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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    another 10k posts on forums, but facebook is too mainstream
    not everyone is as addicted to acknowledgement as you are.

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    Hey Grolby, I've got you beat.

    I just got a $900 bill from my Primary Care Physician for my annual physical in March 2012. And here's the best part - I had TWO health insurance plans at the time.

    They billed my secondary insurance, which paid the bill. Then in October of this year, the insurance company pulled the money back, saying I had other insurance. So the doctor billed my primary insurance company, which responded with, "Sorry, you didn't bill us in the 18 month window you are allowed to bill us, so we aren't paying it."

    Oh, and I should mention, both my primary and my secondary insurance plans were the same company.

    The doctor is trying to work things out with the insurer. If it doesn't work out, I think I'll be filing a claim against both my insurance plans in small claims court.

    (Why do I have two insurance plans? Well, near the end of 2011, my employer was coming up with all sorts of crazy ideas for how to cut costs on insurance. I didn't like any of them, so I switched to my wife's insurance plan and declined insurance through my employer. Also, at the time, I was trying to find a new job.

    At the beginning of 2012, I changed jobs, and my new employer offers free basic insurance to all employees and you cannot decline it. So, I ended up with two plans. At the end of 2012, I dropped off my wife's insurance.)

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    Going to work today after a week off. Rode the bike 8 of the last 10 days finishing with a somewhat hilly century yesterday.
    A fixed gear rider crashed on a steep, twisty descent and slid under the guard rail. He was just behind me and it sounded horrible, but he got up and, after working on the bike for 45 min., was able to wobble to the coast where he got picked up.
    I got home at 4 and tried to eat everything in the house.

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    It is nothing short of disgusting outside here today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    It is nothing short of disgusting outside here today.
    +1

    Except here that just means really sunny and about 36f.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbart4506 View Post
    I have not been able to hear out of my left ear for 3 days now... This is getting old fast!
    Been there. Mine lasted about 2 or 3 weeks. It just kind of went silent one morning. Waited a week or so, went to a hearing doc, they did some tests, said my hearing was about half or less in my left ear than my right, but still barely above being considered "ok hearing" or something. One day it just suddenly came back.

    They said it's some brain thing. Your brain just decides not to listen to that ear for a little while, some nerve something or other, science, blah blah, and then eventually it should just come back on its own.

    It's annoying, but hopefully it'll just come back.

    Or you might just have a sinus infection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
    Hey Grolby, I've got you beat.

    I just got a $900 bill from my Primary Care Physician for my annual physical in March 2012. And here's the best part - I had TWO health insurance plans at the time.

    They billed my secondary insurance, which paid the bill. Then in October of this year, the insurance company pulled the money back, saying I had other insurance. So the doctor billed my primary insurance company, which responded with, "Sorry, you didn't bill us in the 18 month window you are allowed to bill us, so we aren't paying it."

    Oh, and I should mention, both my primary and my secondary insurance plans were the same company.

    The doctor is trying to work things out with the insurer. If it doesn't work out, I think I'll be filing a claim against both my insurance plans in small claims court.

    (Why do I have two insurance plans? Well, near the end of 2011, my employer was coming up with all sorts of crazy ideas for how to cut costs on insurance. I didn't like any of them, so I switched to my wife's insurance plan and declined insurance through my employer. Also, at the time, I was trying to find a new job.

    At the beginning of 2012, I changed jobs, and my new employer offers free basic insurance to all employees and you cannot decline it. So, I ended up with two plans. At the end of 2012, I dropped off my wife's insurance.)
    Damn, bro. That's insane. Good luck. My case SHOULD be more straightforward. I'm annoyed with myself because I forgot to bring the actual bill with me to work, so I won't be able to give specific numbers for the claim. But they oughta be able to figure it out. Anytime you're contemplating going to court, even small claims, you know things have gone pretty pear-shaped.

    Quote Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
    It is nothing short of disgusting outside here today.
    Tell me about it. I'm actually almost grateful that I'm still not allowed to ride on a day like today. Of course, I got sprayed by a car driving by on the way to the bus stop this morning. Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
    Been there. Mine lasted about 2 or 3 weeks. It just kind of went silent one morning. Waited a week or so, went to a hearing doc, they did some tests, said my hearing was about half or less in my left ear than my right, but still barely above being considered "ok hearing" or something. One day it just suddenly came back.

