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TechWife last won the day on August 8 2019

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  1. My church used to do this, I skipped it. It's up to me who I share my name with. Privacy and all that. We haven't had name tags in a few years except for nursery workers, deacons, elders & staff members. They all have permanent name tags now. I am not a staff member.
  2. See, I missed that and picked up on the professional licensing. Anyone who carries a license for a field they currently work in is going to keep up to date on current codes. Otherwise, they will have complaints filed against them, which could result in loss of license and loss of work. The older tradesmen that I have had work on our home have been the most conscientious. They are also providing on the job training to the next generation of tradesmen, they have reason to be invested in keeping up to date with current codes. Thinking that someone's years of experience means they are less competent than someone younger is ageism.
  3. Yes, exposure to a lethal amount. Death is actually not required for someone to be considered electrocuted. From the document you linked - underlining mine: A. Definition Electrocution results when a person is exposed to a lethal amount of electrical energy. An electrical hazard can be defined as a serious workplace hazard that exposes workers to the following: Burns Electrocution Shock ArcFlash/Arc Blast Fire Explosions
  4. She didn't say anything about his training that I can see. What are you talking about?
  5. Electrocute means to injure or kill by electric shock. The man was electrocuted.
  6. Oh, I just realized this. I thought it was the house wiring that was faulty, not the dryer itself. Ignore my comments about the home inspector. The manufacturer of the dryer may bear some responsibility though. Unfortunately for him, that's where all of the "unplug the appliance" instructions in owner's manuals come into play - they are thought to be common sense, I think, so these are CYA statements for the manufacturers. There are all kinds of caveats to insurance policies, so who knows? Going to an attorney is certainly the right move. I am confused by some wording people are using here. There is a difference between "unplug the dryer" and "cut the power." The one is localized to the appliance, the other involves turning power off at the breaker.
  7. It all depends on how much coverage for liability the homeowners carry on their policy. If they carry a maximum of $1000 per incident, then that is the maximum he will get from them. If the maximum is higher, then his medical insurance company or professional liability insurance company can press them for more, up to the maximum amount. Often times in instances like this, insurance companies will offer the minimum they think they can get away with. It sounds like the insurance companies involved are pressing them for more. Once any/all other insurance policies are maxed out, then his medical insurance will kick in, but he will be responsible for any co-pays or deductibles. He can only recover those if he files a civil suit against the homeowner. Insurance companies generally don't compensate for lost work days, so he is out his earnings unless he files a civil suit against the homeowner. That would be a suit he would have to file personally, as his insurance company won't do that. I'm sure there are professional safety standards for the work he did. If he met those standards, then he is not liable. If he didn't meet the standards, then an insurance company will do everything they can to pay as little as possible or to not pay at all. It's helpful to remember that insurance policies are contracts between the insurance company and the policy holder. The insurance company has no obligation to the claimant beyond the limits of the policy. Now, if the house has been inspected for the purpose of a real estate transaction recently, the inspector could be liable and his/her liability insurance might kick in. There is probably a statue of limitations on that, so an older inspection might not carry any weight. I'm glad he has an attorney - he will likely need one to untangle all of this. I'm so sorry this happened to him. How very scary and traumatic.
  8. Yes, they can do that. It’s perfectly legal. It’s also common. Most are reasonable where illness or other true emergencies are concerned. Call, say what’s going on and wait for their response.
