Patreon “Things” for January 2020

By , January 21, 2020

Yesterday at noon I posted this month’s “things” for our Patreon patrons. Homestead Patrons get a short essay introducing green laundry concepts.

frozen laundry

I was pretty proud of my laundry skills back in the day (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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Finally Fitbit Free

By , January 18, 2020

I just took the definitive steps to free myself of my Fitbit®.

I used a Fitbit exercise-tracking device back in 2015 (see Fitbit® Foolishness). Sometime more recently, I tried a newer version of the old Flex, called an Alta. Our health insurance company offers a discount on them, so why not, even though everything I said in the post linked above still stands?

I can’t remember when I got that and started using it. I do know that the first one died not too long after I received it and started wearing it.

I had to go through a lot of hoops before the company sent a new one. Apparently, Google bought Fitbit® a while back, some time after abandoning their old motto: “Do no evil.” So, it’s not like I wasn’t warned. But, the first one I owned, the Flex, died, and they replaced it immediately, so I assumed the same thing would happen this time. No such luck.

Fitbit Alta

My late, unlamented Fitbit (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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