• Knee injury (details included). How soon can I start cycling again?

    I tried to get this answer from the practitioners who saw me at the Urgent Care department at the hospital where I was seen yesterday and Monday, with no luck. I tried to call again today and wasn't able to reach anyone who could answer my question without transferring me endlessly to yet wrong department, who would just transfer me off or lose... show more
    I tried to get this answer from the practitioners who saw me at the Urgent Care department at the hospital where I was seen yesterday and Monday, with no luck. I tried to call again today and wasn't able to reach anyone who could answer my question without transferring me endlessly to yet wrong department, who would just transfer me off or lose my call. I want to know how soon I can begin riding my bicycle again with a knee injury. I was seen on Monday for a knee injury that I had sustained on August 31. I treated it as a sprain and it started to get better, but then I discovered another underlying problem that was being hidden by the pain of the sprain. I suspected a meniscus injury and went to the Urgent Care to have it evaluated. The X ray was normal, but an X ray doesn't show cartilage and ligaments well so I was scheduled for a CT scan on October 21. On Monday, I was placed in a knee immobilizer and given instructions to be partial weight bearing as tolerated, but by Tuesday evening I was hurting much worse. By Wednesday, the knee was swollen to soccer ball size and I couldn't walk on it at all. I had been able to walk and even ride a bike up until Monday. Cycling actually felt better than walking. But on Wednesday, I couldn't even lift my foot onto the pedal. So, I went back to Urgent Care where an orthopedic Nurse Practitioner did a more thorough exam. I had a positive McMurray test and positive Thessaly (dynamic loading) test which are both indicators of a likely meniscus injury. Drawer test and Lachman test were negative (normal) making an ACL injury unlikely. Collateral ligaments were stable. I was advised to discontinue the immobilizer, as it was not indicated for a possible meniscus tear as the leg is too straight. I do have catching and instability so I use one crutch mainly for balance to catch myself in case the knee tries to collapse. I was also advised to continue ice, weight bearing as tolerated, Norco 5 as needed (I stay away from opiates as a rule), Tramadol if I want to use that instead of the opiate, Advil for inflammation and wear an elastic sleeve for support. Initial diagnosis pending CT is 'derangement of the knee-left', which just means that something inside the knee isn't working right but it wasn't specified what's not working as it should. We suspect a torn medial meniscus, with CT to follow in a few weeks. I want to know how soon I can resume road cycling. I'm not a mountain biker; I typically ride roads and paved bike trails and usually average about 25-35 miles a day or more. I know that it will be a while before I'll be ready for large hills and long distances in big gears but I really want to at least get back on for easy rides on relatively flat terrain, trips to the grocery store, or to the park a few miles away. Basically, just short rides to help maintain strength and range of motion until I either have surgery or make a natural recovery. How soon can I get back on the bike?
    5 answers · Cycling · 4 years ago
  • Should I OVERestimate my income to qualify for an ACA subsidy?

    My hours got cut on my job to where I now make less than the Federal Poverty Level, and I lost my health insurance because I'm no longer full-time. I also injured my knee quite badly a couple of weeks ago and can't find any way to get the care I need other than going to the ER, and I don't think this is a real emergency. Been caring for... show more
    My hours got cut on my job to where I now make less than the Federal Poverty Level, and I lost my health insurance because I'm no longer full-time. I also injured my knee quite badly a couple of weeks ago and can't find any way to get the care I need other than going to the ER, and I don't think this is a real emergency. Been caring for it at home, but it isn't getting any better. I would ordinarily qualify for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but I live in Texas. Texas did not expand Medicaid for the poor, and since I'm below the FPL, I don't qualify for a subsidy to help pay for the costs of insurance, or the second subsidy to help with the deductibles and copays. I saw this article where it says that due to a quirk in the law, your income is self-reported, and you are to 'project' your income through 2014 when signing up through the Exchanges. If I 'project' my income to be above the FPL, I can then qualify for a subsidy. It's a very gray area because I 'might' actually get another job where I would qualify for help or I might not be able to find any more work. The article which explains all of that is here... please check it out. http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/20... Excerpt from article... "Some of the millions of poor people expected to lose out on Obamacare coverage next year because their states are not expanding Medicaid might have a way to get help, but the strategy carries risk. Experts say the key is for them to project their 2014 income to at least the federal poverty level, about $11,500 per person or $23,500 for a family of four. That would entitle them to federal subsidies that would cover nearly all the cost of private coverage sold on new online insurance marketplaces set up by the federal health law. The subsidies are available on a sliding scale to people making between the poverty level and four times that amount. Everyone applying for subsidies must estimate their 2014 income. For the poor, the difference between qualifying -- or not -- could be $1,000 or less a year. Since many rely on hourly or seasonal work, their incomes often fluctuate by a few thousand dollars each year. That's one reason why people often lose eligibility for Medicaid, the state federal insurance program for the poor..." --- I have been trying for over 2 weeks since the injury to find help, only to be turned away. The low cost clinics aren't equipped to diagnose or treat the kind of injury I probably have-- ligament, meniscus, etc. They don't have X ray machines or MRI, and they don't have orthopedic doctors. This is beyond a simple sprain, I am certain. I've had many knee injuries and a surgical history so I really need an orthopedic doc to examine me. But I can't get that kind of help without Medicaid or insurance, and I can't qualify for either program because Texas refused to expand Medicaid to people like me. My church doesn't have the funds to help right now, either. I'm in a lot of pain. Would it be wrong for me to 'guesstimate' my income to be in the range where I can get these subsidies if I don't make enough now to qualify? Is this lying? Is it unethical, or is it just a last-ditch effort to get myself the care that I obviously need? One side says it's wrong. The other side says that if I get my knee fixed by whatever means necessary, then I can return to productivity and then I'll be able to buy insurance the right way. What do you folks think?
    7 answers · Other - Health · 4 years ago
  • Medical folks... Should I still see a doctor for my injured knee?

