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Old 07-15-2021, 07:58 PM   #1541
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Got a hearing test today at Costco. Results were that I am borderline with high frequency loss, so they gave me a pair of loaners to try for a few days to see if I think I want to go that way. The test was 90 minutes and was very thorough. The hearing aids are $1400 a pair and are amazingly sophisticated with bluetooth adjustment and rechargeable batteries with touchless charging.

I was impressed by Costco's service, no hard sell and surprisingly low price.
Took back the hearing aids today. I just couldn't see any significant difference. Hearing tech said she wasn't surprised, based on the test results. Now, if I can just get DW to quit talking to me from another room with the refrigerator running.
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Met up with a friend for lunch. First time for on-premise dining in 18 months. Although she was OK with inside, I preferred outside. We're both fully vaccinated but the Delta variant is a concern for my DH who has compromised lung function. It was still great to catch up in person.
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No one wants to run a race when the air stinks..
If that was the case there would be no NYC marathon.
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Just got back from a trip to Montana where DW did her 78th half marathon. Pretty good for only starting them five years ago, and coming from couch potato status seven years ago. I'm very proud of her, and happy to go along as her support crew most of the time.

Found a BBQ place that had the best brisket I've had in several years, and a local ice cream place that had the best ice cream I've had in years as well. I guess I have to admit that travel is indeed "broadening".
Congrats to your DW! Running a half marathon is impressive, but to average more than one per month for 5 years - that's incredible!
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Congrats to your DW! Running a half marathon is impressive, but to average more than one per month for 5 years - that's incredible!
Just for the record, she doesn't run these races -- she's a walker. Lots more walkers in races these days, since it's much easier on the knees. Still not too shabby for anyone in their 70s. She is aiming for 100 halfs by the end of next year, and starting to think about what the next goal will be.
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Just for the record, she doesn't run these races -- she's a walker. Lots more walkers in races these days, since it's much easier on the knees. Still not too shabby for anyone in their 70s. She is aiming for 100 halfs by the end of next year, and starting to think about what the next goal will be.
Ok. For a minute I thought you were married to Supergirls's birth mother.

Now I realize she's probably a relative of Wonder Woman.
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Learned a new word: Paltering.

""Paltering," or the active use of a truthful statement to mislead someone -- is the subject of a new research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It finds that the tactic is not only common -- more than half of business executives enrolled in a Harvard Business School executive education course admitted they had used it in some or most of their negotiations, for instance -- but viewed with equal distrust as intentional lies. Participants in the study rated the behavior of someone who paltered in a negotiation as being just as unethical or untrustworthy as the person who outright lied with a known falsehood."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...lly-dishonest/

Seems it is employed nowadays in all manner of public discourse as well.
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Had one of my wife's former co-workers visit yesterday as she was passing through town. She had some sad news to report about her life.

Raised one of our retirement account draws to give us about a $250 a month pretax increase in income starting next month. Part of our going from a 3% to a 4% draw through 2022 because of one income stream ending.
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Got all the treads and risers on. So the gazebo is assembled, but the Home Depot delivered 8 horribly scratched up composite boards, so I've still got an unfinished strip to do. Next is the indoor/outdoor ceiling fans.


The steps took a few days because once the sun comes over the trees (11:30 or so), I quit... just too hot. And it's very important to me to enjoy the doing.
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Learned a new word: Paltering.

""Paltering," or the active use of a truthful statement to mislead someone -- is the subject of a new research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It finds that the tactic is not only common -- more than half of business executives enrolled in a Harvard Business School executive education course admitted they had used it in some or most of their negotiations, for instance -- but viewed with equal distrust as intentional lies. Participants in the study rated the behavior of someone who paltered in a negotiation as being just as unethical or untrustworthy as the person who outright lied with a known falsehood."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...lly-dishonest/

Seems it is employed nowadays in all manner of public discourse as well.
How about an example of somebody 'paltering'?
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Took back the hearing aids today. I just couldn't see any significant difference. Hearing tech said she wasn't surprised, based on the test results. Now, if I can just get DW to quit talking to me from another room with the refrigerator running.
I know I have some hearing loss (hello rock and roll with head phones on), but I have the same issue with DW. I will literally be 2 rooms and a hallway away, and she speaks in a normal voice.

