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  1. Choc. joking!!! the answer is Justus.
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  2. Thanks. It is a big deal. When I was a new hire, I was straight up told that I would probably never achieve the level I was at currently, let alone the one I just got promoted to. So big middle finger to those old guys.
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  3. If Boebert loses I take full credit. Right now the margin is like 70 votes. I sent out a reminder to vote in my newsletter and told students to remind their parents to vote and I offered to cover any staff duty so they could drop off their ballot. That has to be worth 70 votes. Your welcome America.
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  4. Hate to say it, but yeah... putting a 92 year old through withdrawal might kill her.
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  5. Soooo this more a memory I treasure but still happens food wise. My step-mom had to feed like eleventy billion kids for breakfast in the morning when we'd spend the night there at her house before my Dad married. For me it was early morning cartoons like GI Joe and breakfast taco which were basically tortillas with scrambled eggs, cheese and cut up hot dogs and potatoes. IT WAS SO GOOD WITH HOTSAUCE and morning cartoons. OMG. Best way to start out a school day. Now it's just depressing news.
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  6. When I was about 4, somebody bought me plastic "wigs"-one gold, one silver and one bronze. We looked like Star Trek characters with those things on our heads and it triggered a life-long love of and obsession with metallics, especially gold.
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  7. I dressed up as Alan Quartermain for Halloween but everyone thought I was Indiana Jones. Idiots.
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  8. I voted! F Greg Abbott.
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  10. At the school I support, we had a Dreamcatcher graduation ceremony for Native American women who are learning to be business leaders. I was able to see a Navajo Feather Dancer dance in order to open the ceremony. It was really interesting.
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  11. For me, it's classic Loony Tunes. I'm in my 40's, and I'm just as entertained watching Loony Tunes now as I was when I was a kid in primary school. I recently started collecting these on DVD. I haven't watched these in I don't know how long, but I recently came across a 6-volume DVD set in the video section of Barnes & Noble, and it revived my interest. I have three more volumes to go. Each volume is over 6 hrs long. I'm super excited about it, but I probably won't watch these right away. I plan on saving them for a rainy day.
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  12. I wish the candidates' minions would come take their stupid damn signs away.
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  13. I'd definitely be happy with Buttegieg. He's just so even keeled and almost unruffleable.
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  14. In retrospect, somebody in their mid 20s is totally a child hahaha
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  15. I'm not into collecting stuff like I used to be, but I still love Star Wars (the original trilogy) almost as much as I did when I was a kid. And I love dragons and cats and doing arts and crafts. I kinda miss Saturday morning cartoons. That was the day to look forward to, no school, no chores (or very few) and the whole morning to just laze around and watch cartoons and kids' shows!
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  16. I actively collect various toy lines from when I was a kid. I may not have big wars or stories going on with them anymore, but I'm just as happy every time I get a new one as I would be at 7. In fact, I'm going to a toy show this weekend.
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  17. There should be a special award for picking a person who dies twice
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  18. I went over to JacobE's the Friday before Halloween so I got to see his awesome kids in their awesome costumes (Spiderman and Edward Scissorhands, which I misgendered as Freddie Kruger). It was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good!
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  19. People here is San Antonio pack into cars and go to certain zip codes to trick or treat. So I just get the same two or three each year that live in the complex before they head out. One of my friends goes all out and every year her house makes the local news. https://www.expressnews.com/lifestyle/article/Halloween-trick-or-treaters-flock-to-San-Antonio-15650850.php#photo-20114418 so I usually go after work and hang out drinking beer and celebrating as it’s also their wedding anniversary. So we eat sushi and drink beers
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  20. Oh, I'm not actually worried. It's widely considered to be the best elementary school in the district (E's is a close second and it's literally within spitting distance). It's just an older building, but I think the school culture will be better for her. I was very impressed with the school counselor who very much understood that Q needed a quick campus tour to feel better about this transfer, and from talking to her and a few other parents on our block, the school seems to be very focused on incusivity and meeting kids where they are (i.e. our 2nd grade neighbor sometimes gets roaming paraeducator help even though he doesn't qualify for services). And honestly, I think they will be much more respectful of her 504 plan (counselor is also the 504 coordinator). She has to go back to public school eventually, and I think waiting until high school with be a big culture shock for her. Our local school is also K-6, and I think she will benefit from an extra year of elementary instead of jumping into all the awkwardness of middle school.
