LPT: Don't be afraid to look at a handicapped person. We notice people avoiding eye contact far more than we notice people staring.
Lot of pressure to look at someone the exact right amount
FYI: everyone generally avoids eye contact with everyone, you are no different.
I usually stare at feet. I don't know where to stare if you don't got feet. Wheels I guess.
Making eye contact is a sign of aggression right?
LPT: Look for the shady spot when you're leaving work, not when you get there. This way you know where to park the next day!
The garage at work has 8 levels of shade. In fact, I park on the lowest level to maximize shade.
I did this for years. There was one spot that got shade from a tree...also wound up with a lot of bird shit on my car all the time.
Shade on shade on shade
Yeahhhhhhhh, I have to arrive to work 30 minutes at LEAST before my shift starts to even GET a parking spot. My "choice" consists of "fuck yeah there's one! Grab it before anyone else sees!!!"
LPT: If you can see ordinary household lights through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, it's no good.
Just read this on a different site and tested mine myself.
Mine are fake.
BE CAREFUL PEOPLE! Upvotes for retina safety!
I got the $1 ones from Walmart. I got freaked out by the articles saying there were fakes around, so I tested them. I stared straight into a lamp and saw nothing, and my husband shined his phone's led light at my face and I saw a very dim and tiny orange light. So I think they're good! We'll see! Or maybe we won't!
I wonder how many people are about to damage their vision today.
LPT: Even if you don't have something you want to save for, save anyway because something will come along that you wish you had saved for.
Is that just... saving?
Noooo it's..... advanced saving
Well, hopefully it will just be $13.
If you don't have something to save for, then you are either loaded or you have a very short life expectancy.
For the rest of us, there is always something you can't afford right now.
LPT: If someone calls you to upgrade your home security system, don't tell them you don't have one. Say your system works fine and you're not interested in upgrading. You never know if you're talking to a real company or a possible burglar.
I get a lot of spam calls at work for people selling home security, and usually I tell them "this is a business" and they get embarrassed and hang up. But today someone called with the same spiel but then tried to then pivot to talking about business security instead. Pretty obviously someone trying to set-up a scam. Remember just because they're on the phone and sound like they could be miles away, don't take it for granted.
EDIT: Whoa just woke up to over 100 notifications and my most upvotes ever! I will do my best to keep up but it looks like this has taken on a life of its own, which is hopefully a good thing!
EDIT 2: Yea the obvious thing is to not answer numbers you don't know or to hang up immediately. The point is if you find yourself in this situation, answering safely won't be your first instinct. Maybe now it will be.
EDIT 3: For anyone wondering, the responses largely breakdown into a few categories:Don't answer the phone/just hang up. I don't need security I have guns/dogs. Tell them to come so you can use your security/guns/dogs. Yes this actually happened to me/someone I know/this is useful. This would never happen/is not useful.
It's that 4th category that makes it all worth it! I appreciate your stories. Not trying to paranoid, just trying to help :)
I got an automated call last week that asked me a few basic questions that I went along with out of curiosity. It then asked me if I had a home security system (I don't) and I said yes because I've heard tips like this before. The instant the word "yes" left me my mouth, the call was automatically ended.
Yikes that's a scary one. Sounds like you got really lucky! For sure though it's a thing for them to try and lure you in with someone innocuous and then get you to give up the info they want.
I do not endorse insurance fraud. You need to be honest about your 70 inch UHD TV.
Hell, let them rob my place, then my insurance can replace my 42 i....ummm....65 inch UHD TV....
LPT: If you know someone who cares about everyone around them a lot, please, ask them if they are okay from time to time
I have seen, with time, that people that care a lot about other people, it's sometimes because they have trouble taking care of themselves.
EDIT: wow, my first gold! Thank you kind stranger!
Not in the last 2 years, less in the last 3 months, and certainly not ok today, thst is why I posted it, because every day, at arouns 2AM, I break. I cannot stand anymore so I try to sleep it away because no one else ever cares. That's why I posted this, so someone can have an opportunity to feel okay with themselves. Thank you for asking.
The irony in no comments. By the way you doin alright?
