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Our neighborhood is all women's names - Robin Ln., Julia Dr. Must be the worker's ladies! :) n

Posted By: Wanderer on 2005-07-28
In Reply to: Okay shopping for a house and I found new construction. - Limits?


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Julia Roberts baby names - Phinneus(sp) and Hazel
Correction - Men and women cheat - men get caught - women don't

I know more women who cheat than the other way around, and the difference is that no one knows about it unless THEY tell them.

Good luck, Julia.
Am glad you enjoy working as a medical transcriptionist.
Amenand then some! Where WAS Julia's mind anyway when she named those poor little critters?
Women, especially women of childbearing

age (especially this woman) prefer indoor plumbing and a bit of privacy rather than using a port-a-potty.   I met a woman recently, she and her husband built the house behind me.  She is also a master mechanic and does landscaping, all traditional male professions.  She is a bit rough around the edges and I would never have pictured her with the man who is her husband. 

I know a few male MTs and if they aren't gay, they missed a good chance. 

Way to go Robin!
Hi Robin
Congrats on your win... Love to meet other Memphis, TN transcriptionists... send me an e-mail if you get a chance. I work in Memphis too..
Well put. Robin.
Robin Desatoff
Yes, I have, but her phone # is non-published
Robin Desatoff
She replied to a job ad that I have running and forgot to get her phone #
Happy MT Robin
Did Landmark do away with their health ins? I know it was offered in the past but read posts that there was never enough work for full-timers. Could you clear this up for me?
Thank you Robin, I do feel like sm
this is all so hard, but it is the right thing to do.  I know that when she does pass on, I will not feel that there was more I could have done and I took good care of her.  Bless you, too. 
Yeah, Robin, exactly right! sm
I had dozens upon dozens of errors corrected in my word expander, including "teh" for "the", "hsa" for "has", and I don't remember what-all. Yes, it made a huge difference.

I also remember, back in the "old days" at the Houston VA Hospital, there was a female Russian-ESL resident who changed her mind every other word, and we were using TYPEWRITERS! We were instructed to always listen a little ahead in her dictation so as not to have to type the entire page over at times. Sheessh!
Thank you 'Happy Robin'.....sm
My only mistake was my typo
't' instead of 'd'.

Thanks God, there are still smart MTs in this profession, like you.
Robin, I so agree and understand...sm
with what you are saying, but Robin, think of these hard times we are in. I am in such a financial bind right now, on the verge of eviction because I truly believed the company I was with would supply me with enough work as a full time employee...i hung on too long with this particular company. I have moved on, but a day late and a dollar short as it takes time to build up a good check with a new company.

I got lucky tho because things are working out. But think of all the MTs in this situation. I have been noticing lately, that MTs are taking what they can get at this point. This is not a recession we are in folks, but a depression, but the government will never admit to it being a depression.

God helps us all.
Robin, you're a delight, always so positive. ) nm
Yet another one burned by Robin Hall/Four Seasons Transcription

Robin managed to find me via Guru.com.  I wish I had read the earlier warnings about her on here back then.  I kept on working believing she way pay, falling for her excuses.  She's very good at what she does.  My paycheck was 5 weeks late when I finally said enough and told her I could no longer work for her on 02/01/08.  Since that time I haven't been able to contact her through home phone, cell phone, e-mail, yahoo messenger or anything.  I even tried calling her business number listed on her website for Four Seasons... guess what... that number has been disconnected with no forwarding number.  She got me for over $800.  The part I feel the worst about is I referred a friend to her shortly after starting with her myself.  Robin now owes that friend over $900 and has still not paid her to this day.  I know there's nothing I can do (still investingating legal action though) about what she did to me.  I mainly want to warn other MT's about her.  Please... before any of you accept a job at ANY company IC or employee.... check them out in any way possible.


Another scammer - Robin Hall (Four Seasons Transcription) sm
Robin Hall CONTINUES to scam MTs and get away with it. I get emails weekly from MTs who cannot get their paychecks from her. I find it absolutely incredible that she can continue to get away with this, but she does. After she had to leave here, she moved over to guru.com. I contacted them and warned them about her, but she wound up scamming some people there and has since been banned. Kind of an interesting aside - heard from a reliable source that Robin was giving hospitals a false Tax ID#. Go figure!!
I'd definitely get it verified with a supervisor (to use for MT) before signing up because if you look at the fine print on MCI's neighborhood it says for voice calling only and there is a 5000-minute limitation. 
MCI - The Neighborhood
I never ever had a problem with them. My girlfriend tried AT&T, but when they saw how long she was on the phone - they started charging her.
Try Ebay.. in the $500 neighborhood there..nm
cops in neighborhood
Thankfully, in my community we DO watch out for the neighbors.  Don't spend all day gawking at their business but we do notice strangers, strange cars and have no qualms with calling the dispatcher if something seems out of sync.  You don't have to call 911 just the dispatcher.
We had a dog adopt us. Never saw in the neighborhood

