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#2123494 - 07/26/13 07:42 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: OperaTenor]  
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Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Del wins ....... or loses, I guess...

That woman may be a sufferer of Toxoplasmosis. It is theorized that "cat ladies" have been exposed to the parasite, and develop a somewhat unnatural attraction to cats.



I believe in this theory. I've met people that seem to love their cats more than life itself. I know a woman who talks about her cats continuously, no matter where she happens to be.


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#2123498 - 07/26/13 07:48 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Jbyron]  
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#2123506 - 07/26/13 07:56 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Not as bad as some of the other stories, but sometimes you get stuck halfway into a job and can't get away.

I was in a home one time that had several automatic artificial air fresheners and potpourri pots situated around the place. One fourth of the way through the tuning I started to get queasy as an automatic room odorizer sitting on a table nearby would squirt something out into the air every few minutes. Nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. I could taste it and smell it on my clothes for a long time.



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#2123522 - 07/26/13 08:23 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Isn't it Ryan with the custom shirts and 'pianod-up' truck? I wonder if has a logo haz-mat suit?


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#2123539 - 07/26/13 09:22 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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If this was in the form of a contest, I'd have to vote for Del's dilemma. Eeewou!


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#2123561 - 07/26/13 10:01 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Experience has taught me that sometimes it is better to just walk away.


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#2123620 - 07/27/13 12:47 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: David Jenson]  
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Originally Posted by David Jenson
If this was in the form of a contest, I'd have to vote for Del's dilemma. Eeewou!


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#2123685 - 07/27/13 07:38 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: OperaTenor]  
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Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Del wins ....... or loses, I guess...

That woman may be a sufferer of Toxoplasmosis. It is theorized that "cat ladies" have been exposed to the parasite, and develop a somewhat unnatural attraction to cats.



Thing about that is, it's common with outdoor cats, not indoor. It's also found in the soil, making fruits and vegetables a risk unless washed really good. Toxoplasmosis is often associated with cats, but there are many ways you can get it. Indoor cats would be the least of my worries. Only reason I know is from a vet and MD while going through a relative's pregnancy.

That's #1. #2 is, it amazes me how many people point to Wikipedia as a reliable source of information! I could go change that article right now to say that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets, and someone could quote it as a source before it was corrected (if ever).


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#2123727 - 07/27/13 09:37 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Wow, I just read this interesting fact. Did you know that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets?


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#2123730 - 07/27/13 09:40 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Eric Gloo]  
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Originally Posted by Eric Gloo
Wow, I just read this interesting fact. Did you know that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets?


Lol see what I mean? smile


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#2123778 - 07/27/13 11:32 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Originally Posted by Loren D
Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Del wins ....... or loses, I guess...

That woman may be a sufferer of Toxoplasmosis. It is theorized that "cat ladies" have been exposed to the parasite, and develop a somewhat unnatural attraction to cats.



Thing about that is, it's common with outdoor cats, not indoor. It's also found in the soil, making fruits and vegetables a risk unless washed really good. Toxoplasmosis is often associated with cats, but there are many ways you can get it. Indoor cats would be the least of my worries. Only reason I know is from a vet and MD while going through a relative's pregnancy.

That's #1. #2 is, it amazes me how many people point to Wikipedia as a reliable source of information! I could go change that article right now to say that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets, and someone could quote it as a source before it was corrected (if ever).


Ever heard of an.....indoor-outdoor cat?


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#2123847 - 07/27/13 03:37 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Jbyron]  
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Cats get toxoplasmosis from eating mice. I have had some very good mousers in my cat owning days, and mice do get into houses. We had to start using an electric mouse trap since our last good mouser went to the happy mouse hunting ground in the sky. We catch a mouse in this trap once or twice a week, continuously. Can you imagine how badly infected our old cat must have been?


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#2123852 - 07/27/13 03:55 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Originally Posted by Loren D
Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Del wins ....... or loses, I guess...

That woman may be a sufferer of Toxoplasmosis. It is theorized that "cat ladies" have been exposed to the parasite, and develop a somewhat unnatural attraction to cats.




That's #1. #2 is, it amazes me how many people point to Wikipedia as a reliable source of information! I could go change that article right now to say that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets, and someone could quote it as a source before it was corrected (if ever).


