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(Chicago Trib)   100 year old woman mourned by her coworkers after dying in a fire. Wait, coworkers?   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 54
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2013-07-21 11:55:01 PM
So, were these heartless bastards sitting around orking cows while the poor lady burned?  And now they have the temerity to mourn her?  Pffft.
 
2013-07-22 12:39:49 AM
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Too bad blowing out candles at 100 is so difficult. If only she wasn't alone on her 100th.

/at least she died the way she lived. Hot.
 
2013-07-22 12:39:55 AM
It's really a shame.  She had her whole life ahead of her...

/It really is a little bit sad
 
2013-07-22 12:41:22 AM
that picture seems tacky, death by birthday cake
 
2013-07-22 12:46:18 AM
DIAF? EABOD.
 
2013-07-22 12:47:41 AM
On one hand it's sad, but on the other she had a happy hundred years, plus a relatively quick death instead of fighting cancer for months. On the third hand (hey I'm a Martian) fire can't possibly be a good way to go. Hope she was asleep and just didn't get enough oxygen or something.
 
2013-07-22 12:49:03 AM
And NOBODY cares that the picture they chose to run with the article is ...
 
2013-07-22 12:57:41 AM
I wonder how many times her co-workers said that they wished that she would die in a fire? And how they feel now that she did.
 
2013-07-22 01:01:45 AM

ringo2: And NOBODY cares that the picture they chose to run with the article is ...


I know! Where did she get that dress, it's awful, and those shoes and those shoulder pads, jeeeeez!
gndn.files.wordpress.comHoly shiatthere's a sale at Penny's
 
2013-07-22 01:01:59 AM

ringo2: And NOBODY cares that the picture they chose to run with the article is ...


That was moments before the fire took place.
 
2013-07-22 01:02:50 AM
That's a hard way to go - God Bless.
 
2013-07-22 01:03:16 AM

picturescrazy: On one hand it's sad, but on the other she had a happy hundred years, plus a relatively quick death instead of fighting cancer for months. On the third hand (hey I'm a Martian) fire can't possibly be a good way to go. Hope she was asleep and just didn't get enough oxygen or something.


People who get that old rarely have extended illnesses before they die. The people that linger for years typically get it in their 50s-80s. Once people start hitting their 90s, the chance of a lengthy illness drops significantly. 90 plus, you're more likely to die of a heart attack while out jogging. People over 100 years old don't typically get cancer. They dont die of things that takes years(or even months) to kill them. They are healthy and hearty one day, and a week later are in the ground. You dont really hear about >100s having chronic health issues. It's their resistance to that sort of thing that got them that far.
 
2013-07-22 01:03:56 AM
She probably went almost instantly, with hold old and dry she was.

Plus, as a bonus, being Chicago she now gets two votes in each upcoming election.
 
2013-07-22 01:05:41 AM

Candygram for Mongo: She probably went almost instantly, with hold  how old and dry she was.

Plus, as a bonus, being Chicago she now gets two votes in each upcoming election.


/remember, preview is your friend.
 
2013-07-22 01:06:42 AM
CSB:

Once backed up a computer at a hospital where the only file the woman actually cared about was a massive .doc file. Which she said was a manual on how to do her job. She was 73. She explained that she intended to work until she couldn't do it anymore and then, there was that manual for whoever they got to replace her.

/CSB
 
2013-07-22 01:08:14 AM
*sigh* - an angel, but not loved enough. When all her firends let go, it was just here\ and the hollow f her life.
 
2013-07-22 01:14:32 AM
I heard of an elderly woman who caught and fire too.


Apparently Stop, Drop & Roll doesn't work too well when you own a cheap rug that's made of something like a a flammable polyester product that will light up and then stick to your already burning body.
 
2013-07-22 01:15:05 AM
Yes Subby, co-workers. When you get that old and are alone you need the human contact or you wither up and die. It probably helped her carry on after her husband died by feeling like she had a purpose in life, no matter how small it may have been in the grand scheme of things. At least she wasn't wasting her life away watching the Game Show Network day in and day out.
 
