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  1. When I started reading online, workboxes were the big thing. All those shoeboxes.😄
  2. Reading your posts while reading The Gulag Archipelago has been...interesting.
  3. My grandparents left after they were married.
  4. Leaving isn't being excommunicated. And they don't lose their families unless there are other issues. I got a ride in my Great-uncle Tobe's horse and buggy as a child when he visited my grandpa when were there. I have been invited for dinner in the home of a chance met 3rd cousin in a state I have never lived. Seriously, I said my grandpa was the youngest son of ___________, and she said, "Oh, you must be Bill and Rosie's granddaughter." It didn't matter that they had left the Amish church. Many do. My grandpa's funeral was about half Amish in attendance. Oops. I have in fact lived in that state. It was over the border from the people we were staying with. But I had no previous acquaintance with my 3rd cousin and the previous generations hadn't had contact in 50 years.
  5. It has never been hard to leave the Amish church. People left in every generation, as many as 50%. And, while they typically go only to 8th, they are bilingual and their 8th grade is better than what many kids get. And if they want more education, it is possible to go on. My own grandmother attended 9th grade at the local high school 80 years ago. It was the high school who decided the Amish girl didn't need Algebra and other courses she wanted to take. She stopped after 9th because of the school. Her dad was fine with her attending.
  6. Batons could be useful, but there are a lot of factors in play with any close combat. Your opponent's skill, height, and adrenaline levels would be some. Training can do a lot, but there is still risk involved. My 5 ft tall daughter can kick her 6'3" father in the head. My 5'10" daughter can take him down with a rear naked choke. We call my 14 year old son The Flying Squirrel because as a 13 yo he could strike his opponent's head with a combat stick from 8+ feet away in one very fast, accurate spring. All three of them have hundreds of training hours. All are really good at hand shots (strikes to the hand or forearm of the hand holding the weapon). But all of them miss sometimes. And cops aren't getting 2 or more hours of training each week.
  7. I have never had a man be unkind about an opinion I have made online. I cannot say that about women.
  8. It may not be terribly common, but it isn't a myth.
  9. We know loads of older kids who have started in their teens and almost-teens. It has been great for them. Be prepared if you start for the not so hidden costs. Belt testing. Equipment. You don't have to do tournaments, but they are fun once you get farther along, so maybe one or two of those per year. We get a family discount, but we still spend enough to notice.
  10. Is it, by any chance, ATA? I know there is an ATA school somewhere in your area.
  11. No, we've moved, but they could Google her name easily and for $15 bucks find where she born.
  12. She doesn't have a credit card. We want to freeze her credit so someone can't use her SSN to apply for credit in her name.
  13. I cannot put a freeze on her credit since she is over 16. She cannot until she is 18.
  14. They won't let me make an account for her, since she isn't 18 years old.
  15. I'm on the Experian site now. I've never heard of them, Do you have direct experience with them?
  16. they said she would get arrested. Sigh. She gave them her birthdate and the last 4 digits. What do I need to do now?
  17. It takes longer when Dd6 plays, but Dd17 and I can play Ticket to Ride in about 20, including set up and clean up. LOL
  18. Free and easy - I have to drive for the PCR test, but it is free. Swing state but red leaning, and our area is definitely red.
  19. I purchased this book after you mentioned it in a recent thread. I haven't made it very far into it yet, since some of the language is new to me and I don't have much quiet time to read anymore. It is thought provoking. I'm interested to see if the two issues I have seen are mentioned.
  20. https://www.amazon.com/Love-ACT-Science-innovative-standardized/dp/0996832203/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=for+the+love+of+act+science&qid=1604443572&sprefix=for+the+love+of+ACT&sr=8-3 This book teaches techniques on how to complete the science portion quickly and accurately.
  21. We did Clue this year. It is going to be the last year we do a big family theme. I sew the costumes, so it willbe cheaper and easier next year, but....
  22. I know this is an old thread, but a game that would play well at multiple ages yet have some weight is Journeys in Middle Earth. My 10 year old could play it. The downside would be turn length if you have one of those players who takes for.ev.er.
  23. Fewer people handed out candy and Tot'ed. I still sewed costumes for the kids, plus a bonus kid, since it will be the last year my kids will do a big family theme.
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