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Golden Key
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cliffdweller--

Did you try Borax? IME, good for both odors and stains. There are probably detailed instructions online.

NOTE: It's important to rinse the washed item *very* thoroughly with water, afterwards. Borax can irritate sensitive skin.

FWIW, YMMV.

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Ohher, I have a protrusion from the knuckle joint of each big toe that I thought was related to gout but looks like the bunion on the wikkipedia page. My toes don't have a slant though. They don't give me any trouble YET! Not compared to the trouble I had with gout anyway.

In my disability work, people often develop trouble with their feet, and getting the right shoes is very important in helping them with pain management and remedial stuff where appropriate. If you haven't yet consulted a foot person, I recommend making the investment. Specialised footwear can be expensive but you might also be able to pump your foot person for info on what sort of stuff or foot positioning would be most helpful.

One of my clients whose toes fold underneath her feet wears slippers and those sock shoes only - very cheap! She's in a wheelchair so not much rubbing, but hard to match with a party dress [Smile]

[ 13. January 2018, 12:25: Message edited by: simontoad ]

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quote:
Originally posted by cliffdweller:
...So socks washed every day is a must.

Isn't that the case no matter what type of shoes or socks you wear? (Well, not necessarily washing them every day, but not wearing them a second day without washing.)

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quote:
Originally posted by cliffdweller:

Word of caution: you MUST get the five-toed socks that go with them and wash them every day or your 5-toe shoes become impossibly stinky. We tried everything-- baking soda, soap & water, lysol-- once they develop the funk there's no getting rid of it. So socks washed every day is a must.

Multiple pairs of shoes, worn in rotation, are also a factor in reducing odour. Wearing the same pair in consecutive days doesn't allow them to dry and moisture is the friend of the bacteria that produce that lovely aroma.

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quote:
Originally posted by simontoad:
Never heard of Peets.

It's a West-Coast chain. I don't think it's made it out of the West much yet. I'm not a coffee drinker, myself, but here in Michigan, there are no Peet's. I lived in California for a while, though, and they had a major presence there.

As a side note, Peet's features in the latest Bruce Cockburn album, since he's moved to San Francisco.

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They are now in the DC area. Also, their coffees are in grocery stores.

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Ian Climacus

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quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:

I'm staying at 2 B&Bs: may I ask the rules for tipping there?

The general rule of thumb I have heard and use is that if the owners are also the staff, then no tip. If they employ others as staff, tip housekeeping ~$5 per day and meal service the standard 20%.
That sounds very sensible. Thanks lilBuddha.
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American shipmates- does UTF stand for something? I sent a Christmas card to an elderly relative who lived in a senior living community in America. It was returned to me today with UTF in pen and a sticker saying "Return to sender. Not deliverable as addressed. Unable to forward" I don't know whether my relative has died, been moved to somewhere that provides more care, or whether I misaddressed it.
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quote:
Originally posted by North East Quine:
American shipmates- does UTF stand for something? I sent a Christmas card to an elderly relative who lived in a senior living community in America. It was returned to me today with UTF in pen and a sticker saying "Return to sender. Not deliverable as addressed. Unable to forward" I don't know whether my relative has died, been moved to somewhere that provides more care, or whether I misaddressed it. [/QB]

I think you answered it yourself.

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D'uh!!
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Double check to be sure you didn't write the address wrong. Then, contact the care home. She may simply have been moved to another floor or another facility. (Sometimes merely putting the wrong room number gets the mailpiece kicked back.) If the family has moved her somewhere else they may have a forwarding address. If she has passed away they almost certainly know that.

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
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Double check to be sure you didn't write the address wrong. Then, contact the care home. She may simply have been moved to another floor or another facility. (Sometimes merely putting the wrong room number gets the mailpiece kicked back.) If the family has moved her somewhere else they may have a forwarding address. If she has passed away they almost certainly know that.

I called a care home to check the address of a friend when a card to her was returned as undeliverable. The woman who answered was very nice and polite, but due to privacy concerns she could not tell me anything. It turns out my friend was still at that facility, but in a different room. (So why didn't the person sorting the mail know that?)

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Brenda Clough
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I have no idea how the mail people do this. But a lot of the delivery is now computerized (that little bar code printed by the PO at the bottom of your envelope) so the wrong room number can be an issue.

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I have no idea how the mail people do this. But a lot of the delivery is now computerized (that little bar code printed by the PO at the bottom of your envelope) so the wrong room number can be an issue.

I guess it would depend on whether the postal carrier delivers and sorts, or if the mail is delivered to the home where an employee sorts it.

