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Random Oddities
« on: February 04, 2019, 01:31:34 AM »
I thought I'd create a thread downstairs so some of us can publicly share things that had been mostly in various upstairs threads about What's making me Happy, Sad, Rabid, Comatose, etc.  If you want to keep something out of the public eye, the upstairs threads are still there.  Otherwise, feel free to share it with everyone down here.


I'm having some shoulder issues.  Sadly, didn't have time for a full diagnosis before a 2 week trip out of China.  Worse, after 2 weeks of being super-careful, I had to grab my excessively heavy laptop bag with the wrong arm while putting it in an overhead bin for my flight back to China. ananananan ananananan ananananan

Managed to get to the hospital on Saturday.  They think it's a damaged tendon and set me up for an MRI.  Silly me.  I assumed I'd wander over to the Diagnostic Imaging area and wait until my name was called (or for the confused look, since my first name doesn't work in Chinese).  Instead, it turns out that MRIs usually need to be scheduled a week in advance.

The good news - with Spring Festival causing most of the population to leave Donnguan, I only had to wait until Sunday evening.  Bad news:  I will have to wait somewhat longer for a doctor to check the results.

So, ended up finding my way to MRI land (English labels were mixed between MR and MRI.  Some Chinese signs had the original name of the procedure NMR - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - a far too scary name for the audience in American hospitals) and waited for my appointment.  Only had to wait about an extra 20 minutes before I was shown in, pushed back on the table (catching my injured shoulder on some projection  ananananan), and had ear protection slapped onto my head.

Sadly, before I could react, the tech ran from the room as the table slid me into the narrow confines of the machine.  The goal is to stay as still as possible other than breathing.  I had a stray hair on one cheek that kept me constantly struggling not to reach up and brush it aside.  Also, the ear protection wasn't firmly seated and felt like it was going to fall off the whole time.  So, instead of tuning out and trying to sleep through the sounds of massive magnets probing the nuclei of my atoms, I spent the whole time inside desperately resisting the urge to get that hair off my cheek and to push the ear protectors on more firmly.  Subjective time inside - several months.  Objective time inside - about 18 minutes.

Now to wait for the doctors to come back from their holiday so I can see how good or bad the news is.
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Re: Random Oddities
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 03:10:36 AM »
Scooter Girl dropped by.  For some reason, she decided she needed to firmly pat me on the shoulder (repeatedly).  She's never done that before.  Guess which shoulder she picked.  ananananan ananananan ananananan

It reminded me of the time a friend decided to pinch my cheeks (the only time in my life anyone's done that) - A couple of days after getting my wisdom teeth out.  ananananan ananananan ananananan ananananan ananananan

Still waiting for the docs to get back and look at the MRIs.

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Re: Random Oddities
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2019, 06:23:19 AM »
So much for a calm, quiet lunch.

Just as I was about to sit down to eat, my daughter noticed Stripy Emperor strolling by with something in his mouth.  It turned out to be a very dusty blob of lint.  I got rid of it, told him what a good cat he was for protecting us against such a dangerous object and sat down.

His majesty walked past, heading toward the balcony like he had something very important to do.  Something didn't quite seem right, so I put down my chopsticks to follow.

He was trying to get another blob of lint from under the washing machine.  As I was reaching out to grab it, I spotted something else - fur and a small tail. aoaoaoaoao

This happened once before, years ago when there wasn't a big, brave kitty cat to warn of the danger.

I grabbed Stripy Emperor and put him inside his palace.  My daughter decided the bedroom would be a better place, causing a delay.  Happily, my wife had a pair of disposable chopsticks in the kitchen.

I went back out.  The baby rat (yes, RAT!) was now out from under the washer.  I used the chopsticks to toss it off the balcony.  Then my daughter joined me in tilting the washing machine.  Another baby rat to toss.  Finally, my wife joined the effort and a third baby rat joined the others on the pavement below.

Now I'm left wondering - were they just hanging out on the floor tiles under the washer, or is there a nest up inside the guts of the washer, possibly containing a much larger quantity of rodents of assorted sizes?  Hopefully there will be time later today to tilt the washer far enough to see what's inside while using a mirror to keep my face away from the possibility of a very large and angry mother rat.
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Re: Random Oddities
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2019, 01:51:42 AM »
The day dragged on and I didn't have a chance to arrange a coordinated attack on the washer.  I deliberately kept the balcony door closed so his majesty wouldn't be trying to rip the washer apart by himself.

For reasons known only to her, my lovely wife opened the balcony door.  I told her she needed to watch Stripy Emperor's reaction.  She appeared to agree, then went into the kitchen to start cooking.  Then it happened.

I was nearly done at work and His Majesty strolled past.  Strangely, it sounded like he was wearing those very annoying squeaky shoes some people put on their toddlers.  Since Stripy Emperor was not wearing shoes, the only viable explanation was . . . unpleasant at best.  I followed him as quickly as I could while trying to not appear to be chasing him.  He got into the bedroom before I could intercept him and deposited a baby rat on the floor. aaaaaaaaaa

I felt very bad for not taking a moment to thank Stripy Emperor for his incredible hunting skills before safely securing him in his palace, but time was short and a mother rat might decide to come in looking for her baby at any moment.

Then I grabbed another set of disposable chopsticks, carried baby rat #4 to the balcony, and tossed it overboard.  Tilting the washer revealed 2 more which were quickly sent over the side.

Next, I got a mirror.  I saw one suspicious place, so we managed to get the washer on its side.  There didn't seem to be anything in the suspicious spot, but then my wife spotted a piece of cloth in a nearly inaccessible place near the top of the machine.  Extraction was successful and resulted in no rats attacking us.

Now I've got a "remove washer back panel and see what else is waiting inside" item on my to-do list.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2019, 02:27:21 AM by Escaped Lunatic »
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