Remember the days before the internet when you had to go to the library for information? The information in some books isn't accurate either. I think Wikipedia is a great source for information. As for doctors, I have a doctor in the family and do you think I would beleive everything he says?..... HECK NO! laugh


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#2123889 - 07/27/13 05:25 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Jbyron]  
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Originally Posted by Jbyron
Originally Posted by Loren D
Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Del wins ....... or loses, I guess...

That woman may be a sufferer of Toxoplasmosis. It is theorized that "cat ladies" have been exposed to the parasite, and develop a somewhat unnatural attraction to cats.




That's #1. #2 is, it amazes me how many people point to Wikipedia as a reliable source of information! I could go change that article right now to say that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets, and someone could quote it as a source before it was corrected (if ever).


Remember the days before the internet when you had to go to the library for information? The information in some books isn't accurate either. I think Wikipedia is a great source for information. As for doctors, I have a doctor in the family and do you think I would beleive everything he says?..... HECK NO! laugh


But at least the encyclopedias on your shelf don't have [citation needed] every other "fact." And that's the problem. No one seems to have a problem with a "fact" in an "encyclopedia" that flat out says "we don't know if this is right or not."

So yeah, I have more faith in Britannica or World Book, where the articles are sourced.


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#2123890 - 07/27/13 05:30 PM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Dave B]  
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Originally Posted by Dave B
Experience has taught me that sometimes it is better to just walk away.

Believe me, that experience taught me that there were some jobs it was better to walk away from. I'd have walked away from that one except for my relationship with the dealer that had originally sold the piano. Even so, after that I determined to never again subject myself (or anyone else) to an experience like that -- and I never have.

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#2124574 - 07/29/13 02:09 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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Originally Posted by Loren D
Originally Posted by OperaTenor
Del wins ....... or loses, I guess...

That woman may be a sufferer of Toxoplasmosis. It is theorized that "cat ladies" have been exposed to the parasite, and develop a somewhat unnatural attraction to cats.



Thing about that is, it's common with outdoor cats, not indoor. It's also found in the soil, making fruits and vegetables a risk unless washed really good. Toxoplasmosis is often associated with cats, but there are many ways you can get it. Indoor cats would be the least of my worries. Only reason I know is from a vet and MD while going through a relative's pregnancy.

That's #1. #2 is, it amazes me how many people point to Wikipedia as a reliable source of information! I could go change that article right now to say that toxoplasmosis is more prevalent in Italians who drive Chevrolets, and someone could quote it as a source before it was corrected (if ever).


My wife is a biotech clinical research lead scientist, specializing in infectious diseases. I knew about Toxoplasmosis already, just used the Wiki link as a quick reference. Assuming they're strictly indoor cats is just that - an assumption, and as Jbyron said, there are such things as indoor/outdoor cats, and hardcopy encyclopedias that contain erroneous information.


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#2124628 - 07/29/13 04:58 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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I never said these cats weren't indoor/outdoor cats. All I said is that toxoplasmosis is more of a concern with cats that go outdoors, which is accurate.

And sorry, any comparison between Wikipedia, which anyone on the planet can edit in real time, and an encyclopedia which is painstakingly sourced by experts in the respective fields is....well, funny.

The point is that toxoplasmosis can come from many sources, including the soil in your garden. [citation needed]wink


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#2124672 - 07/29/13 07:42 AM Re: What was your worst job? [Re: Loren D]  
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I've only got two 'icky' stories from my past....

Way back when I was a young and hungry tuner, I took a tuning far away - friend of a friend type of thing. Small little console or spinet in the basement. When I opened the top with the owner right behind me, a mass of what looked like white cockroaches began to scatter. She calmly reached for a spray can and started dousing the piano! I opened a folding chair, banged it on the ground and set my tool kit off the ground. I was already there and needed the check, so tuned right through the heebie jeebies! (shudder)

After I got my college contract gig, I got a call one night from one of the teachers that use the studios in the evening for private community kid lessons. His student threw up - right into the keys.... That was a looong night of scraping, scrubbing and replacing punchings!

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Wasn't necessarily the worst, but maybe the scariest or spookiest.

Tuning a large vintage upright in an old church building on the bad side of town.

By myself.

Place, quiet as a mouse.

When, all of a sudden, he jumps out of the action.

I jump off the piano bench.

Before I can whack him, the bugger runs back into the action.

I can't find him.

Totally unnerved, and the tuning nowhere near complete, I wonder what to do.

What would you do?


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