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Adrift
09-14-2016, 08:08 AM
So recent threads about how awesome Lazarus Form Recovery is got me thinking, what are some other products that you love, and that just work for you?

So I'm going to jump right into the deep end and get personal...I'm getting older, and as I get older my body seems to need help in areas that should have been addressed years before, but are only complaining now. For years I suffered with what I consider, pretty severe hemorrhoids. Pretty common issue with guys and some gals I know. Diet had as much to do with it as anything else, but I'd get occasional bouts where I'd be in some intense pain, and that would sometimes keep me from going to work even. I watched a documentary/reality show on China and another on Egypt and they were talking how squatting was the natural way to go, and I thought that was interesting, but thought nothing of it. Then I caught something on Shark Tank called the Squatty Potty. Basically it emulates squatting by bringing your knees higher off the floor. So I figured I'd get a cheap knock off one on Amazon (could have just used a flower box or something), and lo and behold...it worked. After about a week of regular use I went from terrible bouts to not a single bout in probably a year and a half or maybe longer. Weird, and really stupid to say, but it was a life changer. Hopefully my embarrassing story helps someone else out there.

So, now that I've broken the ice, anyone else got some cool products they thought were life changers?




Oh, and here's a hilarious ad for it:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbYWhdLO43Q

Sparko
09-14-2016, 08:17 AM
Toilet paper. and corks.

Adrift
09-14-2016, 08:26 AM
Toilet paper. and corks.

Hate to imagine what you were using before toilet paper. Although I have been thinking of installing a bidet. :teeth:

Sparko
09-14-2016, 08:28 AM
Hate to imagine what you were using before toilet paper. Although I have been thinking of installing a bidet. :teeth:

Maps. And the cork is all because of that durn hook.

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Carrikature
09-14-2016, 08:28 AM
I did design work for a call center one time. One of the issues the architects had to consider was toilet seats. Apparently, a lot of immigrants worked at the call center, and they tended to stand on the seat and squat. The call center spent a lot of money replacing toilet seats.

I've heard that people who've spent a lot of time in Afghanistan really hate squatty potties because it reminds them too much of when they were deployed.

Cow Poke
09-14-2016, 08:30 AM
Mine was Lasik - Laser Vision Correction.

I wore glasses since I was about 4 or 5 years old. Probably needed them before that, but didn't really 'need' them til school. So, I wore them for about 50 years - who knows how much money I paid on various renditions of "new glasses", prescription sunglasses, etc.

One day, about 8 or 9 years ago, I was playing with my grandchildren. My granddaughter came running over to me, and I bent over to catch her and pick her up at the same time she jumped up into my arms, crashing her little head into the bridge of my nose, crushing the glasses (and those little nose pads) into my nose. Not only did it really hurt, but blood spurted everywhere. Not just from a "bloody nose", but from where those nose pads cut into my skin.

I decided right then and there I wanted to get rid of glasses for good. This is interesting, cause I'm a REAL SISSY when it comes to my eyes. I can't even think of the possibility of putting contacts in, so that wasn't an option.

My wife was quite surprised when I told her I was going to have Lasik - where they slice your cornea open with a razor, then burn material out with a laser until they get the correct curvature, the fold the flap of cornea back over the newly shaped eyeball. :smile:

I told her I would just psyche myself up for it, and they actually give you a "don't care" pill, and they do it while you're "awake". It actually went quite well, and I remember being groggy, and laying back on a table while they told me to stare at a red dot and "watch the lightening". The sensors in the laser, of course, track your eye movement, and won't fire unless your eye is properly positioned.

After about 3 days of continually putting in eye drops every 15 minutes, and some ointment in my eyes at night for 3 nights, it was like a miraculous healing.

I woke up, could see the alarm clock, could see far and near (left eye is for distance, right eye is for close proximity, but you don't even think about it), and the best part was SWIMMING!!!! I could see underwater when I swim, without having to worry about glasses.

Still, some 8 or 9 years later, as I step into the shower, I often find myself reaching up to take my glasses off. I'm not wearing any! Same with blowing my nose - I slide the tissue up along my nose so it goes under my glasses -- oh yeah, I'm not wearing any!

The ONLY time it's inconvenient is like when I'm installing a ceiling fan or something, and looking up and I get dust in my eyes, and remember --- oh yeah, I'm not wearing glasses.