    Two weeks ago, I 'sprained' my left knee when I fell. In that time, it hurt terribly, worst pain in my life, but since I have no insurance and no money, I chose to treat it myself at home. I have had many knee injuries in my life, including one that resulted in 3 surgeries. This is the same knee, and it is simply vulnerable to being... show more
    Two weeks ago, I 'sprained' my left knee when I fell. In that time, it hurt terribly, worst pain in my life, but since I have no insurance and no money, I chose to treat it myself at home. I have had many knee injuries in my life, including one that resulted in 3 surgeries. This is the same knee, and it is simply vulnerable to being re-injured because it just isn't as strong as the other one. At the onset, the knee swelled and was very painful within about 30 minutes of the fall and by the end of the evening a couple hours later, I couldn't walk on it and a friend had to basically carry me into my house. The next morning, I was hopping on one foot (no crutches). I stayed on the sofa or in bed all day. I've been doing the RICE protocol, gentle strength and range-of-motion exercises as the pain allows including short easy bike rides, wearing a sport support sleeve/brace, and when I have to walk on it I try to walk as normally as I can and stay aware of my gait. I am doing the latter because I don't have any crutches or cane, and I didn't want to limp on it because that would throw bad stresses on other joints. Limping would have also caused pain in other parts of the knee which could have made my assessment of healing more difficult. I did keep the walking to a minimum, though. I also try to sleep with a rolled-up blanket under that knee so it stays in a relaxed but flexed position which feels pretty good. Since I have a long history with this knee, I have a whole repertoire of physiotherapy exercises and home treatments that I have been doing faithfully. The knee muscles are also quite strong since I'm an avid cyclist and swimmer, and I work out with weights as a lifelong means to keep the muscles in good shape to support the weakened ligaments. My first injury, which needed surgery, happened over 30 years ago and needed 3 ops over 3 years to fix it. Well, the knee does seem to be feeling a little better every day and I woke up almost completely pain free this morning for the first time since the injury. The swelling is also going down and the bruising is fading. What concerns me, is that the point tenderness, when I touch the joint line, is still the same and I still have quite a bit of popping even though it doesn't hurt so much. It is also still unstable. My initial thought was and still is that I might have injured a meniscus and sprained the medial collateral ligament. I'm also suspicious of an ACL injury. The patella was also out of line but now it's back in normal position. I'm debating as to whether I should bite the bullet and at least get it checked at the county clinic (no need for an ER visit now) to be sure that I didn't do something bad to it, or if I could just let it continue to progress on its own with my home therapy. What do you think-- continue to watch the knee to see how it continues to heal, or go get it checked out?
    1 answer · Injuries · 4 years ago
  • Cheap tire patch won't stick. Can I use a piece of tube as a patch?

    I got a flat on my bike and went to patch the tube. I've done this a million times but I evidently got some garbage patches and adhesive. These aren't the tried-and-true Monkey Grip patches that I've used for years (can't find them anymore!). I patched the tire according to the instructions in the kit, but the patch will not stick to... show more
    I got a flat on my bike and went to patch the tube. I've done this a million times but I evidently got some garbage patches and adhesive. These aren't the tried-and-true Monkey Grip patches that I've used for years (can't find them anymore!). I patched the tire according to the instructions in the kit, but the patch will not stick to the tube. Yet the plastic film won't come off the top of the patch, either, without ripping the patch off the tube-- and even then the film won't come off. I tried twice using separate patches for each attempt, but the result was the same... comes loose from the tube when I try to take off the film (the very last step), but the film won't come free without ripping off the patch. These are some really NASTY quality. My spare tube went missing (think the hubby grabbed it for his bike, LOL!) so I have to patch and go buy a new tube. But I do NOT trust these patches to hold! I have no other way to get to the bike shop for a new tube (no car, too far to walk there before they close, closest Walmart is too far to walk, period... and hubby won't give me a ride). Can I use a bit of rubber from another old tube as a patch until I can get a new tube? Or can I just leave the plastic film on the patch as long as it has stuck to the tube and passes the leak test?
    4 answers · Cycling · 4 years ago
  • Visually impaired and employer won't provide alternate application. Do I have a case?

