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Old 03-22-2007, 07:31 AM   #21
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Where: The local plasma donation center

Why: They pay me
There are some interesting characters to watch and hang out with
I think my plasma is helping someone
I can pretend I'm losing weight (at least until I get a drink of water later!)
They have free wireless internet (!)

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Ooh - good one. What's the going rate?
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REWahoo,

The bluebonnets are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. We aren't seeing them in North Texas yet. Give us a week or so. We are still into drought conditions in these parts do they may not be as plentiful this year.

Bt the way thats not a weird place to frenquent, but thanks again for sharing!
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We are still into drought conditions in these parts do they may not be as plentiful this year.
I cheated and watered several times during the winter, otherwise we wouldn't have any either.

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Couple times a year I walk through the cemetary at my little country church. Most of my ancestors are buried there along with the rest of the people who homesteaded in the area 150 years ago when the founded the church.

I bring my kids there every Memorial Day to put flags on the veterans's gravesites.
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Ooh - good one. What's the going rate?
Since I'm heavier, I think they pay me $25 for the first donation in a week and $30 for the second, or something like that. I don't really do it for the money. They change the pay structure pretty frequently. I haven't been in a while because I got busy with work and school.

So I meant to ask, is my plasma really going anywhere useful?

Also, is it safe? It seems to be but there's also a bunch of semi-seedy characters that come in to give, so it feels a little weird. Also, nobody else I know does it for extra cash, but it seems a pretty easy way to earn some.

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Since I'm heavier, I think they pay me $25 for the first donation in a week and $30 for the second, or something like that. I don't really do it for the money. They change the pay structure pretty frequently. I haven't been in a while because I got busy with work and school.

So I meant to ask, is my plasma really going anywhere useful?

Also, is it safe? It seems to be but there's also a bunch of semi-seedy characters that come in to give, so it feels a little weird. Also, nobody else I know does it for extra cash, but it seems a pretty easy way to earn some.

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It's safe as long as they use clean needles. I sold plasma years ago. Now I donate blood.
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So I meant to ask, is my plasma really going anywhere useful?
Donating is safe (unless the guy in the next chair mugs you on the way home). The plasma is used for extraction of antibodies (gamma globulin type stuff), albumin, and other blood products. All that stuff is screened for hepatitis, AIDS, etc. before being sterilized and distributed.
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Wait a sec, $55/wk for giving away a little plasma? $55 x 52 x 2 = $5720 per year (if DW does it too). This might be a good FIRE supplement

After researching it, it sounds like work at 1.5 hours per donation session.
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www.columbuswashboard.com/festival.htm

In the picture, I'm the guy with the large tie and washtub bass at the far right. Logan is a beautiful little town, nestled in the Hocking Hills. Our band has been hired to play there for five out of the six years the festival has been running. We are one of only a few wonderful groups who perform there including the Juggarnauts from Kentucky, a group out of Cincinati, The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, and a plethora of washboard players from all over the world. The festival is free and family oriented. Not much in the way of hotel/motel accomodations but lots of B and B's, vacation cabins, and camp sites but if you want to attend the three day festival, June 15th thru the 17th, for more than a day make reservations soon.
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Where Drives through the country in the Deep South.

Why Some of those places look like they haven't been touched since the Civil War, almost appear to have been forgotten in time. Kind of a unique experience when you regularly see the advances of modern day life.

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Where: Congressional Cemetery approximately 3 times a week

Why: It is supported by dog owners who can let their dogs run off the leash
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Where: a Korean supermarket (I'm not Korean)

Why: cheap produce
great food court (all Korean booths)
supplies for Asian cooking
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Elderdude,

You sure have brought back some memories. We used to live in Columbus OH and we rode our motorcycle to Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills and would go hiking there with friends. As a matter of fact, we wrecked our motorcycle there approximately 30 years ago and I have not been on one since that time.

The festival looks like something fun to do. I don't know if we will make it this year or not, but if we do, I will stop by and say hi.

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Dreamer,
Wife and I love the parks in Hocking Hills. We've taken most of the hikes to Conklins Hollow, Ash Cave, Rockbridge, Cantwell Cliffs, etc. After the washboard festival we head to Columbus for a gig with their jazz club on Sunday night and sightseeing for a couple of days before flying back to Sacramento. I'm with the Boondockers, in case you can make it.
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I have visited Sewage Treatment Plants many times in the past few decade!

Peeeeeuuuuwww!

But any birder worth his/her salt won't pass up these great birding spots just because of a little odor!

Of course we always hear the great tales of when some van full of birders lost traction and started to slide into one of the settling ponds!!!

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Wait a sec, $55/wk for giving away a little plasma? $55 x 52 x 2 = $5720 per year (if DW does it too). This might be a good FIRE supplement

After researching it, it sounds like work at 1.5 hours per donation session.
That sounds about right. If you drink a lot of water before and/or you're female, it goes faster.

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Since I'm heavier, I think they pay me $25 for the first donation in a week and $30 for the second, or something like that. I don't really do it for the money. They change the pay structure pretty frequently. I haven't been in a while because I got busy with work and school.

So I meant to ask, is my plasma really going anywhere useful?

Also, is it safe? It seems to be but there's also a bunch of semi-seedy characters that come in to give, so it feels a little weird. Also, nobody else I know does it for extra cash, but it seems a pretty easy way to earn some.

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I wonder if there is any physical benefit to the doner that gives blood?
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I have visited Sewage Treatment Plants many times in the past few decade!

Peeeeeuuuuwww!

But any birder worth his/her salt won't pass up these great birding spots just because of a little odor!

Of course we always hear the great tales of when some van full of birders lost traction and started to slide into one of the settling ponds!!!

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I've w*rked at one for 31 years....FIRE'ing in 2 weeks! Normally a properly operating plant won't stink! Normally if it stinks....it's not operating/or being operated correctly.

I've had a magnificent view of bald eagles from our plant for several years. We can walk up to within 15-20 feet of them, and they just kind of look at us like "oh, it's just you guys again....Good Morning." It is soooooo cool!!!

Also see pelicans, egrets, great blue herons, ducks and geese of all sorts, gulls, cardinals, owls, hawks, and on and on and on!! It is a great birding site!!!
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I wonder if there is any physical benefit to the doner that gives blood?
Some men (and women after menopause) are susceptible to hemochromatosis ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemochromatosis ) an overload of iron in the blood.
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When I am cycling out in the middle of nowhere, I sometimes come
across cemetaries that are miles (or dozens of miles) from anything
else. I often stop at these for breaks, and just look around at the
headstones, and enjoy the solitude.
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