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Still Life With Woodpecker, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, A Moveable Feast

Posted By: Kite Runner, Dharma Bums...... on 2006-05-31
In Reply to: ANOTHER POLL - favorite books - read more than once (sm) - reader

The list goes on....I am a big reader.  I also like some true crime stuff by Ann Rule.

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I ride a Harley, Heritage Softail, a big bike, I have been riding for about 3 years now. Watch out taking that course, I broke my leg taking mine. I love riding, my husband and I ride all the time, being a Transcriptionist lets me ride during the day, and work at night.
Anyone ride motorcycle, have your license, etc.

I've decided to get my motorcycle license, already passed my permit test and am starting to learn to ride.  I don't know yet if I'm going to learn on a 350 or a 650, but am starting to get excited.  My state offers a weekend course where you go both days for instruction and training and give your license all in one weekend.  My dad loved motorcycles, my sons both have motorcycles, and now it's my turn.  So, satisfy my curiosity, anyone else have this interest?

Have a feast
Well, I gotta tell ya, I wish you would not bring your god into this.  There are religions where the people do not eat meat.  So, can we keep god out of the eating meat situation.  You eat all you want, have a feast.  I will not contribute to killing of any living thing.
She is 9 yrs old. Have tried the fancy feast, etc.
She does not seem to be urinating/stooling, however does want to go out periodically so maybe she does.  However she has been in the house for the last 24 hours and has done neither as far as I can tell.  Will contact another vet.  Thanks you for concern
Feast or famine
Seems to me as long as I have worked in home based transcription it is either feast or famine.  I work extra when the work is there and enjoy the downtime when it comes.
feast or famine
Well the problem is that when there is too much work, we are expected to jump in and work extra. I have a young child at home, and I can't just work for 2 or 3 companies, make the minimum requirments at each and sometimes pick up the slack. That is why I sit here with my one company trying to make it.
haha, getting like feast or famine, right? (nm)
Feast or Famine is the name of the game at FN
As the previous poster said, the workflow for the last few months has been horrible. My pay has been severely cut due to the overhiring they have done.

If you don't mind starving for a while (LOL), it's an okay company to deal with, with the exception of their QA department, which I believe are some of the rudest I've ever come across.

Pay seems pretty good if you don't mind not having bennies or direct deposit.

Overall, I would give them a "C".
Was on doing maintenance (SM)

stuff, i.e. system scan, etc.  I don't plan to get on.  It is just irritating to me.  I would rather have time with my family than 1.5 pay. 

Now which one of you is high maintenance?
Are you on maintenance or just starting?
Actually my husband and I went on it a couple of years ago, lost weight and felt great...... for a few months.  The problem was maintenance.  
If all the downtime was due to maintenance, (sm)
could you please arrange that it's done during non-peak hours, for as you can see, many MTs have posted how much they rely on this site while working. It only makes sense to do upgrades, etc. during off-peaks. Most of the IT people I deal with have no problem working graveyard shift -- it goes hand-in-hand with the business.
Maintenance chores...sm

Computer users can do the main maintenance chores without taking a class because Windows provides simple point-and-click interfaces to things like disk cleanup, disk defragmenting and backup.  The other important things are running antivirus and antispyware software and keeping them up to date, but most of these configure themselves to update automatically.

One thing that can be tricky is installing and configuring a firewall, depending on your particular situation and version of Windows.  However, firewalls have also become much more user-friendly in recent years.. 

Eliminating a virus once you have one is another matter, some being so nasty that they resist removal.  For these,  "a class" in computers won't give you the expertise to exterminate them anyway.

If you Google "regular Windows maintenance" (including the quotes so it's treated as a single search phrase), you'll find lots of reasonably nontechnical advice online that will tell you everything you need to know to keep your Windows system in good running order and as reasonably well-protected as possible.



more experience, less maintenance, better production

Since you have less than 2 years experience, it is possible the owner just does not have accounts that fit your qualifications to send you.  Just bevause they have work, does not mean you are qualified to receive it. They most likely are sending it to someone that is less maintenance than you on specific specialities.  

I do my computer maintenance religiously......
Once you have a virus, your hard drive crashes, or any of the 100's of thing that can go wrong and do, you become a fanatic about upkeep and maintenance.