    I am not blind, but I have limited vision. I can see well enough to ride a bike, for instance, but not well enough to drive. I can read large type and I use a computer by enlarging the screen. However, I can't read small or medium print, or see clearly enough to complete a standard job application. Thus, I do better if I can access an on-line or... show more
    I am not blind, but I have limited vision. I can see well enough to ride a bike, for instance, but not well enough to drive. I can read large type and I use a computer by enlarging the screen. However, I can't read small or medium print, or see clearly enough to complete a standard job application. Thus, I do better if I can access an on-line or electronic app (could even be a scanned copy of a regular application on CD, that I can enlarge and complete and shrink back to normal size) or take the app home to have someone read and record my responses, and I sign it.. Recently, a major employer indicated that they were hiring. I requested an application and they handed me a regular app. I politely mentioned that I have difficulty seeing and asked if it would be possible to come back and get a 'vision-friendly' application or an electronic version, and explained that I'm visually impaired. I asked if I could 'come back later' so that the employer could have some time to make up a vision-friendly version. (I try to accommodate others, just as others accommodate me) They told me that three wasn't one, there was no other form but that one, and that I had to complete the form on site. I then asked if there was someone who could assist me with the process, and I would be happy to set up a time for another day if it wasn't convenient right then. I was told 'No, the application has to be completed individually.' I explained that all I was asking was for someone to read the questions aloud, and record my responses in the spaces as I gave them. I was still denied. The position I was seeking was not heavily sight dependent, and what vision-heavy tasks there were could have been accommodated with a normal computer, just like I 'm doing here. Thus, the application on CD, where I could load it, enlarge the screen so that I can see and answer the questions, then shrink it down to normal size for printing would solve the problem just fine. Denied again, even when I offered to complete the app on site in this manner. Thus, I was effectively denied a chance to apply for the job, in my take on it, simply because of my vision. I refuse to call myself disabled; I'm just a person who needs extra help to see, and I just do things a bit differently because of my low vision. Yet, that's exactly the term used for people with 'deficits' of all kinds, whether it be mobility, vision, hearing, etc. Nonetheless, I hate the term. All of us, while alive, are able to do SOMETHING-- even if it's just smiling and making someone else happy. We are only truly disabled when we can no longer do anything at all. We call that being 'DEAD'. I am not there yet! Does this sound like discrimination under ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)?
    4 answers · Law & Legal · 4 years ago
  • How can I determine the model year of my Trek bike?

    I just purchased a BEAUTIFUL used Trek 7.3 FX at an estate sale. It's in nearly perfect condition and is obviously a very recent model. I'm presuming that the bike was originally bought and sold in the U.S., so I 'm going by American-market Treks. I realize that selections and model specs may be different in other countries. I located... show more
    I just purchased a BEAUTIFUL used Trek 7.3 FX at an estate sale. It's in nearly perfect condition and is obviously a very recent model. I'm presuming that the bike was originally bought and sold in the U.S., so I 'm going by American-market Treks. I realize that selections and model specs may be different in other countries. I located the serial number and was hoping to find a look-up on the Trek site or some other independent site, but no such luck. The sale holders weren't able to tell me what year the bike is, either, as they were contracted to handle the sale and were not the estate owners. The bike is Viper Red in color which, from what I can tell from Trek's website/archives and catalogs, was only available for the 2013 model year. However, the rear derailleur is a Deore, which is consistent with the 2012 model; the 2013 model supposedly has Alivio (info from Bike Pedia and Trek). But the bike didn't come in red for 2012! Thus, it seems that I have a bike with 2012 components, but a color for 2013. A trip to my LBS didn't help; they got the same info I did regarding color, components, etc. for various model years and agreed that I have color for 2013 with some 2012 components... they're just as stunped as I am. Could this be a 'transitional' model, phasing out the 2012 production year, or perhaps the phase-in of 2013 (call it 'model year 2012-1/2'). Outside of contacting Trek directly and providing them with the serial number on my ride, how can I get the actual manufacture date or model year for my bike?
    8 answers · Cycling · 5 years ago
  • Why can same-sex domestic partners get covered under employer health insurance but not a common law couple?

