Ostomy Memories of Dead-end Streets

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HenryM

THE FIRST HOUSE that I ever owned was on a one-block long dead-end street. It was, in fact, the last house on the right. With small children and cats, it was the perfect spot for us. The only traffic on the street was the people who lived there and, being at the very end, we didn’t even get that. I suppose, had we been in a more upscale neighborhood, it would have been called a cul-de-sac. Had it been a less classy neighborhood, perhaps the sign would have said No Exit. Me and the guy across the street eventually suffered contemporaneous midlife crises, and we each responded similarly. He got himself a British racing green Austin Healey; I bought a red Italian Fiat Spyder. (It wasn’t until much later that I learned what FIAT stood for: Fix It Again Tony.) In any event, we later had another home on a dead-end street. Then, in Utah, our house had a very long driveway that came off a one-block long dirt road, and so it was effectively a dead-end too. Today, back in Florida, we’re again living on a dead-end street, so I guess we’re creatures of habit in that regard. “There’s only one way out of a motel room,” some sad country singer once bemoaned, and you could say the same thing about dead-end streets, which is fine with me.

iMacG5

Hi Henry.  I've lived on a cul-de-sac which we called a "court" which, I guess, was a step above a "dead end" street.   Fortunately it was wide enough for a pretty large truck to make a full u-turn.  Unfortunately it wasn't wide enough for the 18 wheelers whose operators thought they were on a through street and had to back out about 200 yards.  Just glad it wasn't a "one way" street.

Mike

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Ritz

I lived at the end of a dead end with 15 acres and a 980-foot driveway to walk up and get my mail. My dog (Shepherd Husky mix) would run to the top and wait for me at the mailbox. I finally trained him to get the mail, but once he learned, he began carrying anything paper off tables to me all the time. Finally, he learned that the gophers were making their tunnels and would go there instead. BTW, if you mix Tabasco sauce with dish soap and put it into their tunnels, they move on to the next property!
After the gopher season, I felt like I was at the Kentucky Derby stomping on the grass! Now, I'm surrounded by rocks, sand, cacti. No more gophers...just snakes and scorpions.

Ritz

iMacG5

Hi Ritz.  Can you train the snakes to eat the scorpions?  I think Grilled snake with Tabasco sauce is pretty tasty.

Mike

Ritz


Mike... OH NO! I can't stand snakes, dead or alive. If I get a good supply of geckos this summer, they keep the scorpions away.  
             If I see a snake again here, I'm moving out!

Ritz

 
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bowsprit

Hello Ritz

Are any of those scorpions black? One of those crawlers can fetch 50,000 if it weighs 50 grams. No kidding. They are used for medical research and in newly developed cancer medicines. They are found in desert areas here and I have been told that there is an active trade in them. Not easy to catch though and their sting can do some damage but is usually not fatal. Happily, the police here gets hold of villagers found in possession of them. A large-scale hunt for scorpions would damage biodiversity.

Ritz

Hi Bowspirit, although I have not seen any of the black ones, I'm sure they are in the hills of the desert surrounding me. We have predominantly bark scorpions, only coming out at night. As the hot weather approaches, they will be out in full force. They are very hard to see and the small ones pack a bigger punch (they don't know how to control their venom output). Since they attack your nervous system, most get their yards sprayed monthly. I go hunting for them at night, but you must always spray before squashing them as they are known to carry thousands of microscopic eggs on their backs. If the eggs hatch when you swat them, you'll have too many. nbsp
I don't normally kill living things unless I am at risk of being harmed. I'm not involved with large-scale hunts...just want my nervous system intact.
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Bill

Hello Henry M.
The only memorable experience I have had of a ‘dead-end’ street was many years ago on my driving test.
The examiner said “Turn right”, so I did. The sign at the entrance said ‘ONE WAY’ but that did not seem to be a problem at the time. I drove to the end of the street and it was a ‘dead-end’.
“What now?” (I chuckled to myself). The examiner thought for a moment and said that we could do the mandatory 3point turn. – which presumably would give him a bit more time to think the dilemma through.
After that manoeuvre, I simply looked quizzically at him until he came up with a solution. Eventually, he admitted that we had no alternative but to drive out the way we came in. That was the end of my one and only driving test, as I think the guy had had enough for one day.
For those who may be interested, I passed the test despite technically breaking the law.
Best wishes
Bill

HenryM

A one-way dead end?  Jean-Paul Sartre would have loved it!  NO EXIT!

NicGiy

I'm sorry, my question probably wasn't very clear. I have a two-piece urostomy on my side that I wear during the day. The bag snaps onto a plastic ring and so forth. At the bottom of the bag, I can drain the urine out into the toilet during the day. During the night, a plastic tube snaps onto the bottom of the bag that goes on down into a big bag to drain for the night. What has been happening is the pressure on the bag from the big drainage bag is flattening out the bag right on top of my stoma, and it's causing it to bleed. What I was wondering is, is there any kind of plastic device that would snap on and just have a draining drain spout to drain out the urine and not have a bag on there at all, just the plastic hose it drains down into the big night bag.

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