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About linders

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  • Birthday 10/21/1960

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    DS 18, DS 16
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    South Carolina
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    Reading, hiking, camping, Scout leadership
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    Mom, substitute teacher, historical researcher/docent, former environmental engineer

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  1. Posted early here. Very happy dance. Exceeds (by a fair amount) the standard for the top automatic merit scholarship for any school in our state.
  2. Right up there with our neighbors-across-the-street...well-lit Christmas tree in the front window November 1. I think it is weird.
  3. We have State Farm. Good student discounts and completing State Farm's Steer Clear program helped. Also, our agent looked at the cost differential impact of which car he was associated with - substantial difference, and we were able to match him with the lowest cost vehicle. Finally, DS19 didn't get his license until he was 18. The increase wasn't too much for him. DS16 just got his license - big increase. The 16-17 crowd is considered higher risk. In our city/county, public safety estimates that one-half of all teens get into an accident their first year. From what I know of the DC's friends, that is absolutely true. Narrow winding roads, no shoulders, really stupid traffic engineering at intersections.
  4. Yes. For those whose kids love to play but can walk away when it is time for something else, it is hard to understand. We are dealing with DS16, who can't. I don't have great advice for the OP, except, remove online gaming as an option until the weekly work is done - make it a reward for completing early on Wednesday?
  5. This. We have lost the sense of deferred gratification. Buy it now, put it on the credit card, pay hope.
  6. Agreed, and this is as it should be. Consumers of a product should bear the full life-cycle cost of a product, including maintenance that protects from incidents like the wildfires and full waste disposal costs. (And a living wage and decent benefits for workers?) However, if you really do this, some consumers cannot afford the service/product. Electrical service is a great example. So who pays to subsidize? Consumers who can afford to pay? I'm actually in favor of that, but it is contrary to some conservative schools of thought. In our state the issue is that many poor rural communities have limited access to broadband, a necessity nowadays - I think it's okay for the rest of us to pay more to fix that, but I'm in the minority here. And yes, in the absence of an incentive for long-term planning, regulation is necessary. But where to draw the line on regulation? I am in the environmental field and horrified at the recent rollback of many regulations related to contaminant discharges. That is how we created Superfund sites in the past, failing to regulate waste disposal and contaminants. And a final thought - it is very easy to think "someone" is getting rich when a company fails to be proactive and protective. But suppose that a few years ago PG&E had announced that they needed to undertake a substantial maintenance program that would raise rates by a third. How would consumers have reacted? Further, many of these short-sighted companies are publicly traded and responding to stockholders. Are you happy when the value of a retirement account increases? Of course. I know I am. But I admit I don't always look at the companies in the fund to see if I agree with their moral compass. Yes, there are the ultra wealthy who are making even more money, but anyone with even a small retirement fund is complicit.
  7. I started this as a response to the CA fire situation, but it is a broader topic. First, great sympathy for everyone affected by the CA fires and outages, especially those whose family members rely on technology. A general comment, though, that applies to myriad things in our lives today. It would have cost PG&E money to upgrade their distribution systems. Rates would have risen. Customers (and shareholders) would have complained. Until, of course, those systems failed. Being proactive towards future needs costs money, yet we as a country often aren't willing to spend that money. We want to spend less money today. There are many examples: rising CO2 levels (we haven't invested enough in clean energy and don't want to pay for it when cheaper fossil fuel options are available); cheap plastic goods (now we have a plastics pollution problem); horrendous pollution and child labor in "third world" (I hesitate to use that term) countries (but we love our cheap goods); failing bridges and roadways (maintaining infrastructure costs money). And my family is guilty, too. What do you all think? How do we balance the needs of today versus tomorrow? Our legislators, by virtue of needing to be re-elected, often feel forced to make decisions based on near-term needs rather than long-term. How can we fix that?
  8. Rice milk. At my stores it is found right with the soy/almond milks. I can't do dairy or soy, and both coconut milk and almond have too much flavor for me. When I want to splurge I add a spoonful of Ovaltine for a chocolaty richness.
  9. I like the way a PP put it..."that’s the bride’s story to tell." In light of that, I could see that photos of the bridal party during the ceremony = bad. Photos of the "official events" at the reception (e.g., cake cutting) = bad. Photos of your own family and friends at the reception - okay.
  10. The real thing tomorrow. DS did the PSAT practice tests plus a couple of SAT practice tests, is hopeful. Good luck to everyone!
  11. Alzeimer's Walk Make great dinner for home-on-break college boy. Steak involved,
  12. Rick Riordan's various series, starting with Percy Jackson (Lighting Thief) The Gregor the Overlander series (Suzanne Collins)
  13. Forgive me if all I heard was, "Snow coming." Ten years in the South and I still miss snow. It is supposed to be back to a flipping 87 degrees this weekend. Can I come help you prep for...snow?
  14. Never heard of referring to the oven as the "stove."
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