    My husband and I are in a common law marriage, which is perfectly legal in our state (Texas). We've been in this arrangement for over 20 years. Even the courts recognize us as common-law married (marriage without formality, or informal marriage, is the legal term). He has been trying to have me added to his health insurance but the employer... show more
    My husband and I are in a common law marriage, which is perfectly legal in our state (Texas). We've been in this arrangement for over 20 years. Even the courts recognize us as common-law married (marriage without formality, or informal marriage, is the legal term). He has been trying to have me added to his health insurance but the employer keeps kicking it out. The employer als doesn't offer coverage to opposite sex DP's. Yet, this same employer offers coverage to same sex, unmarried domestic partners (not opposite sex) and to partners in a same-sex marriage even though our state doesn't recognize 'SSM'. The rationale is that the state where the company is based doesn't recognize common-law marriage as legal, though they do allow same-sex marriages. The difference is, a common-law marriage between a man and a woman from Texas is legally recognized in all states, but gay marriage isn't. The company is applying their state's 'laws' in a state where the laws are different. Texas doesn't recognize gay marriage yet this company doing business in Texas refuses to recognize what is a legal marriage in this state (and in all of the other states in the union, even if that state doesn't 'perform' or allow common-law marriages between their own citizens. A Texas CL marriage between 2 people who later move to any other state is just as valid as a formal marriage performed in that other state. The transplanted Texans are considered 'married'.) If my husband was shacked up with another man, he could add that man to his insurance. But if he were shacked up with another woman and not married to her in any fashion, or as in our case, if there is a legally recognized opposite-sex informal marriage/common-law, then the partner/spouse is not able to get covered. In other words, Joe can insure his partner or same-sex husband John, but not his partner, girlfriend or legal common-law wife Julie. How is this NOT discrimination based on sexual orientation or marital status?
    3 answers · Law & Ethics · 5 years ago
  • Why do people ask for a plant identification, then don't include a photo or other details?

    Just as I said. Look, if you want someone to ID your plant, then it helps to post a link to a photo, and include some other details like where it's growing (sun/shade, where you saw it-- city, state, country, etc.), and anything else that you can tell us to help you figure out what you have. 'Um... yeah, so there's this tree in my... show more
    Just as I said. Look, if you want someone to ID your plant, then it helps to post a link to a photo, and include some other details like where it's growing (sun/shade, where you saw it-- city, state, country, etc.), and anything else that you can tell us to help you figure out what you have. 'Um... yeah, so there's this tree in my backyard and it has these things on it. What kind of tree is this?' Sorry, that won't cut it. We have no idea where you are or what these 'things' are. Bugs? Flowers? Acorns? We aren't there and we can't come through your computer and into your backyard. Come on, show us a picture! Now, why do people NOT do that?
    2 answers · Garden & Landscape · 5 years ago
  • If I buy an AV program and keep it updated, then why should I have to pay to have viruses removed?

    Sums it up. I have McAfee in place and keep it up to date. Also, Malwarebytes, which has been coming up clean. Spybot, Microsoft Security Scan, and several other scanners don't show anything even in Safe Mode. Yet McAfee claims that I have a virus which is why my firewall shuts off on its own, and Microsoft Security Essentials is disabled. How... show more
    Sums it up. I have McAfee in place and keep it up to date. Also, Malwarebytes, which has been coming up clean. Spybot, Microsoft Security Scan, and several other scanners don't show anything even in Safe Mode. Yet McAfee claims that I have a virus which is why my firewall shuts off on its own, and Microsoft Security Essentials is disabled. How funny that multiple OTHER tools don't detect a thing. System not acting right and Mc's firewall keeps shutting down, and MS Security is disabled. Called McAfee Tech Support; they say I have a virus and it will cost me $90 for them to remove it.. I had Norton before I went over to McAfee. Same thing. Proper installation, updated on time, still got infected, had to pay $100 to get cleaned up. So please tell me again why I have an AV installed properly with the intention of protecting my system and fixing issues that might occur, but I still have to pay $90 for these jokers to 'disinfect' my system when their garbage program that I PAID FOR allowed the infection to get through in the first place, and their trash won't remove the bug? How is this any different than some rogue 'fake antivirus' infection other than the fact that I paid for a product that allowed an infection to happen and the 'rogues' get me infected for free?
    4 answers · Security · 5 years ago
  • Lost antibiotic prescription form-- what can I do?

