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  1. The limit for liquids is 100 ml (3.4 ounces) for each item. Many roll-on deodorants are just over the limit — for example, Ban unscented roll-on is 103 ml/3.5 oz, and I have actually had TSA confiscate that. The Mitchum unscented is 3.4 oz if he prefers roll-on. Most stick deodorants are under 3 oz, so if he uses a stick it won't be an issue, but he should pack it with the liquids in the one allowed quart-sized zip-lock, because TSA can consider it a "paste" and the rule applies to all liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes. So toothpaste, hair gel, shaving cream, etc., would all have to fit in the quart-sized bag. I have even seen TSA confiscate things like peanutbutter and yogurt because they are the same consistency as "cream or paste" and the containers were over 3.4 oz! (Once when I had to travel internationally 2 days after emergency dental surgery, I had to leave all my toiletries at home and fill my one allowed zip-lock baggie with tubes of applesauce, since I couldn't eat the usual snacks on the plane!) If Allegiant doesn't serve snacks, I would pack a couple of granola bars or Cliff bars or something. Bring a water bottle to fill up once he gets past security. A small portable phone charger (like this) is useful too, since people tend to use their phones for playing games, listening to music, or watching movies on planes, and if the flight is delayed or diverted, or the person meeting him is running late or whatever, the last thing you need is a dead phone.
  2. My 6s Plus is 3 years old and I hope to get at least another 12-18 months out of it. I think that's how long my previous phone lasted; 4 years seems to be about how long Apple supports each model with updates. As expensive as iPhones are, I would be unhappy with less than 4 years — you could get a new Moto G every year for almost the same cost as an iPhone spread over 4 years. But my laptop and desktop are Macs, so I'm willing to pay the premium to have all my files, notes, calendars, contacts, etc., synced perfectly/instantly on all my devices.
  3. Apple launched iOS 13 yesterday, and apparently it will work on a 6s, but not 6 or earlier. I assume they will drop the 6s with the iOS 14 update next year.
  4. So you were up late and wanted to use the computer, even though you believe screens disrupt sleep — isn't that basically the same thing your DD did? She was awake late, noticed the laptop was left out, and decided to watch make up tutorials for a bit until she fell asleep. And she was already asleep while you were up and looking for the computer, so it doesn't seem to have affected her too badly. Maybe it would make sense to loosen the restrictions a bit, at least over the summer?
  5. I have a 6s+ that I bought new and which still works perfectly, but Apple is supposed to release iOS 13 tomorrow, and there is some debate as to whether the 6s will be included or not, so at the very least I wouldn't buy one until that's known. Even if it's included in the iOS 13 release, it will almost certainly be dropped from the iOS 14 release in 2020, so I would only buy it with the expectation of getting maybe 2 years use out of it. If you're willing to go with an Android phone, my son has a Moto G5 Plus and loves it. It had rave reviews and was the "budget choice" (under $200) on all the tech websites. Costco currently sells an unlocked G6 for $150, and the G6 Plus is around $210 on Amazon. If I didn't need an iPhone that's what I'd get.
  6. My drivers license and passport both include my middle name, but I never include it on airline tickets. That has never been a problem on a single flight, and I fly quite a lot (probably ~100 or so domestic flights and ~20 international flights in the last 7 or 8 years). However, I did have a problem once when my name was misspelled on the reservation for an international flight (think Ann vs Anne or Suzi vs Suzy). The error was actually the fault of someone at EF Tours, who "helpfully" corrected what they assumed was a misspelling, but I was still stuck paying additional fees to have the ticket cancelled and reissued because they told me that even a 1-letter difference in the spelling of what was obviously the same name would prevent me from flying internationally.
  7. Have you worn all three, and if so can you compare them? I've tried on SO many different brands and styles of shoes in the past five years and cannot seem to find anything that works for me except New Balance and Keen — literally ALL of my shoes and sandals are those two brands. It never occurred to me to try Birks (and I had no idea they made shoes as well as sandals), so if those three brands all fit the same type of foot well, then I will definitely try them out.
  8. Another vote for REA and InstantCert. Those are what my son used, and they are the resources that seem to be recommended by pretty much everyone everywhere. The InstantCert forums are very helpful, and well worth the $20/month.
  9. A lot of people have trouble remembering irregular, one-off tasks, and college students are often juggling so many different tasks and deadlines that I would totally cut him some slack. The part of tuition that I am responsible for, I pay myself, I don't ask DS to handle those payments on top of his scholarship stuff. And I provide him with plenty of reminders about other things, too — I don't see the point in punishing someone for being forgetful. I used to be naturally very organized and always 100% on top of things, but once I hit my 50s my brain seems to have transitioned from "steel trap" to "sieve," and I certainly appreciate it when others cut me some slack when I forget something.
  10. A few years ago I bought a bunch of different books on CBT and believe it or not the one I thought was the best — with clear explanations and actionable recommendations — was Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dummies. There is a coordinated workbook and journal too, but they seemed superfluous to me because the explanations and step-by-step suggestions in the book were sufficient on their own. I've actually bought several copies of this book, because I keep giving them away. Both of my kids have read it and found it helpful. It's cheap, straightforward, and effective.
