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  1. SayWhat?

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    One that runs enough spots on enough channels at enough times a day (or hour) that I recognize them by the first second or two of the spot. Since I don't watch commercials, it takes an extraordinary number for any one product or service for me to even notice them. The various drug and weight loss products and services also qualify for my No-Go list
     
  2. boukengreen

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    yea I had never even heard of AL until the commercials started airing
     
  3. dpeters11

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    I see plenty for the Shingles vaccine, and believe me, when I get to the right age, I'm definitely getting that one. I went to the doc last week and before he even took a look he said "well, we can rule out Shingles because you're not pleading with me to make the pain stop." :eek2:
     
  4. yosoyellobo

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    Did you have chicken pox as a kid? If you did you might be as Jeff Foxworthy would say a candidate for the vaccine.
     
  5. James Long

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    That is what commercials are for. :confused:
     
  6. dpeters11

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    I did, but I've got about 10 more years to go before it's time for the vaccine since the approved age was lowered. Though the doc says he's seen it in people my age before.
     
  7. EdJ

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    Your Doc is correct. I got Shingles when I was 28. That was a lot of years ago and it was more than a week of agonizing pain.... BTW, I got the Shingles shot when I turned 65 just to be sure that I don't get it again.
     
  8. dpeters11

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    I'm sold. I don't care how much they spam in commercials, I'm getting it, or whatever they have in 10 years.


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  9. oldengineer

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    I've belonged for 2 years. If you let your membership expire they'll let you back in for $6.00 which I can afford. I got a great deal on a roof replacement job thru them. The company had great reviews and their job included copper flashings and chimney waterproofing and was 3K cheaper than the next best estimate. I also had some tree work done using one of those special deals and the work was excellent, I had an electrical company give me an estimate for some work based on a special but I didn't take it. I always contact the company prior to signing up for those specials where you pay up front thru the website.
     
  10. Rich

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    Yeah, I know a couple of people that really suffered thru shingles and that shot is worth it. Seems like every time I go for my yearly flu shot, they add something else. The last one was a pneumonia shot. I just get them all when they're offered.

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  11. Rich

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    That is definitely true. Apparently the virus (or whatever it's called) resides in your body for years after having chicken pox and then surfaces and really wreaks havoc with your body.

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  12. Rich

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    Smart move, that's what I'd do. Anything you can do to avoid that dreadful experience is worth doing.

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  13. AntAltMike

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    The "big three", when I was a kid, were measles, mumps and chicken pox. I had two out of three. The conventional wisdom back then was that it was better to get them when you were kids because you could only get them once, and if you didn't get them until you were an adult, they would be worse.

    We were never concerned with avoiding those diseases. I guess we regarded them as inevitable. The thing we avoided - that we dreaded - was getting "bugs". The school nurse used to come by every couple of weeks and check us for bugs. And my mother used to look at the tops of the heads of the kids in the schoolyard when she'd drop me off each day, and tell me who to not hang around with. But I got bugs anyway.
     
  14. Rich

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    I did that and was told they didn't have the info, only the plumber had them. An obvious lie, since they tell you on their website that they will be upfront with the costs. And the info is contained in pricing books that, for some reason, they think of as gospel.

    Once you get plumbers involved, you can bet a $200 "deal" for only $99 is gonna come out to more than that in the end.

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  15. Rich

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    They're still looking for bugs. That hasn't changed.

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  16. oldengineer

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    When I was a kid we got a smallpox "innoculation" that was some goo stuck on your arm after it was scratched a bit. It left a scar that is still slightly visible. It gave you a fever and itched like crazy for a week or so. I can still remember my mom keeping it bandaged and trying to keep me from scratching it. The scab finally fell off, maybe after I scratched it off. We got the big 3 and had a quarantine sign on the door when one of us got measles. One of them required that we stay in a dark room to prevent damage to the eyes - measles or chickenpox. Mumps wasn't bad, mostly swollen glands. I used to get ear infections and the treatment was drops - no antibotics. I don't remember any kids with head lice but ringworm was fairly common then. I lived in Laurence Harbor NJ for 2 years and got impetigo from playing in the swamps a few times. The bottom line was that kids got dirty and got some infections and there were some diseases that were contagious but we generally just gutted them out. Then in the late 1940s pennicilin became popular and people started getting shots for everything from a cold to syphilis. Was that the beginning of superbugs?
     
  17. Rich

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    Huh. Interesting parallel to my experiences. Those vaccine scars on the arms of people were really prevalent for quite some time. Oops, gotta go eat...

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  18. oldengineer

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    Back on topic for a sec, I hope that all of the Angie's List users fill out the online ratings survey for the services they received
     
  19. dpeters11

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    That's actually my biggest issue with Angie's List, review issues. I'm having windows installed. I see various reviews and a few issues. Someone may say that the cost was $20k, but leave out context. How many windows? Were they top of the line triple pane, integrated blinds etc?

    Or they say the install went fine and windows are great. Fantastic, but that was three years ago, how are they now? You don't necessarily know if something was done wrong until a few seasons and years of rain have passed.
     
  20. Rich

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    I find the reviews about as I expected them to be. Notice how many people are thrilled with how "nice" the contractors are? Usually, these reviews come from women who have no idea how much a job should really cost. They're just happy to have the job done. And people who have no idea what a job entails or how much it should cost are easy marks. I watched the Handyman walk in to give us an estimate on a job that I thought should have cost about $1,000 and, without even looking at me, quickly convinced my wife that she should have this and that replaced and drove the estimate to almost 4 grand. I had the job done the next week by two carpenters for $1,100.

    If a contractor you call wants to know when your wife will be home so that she can participate in the estimate, I'd be leery.

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