2013-07-22 01:21:20 AM
Alternate headline:  Smoking hot librarian knows how to party, winds up passed out on the bathroom floor
 
2013-07-22 01:24:26 AM

plushpuppy: that picture seems tacky, death by birthday cake


I laughed at your comment, then I realized it was kinda wrong/bad taste

/just worked 13 hours, little out of it
 
2013-07-22 01:26:01 AM
I think they meant cow-orkers.
 
2013-07-22 01:27:27 AM
"American Retirement : 2020.."
 
2013-07-22 01:28:48 AM

Radioactive Ass: Yes Subby, co-workers. When you get that old and are alone you need the human contact or you wither up and die. It probably helped her carry on after her husband died by feeling like she had a purpose in life, no matter how small it may have been in the grand scheme of things. At least she wasn't wasting her life away watching the Game Show Network day in and day out.


or, she couldn't afford to retire, because Obamacare?
 
2013-07-22 01:33:51 AM
"She was to turn 101 on Aug. 8, authorities said. "

They don't know that. Maybe she was to die in her sleep on Aug 3. When you're 100, anything can happen. You don't plan that far into the future.
 
2013-07-22 01:34:19 AM
subby missed out on the "hot 100 year old" thread title
 
2013-07-22 01:34:36 AM

sendtodave: Alternate headline:  Smoking hot librarian knows how to party, winds up passed out on the bathroom floor


That would have been fantastic
 
2013-07-22 01:43:55 AM
I'm pretty sure cow orking is illegal in that state....
 
2013-07-22 01:46:23 AM
Years ago I worked in a call center for a home health services company.  Most of my calls were the "I've fallen and I can't get up" deal.  But since it was a home health services company we did more than just those types of calls.  However, the system was set up so when those devices were used for a call, our screens would show their name,age, address, phone numbers for closest family members and friends, local fire, ambulance and police.  Plus, a tab to the page with their medical problems and history.

One day I'm there, and I had the weekend shift, which meant that I worked alone, which came with the bonus of not having the boss within ear shot, so I could get away with saying things that everyone else couldn't.  This one call comes through, the screen says it's a person who's 105 years old.  The caller is in tears.  Apparently it's the client's grand daughter, calling by accident.  She accidentally hit the device while cleaning up the woman's home following what was a very recent death.  She instantly yells at me because I see a screen pop up with the client's name on it, no notice that she's dead, so I ask for the client by name, which pisses off the client's grand daughter, so she yells at me for it.  While yelling at me, she tells me that less than a week prior the client/her grandmother died suddenly and unexpectedly.  So I tell her that I'll go ahead a schedule that disconnection and make arrangements to take back our device.  She yells at me for wanting to take back company property and makes the comment how broken up she is that her young grandmother who was so healthy and active suddenly died.  I clicked over to the medical history tab and said "Healthy, active and suddenly died???  She was 105 years old!  Her medical history is four pages long.  How was her death any form of a surprise?"

Thankfully, given that the client was dead and the complaint against me was from a grieving family member following the client's recent death who started by yelling at me when she accidentally pressed the button but accused me of calling, the complaint never stuck.
 
2013-07-22 01:50:52 AM
Yay. Now I have something to be sad about before going to sleep.

Have a sweet new life wherever you are, ma'am.
 
2013-07-22 01:51:43 AM

Great Janitor: Years ago I worked in a call center for a home health services company.  Most of my calls were the "I've fallen and I can't get up" deal.  But since it was a home health services company we did more than just those types of calls.  However, the system was set up so when those devices were used for a call, our screens would show their name,age, address, phone numbers for closest family members and friends, local fire, ambulance and police.  Plus, a tab to the page with their medical problems and history.

One day I'm there, and I had the weekend shift, which meant that I worked alone, which came with the bonus of not having the boss within ear shot, so I could get away with saying things that everyone else couldn't.  This one call comes through, the screen says it's a person who's 105 years old.  The caller is in tears.  Apparently it's the client's grand daughter, calling by accident.  She accidentally hit the device while cleaning up the woman's home following what was a very recent death.  She instantly yells at me because I see a screen pop up with the client's name on it, no notice that she's dead, so I ask for the client by name, which pisses off the client's grand daughter, so she yells at me for it.  While yelling at me, she tells me that less than a week prior the client/her grandmother died suddenly and unexpectedly.  So I tell her that I'll go ahead a schedule that disconnection and make arrangements to take back our device.  She yells at me for wanting to take back company property and makes the comment how broken up she is that her young grandmother who was so healthy and active suddenly died.  I clicked over to the medical history tab and said "Healthy, active and suddenly died???  She was 105 years old!  Her medical history is four pages long.  How was her death any form of a surprise?"

