and/or covers less than the plans on the exchange, where does that leave you?

About delaying the ACA - it's not just about Obama -

Multiple insurance companies in 50 states have prepped to roll out their sign-ups in October for coverage in January. Each insurance company has contracts with hundreds of providers. Now, who is ready to tell all those corporations, "never mind"?

Sign-ups for Obama Care start October 1 -

How're things looking where you live?

Here in New York, the web site is a typical example of bureuacratic overkill (we pride ourselves on using 4 forms when 1 when do!) but I think sign-ups will go smoothly and the premium numbers look great!

I didn't realize until this morning that we are facing

a Government Shutdown October 1

AND

Government Default October 17!

I've been thinking it was a shut-down due to default!

Got to give Boehner credit for setting a new bar for a cluster!

Minumum wage and small business:

It occurred to me today, that your costs would jump $40 per full-time employee for every dollar the minimum wage rises. If your business is so on the edge that $40 or $80 a week is the difference between profit and loss, I'd suggest your business is already in trouble!

Also - when people discuss this, why does no one mention that people with more money in their pockets might increase revenue for all businesses!
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