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  1. Yes, this is true. I wear super dark sunglasses even on rainy days. My daughter does so most of the time as well. We also always have ice water with us.
  2. I doubt the sun is making them carsick. I have never heard of such a thing. Do you not run the A/C in the car? What clothing do you use to protect yourselves? Rash guards? Hats? Sunglasses? We rarely, if ever burn in the sun, and we spend many hours in it in the spring/summer/fall. I have lived in the south a long, long time, and what you are describing just sounds extreme to me. I mean, we avoid going outside unless it involves water (beach/pool/springs) in high summer, but the temps are currently very comfortable in FL, so we are out a lot now.
  3. Yes, young men are very expensive to insure. Is he getting a good student discount? What sort of car will he be driving?
  4. I am pretty sure that every single adult I know has thrown an occasional tantrum. So, I don't expect them to cease entirely. I do expect them to become "not the norm" by around age 7 for most kids.
  5. I am a Christian, but I do not believe in "heaven" or that we will be going anywhere. I believe that eternity will be far more inclusive than many denominations teach.
  6. Same here. I have not worked in a lab in almost 9 years. The instruments and software have all changed, and scientific theory/knowledge/applciation has also certainly progressed in many areas. I still have tons of head knowledge and practical experience, so I can do what I currently do which is write chemistry/engineering articles and do some consulting, but a company would never hire me now due to my outdated skills. And last time I checked, Pier 1 and Publix were not hiring people with graduate degrees in science and engineering. In order to return to the workplace full time in my field, I will have to return to a lab at a very low level, either as a grad student to refresh my knowledge base and degree, or as a technician or even as a volunteer. The problem of my being in my late forties when this happens is also an issue. My field (as many others) is very age-ist in their hiring practices, perhaps especially towards women, who are currently mostly tolerated if they are young and attractive..
  7. Yep _I limited myself to berries and apples, which have the lower glycemic indexes, and none int he morning, mostly only 1-2 servings at night. Also, large doses of vitamin d helped, and turmeric. I had small servings of quinoa or rice sometimes, like half a serving, but only once per day. I also had to mostly quit eating tomatoes.
  8. A friend of mine who was a director of research in the UK for a very large chemical/consumer goods company disclosed to me that the company built a laboratory facility in China, where they provided dormitory rooms and all meals for no charge, and they worked around the clock for $12,000/year. These were chemists with PhD's. Americans and Bristish citizens cannot compete with that.
  9. Physics may be particularly difficult in this matter, because most of the scientific focuses that appeal to American students are currently in areas with "bio" relevance - biopolymers, biomedical engineering, biomaterials, biochemistry/pharmaceuticals, medical fields, etc.. I hesitate to say that Americans are stupid or are lacking in mathematical or science ability. However, I will share some personal insights that might be interesting to you and your department, although it has probably been on your radar prior to this. In my experiences, the foreign students from Asia and India certainly had higher test scores on the subject tests in chemistry, physics, or math. They certainly did well in their course work both before and during grad school. However, their written communication was abysmal. Their ability to be creative in research was often lacking. Their ability to work effectively on teams, especially with Americans was nearly non-existent. In short, we are preparing reams of Asian grad students to take our best information and training elsewhere or we are training them to be very poor coworkers in industry. (Trust me, I have had that experience as well). Managing Asian workers as post-docs in academia or in the industrial lab was very difficult. Some very good schools give preference to American grad students, even if their scores are somewhat lower to they are less impressive in their academic portfolio. Where I went for my polymer science and engineering grad work is one like that, and the students with whom I attended are now leaders in their fields at some of the best companies in this nation - GE, DuPont, Down, Exxon - vie presidents, presidents, directors of research, etc.. These are the students who will make a long term economic and scientific difference in the future of our nation, and I wish more schools would attend to that fact. The school I went to for materials science and engineering was very concerned with maintaining and boosting their top 5 rating, and the method for achieving that was invariably by boosting numbers - which meat allowing in tons, and tons of unfunded Asian students. This, in my opinion, after being in another environment and being in industry for 7+ years, was a distinctly inferior place than the smaller, predominantly American one. Most of the foreign students were barely literate in English and almost all planned to depart for their home countries upon completion of their degrees. The ones I worked with were very, very sweet people - please do not mistake my opinion of them as one of a personal nature.
  10. Oh my goodness, we have a very similar situation, and it is very confusing to know what is best to do. Similarly, the friend in our case is from a home that has been experiencing ongoing issues, and the parents are both fairly dysfunctional and inept at handling conflict and interpersonal relations, so she is not learning the tools needed to treat people well. Throw in some untreated/undiagnosed probable autism, adn its a mess.
  11. My blood pressure and system-wide inflammation and weak immune system all responded very well to eating a strict anti-inflammation diet - It was meat, lots of green vegetables, sweet potatoes, healthy fats, and almost no grains, and limited fruit, no sugar.
  12. I have got next to nothing. I am crossing my fingers for no hurricanes this year. I would like to be better prepared in general, but storage space, planning, and resources do not really currently permit.
  13. I worry about all the side effects of hysterectomy, so am taking every measure I can think of to avoid one. I hope yours solves your problems and doesn't cause new ones, but I can't help but wonder if something else might help. (nutrition, bc pills, supplements...?)
  14. We do get extended warranties, but they never come close to the amount you are quoting. That seems like a huge amount of money.
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