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  1. Thank you Phan, my old friend! You always remember to wish us a happy fourth. Not too many of us Yanks around any more. Which is kind of a shame, but nothing stays the same. Our day was quiet, we visited family, went out to eat here , so named because it's at the confluence of the Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers (and if you are ever in this area, stop and eat here!) Doesn't look like much from the outside but the food is great. When it got dark, we watched the fireworks. My husband's niece was visiting from the other side of the country and it was so very nice to see her and her husband. And she's HAVING A BABY! Everyone is so happy for them, but she lives so far away. 😭 Times are crazy and some people seem to have lost their everlovin' minds. But you Sheffield folk are lovely and thank you for your kind wishes. 😊
  2. I'm coming out of self imposed exile to comment on this because we had a similar situation in our family. It was sad and infuriating at the same time. This situation is tough because it involves hot button issues. Family and money. Nothing will take you back to being eight years old again and fighting with your siblings over who has to sit in the middle, or who gets the squashed ice cream (they all taste exactly the same! Then YOU eat it, mom!) My biggest concern would be for the op's mother. It sounds like the sister is not shy about asking for things. I hope sis wouldn't pressure mom for money or keep coming back again and again with a new sob story to play on mom's sympathies. I'm not saying that's the case, but with your father no longer there to put the kibosh on her demands...who knows what's happening. And God forbid if she were I'd bet mom wouldn't say anything. It's amazing someone can reach the age of 45 or 50 and still have no idea how to handle money. And the onus is always on the non guilty parties to be the bigger person and tolerate bad behavior, while the guilty party goes on doing whatever the heck they want when they want with no repercussions. To the op, I don't feel you are being too harsh. I understand it's not the monetary value of the camera equipment. It's your sister having zero respect for your late father's possessions and taking advantage of the situation and exploiting your mother's emotions. For a 'freakin iPhone! Sometimes it helps getting the perspective of strangers with no connection to you or your family. Sister needs to start being a help to her elderly, widowed mother and not a hindrance. Stop asking for money and start asking mom if she needs any help with anything. Clean her house, bring her hot meals, take her out or just keep her company. Please, you and your siblings look out for your mother as best you can. Best of luck yo you.
  3. Phan my old friend, how are you? Thank you for remembering (once again) to wish us yanks a happy fourth! True, there aren't any Americans left here. Those of us who haven't been banned or run off might come back once in a while to see what's poppin. Some people may really like Facebook. (I'm not one of them) It's a shame because it was nice for a while. But all good things must end. I sincerely hope you and your family are healthy and happy. Thank you again for your good wishes.
  4. Gosh, thank you Phan! And you too janie. And here I thought you were mad at me, heh. Things are strange here. Stranger than I've ever seen in my life, and it feels as though as a nation we are coming apart at the seams. It's been a quiet day today, so far. It isn't dark yet. So thank you again for your kind wishes. This American appreciated it.
  5. Personally, I make it a point to stay out of malls and Walmart in general, (especially Walmart) but I realize people who live in some areas may have no stores where they live so they're stuck. People cross the border (both ways) to shop. Meh. Talk is cheap. You worry about yourself. Also, no one buys your phony baloney caring and concern. You have shown plenty of nastiness and ill will towards your fellow forum members, including me, to the point where no one believes you are any sort of a nice person. No one owes you ANYTHING. I am spending the rest of the day with the people I love, doing things we enjoy. I suggest you do the same. Or go to bed, it's after 10 already where you are.
  6. I was answering someone else's glib comment about "hot sauce." It's really enchilada sauce, but I imagine to an Englishman they're essentially the same thing. What comment could I possibly make that would make one iota of difference in this discussion? Some of you are having such fun. I suppose all I will say is maybe figure out where El Paso is, and maybe read up on the history of the area. And life on the border in general. And please don't buy anything by El Paso. That stuff really is awful.
  7. Ugh. That stuff is the worst. Get you some Las Palmas. Their green sauce is the only one I use straight from the can.
  8. Statute of limitations on most crimes varies from state to state and is dependent on other things. Was a weapon used? Was the victim kidnapped. All of that is taken into account. I don't believe there is one on murder, some sex crimes, in California embezzlement of public funds is forever. Also, gang enhancement is a big one.
  9. Maybe in the UK you can actually be jailed. I haven't followed those cases but there must have been some strong evidence, even after all those years. Brett Kavanaugh had his reputation dragged through the mud over nearly 40 year old allegations by that nutjob from Palo Alto, who is a professor of psychology.
  10. I'd hate to be a man on trial for rape and have you on the jury.
  11. From purely a patient standpoint this can be good and bad. Yes, a doctor looking to maximize profits may prescribe a certain drug, but there is nothing stopping the patient requesting another drug or another opinion. Most doctors (the ones I've been to anyway) will freely discuss the benefits and drawbacks of one drug over another and tailor it to the patient's needs. If someone is allergic or has a bad side effect, they'll give you something else. Many times they don't prescribe anything and give you free samples. Most doctors are knee deep in them. Anytime something was prescribed to me or one of my children, I discussed it thoroughly with the doctor and they were happy to address my concerns. My husband is the one who will take anything the doctor gives him no questions asked. And he never has a problem, either. Years ago, whenever we needed blood work or a swab or something, we were continually sent to this one particular lab. Finally I asked why this one lab and the nurse informed me that the doctors in the group owned the lab! They get away with this stuff because afaik, it's not illegal and most people don't care as long as their insurance is picking up the tab.
  12. The drug ads are one of the best sources of unintentional hilarity I've ever seen. They are required to list the possible side effects...which are frequently far worse than the ailment they claim to cure! They are trying to get you to buy something but most Americans know if they're pushing it on TV, etc. maybe an alternative would be better.
  13. That is a very good point. It seems reasonable, right? If you think something is too expensive just make your own. Is it possible to reverse engineer a drug? Maybe patents? A short search reveals the US holds most of those. I know drugs are tested over many years and something like 90% never make it to market. Production costs must be too high and regulations too stringent. Maybe the US is like the neighborhood bakery that sells decent blueberry muffins and it's easier to buy theirs than mess up the kitchen making some from scratch. ???
  14. For a couple reasons, the US does the bulk of R&D for new drugs and they need to recoup that cost from somewhere. And because they can get away with charging us more, that's why. The drug companies want more money. The American public is about tapped out, now they (aided by our president) are coming after those countries who benefit from the drugs America pays to develop. I think your costs are going to go up. It will start small. The metaphor of the camel with his nose under the tent comes to mind. If I were a British person, I would fight this tooth and nail.
  15. Since I like you so much Halibut 😉, we pay a little less than $300/month for full medical, dental and vision. So that's $3600/yr. And that includes about $150/mo. that goes into an FSA to help defray out of pocket expenses. This is for just the husband and I. It was more when we were insuring the kids, too. It also includes prescriptions. It's just that sometimes the media stories are a little...sensational? They overemphasize the bad and minimize the good.
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