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General Discussion / Re: Curing Sleep Apnea?
« on: December 14, 2017, 07:39:00 PM »
Just an update. I met with the surgeon today. My wife went with me. She had a lot of questions to ask. The cliff notes version of this story is, I really want to go through with the surgery. Both my wife and myself feel very good about it and the doctor explained everything in detail to us. The only issue is going to be the cost. It's around $18k - money up front! Insurance is a tough nut to crack when it comes to paying for this surgery, so we're not expecting surgery to pay much if they do. The lady told us that be prepared for insurance to pay a lot less than what the out of pocket is going to be. So, my wife and I are trying to figure out how this surgery gets paid. Yeah, we don't have $18k laying around. trust me, if we did, I would've already had the surgery by now! So, anyway, that's where we're at. So, we're waiting to see if we get pleasantly surprised by insurance or if we get the cold water thrown in our faces. My wife knows how much this surgery means to me, and it is a medical necessity. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

General Discussion / Curing Sleep Apnea?
« on: December 14, 2017, 12:36:58 PM »
This is a re-post from the old board. I wrote an article a few weeks ago about my struggles with sleep apnea. For those of you who also suffer from it or know someone who does, you should take time to read my article. Keep in mind, I'm not a professional, articulate writer, so there might be some grammar errors as I didn't really proof read for very long. Please take time to read it and comment on the page if you like.

So, what's happening today is that I'm seeing a surgeon about having a very invasive surgery performed on my jaws called maxilla-mandibular advancement. In layman's terms, they break your jaws, upper and lower, install spacers, and move the jaws forward. This creates a larger airway and essentially reduces sleep apnea to where you no longer need a CPAP at night. I thought my insurance had approved this surgery, but the lady at the orthodontist office misspoke (I had asked her twice if it was the surgery that insurance had approved and she said yes) and insurance has not approved my surgery as of yet. Today, I am going for consultation with an oral surgeon and see what he says. My prayer is that they're able to get the surgery approved. Even though I have a documented medical disability that would benefit from the surgery, insurance will often treat this surgery as cosmetic and deny payment. The cosmetic benefits are great, and I would probably look younger as well. And I'll admit, I would love this because who wouldn't want to look better? However, my number one reason for doing this surgery is medical, and to end my struggles with sleep apnea.

Coincidentally, the other night, I was so tired that I fell asleep and forgot to put my C-PAP on. Now, keep in mind, I was sleeping on my side, so you would think that should've been OK. However, I woke up around 5am that morning, almost in a panic. My heart was racing, I was sweaty, so I did what any guy who wakes up does - I go to the bathroom, lol! While I'm standing in the bathroom, my heart continues to pound, I start to get light headed, and I could tell I was about ready to pass out. I quickly got back in bed, put my CPAP on, and dosed off to sleep. Apparently, I still wound up having an apnea attack even though I was sleeping on my side. Apparently I had stopped breathing for several minutes, and who knows if I was about ready to have a heart attack or what was going on. So, the CPAP definitely helps to keep me alive, but I struggle with it and I still can't sleep on my back even using CPAP. I still feel like my air passage gets cut off. And, on top of all of this, I've lost weight, so it's almost as if my apnea is getting worse.

General Discussion / Re: The new forum has crashed
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:09:47 PM »
Yeah, if you like, I can repost my Sleep Apnea post. I figured people could find it useful.

General Discussion / Re: The new forum has crashed
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:35:52 PM »
Oh wow! Well, have to say, I really like this one better.

It's a work guys,Gene is a rock star and that's what he will always be in the public eye.

Gene markets anything that he thinks will sell. Can't say as I blame him.

« on: November 27, 2017, 11:05:32 AM »
The thing thats killing ESPN is the fact that NBC and FOX have launched their own sports channels and they have bid on the big games. And gotten them!

NBC Sports covered 1/3 of the NASCAR races and a host of NFL games.

Specifically what is killing ESPN is that the majority of their income is directly derived from cable subscribers. ESPN is the MOST EXPENSIVE channel by far. The cable companies currently pay ESPN approximately 6 dollars PER SUBSCRIBER. This is down from a high of over 8 dollars per subscriber. The loss of ESPN's "per subscriber fee" is due to the cable subscribers losing customers. Because the majority of ESPN's viewers come from cable subscribers, the loss of these subscribers means less total viewers for ESPN, which is the main ingredient in the formula that calculates the "per subscriber fee."

ESPN has been planning for years as to how they will combat the eventuality of losing more and more of these cable viewers. There are many alternatives being considered, but shaving their overall budget has been ongoing as they are trying to make sure they stay in position to retain the biggest events in sports. They spent record breaking dollars for the sports that they have, and they plan on keeping them.

I don't think that they have given up much of what they wanted to be quite honest.

