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  1. Very sweet. I love to see these young men breaking stereotypes.
  2. I buy the Linkyo (?) ones that are the SuperMediaStore house brand and have never had a problem. I get the extended copy ones (4,000 vs 2,000 pages) and they last forever. I have no idea how many actual pages I get out of one but I probably only order once a year and we do a pretty good amount of printing.
  3. Lit2Go has some good ones. Our favorites for listening in the car are read by Lorraine Montgomery. http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/
  4. We have a garden sprayer (the kind you pump to spray fertilizer and such, though they've never been used for that) for each team for lax tournament season. We replenish them with the water from the ice that's melted in the coolers. Usually, one of the parents will also furnish a bench tent, so the kids can be in the shade a bit while they're rotated off the field. In extreme weather during regular season (we went from sideways snow to frying hot) we shorten playing time. Otherwise, we haul out everything we can to keep them warm/cool.
  5. Terrorists have a cause. McVeigh had a message. He was trying to cause change by force and fear. This guy decided to kill some people. What message is being conveyed? What change did he expect (in his crazy ass little brain)? Is there any coercion by fear implied in a one off mass murder? This was a bigot with a gun. (In case it's not obvious, I am not in favor of terrorism. But not every horrific act falls under that header.)
  6. I feel like "terrorist" unduly elevates him and his act of violence. It implies he has a larger point and support (of others) for his actions. Murderer works quite well for me.
  7. I was thinking the same thing. Anti-government and white supremacy seem like close companions in my experience. Truck nuts. Lol. I almost drove into the truck wearing them the first time I saw them because I could NOT figure out what unfortunate looking thing that I took to be a wiring/tow hitch dongle was meant to be. All the other times, they've just been vulgar.
  8. And yet, we hear every year how offensive and "war on Christmas" the "happy holidays" wish is when authentically offered in a very casual atmosphere when, really, the cashier at the grocery store might mean to include Christmas and New Year, since they're a week apart. Or that there are many Christian observances that fall on either side of Christmas... My point being that it is not about the wisher, but about the recipient of the wish in that instance, so maybe we could respect the recipient of wishes when it is much more personal.
  9. Very good point. There was a case study in my nonprofit management text book about a longtime volunteer promoted to a paid volunteer coordinator position with a similar sort of interactive attitude. (Obviously, not in a positive way) The leadership should be made aware of the situation so they can do some remediation before they lose the volunteer base entirely.
  10. Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black... There are others I've watched occasionally but honestly can't remember the names until I see them. Which is not to say they're not good enough to remember, but I watch via AcornTV which is all BBC/CBC* so I might watch a season and not see anything until the next season is released. *not OB. That's on Netflix.
  11. This. And I usually ask myself how much that thing would really mean to me, and how much I would change my life to have it. The answer is usually shockingly little.
  12. Indeed. Volunteering should be a source of satisfaction and you should be valued. I agree with Mandylubug. Your other position deserves more of the energy that this one was taking.
  13. That's funny. I'm in the US and watch probably 70% British, 10% Australian, 10% Canadian, 10% US.
  14. Well, I do generally expect you to uplift and guide me. Is that wrong? Yes, that would be an affront to receive. It would feel like an obligation met by grabbing some random card rather than an expression of sympathy by someone who cares. One of my dearest friends is a very devout Christian. I go to her when I have something troubling me because she *knows* me and helps me think through situations. Sometimes, she uses bible verses in a way of explaining how she would approach whatever it is. That's ok. I get that. If she says "I love you and you know you are in my prayers while you walk through this" I take that as the loving expression it is. If she sent me verses, I would be offended.
  15. Insurance companies were founded on greed. Baylor decided its hospital was not being filled enough because people didn't want to/couldn't afford to pay the rates, so they cooked up a scheme for hospital care to be prepaid on time. Thus, BC/BS was born.
  16. This. They (all of them) also like to send letters telling people they're denying claims for random, inaccurate reasons, like not having a piece of information on the claim that is right there on the claim. It's not a new practice at all (though the premium non-payment "reason" is). I was firmly convinced 20 years ago that claims denial was a way of making money by (a) holding money while they make interest on it and (b) not paying out when people get tired and give up. I can't imagine any medical billing office taking anything in a rejection letter seriously.
  17. I've had really good luck with eshakti dresses made to my measurements. Most dresses, even if they're sleeveless, have the option to change the sleeve option. All have the ability to specify length based on your height. Mrs Mungo originally turned the board onto them, if I recall correctly.
  18. The advantage is that if cash is lost or stolen, it's gone. A card (like travelers checks) can be reported. You can get a Google Wallet debit card and load it via email for free.
  19. Caitlyn Jenner discussing the experience of being transgendered is not disingenuous. Bruce Jenner talking about the woman's experience from a place of authority would have been. Identity experience is more complex than how one chooses to define oneself. It has to do with one's experience of the world based on how others perceive and relate to you. When I finish grad school, I would love to work for the NAACP, but I am very clear that, while I am interested in hearing people's experiences of the world, I will be operating from a point of aggregate, epidemiological correlation. The experiences of living as a minority are simply not mine to tell. It's not a difficult concept to understand, either. Lolly, I don't think you have any obligation to pay back the scholarship. Your daughter didn't defraud the school to apply for it. They simply made a clerical error that both they and she appear to have been completely unaware of until after the fact. It would be completely different if she was invited to receive an award as an outstanding <feature that she does not have> student. Kwim?
  20. I have no other recommendations but I was just shocked to see the book that's sitting next to me in the chair had its own thread! And, coincidentally, it is my 14 yo who left it there. :)
  21. I think a blood panel is worth doing. Getting to a place where you're entirely gluten free, including hidden sources and cross contamination is hard. It's been over 4 years and I still occasionally find some snuck in. A blood test is easy. Do the easy thing first.
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