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  1. I, too, hate raccoons. We lost half our hens to them this summer. I've never seen one, but based on what happened, it had to be a coon. If I ever saw one (hasn't happened) and I was walking around with a gun or crossbow on my body (hasn't happened either), I would totally try to shoot the coon. It isn't just people that think they are cute, and deliberately feed them. There are lots of people that think they are feeding feral cats, and their own outdoor cat, and are really feeding vermin like coons.
  2. it is a lot less than that. My dad hunted with a slingshot as a kid. Whatever he killed was the only meat they ate outside of Sunday dinner, and they were farmers. My FIL hunted with a rifle as a kid for the only meat the family ate. He had to be very precise in his shooting because a wasted bullet was expensive.
  3. I can see the bones breaking if you have a rope and jump off a chair. That makes perfect sense. After all the idea of a hanging is really to break the neck. If that doesn't happen then they strangle. Epstein had a paper sheet and was found just leaning forward with the sheet around his neck. No way did he break his own neck.
  4. It is funny you said that. I have a B.S. in Physics and a Masters in Material Science. In my current industry, I have worked with actuaries and I think I missed my calling. To be one, you have to test well (which I do). One thing I noticed studying Physics, is that there seems to be a continuum from Mechanics, i.e. Auto Mechanic to Theoretical Math (meaning imaginary constructs). In Engineering, that is a more practical side that isn't far from straight Mechanics, and then there is the research side which isn't far from Applied Physics, then farther down the theoretical line is Theoretical Physics, which is mostly Math. Math has its real side and its theoretical side. So, maybe have him think where on that line he is more comfortable.
  5. Well, but then that someone could stare at 6 screens or 12. In a related topic, I have been hoping for an evidence bomb that Epstein might have setup in case of his death. Doesn't seem to have happened. Dang nab it.
  6. Not only that, but at my University with a huge engineering focus including C.S. , one of the required intro C.S. classes was a weed-out class.
  7. On his keeping documentation of things that happened. Even before his first conviction, people wondered where he got all his money from. They knew how he made some of his money. But, he seemed to have orders of magnitude more than people could account for. Now it seems obvious.
  8. There is a disorder (I forget the name) that people used to die of quickly. Eventually they figured out that the gut flora was just gone. The fix was to take the poop of a close family member, desiccate it and put some in capsules. There was one woman that gained 60 pounds after being treated that way with the poop of her very overweight daughter.
  9. I don't comment on weight-loss because I had the exact same experience as you. There had been some pointed comments from 'friends'. e.g. "You look soooooo much better now". I had also noticed the moral aspect in a different setting. Several years ago, I'd exchanged a few emails with the Crusades expert, I forget his name. Professor at Trinity. Back when History channel had history shows, he was their go-to expert on the crusades. In one of his books/lectures there was a passing reference to skinny = moral. I think it was in regards to nuns and monks. I asked him about that because it didn't make any sense to me. He used the analogy of now days someone having a 'small carbon footprint' as being morally superior. I don't buy it, because I think that is a matter of different viewpoints.
  10. DD did day camp this year and she didn't like it. Next year she wants to sleep-over. I had offered her the option to sleep-over and she didn't want to. The day campers were almost entirely kids getting daytime babysitting all summer, and not kids like DD who weren't quite ready for sleep-over. There was social stratification with the sleep-over kids on top. The all-summer day campers had already formed set friendships by the third week when DD went. Also, while they allowed dropoff from 7:30am to 9am, and pickup from 4pm to 5:30pm, the kids did absolutely nothing except sit on the bench waiting. So, while the sleep-over kids were having a pre-dinner swim, DD was nearby sitting alone on the bench. Next year she will do sleep-over camp at the first week, and a friend of hers will go also.
  11. I remember one year at Girl Scout Camp there was a girl that was there for the whole summer. Her parents 'went to Europe' for the summer. Normally every other weekend was a no-kid weekend for the workers to relax, but her parents had made special arrangements. I think all of us felt simultaneously jealous of her and sorry for her. Jealous because it was an awesome camp. Sorry because we all understood that her parents didn't want to be with her. But, a camp that is a week or two. That is different.
  12. I think overnight camp was critical to my personal development. But, then my mother tends to be controlling, and vacations made it much more so. I remember our last family vacation was when I was 15. It was a nice trip up the California coast. Except that if I wasn't within arms reach at all times, mom freaked out. Even things like browsing in stores, I had to be browsing really near mom. I started going to the bathroom just to sit there and get some alone time. Trouble is mom's bladder is the size of a pee, so she frequently needed to use the bathroom. Twice I was allowed to walk up the beach by myself, but within sight of the hotel room. Going to camp was heaven. I loved doing the activities, and I went to horse camp so it was mostly horses and swimming.
  13. Don't forget if you get FSA to ask for a discount if you pay X amount up front. There is a cost and bother to them to take a payment from you whenever you have an appointment. DD's ortho. gave a discount for that reason. You can get your charge your entire FSA annual amount on your FSA card as soon in January as you get it.
  14. We had real flowers everywhere except my bouquet. I wanted a giant cascade bouquet in white flowers. I was quite particular on how I wanted it to look, and I was able to make it a long time in advance. It now looks quite elegant on top of a bookcase. I gave the mothers the option of real or silk corsages. They both chose silk wrist corsages that are displayed now in their china cabinets.
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