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  21. So apparently not only did we all think he was already dead, it turns out he's still alive.
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  22. me and lyra been walking around the last two days saying KING CHALLLLLLLS in our most ridiculous, fakest, most terrible english accent the last two days and we can't stop laughing about it. no R at all.
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  23. So I have always prided myself on being organized and generally having my "isht" together. I'm not sure if it's COVID or if it's society in general, but lately I'm struggling because everyone around me seems to be disorganized and its making my life a hot mess, and now I'm doubting my own abilities. So in the past week, we've had: - A package containing my in-laws' lifetime National Park pass (which is apparently not something you can get anymore) not getting delivered to us before they left town. We spent probably 6 hours on the phone with FedEx over 2 days getting this package re-routed, and along the way no one gave us the same answer twice and it was generally a disaster. It once again missed them at the 2nd vacation house because they sent it back to Memphis instead of putting it on a truck to drive 2 hours east. - We were assessed late fees for our daughter's first tuition payment due 7/1. A month ago, the school announced they were transitioning to a new payment system and please go sign up by a certain date. I did, and even have a confirmation email with the details of the payment plan, which checking account number they were pulling from, etc. It turns out they auto-signed my husband up a few days later and decided his account was the primary, which had no information for payment nor a plan selected. We are not the only family this happened to. Apparently they've waived the late fees but they still want me to use this rogue account that I never set up, and meanwhile, I can't access the account that I set up, because the school never approved it. - We are having air conditioning installed today. Yesterday when we were in Central Washington, a 2 hour drive, an electrician rang our doorbell saying he was there for the pre-work. We had people come out to our house 2 weeks prior to check out the installation and this was never mentioned, nor would we have agreed to it because we already cut our vacation short to get back in time for this instead of having to wait until November. Prior to this, we initially contacted the company in January, they came out in February, gave us a quote, we said yes we will take this option, and then radio silence for months while I tried to contact them to ask them to send over paperwork. The front office asked me to contact the guy who came out, and then when I called a month later to say the guy still hadn't been in contact despite reaching out via phone, text, and email, the person we talked to admitted the guy had left. Then they said they couldn't get us in until November as we were ready to sign on the dotted line. When I pitched a fit because our Costco membership is going to expire in August, and we specifically upgraded knowing we were going to drop a bunch of money on this during this year, they found us a cancelation for this week, but we had to leave Central WA last night at 9pm so we could be here for the 9 AM install. Yesterday no one would call us back to tell us what the plan was today since they said they had no electrician today. I called back the person who called me at 4pm to ask if they had a status update, but the girl said this was her personal phone and she wasn't at work anymore, so call the office. So I left a message, no response. This morning an electrician rang the doorbell at 8:30 AM. Super nice guy, but he also said he had no pictures and no information about our unit, and didn't even know what gauge wires to run, so he's coming back later today. But on the bright side they are here and it looks like they are getting it done, although they've run into a few issues already because it sounds like the estimators don't know what they're doing. I think there's one more but I'm just so exhausted I can't even today. I just feel like everything is a disaster lately, and I'm exhausted by it. I don't have time to triple-check everyone and nag everyone along. I took on a lead job at work almost 2 years ago, and even though this is the 3rd time I've done this, it's so overwhelming because once again, I feel like no one has their crap together and several people seemed to expect me and clean up the mess without addressing the systematic issues. So I've just given up and told people I'm not a babysitter or a secretary, and I expect grown men to be able to adult. And with all of these issues, I feel like all these people/companies are trying to gaslight me and tell me they contacted me and told me this or that and they did not. Or they refuse to do what seems like a simple ask. I get it, no one wants to work anymore, which is really no one wants to take a crappy job for crappy pay and deal with irate customers. But I feel like society is angry and falling apart and taking me down with it. Am I the only one feeling like this or is this happening everywhere?