  11. They are underground here; the neighborhood was built in the late 70s, but I don't know if the lines were buried later. The last place we lived (different state) they were buried on our street, but there were some neighborhoods that still had poles on the street. When we lived in the UK they were on the other side of the road, with a line running to the house, but the house was set back from the road, so the lines were not very visible. I definitely prefer the lines being buried, for both safety and aesthetic reasons, but if buried lines were not an option in an area I needed to live, it would still make a big difference to me whether the lines were on the street or in the backyard. Most people don't spend a lot of time in their front yard, so they're not as much of an eyesore. Having them behind the house, where I would be staring at them through all the back windows as well as any time I was outside, would be a deadbreaker for me. And the fact that the lines in those photos are not only behind the house, they actually run right through the backyard would be a double nope for me. I don't want to be sitting (or gardening or playing catch or whatever) directly under power lines, and I would be seriously worried about storms.
  12. I had really strong synesthesia as a child, and I can distinctly remember being 4 or 5 years old and telling my parents the colors of various numbers, letters, words, days of the week, etc. — and getting really frustrated that they were "pretending" they didn't see the colors. I just assumed everyone saw things that way and I was mad that they were teasing me by pretending they didn't! Sadly, the synesthesia significantly faded over time, and now I rarely see colors like that. Mostly it's confined to music now, not words or numbers.
  13. Definitely a dealbreaker for me. And even if I wasn't personally worried about them, I would be concerned about resale value, because I know it would be a dealbreaker for many other people.
  14. When we first moved back to the States from the UK 15 years ago, we were looking for a horse property in a very specific area. Every property we looked at either had a really small house that wouldn't work for us, or it had a huge McMansion that we didn't like and couldn't afford anyway. Finally we found a property with amazing horse facilities and a small house right on the edge of the property, and we were able to convince the owner to subdivide it and sell us the part with the horse facilities and then sell the house (with a half-acre) separately. The realtor said she had clients who had been looking for a house in that area for ages and hadn't been able to find anything they could afford, and she thought they would jump at the chance to buy the house. Seller agreed and even lowered the price a bit on the house so these other buyers could afford it. Once the surveyor marked the new property line, we all (seller, realtor, us, house buyer) walked the property line so everyone was on the same page. Since we knew it would be about 6 months before we were able to move from the UK, the guy who bought the house asked us if he could use the barn and paddocks on our part of the property while he built his own, and in return he would look after the property while we were gone and keep the paddocks cleared, etc. So we said sure. Then he asked if he could use some of the scrap metal that was in a pile behind the barn to build a pipe stall and again we said fine. Fast forward six months. We arrive at the property and discover the paddocks are full of weeds and manure, there are two old (nonfunctional) vehicles on the property, the barn is padlocked with two huge dogs locked inside, and instead of using the scrap metal we agreed to, the guy actually dismantled two full pipe stalls and reassembled them on his property. Once we were able to get inside the barn, it was full of dog feces and dozens of trash bags, many of which had been ripped open by the dogs. Instead of apologizing for the state of things and offering to clean it up, the guy complained that we hadn't paid him to look after the property! He asked if we were planning to put up a fence, and when we said yes, he threatened to file a lawsuit to block it because it would ruin his view — of our property. 😳 He claimed that he got screwed in the real estate deal (in fact he bought his house below market, and didn't have to compete with other buyers because it was never publicly listed), and complained that since his friends and family all thought he owned the whole property, we were "humiliating" him by putting up a fence, because it would be obvious how small his property really was. We heard from several neighbors that for years he continued to tell people that he "intended" to buy the whole property but we somehow tricked him and screwed him out of it. The whole thing was so bizarre. 😳
  15. I can only imagine the responses if the situation were flipped and someone posted about a 21 year old woman they were close to who wanted to move out of a home she shared with a husband or boyfriend. The guy doesn't want her to drive, tries to keep her from getting access to documents that would allow her to get a license or a passport or even enroll in school without his permission, he sometimes physically restrains her from leaving the house when she wants to leave, he insists that the other people in her life who love and care for her are wrong and controlling and only he has her best interests at heart, now he's trying to force her to move farther away from her support network, to where she would be even more dependent on him, and he's threatening to get rid of her possessions and pets if she moved out. Who's first instinct is going to be worrying about the poor heartbroken hubby? Hey, maybe he's a really nice guy who genuinely has her best interests at heart, and maybe he has good reason for wanting to isolate her from friends and family, and maybe he's hiding her documents because he knows what's best for her. The fact that she hasn't left him yet proves he can't be all bad — after all, he drives her where she wants to go (assuming it's within a distance that's acceptable to him), and he provides her with food, and when she needs to show ID he goes with her to show the documents and then immediately hides them again — for her own good, of course. Red flags are still red flags, even when it's the parents who are waving them.
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