But, truly, this is in SO MANY WAYS, "life changing".

Sparko
09-14-2016, 08:39 AM
Computers.

Adrift
09-14-2016, 08:46 AM
Mine was Lasik - Laser Vision Correction.

I wore glasses since I was about 4 or 5 years old. Probably needed them before that, but didn't really 'need' them til school. So, I wore them for about 50 years - who knows how much money I paid on various renditions of "new glasses", prescription sunglasses, etc.

One day, about 8 or 9 years ago, I was playing with my grandchildren. My granddaughter came running over to me, and I bent over to catch her and pick her up at the same time she jumped up into my arms, crashing her little head into the bridge of my nose, crushing the glasses (and those little nose pads) into my nose. Not only did it really hurt, but blood spurted everywhere. Not just from a "bloody nose", but from where those nose pads cut into my skin.

I decided right then and there I wanted to get rid of glasses for good. This is interesting, cause I'm a REAL SISSY when it comes to my eyes. I can't even think of the possibility of putting contacts in, so that wasn't an option.

My wife was quite surprised when I told her I was going to have Lasik - where they slice your cornea open with a razor, then burn material out with a laser until they get the correct curvature, the fold the flap of cornea back over the newly shaped eyeball. :smile:

I told her I would just psyche myself up for it, and they actually give you a "don't care" pill, and they do it while you're "awake". It actually went quite well, and I remember being groggy, and laying back on a table while they told me to stare at a red dot and "watch the lightening". The sensors in the laser, of course, track your eye movement, and won't fire unless your eye is properly positioned.

After about 3 days of continually putting in eye drops every 15 minutes, and some ointment in my eyes at night for 3 nights, it was like a miraculous healing.

I woke up, could see the alarm clock, could see far and near (left eye is for distance, right eye is for close proximity, but you don't even think about it), and the best part was SWIMMING!!!! I could see underwater when I swim, without having to worry about glasses.

Still, some 8 or 9 years later, as I step into the shower, I often find myself reaching up to take my glasses off. I'm not wearing any! Same with blowing my nose - I slide the tissue up along my nose so it goes under my glasses -- oh yeah, I'm not wearing any!

The ONLY time it's inconvenient is like when I'm installing a ceiling fan or something, and looking up and I get dust in my eyes, and remember --- oh yeah, I'm not wearing glasses.

But, truly, this is in SO MANY WAYS, "life changing".

That's awesome. I had a girlfriend that wanted to get lasik so badly, but her optometrist wouldn't let her because her eye sight was continually getting worse over time, and he said that it wouldn't take for very long.

Adrift
09-14-2016, 08:48 AM
Computers.

I'm assuming (hoping) you build your own...?

Cow Poke
09-14-2016, 08:53 AM
That's awesome. I had a girlfriend that wanted to get lasik so badly, but her optometrist wouldn't let her because her eye sight was continually getting worse over time, and he said that it wouldn't take for very long.

The ONLY time I have trouble with my "mono vision" (one eye long distance, other eye short distance) is when I'm shooting. It takes a few seconds to figure out how to look at the target. But it's almost an advantage, cause my "close eye" looks at the 'sight picture' and my long distance eye focuses on the target... I just have to remember which is which.

TheWall
09-14-2016, 08:59 AM
My pocket knife. My glasses. Online school. Instant messaging.

Sparko
09-14-2016, 08:59 AM
I'm assuming (hoping) you build your own...?usually. but computers changed my life (and probably everyone's) - Without them my entire life would have been different, including my work, my entertainment, my finances, everything.

Adrift
09-14-2016, 09:12 AM
My pocket knife. My glasses. Online school. Instant messaging.

I found a cool little Swiss Army knife on the ground last year, and I found it soooo useful. Then I lost it. Hopefully someone else finds it and gets a lot of use out of it.

TheWall
09-14-2016, 09:12 AM
You guys brought up lasik.
My right eye has an astigmatism. As a kid I would bump into everythimg because my depth perception was broken. My stepdad would use this against me by playing baseball. I couldnt hit the ball. I couldnt see it untill it hit me. When I did get glasses it was a happy day.

Adrift
09-14-2016, 09:13 AM
usually. but computers changed my life (and probably everyone's) - Without them my entire life would have been different, including my work, my entertainment, my finances, everything.

I hear ya.

TheWall
09-14-2016, 09:20 AM
Cold steel makes good pocket knives. Swiss army knives are also pretty handy.

