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shawthorne44

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  1. I remember the early days of being in an office. I'd had to borrow money from my parents for a second interview suit. Then on my first day of work I owned those two suits, super casual college clothes and nothing else. For the first couple of months I did laundry frequently and did a little shopping every paycheck. I remember getting Dillard's to come out to my house to remove an ink-theft device. It had been the third time they'd left it on. The trick was when I said on the phone, "you picked the wrong person to annoy. I just started in an office job and I have a closet full of shorts and sweats."
  2. And then you have towns/cities banning chickens.
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    Disneyland

    DH, DD and I. She will be 10 by then. The plan is to go one year after Star Wars opens, which is supposed to be later this year. We heard from people that went to Harry Potter soon after it opened, and one year later. They said one year later was MUCH better. They'd found the kinks and fixed them. We will just go once. It is too expensive, and we like to go someplace different every year. I think 10 will be a good age. Old enough to remember, but young enough to like the Disney-ness. It makes sense that Disney would have the food order-ahead app. Six Flags is doing that this year. So, I'd expect Disney to already have it.
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    Disneyland

    I don't know about DisneyLand, but near DisneyWorld you can rent a house a pool for a week for surprisingly cheap. When I looked into it myself one week of house was cheaper than 3 days of hotel. Of course by the time we go, that might have changed. Many people don't have extra vacation days to use for downtime.
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    Disneyland

    I am a bit of a planner. I've read a few Disney advice books for our trip fall 2020. I've seen advice which seems helpful here that I haven't read elsewhere. So, thanks. I've wanted to go to Disney since I was a kid in the 70's watching the TV show.
  6. That makes sense. I've read the same thing about personality disorders. That in a much earlier culture, each would have had a use.
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    Disneyland

    That is my thought too. Our Disney World plans are to stay offsite and go to Disney every other day and recover at the pool in between. Mainly because I am the one that would get cranky when tired. But, I think I can handle completely full days at Disney with that plan. I am following this. I imagine that most of the hints apply to both.
  8. Like running of the bulls. only worse. Although maybe a tie since there is only one bull here.
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    Coding "bootcamps" and other options?

    There is something to be said for coding. The developers where I work, are valued and have regular hours.
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    Abducted in Plain Sight

    I envision it as being a Boiling A Frog situation.
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    Kitchen reno vs. family vacation

    I'd do the vacation and then use the rest to pay down your mortgage or any other debt. Plus, it doesn't sound like your kitchen is bad enough to really need a remodel. The problem with 'not to my taste' is that you have to assume that whatever you do to the kitchen won't be to the taste of the next owner, therefore you won't get any money back on it. Now, if the kitchen cabinets were falling off the wall (happened to me) and the counters were laminate, then I'd say do the kitchen.
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    Article: "Why Do We Blame Women For Prohibition?"

    Also, look at MADD which is the closest thing to a prohibition group we have now. The original goal of the group was to make drunken driving a criminal and social problem. They succeeded. Then they turned to prohibition, trying to put forth laws that said that alcohol couldn't be served in a building that allowed children. So, hotels and restaurants couldn't serve alcohol. The founder of it left over the change. That is a very female group. I've heard from people that visited Jamaica that the society is very women_work_while_men_drink. I was once on a dive boat and I asked the leader what that weird square was on his dive suit. He said he installed it himself from when he worked in Jamaica. He'd be underwater leading a group of divers, when the boat driver would get a call that a party was happening and the boat driver would leave everyone underwater. That happened more the once. He said that the worse part was the long walk with all his gear, so the square was a pocket to store taxi money.
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    Article: "Why Do We Blame Women For Prohibition?"

    A female ancestor of mine was one of the founders of ... I think it was called the Temperance League. So, Temperance being a women's movement is something that I got with my mother's milk. They used social pressure to get men on board, e.g. Falling Off the Wagon.
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    New Tax Law Impact

    What you are saying is that people don't have self-control because they will spend however much money they get. Not really that they can't afford it, because the amount spent would be the same either way. I see that with property taxes. Apparently, some mortgages give people the option to pay that themselves. so they have a choice of paying it monthly with their mortgage or once-a-year.
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    New Tax Law Impact

    That obfuscating is how the gov likes it.
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    New Tax Law Impact

    I don't understand why anyone would look at the refund you received when comparing years. You should look at the amount owed this year compared to last year. They changed the withholding table so even those that are getting a smaller refund or owe more, could very well owe less this year than last year. It just means that your paychecks were a little bigger.
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    A mama cat has moved into our yard with her kittens

    Just check the trap frequently. What temp is it where you live? I'd had a squirrel that chewed its way into my attic. My parents have a have-a-heart trap. I set it up right outside the hole into the attic and the trap was secured with rope to the chimney so it didn't fall. I researched what they liked to eat and peanut butter and seeds were their favorite foods. So I made peanut butter and seed truffles for the trap. I got organic peanut butter. I made all different size balls to tempt it. The stinker waited until we had an ice storm (Texas so unusual) to go into the trap, and then froze to death. Oh, and I was sick in bed then.
  18. A friend of mine was in a play wearing a period Elizabethan dress. She had to take teeny tiny steps because otherwise the dress would start to sway more and more until it would literally knock her over. But don't the actresses all arrive in limos? I remember reading that Princess Diana regretted the fabric choice for her wedding dress. It was an easy wrinkle fabric and it wrinkled on the way to the church.
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    Seed starting on the cheap...

    I've heard that you can use k-cups for seedlings.
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    Flustered neighbor kids walking home at 9:30 pm!!!

    And the result is the Snowflake Generation.
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    Flustered neighbor kids walking home at 9:30 pm!!!

    I loved walking to the store Saturday mornings for milk. It started when we moved into that house when I was 8.5 years old. There was a nearby gas station/small grocery store. This was back when they reused milk bottles, so part of it was to make sure we got credit for the return. I loved doing that. Loved loved loved. My daughter had nightmares for two weeks after she heard a group of Blackhawk mothers attack me. The OP is a Blackhawk mother. For those that don't know Blackhawks attack other parents who aren't helicopter parents. These women have had a lingering noticeable effect on my daughter. She sometimes doubts herself and displays unwarranted fear,in situations where she was confident before.
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    Beast Academy Practice Book

    Also, if you buy them used and resell them, you aren't out much money.
  23. This is my annoyance with both the SAT and ACT talking. At this point, I don't care if she cheated. I hope she studies so hard her eyesight gets worse and then she gets an even better score the next time.
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    Beast Academy Practice Book

    I think one of the essential beauties of the BA guidebook is that the beasts use different approaches. I think just that teaches important things. 1) that it is OK to be flummoxed sometimes, since the beasts are, 2) that there are different approaches to the same problem 3) often one approach is more efficient on this problem and another approach is better for a different but similar problem.
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    Flustered neighbor kids walking home at 9:30 pm!!!

    This is the only part that was the problem. What did expect to accomplish by this? I can't think of anything except to make yourself feel sanctimonious.
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