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  1. Thank you for taking the time to respond. Not sure what we'll do yet, but I know we won't be stopping anywhere completely deserted! I'm considering changing at Reagan, but I'm also thinking maybe we'll just take the blue all the way down even though I wanted to avoid that.
  2. I'll be in Washington DC with my daughter in a few weeks at CapitalOne Arena for a late Saturday night event. We're staying at the end of the Blue line in Springfield. On the way out of the city, I would prefer to take the Yellow line and transfer to the Blue, because it's 15 mins. faster than taking the Red line from Chinatown and then taking the Blue line all the way down. My question: What is the best place to transfer from the Yellow to the Blue late at night (around midnight)? Last time, we switched at the Pentagon, and it was waaaay too freaky being the only people at the completely deserted station waiting for 20 minutes! Thank you.
  3. I have recently found Dominique Sachse, and I love her youtube tutorials. One of my faves is her drugstore makeup tutorial.
  4. Our Discover card was used to purchase airline tickets to Europe, which Discover removed and then flagged our account. The card then began getting denied every few visits to our grocery store and gas station where we'd used it for 5 years. Customer service could never fix that but would tell me their system flagged it to protect me. Then our card was used for about 1/2 a dozen online gaming charges totalling about $100-200, but Discover never flagged those. We finally dumped the card, which I really didn't want to do because I'd had it for 25 years. But it was a silly reason to hold on to a card!
  5. Those ramen noodles practically never die. I mix them in with other ingredients even if I'm making the salad ahead of time. They get a bit softer the next day. It is one of those salads that don't get ruined by refrigerating leftovers overnight.
  6. Great post, good for you for going in person!!
  7. THANK you for this #2! I don't think she has any dementia, she just likes to chase down anything she sees as an intruder. When a mama deer charged her two years ago, she was a bit cautious for awhile. But now she's brave again.
  8. My daughter graduated from George Mason two years ago. She was in the Honors Program. (More below.) My dd did not feel academic pressure at Mason, she's just not that kind of person. I don't think there's a connection between student stats and class difficulty. For example, the difficulty of an American Lit class is going to be based more on the professor rather than the school. In a same level class, you could expect to find the same range of difficulty at the Virginia Community College System, William & Mary, and a lower level VA public university. Some professors are going to be easy, some will be more challenging. There are a lot of variables. If your dd is worried about taking classes where she already may know the material, she can email the professor ahead of time and ask for a syllabus. My kids have always used RateMyProfessor to get ideas about what the class will be like. It's usually been spot on, but you need to read between the lines and decide if the instructor will be a good fit for *you* based on the reviews. Dd found loads of opportunities, mostly based on her major, at Mason. It was not her first choice initially, but she ended up loving the school. She had a lot of flexibility in her classes, peer review mentorship, fellowship program, for example. Mason didn't seem to be a big party school, most of the students seemed to leave for the weekends. My ds went the CC route and then transferred to VCU. He's made a great transition; however, considering that Mason and VCU are about the same size, I've been surprised by the lack of opportunities for his major. He needs to work harder at making things happen for himself (a good challenge, but it'd be nice if he had options laid out by the school). We are so fortunate to live in Virginia where there are so many great options! This is not the first time Tech has "over enrolled." I find it hard to believe it's an accident--1,000 extra freshman? It's always good to be in the news for positive stories though. I call it a big fat PR stunt!
  9. I am laughing! (Okay, I'm crying!) Actually, your citronella collar idea is helpful. My always-before well behaved 11 year old dog has begun running outside barking. I'm not sure what she's looking for, squirrels, deer, or anything? And it's at night. She only goes out for a few minutes, but I about die each time she takes off running and barking. After your post, I have absolutely NO plans to test it!
  10. I have been following Dominque Sachse on youtube. i was first attracted to her makeup tutorials, but she has great fashion/style videos, hair, how to look good in photos, etc.
  11. I posted in general about our county's procedure for unclaimed bodies, and I can only speak for our location. I don't know what even neighboring localities do. The ashes of each individual we have are scattered legally on public property. It's not an enviable task, the ash is very fine. But it's done in a manner than I believe is solemn and honoring and is taken seriously by the person who chooses to take that responsibility. There's no accommodation for any long term storage, it takes up space, and funeral homes don't do that. (And thankfully they are not stored in some hidden room where I work.)
  12. I know the OP has resolved, but I thought some may find this of interest. I work with our county's unclaimed bodies. In our suburban county, we might see 6-8 unclaimed bodies each year. We don't have the challenges that our local metropolitan city does (deceased homeless, may have difficulty identifying, etc.). In our county, we are contacted if the police are unable to locate a next of kin. The medical examiner refuses the body unless there is to be an autopsy (only for foul play), so the ME would have no record. If there is family (or close friends) who are unable to pay, they are referred to social services to to apply for funding for basic cremation (this bypasses our office), and they can take possession of the cremains. We obtain a court order for funds to be released to the funeral home to cover basic cremation expenses, and the cremains are disposed of. If there are any assets (typically bank accounts or cash found on the person), we request the court permit us to seize those assets to cover the costs. There usually are zero to minimal assets. There is no obituary. There is no media release. They are not buried, so there would be nothing on findagrave. The county's court records are available online, so if one knew where to look, they could be found that way, the names of the pleadings listed would make it obvious they were deceased. Eventually they would end up on the Social Security Death Index, which is free online. That's pretty up to date, last I checked, it took 2-3 months, but it may be sooner. So much of this depends on the location. We found my husband's cousin's name online after tracking him to Denver. There was an online posting of all of the homeless who had died that year following a public reading of their names as a tribute, or awareness, or something like that. Some of my friends think this part of my job is creepy, but I think it's a privilege. It's tragic when people pass with no one; most of the time, that break was due to drugs/alcohol or mental illness. It's handled with the respect and somberness that everyone deserves.
  13. All four in our family use prepaid. $40/mo, unlimited calling, texting, and 3G data for Verizon. (My husband and I use different carriers, as we found it beneficial when Verizon went out for several days due to a serious weather issue.) We buy our own phones used on ebay. The $40 payment is autocharged to our credit card. I chose Verizon because the Verizon store is WONDERFUL at helping with any issues. It's a night and day difference from calling a foreign call center that T-Mobile uses.
  14. Are you required to use Command Strips? They were the only permissible hanger at my daughter's school, and some them tore off big spots of paint (new dorms) when removing. My son's college apartment bans them because they can damage the walls so badly! Can you do small nails or pushpins?
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