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Airplanes are bacterial incubators and viral dispersants, so on my way back to Seattle last Tuesday I knew I was in for an immunity challenge as I listened to the lady sitting in the seat in front of me snarfling, hacking and sneezing.

Alas something took hold Friday, so I too am a-hacking and sneezing this weekend as also is my cat, Beren. Now I know cats and humans do not share the common cold nor the flu (except perhaps the worrisome avian variety), but it is mighty coincidental he too is sneezing. After a couple of days of cat 'ah-ah-choo's, his symptoms have subsided and at no time did he exhibit any other symptoms -- certainly his appetite remains ever strong since he just sank his claws into my back asking for his afternoon feeding.

Off to Costco to buy a VCR. Both of my over five year old ones died in ways I could not fix. Gosh, prices have plummeted on these things.

Chicken soup tonight for me, little bits of chicken for the cats.

My temperment:
uncomfortable sneezy, sniffly
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On December 7th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC), tagryn commented:
My wife tried taking a zinc-based product (Cold-Eez, I think its called) when she got the cold & believes it cut the severity and time of her cold significantly. When I got her cold I also tried them, and while I didn't have the same strong positive reaction to it she did, I think it did help a little.

Chicken soup & lots of liquid is the best, though. Hope you feel better soon!
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On December 7th, 2004 07:43 am (UTC), elimloth commented:
I have tried the zinc based products but they leave me with a queasy stomach. I am trying an elderberry syrup to sooth the coughing. It is quite tasty and has some anti-viral properties.
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On December 8th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC), jilara commented:
Welcome to the world of the disposable VCR. Unfortunately, they last about as well as you can expect for cheap items. My last one lasted just over a year, and took a tape with it when it expired.
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On December 8th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC), elimloth replied:
Disposable indeed. I fixed the Goldstar a couple of times. Once it was a mechanical problem and another time a cracked solder joint around where the RCA connectors anchor onto the circuit board. Once I discovered the HiFi FM decoder chip was blown, it was curtains as the manufacturers do not make those available to the public, though were they, the cost would be prohibitive. Feh!

Oh well, I'm looking at VCR, DVD recorder machines (not TIVOs or Replays, hate to pay a perpetual usage fee). I just need something to transfer many of my original content tapes to DVD and to occasionally record an on-air program for later viewing.
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