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17 June 2011 @ 07:58 am
Nigel figure  
I don't like making morning posts but sometimes I'm too tired at the end of the day to type even though that's the best time to talk about everything that happened.
Chris and I fed the birds and took care of all the plants early. We went out for breakfast at Flaco's again and it was funny but annoying what happened. When we were getting ready to pay their machine for credit/debit cards broke. We had no cash or checks and were worried about how we would pay. We told them we could run up to an ATM and come back with cash. We're in there a lot so they know us and told us that was ok. But we were freaking out. It felt bad leaving without paying. We both have a very strong sense of responsibility and felt very guilty. We also worried they wouldn't get any business if they didn't fix that soon. Few people use cash anymore. So we went and got the cash and paid. But when we got back they told us they had fixed the machine. Typical. But we felt so much better and free about it afterwards. Then we went on one job.

After that we went to look at phone accessories because Chris got a new cellphone and he's learning to use it. We also stopped by Sweetbay supermarket and picked up some distilled water for the plants. I was amazed we've been getting ripped off at Publix. We've been paying $1.60 a gallon for all brands. I've read that water costs one dollar, but I'd never seen that. Well one brand was 99 cents and the Sweetbay brand was 65 cents. WOW! We grabbed four of them. I'm going to stock up on it from there from now on. I wonder if their groceries are cheaper too. If so we'll shop there instead.

I got my McDonald's Nigel figure in the mail today. He's nice.

You push down on him and his crest and wing go up and down.

Here's my finished collection. I don't need the other figures because I didn't really care for the other characters. These are my faves.

Earthmother asked about my swamp cooler. Here's the info on the one I got. It works by having water pass over a mesh. The fan blows it and evaporates it, making cooler air flow out. They're also known as evaporative coolers. I had bought this to use with the chamber I want to build for the highland nepenthes. It works nice, but I don't think it brings down temps by 20 degrees like they claim. If it's 75 at night I don't think it can make it 55 like I was hoping. But it is also a purifier. So I gave it to Chris. He loves it and has it in his game room. As for cooling the nepenthes I need to look into if I can perhaps convert an AC or a fridge somehow. I've never done something like this and will probably need some help.
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earthmother45earthmother45 on June 17th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
My parents had an air cooler just like that up north in their home in PA. They were always trying to put humidity in the air, especially in the winter time when the heater was on constantly and it was so dry in the house. When we lived in Colorado back in the 70s, that was all they had out there for cooling. At the time, they called them air coolers instead of air conditioners and they worked the same way as yours does. Only they were mounted outside your house, and they were huge. And they really did keep things cool. There were no air conditioners like we have here to take the humidity out of the air. That would be nice if the swamp cooler really did drop the temps by 20 degrees! That does seem a little unrealistic.

Ha! I guess we're just stuck in the past . . . we almost always pay by cash (or check.)

That's a cute collection. I'm always amazed at the collectibles out there from McD and Burger King, etc.
Desthagirion on June 17th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I found out the technology's been around a very long time actually. When I did a search for "swamp cooler" on Ebay I was amazed to find portable units for cars that stuck to windows. I couldn't believe it and had never heard of that. Yeah, I'm disapointed it doesn't lower by 20 degrees. That would have been so nice for my plants.

I think it's good to carry cash for situations like this, but Chris doesn't like cash and checks even more. He just likes his debit card.

Thanks. I loved the movie and had to get my favorite figures. I found out there are more that I will have to pick up soon. Yeah they usually make McDonald and Burger King toys of all the famous movies that come out now.
earthmother45earthmother45 on June 17th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ha! I guess we need to come into the 21st century! Our daughters have been after us for a long time to get and/or use a debit card. I think I'm more open to it, but Pete is just stuck to the old ways.

Des: My Two Centsthagirion on June 17th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
You should get one. It makes life so much simpler. I don't see why Pete wouldn't want to make things easier for himself. It's better than a check because you don't have to sit there and write stuff while at the register. You just put in your code and it comes out almost instantly from your bank account. It can be used as a credit card too, but it's money you have so you aren't getting into debt. I was reluctant at first but I love mine now. They should be free from your bank. You should see if they offer what's called a Visa Checkcard. Those are the best.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Macawsilvolf on June 17th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm the same; I have a strong feeling of responsibility as well. I'm glad they got the machine fixed in the end though. Over here people use cash a lot.
Nigel is cool. I like how well made and painted he is. Does your Jewel light up? Mine doesn't. I took the batteries out and put new ones in but she still doesn't work.
Des: Blue and Gold Macawsthagirion on June 17th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we felt like we were ripping them off even though they told us it was ok to leave. It was such a relife when we finally paid. Here everything is debit and credit cards. We love debit because it's the same as having a check only faster. It's not credit because you're paying with money you have in the bank. And it can be used like a credit card in stores and online.

Yeah, I was surprised at the quality for McDonald's toys. Yeah, she lights up. I should take a Pic. Rio makes weird music. Perhaps the batteries got corooded and messed up the contacts.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Silvolf boxedsilvolf on June 17th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
We have debit and credit cards here too. Debit cards are what I like best. You can only spend what you have in your account with them. With credit cards, you spend the bank's money and then pay it back when you get the statement.

I took the batteries out, the batteries and contacts looked fine. I'm betting there's faulty soldering somewhere.
Des: My Two Centsthagirion on June 18th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
I will never own a credit card. I have seen too many people's lives destroyed by it. It's spending money you don't have. Debit is better becaue it's money you do have and forces you to be more responsible.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: AvistA Grin by Keisilvolf on June 18th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
I completely agree!
kabuldurkabuldur on June 18th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
I'll bet Chris loves that evaporative cooler in the hot weather you have been having. I hope you can find something bigger. Sorry, I'll be no help in this direction.

I know what you mean about feeling all responsible, but seeing as you are regular customers, they probably were quite okay with that.

Nigel looks cool :)
Desthagirion on June 18th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Yes, he's very happy with it.

I don't think we could have helped that feeling, but we took care of it right away so it was good.

Yeah, I liked him in the movie.