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Corraleno last won the day on April 4 2018

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  1. Corraleno

    Carry-on question...

    In addition to fitting all "liquids" into one quart-sized baggie, each individual container must be 3.4 ounces or less. IME they don't usually check the exact # of ounces, but sometimes they do (they once made me throw out a deodorant that was 3.5 ounces). They also count gels and pastes as "liquids" — including toothpaste, hair gel, body butters, and even foods like peanut butter, yogurt, applesauce, etc. IMHO, Precheck is well worth $17/yr — the lines are usually much shorter, you can leave your coat and shoes on, leave your toiletries and electronics in your bags, and in most of the airports I've flown through in the last few years, people in the Precheck line go through regular metal detectors not body scanners.
  2. The judge's ruling in this case, though, seems to focus on the idea that the arbitration agreements aren't binding because they've been signed by minors: "Rogers said teenage students cannot be expected to knowingly and willingly waive their constitutional right to a jury trial without parent input or supervision."
  3. Corraleno

    Brag Alert: Grandbaby pictures

    She is just beautiful! Do you live nearby? I would be smooching those cheeks all day
  4. The accusations of cheating generally depend on a combination of (1) a significant score increase plus (2) "similarities" between the accused student's answers and answers of another student who happened to be sitting nearby. The suspect scores are flagged by an algorithm, not by a human proctor who saw actual evidence of cheating. Even if the similarities in answers were based on copying from a neighbor (which is pretty hard to do if seats are as far apart as they are supposed to be and the proctor is reasonably observant), automatically assuming that the student whose score improved was the cheater, with no other evidence, is ridiculous. Students are not only being accused of cheating based on nothing more than a statistical algorithm, they are for all intents and purposes being convicted of cheating with zero actual evidence. The "appeal" process is a joke — no one has ever won on appeal, no matter how much evidence was presented. Not only is there no presumption of "innocent until proven guilty," it's not even a matter of "guilty until proven innocent" — because there is literally no way for students to prove their innocence. And as if that isn't egregious enough, the ACT often waits as much as a year after the test was taken to inform the student that their scores are being invalidated. Given that most students take these tests as juniors and seniors, by the time they're informed that their scores were thrown out, it's often too late to retake the tests for admissions and scholarship purposes. And at the same time, both the ACT and College Board knowingly ignore the HUGE problems with blatant cheating by international students, because they make a ton of money from international tests and don't want to lose that revenue.
  5. Women's tennis and volleyball are "head count sports" in Division 1, meaning that all scholarships for athletes in those sports are full ride — you either get a full ride or you get nothing. Tennis also has an unusually high rate of international recruiting (almost 1/3rd of Div 1 tennis players are international students). Soccer is a very different story. Not only are there very few international recruits in women's soccer (~5%), soccer is an "equivalency sport," meaning the team is allotted an amount of money that is "equivalent" to a certain number of full rides, but coaches are allowed to divide that money up however they want. The Div 1 allotment for women's soccer is the equivalent of 14 full rides (10 in Div 2; 12 in NAIA). So, for example, with a team of 28, the coach could give everyone a 50% scholarship, or give 14 people a full ride and the other 14 get nothing, or anything in between. Generally, there are full rides for the superstars, then the rest is split up into partial scholarships for other recruits. Unless the girl Lewelma is tutoring is a superstar, she is very unlikely to get a full ride scholarship in an equivalency sport. The recruiting agency seems to recognize that, hence they are requiring her to meet the minimum cutoff for combining academic scholarships with athletic ones. The problem is that while the recruiter seems to be counting on a combination of academic and athletic aid, he does not seem to be giving this girl a realistic target to hit in order to get significant enough academic aid. Some of these "recruiting agencies" charge parents a LOT of money and make a lot of promises that they cannot fulfill. And in this case, the student in question is having to make major changes to her school schedule and spend a huge amount of time preparing for the SAT in the hope that a 600 math score is going to get her a full ride to an American university. For her sake, I hope she's a fantastic soccer player and scores 1500 on the SAT and her dream comes true. But I think the odds are very low that a kid who is a good but not great soccer player, who lives in a country where coaches cannot watch her play, and who gets a 1200 on the SAT, is going to get a full ride anywhere.
  6. @lewelma I know you don't want to get involved too much in the scholarship part of things, but I would push the mom to ask the recruiting agency for hard numbers and specific names of colleges and coaches, because there are some figures being tossed around that don't really add up, and I worry that this has been presented to you as "if you can just get her a 600 on the math SAT, she wins a $NZ300K scholarship!" $NZ300K is approximately $US200K, which is a full ride (tuition, fees, room, board, books) at most public uni's and approximately full tuition at many privates. However, as 8 pointed out upthread, unless this kid is a soccer superstar, she is not going to be getting a large athletic scholarship, so she would need a very large academic scholarship for the combination to add up to $50K/yr. Just talking about an average public university, she'd need a $25K athletic scholarship plus another $25K academic scholarship — and she's not likely to get such a large academic scholarship with a mere 1200 SAT. The only significance of the "1200" figure is that is the minimum allowed by NCAA for academic scholarships at Division 1 schools to not "count" against the team's allowable scholarship total. In other words, if a Div 1 school tries to give an academic scholarship to an athlete with a GPA below 3.5, or an SAT score below 1200, then the NCAA basically considers that to be a disguised athletic scholarship and will deduct that amount from the team's athletic scholarship allowance — even if the academic scholarship is not paid for by the athletic department. So a 1200 doesn't "get" her a $50K annual scholarship, it just allows her to legally accept both academic and athletic money, when/if it is offered. I think before this girl spends the next 10 months working her butt off trying to get a specific score on the SAT, she and her mom should insist that the recruiting agency provide them with firm figures on how much she can realistically expect to get, from which colleges and coaches, for both academics and athletics — and what kind of test scores she would actually need to get the level of academic aid she needs, not just meet NCAA minimums. For example, an OOS student with a 1200 SAT and 3.5 GPA would earn the following academic scholarships: $6K at Colorado State, $4K at Texas Tech, $12K at U Arizona (out of $32K OOS tuition), $1.5K at U Mississippi, $9K at UNLV — and a 1200 SAT is below the cut-off for any academic scholarships at many schools. I would also have the mom press the recruiter about why they will only accept the SAT, not the ACT, because that doesn't make any sense. NCAA accepts an ACT sum score (the 4 subscores added together) of 105 for Div 1 and 100 for Div 2, and I don't know of any US colleges that will only accept the SAT and not the ACT. One advantage of the ACT is that math only counts for 25% of the total score, versus 50% for the SAT, so that can be useful for students who may be weak in math.
  7. My DD used to visit her great-uncle in assisted living all the time — sometimes with me, but often on her own. She would often stay for lunch or dinner, and she attended a lot of their themed parties (like luau, western, roaring 20s, etc.). He passed away last spring, at the age of 88, and at the memorial service it was obvious that all the residents knew DD. Many of them commented on how much he loved her, and said that he talked about her all the time and would get so excited whenever he knew she was coming. I would let your son visit as often, and for as long, and he and your dad want. I'm sure it would mean a lot to your dad (and hopefully to your son, too).
  8. Corraleno