Regarding Nascar, their ratings have been dumping for years, and NBC only took what they did to replace the golf events that they lost to CBS.

NFL ratings are still great comparatively to the shows they are going up against, but much lower than compared to years past.

All this to say, because of the slog of channels and content that we have available, expect more of this as each channel will have less and less viewers as we have more and more choices.

Well, the first thing to do IS to downsize. Disney pretty much has to recreate the ESPN business model, because its business model has been sorely outdated for years. Disney is in the process of launching their Disney subscription app, and if that is successful as a standalone subscription app, then they should do the same for ESPN. The only thing, however, is that eventually, the consumer will become so inundated with subscription apps, that they'll wind up spending more money on streaming apps than if they just went with cable.

It's going to be interesting how all of this shakes out. Especially when you throw in the issues with net neutrality. If the internet isn't an open internet anymore, then that's going to throw a big monkey wrench in the hole process, IMHO.

I think if ESPN has availability to cord cutters for a decent price, that solves the issues with ESPN. I think with a lower overhead and still providing high level sports entertainment, all the while not needing the cable company to push their product, then ESPN will survive. Because, it's not just ESPN that has issues with the cable and satellite companies. We see messages quite often how our local broadcast stations risk going dark because of the back and forth disagreements between the broadcasters and the pay tv companies, and quite often, you'll see a deal struck within the last hour or that channel actually goes dark for a few days. People don't want to rely on the cable or sat companies anymore. They know all channels can be broadcasted via IPTV, and that's the direction TV is going. Even OTA TV will go this route as well.

Now, having said all of that, my wife and I have been cordcutters for over two years. Finally last week, my wife asked if there was anyway we could get the Hallmark channel. It means a lot to her to be able to watch her Hallmark Christmas movies this time of year, because that has been a traditional in her family for years. The only way possible was to subscribe to cable TV. It was a the cheapest for us. And it's still costing us double of what we were paying each month for just cable internet, but I figured that would happen. I checked Dish Network, and they're treating Hallmark as a premium channel in which you can only get on their higher tier packages, and I wasn't about to go back with DirecTV because I know the game they play, so we're back with cable for at least a little while. Luckily for us, Spectrum doesn't have any contracts, so we could essentially disconnect in a few months if we were not satisfied. My hope is, by this time next year, the streaming apps will be a bit more mature. I haven't tested out Hulu Live TV or YouTube live TV, but I think with YouTube, you can't watch it on the big screen, and I'm not sure if you can with Hulu Live TV yet either. What we need is Hallmark for the lady, and for me, I really like the idea of being able to pause live TV. I don't think the streaming apps offer that functionality. I know a couple of the apps are testing out an additional DVR service, but I don't know if that works the same as in the traditional sense.

General Discussion / Re: Seasons Beatings
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:56:59 AM »
I think Black Friday is a sham anyway. If you can sell that coveted item for 75% off on black Friday, then that tells me that item was overpriced to begin with. And not only that, but forcing people to make such bad financial decisions after midnight on Thursday when they're bellies are fat and they're half asleep.

I went black Friday shopping once in my life. With my wife. Turned out to be a horrible idea. We were unsuccessful on what we came out to get (I think she was trying to get my Christmas present), she was frustrated, crying, upset, and we were exhausted the next day. From that point on, I said I would never go black Friday shopping again.

General Discussion / Re: Podcasts
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:50:02 AM »
There is a crew of political progressives who have created several popular podcasts since January. Pod Save America is the flagship podcast (2 times each week) of Crooked Media. Several 20 somethings from Obama's first administration (they are older now), Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, and Dan Pfeiffer are the main voices in a growing list of podcasts that push a liberal political perspective. Pod Save The World, With Friends Like These, Pod Save The People, Lovett Or Leave It, are posted weekly and more are on the way.

I listen to these two on a regular basis.

Pod Save America is R rated for language. These guys go after Trump and his minions full blast. They joke around too. Jon Favreau does the commercials straight while Lovett interjects dumb remarks to disrupt him. It's a new commercial shtick that makes the ads go down better. The NY Times claims these guys have 1.5 million downloads per show. They did a tour of cites across the US recently and recorded them for the show. One was held in Richmond the night before the gubernatorial election. They had the Dem field on for short interviews and demanded that everyone in the audience do something for the ticket or get out. You can imagine how out of place Northam was in this crowd. He said his kids (20 somethings themselves) were excited that he was being interviewed.

Pod Save The World is a foreign policy podcast based on interviews with players from all political persuasions. It falls in line with the more traditional interview show. Last week, for example, the guest was Rob Malley, a Middle East expert, who gave background on the situation in Lebanon and the bizarre resignation of the Lebanese PM during his visit to Saudi Arabia.