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  24. We completely forgot to get candy to give out this year because we didn’t do it the past two years due to the pandemic and we have had a lot going on recently, so it didn’t occur to us to buy any until we went out on our walk early in the evening. We made sure to turn out the lights anywhere near the front door. However, we still had someone ring our doorbell later in the evening. We just completely ignored it, so I was initially worried we might get an egg or two thrown our way, but fortunately that didn’t happen.
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  25. We have some neighbors that sit out in the driveway with fire pits if the rain isn't too bad. We live on a very long cul-de-sac with a lot of greenbelt along one side, so we don't get many people who think the trek is worth it. I think we had 4 pieces of candy left. FINE.
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  26. uh yeah big on Brad's side there called it quits after two hours and gave out the vast majority of our candy. I'd call it a success, though learned that next year we need more lighting for everyone to know we're giving out candy. we're at an awkward spot, we're on a corner lot, with a park on the side of the street our front door is facing, so the only other super close house is directly across the street. I was set up with an umbrella, decorations, a huge bowl of candy, and a playlist going, so we got some good traffic, but not as much as we could have had there been more lights.
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  27. My kids came home with a stupid amount of candy. My husband found out that I had no candy because I try to give out non-food items because allergies and picked up 2 damn bags on the way home. He is convinced our house will get egged if we don't.
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  28. We went for a brief walk around the neighborhood early in the evening and saw some young kids out trick or treating with their parents. One of our neighbors ors had a bunch of decorations and relatives or friends dressed up as vampires for people to take photos with. It was a nice atmosphere, which was great to see. It would have been even better if the church just down the street wasn’t blasting music with heavy bass for hours on end even before their trunk or treat event started, but clearly nothing can be done about that.
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  29. Best costume I’ve had so far tonight was Sauron, with Michael Jackson second. TBH I didn’t care much about costumes, kids of various ages having a wholesome time was all that mattered. Some might not have been dressed at all, but who cares.
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  30. I better see some cute kid pics on Facebook, people. Q is going to be Amelia Earhart and E is some weird ninja from Terraria but I just bought him a Costco ninja costume and that's plenty of effort from me.
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  31. It’s 5pm and I’m on beer number four. Kids will be going out and I’ll be setting up shop to hand out candy. Planned ahead and took tomorrow off work cuz I’ve found going into that office with even a slight hangover doesn’t really work out for me.* *I mean it only happened twice, but it was enough. Workday drinking is rare anyway
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  32. Anyone check out these shorts yet? There are 6 episodes about 15 minutes each. Three are centered on Ahsoka, three on Dooku. I have to say I thought the 3 Dooku episodes were maybe by favorite Star Wars animation ever. Just really good stuff. Dooku always seemed like such a character with so much potential, the idea he was truly doing what he felt was right and maybe even was mostly right but he just goes too far in his tactics. This leans into that some. although obviously still has to have him be in league with Palpatine at the end.
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  33. I think her school is driving that anxiety on purpose to raise funds for new fancy shit that they don't need so they can brag about how superior they are. I think she will be perfectly safe on campus, but I admit it's kind of a stupid design for a Pacific Northwest school. E's school is a more secure campus, and mostly indoor. In all honesty she may just prefer that it's a more modern campus. Charter schools really aren't a thing in our area. I know they are in Florida, but they sometimes aren't well managed.
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  34. I didn't hit the heart to "like" this, but to send love in sympathy.