  9. A 20 yo with ASD living at home is not a failure to launch. A more realistic timeline is the 25-26 yo range, if at all, from what I have gleaned from my research. Also, when they do launch, it looks different than the "average" person launching. He may need more support than your other children did, and he may always need support. Even in the highest-functioning category, a person with ASD is different than a neurotypical person. Please do some reading on teens and adults with ASD so that you can know more of what to expect. I say that with a lot of respect for your situation, as I have an almost 23 yo son with ASD. He is holding down a job and paying bills, and that is fantastic - don't sell him short. He may need the structure of living at home. Someone up thread mentioned getting a coach for him, and that is a good idea only if the coach has experience and a track record of successes working with people who have ASD. Otherwise, it could unnecessarily frustrate everyone and be expensive to boot. I'm kind of giggling at the "give him a deadline" comments - deadlines mean nothing to my ds. Often the natural consequences of missing a deadline are easier than the anxiety of meeting a deadline. Anxiety is common in people with ASD - this is why I think you need to do some reading. To learn what is common and what isn't . ASD can be disabling. The fact that your son sought out testing is wonderful - he is engaged in his own well-being. Testing is informative in that it shows us what is going on and gives direction for what needs to be addressed. The harder steps come after - addressing things. You probably realize this, but your son will always have ASD. There are skills he can learn to help with communication issues, executive functioning and anxiety, for example, but he will always have to consciously employ those skills - it isn't going to come naturally to him. He will hopefully get to the point where it is routine to employ those skills, but they aren't a natural part of who he is. For example, for me, I naturally make lists. I don't even think about it. He's going to have to think about it. His step one for doing many tasks is going to be "make a list," whereas for me, that isn't part of the task, but is something I might or might not do before I even get started on the task. He may need step by step lists for many things - like cleaning his room. You said it's very messy. He likely doesn't know where to start. Putting dirty clothes in a hamper/basket can make a big difference in the way a room looks and smells, but if he doesn't see that it needs to be done ( and he probably doesn't) - then it won't be part of "cleaning his room." At nearly 23, we routinely tell our DS - you need to wash your clothes today, you need to change your sheets today, etc.. If he had a calendar with these things written on them, he'd loose the calendar. Everyone is different. Two book recommendations for both you and your son: The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood Preparing for Life The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome by Jed Baker
  10. By the average person's standards, it was lucrative. By Hollywood standards, she had steady work and a resumé for future work. There was considerable opportunity lost for her to grow her career in entertainment/media, whether through acting or related work. She lost a lot of opportunity that likely can't be calculated at this point.
  11. Is there a "code" to the different colors of microfiber cloths? I'm seeing one that refers to cleaning windows with a damp "green" cloth and drying them with a "blue" cloth. How are they different, if at all?
  12. So I think I'm going to try the Mr. Clean all purpose and it looks like I need to re-think only having a few rags around. I do wash sponges in the dishwasher - maybe that's why they don't squick me out too much. But now that I think about it, I probably don't do it often enough. I got some free stuff from Grove with a coupon from my change of address packet, but I haven't tried any of it yet. I had no idea I wasn't supposed to wash microfiber cloths with other types of fabric. Why is that? The thing I wonder most about is my floors. Sigh. I just don't want them to get grungy. I did use Bona floor cleaner and polish on the floor of our old house before we put it on the market & it looked great. The cleaner smelled odd to me though.
  13. I’m working on streamlining cleaning supplies and at the same time I am looking at some products, like Method, that are supposed to have fewer chemicals than typical cleaners. I also want to reduce waste and plastic use. It seems like there’s a specialized cleaner for everything- are they worth it? I’m looking for some ideas. i need to be able to clean: granite countertops, laminate floors, carpet, tile floors, tile shower walls and glass shower doors along with the usual toilets, sinks, dusting, sweeping. so, thinking of “must have” items, this is what I have come up with: broom sponge mop vacuum dust cloths - probably two - again - think minimal sponges toilet brush Some kind of caddy cleaning products stump me - there are so many now
  14. She gave up a lucrative acting career, a certain amount of freedom of movement, the ability to speak her mind and likely lost some friends along the way (that last part is pure speculation on my part).
  15. Not nearly as broadly as my husband has! He's always on the go. Personally, I've been to Great Britain a few times and also to France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Mexico, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Canada. I've been to several large cities around the US - east coast, mid-west and west coast. I've been to a lot of mid-size and small towns and even one town that I would consider tiny. I'm not the most well-traveled person, but I have traveled a bit. Nope, not isolated at all. I live in a fast growing, urban area with countless "transplants" from within the US and many immigrants from around the world. We have three major universities, several smaller colleges and numerous international companies. We personally know & are friends with people from around the world. I grew up near a large city, my husband grew up in a tiny town. He is now a world traveler due to his profession. I have seen tourists from other countries visiting here in the US that are rude according to US standards, but in other countries (including major cities), they don't stand out to me. Perhaps they are overwhelmed by the Americans and don't stand out as much, or perhaps what is rude in the US isn't rude in other countries, who knows. Maybe I'm more attuned to the Americans in other countries because people from other countries blend in more in those particular cities/countries. We all do have different experiences, don't we? It is fascinating.
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