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MicaelS

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Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
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Member since: Mon Jun 16, 2008, 10:59 AM
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All SSA Field Offices closed, employees working from home.

https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#3-2020-2

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, we are still able to provide critical services.

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.

If you need help from Social Security:

First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.

If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.

If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing. Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone. Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.


Some GOOD news, the employees ARE working from home. I know this for a fact.

I got a phone call last week from one of their employees from whom I had initially worked with last year. The initial phone call showed UNKNOWN, so I was skeptical, so I let it go to voicemail. He called again, and told me he was working from home now. At first I thought it was a scam, but when we started talking, I got out my paperwork and confirmed his name. I got the wonderful news that my Social Security Disability had finally been approved. He gave me the numbers on my monthly payment, and my back pay. I was overjoyed. I checked the website, and it was all there, just as he said.

He told me when they are all working from home, and gave me his regular office number to call back on. He stated that all calls go to voicemall, and then then he gets an alert at home.

So if you need help it is there. I am a lot less apprehensive than I was, especially because of my back pay.


It is time for the Undecided to Decide.

IOW, shit or get off the pot.

I early voted in Fort Worth (Tarrant County).

Interesting experience. Different form of voting from years past. In years past, we voted on a single electronic machine with a wheel to turn pages, and buttons to push to vote.

First you get a legal size thermal card. You go vote on a machine that is easy and simpler to read and use. When you are ready to vote you insert the thermal card that prints out how you voted for all offices. The you can check the card for mistakes. Then you take it and insert it into a different machine which records your vote, but it keeps the card. No personal record to keep. That sucks.

I would still prefer paper ballots.

I voted for EW for President and MJ Hegar for US Senator. And for every other office I voted for women, unless there was a lone male candidate. We elect all non-Federal Judges in Texas, so there were a lot, many of them running unopposed.

Ever person working the polls were women.

I was thrilled to see that, and doubly thrilled to see just how many women were running. We need more women at all levels in this state, as well as Nationwide.

BTW, Fort Worth is deep red. Going blue is too much to hope for. I will settle for purple.

Streaming Service recommendations.

I have Amazon Prime, and CBS All Access, the later I am using much more than the first. Any recommendations for a third service? I like both movies and TV programs.

It is obvious Bloomberg has a number of people terrified.

Given the number of posts about him.

Like their heads was on fire and their asses was catching

From the old Charley Daniels song Uneasy Rider (yes I know he is a bigot today, this is when he was an outlaw and smoked dope).

My experience today made me very sad about the state of our country.

In Fort Worth today, I used Lyft four times. Four different drivers. Two AA women, one white man, one white woman.

I like to chat, so I engaged each driver, and asked them all them same question:

"Do you follow politics?" NOT ONE OF THEM SAID YES.

One of the women asked "Why, what is going on?"

The man said he was an IT guy, and Lyft was a second job, but I could tell from his tone of voice and the things he said told me he was a Conservative.

I thought when I finally got home, "This is really pathetic."

Think you have seen Coke + Mentos videos before?

You have not seen anything like this. Holy fucking shit!!!

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Seriously thinking of going Vegan.

Anyone have any knowledge of Vegan meal delivery services? Single man age 62, no kids.

Anyone have a "Washlet" toilet or seat?

I am very curious if the really work as well as advertised.

https://washlet.totousa.com

So cat lovers, riddle me this...

(1) What is the "correct" number of litter boxes, one should have in multi-cat household?

(2) In a multi-cat household, if one cat refuse to use a litter box the others use, and poops on a counter top, what is the way to stop this? My friend had to resort to a litter box on the counter top.

(3) I am going to adopt my first kitty from a friend, and we will be living in a small (600 q ft) 1Br/1Bt apt. She is a sweet little black cat and I love her to death. She will be my only companion. But, she is committing #2. How should I place her litter box, and food / water bowls. My friend says she wants to be in a only cat household, and once there will be fine.
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