before, no collar.  I took to our vet to scan for a microchip and doesn't have one.  Vet won't keep the dog because it needs all shots, which we can't afford to do.  Dog is a lab and we have no place to keep her, plus we have a dog who is not tolerant of another dog and has chronic medical problems.   We feed/water the dog and are providing it with a warm place to sleep, though it is a very small space and not suitable for long-term.

I have notified all the vets in our area, called the shelter, sent e-mails to all residents with e-mail addy in our community, placed an ad in our local newspaper and placed signs at major neighborhood intersections.   There has been no ad in the paper looking for a dog, no signs, no one appears to be looking for her.  What do you think is an appropiate amount of time to keep her before we try to find her a new home?   She is just the sweetest dog and we have all fallen in love with her, but cannot provide for her.  We find it difficult to believe that no one appears to be looking for her.   DH says she is very conscious of cars like she is searching for "the one" and feels like she was dumped.   I can't/won't take her to the pound, although due to her personality we feel she will be adopted immediately. 

We're too close to the situation to be objective. 


I also live in a neighborhood where
people let their dogs run loose. There are two dogs in particular that I am actually afraid of and I don't like to let my 7y/o go outside and play if those dogs are anywhere around. I have called Animal Control about them before and they said that if the dogs weren't on my property there wasn't anything they would do about it. So, exactly what is Animal Control there for anyway? They told me I would have to catch the dogs and restrain them somehow and then call them and they would come and pick them up. I'm sorry, but I'm not going near those dogs. It's ridiculous!
Sounds like my neighborhood...sm
And the same situation.....now that it doesn't back up in our house, the neighbors down the road are all getting it!  You wouldn't believe the things that I saw...it was just disgusting, and I'll never forget that SMELL!  It was a real nightmare.  Hubby was out of town and I was home alone with 2 small kids....I sure would like to move but just can't seem to find the time or money to do that, and then top that with off with potential problems of selling this house....any suggests?  Oh, I am bumbed now....but I am happy we could help you out!!  I think you have made a wise decision in not buying the house!
When people use last names for first names.
You can't tell what sex the person is, and it just sounds so pretentious and stupid.

Hunter, Tyler, Taylor, Cameron, Morgan, Parker, Porter.

Really soap-operaish and annoying.
There would be two dead pit bulls in my neighborhood
If this happened to me.  What if this was a child.  I can't believe no one does anything about this in your community. 
The teenaged girls in my neighborhood are

having a race to see who can have the most babies.  It's horrible.  They think of the babies as little pets or dolls, then dump them on their mothers to go out and party.  None of the girls has a high school education, job, driver's license or anything.  They have police records, too.  Four of the girls were over here one day wanting to use my phone, and one of them wanted me to feel her stomach to see if I thought she was pregnant.  She was disappointed later when she found out she wasn't.  I got onto soapbox mode telling them to finish their education or at least get a GED so they could support those babies.  Life's not easy being a young, uneducated mother.  They use the excuse that they have bad home lives, they just want someone to love them, they'll get a regular income with WIC, foodstamps, and welfare checks, or maybe even get their own house when low income apartments become available.  My goodness, their thinking is so messed up.  They don't even have a single clue in their little heads.  This isn't even the inner city.

I keep telling my boys to stay away from girls.  Save it for marriage or you're going to get trapped into fatherhood.

I've had that happen in my neighborhood too!

It's a bit scary when you can't even get home because of the cops!

Been using The Neighborhood or SBC unlimited for the last 5 years now. sm

I was NOT talking to a telemarketer at SBC.  I originally talked to one (I assume) when I called, but when I explained what I was using it for, I talked with his supervisor.  As long as I am accessing voice files and NOT using it for faxing, accessing the internet, or other "computer to computer" things, it is fine.  I have not had any hassle, except for once, and then when I called and talked to them and changed to a business line, I was fine. 

Hope you have better luck than you have so far.  :-)

In a rich neighborhood in the 'burbs
north of where I live they have fixed the funky paint problem with some kind of zoning ordinance -- people can only use colors on an approved list of "historic" colors.