Thank you for posting, I hope tomorrow is a better day for you.
This reminds me of a quote by Robin Williams.
I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy. Because they know what it's like to feel absolutely worthless and they don't want anybody else to feel like that.
[LPT Request] When house hunting for the first time, what are some things to watch out for that may not be obvious?
Thanks everyone, for all of your amazing advice! It is super helpful, and I am sure it will be helpful for anyone else in the same boat.
Check the area on VRBO and Airbnb for short term rentals.
I live in Austin and bought a house this year that is next to a short term rental. Every weekend a new group of bros shows up ready to partaay.
Look OUTSIDE at the foundation - patch color, cracks are a nono
Look at the Ceilings in closets - usually not fresh paint so you can see leak evidence
Look at the shingles - if they are wavy or discolored you have a huge reroofing bill ahead
Check the circuit breaker - if every slot is used, you can't do any major renovation (ie adding appluances etc) without a huge electrician bill
Also if there is a strong scent of air freshener beware- they may be trying to cover up a mysterious foul odor that lingers
Go house hunting after it rains. You'll see how bad things can get (anywhere puddles are, they leave the leaves/dirt)
You also should see the area during the evening, like thurs/fri/sat around 6-7pm.
Look out for shitty hoa fees.
Mold anywhere, moist areas, number and type of electrical outlets, type of Windows, age of all appliances, was the house built using cheap materials or good ones, flooding areas outside, age and height of nearby trees, and anything that is old, outdated, or antiquated that will need to be replaced.
LPT: When someone steps out of their comfort zone or does an activity they usually avoid, don't make a big deal out of it. The extra attention may discourage them from doing it again.
Offer positive comments like "this was fun" or "I'm glad you joined us". Leave further invitation open ended like "you're welcome anytime". Avoid pointed invites like "you should come out more often".
Particularly if that activity is being social, nothing worse than trying to get out of your shell when some loud jackass goes "wow, you never talk"
This seems like genuinely good advise.
FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT, thanks. so true, this keep people from trying stuff or changing habits.
LPT: Check for skimmers at gas pumps and other card readers with your phone. Turn on Bluetooth and search for devices, skimmers often show up as a long string of numbers trying to connect.
Crooks usually retrieve the stolen card info with Bluetooth because it can be done discreetly without exposing themselves by opening up the machine to retrieve the device.
I usually just wiggle the thing before inserting my card
LPT: make sure your Bluetooth skimmers are set to not be discoverable to any device
That's not going to show that someone used a stolen key to open the pump and plug in an electronic device between the card reader and circuit board.
I manage a gas station. I found a skimmer inside one of my pumps. Weights and measures had a lot more info to share with me. It would be nice if I had an easier way of scanning for Bluetooth signals then fucking around with my phone settings, tho.
Credit card companies:"no one fucks over our customers except ourselves"
LPT: If a twister/tornado looks like it's not moving, it's moving towards you. Run.
Other tornado related LPTs:
Don't actually "run". They don't move that fast, but still faster than running speed, and on rare occasions, faster than you can drive away. Find shelter/a ditch or a car (get out of the car and into a ditch if you get stuck in a traffic jam).
Don't hide under an overpass. There's footage of this working once because they got lucky, but you're above ground level and the confined space makes the wind blow even harder. This is "advice" on the level of running downhill to escape from a volcanic eruption.
The idea that you can protect your house by opening windows is likewise BS.
Don't escape towards clear air just because it's clear air. Tornadoes appear at the edge of a storm (southwest corner in the US) and cause clear air to wrap around them on a large scale, so the shortest route to daylight could be an intercept course with the tornado. That's how the Weather Channel wrecked their stormchasing truck in 2013.
The other danger of clear air near a tornado is that this is where it feeds from, so there's a very strong ground level jet of wind (rear flank downdraft) blowing towards the tornado and dealing similar levels of damage.
Source: I have an internet connection and there were informational videos made after a few professional chasers died.
Pretty sure Bill Paxton outran an F5 on foot at one point.
Could it not equally be moving away from you?
Haha true. But better safe than sorry.