I update my AVG weekly, I do a complete system scan every night (my tech guy set that up for me), and it checks for all the bad guys including root kits. I make sure that every MS update and patch is in place. I defrag once a week and do a disc clean up weekly. I am rabid about my husband doing the same thing.

If you have any questions about computer stuff, the websites of MS, AVG, Norton, etc. have helpful hints. And if you ever question anything "free" from the internet or want to download something free, go to Kim Komando's web site. She is the BEST.

Nothing beats vigilence in keeping your source of income running smoothly.

I do all my standard maintenance religiously at least monthly. sm
Thinks like Diskclean and Defrag.  Keeping all those temporary Intervet files off your computer makes a huge difference in performance.  I have McAfee because it comes with my Comcast service.  Used to have Norton -- hated it because it made my computer do all sorts of weird things, and then had a he!! of a time trying to uninstall it.  I have an MQ computer that I have had for over 3 years and a couple of months ago it started running really slow, no matter what I did to it.  So I called tech,support thinking maybe I needed a new one, and they suggested a free antispyware called Superantispyware, so I downloaded it and run it regularly and it has made a marked improvement.
Life is life....the haven't bonded the same as if it were a 2-year-old!
I make sure the job is not my life and that it does not take over my life. sm
I have been at this 25 years, even once had my own accounts and worked 24/7 with cat naps to keep going but no real sleep. I really burned myself out. Now I work a regular 40-hour week, but it is not my life. It is a means of making money so I can go live my life. I work for a company that is not all about production. They want us to take our time and do it right. I am doing that, and it feels so good to be able to work at my craft and be allowed to do a good job while I am at work.

But after I get off, I have my family and I take time to have fun and enjoy life. I think that is the key to not staying burned out. You need down time, time to have fun, exercise, relax, etc.

Exercise is very important, too. It rejuvenates the hormone system so you have more positive hormones flowing through your body and helps get rid of stress.

That's what I do.
even ISPs have to do maintenance from time to time--sm
and most do this during the wee hours of the morning when MOST people are sleeping and not using the internet. They need to upgrade their services and virus protection just like the home users. This is probably what occurred.
I'm the one who needs to get a life?

You people are the ones laughing at people behind their backs.  Typical female, backstabbing, egotistical snobs.  Exactly why most of you can't handle working in an office.  Thanks anyway, but my life doesn't include ridiculing people for me own ego.  You go right ahead.  Feel good about yourself.

Never in my life

I guess I have led a sheltered life.  I never in my entire life heard about so many companies bouncing checks in this business!  I would be out the door so fast, there'd be no dust behind me.  Have I just been lucky?

I have a life.
It's not a money issue. I have hobbies but the winters are long and cold and I'm not a winter outddoors person, only summer and I have no child. Kinda of a workaholic.
Yes, I live a simplier life.
Get a life b.
I didn't realize it was intentionally setting a flame by telling people you like where you work instead of the freaks who come on here constantly complaining about their jobs. Most of you only want to hear negative things and not positives, so when someone posts something positive, you jump all over them. I think you need to grow up b.
Get a life.
Whatever fugly trash. If you want more, keep it coming.
Don't even try to top my life
you old decrepit piece of trailer trash. I will win hands down every time. Now go to bed and dream about the love of your life,your horse, Mr. Ed.
No, I sure don't come first in his life.
he does of me.  Seems like his loyalty lies there.  I don't think he ever learned the "leave and cleave" thing.  And our kids are very important to him.  He makes it abundantly clear that I am not top priority.  Sometimes I daydream that I meet someone who really loves me and run away with him.
in whose life? *lol*......nm
in whose life? *LOL*......nm
nothing in life is ever as it seems...sm

you all might be able to *read* all this supposed goodness but some might see it differently.....as some are better readers of others in life, perhaps more intuitive..

in the life..............................nm
LOL everyone in my life has always said....sm

Everyone in my life has always said I should be a *comedienne*...... they ALL cannot be wrong as they all do not know each other.  I do see myself as *entertaining* others.  *winks*

However, I don't like lazy people.  I'm the first one to help on these boards, unless they really don't help themselves.....just the way I am.....

Be well.......loved your reaction!!  Oh and the one under it, who also LOL. 

