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Glad I'm not the only anti-Hallmark holiday (sm)

Posted By: adh on 2006-05-15
In Reply to: I don't celebrate Hallmark holidays. If they forget...(nt) - ...your birthday then you should complain.

one here. Our family-created rituals are so much more satisfying.

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Mother's Day is not a Hallmark holiday (sm)

First, thank you to everyone for your thoughts on my kids. I am feeling pretty down today. I think it's compounded by the fact that I really feel the only person in my life who has really thought that I was just the greatest was my dad, and I lost him back in October. I sure miss having someone around who just in his own quiet way lets you know that you are loved.

So, anyway, I thought about the Hallmark holiday comment below, and while you would probably think Mother's Day was one of those (I guess I did), it actually is not. I thought what I found on the holiday was interesting so thought I'd share it with you.

Origin of Mother's Day

In the times of the ancient Greeks, Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, was honored with a special festival. In seventeenth century England, "Mothering Sunday," celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, honored England's mothers.

Jumping across the ocean, the first observation of a Mother's Day in the United States took place in 1872 when Julia Ward Howe, social reformer and poet who penned the words to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," suggested a day to honor mothers. This day, which she felt should be dedicated to peace, was celebrated by gatherings that she organized and held in Boston. This tradition spread, and was later organized in other areas of the country as well.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis took Howe's idea a step further and began to campaign for a nationally recognized Mother's Day. In the late nineteenth century, Jarvis's own mother had tried to establish "Mother's Friendship Days" as a way to heal the scars of the Civil War. Persuading her mother's church in Grafton, to celebrate Mother's Day on the anniversary of Jarvis's mother's death - the second Sunday in May - our Mother's Day holiday as it is now celebrated was born. Jarvis also began the tradition of wearing a carnation in honor or memory of our mothers - a coloured carnation if your mother is still living, a white one if she is deceased.

Jarvis's push to make Mother's Day a national event involved letter writing to ministers, politicians and businessmen. By 1911, Mother's Day was being celebrated in almost every state in the country. On 9th of May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the official proclamation that Mother's Day would be a national holiday to be celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.

Mother's Day is still celebrated around the world at various times throughout the year. There are some countries, such as Finland, Denmark and Australia that do observe the holiday on the second Sunday in May. 

She came around as an anti-Britney, anti-Christina bad girl a few years back

and I like her music. At least it's really her music rather than some oversynthesized Britney crap. Christina can sing but she's too slutty. Avril is a nice in-between IMO. Hillary Duff is another person of that genre who actually has talent but doesn't act like a scumbag.
Izzy was in a Hallmark movie also
It was a sweet story, catch it if you can....She was also in something else that I can't think of right now... a movie.. I'll think of it sooner or later...
E-cards are free from Hallmark (sm)
And they have a lot to choose from: funny, sappy, holidays, birthdays, whatever. I love to e-mail my friends e-cards and I love to get them too. Go to the Hallmark website and click on e-cards. You could send them to her daily or weekly or whatever.

I also think it will just take time for your sister to adjust. I think you are wonderful to care the way you do and have the concern that you have. She is very lucky to have a sister like you.
I don't celebrate Hallmark holidays. If they forget...(nt)

hallmark.com is free. Big selection of b'day cards. NM
AVG anti-virus...
and also Microsoft's own Anti-Spyware are good. www.microsoft.com (downloads) and Google in AVG and go to their site...
Ice and anti-inflammatories. SM

I had medial and lateral and it hurt like I don't know what.  I had to have the injection, instant relief of pain, but my arm was so weak.  I had to go to PT too.  They told me to do this:  Get a styrofoam cup (small one) and fill it up with water and freeze it.  Then you can just tear off paper and still have portion of cup to hold on to, and do an ice massage right there where it hurts so bad.  Stay on the anti-inflammatories. 

What anti- anything are you running?

Kind of hard to know without more information.  What antispyware and antivirus programs are you running first off?  Have you defragmented your computer?  Have you run your updates?  That is why it is good to do the things it states in that tutorial, and yes, that is not the end-all site, of course.  Like I said, others may have better ideas and sites, programs, etc.  Sometimes, the companies we work with have us download software that our operating systems will not sustain well and make them unstable.  Just a thought.  Hope this helps.  Let me know.  Talk to guys tomorrow. 

Not anti-AHDI but pro-US MTs
So, does anyone have any experience starting up groups such as this? Please contact me via email? I work full-time and then some - and don't have oodles of time, but my guess is we are all in this same boat (not having extra time). I would be willing to try to create something for us.