    I went to the Urgent Care clinic at our county hospital (sort of like a Primacare inside the hospital-- it wasn't the emergency room) over the weekend for an infection and was prescribed amoxicillin-- an antibiotic for a serious sinus infection and strep. Because I have very limited transportation at the moment (car in the shop, no bus, cab fare... show more
    I went to the Urgent Care clinic at our county hospital (sort of like a Primacare inside the hospital-- it wasn't the emergency room) over the weekend for an infection and was prescribed amoxicillin-- an antibiotic for a serious sinus infection and strep. Because I have very limited transportation at the moment (car in the shop, no bus, cab fare is outrageous for the distance, and I'm way too sick to ride my bike with all of the rain and storms today), I wasn't able to get it filled until today. My friend was going to take me to the pharmacy, but when I went to grab the form from the desk where it was just last night, it was missing, as in totally vanished. It was there when I went to bed but now it's gone. I tore the house up looking for it but it's nowhere to be found. I called the clinic to see if they could call it into the pharmacy, but they won't do that. The hospital is really far away, on the other side of the county, and I can't get my friend to go that far or wait up to a few hours while the staff re-writes the script for me. I called the pharmacy to see if they could call the clinic and get the okay. But when the pharmacy called the clinic several times, there was no answer at first. Finally they got hold of a nurse. The provider who saw me isn't there and will not be back for a week. I can't get back to the clinic for who knows how long, and I really need this medicine if I expect to get well. I can't afford another doctor visit at a place closer to me AND the medicine AND cab fare. My car won't be out of the shop for a while and I'm stuck without a ride unless I can get this resolved TODAY. What can I do?
    1 answer · Other - Health · 5 years ago
  • POLL: Be honest, best gets 10-- have you ever peed in the shower or the bathtub?

    Just as it says, have you ever peed in the shower? I'm having a debate with a friend. The issue came up. One side says 'Everybody has peed in the shower at least once, if not regularly. No big deal.' The other side says, 'That's just nasty.' but won't admit to doing it. They also say that 'Most people DON'T pee in... show more
    Just as it says, have you ever peed in the shower? I'm having a debate with a friend. The issue came up. One side says 'Everybody has peed in the shower at least once, if not regularly. No big deal.' The other side says, 'That's just nasty.' but won't admit to doing it. They also say that 'Most people DON'T pee in the shower.' The issue of peeing in the bathtub didn't come up... but it IS interesting, now that it crossed my mind. I'm not talking about doing it as a baby or a little kid. This is peeing in the bathtub as an adult. Have you ever peed in the shower OR the bathtub? Please answer yes or no for both parts of the question (Shower-- yes or no? Bathtub-- yes or no?). Any details you wish to share are welcome. Best reply gets ten (10) points.
    25 answers · Polls & Surveys · 5 years ago
  • How do I adjust line spacing in MS Word?

    I am trying to clean up a document that has a numbered list. The numbered list is apparently double spaced between each item, and it needs to be single spaced. I've already tried using the Line Spacing feature, but it says that it's already single spaced... when it is obviously not. I tried choosing 1, which is single-space, but nothing... show more
    I am trying to clean up a document that has a numbered list. The numbered list is apparently double spaced between each item, and it needs to be single spaced. I've already tried using the Line Spacing feature, but it says that it's already single spaced... when it is obviously not. I tried choosing 1, which is single-space, but nothing happens. 1. This paragraph is a sample of what I want to do. It's single spaced in each section as it should be. I have a second numbered section below, and this is how it looks 2. Notice the 'double space between these 2 sections. I want to get rid of that double space and make it single. 3. It should look like this-- no gap between the sections. 4. However, when I go to the button in the tool bar, it says single space between the numbered items, but it's not single. When I select single space, nothing happens. I've tried back-spacing, or retyping everything over again but the formatting won't revert to single space. It stays double, like this. ^^ I've tried backspace, back tab, format, and nothing works. When I back the section up so that it's right next to the previous section, then choose single space and hit enter, it goes right back to the double spacing though the button says single space. Even the 'inches' function won't work. If I hit the Numbering function, it re-orders my sections and re-numbers them with sub-numbers and sub-sections at random. What do I do to fix this??
    4 answers · Software · 5 years ago
  • Will I be arrested at the courthouse?