It is her life, but you can still try to help her
I agree, abortion is wrong, she would be making a bad decision that she might later regret very deeply. It is her life (but not just her body involved anymore--there's another living being whose body is growing inside hers), but you can still try to help her. She may not want to listen, and if not, then you've done what you can and she has to live with the consequences of her own decisions. There are many good resources available, such as National Right to Life at nrlc.com (http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/index.html) and various Catholic organizations, with a lot of information available about the negative effects of abortion. She won't get that type of info from Planned Profithood--they just want to put as many women through the mill as they can. Learn about it yourself and then share the information with her. You may at least be able to persuade her not to kill the baby but to put it up for adoption instead. She may also be interested in the negative health effects of a promiscuous lifestyle (such as increased risk for cervical cancer in women). Good luck to you.
WHY? Get a life.
Well, it's his life, isn't it? (sm)
Sounds like you're more upset about the lack of respect than your son's happiness.
your life
It sounds to me that you are one of those people who takes care of everyone but themselves and as Dr. Phil says, you must be getting a payback from it.  I don't know how old you are, but you sound young.  One thing I know for sure is that you will never change your brothers so don't even bother trying.  It's not your job.  Let them live their lives and you live yours.  If you are choosing to do what you are doing, i.e.working working working and giving giving giving then so be it.  Not everybody is like that.  You have to ask yourself why your mom keeps allowing you to do as much as you are doing for her without helping herself.  I'm no expert but if you continue on this way, something's gonna snap.
You have probably reached your limit. The most I have worked for is 3 companies at once and I did not have a life to speak of outside of work. I am working for a national now - and you have to break your neck to transcribe a line - they may pay higher than a small local company - but their line lengths or the ESLs prevent you from transcribing per hour your real potential. I wouldn't take on the neurology group unless I was just desperate for the $$. You could take it, though, and subcontract it to your friend - with her as an IC. Check the IRS website to get the specifics on subcontracting or "hiring" an IC and what it means to your bottom line. Hope this helps.
Get a life!
MTs come on here to vent and our fingers get to flying and we don't sit there and edit our posts. We do enough of that when working.
Life after MT at age 58
  For those of you who are happy MT'g, I am glad for you.  This is for those who are not.  Just to let you know, at the age of 58, I am going into a customer service career for an auto company's financial division, and will be making more than thirty thousand a year - so yes, it can be done.   My only qualification was that at one time for about five months I gave real estate a try - not my forte, didn't like the driving, people not showing up, etc.  So yes, you can still do something else, don't give up if you really can't tolerate it any more.  There is hope! 
I also have a life ---
that is why I want to work smarter when I am working and get it done so I can live my life...
You need a life...
Actually, that's my life, not like : ) - nm
Thank you, I will be out getting a life (nm)
to Wow! Get over yourself , a job and a life.sm
This is my post that you criticize; it has 2 'tiny' typos, namely 'd' instead of 's' and 'a' instead of 's':

......'because I find it faster my way, ONLINE.
You are using bookd, the old-fashioned way?

Expensive and much too slow.

I checked the yesterday'a and today's questions in the afternoon and found - as already said - only 1 somehow unjustifiable question.
To check 1 day would have been enough.

I research ONLINE
with fast and accurate results. The internet is literally swamped with resources and references and is the fastest way. You should try it.
Are you still looking into books? Way too slow.

So, do not blow this out of proportion.

If you have the urge to teach and to guide, open your own MT school and give your advice there.'


great too, but only in this life!
oh well. no one said life was fair
you just have to make what you can out of it.  There are many, many other subjects that can be debated as well.  That is what makes life what it is; a great variety of people and view points.  Enjoy the day. 
When looking back over one's life...
take a break.. you deserve it!
You really need to get a woman in your life!
looks to me like he's got enough women in his life (sm)

he has all of us! Lucky man, kyradmt!

What is a *good* life?
If you are talking material things, forget that - they need to be with you. If you give up your children, they will never forgive you and YOU will never forgive you. This advice would be different it you were pregnant, then I would say, yes, give the baby to someone who can care for it. That is love.

If you are talking any kind of abuse, get them someplace safe. No child should have to live with drug abuse, or any kind of emotional, physical, or sex abuse.

Fad clothes, iPods, cellphones, etc., are not the ingredients of a good life. You know that. Take care and good luck to you.
Life begins at 50!

My kids are grown, gone & happy.

My second husband is absolutely my best friend.

I have an exciting and highly rewarding job in the MT industry, where I am a valuable member ot the team.

Okay...two out of three ain't bad.


P.S. Please get a life outside of this board. nm.