But if the person has changed rooms, or moved elsewhere, or joined the bleedin' choir invisible*, there should be a forwarding order on file. If my card to her was returned unforwardable, what about more important correspondence that didn't reach her?

*Well, I guess there's no forwarding address to there.

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Brenda Clough
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I deal with the returned mail here at my office. I would judge that a goodly percentage of it, about ten percent, is perfectly correctly addressed and sent to a recipient who is there and has not moved. Nevertheless the post office drops the ball and tells me they're not there. I phone, and the recipient tells me that no, their address is the same and they've been there since 1979. There is nothing to do at that point but to blame the postal people.

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Pigwidgeon

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I've exchanged Christmas cards for many years with a woman who attended a church where I used to work and then moved across the country. She had mentioned in previous years that her health was failing (cancer), and in her Christmas note in 2016 she said that it was probably her last Christmas, and she was o.k. with that -- she knew something better awaited her and her suffering would be over. I sent her an Easter card last year*, not something I normally do, and received a nice note of thanks. This year I sent a Christmas card and did not receive one in return, but that could just mean that she was too ill to respond. My card was not returned "unforwardable." So this morning I Googled obituaries and discovered that her suffering ended in August. I guess my card to her was dumped in the trash either by her facility or by the post office. Rest in peace, Jean. [Votive]

*It's very difficult to find an Easter card that doesn't have (a) Bunnies, or (b) lots of cheerful talk about life.

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Brenda Clough
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I wrote an article for a magazine recently, about things to do to make it easier for your survivors after you die. The major stuff (decluttering, your will) we all know about. But it's also useful to have a handy lit of people who ought to be informed when you pass away. People like the Christmas-card list, or the folks you play bridge with, or your online hangout here at SoF.

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I wrote an article for a magazine recently, about things to do to make it easier for your survivors after you die. The major stuff (decluttering, your will) we all know about. But it's also useful to have a handy lit of people who ought to be informed when you pass away. People like the Christmas-card list, or the folks you play bridge with, or your online hangout here at SoF.

I've actually done that (hoping it won't be needed for another 20 years!). People at my church will know, but I've listed contact information for my college alumni magazine, etc. Most importantly, I've authorized a Shipmate who is a fellow parishioner to "out" me and notify the Ship.

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Brenda Clough
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The internet has made it all more complicated; your various groups, their different passwords, etc.

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simontoad
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quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
I called a care home to check the address of a friend when a card to her was returned as undeliverable. The woman who answered was very nice and polite, but due to privacy concerns she could not tell me anything. It turns out my friend was still at that facility, but in a different room. (So why didn't the person sorting the mail know that?)

[Roll Eyes]

Privacy concerns... "It's worse than that they're dead Jim dead Jim dead Jim. It's worse than that they're dead Jim dead Jim dead."

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Huia
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My middle brother lives in Chicago. I am going to make a wall hanging for his birthday next year. Usually I would hang it from a piece of dowelling I don't know if it exists there under that name , but it's a length of round wood that comes in various diameters (think broomstick handle right down to kebab stick size). I want to send the hanging without the pole it's to be hung from (due to postage costs).

My questions are; does it exist there?

Would a place like Wal-Mart sell it?

Huia -postal cheapskate [Razz]

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Golden Key
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Huia--

Yes, we have doweling, dowels, dowel rods here. (Various names.)

He can get it at a hardware store or an art store.

ETA: In my experience, it's usually pretty cheap.

[ 26. January 2018, 05:40: Message edited by: Golden Key ]

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I'm having an intermittent problem with my DAB clock radio. I've had it several years and it's never played up before. But now periodically the sound becomes very distorted, voices and music on all stations sound like they're coming from underwater.

Is this likely to be a hardware problem, ie some problem with the speaker, or maybe interference from outside, e.g. a neighbour's broadband or something? I've been trying to work out whether there is any consistency in when it happens but it seems to be any time of day or night, sometimes it is ok for days at a time then it will play up for a few days, then ok again.

Any ideas anyone?

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Huia
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Thanks, Golden Key. Good to hear that the terminology is the same, as it simplifies matters from this end.

Huia

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Facebook question here: I am still listed as administrator for a Facebook page I started for an organization that I’m no longer a part of. I still get notifications for stuff I no longer care about. How do we get my name off the page?

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Ian Climacus

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Do people still put two spaces after a full stop, or has that gone away in the digital age? I do, and didn't think about it until I saw a tweet on it, suggesting we were Luddites.
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A friend certainly does.

