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Valley Girl

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  1. Who knew there was an upside to not having a circle of friends to begin with? ETA: Not feel sorry for myself. Just trying to inject a little humor amidst all the very real heartache you guys are posting about.
  2. That was a really scummy thing for someone to do. I'm sorry that happened. Nothing like making a person feel like she has to look over her shoulder! I think Catwoman had the right word--weasel.
  3. Many thanks! This is very helpful. I appreciate it.
  4. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but is this a non-issue right now or not? Has something changed with regard to the continuing resolution? Because I did not see anything about that. I get that it sucks if it's happening. But my impression is that there is not going to be a shutdown, so I'm not sure why the concern at this particular moment. I certainly understand there are larger issues with having to use CRs.
  5. I had the same impression, Lanny, based on what I heard on the radio news yesterday. I took a quick look at a couple of news sites before posting my request for a link thinking I had missed something. But I'm not seeing where that CR fell through. I could have missed it, though, hence my question.
  6. Do you have a source for this? I haven't seen it.
  7. We'll have to agree to disagree that she somehow violated his privacy. I find it funny that the people who are minding their own business and not doing anything to anyone else are the ones supposed to be concerned about the privacy of the person doing the inappropriate activity. One reason to ask who he is, if it turns out to be a neighbor kid, is so you mention to the parents, "Just wanted to let you know why I sent Johnny home when he stopped by the other day." Because honestly, I'd want to to know if my kid were doing something like that so I could correct the behavior. But I get that other
  8. I think the OP said he came in 20 feet. That's not just stepping off the sidewalk to talk. Now he probably didn't mean any harm. But that doesn't meant the OP was wrong. SHE didn't approach a random kid on a public street and pepper him with questions. She approached and questioned someone who was doing something many people consider inappropriate in HER yard with HER kids. I really could not care less that many or even most kids film everything. The kid was wrong to do what he did without permission. In my opinion, of course.
  9. Some of the replies on this thread are... interesting. If someone has come 20 FEET onto my property (as the OP said he did) and starting filming my young kids without permission, the LAST thing I'm going to worry about are that person's comfort and feelings. Now that doesn't mean I'm going to be harsh or aggressive with a kid. But I'll ask whatever questions I want. My first obligation is to protect MY kids. If the other kid's parents haven't discussed the responsibilities/proprieties of having a phone with the young videographer, he will get a firm explanation from me and sent on his way.
  10. I'm so sorry about your friend, Quill. That is hard. My two cents is to send the card and mention any specific offer(s) of help you may want to give, rather than the vague "let us know if we can do anything." When I was handling contacts for a seriously ill family member, the last thing I needed was another phone call, no matter how well meant. I just did not have it in me to explain things one.more.time or offer comfort to someone else one.more.time when my own heart was breaking. Again, I am sorry. I know people want to reach out in personn. Sometimes, though, it's just overwhel
  11. I am making a general observation based on many years as a lurker and poster. While I said "even here," my post, however, was not geared exclusively to this forum. As I said, it's a general observation.
  12. That's pretty much the state of things today. As someone who leans center right on many (certainly not all) issues, I rarely engage with anyone on much of anything anymore. It's simply not worth it the bother when you all too often--even here--are automatically ascribed the very worst motives for every opinion you have no matter how reasoned. It's a shame, too, because I've changed my mind on some issues as a result of listening to people on the "other side." But now I rarely bother. It's a shame.
  13. I think the difference is that, unlike landlords in these cases, pilots aren't still being required to fly planes without compensation, etc. There's been more than enough economic hurt to go around. It stinks.
  14. I'd have lost it, too. How frightening! You know...when you get that screen fixed, I bet the Hive would HAPPY to help you craft a polite-on-the-surface-but-suitably-snarky email notifying the HOA that you've taken care of that oh-so-urgent issue. The HOA woman is an idiot.
  15. Early in the pandemic there didn't seem to be much real empathy on this board for people facing major, life-altering economic losses as a result of the pandemic closures. (It's just money after all.) I'm not sure you'll get much compassion on this topic now. Obviously nobody wants people out on the street, and that's what some people are truly facing without. But, yeah, being expected to cough up the payments when your income has been slashed as well doesn't seem right either. I'll bet most landlords aren't independently wealthy. I don't know what the answer is or how this gets dealt with equi
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