    I have a court issue that I'm going to try to get fixed today. Recently I had a traffic ticket (in this state you can go to jail for even the most minor offenses if the cop feels like doing so). I went to jail and bailed myself out with $500 cash. My case ended last week (2/26/2013). Because the clock rolled over during my jail stay at the time... show more
    I have a court issue that I'm going to try to get fixed today. Recently I had a traffic ticket (in this state you can go to jail for even the most minor offenses if the cop feels like doing so). I went to jail and bailed myself out with $500 cash. My case ended last week (2/26/2013). Because the clock rolled over during my jail stay at the time of the arrest, I was credited for 2 days, $300. My fine was $417. The $300 jail credit was applied to the fine and the balance remaining was $117. When I made my final court appearance last week, the return of my bond was ordered. When I went to the window to process out, I was given the option to pay that balance from the amount of my bail bond plus a $2 payment fee (total $119). I chose that option and I was instructed by the clerk to go to the county clerk's office to get my original charge sheet and come back up to her window-- instead of having to go to the collections office. I followed her instructions and received an "order" that shows a final disposition in the case, and that my bond, minus the amount applied to my fine, shall be returned to me. It also says 'This certificate is good in the amount of $119 in payment of fines and court cost in all county criminal courts of.....County: subsequent to a final disposition and properly prepared court order to withdraw funds in the same amount ordered by a...criminal court judge' "I do on this date assign the amount of $119 from the cash bond deposit account of...County Clerk of ... County". There is a receipt number and an official seal. On Saturday (3/2/2013) I got a notice saying that I 'failed to appear as ordered' at the collections office. Yet I was told in person by the judge's clerk that I didn't have to go to collections because that clerk was handling all of the process. Yet according to this letter, I am in some sort of violation of a 'court order' and a warrant has been issued for my arrest! The letter says that there's a warrant out for me and that I now owe $169 (the original fine plus payment fee, PLUS the $50 warrant fee)... but the receipt that I got when I processed out says that I'm in good standing and that I do not owe anything more... and they owe me the $381 balance remaining from what I paid out of my $500 bond. This court is jacked up. Will I be arrested for 'contempt' or some other charge because of this mix-up? Are they going to stiff me for the additional $50 warrant fee, or simply deny the return of my entire bond? Please help!
    2 answers · Law Enforcement & Police · 5 years ago
  • How can I fight this? Will I go to jail?

    Recently I had a traffic ticket (in this state you can go to jail for even the most minor offenses if the cop feels like doing so). I went to jail and bailed myself out with $500 cash. Because the clock rolled over, I was credited for 2 days, $300. My fine was $417. The balance remaining once my jail credit was applied was $117. When I made my... show more
    Recently I had a traffic ticket (in this state you can go to jail for even the most minor offenses if the cop feels like doing so). I went to jail and bailed myself out with $500 cash. Because the clock rolled over, I was credited for 2 days, $300. My fine was $417. The balance remaining once my jail credit was applied was $117. When I made my final court appearance, the return of my bond was ordered. When I went to the window to process out, I was given the option to pay my balance from the amount of my bail bond plus a $2 payment fee (total $119). I chose that option and I was instructed by the clerk to go to the county clerk's office to get my original charge sheet and come back up to her window-- instead of having to go to the collections office. I followed her instructions and received an "order" that shows a final disposition in the case, and that my bond, minus the amount applied to my fine, shall be returned to me. It also says 'This certificate is good in the amount of $119 in payment of fines and court cost in all county criminal courts of.....County: subsequent to a final disposition and properly prepared court order to withdraw funds in the same amount ordered by a...criminal court judge' "I do on this date assign the amount of $119 from the cash bond deposit account of...County Clerk of ... County". There is a receipt number and an official seal. Now I got a notice saying that I 'failed to appear as ordered' at the collections office. Yet I was told in person that I didn't have to go to collections because the 'other clerk' was handling all of the process. According to this letter, I am in some sort of violation of a 'court order' and a warrant has been issued for my arrest! One letter says that there's a warrant out for me and that I now owe $169 (the original fine plus payment fee, PLUS the $50 warrant fee)... but the receipt that I got when I processed out says that I'm in good standing and that I do not owe anything more... and they owe me the $381 balance remaining from what I paid out of my $500 bond. What do I do? And if I do get a visit from a policeman trying to arrest me for this 'warrant', what should I do? Please help!
    4 answers · Law Enforcement & Police · 5 years ago
  • Who has a good and easy recipe for rice pudding?

    My husband is coming off of the stomach bug and he loves rice pudding. I have a great recipe, which he really likes. It makes a fantastic rice pudding but it's very time consuming! I am looking for a fairly simple and quick recipe that uses a minimum of ingredients, since I really don't want to run to the store. I have Arborio rice (my... show more
    My husband is coming off of the stomach bug and he loves rice pudding. I have a great recipe, which he really likes. It makes a fantastic rice pudding but it's very time consuming! I am looking for a fairly simple and quick recipe that uses a minimum of ingredients, since I really don't want to run to the store. I have Arborio rice (my favorite for making rice pudding), milk, vanilla, eggs, sugar, regular raisins, salt, butter, and all of the usual baking spices. I also have oranges and lemons for making zest. What I DON'T have is a lot of time, so a quick-cooking recipe is appreciated.
    6 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 5 years ago
  • Panasonic cordless phone says No Link to Base. Why?