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  35. Well we finally pulled the trigger and notified the school that Q is withdrawing at the end of next week and returning to public school after another meltdown Thursday night. Her teacher's my way or the highway attitude is causing her anxiety to go through the roof, and the Mean Girl stuff isn't being addressed by the administration. When other kids accuse Q of ridiculous stuff, the principal has badgered her to "just admit it so we can move on". No "let's hear your side", they've already decided she is guilty. Principal won't even call me, she sends an automated email. And Q has moved from being sad to angry, which isn't a good place. Teacher kept her in from recess earlier this week because she was doodling after finishing her math work early and told her that she was being disrespectful. And then yesterday she got out of line on the way back from gym to snag a drink from the water fountain, so the teacher made the entire class walk all the way back down the stairs and back up. I don't get the bizarre power tripping and I don't appreciate her using peer shaming to get a kid with anxiety to comply. So yesterday I pulled her out a few hours early and we visited the local public school. It didn't go as well as I hoped. It's an older building with a very California campus feel. Her school is running their 2nd security fundraiser campaign in 5 years because they've run out of shit to fundraise for, so she felt very insecure and unsafe on such an open campus. There are only 2 5th grade classes of 29 students and one of those classes is a combined 5/6 class. It's not ideal. She said she would prefer to go to E's school. In some ways this would be more convenient for us and honestly, really good for E because he wouldn't be on the bus (that part is a little less convenient for me in some ways but more convenient than hanging around another hour to drop Q off at school). I emailed the principal to ask if it's even possible on short notice (I do hear that the district will allow this to keep families together). All I can do is ask, right? And worst case they say no. Last night, I felt like Q was finally relaxed, and I asked if she was relieved and she said yes. I admittedly think this week is going to be a rough one. The school is going to be pissed because I put a stop payment on the tuition withdrawal (1st of the month), and we are overpaid by more than a month because they make you pay ahead, and I know they are going to try to fight to keep that money. I am also concerned that her teacher and administration is going to pull her aside to ask why, and they need to just leave her alone and talk to me instead of setting her off. I am concerned that all of this trauma is making her more easily provoked and her last week will be awful. If so, I'm prepared to keep her home.
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  36. That whole Laurie-Michael showdown at the end just felt like an add-on and out of place in this film.
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  37. Ugh. I feel so bad for my car. I need to drive it like it's a paid off car and be careful but instead last night I was on a curvy road and suddenly there was a median and I hit the curb of it head on because I didn't react in time. If you're going to put up some dumb median paint it so it stands out. My hubcap popped off and I am sure I probably broke something else that will crop up later but man, a Toyota can take a beating. It is still running and nothing leaked under the car over night. I can tell my alignment is off. I need/want to enjoy a paid off car for much longer but at the rate I drive... I was so mad at myself last night.
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  38. We picked up the truck on Friday. They gave us less than 1/4 of a tank of gas and forgot to put on the temporary plates and had to email them to us Saturday. Eff that place. We filled up and it was over $125 because it's a 30 gallon tank. However, so far we are doing about 25% of the miles as electric, so that's not too shabby considering we drove quite a few highway miles this weekend. The GPS system through Android Auto is not so great. The warnings are way too late and we drove all over West Seattle because my husband kept missing turns. But he's also driving super cautious because it is a BOAT and requires a lot of stopping distance. Looking at the now published towing capacity, the Lightning was never going to work out anyway. Max towing of 10,000 lbs is based on tons of upgrades.
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  39. In case anyone was wondering, the car buying experience still sucks. We spent 9 to 3 driving around to dealerships trying to test drive a car. At the first one, I had an email saying it was still in stock. Got there and it was gone, sold the night before. So they said they would open up a new one for us to look at. Then they couldn't find the keys. Turns out someone had the keys in their pocket and took them home. So then they had to track down another car. We spent an hour dealing with this nonsense. Then the guy had to go find a business card, and he was out. It was such a disaster, there's no way I would trust that dealership to put in an order for us. Next we tried another dealership about 15 miles away. Same story, car was sold last night. At least the guy figured it out quickly, like within 15 minutes. Then we went to lunch before driving back home to drop off the bicycle in my car and drive 2 cars to the next dealership knowing that we only had about an hour until we had to split up to pick up kids. They found the truck and as we were looking through it, someone else decided to buy it. So then we couldn't test drive it. They did finally manage to find one we could test drive. By that time, the deal fell through on the one we really wanted. Looking back at my last car buying experience in this thread though, it also took them forever to get their act together at the dealership. Car buying is actually worse than buying a home, IMO.