    They said it's some brain thing. Your brain just decides not to listen to that ear for a little while, some nerve something or other, science, blah blah, and then eventually it should just come back on its own.

    It's annoying, but hopefully it'll just come back.

    Or you might just have a sinus infection.
    Mine's a bit more rudimentary... It's wax build up. Been a problem I've had since a kid. There's a few home remedies that help, but eventually it just get plugged and it's time to visit the doctor. My old doctor would just pull out a big ass syringe and flush the ears out. Not sure if my new doc will do that or refer me to an ENT specialist. Hopefully he does it himself so it's taken care of quicker.

    The best is going to be after I'll be constantly turning the music\TV down and asking people to be quiet...
    "On the other hand riding down a hill at 55 MPH wearing (essentially) women's underwear and a Styrofoam cup on your head is the epitome of rational life-extending decisions." - RacerEx

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    do you use the dilute hydrogen peroxide?

    this happens to me sometimes too as my ear channels are narrow... same deal with water in the ear, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbart4506 View Post
    Mine's a bit more rudimentary... It's wax build up.
    I've had the same thing happen. What they dig out of there is really gross. One time I think whatever came out had a tail. It might have been a mouse at some point. Anyway, it sure feels better when it's gone.
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    y'all know you can buy OTC at any drugstore the same wax softener and irrigation tools the doctor will use on you to clear your own gross ear wax.

    I know because scuba in Hawaii the pressure did something and pushed the wax in, deafening me for a day. I cleared a wax plug the size of the last joint on my pinky finger from somewhere deep within. Just about puked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolamite02 View Post
    Congrats FB, that's a lot of hard work paying off.

    EX: I've had the same pair of Asolo boots for over 15 years. They've seen four continents and many soles, but the uppers are still going strong. I'd *very* highly recommend them.

    on an unrelated note, I'm looking to pick up some more track gear in particular: a 172.5 crank, Dura Ace or comparable. Anyone have anything they'd be willing to part with?
    170 omnium? Don't really think that checks your boxes.
    Do you think we're gonna make it? / I don't know unless we try \ you could sit here scared to move / or we could take them by surprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by wens View Post
    170 omnium? Don't really think that checks your boxes.
    Thanks, but I'm hoping to find just the right part.
    I'm the guy that wins the group ride. That's dumb. It's time to win the race.

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    She looks very, very happy to be sucking big hunks of disgusting, dried up wax from the deepest depths of her ear canal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    What's Ridley on?
    Don't know but I have my suspicions. Every time there's a knock at the door she hides under the bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    y'all know you can buy OTC at any drugstore the same wax softener and irrigation tools the doctor will use on you to clear your own gross ear wax.
    I do that for fun every once in a while. Good times
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    hahaha ya it feels weird.
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    so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Don't know but I have my suspicions. Every time there's a knock at the door she hides under the bed.
    Mine barks to scare them away. Doorbells too. Perhaps she's doping as well? Does doping make your farts clear a room?
    It's a bike race, not a tea party. - GirlAnachronism

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
    Mine barks to scare them away. Doorbells too. Perhaps she's doping as well? Does doping make your farts clear a room?
    If you're a PE they do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    Don't know but I have my suspicions. Every time there's a knock at the door she hides under the bed.
    Sounds like you should check under the bed then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    flatballer:

    In other news, the girls had their Lego robotics tournament yesterday. I was planning on them just showing up and having some success with the few missions they planned. They ended up 3rd in the robot challenge, and won the robot design competition! They had probably the simplest robot out there, but the design completed several missions with only one (planned) pit stop. The judging rubric turned out to heavily favor fully autonomous robots, not just completion of tasks. Hitting it out of the park would be starting the robot, and never touching it again. Next year.

    In other news, they got advanced to the regional championships in March. Super surprised! Very proud of them. Unfortunately, it's on the first day of spring brake, and us two coaches are both heading out of town that day. I think any girls still in town could run the robot themselves and probably still get full points. They're also independent enough on it that they don't need me at all for the competition. All the judging was done without me in the room, and I could only watch the robot challenge. So... still a chance
    @waterrockets, that is very cool! Girls + Science = Big Win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    @waterrockets, that is very cool! Girls + Science = Big Win!
    maybe not the best video to link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    @waterrockets, that is very cool! Girls + Science = Big Win!
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    maybe not the best video to link.
    Yeah, the video they kept wanting to see for inspiration (well, to copy) was this well-done bot. Everything on the table that moves is done right and earning points:


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