Thankfully, given that the client was dead and the complaint against me was from a grieving family member following the client's recent death who started by yelling at ...


You are history's greatest monster.
 
2013-07-22 01:58:59 AM

ongbok: I wonder how many times her co-workers said that they wished that she would die in a fire? And how they feel now that she did.


it is amusing how most people are elevated to sainthood status upon their demise. surely none of her co-workers had running snark about the smell of Ben-Gay, the constant flatulence or the speedy 1/2 MPH with which she pushed the cart to the stacks.
 
2013-07-22 02:00:18 AM

Great Janitor: Years ago I worked in a call center for a home health services company.  Most of my calls were the "I've fallen and I can't get up" deal.  But since it was a home health services company we did more than just those types of calls.  However, the system was set up so when those devices were used for a call, our screens would show their name,age, address, phone numbers for closest family members and friends, local fire, ambulance and police.  Plus, a tab to the page with their medical problems and history.

One day I'm there, and I had the weekend shift, which meant that I worked alone, which came with the bonus of not having the boss within ear shot, so I could get away with saying things that everyone else couldn't.  This one call comes through, the screen says it's a person who's 105 years old.  The caller is in tears.  Apparently it's the client's grand daughter, calling by accident.  She accidentally hit the device while cleaning up the woman's home following what was a very recent death.  She instantly yells at me because I see a screen pop up with the client's name on it, no notice that she's dead, so I ask for the client by name, which pisses off the client's grand daughter, so she yells at me for it.  While yelling at me, she tells me that less than a week prior the client/her grandmother died suddenly and unexpectedly.  So I tell her that I'll go ahead a schedule that disconnection and make arrangements to take back our device.  She yells at me for wanting to take back company property and makes the comment how broken up she is that her young grandmother who was so healthy and active suddenly died.  I clicked over to the medical history tab and said "Healthy, active and suddenly died???  She was 105 years old!  Her medical history is four pages long.  How was her death any form of a surprise?"

Thankfully, given that the client was dead and the complaint against me was from a grieving family member following the client's recent death who started by yelling at ...


How do you even live with yourself?
 
2013-07-22 02:01:03 AM

randomjsa: CSB:

Once backed up a computer at a hospital where the only file the woman actually cared about was a massive .doc file. Which she said was a manual on how to do her job. She was 73. She explained that she intended to work until she couldn't do it anymore and then, there was that manual for whoever they got to replace her.

/CSB


I wonder if the .doc file might turn out to be a really good textbook for her industry, if published.
 
2013-07-22 02:02:32 AM

Great Janitor: Years ago I worked in a call center for a home health services company.  Most of my calls were the "I've fallen and I can't get up" deal.  But since it was a home health services company we did more than just those types of calls.  However, the system was set up so when those devices were used for a call, our screens would show their name,age, address, phone numbers for closest family members and friends, local fire, ambulance and police.  Plus, a tab to the page with their medical problems and history.

One day I'm there, and I had the weekend shift, which meant that I worked alone, which came with the bonus of not having the boss within ear shot, so I could get away with saying things that everyone else couldn't.  This one call comes through, the screen says it's a person who's 105 years old.  The caller is in tears.  Apparently it's the client's grand daughter, calling by accident.  She accidentally hit the device while cleaning up the woman's home following what was a very recent death.  She instantly yells at me because I see a screen pop up with the client's name on it, no notice that she's dead, so I ask for the client by name, which pisses off the client's grand daughter, so she yells at me for it.  While yelling at me, she tells me that less than a week prior the client/her grandmother died suddenly and unexpectedly.  So I tell her that I'll go ahead a schedule that disconnection and make arrangements to take back our device.  She yells at me for wanting to take back company property and makes the comment how broken up she is that her young grandmother who was so healthy and active suddenly died.  I clicked over to the medical history tab and said "Healthy, active and suddenly died???  She was 105 years old!  Her medical history is four pages long.  How was her death any form of a surprise?"

Thankfully, given that the client was dead and the complaint against me was from a grieving family member following the client's recent death who started by yelling at ...