On a tangent - I really struggled over the years about the whole U.S. MTs versus "them." I truly believe we are such a melting pot and feel strong about not excluding anyone. I do not think the us VS them viewpoint is very positive. That being said, I do believe that one of the biggest problems in our economy today is that govt (both sides) let our jobs (of all kinds) go overseas so the corporations could make more money. This left Americans without jobs or having to retrain, etc. I have finally come to conclusion that I am not being exclusionary OR protectionist to want our government AND groups like AAMT to advocate for US first, for those of us who live here, create this economy, and who keep this country going.

In bringing up the idea of having a new group for MTs, I think it is important that we are FOR something (us) and not against something (AHDI, MTSOs, overseas MTs). This is only my opinion. Even though feel angry and disillusioned about what AHDI has allowed to happen, I prefer to find a more positive way to help ourselves. I'm not sure exactly what that is...but eventually it likely will require for us to be proactive and take steps.

Suggestions on how to get the tea party started? I'm willing if others are. Even if just a few of us brainstorming - the point is to set into motion something that gives us hope. Something that will eventually grow and help each other. MT Stars does this in its own way, by providing the avenue to be real and share the good and the not so great about our profession.

Please email me, let me know what you think. Or post here.

The tea party opens...

I certainly wouldn't let them be privy to that much info about me and neither should you.  You can do something about it.
Hmm, so is Easter anti-biblical?
The word "Easter" itself appears nowhere in the bible because its roots have nothing to do with Christianity:

Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God. But the celebrations of Easter have many customs and legends that are pagan in origin and have nothing to do with Christianity. Scholars, accepting the derivation proposed by the 8th-century English scholar St. Bede, believe the name Easter is thought to come from the Scandinavian "Ostra" and the Teutonic "Ostern" or "Eastre," both Goddesses of mythology signifying spring and fertility whose festival was celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox. Traditions associated with the festival survive in the Easter rabbit, a symbol of fertility, and in colored easter eggs, originally painted with bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring, and used in Easter-egg rolling contests or given as gifts. The Christian celebration of Easter embodies a number of converging traditions with emphasis on the relation of Easter to the Jewish festival of Passover, or Pesach, from which is derived Pasch, another name used by Europeans for Easter. Passover is an important feast in the Jewish calendar which is celebrated for 8 days and commemorates the flight and freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The early Christians, many of whom were of Jewish origin, were brought up in the Hebrew tradition and regarded Easter as a new feature of the Passover festival, a commemoration of the advent of the Messiah as foretold by the prophets. (For more information please visit our Passover celebration - Passover on the Net). Easter is observed by the churches of the West on the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or following the spring equinox (March 2I). So Easter became a "movable" feast which can occur as early as March 22 or as late as April 25. Christian churches in the East which were closer to the birthplace of the new religion and in which old traditions were strong, observe Easter according to the date of the Passover festival.
Anti-reproductive choice ? that is so very PC
Is this correct.  I am getting different opinions and answers.  First BOS says not to a hyphen for both...second BOS says hyphen all but have had editors saying no hyphen for antiinflammatory and a hyphen for the plural.  HELP!
Has anyone tried Cymbalta? It is new anti-depressant

which I read speeds up a person - since I am soooo lethargic in my depression, not to mention the fact that in just under a year I have put on an enormous amount of weight (partly due to smoking cessation - I ate everything in site and then sat while working 70 hours a week, then, too tired to do anything much than the necessary). 

Am age 48.  Am on Paxil now.  Thinking of going back on Prozac as it was a good med for me (I have low grade depression exacerbated by stress).

I wonder what the general concensus is on this new med.   Thank you very much


A4tech anti-RSI model KB(s)-8
I've tried all the expensive ergonomic keyboards mentioned here in the past and never found one I liked. Back in the day, Keytronics made a great keyboard (some 15 or 20 years ago) but they aren't the same now. I've been using this A4tech anti-RSI KB(S)-8 for a couple of years and it is fantastic. I heard about it on another board and thought, how can it be that great when it's only $20? But it really is the best keyboard I've owned in 20 years. Plus you can program some of the keys to open programs or perform tasks, even keystrokes. The keyboard comes with a wrist rest, which is completely useless to me, but it comes off easily so that's not a problem.
Atech4 anti-rsi keyboard (sm)
KBS-8 (not KB-8). Under $20 bucks. Has programmable keys above the function keys that are great to bring up dictionaries and other programs at the push of a button. Very, very responsive, not noisy, great touch. The "KBS" series keys are at an A angle, the "KB" series at the regular keyboard angle. I love the A angle. There's nothing I don't like about this keyboard and believe me, I've spent big money on the best a number of times over the past 20+ years and have been unhappy or not nearly as happy as I am with this one. Not an unhappy moment with this one. Hard not to try for under $20. Can I say more? :)
why is AHDI so anti American MT

they seem completely out of touch with MTs, as evidenced in my personal experience and from reading so many posts on this board alone.  I have never seen such misrepresentation of a profession...and they seem to have not even an inkling to bridge the gap; in fact, they seem to go out of their way to make the bridge even wider. 

we need some representation on behalf of all MTs from the 'old school,' as we should be grandfathered in to any kind of mandatory certification, if it comes to that; but we definitely need an advocate on OUR side. 

