jxj24 t1_jdozkk6 wrote

There are definite benefits to living somewhere that’s not the middle of nowhere, that’s for damn sure.

I live close to several hospitals now because I left NY and went to grad school for biomedical engineering, and that’s where this sort of thing gets done.

It’s pretty comforting to know that I am within mere minutes of world-class hospitals and a Level 1 Trauma center, but it’s not at the front of my mind very often.


jxj24 t1_jdnvqli wrote

I was an EMT in upstate NY in the late '80s, in a territory that was on the opposite side of one of the Finger Lakes from the main hospital for the area.

It could be well over 40 minutes even while running lights and siren.

It was particularly frustrating as the lake is at most a mile wide, so you could see the hospital while knowing you weren't getting there any time soon.

(Oh, and the intersection you needed to get through was frequently blocked by train traffic.)


jxj24 t1_j9u8nlh wrote

People are always suggesting ramen noodles, so maybe there's something to it?

That, or wood putty, or perhaps even some properly colored sculpy (modeling polymer clay). Technically, it needs to harden in an oven, but in my experience small amounts will eventually dry out without shrinking.


jxj24 t1_j9poxsm wrote

It looks like the exact same model faucet I installed in my kitchen years ago. It is, in fact, an utter piece of garbage, and anything you try to do to fix it will be, at best, temporary.

The problem is in its basic design: the retractable hose WILL leak eventually, and all the leaked water will drip down into the base, which WILL mineralize and/or corrode.

I finally got sick of it and stopped wasting good effort on a bad faucet. I replaced it with a tall-neck design, where the retractable hose pulls down from the neck, rather than up as with the old one. Less than an hour of work, and now no more aggravation!