Maybe grandma lied about her age.  Shortly after my grandpa died, I was talking to his [former] girlfriend and she said she couldn't believe she was turning 90 in a few weeks.  "You're not 90.  You just turned 84 a couple years ago."  "I lied."
 
2013-07-22 02:14:33 AM
Give her a couple of shots of bourbon and before you know it, out come the dentures and on go the knee pads.
 
2013-07-22 02:18:24 AM
Someone should have warned her before trying to light all 100 candles on her cake...
 
2013-07-22 02:27:56 AM
Just be glad that's "mourned"...

//two letters would make that a lot more disturbing..
 
2013-07-22 02:30:24 AM

SpiderQueenDemon: randomjsa: CSB:

Once backed up a computer at a hospital where the only file the woman actually cared about was a massive .doc file. Which she said was a manual on how to do her job. She was 73. She explained that she intended to work until she couldn't do it anymore and then, there was that manual for whoever they got to replace her.

/CSB

I wonder if the .doc file might turn out to be a really good textbook for her industry, if published.


Except that the file is probably in some proprietary Microsoft format that is only readable in MS Works for DOS v1.3.16

/MS is evil trope triumphs again!
 
2013-07-22 02:50:04 AM
Did she work for the Texas ABC?
 
2013-07-22 03:01:53 AM

friedlinx: Great Janitor: Years ago I worked in a call center for a home health services company.  Most of my calls were the "I've fallen and I can't get up" deal.  But since it was a home health services company we did more than just those types of calls.  However, the system was set up so when those devices were used for a call, our screens would show their name,age, address, phone numbers for closest family members and friends, local fire, ambulance and police.  Plus, a tab to the page with their medical problems and history.

One day I'm there, and I had the weekend shift, which meant that I worked alone, which came with the bonus of not having the boss within ear shot, so I could get away with saying things that everyone else couldn't.  This one call comes through, the screen says it's a person who's 105 years old.  The caller is in tears.  Apparently it's the client's grand daughter, calling by accident.  She accidentally hit the device while cleaning up the woman's home following what was a very recent death.  She instantly yells at me because I see a screen pop up with the client's name on it, no notice that she's dead, so I ask for the client by name, which pisses off the client's grand daughter, so she yells at me for it.  While yelling at me, she tells me that less than a week prior the client/her grandmother died suddenly and unexpectedly.  So I tell her that I'll go ahead a schedule that disconnection and make arrangements to take back our device.  She yells at me for wanting to take back company property and makes the comment how broken up she is that her young grandmother who was so healthy and active suddenly died.  I clicked over to the medical history tab and said "Healthy, active and suddenly died???  She was 105 years old!  Her medical history is four pages long.  How was her death any form of a surprise?"

Thankfully, given that the client was dead and the complaint against me was from a grieving family member following the client's recent death who starte ...


How do you even live with yourself?

Years ago, when I was in high school I made peace with the fact that I'm an asshole.  I was thrown out of the Army during Basic Training for being untrainable for reasons such as yelling at Drill Sergeants (and one day when on the grenade range I managed to toss a cap grenade without first pulling the pin, the Drill Sergeant pointed out that now the enemy had a weapon to kill my buddies with, I responded with "Well, you've met them, I can't kill them directly, but if the enemy threw my grenade at them and they died, then they wouldn't be my problem anymore."), and screwing over my platoon mates (Drill Sergeant says to fall into formation on the drill pad and don't be the last one there, so I start pushing over people and pulling on shirt collars to insure that I was not the last one there, then point out that the order was to not the be the last one there, there was no order not harm others in the goal of not being the last man to the drill pad).  When I was a manager, I had an underling who, upon his resignation told me that when he filled out job applications, under "Reason for leaving" he simply put my name.  There is a quadriplegic who moved to Colorado.  He and I were roommates in college.  He wanted me to be his caretaker.  I was so bad at being a caretaker that when he moved away he told me that if medical science were to ever give him use again of his limbs he would track me down to give me the beating that I so rightfully deserve.  I was in a car wreck almost three years ago where I broke nine bones.  I was rear ended.  My parents, sister, coworkers and friends asked if I was rear ended on purpose by one of the many people that I've pissed off over the years.  When I got married, my best man started his speech off with the phrase "To the woman who married the man I thought would die alone."  My wife explains marriage to me like being married to Dr. Cox from 'Scrubs'.One my sister's wedding day I started to refer to her husband as "Her first husband", 12 years later, I am still calling him her first husband even though they are still married.  I call my home office The Command Center and when my wife asked to have a scrap booking table in there I pointed out that there is no woman in 'command', and she already had a room in the apartment, we called it the kitchen.  Out of the 10 commandments, I've broken 9.  When my oldest niece was 4 she got a gift card to Walmart and was looking at a movie to buy.  I pointed out "Child's Play" as the cute little movie about the dolly that she should watch.

