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Kudo

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  1. Yes, we're in the Midwest, but I haven't noticed other people having their names shortened. It is just this one name. Even after people are corrected, they will repeatedly even catch themselves saying it and then add on the rest of the his name. I think it's disrespectful to continually call someone by the wrong name, and people shouldn't change someone's name. He's actually had other kids argue with him about his own name!
  2. People can name their girl that, but it's not an original girl name. Gabrielle is the girl version. One problem is that people read "Gabriel" then pronounce it as "Gabrielle." Biggest problem is that it's shortened to "Gabe" 98% of the time. Then they call him Gabe....reel because they're correct themselves...repeatedly.
  3. Ding, ding! You're the winner! Yup, that's it. It is EVERYONE.
  4. It's almost unbelievable. I'm sure it sounds like we're exaggerating.
  5. I don't blame you for correcting them because it does easily spread, but it happens with every new person my son meets.
  6. This is our experience exactly. I don't understand how they can mess up a simple name, or how 98% of people will shorten it: Us: "Hi! Meet our son Michael." (not his real name) Them: "Hi, Mike!" OR Doctor's office: "Michelle?"
  7. ....and we, including my son, don't. Pretty much everyone either shortens my son's name or, when reading it out loud, calls him by the female version of it. He even had a co-worker argue that he could call my son by a nickname. Very few people call him by his full name. I know that being called a wrong name or having a name shortened happens to all of us occasionally, and some more than others, but I had no idea it would be this extreme of a problem when we named him. Even if we correct people, they still repeatedly shorten his name before stumbling and correcting themselves. Yes, there are worse problems in life (there always are), but none of us would enjoy being called the wrong name most of the time. What would you do? Have you dealt with this yourself or have you known someone who has? ETA: Missed a letter.
  8. Kudo

    Envy, yours?

    I envy all of you and most other women in the world because you have ankles and can wear shorts and skirts. Even when I'm underweight, I have full-blown cankles and column-like legs due to a medical condition. It really, really bothers me.
  9. Nope, no problem in Iowa. Des Moines and the metro have many, many doctors' offices, numerous hospitals, and also walk-in clinics. If you can't get in to see your doctor as soon as you want, you just ask for another one in the same office. The only wait is the first appointment with a specialist/referral.
  10. We thought we could afford to vacation in South Dakota this summer by tent camping; however, it costs a lot more to camp compared to what we are used to paying in our state. Are there any known cheaper places to camp around the Badlands/Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse areas?? If not, we'll go elsewhere. TIA!
  11. I didn't attend a wedding or graduation reception that had a full meal until the mid-nineties. It seems like since then that meals are the norm. The food at my oldest child's graduation reception was barely touched. It was costly and time-consuming to prepare, so this time we decided to do a dessert-only reception (stated so on the announcements) between six and eight on a Saturday evening. To me, supper is between four and six, and since it's on a Saturday, they should have enough time to eat supper before attending. Receptions have gotten bigger and more expensive kind of like kids' birthday parties. It's perfectly fine to do so, but I prefer to go back to the simpler way. Thank you, everyone, for your thoughts!
  12. It is for high school. I should have added that while growing up all receptions, whether for high school/college graduations or weddings, pretty much just cake was served.
  13. Is a meal/food always served at a graduation reception/party? Does anyone have a dessert only reception anymore?
  14. We are looking to rent a van or other vehicle that can hold six people for a two-week period, but it wouldn't be until later summer. Where can I look or keep an eye out for deals on this kind of thing?
  15. In Iowa, home schoolers have five reporting options from filing forms and having teacher supervision to not filing or reporting at all. Home school students can dual enroll with the public schools and participate in any extracurricular activity or take class(es). Des Moines has an international airport. DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) looks like it has some sort of CAD program or degree (sorry, I'm not sure if that's what you're referring to). Home school students can dual enroll with the public schools, and can take DMACC classes through the high school in 12th grade (don't know if that's only certain schools). You'll get the four seasons, but sometimes the change is nice. DM is big, but not huge. There is a good selection of stores in the metro area, but the entire metro area is also surrounded by country and farming. It's the best of both worlds. I don't know anything about gaming. Personally, I wouldn't move to DM proper, but to one of the family-friendly suburbs north or west of the city.
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