Sparko
09-14-2016, 09:36 AM
I think we can all agree that this product changed all of our lives:

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(well it pointed us to something that changed our lives anyway :pray:)

Adrift
09-14-2016, 09:38 AM
I think we can all agree that this product changed all of our lives:

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(well it pointed us to something that changed our lives anyway :pray:)

I figured that went without saying. :smile:

Cerebrum123
09-14-2016, 09:40 AM
Well, mine isn't "life changing", but it does "just work". The Banjo Minnow they used to advertise in infomercials. It worked really well, so well that we used up all the parts needed to make more. One time I was up in Michigan fishing with my grandfather, and he told me that what I was using "would never catch anything". That day I caught more than everyone else combined. He would often turn the boat around just so he could steal the spot I was just catching bluegill in. Only for me to catch something in the spot he was just in(we were on opposite sides of the boat). :hehe:

Carrikature
09-14-2016, 09:48 AM
Well, mine isn't "life changing", but it does "just work". The Banjo Minnow they used to advertise in infomercials. It worked really well, so well that we used up all the parts needed to make more. One time I was up in Michigan fishing with my grandfather, and he told me that what I was using "would never catch anything". That day I caught more than everyone else combined. He would often turn the boat around just so he could steal the spot I was just catching bluegill in. Only for me to catch something in the spot he was just in(we were on opposite sides of the boat). :hehe:

That's awesome.

Sparko
09-14-2016, 09:53 AM
Well, mine isn't "life changing", but it does "just work". The Banjo Minnow they used to advertise in infomercials. It worked really well, so well that we used up all the parts needed to make more. One time I was up in Michigan fishing with my grandfather, and he told me that what I was using "would never catch anything". That day I caught more than everyone else combined. He would often turn the boat around just so he could steal the spot I was just catching bluegill in. Only for me to catch something in the spot he was just in(we were on opposite sides of the boat). :hehe:

https://www.amazon.com/Banjo-Minnow-006-Fishing-System/dp/B000ZM5DEG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473871892&sr=8-1&keywords=banjo+minnows

Cerebrum123
09-14-2016, 10:25 AM
https://www.amazon.com/Banjo-Minnow-006-Fishing-System/dp/B000ZM5DEG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473871892&sr=8-1&keywords=banjo+minnows

That version has different minnows than the one I bought years ago.

Cow Poke
09-14-2016, 11:21 AM
I figured that went without saying. :smile:

He always has to say what goes without saying. :shrug:

Sparko
09-14-2016, 11:23 AM
He always has to say what goes without saying. :shrug:

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Cerebrum123
09-14-2016, 11:51 AM
That's awesome.

What makes it even better is that he had all kinds of crazy fishing gear. At least 10 poles, many different reels, all kind of artificial lures etc. I had one $20 rod and reel combo, a small tackle box, and a lot less experience. Maybe he left his talent at home that day. :hehe:

mossrose
09-14-2016, 11:57 AM
Grandbabies.

Best. Invention. Ever.

Adrift
09-14-2016, 12:06 PM
Grandbabies.

Best. Invention. Ever.

I hear they leak.

mossrose
09-14-2016, 12:15 PM
I hear they leak.


Only up to a certain point.

Cow Poke
09-14-2016, 12:16 PM
I hear they leak.

...And cry and poop and are incredibly self-centered.

But they smell nice when they're clean, and their laughing and smiling warms the cockles of your heart.

AND - best feature ever - you can send them home when you get tired of them. :idea:

Sparko
09-14-2016, 12:20 PM
so... heart cockles. Why are they cold in the first place?

Adrift
09-14-2016, 12:28 PM
so... heart cockles. Why are they cold in the first place?

:no:

Sparko
09-14-2016, 12:34 PM
:no:Don't diss me! :glare:

Just for that, I now tell you how Cockles-Do-The-Dew


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b5GznvgEjU

Cow Poke
09-14-2016, 12:55 PM
so... heart cockles. Why are they cold in the first place?

Because they don't have grandchildren to warm them.

Sparko
09-14-2016, 12:58 PM
Because they don't have grandchildren to warm them.but you said your grand children did warm yours.

Cow Poke
09-14-2016, 01:00 PM
but you said your grand children did warm yours.

When they're around. Right now they're 75 miles away, so I need a warmup. Probably this weekend.