So really, what I said to that woman about her dead grandmother wasn't even in the top ten worst that I've done.  Hell, it's probably not even in the top 100 of the bad things I've done.

How do I sleep?  To my wife's surprise, amazingly well and without the need of alcohol or medication.
 
2013-07-22 03:51:01 AM

Great Janitor: Years ago I worked in a call center for a home health services company.  Most of my calls were the "I've fallen and I can't get up" deal.  But since it was a home health services company we did more than just those types of calls.  However, the system was set up so when those devices were used for a call, our screens would show their name,age, address, phone numbers for closest family members and friends, local fire, ambulance and police.  Plus, a tab to the page with their medical problems and history.


I worked for a company that provided this service in France, although I did not work in this department. There were lots of fun anecdoctes, like the time they heard a choking sound, and they sent the firemen. Turns out the woman's poodle nearly strangled himself with the phone cord, and accidently called the service. The woman was just sleeping, actually, her hearing aid removed, and was woken up by the firemen who had to break down her door.
Most of the calls, however, were social calls. Most of those old people live very lonely lives, and each day, would fake a false call, just to have someone to talk to. The operators would ask them if they were all right, they would chat for a minute, and that's all. The peak hours were right after "The young and the restless", and right after the quizz show "Question pour un champion".

But some operators got to hear someone dying on the other side, so that job could get depressing very fast.
 
2013-07-22 04:06:50 AM

"Reifenberg's youngest son Bob described his mom through her own words -- something she said on her last birthday: "I am surrounded by books and my best friends. What could be better than that?""


Still hoping to find that job where I like going in, my co workers are great and I make good money.

 
2013-07-22 04:53:35 AM
Sounds like a great lady. Sad way to go.
 
2013-07-22 04:55:48 AM
when as old as that you be, many of you farkers will be working still.

i promise
 
2013-07-22 04:56:32 AM

randomjsa: CSB:

Once backed up a computer at a hospital where the only file the woman actually cared about was a massive .doc file. Which she said was a manual on how to do her job. She was 73. She explained that she intended to work until she couldn't do it anymore and then, there was that manual for whoever they got to replace her.

/CSB


Oh, I really hope it's a thousand pages of BET YOU FARKERS APPRECIATE THE WORK I DID NOW, EH? GOOD LUCK FIGURING IT OUT YA BASTIDS.
 
2013-07-22 05:38:21 AM
I'm delighted that she was able to find a new job when she was 75 years old. It gives me hope for the future.
 
2013-07-22 05:52:36 AM
I'm thinking they better check into Newton Murray from St. Petersburg whereabouts at the time the fire started. I do believe this makes him the oldest working American.
 
2013-07-22 06:07:34 AM

sendtodave: Alternate headline:  Smoking hot librarian knows how to party, winds up passed out on the bathroom floor


Go Granny, go!

\Aisle seat, please.
 
2013-07-22 07:50:57 AM

Even reverse cowgirls get the blues: SpiderQueenDemon: randomjsa: CSB:

Once backed up a computer at a hospital where the only file the woman actually cared about was a massive .doc file. Which she said was a manual on how to do her job. She was 73. She explained that she intended to work until she couldn't do it anymore and then, there was that manual for whoever they got to replace her.

/CSB

I wonder if the .doc file might turn out to be a really good textbook for her industry, if published.

Except that the file is probably in some proprietary Microsoft format that is only readable in MS Works for DOS v1.3.16

/MS is evil trope triumphs again!


Actually I know for a fact that it will open with Word 2010.

/I hate my life
 
2013-07-22 08:10:23 AM
Stephen King approves

/kill it with fire.
 
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