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  40. I still have my small 4 door Audi A4--It is nearly 10 years old with nearly 80k miles and I love it. It has enough space for 2 large car seats, decent trunk space, and despite being a 4 cylinder it has excellent power, acceleration, and gas mileage even in the mountains. Plus--it is too old to have touch screen controls, it has the dial. I HATE touch screen! That reason alone is enough for me to drive the car as long as I can. Cup holders are sparse--and the ones I have are pretty small. One is so small it is unusable--perhaps a subtle way for European cars to shame us Americans with our oversized drinks. My kids car seats have more that the rest of the car put together.
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  41. Going to admit that my Volvo is lacking in cupholders. I think there are 4 total. It really does need more. My Highlander had like 8, more than people seated. Sometimes you need a water bottle and a coffee, for multiple people.
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  42. I would kill for a minivan! Cargo space, cup holders, doors that can't slam into other cars, mucho seating for hauling around children and teenagers...*sigh*. I would kill for a minivan.
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  43. As someone who works an IT job in higher education, I have definitely noticed since covid an increase in customers being harder to deal with. Some are in a hurry, others could solve their own issue if they put 2 brain cells together, and others are just plain grumpy. I have also noticed that since covid, no one where I work wants to come to the office anymore and demand to work from home at least 2-3 days a week. Now, this could be that some folks just got used to working from home under lockdown, but it has been almost 1.5 years now that we have been back to the office, or at least for many of my colleagues and I, it has. I have also noticed that people in public are impatient and downright rude, or drive crazier. People, whether you are talking about customers or even people providing service, seem more impatient, and less inclined to do anything more than just enough work to not get fired, let alone go the extra mile. There is certainly a zeitgeist of anger in the air, and it seems nationwide. Edit: I always try to do my best at work, but I have also been going through a rough couple of years personally as well as at work, and noticed that I feel burned out at my job, which is why I am starting a new one soon. It is still for the same university (lateral transfer so I keep my salary and pension), but working on a different college and a campus closer to home, and I believe it will be less stress on me in the grand scheme of things.
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  44. No, I didn't make it up the last time. I had a 10k run on the very last day of the season and I think it was pretty warm the day before, so I figured Alpental would be a mess. So my new skis are sitting there unused. But I guess they are ready to go and I prepaid for Q's season rental (only $99 because I prepaid), so as soon as they are ready to take her I am getting her in for that gear so she gets first pick.
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  45. So, the Girl Trip this year was mostly business for me since my parents' death. Mom passed on December 6th, so now, I own a condo in Florida. (Let me know if you want a cheap vacation in Seminole 4 miles from the beach). I haven't been through probate yet and now I have to file not only my own but my Mom's taxes. Anyway, I had their ashes scattered together from a little plane. My Dad had been a pilot in the Air Force and it was his wish-my Mom just wanted to be with him. They took pics and video for me and it was very emotional, unexpectedly. The whole package had to be biodegradable so it was just a bag with the ashes in it. But something unexpected happened. The ashes just hung in mid-air, like a small cloud until they disappeared. I had expected them to just dissipate immediately but they didn't. The pilot made almost a full circle around them before they were gone. My Dad's ashes were dark grey-my Mom's looked like sand and you can even make out the two different colors for a few seconds. It was such an emotional moment! I don't know why, but "Moondance" ran through my head the first time I watched the video, even though it was a beautiful, sunny day. I "saw" them dance together on the wind. It gave me a great sense of closure. Now, I have to go through all my Mom's stuff and that just seems impossible. But for a few minutes, I flet okay about their deaths.
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  46. Of course, now I'm home, I question everything I did, but this moment is still good by itself. I know exactly what each of them wanted and I was able to make that happen. I can't believe how much that means to me. Someone on Facebook recently brought this up and let me echo and expand; if your people are still alive, make sure you say everything you need to say, ask all the questions you have and get as many pics with them as possible. Some day it'll all be incredibly important to you.
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