Thursday, September 25, 2014

Clearing a drain: baking soda + vinegar

If a drain is slow, the following method using hot water + baking soda; then adding hot water  + vinegar -- and then flushing with hot water, works great.  Sometimes, I will use a plunger beforehand; this sometimes loosens debris enough to unclog slow drains.

If the plunger method doesn't work, then:

  • Flush with hot water (pot or several cups of hot water)
  • Cup of baking soda with hot water to get it into the drain.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes
  • Add cup of vinegar, flush down with cup of hot water.
  • Close drain and let sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Flush with hot water.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Career: How to answer, "What did you earn in your last job?"

Some good advice on this tough question:

Interviewers aren't trying to be rude. They've just drunk a lot of toxic lemonade themselves. They'll say "We need your past salary information."

Really? You need it? I understand that people in Hell need ice water, my darling.
They don't need to know your past salaries. They just want it. As we tell our kids, Want and Need are two different things.

Tell them your salary requirement, instead. That's all they need to make a Yes or No decision about whether your salary requirements and their salary range are in the same ballpark.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Career: How to Spot a Bad Boss had a good article on how to spot a bad boss BEFORE accepting a job offer.  Because working with people is such an important part of job satisfaction, check this article out:

I’ve worked for some pretty bad bosses during my career. Some were managers who became my boss after I was already working in the job, but others were toxic bosses that I should have spotted before I even accepted the job offer.
Here are 10 ways to spot a bad boss – before you take the job:
1. They’re late for the job interview. I once sat outside a hiring manager’s office, waiting for my job interview. I waited. And waited. And waited. 45 minutes after the interview should have started, the hiring manager walked past and then stared at me. “Who are you?” he demanded. I told him I was his 10am interview candidate. He rolled his eyes. “Oh great. Another interview. Like I don’t already have enough to do,” he grumbled. “Fine. You might as well come into my office so I can get this over.” This hiring manager had not only forgotten about my interview, he also hated his job. A dangerous combination to avoid.
2. Their office is unusually disorganized. Earlier in my career, I accepted a job working for a manager whose office was a mess. Well, that’s an understatement. Her office looked like a tornado had swept through it. I should have spotted the telltale signs during my job interview: She didn’t have a copy of my resume or even the job posting, there were sticky notes all over her computer screen and desk, stacks of paperwork were all over her office, even her clothing and hair were messy. Unfortunately, her disorganization spilled over into how she managed people and managed her department.
3. They ask illegal questions during your interview. Does the hiring manager ask questions about how many children you have or if you plan on having any? Do he/she ask about your religion or your age? Hiring managers should always avoid asking any questions based on race, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, veteran or military status, and physical, mental, or sensory disabilities. That’s because these are all “protected classes” under most state law. If you’re asked any of these types of questions, it means the hiring manager either isn’t trained and experienced or may be unethical.
4. Other employees avoid the hiring manager. As you walk down the hallway to the hiring manager’s office or conference room for your interview, be aware of how other employees react to the manager. Are they friendly and positive toward him/her? Or, do they quickly turn around and walk away or dive behind cubicles to avoid being seen? Look for signs that other employees are afraid of the hiring manager or trying to avoid the person.

You get the idea, but read more here: 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vitamin Supplements: A Scam?

Here is yet more evidence that vitamin supplements are not necessary.  While there is some evidence that Vitamins D and E are useful, causality has not necessarily been proven -- even for these vitamins!

Read more here: