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    * raises hand * I don't know whether to be...

    * raises hand * I don't know whether to be disappointed so many people missed the reference or happy that people actually read my posts. :confused:

    I was raised to not waste things. Regardless of...
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    :+1:

    :+1:
  3. Thanks for posting that, AustinKat. It's nice to...

    Thanks for posting that, AustinKat. It's nice to see "the other side" represented thoughtfully.
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    Oh, and to answer the question of when the...

    Oh, and to answer the question of when the "victim mentality" goes away, it will go away when those nominally in charge are no longer threatened by non-factors like the color of someone's skin, or...
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    Sorry. I don't participate in the Public Policy...

    Sorry. I don't participate in the Public Policy forum anymore.


    And this is exactly why. The Public Policy forum here (on most any site, really) seems to be where reality goes to die. Ideology...
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    Belated March Frugals

    March 4 and no Frugals thread?

    Recent stuff for us:
    - During the Olympics we broke down and ordered an HD converter cable box for the TV. The default Comcast signal is just a waste of an HD TV....
  7. Thread: non talkers

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    You may not be her therapist, but you are...

    You may not be her therapist, but you are entitled to set your own boundaries.


    The first thing you need to do in such situations is to disrupt the flow. My experience with Olympic-class talkers...
  8. I don't believe this has been posted here before....

    I don't believe this has been posted here before. It probably could use an "extrovert" counterpoint. But I thought it rang fairly true: How To Live With Introverts
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    Frankly, the "I got mine" mentality sickens me....

    Frankly, the "I got mine" mentality sickens me. So many of those who hold that view have been lucky from the get-go -- born of the majority race/religion/ethnicity, not visibly handicapped, typically...
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    Like several others, Wikipedia is a starting...

    Like several others, Wikipedia is a starting point for me. Oftentimes, it's enough ("Who produced that album?" "What is that food and how do you cook it?"). More knowledge requires more searching.
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    Paul, thank you for creating this thread; it's an...

    Paul, thank you for creating this thread; it's an excellent question and I'm very pleased to see the participation!

    I think catherine made an excellent point:



    For people who are just...
  12. Thread: Ice coming

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    No ice coming here. Not today, anyway. Just...

    No ice coming here. Not today, anyway. Just wind-chill temperatures of -25 F.

    Even the ice doesn't want to come here anymore....

    Stay safe, y'all.
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    I guess I would say first that balance, like a...

    I guess I would say first that balance, like a marriage, is rarely 50/50 or 33/33/33 or 20/20/20/20/20... Some things come in their own seasons. If my work requires a 12-14 hour grind in one day to...
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    Here...

    Here you go. I haven't used these instructions personally, but they look right. It's at least a starting point for figuring out the parts you need to look at. Note the author's conclusion at the...
  15. There is no fervor like that of the newly...

    There is no fervor like that of the newly converted.
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    Cypress, did you check the water level in the...

    Cypress, did you check the water level in the tank before the flush? And is it your sense that the toilet is filling slower than it used to?
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    A friend of mine rents some of his farmland to...

    A friend of mine rents some of his farmland to growers who then take their produce to the local farmer's market. I was there at harvest time last year while he was collecting bushels of tomatoes...
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    Do these folks also have big beautiful kitchens...

    Do these folks also have big beautiful kitchens in which they never cook? :)
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    I know that. You know that. But, very obviously,...

    I know that. You know that. But, very obviously, many people don't.

    The apocryphal "welfare queen" incited many low-information Americans to believe that giving anyone a helping hand was...
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    I think it's truer than you know. DW is a social...

    I think it's truer than you know. DW is a social worker and a former poor single mother herself. She very readily understands the mentality that money in life is uncertain, so if you have money and...
  21. +1. I'm not sure there ever was a stage in my...

    +1. I'm not sure there ever was a stage in my life during which I felt I needed to approach the world in a plums-out swagger. And I don't find it terribly interesting in others -- particularly since...
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    I'm guessing there are no other slow-draining...

    I'm guessing there are no other slow-draining lines in your house? If the toilet line is clogged enough to not let waste be flushed down, then a plunger (a decent one; this is a case in which you get...
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    I've done the bottle-upside-down thing and cut...

    I've done the bottle-upside-down thing and cut them open, too. Darned if I'm buying into that little game! :)
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    Epazote is supposed to ease the -- umm --...

    Epazote is supposed to ease the -- umm -- percussive after-effects of eating lots of beans. I'm sure I've tasted it in Mexican restaurants, but I've never used it myself. I find the characterization...
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    The member of my family who requires full-time...

    The member of my family who requires full-time care has a steady parade of PCAs (Personal Care Assistants) going through the house. These folks are great people with family member and are dedicated...
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