    I went to use the handset to make a call, and when I turned it on, I heard a strange busy-type signal. I turned off the handset and tried again. The screen read BUSY, but there's nobody else here. There isn't an extension off the hook anywhere. I turned off the handset and turned it back on, but then it said NO LINK TO BASE. The line cord... show more
    I went to use the handset to make a call, and when I turned it on, I heard a strange busy-type signal. I turned off the handset and tried again. The screen read BUSY, but there's nobody else here. There isn't an extension off the hook anywhere. I turned off the handset and turned it back on, but then it said NO LINK TO BASE. The line cord and the AC cord are both plugged in properly, at the outlet and on the phone itself. I tested the handset batteries and they are good. The phone worked just fine last night before I went to bed and the handset was parked in the base as it should be, but now this morning it's messed up and won't work at all. Why is it doing this?
    18 answers · Land Phones · 5 years ago
  • Why won't my epoxy repair hold together?

    The handle of my ceramic coffee cup broke off and then fell to the floor, breaking into 3 or 4 pieces. The mug has sentimental value and I want to fix it. I've used 5-minute-cure epoxy for things like this with great success many times, but for some reason, it's not working now. The mug is a basic ceramic type, never broken before.... show more
    The handle of my ceramic coffee cup broke off and then fell to the floor, breaking into 3 or 4 pieces. The mug has sentimental value and I want to fix it. I've used 5-minute-cure epoxy for things like this with great success many times, but for some reason, it's not working now. The mug is a basic ceramic type, never broken before. It's clean and I have all the pieces. The epoxy is fresh, and I mixed it up as instructed, and I've used this stuff many times so I'm familiar with it. I applied the epoxy mix to both surfaces to be joined, pressed them together firmly until the excess epoxy oozed out and filled in any small gaps between the pieces, so I had enough on both pieces. Then I held the pieces together for a good long time. When I went back to the repair and tried to move it, the whole thing just fell apart. So, I cleaned it up again and tried again. No luck-- same thing. So, thinking that the epoxy might have been bad, I tried it on some scrap ceramic that's similar to the cup I'm trying to fix, and it worked just fine. So, back to the cup, same thing. The repair will NOT hold/set up. Why is this not working, and how can I fix my cup? Please, no Super Glue (it gets brittle and cracks over time), no Elmer's glue (not waterproof), no Gorilla Glue (overhyped, never had that stuff hold very well for very long except on shoes).
    2 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 5 years ago
  • Why can't we find a place to rent?

    We've been looking for months to rent a new place because our current place is just too small. We can afford up to $1500 a month, and for what we want, that's very possible in this market. By that, I mean that we find lots of really nice places in excellent neighborhood. We're looking to rent a small house, a duplex or a townhome-- no... show more
    We've been looking for months to rent a new place because our current place is just too small. We can afford up to $1500 a month, and for what we want, that's very possible in this market. By that, I mean that we find lots of really nice places in excellent neighborhood. We're looking to rent a small house, a duplex or a townhome-- no apartments. Our credit is almost spotless (score in the low 800's). We have a perfect rental history for 20 years, good references, stable employment, ample income, very low debt/income ratio, and no criminal history. Our problem? When we find a prospect and call on it, no one returns our calls even after multiple attempts. Or, the listing is no good or even fraudulent. Or, we actually get to view a place only to find out that it had already been rented to someone who got there first. I get the idea of first come, first served but how can we be "first" if no one calls us back? In one case, we were even discriminated against because of ethnicity-- the owner was Hispanic and we're not, and he rented to his Hispanic make-ready guy AFTER promising to show the place to us as soon as it was cleaned and ready. We saw the property as the prior tenants were moving out. We called when instructed, and the man never returned our calls for 2 weeks, Then when he did finally call back, he told us it was rented and we saw the new tenant. The place was just a block from our current home on a street that we travel daily, so we could see who moved in. It's SO frustrating knowing that we're more than qualified for a place, but still not even having the chance to apply. We like renting and prefer not to purchase because we're older folks and don't want to be saddled with a mortgage in our 70's. Sure, we could buy but we prefer to rent. We've even sacrificed some of the things that we'd like to have just so we can find SOMETHING. And no, we don't want to live in a ghetto. We're even working with an agent and still not having ANY luck at all! It isn't as if there are no properties that become open and available-- it's that we can never, ever get hold of anyone to let us view or apply before it's already rented to someone else (who may or may not be as well-qualified as we are). Why can't we find any suitable place to rent even though we're more than qualified? More importantly, why doesn't anyone ever call us back when we inquire about a listing or property that we've seen until weeks after the place is already rented to someone else? Also, why are there so many old or outdated listings on the rental sites? PS: Yes, we have pets (cats), but we've been searching pet-friendly locations,,, at least, the ads say that cats are allowed and welcome. But to date, no one has asked because we haven't been able to contact much of anyone. The few that we have reached seem as if they will welcome pets and tell us what the pet deposit is. A few even said that they PREFER cats over dogs because indoor cats are small, quiet, and don't use the potty outdoors on the lawn. One place even had a closet converted to a cat "bathroom" with a flap and everything... but it got rented before we could even view it. We had an appointment but someone got it before our appointment time so that was cancelled. :(
    5 answers · Renting & Real Estate · 5 years ago
  • Landlord won't fix code violations and city won't enforce. What to do?