I see a lot of condescending remarks (and worse) from CMTs on this site against we "regular MTs" and it proves the point that there is a huge injustice going on with that organization and their disrespect of the 'little' guys here who are losing more and more money every year.  I just heard overall American wages have dropped from $7500 a year gained from the 1990s to 2000 lower to date, and dropping, which is over 9000 a year.  utilites are sky-rocketing, food prices, (need I go on?)...

now of ALL times to try to enforce any more financial hardship on MTs (while at the same time lowering costs for overseas MTs) not only shows complete lack of knowledge about the realities we face, but extreme disrespect toward us. 

WE should be priority, not overseas MTs but US.

this is not a game people...this is serious, and no one should be able to mess with anyone else's livelihood in such ways as I have seen in this profession alone over the last decade especially. 

anti-virus programs
AVG free was recommended to me by 3 friends of mine who work in the IT field and by the IT dept at both of companies I work for.

I run it, AdAware and Pest Patrol on a weekly basis.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
User friendly and it seems to work well. I run it twice a week.

Hope that helps :-)
AVG anti-virus is great and free!
Dear anti-Caucasian racist

Sorry, you're dead wrong. Nice try though.
A4Tech KBS8 Anti-RSI keyboard
I heard rave reviews about this "A shaped" keyboard layout and just ordered one. I never could get used to the split keyboards. Plus it was really cheap! With shipping, I paid a little over $19! It has 19 hot keys and is a multi-media. I'm hoping this is "the one." Anyone else use it?
you're welcome - actually it's anti-glare screen.
nutso me *l* - it's an antiglare screen *cyberslaps self*  *lol*
What is the best anti-virus program for Vista?
As you know if you have Vista, it has a pretty good security system built right in, the Windows firewall and Defender antispyware.  Is it necessary to go with a antivirus program with this system?  Have never had good luck with them.  Years back my computer crashed and it slowed it way down and actually brought more bad on board than did any good.  What is a good one that is cheap or free and uses very little system reserves?  I know this is kind of a technical question but any feedback would be appreciated.   
Someone posted about a new anti-spyware program they had tested against several others - sm
and found it was better (or found more problems) than their existing programs.  My computer has been a bit weird/very slow the last day or two, ran my SpySweeper (no problems) but I thought I would try this other one.  However I cannot find the post.  Can you either post it again or email me?  Thanks.
I feel differently about the whole anti-Wal-Mart thing...
If you don't like them, don't shop there.  If enough people don't like them, they'll eventually wither away.  If the little mom and pop stores didn't charge so much, people wouldn't go to the big department stores instead.  It's called competition and capitalism, neither of which are illegal.  At one time there was an uproar over supermarkets?  Are you still shopping for your bread at the bakery, your meat at the butcher, and your fresh produce at the vegetable man store?  No, of course not, you go to the supermarket without any sorrow in your heart for the little grocer who was put out of business decades ago. 
wrong. the virus protection and anti-spyware
are only as good as the updates and are NOT 100% all the time. NO program is 100%. Hackers are finding new ways to compromise computers every single day and no program can protect from all of them. The longer you are up and running, the more chance of being invaded. don't fool yourself into thinking antivirus and antispyware are fool proof, because they are not. You have to think smart and protect yourself too, by shutting down when not in use and allowing new updates to take effect. duh.
Any advice on the best anti-virus for home office??

I've got Norton 360 installed on my PC and kept getting a popup all day yesterday that said my PC was infected and that I should click "here" to download Personal Antivirus.  Yeah right!  I ran a Norton scan and it said my PC was clean, but this popup box came up over and over to the point, I had to call Dell because I couldn't download software from their site.

Anyway, I finally downloaded Malwarebytes (free version) and it found and removed 12 Trojans!!!

I'm definitely going to keep the Malwarebytes, but need a really good anti-virus.  I've done my research, but have read good and bad about all of them.  AVG 8.0 didn't have the good reviews that the 7.5 had, but I found out last night that AVG 8.5 is now out. Anyone use it?

Norton sucks!  As soon as I find a decent AV program, it's gonesky!


