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SeaConquest last won the day on October 15 2021

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About SeaConquest

  • Birthday 11/03/1974

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    On a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean (generally in San Diego)
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    USC football, wine, fiction, travel, horses, fashion, Judaism, mental health advocacy, sports cars, ink, EDM, feminism, philosophy, board games, social determinants of health, Michelin stars, the science of psychedelics, tacos, and gangsta rap. Not in that order.

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    Wife to Steve, Mother to Sacha (1/09) and Ronen (8/13)
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    On a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean (generally in San Diego)
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    Retired litigator turned new grad nurse!

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  1. Thank you for this thread. I have been struggling to understand why so many Christians seem obsessed with this issue. Obviously, child trafficking is a problem. But, the amount of "play" this issue gets among Christians seems disproportionate to the number of people affected vs child hunger, poverty, homelessness, or climate change. It's to the point that I see parents being seriously paranoid about their kids getting stolen, affecting what they allow the kids to do, how they play, etc. vs. worrying about mass shootings/child deaths from guns, where the US is a massive outlier, in terms of safety. I guess I am trying to better understand why Christians have latched onto this particular issue in a way that I am not seeing with other demographic groups in American society. ETA: It's especially bizarre to me, living in San Diego, which is not an uber religious area. Among San Diegans generally, I've never heard anyone talk about this issue. But, among religious Christians (which I have more contact with, as a homeschooler, than I generally would living here), it's perceived as a very real threat -- especially living just a few minutes from the border.
  2. Loved it. Andrew does seem like just about the most gracious friend. So many egos could not have handled the shadow cast by George Michael's incredible talent.
  3. Maybe look at PG Retreat or Yunasa/IEA. We joined PGR awhile ago, but never went because of the pandemic. We were booked for the 2020 Summit, but it was canceled. At the time, I didn't realize that my younger DS wouldn't be able to do anything there because he is not a DYS. That doesn't work for us, so I would attend PGR before Summit, if I were to do it again.
  4. We go up a few times each year, so will definitely take you up on that! ❤️ Because he took the AoPS class, he didn't have access to the question bank. He should have just done OHS math last year. I am told their classes are quite good, with a modest workload compared to AoPS. Lesson learned.
  5. This was Sacha's third AP test and the first he did not pass (he got a 2 on Calc BC). Kiddo took it ok; better than I did. I just faxed off the score cancellation request to the College Board, so I am using that occasion and this post to put it out of my mind. I tried to contextualize what happened to my mom, and the exercise was cathartic for me. I summed it up this way: Mom, Sacha took an online class, as a middle schooler, taught entirely via text message, with only one class meeting per week, that was held at 430-6PM our time (ie as kiddo's ADHD meds are wearing off), and covered in *24 weeks* what is generally covered in *2 years* at most US high schools or in the first year of Calc at the university level (the AoPS Calc class also has some intro to linear algebra and other advanced topics). He attempted this class without any outside tutoring from anyone. In tandem with that, he's growing/developing at a faster pace than at any time since toddlerhood, and took a very demanding chem class that left him little time to prep for the exam. So yeah, we were disappointed with his score, but are trying not to compare him with the miniscule number of kids who are able to accomplish such a feat. Unfortunately, he goes to a school where there are a lot of those types of kids, so it appears to him to be less extraordinary than it truly is. We had to email OHS and tell them that Sacha doesn't feel comfortable enough with the material to move onto multivariable next fall (he is already enrolled in the class and we could just not mention the AP score, but Sacha wants to be solid before moving on). So, we are now scrambling with determining placement and fitting it into his existing schedule. I know how much I benefited from taking another pass at Calc in college (I had a fabulous prof and loved the class), as I was truly clueless in AP Calc AB senior year (even though I somehow got a good grade; my school didn't offer the test, but there's no way I would have passed anyway). So, Sacha will take another rigorous course in single variable, with live video classes twice per week at a time that works better for his attention, access to peer tutors, and another year of math maturity under his belt. I have confidence in him.