Jengie

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I still do too. But I probably am a Luddite.

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quote:
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Do people still put two spaces after a full stop, or has that gone away in the digital age? I do, and didn't think about it until I saw a tweet on it, suggesting we were Luddites.

That is certainly what I was taught to do many years ago in secretarial college! One space after a comma, and two after a full stop, semicolon or colon.

My current version of Word doesn't like it though, and I keep meaning to go into the settings and force it to do what I want. Does anyone know if that is possible?

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I still put two spaces after a full stop, and so did my daughter, but she is not allowed to while writing her thesis - one space only.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
I'm having an intermittent problem with my DAB clock radio. I've had it several years and it's never played up before. But now periodically the sound becomes very distorted, voices and music on all stations sound like they're coming from underwater.

Is this likely to be a hardware problem, ie some problem with the speaker, or maybe interference from outside, e.g. a neighbour's broadband or something? I've been trying to work out whether there is any consistency in when it happens but it seems to be any time of day or night, sometimes it is ok for days at a time then it will play up for a few days, then ok again.

Any ideas anyone?

DAB interference is usually stuttering rather than distortion. The underwater-type effect makes me wonder whether the speaker has separate bass and treble speaker cones and the latter is becoming detached occasionally.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:
Do people still put two spaces after a full stop, or has that gone away in the digital age? I do, and didn't think about it until I saw a tweet on it, suggesting we were Luddites.

That is certainly what I was taught to do many years ago in secretarial college! One space after a comma, and two after a full stop, semicolon or colon.

My current version of Word doesn't like it though, and I keep meaning to go into the settings and force it to do what I want. Does anyone know if that is possible?

It's easy to fix in the final version. Go through and do a global search and replace, subbing in a single space for all double spaces.
If the thing is going to be published, the magazine/book people will go through and force the house style onto your Word doc anyway.

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Re tipping below 15 percent for poor service: I have on occasion resorted to my Five Cent Tip of Doom for service so egregiously bad that I wanted to make a point. Tipping five or ten percent may be interpreted as just ignorance on your part; but a nickel on the table sends a pretty clear message. (Although keep in mind that waitstaff have to share their tips; we had one incident where the Five Cent Tip of Doom was averted only by our awesome busboy, who did everything our disinterested waitress should have but didn’t. So we tipped our usual, gave the busboy high praise to the manager, and...um...did the opposite with the waitress.)

We will tip hotel maids a buck or two per night, depending on if we asked them to do a full linen swap or just a tidying- up— if we’re flying we also let them have pocket change we don’t want to deal with at the airport.

In resort areas you’ll see tip jars in odd places, like random retail stores — and we once found one at a roadside produce stand stand near Lake Michigan, with a sign saying “ Our Son’s College Fund” — you’re under no obligation to contribute to these unless so moved.

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Originally posted by Sparrow:
quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:
Do people still put two spaces after a full stop, or has that gone away in the digital age? I do, and didn't think about it until I saw a tweet on it, suggesting we were Luddites.

That is certainly what I was taught to do many years ago in secretarial college! One space after a comma, and two after a full stop, semicolon or colon.

My current version of Word doesn't like it though, and I keep meaning to go into the settings and force it to do what I want. Does anyone know if that is possible?

It's easy to fix in the final version. Go through and do a global search and replace, subbing in a single space for all double spaces.
If the thing is going to be published, the magazine/book people will go through and force the house style onto your Word doc anyway.

Yes I know about that, but I don't want to have to do that every time I type something. I need a permanent fix!

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Originally posted by Huia:
Thanks, Golden Key. Good to hear that the terminology is the same, as it simplifies matters from this end.

Good. IME, "dowel" is the most common version.

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Two spacer here. I just can't break the habit, and I think it looks easier to read anyway.

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I don't want to break the habit!

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Two spacer here too. I think it's much easier to read that way when you have a long paragraph.

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Rossweisse

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
... But it's also useful to have a handy lit of people who ought to be informed when you pass away. People like the Christmas-card list, or the folks you play bridge with, or your online hangout here at SoF.

I sent Christmas cards with letters to my father's list both two years ago (when he was in hospice) and in 2016 (after he died). I need to prepare a list for myself,

And I need to step up the decluttering, lest my children curse me when I'm gone.

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Rossweisse

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quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:
Do people still put two spaces after a full stop, or has that gone away in the digital age? I do, and didn't think about it until I saw a tweet on it, suggesting we were Luddites.

No, we're not Luddites. We just have standards.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:
Do people still put two spaces after a full stop?

Of course. Civilization has not disappeared completely.