Certain antidepressants/anti-anxiety meds also attribute to being antagonistic.
well being more anti-eric or cappy, i would prefer kaysar to come back but not to win.
I really would like Howie to win as he is the most entertaining. So cute and so funny.
Take a couple of muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories, call
in sick to work, and GO TO BED!!!!  I was in a car accident years ago and still had to show up for work the next day.  I was miserable because it hurt so bad and I had to wear the soft collar.  Honestly, what other profession expects people to work anyways if they're sick or injured?  Cripes, even my old waitressing job let us take days off if we didn't abuse it.  That's not the case with MT.
try OTC cortisone anti-itch or Gold Bond cream first?
Great free anti-virus and antispyware programs...
Oh, also... you do need to make sure that you have a great antivirus and anti-spyware program running at all times on your computer. I personally use AVG free version antivirus and SpyBot Search and Destroy for spyware. Check with the repairman you just used for a reliable site to download these (or what he recommends you use) and instructions on how to run them. They have saved my behind numerous times since my crash. (Didn't have them before.)
LOL, maybe you should stop reading anti-Bush blogs because you're wrong.
Wrong. That is why you have virus protectection and anti-spyware. To protect 100% of the time.
holiday day

at my company we don't get paid for holidays either...guess that is the price of being able to work at home....sucks...we can get paid by taking PTO time but I usually just work extra when I know a holiday is coming up, but frankly who wants to work during x-mas time with the hustle and bustle....

Holiday Pay

I recently began working for a service who only pays for a holiday IF you work that day (compensation of 10 cpl).  However, if you don't work that day, you don't get paid.  I am full time with all full-time benefits.  I realize production pay is entirely different than hourly, but is this common for most transcription companies?  I'm an old transcriptionist, but new to the ways of production pay.  Thanks for any input!

Holiday pay

It it a little hard for me to payfor holidays when the accounts don't pay the owner for holidays.  Wish I could for my help but just can't afford it.  I sympathize with you truly.  Guess I could pay a cheaper line rate to them year round and then be about to do it, but that does not seem fair.   It is hard in this business to offer many benefits as we do not get paid unless the work is done,  just like truck drivers, hair stylists, manicurists, etc.



No one ever has to pay you holiday pay.
It is a generous gesture but it isn't mandatory, you know.

There is no excuse for you to feel it is necessary to be paid for time not worked. If you want that, go back inhouse.

PTO is generous enough.

No, you will not get holiday pay until...
I was told that you have to be hitting your 11,000 per pay period for at least 90 days before you get holiday pay, benefits, etc. You can confirm this with the HR lady. They do pay for holidays once you get past this.
Holiday pay

I guess I should have stated that my gals are I/C's and they get 75 to 80% of what I get from the docs on a gross line.  If I charge more to the docs, they will go elsewhere.  They just type and I do all the pick up, delivery, invoicing, etc.  I  also just got hit by the city for my business license which just went up to 3.3% of GROSS receipts BEFORE any expenses.   If your business makes less than $25K you dont have to pay for a business license but if you make $1 over the 25K you have to pay on the entire amount.   So I have to pay this even on the amount that the gals make.  Am not sure I can stay in this for long.  The city is saying that all IC's that make over $25K should pay for a license. 



Do you get holiday pay?
How many of you work for companies who give holiday pay premiums or time off with pay?  Mine doesn't give either and it sucks!
Yes a Holiday
Holiday for me. 6 cents a 75-character line kind of seems a bit low, though. Was that perhaps a mistake I am wondering?

Actually, there is no solution to this problem - there are no solutions to any questions about the MT world... it's always something and I don't say that lightly.
For tired eyes, get an anti-glare screen to put on monitor. Amazing difference. I had


What is everyone doing for the holiday weekend? sm
We're not doing much - probably will go and see the Herbie movie at some point and of course cooking out on the grill is mandatory. 
This is ONLY because of 4th of July holiday...sm
and not unheard of in the industry. You really should call your acct mgr and ask for a secondary acct. My acct mgr has been VERY accommodating. Before long all accts will be booming again, as mine has picked up today.
I am, too, wonder if it's just because of the Labor Day holiday?
Jewish Holiday


The orthodox Jewish community celebrates Succoth - harvest feast 5 days after Yom Kippur


Regular pay on a holiday? (sm)
I wouldn't do it.  No offense intended but I'm wondering how many places do that?  I've never heard of not getting 1.5 on a holiday for working?  Hey, if I could, I would give you mine since I'm not using it.  Have been an MT for a long time (16+ years) and have never and will never work a holiday for straight time.  As I mentioned when hired it was agreed I would not work holidays and I plan to stick to it.