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  1. There are a lot of university alumni associations that run tours. One needn't be an alumnus for many of them, and though they often skew older, some attract younger, athletic people depending on the trip.
  2. Does your state have a weatherization assistance program?
  3. bibiche

    S/O Spanking?

    That's barbaric. And just so people don't get the idea that this is a cultural thing, I can share that in my experience living in Mexico and having many Mexican friends with young children across socio-economic classes, I have never once heard of anyone using this as a toilet training technique.
  4. I would take very little. French have fewer clothes than Americans. No one will find it odd if she wears the same things time and again. She can change them up with accessories. She can carry her coat onto the plane. So I would recommend a bare minimum capsule wardrobe - maybe a pantsuit that can be worn as separates, a mini skirt that can be worn with the jacket, a cashmere turtleneck that can be worn with the pants, etc. A LBD that can be dressed up or down. For shoes I would take something like a pair of Docs (low) boots or Chelsea boots - also can be dressed up or down. A pair of sneakers. She can buy things when she is there, and for not too much if she shops at second-hand shops, where one can often find chic discards from previous seasons. And there's always Zara, H&M, and Monop' (ok, that last in a real pinch 😉) for inexpensive fashion. ETA I wouldn't take more than a carry-on or a small suitcase at the most. But I find it liberating to have few wardrobe choices and I hate checking bags. Even for several month long trips.
  5. It's horrifying to see the parallels between what is happening in the US and what happened in Nazi Germany, for example. One likes to think that people would make the right choice. One realizes with horror and dismay that many people are either looking the other way or, worse, fully supportive of the inhumanity. This isn't hyperbole. This is how it happens.
  6. Thank you for saying this. We have blood on our hands, and we're adding more. And should we put together a book list? Here is a start: The Last Colonial Massacre Bitter Fruit The Killing Zone
  7. FFS. Human beings are not "illegal." They might be undocumented, in an irregular situation, but NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL. That is such a dehumanizing term.
  8. I can say with absolute certainty that if I were in the same situation as many of these refugees that I too would become a "criminal" in order to give a better life to my children. What kind of influence would that have on my children? It would show them that I love them. People don't uproot themselves and their families and risk their lives to come to the US for sh*ts and giggles. For god's sake, have a heart.
  9. There is a Mexican company called Biofase that manufactures biodegradable straws made from avocado pits. They act like plastic but degrade in less than a year. There are some American chains that use them. Ask the places you go to to look into them. ETA We use metal straws at home, but I generally have a couple avocado straws in my bag for use when out and about. I like Pawz' idea too.
  10. I dunno. I have been in I've-lost-count-how-many airports on three continents in the past month and a half and did not once empty my pockets beyond taking out coins. 🤷‍♀️ But yes, he should be prepared to empty his pockets. And I forgot to mention earlier that he shouldn't worry if he is chosen for additional screening - it happens, it's usually random, and is no reason to fret.
  11. If he has never flown and he and/or you are very nervous about making sure he doesn't have a problem getting through security and to his gate, you can get a pass to accompany him to the gate. He won't have to take off a belt if it doesn't have metal in it. He won't have to take off glasses. He won't have to empty his pockets unless he has coins or something else that will set off the detector. I completely understand that the whole airport experience can be nervous-making for someone who isn't accustomed to it, but it is pretty straight-forward. He should arrive early so he doesn't need to stress about missing his flight if in case there is a back up at security or he loses his way. Everything will be fine. 🙂
  12. I think zealotry rather than hatred was the more likely motivator. Regardless, it is another sad day for humanity.
  13. While you may just separately be musing about vaccination rates in South America, just to clarify: Most recent asylum seekers are from Central America, which is part of North America. The idea that Central America is part of South America rather than North America is pretty widespread in the US. Then again, apparently the idea that Central America is part of Mexico and that everyone speaks "Mexican" is pretty widespread too. 😅
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