I think that other people who live in the same neighborhood
also bought their homes and paid good money for them. They have the right to look out their window that they OWN and not be forced to look across the street at Bozo's Big Top.
Any neighborhood watch people?

I am thinking of starting a neighborhood watch in my area but was wondering if people really want to get involved.  I know this would depend on my neighbors, but for the most part do people care?  The main problem I am having with my neighborhood is that down the street there is a section of what would be called *low income rental units* which are actually just one bedroom tiny houses, and the people who rent there just do not care about the neighborhood, the noise level, the litter, so on. 

The main problem I am having is noise.... It comes from about three car stereos and there is really no way to pinpoint it unless you physically sit at the end of the street and get the make and license # of the car.  The noise ends about 3:00 a.m. and starts up again about 7:00 a.m.  I have phoned the police several times regarding this, but what can they do really if they don't know what car it is coming from?  They said they can drive by the block a few extra times a night, but really that has done no good.  I have had to start taking sleeping pills and wearing ear plugs to even get some sleep lately, but the noise is still so loud it sounds like thunder, and I cannot believe somebody who lives right next to that noise does not call it in to the police.  That is why I question whether people actually want to get involved.  I can only call the police so many times myself before they think I am crazy and am hearing things. 

As for the littering, it is not just bottles and cans, it is pieces of furniture that nobody wants anymore and they push it out to the curb hoping it will magically disappear.  It doesn't disappear, and I'm getting embarassed to have any friends over to my house because they have to pass that area before reaching my end of the street. 

As for starting the neighborhood watch, would I just basically go door to door and see what kind of response I would get?  Has anybody else had a noise problem like this, and does it ever get better if people complain, or does that just make it worse?  Thanks for any input.  I'm just so tired and grouchy lately, I hate to even be at home anymore and this is making me depressed. 

I hired a neighborhood teen (sm)
I had my children at home, and hired a responsible neighborhood teenager. I worked part-time during the day with the sitter and then a couple of hours in the evenings when my husband got home. This was much cheaper than day care plus I got to take breaks and see my child and if my children skinned a knee or were really upset, I could take a break and take care ofYou need a backup in case the sitter is unavailable. It worked really well for me. Even better if you know another mom nearby with a child your chid could play with. Don't be fooled though - it is challenging and you will be tired, but was worth it to me :-)
CONGRATS to WINNER Robin T. of Memphis, TN on winning the $50 Amex Gift Certificate
find a teen in your neighborhood to sit for a few hours (nm)
I had the same problem. Our neighborhood is very close and there are a lot of homes.
I looked up the neighbor's phone number after I saw her name in tax records.  I called her and told her I was a neighbor and that her dogs were disturbing the peace. I told her she may not realize it but some people were sick or had small children who were resting at various times of the time and she could not leave her dog barking all day long.  I told her we were all talking about calling the police (which I had already done to establish the law and found out you cannot leave a barking dog in your yard in our neighborhood no matter what time it is according to the police) but I decided to phone her instead of bringing the police in at this point because she may not be aware of the dog's disturbing others.  She said thank you for calling and the dog has been brought in when it barks to go in.  Find out the guidelines from your local police department.  A barking dog is disturbing the police no matter what time of the day it is.
I live in a quiet country neighborhood sm
but it is 6 a.m. and the birdies have started waking up. So loud!!
worker's comp
Yes you get seen, tell the Doctor/hospital it is a worker's compensation case, they send the bill to the boss, but sometimes the bosses don't like the fact that their premiums may go up because of cases filed against them. This happened to my son, boss made him feel it was his fault for getting hurt on the job, cried about it, then changed his mind and my son told them at the hospital he got hurt on the job but the boss still has not signed the paperwork, so it is now in collection agency and have to straighten out the bill for x-rays and being seen in the ER. My son broke a finger in his left hand, no big deal, but his boss sure made him feel guilty about filing a claim. My son does not work for this company anymore which is a good thing. Of course giving your husband 100.00 is sure way of telling that something is wrong with his boss, maybe too many claims or maybe he is just afraid his premium will go up.
Evil Co-Worker
Anyone else have an evil co-worker or two?  I work at home but there's always one that still manages to find me.  I would ilke to slap this current one if I could reach her through my computer.  She thinks she's my supervisor.  I try to be respectful and polite, but that's not working.  All my other co-workers are wonderful.   I can't find anything in the company handbook about slapping not being appropriate, so that's my next plan of action.  I just have to figure out a way to do that through cyberspace.
Evil Co-Worker
I agree! Give her enough rope and evenutally she will hang herself. You are so not alone. I had to deal with one of these types for nearly 2 years. I would be trying to get my work done on my account and her IMs were poping up left and right. I even had my "Busy Working" sign up! She never did her work -- waited until the last minute. Most times I ended up doing her share because of it. Unfortunately, no one in charge seemed to notice or just did not care since I was picking up what she lacked. The money was good because I was getting a ton of extra lines, but it was killing me and destroying my marriage. She would go on and on about her family all the time. Like I cared! Her kids were sick every other day. She always had an excuse why she didn't get her work done. The kicker? Once I had to do her work last minute about an hour or so before it was all due -- I am pounding away on my keyboard she Knows I am doing her work! The IMs pop up telling me how she is helping her sister write a resume! Hello! She should have been doing her own work or at the very least leaving me alone so I could do it for her. I would type my buttock off to have an evening free -- guess what? She would suddenly have some sort of problem as soon as she saw my work was finished and she would then be unable to do her own. Guess what came next? Yep -- I got stuck working while she got away with it. I swear it was like she was stalking me on-line. Don't know how she knew, but seemed like the second I got up to use the bathroom or went to the kitchen for a soda the IMs would bing. Just the memories still drive me crazy. I can relate. It's not a fun club to belong to.
I have never seen a harder worker than
my husband and he can do 2500 tops.  He used to QA between 4500 and 5000 daily - so he can really move through reports once he learns the doctor, their style of dictation, etc.  I'm on my second VR account and I'm embarrassed to tell you what I can do - I think 600 yesterday? I am dead serious.  It is a whole 'nother skill....
A co-worker I once had said that back in the
working at a medical facility, that's how the MTs there normally worked. They sat in the office with the doc and typed the report as he dictated it. Talk about pressure to perform! (But I'll bet when the docs had the MT sitting in their office, their dictation was less sloppy, too!)
worker's comp
Do not quote me on this, but to my understanding if you are an actual employee and they take taxes out, then yes, worker's comp should cover.  If you are an independent contractor, then no. 
Neighborhood watches are a good idea in general I think, but...
...how will it help with noise? I suppose it could help with the furniture dumping (since your neighbors would be on the lookout), but do you think it would be helpful with the noise problem?

