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New face at work

June 20th, 2018 at 05:59 pm

It was a quiet day at work today. The co-owner husband and wife left for Mississippi, where they are adopting a blond lab puppy, just a few weeks after losing their beloved Golden Retriever. The first dog was named Dylan, after Bob Dylan, and this puppy shall be called Bowie. Smile They are bringing him back on the plane, and are nervous about doing that.

I will get to see him when I return to work on Monday. They always bring their dogs to the office so they're with about 8 or 9 of us animal lovers all day log. And the hired dog walker comes daily (or did for Dylan).

My manager, in the meantime, is on a business trip to Munich. I'm SO jealous.

Next week, the person who I job-share with wants the week off for vacation, so I will be working 5 days next week. Frown I didn't really think I could say no, but at least a few of the days will be not full days. But I'm sure it will feel like a VERY LONG WEEK. Ugh.

Today, I couldn't resist buying this teeny tiny cactus at Aldi's for just $1.99.



Someone in my cacti FB group told me it's a torch cactus.

I really do love cacti and succulents, though truth be told, my long-term success rate with them is only 50/50. Some do well under my care, and others slowly die. I enjoy researching care instructions, but even then, it's somewhat hit or miss. I hope this one will be a keeper.

My dad asked me to take him shoe shopping tomorrow, and after a trip to DSW (or maybe New Balance), I'll have him stay for lunch.

The valve stem on one of my tires has been leaking air and needs topping off every 2 weeks, so to replace the whole thing, Sunoco wants to charge me $60. Which I think is a lot of money for a valve stem! I don't think I have much choice though, and who has time to go shopping that around? Sigh.

I spent way too much time trying to lessen my online presence. Specifically, I googled my name and was shocked to see that many data mining sites list my complete address, phone, the names of my parents and much more. Having to hunt and search for an opt-out method (each site is different) is a real pain in the neck. One site requires proof of residence and that you email them a scanned image. I hope junk mail's sufficient because that's all I felt comfortable sending. I complained to BBB about one site because they provide NO phone number contact on their site, and my email to them came back undeliverable.

I got thru about a dozen sites and I'm sure there are more. Google your own name and see what you find! I've done this before, but apparently, I only scratched the surface.

10 Responses to “New face at work”

  1. Carol Says:

    Will your job share worker return the favor when you want to/ are ready to take a vacation again? It may work out okay. Hard to go back to longer hours-- I agree!

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, he would, although since I already have ample time off each week and a smaller paycheck, I'm not really planning on taking any extended breaks. Not this year, anyway.

  3. Joe Says:

    Doesn't BJ's tire warranty cove valve stems?

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    Oh! Maybe it does, Joe. I will have to check....thanks!

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    Well, Joe, if you're still reading this, I did finally get thru to BJs and they say the valve stem is not covered as it's not part of the tire. I asked him what they'd charge to replace the valve stem and he said it depends on the type of sensor or whatever, but typically between $40 and $100 plus $13 for putting it in, so I guess $60 sounds in the ballpark after all. Frown

  6. Joe Says:

    Bummer, they should have installed new valve stems when they installed the tires - not sure how long you've had the tires - but I would call corporate customer service if the installation was within the last year. Valve stems should last longer than that. The cost is almost all labor and they should be willing to keep a customer happy.

    Good luck!

  7. Joe Says:

    I just reread your estimate. Maybe my thinking is out-dated - $40 to $60 for valve stems - I must be getting old!

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Hi, Joe.

    I did a little quick research on tire valve stems and found this:

    Do Tire Valve Stems Come Included with Tires That Are Purchased Unmounted. Question: ... Tires that are sold alone, not pre-mounted on a rim/wheel, do not include valve stems but we do offer these as separate items. Tires that are pre-mounted and sold with a rim/wheel do of course include the valves.

    From Car Talk: RAY: There are NO tires that use valve stems. That's because valve
    stems are considered part of the wheels, not part of the tires.

    TOM: And when you get new tires, it's customary to throw out the old
    valve stems and put in new ones. They only cost a few bucks, and they
    do wear out over time. The rubber can degrade, the stem can get
    broken or cracked, and the valve itself can wear out and leak. So
    while you CAN keep your old valve stems and save the 10 bucks, it's
    really not worth the risk of ruining your brand-new tires.

    I don't remember BJs asking me if I wanted new valve stems when the new tires were mounted, which now I wish I did, but lesson learned for next time.

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    OK, just after reading this I went back to my original BJs receipt for the tires, and it says right on there that installation INCLUDES a new rubber valve stem. When I talked to the BJs guy yesterday and asked if valve stems were covered under the tire warranty, he said no. But maybe I need to call them back now and point out what it says on the receipt, becus as you said, a valve stem shouldn't go bad in 8 months time. (Bought the tires in Oct 2017)

  10. rob62521 Says:

    Hope the work week isn't too long and drawn out.

    Nice score on the cactus!

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