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[#] Sun Feb 01 2015 09:00:10 EST from the_mgt

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My guess is that they use 440V of three-phase power, which is used in europe for appliances that require lots of watts, like an oven in the kitchen. It is indeed freaky in the shower.

That's often a solution for buildings that were not build/planned with central heating and hot water supply in mind. We have something like that in our bathroom, too. But not in the shower.

[#] Mon Feb 02 2015 19:01:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I guess it's no different from having a conventional electric water heater; it's just a lot closer. On-demand hot water is all the rage nowadays. Putting it at the fixture level is ... weird.

[#] Tue Feb 03 2015 00:32:25 EST from ax25

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Thu Jan 29 2015 05:01:29 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar

And then you have the safety issues around injecting water (for steam) into an appliance heated by a large electric coil. Doesn't sound all that nice to me.

Unless it's a gas powered dryer ... but burning natural gas creates a certain amount of water vapor on its own anyway ... oh yeah we're trying to sell a gimmick here.

The one we replaced was gas, and it has the knock outs for the water line.  I did not think that was a feature that would last either, and passed it up. Stupid "features" usually weed themselves out.

[#] Sun Feb 08 2015 04:50:59 EST from triLcat

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In Israel, the standard way to heat water is a solar heater with electric backup - usually you put the electric on a timer so that people who need to shower in the morning or at a particular time on cloudy days can get some extra hot. (We usually shower evenings - in the summer, I can wash all three kids and myself and not use electric heat for it - hubs showers in the morning, so he has to put the boiler on).

The instant hots are used in places where the builder installed a powder room with no hot water inlet, and you want to convert it to add a stall shower (for example, my brother's house has a split off apartment which he rents out, which doesn't quite work if there's nowhere for  the renters to shower... (there's a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom, and a restroom, which has just enough space for a stall shower, but didn't have the pipes for one. perfect rental for parents who are visiting from the US and have a kid at Bar Ilan University which is a 5-minute walk away)


[#] Sun Feb 08 2015 04:55:03 EST from triLcat

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-for those of you who need completion. 

[#] Thu Feb 12 2015 23:45:18 EST from ax25

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((ha!) :-)

[#] Wed Apr 29 2015 06:54:50 EDT from zooer

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Ear hair. That is my rant.... "EAR HAIR"

[#] Wed Apr 29 2015 15:04:06 EDT from vince-q

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Van Gogh had a fix for that...

[#] Tue Jun 16 2015 12:38:11 EDT from zooer

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I have to call a being with a penis a "woman" because he identifies himself as a woman.
I have to call a white who is white an "African-American woman" because she identifies herself as black.
If I say anything about how crazy this is I am ridiculed.

If the end is coming I wish it would get here soon.

[#] Tue Jun 16 2015 14:40:27 EDT from dothebart

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Michael Jackson?

[#] Thu Jun 18 2015 15:12:46 EDT from zooer

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So it has all happened before. Micheal Jackson was before his time.

[#] Fri Jul 17 2015 22:29:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ear hair. That is my rant.... "EAR HAIR"

I have a cat who has too much ear hair. My daughter thinks it's cute and won't let me trim it off him.

[#] Sat Jul 18 2015 07:28:03 EDT from zooer

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I think my cat has too much ear hair but I let it be. He does love his ear scratches.

[#] Sat Jul 18 2015 07:37:08 EDT from zooer

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Of course any ear hair is too much ear hair on a human.

[#] Sat Aug 01 2015 10:46:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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He also has a lot of fur between his toes -- one more reason we think he may be a Coon mix.

[#] Wed Oct 07 2015 18:18:51 EDT from zooer

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Several years ago McDonald's decided to do away with the "Small" and/or "medium" labels and started to call them
regular and large. I am not sure if the small was eliminated or they came up with a size in between small and
medium or what, but there was this new "regular" size and a large size. At the time I asked for a medium drink
and they were confused, because they didn't have that. "Did you mean 'Regular' sir? cause we don't have a
medium." Just give me the mid size cup, the one above the small cup. There was a discussion about a drink where
there didn't need to be one.

Eventually they added the super-size size, which means they still had a small medium and large but it was called
other things. The small was regular, the large was medium and the super-size was large. I am sure marketing
and physiology people got together and decided it was better for business somehow.

Monday I went into a McDonald's and order a "regular" iced coffee. The cashier was fine but the coffee clerk
who heard me started screaming, yes screaming like I insulted her and her ancestors. She didn't know what that
was.... "I don't know what he is talking about! We don't have a regular! What does that mean?!"

I wanted to say something but if I did I would be all over youtube and facebook for treating a poor employee so
horrible. Oh yeah, you are worth that $15 bucks an hour.

On a side note I had also stopped into a Panara Bread over the weekend, they have self-ordering kiosks. I can
tell these things are going to be every where and very popular.

[#] Thu Oct 08 2015 07:09:16 EDT from fleeb

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Today, I saw why I have a insurance line item labelled 'Mexican Coverage'.

A person who looked suspiciously Mexican nearly ran into me on the highway while we were driving 65 mph.

I am positive this asshole lacks a license, but didn't care, since our laws aren't his laws.

[#] Fri Oct 23 2015 10:17:54 EDT from zooer

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I visit a dealership's webpage to look for a phone number.  I see 

Sales: (855) 123-1111      Service: (855) 123-2222       Parts:(855) 123-3333

Oh good, a direct number to the service department! (I dial)

After the greeting I get that message that EVERY phone system seems to use, that I need to listen because the menu options have changed. This greeting is on EVERY phone menu.  I always wonder if every company has a set day that they all chance their menus. If by some phone system law every company changes their menus quarterly.  In reality the last time they changed their phone system was 2007 they just haven't changed that part of the message.  Then to add an insult they say "If you know your party's extension you can dial it at anytime."  YOU JUST TOLD ME EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED FOR FUCK'S SAKE.  That is a contradicting statement.  Can I dial what I know or do I have to listen because everything has changed?  YOU WHORE.

So I originally dialed a direct number to get service, I thought I could speak to a service person.  NOPE, I get  "For sales press 1, for service press 2, for parts press 3, for all other....."  What was the point of the direct number?

@#!@$%!!!!  I press 2.  Then they are so busy that all their operators are busy and can't speak with me but they reassure me that my call is important to them.



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[#] Fri Oct 23 2015 14:47:15 EDT from zooer

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Fri Oct 23 2015 01:12:18 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
You should have clicked the button on the web page that connects you to a Turing-incomplete automated agent who pretends to be a human.

On a lot of phone systems you can just mash 0 until you get to a (poorly trained and unable to help you) live operator.

I think I'm going to change the outgoing greeting on my voice mail now.


Thank you for calling. Please listen closely, as our menu options have changed.
For quality assurance, this call may be monitored or recorded. To continue in English, press 1. Para continuar en Espanol, oprima el numero 2. Please stay on the line; your call is important to us and we will be with you as quickly as possible. For faster service you can also use our automated customer service system on the web at w... w... w... dot... com. Or if you would prefer to leave a message, please wait for the tone.


While typing that web address I realized how difficult it is to type just one "w". Try it.

I know about the dial zero "trick"  However I didn't want the "operator", I wanted service, which is the original number I called.  You see, silly me thought that the number listed for service was the number directly to service.  I was also complaining about the entire ridiculous process.  Dialing zero would have delayed the whole processes.  When I called the other day nothing worked, not "zero" not two.  When I stayed on the line so somebody would help me I was disconnected.

I type one "W" by itself all the time.  

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