It certainly couldn't hurt. I say go for it.
I started a neighborhood watch a couple of years ago...sm
we were having similar problems to what you're having and they're gone now. Here's what worked for us. I gave every home in the subdvision a flier asking anyone that was interested in forming a neighborhood watch to come to an organization meeting and made the meeting a week later and on a week night, and gave my phone # in the event someone was interested but couldn't attend then. Out of 150 homes in my subdivision we had 40 people show up and 20 called expressing interest.

Everyone had the same complaints on the same "problem" homes and as a group we decided that each time the noise level was high enough to hear outside of the vehicle or house that we'd call the police. We all alternated placing those calls so the police department didn't think it was just 1 person complaining. The police department agreed to increase the patrols for our subdivision at all hours of the day and night and just having people see them ride through every few hours helped significantly cut down on the problems.

Over time the people that were causing problems either put their houses up for sale or moved out of the rental home and left when they saw that we neighbors insisted on a peaceful and quiet living area. It worked! When these problem homes left the problems with the trash thrown on the roads left as well.

In addition we were having some problems with some of the youth hanging out walking the streets at all hours and it was making some of the residents nervous, especially when the youth were walking through yards. So, we told the youth to stick to the roads, ask permission before cutting through yards to find out who cared and didn't care if they walked through them, and one of the men placed a basketball goal at the end of one of the cul-dec-sacs for the kids to play basketball after the neighbors in the cul-dec-sac agreed it would be fine. It worked - some of them started playing basketball there and they honored requests of homeowners that didn't want them walking on their yards.

Good luck to you!
I moved out of a high crime, mainly Hispanic neighborhood, and now...
I was so thrilled, I almost got mugged one night going to the mailbox, then within 6 months my company changed everything on me and I am barely hanging on rent wise. I sure know what you are going through.
A co-worker of my niece took in a family
When she went to work, they cleaned her out, including her kitchen utensils!!!
Another happy bedroom worker...
My only complaint is that my carpet is cold when I step from my bed 2 inches to my computer during my morning commute...
Basement worker here and hate the 12
steps for my commute! Have a good one!
A co-worker made this last year sm


for a Halloween office party.  So cute to see a plate of mice with licorice tails and almond ears.  She actually put these on a huge cookie sheet with a Rat Cake in the middle.  (rat cake was covered in chocote icing-- inside was a red cake, actually quite delicious.)  LOL   Rats and mice. ....  not too scary for that age group though.