NO, I cannot hear you know, and I couldn't 20 years ago!
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Learned a new word: Paltering.

""Paltering," or the active use of a truthful statement to mislead someone -- is the subject of a new research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It finds that the tactic is not only common -- more than half of business executives enrolled in a Harvard Business School executive education course admitted they had used it in some or most of their negotiations, for instance -- but viewed with equal distrust as intentional lies. Participants in the study rated the behavior of someone who paltered in a negotiation as being just as unethical or untrustworthy as the person who outright lied with a known falsehood."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...lly-dishonest/

Seems it is employed nowadays in all manner of public discourse as well.
In today’s paper
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Old 07-16-2021, 03:39 PM   #1553
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How about an example of somebody 'paltering'?
from Lifehacker:
"For example, that slimy used car salesman might say that the old beater you’re looking at “starts up great” and that “these are reliable models” when you ask how it runs, but neglects to mention that the engine of that particular vehicle dies regularly. He didn’t lie to you, but he didn’t tell you the truth either."


Politicians use the technique frequently, I'll pass on examples for them as that would invite PORKY!
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Yesterday, the young wife and I harvested our shallots in the morning. Then she made sweet pickle relish with her bounty of slicing cukes. I canned 8 half-pints for her. She also started fermenting four quarts of dill pickles. This afternoon we harvested all of our onions and garlic (~120 of each). It was about 92 deg. out at the garden (which made for some hot and sweaty work). They're all now on drying racks with the shallots out in the garage. We'll go back tomorrow morning to put some new zucchini in the now empty onion bed and some Italian Romano pole beans in the empty garlic bed. We'll also take in the rest of the cabbage and the young wife will start fermenting some sauerkraut.
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Just for the record, she doesn't run these races -- she's a walker. Lots more walkers in races these days, since it's much easier on the knees. Still not too shabby for anyone in their 70s. She is aiming for 100 halfs by the end of next year, and starting to think about what the next goal will be.


Still - a hike of 13 miles even on flat ground is a chore.
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Still - a hike of 13 miles even on flat ground is a chore.
Curious if she had ever worn a fit bit type device and knows how many steps that is. No real reason, just wondering.
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Curious if she had ever worn a fit bit type device and knows how many steps that is. No real reason, just wondering.
Oh, she's utterly addicted to her Apple Watch, and tracks all the metrics all the time.

Steps in a race will vary a lot, depending on the individual.
One common estimate is that for the average person it will be between 2,000 and 2,500 steps per mile, if walking. Since your stride lengthens when you run, it would be between 1,400 and 1,700 steps per mile for an average runner.

Lots of variation between fast and slow, men and women, length of stride, etc.
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Played my 5th round of golf for the week, walking the course every time with at least one friend.

Received a new phone for DW and spent more time than I preferred in the Verizon store just trying to get a SIM card. I will switch here over to the new phone sometime this weekend.

About to eat dinner with DW, then, despite the heat, go on an evening stroll with her and a few friends at a nearby park. Later this evening will tackle what I hope is a "simple" repair of a leaky faucet.
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Got all the treads and risers on. So the gazebo is assembled, but the Home Depot delivered 8 horribly scratched up composite boards, so I've still got an unfinished strip to do. Next is the indoor/outdoor ceiling fans.


The steps took a few days because once the sun comes over the trees (11:30 or so), I quit... just too hot. And it's very important to me to enjoy the doing.
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Curious if she had ever worn a fit bit type device and knows how many steps that is. No real reason, just wondering.
Reminds me that the very definition of a mile is 1000 steps of a Roman army unit. (Mile <--> mille.) For them, a step was what we could call two steps, i.e., for them, a step was from left forward to left forward again. So I usually figure 2000 steps per mile, +/-.
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