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  1. Dude and Dudette. Awesome. Other than that, a lot of old, old Southern sayings like "you are cutting your own switch'" (as in you are getting into trouble and will get switched).
  2. Teacher Mom

    Three observations while working retail

    I still use checks. I use them because I am tired of my credit card number being stolen. I don't use debit cards because my sister had her entire bank account cleaned out by a person who either knew or guessed her code. I guess, to me, the aggravation of having to write a check is much less than the hassle of cancelling stolen cards, dealing with the fraud department, and waiting and changing all automatic accounts to the new credit card. Aggravating the people behind me is just an added plus.😁
  3. Teacher Mom

    Who would name their child Abcde? Good grief

    I have a common name that is spelled weirdly because my family is Cajun/Creole French and did not know how to spell the name correctly. I have had a lifetime of trouble over it and would have changed the spelling, but my mother cries when I bring it up. I feel bad for this kid.
  4. Do you know the area of Cajun Louisiana he grew up in? He is my age. I grew up and worked there and never came across the phenomena.

    1. gardenmom5

      gardenmom5

      I don't know much about his background.  he's from baton rouge - not sure where his parents families were from.  he's also sharing family stories.

  5. Teacher Mom

    Who would name their child Abcde? Good grief

    Really? What age group? I ask because I grew up in Cajun Louisiana and that is not true of my age group or my mother's age group. In my mother's age group (80s), the French names or American names with French spellings are common, with Marie as the middle name for girls. In my age group (50s), most of the people I have met professionally and privately have very American names. This is thought to be a result of our parents being beaten by the nuns and priests for speaking Cajun French. They wanted very much for their children to sound "normal" and gave them names they heard on TV (again, with some weird spellings). In fact, the most common jokes starts out "Marie and Pierre, they be sitting eating gumbo... (Marie and Pierre being the common names of a Cajun couple) Now, genealogy is hard because no one goes by their real name, as in Marie-Josephine is called JoJo or Elizabeth is called Lizette.
  6. Teacher Mom

    German Shepherds - update

    Congrats on your decision. I am very impressed by your research. Goldens are great dogs.
  7. Teacher Mom

    How long do you keep your cars?

    Between 7 and 10 years. After 7 years, it depends on which dealership is having a 0% interest deal. For the farm truck, we replaced it when the cost of repair becomes too much.
  8. Teacher Mom

    German Shepherds - update

    I am in love with the herding breeds. They tend to be very high energy and more than slightly neurotic. The less they are exercised, mentally and physically, the more neurotic they get. You probably know all that. They also tend to nip small children. They tend to gravitate to one person, which can hurt the feelings of the rest of the family. They will form bonds with the family, but one person is usually their "all". Are you sure you don't want a nice Golden? I ask because they are usually very attentive and good with kids. it is easier to find a good Golden breeder than it is for the herding breeds. Just a suggestion because you have young children. I grew up with Germans, wolf hybrids, and herding dogs. I know of a place in VA that has German lines if you are interested, both long-haired and normal Germans. Their dogs look good and, more importantly, show no aggressive behavior or weirdness. They are BIG dogs, though. Which means they can accidentally hurt a small child or elder person without even trying. They are on the bite list so you need to check if your home insurance will allow you to have such a dog. Last thought, have you looked into American Eskimo?. They come in three sizes and make good family dogs. They are definitely eager to please.
  9. I lived this as a teenager. The only thing I can recommend is the mentioned self-defense classes. The only comeback that ever seem to work was: Would you say that to your mother? Would you say that to your daughter? depending on the age of the guy. What really helped me was my family and friends praising me for things other than looks -- being nice, getting good grades, etc. It made me see myself as something other than just the "outside". Unfortunately, my answer to all the attention was to gain a lot of weight. My daughter has gone the same route. I wish I would have gotten her a counselor because it is very much an issue that destroyed a huge segment of both our lives. My best wishes to both of you.
  10. Teacher Mom

    Do men shake your hand?

    No, everyone hugs me. I don't know why -- maybe I look like a toy bear or something. Doesn't matter where they are from or how long I have known them, I get hugged. My husband finds it hilarious; he makes bets with me on how soon I will be hugged at the airport or when we are shopping. Never fails -- almost like I have no personal space warnings.
  11. Teacher Mom

    Upset by guilt trip from veterinarian

    Don't doubt yourself. You love your dog and have assessed if he is comfortable. You have given him a good life and a loving home - hold that thought close to your heart and fall back on it when you need to.
  12. Teacher Mom

    He passed his test! (dog content)

    Congrats!!! It feels awesome when they achieve what you know they can. I hope you two have a long life of teamwork ahead!
  13. Aren't some of them collector's items? I seem to remember my husband's friend saying that some of them have a high resell value.
  14. Teacher Mom

    Big dog problems

    Could you make the crate into a tall end table or a sofa table in the corner of the room? That way there are people in the room and the space can be used to keep keys (useful) but not so in the middle of things that he can't have privacy.
  15. I live in Great Dane-ville. I have never met so many Dane owners in one area before. I have even met a few that are completely deaf. I have a friend that just picked up her third rescue Dane. You can't sit on the couch (wrap sectional) at her house at all -- it is the lounge spot for her Danes.
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