    What's your house salad?

    DD and I eat a lot of chopped salads. The "base" for all of them is chopped cherry tomatoes, red & yellow peppers, green onions, and cucumbers, dressed with a little olive oil and lemon juice. We usually make enough of the base to last 3-4 days in the fridge. Then depending on the mood, we add different beans, cheese, and other veg to make a meal: Italian: add cannellini beans, marinated mozzarella, marinated artichoke hearts, arugula, fresh basil, capers, shaved parmesan (plus DD adds olives to hers). Usually the oil from the mozzarella and artichoke hearts is enough, so we just add a splash of balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I toss this with pasta and serve it warm or as a salad. Greek: add chickpeas, marinated feta, thinly sliced red onions, spinach, mint, oregano, and olives for DD. Dressed with a little extra olive oil and lemon juice. Also good mixed with couscous, orzo, or quinoa. Mexican: add black beans, cotija cheese (or sometimes just shredded cheddar), corn, avocado, salsa, lime juice. We usually just eat this with corn chips, but sometimes DD likes to eat it over romaine lettuce dressed with a blend of ranch and salsa.
  9. Corraleno

    Jayme Closs found alive

    There is no evidence that she was complicit in any way, shape or form. She says she didn't know him at all, and she told the people who found her that she did not know what town she was in. Police have confirmed that she was targeted by the suspect and they do not think she was involved at all.
  10. Corraleno

    What's with IKEA? Holy cow!

    I would definitely just go get the bedding and towels at Target, not only because it's faster but because the quality is a lot better. I love Ikea, but I think a lot of their textiles are not very good — the sheets are not cotton, and the towels are very thin. Target has nice, inexpensive 100% cotton sheets and thick towels. As other people have mentioned, Ikea subcontracts their delivery to random local companies and I've read too many horror stories about delivery, so I always go in person. If sailordude can spare a day off, I would have him go to Ikea in person to sort out the missing bed pieces and get a refund for the missing items. Ideally, he should try to get there before they open so he is one of the first in line, because you can easily wait a few hours for help if you get there later in the day. But at least if he is there in person, they can give him the missing pieces and the refund on the spot. (And of course take a print out of the order with him.)
  11. Corraleno

    Need chapstick recommendation

    I love all the Burts Bees balms (except the one with peppermint oil), and I've found that the most moisturizing one is the Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter, with the silver lid. It has kokum butter, cocoa butter, and shea butter, and it's more oily/buttery and less waxy than the other BB balms. It's also unflavored. That's the one I grab if my lips are really chapped, otherwise I just use one of the flavored balms (favs are Coconut & Pear, Vanilla Bean, Pink Grapefruit, and Pumpkin Spice).
  12. Corraleno

    Article: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    It feels like a lot of the response to millennial complaints is almost... spiteful. Like "Oh, you thought that if you worked hard and got a good education, you'd have a good job, a stable income, and a good life? Hahaha! If y'all weren't so entitled and naive you'd have known that life sucks! It always sucks, for almost everyone, throughout history. Phhhhtt — such snowflakes." And at the same time, anyone whose life hasn't been particularly difficult and sucky, and who did reap the rewards of hard work (in a very different economy) look at them and go "Hey, if I did it, then obviously you can do it, too! I put myself through college with a summer job, and I worked 40 years for the same company, and now I'm retired on a good pension with a vacation home. You just need to stop whining and work harder!" As if the fact that wages have not remotely kept up with the COL, especially educational and medical expenses, is NBD.
  13. Corraleno

    Article: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    But for Boomers like me, it wasn't a fib, and I think that's one of the reasons millennials are so ticked off. For a lot of people — many of them parents of millennials — college and hard work was a way out of poverty, and their children expected that if they worked even harder and got even more education than their parents then they should at least be able to achieve the same standard of living.
  14. Corraleno

    Article: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    I was a poor kid (really poor before my mother remarried), and the thing is that for Boomers like me, this wasn't a myth. I did put myself through college and I did escape from poverty. And even my siblings who didn't go to college still ended up owning their own homes and have had a much higher standard of living than what we grew up with. But now, for many many people, the situation is reversed, and people who grew up in middle class or even working class families are realizing they may never achieve their own parents' standard of living, let alone improve on it.
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