  6. Buy a huge piece of land some place beautiful, learn to garden, make wine, and open a no-kill shelter/sanctuary for animals of all sorts. In my free time, I would write articles in the New Yorker and the Atlantic about food, wine, travel, and the issues of the day. I would also moonlight as a SCOTUS justice, adjunct professor, and critical care physician, study Torah in Israel, and, during football season, give color commentary from the sidelines of USC games (a la Steel Magnolias). TW: language https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gyJWCrbTTw
  7. I did this quite a bit as a volunteer in the ED and ICU, when I was trying to figure out if I wanted to go to nursing school. I don't know if you have the time/energy for volunteering at a hospital, but it was a wonderful experience for me. Just thinking out loud. ❤️
  8. Why not graduate him from high school early and take a gap year or two to work on the business? The data shows that boys especially have higher GPAs (and likely get more out of the college experience overall) with the benefit of time that a gap year provides. Speaking from my own experience, the time I spent on active duty in the Army after high school helped me to transition to adulthood without the added stress of school layered on top of it. By the time I got to college (18 months later), I had enough practice at the adulting part that I was laser-focused during college (and had a great experience).
  9. So much this! I was fortunate to meet @Jackie and her 2e DYS through this board. They both helped me to better understand the Es I was seeing in my oldest. After my DS1 started taking meds for one of the Es, he qualified for DYS, which introduced me to more of the many flavors of PG kids. Some get PhDs before they can vote, but many do not, for a variety of reasons. Echoing others, I've also found the DYS FB groups to be most helpful because you really find a tribe of parents who just get what it's like to parent these kids. It is very freeing to not have to explain, excuse, or justify. It's a great community of genenrally kind and helpful folks. Having said that, my son did not have the greatest experience in the Davidson Explore class he took in 5th grade. I was not aware of the course's executive functioning demands or the poor experience that many 2e kids have had in the Explore courses. In hindsight, despite the bad experience, I am glad that he took the class because it was the first serious clue to my DH and I that our son required much more EF support. He still struggles in this area, but because of the DYS community (and this place), I have a much better understanding of how/why he struggles (which, at times, was mindboggling for me, given his intellect) and how my DH and I can better scaffold him. So, on balance, despite the poor fit with the Explore class, I am very thankful that we plugged into the DYS community. Next year will be our 10th year of homeschooling. I've noticed, over time, that these families tend to find each other. Whether here or through DYS, CTY, AoPS, or OHS, we tend to reach out for a supportive community of folks with similar kids. And, while DYS isn't a necessary precondition for PG kids/their parents to find each other, it's a really convenient and useful way to do it. So, if you have the scores, definitely do it! 🙂
  10. I just felt my sheets and there is elastic everywhere.
  11. We have the Luxe Sateen from Brooklinen and they are nice. Not Frette nice (damn, I miss lawyer money), but certainly a step up from normal sheets. Nice enough for homeschool mama money. Lol.
  12. The parajumpers and Coast Guard rescuers that I've known were all very professional and super nonjudgy. If you do dangerous stuff (like rescues) for a living, you know that, being prepared helps, but s**t happens. They also expressed seeing the rescues as keeping their skills sharp. As for my friends, they are wonderful parents, who always give of themselves (both do tons of volunteer work/community service; the Dad is former Navy and volunteers in high-risk, search and rescue himself in the Mammoth area, where they now live). We know them through the sailing/cruising community. We both had our babies in Mexico, a few months apart (Lyra was born in Feb; Ronen in August, 2013 at the same hospital in Puerto Vallarta). They were cleared to leave for the South Pacific by Lyra's doctor. Lyra had been on antibiotics and the doc said she was fine. They got 900 miles from Mexico and Lyra relapsed. They had an offshore medical kit onboard, but nothing was helping. Then, their boat got hit by a rogue wave and when they tried to use their SAT phone, the SAT company had (unknown to them) just changed their SIM card and mailed the new one to their address in San Diego. So, they had no choice but to pull the EPIRB (an emergency beacon), which they knew would likely summon a rescue, but also would require them to sink their home and their dreams of circumnavigation with the girls (you cannot just leave a sailboat out in the middle of the ocean, lest someone run into it, so they had to pull the seacocks on their home and sink it). 😞 ETA: Then, after sinking their home, they get on the Navy ship that picked them up and are told that their entire life has been turned into a media circus and their parenting decisions are now the subject of NYT op-eds. Can you imagine?
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