    The electrical service in our rental home is not grounded. We discovered this problem when we had some work done in our unit. We also have no GFCI outlets at all, anywhere in the unit. The electrician on the job pointed it out to us, and a second electrician confirmed the problem as a fire hazard. Both have indicated in written statements that this... show more
    The electrical service in our rental home is not grounded. We discovered this problem when we had some work done in our unit. We also have no GFCI outlets at all, anywhere in the unit. The electrician on the job pointed it out to us, and a second electrician confirmed the problem as a fire hazard. Both have indicated in written statements that this is a very unsafe condition, and violates local and national electrical codes. We alerted the landlord in writing (via the property management office as per our lease) and nothing was done. We made a second notice, also in writing and sent certified mail return receipt-- and they still wouldn't respond. So, we went to the City and reported the problem. When the City asked for the address of the property management and landlord, the tone of the conversation changed when we mentioned who our landlord is. The man owns hundreds of residential and business properties, many of which have contracts with the city (one is a restaurant that holds a HUGE contract with the city). We're certain that the landlord is greasing the palms of city officials to get certain things overlooked. We aren't the only tenants who have had electrical or other issues with our units. There are a number of ongoing code violations that go uncorrected and no one seems to care. Our state is very "landlord friendly", and tenants have a very hard time defending their rights. Most judges in our county are also landlords. That's a fact borne out by our local Tenants' Union. There are very few lawyers here who will take the tenant's side in a case. Most of them work with the landlord, not the tenant. It seems that our landlord has the city in his pocket and he won't get the problems fixed. We have 8 months remaining on our lease. Trying to break a lease legally in this county is next to impossible when you have a LL with the judges in his pocket. What can we do?
    6 answers · Renting & Real Estate · 5 years ago
  • Would you confess to something that you didn't do?

    Suppose that you were accused by a friend or neighbor of doing something... say, a minor act of vandalism or something like that where no one was hurt but it still caused an inconvenience. Let's say, you are accused of flattening a tire. You know that you were accused because of some strife that had been occurring between you and the accuser and... show more
    Suppose that you were accused by a friend or neighbor of doing something... say, a minor act of vandalism or something like that where no one was hurt but it still caused an inconvenience. Let's say, you are accused of flattening a tire. You know that you were accused because of some strife that had been occurring between you and the accuser and you happened to be the most likely culprit... but you really didn't commit the act. The accuser had reported the act to your landlord and you are now facing eviction. You know that you're innocent, but no one will believe you. However, the accuser has indicated that IF you confess and say that you did the deed, they will advocate for you in the eviction proceedings-- though there's no guarantee that you'd be able to keep your residence. In addition, the accusers contacted police who said that there was no real evidence that you committed the act. Further, you had helped another neighbor out when that neighbor experienced a problem with a result similar to the act that you are accused of committing (in this case, you helped another neighbor fix a flat tire, yet here you are now being accused of flattening your accuser's tire) but that neighbor chooses to stay neutral and not get involved on your behalf. In addition, your spouse, who has been dragged into this, is pressuring you to "confess" and tell the accusers what they want to hear. The spouse is basically being a butt-kisser and is willing to throw YOU under the bus to save his/her own skin, and you are being brow beaten (henpecked) literally day and night to just confess because your spouse is now convinced that you're guilty of the charge. This pressure includes waking you in the middle of the night to pressure you to confess and making threats like, "If you don't confess, we'll lose our home... and even if you do confess there's no guarantee that we'll be able to stay but the evidence is so strong that if this were in court you'd probably be convicted anyway". You are alone in this with no one to support you and the very ones who you would expect to be at your side have turned on you. There is high pressure on you to confess, and there is psychological 'warfare' such as the sleep interruption and the fact that the accuser says things like, "We all do stupid things without thinking sometimes and we can forgive a lot of things if they're confessed...". Even a "No contest" from you because you're tired and worn out isn't good enough; everyone is pressuring you to admit. You are suspicious that it's a way to get you to fess up so they can go to the cops, yet you are so worn out that you're tempted to just give in. Bearing in mind the intense pressure that you are facing, would you just capitulate and make a false confession-- knowing that your home is at stake, or would you continue to stand your ground and maintain innocence? If you wouldn't confess, how would you try to convince your accuser and the others that you're innocent if your character witnesses won't get involved? What would you do in a false accusation case like this?
    6 answers · Law & Ethics · 5 years ago