Yeah, see, if I were going to listen to any type of political podcast, it would probably be something like Ben Shapiro. Whether if one agrees with him or not, he bases his opinions on logic and facts, not a lot on emotion. Now, that's not to say that his opinions are hardcore facts - that's why they call them opinions. But, he approaches topics on logical thinking, which tends to resonate with me since I have to approach my job with the same thought process. 

General Discussion / Re: Off Track Betting Coming back to Henry County
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:43:23 AM »
Dutch Inn...?

Didn't Henry County already have this before? How did that turn out?

it turned out pretty great actually. the reason it closed was the state and the organization didn't renew their agreement. if there are no races, there is no reason to have an OTB. this is also a different group i understand than colonial downs.

I don't know if I would call it pretty great. I had a friend who would frequent CD and he kept telling me that the place looked more and more like a ghost town each time he went. I think he went to play cards or something, don't think he was even betting on horse racing, though.

Gene Simmons being banned for crude comments? Who did they think they were interviewing?

Music, Photography, Books and Art / Re: RIP MALCOLM YOUNG OF AC/DC
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:53:15 PM »
I liked AC/DC more when Brian Johnson joined the band. I guess I'm in the minority with that, but I never really cared for Bon Scott. He always sounded like he was messed up on drugs. Johnson was more of a metal singer to me. It's kind of like the Roth VS Hagar thing. You have some Van Halen fans who are strictly David Lee Roth, and some who are strictly Sammy Hagar. I liked music from both lead singers. I like some Bon Scott lead AC/DC songs, but most of my favorite songs come from Brian Johnson.

Having said that, AC/DC hasn't been the same since Malcolm had to quit. And of course, without Brian Johnson, I don't see how you can have an AC/DC. I think they're done as a band. They have a great catalog that will live on, but unless they were able to reinvent themselves with a group of younger guys who would be granted rights to the name, I don't think you'll ever hear anything else from the band.

I know that Gene Simmons has talked about KISS being more of a brand than a band, and having him and Paul pick their replacements in the band. In a way, I think that would be neat. If a group of young rockers in their 20's was able to carry on the legacy of these bands while having an updated sound that pays proper homage to the legacy sound, I might could get into that. There's no more rock bands in today's popular music. All rock is underground now.

Movies and Television / Re: What have you seen lately
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:44:43 PM »
Finally finished it,I actually thought it was a bit better than the 1st season.

It's funny how some people didn't like it as good as the first, others thought it was just as good, and a few others liked it better. I thought is was at least as good as the first. I was entertained! Definitely makes me want more Stranger Things!

I hope all of my ex-girlfriends have forgotten my name!


General Discussion / Re: Podcasts
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:42:22 PM »
It would help uninformed readers like me if you told a little more about these guys. Or, maybe I am the only one who doesn't know who they are.  ;D
Anyway, if I have to look them up, I may as well post the info.

Eddie Scott Trunk is an American music historian, radio personality, talk show host, and author, best known as the host of several hard rock and heavy metal-themed radio and television shows

Clark Brian Howard is a popular consumer expert and host of the nationally syndicated Clark Howard Show

Steve Austin, better known by the ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is an American actor, media personality, producer, and retired professional wrestler.

David L. "Dave" Ramsey III is an American businessman, author, radio host, television personality, and motivational speaker. It looks like he discusses financial issues.

Troy Allan Martin is an American professional wrestler and promoter, better known by his ring name The Franchise Shane Douglas.

Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Megan Morrone brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. (I used to listen to This Week in Tech. This appears to be a spinoff.)

So, I listen to Eddie Trunk, who is one of the biggest names in music journalism. He hosts "That Metal Show" on VH1. Eddie tends to interview musicians and singers who are from the hard rock and metal genres mostly.

Dave Ramsey is best known for his finance show on the radio and his Financial Peace University (in which my wife and I have taken.) He's all about getting people out of debt and away from using credit cards an borrowing money.
Clark Howard is best known for his finance show as well. He's a bit more realistic when it comes to consumer reports, debt, credit, etc... He's all about helping people to save money, invest wisely, and get great deals.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is an ex-WWE superstar. He's podcasts are mainly about the wrestling biz, old stories with other wrestlers that were in the biz when he was there, beer, etc...He has a family friendly podcast and one where he's a bit more liberal with letting the four letter words fly.
The tech news podcasts that I normally listen to actually have Tom Merrit as the host. I cannot stand the host who replaced him on the Tech News Today podcast that's sponsored by This Week In Tech. That guy is/was B-O-R-I-N-G to listen to! Tom has a sense of humor and a lot more interesting.

Having said all of that, I haven't listened to any of these podcasts in awhile. Since it doesn't take me nearly as long to drive to work nowadays, I don't have as much time to listen. I do listen sometimes at work, but honestly, I prefer to listen to music at work as opposed to someone talking in my ear.

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