Interestingly, we use Dreamweaver to edit MW reports for publication and to prepare the various MW index pages. Dreamweaver will automatically delete the second space.

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A comment about Rossweise's advice concerning decluttering:
I am without family where I live; my cousins [of whom I am now the oldest] all live overseas, but we enjoy good communications, and I have been to see them about 2 years ago. I took the family jewellery and distributed them appropriately, or at least as I wished, and asked about the various bits of family memorabilia that I have here, and who wanted what. To my surprise, no one wanted anything, with one exception, a shepherd's crook .[ This cost me an arm and a leg to send, as I couldn't detach the crook from the handle, so it made a very odd shaped parcel].

So, it is all very well to declutter, but I can't and don't want to chuck stuff out or sell it on EBay, while I can still enjoy it,[and do].
I have threatened my friends that I will leave some smallish antiques and paintings with labels on the back, and that they should come and rescue them once I have gone, but my solicitor is my executor, and I haven't told him about this arrangement.
All monies including funds from the sale of the house are going to charities, but it is the disposal of personal items that challenges me.

Any Ideas?

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sorry, I was trying to remember and of course it should have been Roseweisse's comment.

But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. [Angel]

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Not a lawyer, and I don't know much about wills; but maybe say "any personal belongings not otherwise designated should be given to (charity name)".

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No - be much more precise than that. Label things as you intend, but catalogue them as to who gets what, and give a copy to your solicitor so that he/she can amend the will accordingly. Alternatively, dispose of items in advance, if that's possible. (That has the great advantage of making your intentions clear and indisputable because you have presented one and all with a fait accompli.)Perform the "What could go wrong?" mind experiment, assuming nothing about people's good behaviour. Similarly the proceeds from the sale of the house. Specify the charities clearly and the precise proportions they are to receive from the proceeds of the sale. Your solicitor should know to do this, but keep him/her up to speed on your intentions.

My mother's will was a masterpiece of clarity and simplicity, and my sister and I agreed on the division of the furniture, jewellery, and art in my mother's presence. Drinks all around.

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Well, it was my way of keeping it as simple as possible.

Certain specific things would be designated for certain recipients--and I'm thinking just a few things (or even 1) for who I pick.

Anything else (other than papers, which should be handled separately) would be given to a charity I would name--one which has a hauling truck. No further sorting needed. A lot of books, and some household stuff.

I don't have family as such--a few estranged folks. So I don't have to go through the fuss of wrangling over who gets what. (Whew!)

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Wesley J

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On the Styx thread about Ship mugs, I had enquired about microwavablity of said precious recipients of life-giving fluids.

Having now, as a friend said, finally arrived in the ... 1980s [Big Grin] , and got myself a microwave oven (!), a question:

Can you actually make tea in that machine?

So far, I'm playing around with max setting (800W) and up to 2 mins for reasonably hot water (the bag - yes, I know, sadly no loose leaf tea for me! - is put in later), but I find the reasonability to be rather at the low end of the acceptable.

Any suggestions? (Re-heating a cuppa is ok for me, and truly a nice feature, but this here is about the first brew.)

Thanks. [Smile]

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I've never put my Ship of Fools mugs in the microwave but I do regularly drink hot coffee from them and wash them in the dishwasher.

I make tea by boiling a cup of water in the microwave (not, admittedly, not Ship of Fools mugs) and then steeping a teabag in the water. But hey, I'm American.

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I would have said that for tea ‘reasonably hot’ water won’t do. You need to make sure it’s thorougly boiling. Then take it out of the microwave and add the tea bag promptly, ideally cover (otherwise it will cool too quickly) and allow to brew. Then remove tea bag and add milk etc. if you use it.
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Yep. I love to hear and then pour the 'rolling boil' of the kettle (which is a whistling one on the stove for me)! [Smile]

From what I've read about microwaves, they will not 'boil' your water, but bring it to just below that. I think that must be the sudden tiny bubbly effect for a very reasonably high temperature I've noticed in a water-only SoF mug. For my appliance, that seems to happen at 2 mins 30 secs at max setting. I guess I can live with that; it also means that the mug itself gets quite hot, perhaps a bit more so than when using kettle-boiled water. Bag follows then, milk and sugar later, if desired.

Hm. Though I must say I somehow miss the sound of the boiling kettle and the whistle compared to the so sexy and 'modern' (for me!) miniature-wave device. And I miss putting in the bag before the water. But it does stop when it's done; the whistling stove kettle had me quickly and prematurely de-shower myself more than once! [Big Grin]
[Paranoid]

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