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  1. We celebrated our son being one month old today. Side note: All mentions of him have been purposefully kept off Facebook.
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  2. Thanks! The first two weeks, especially, were very tough, but we pushed through them. It didn’t help that we didn’t have everything we would need, in part because he got here two weeks before his due date, but also because there were some things we just didn’t expect to need until he was older. It is nice. It to have to run out to Walmart or Target at least once per day anymore. fortunately, my wife's parents have also been staying with us to help us out with a lot of things. This would have been so much harder without them here. My parents came out, too, for a while, which was also good.
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  3. 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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  4. Choc. joking!!! the answer is Justus.
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  5. Oh no! This happened to me too. I know exactly how to help! I can get you all your money back plus the shoes themselves. It’s very simple. All you need to do is send me twenty thousand dollars, cash, by direct courier. Mortgage the house, sell a kidney, whatever, don’t worry, you’ll get every penny back + interest. The important thing is you have to do this immediately. You can’t wait. Or else!
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  6. Hate to say it, but yeah... putting a 92 year old through withdrawal might kill her.
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  7. 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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  8. So an update, my grandmother has gone into a nice assisted living place with sweet views and round the clock staff. Think they're just keeping her on the opiates but monitoring the levels to keep her safe and happy but not smacked out all the time. Lol.
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  9. GET FUCKING HYPE looks awesome I can’t wait
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  10. Kinda nice those new Chevy commercials play Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere". We'll here her voice for a bit.
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  11. In your defense you were on sleeping pills and booze so inebriation needs to be a considering factor. Prolly a 3 or 4
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  12. I had bariatric sleeve surgery done August 10th, and I’m down almost 90lbs since surgery. I’ve also completely changed my diet. My #1 priority is protein. I focus on getting at least 80 grams a day. I usually get a head start by drinking a premier protein shake which is 30 grams of protein. I’ve never done well with breakfast in the mornings, so a simple protein shake in the morning is best for me. I have a lot of prepped snacks/food ready to go as well. Hard boiled eggs, sliced cheeses, sliced deli meats, Greek yogurt, starkist tuna packets, chicken breasts, etc. I stay away from heavy carbs such as pasta and bread. Getting full before surgery and getting full after surgery is very different. Before, I would still eat after I was full. Now, when I start to get full, that’s my sign that I need to put down the food. Otherwise I get incredibly uncomfortable and if I’m not careful, will throw up whatever I over ate.
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  13. Finally watched this. Thought it was great, the best bit of TV Star Wars yet. (I haven't seen Andor yet). Not really sure what people's complaints are about, there were some hokey effects (like Obi running from the water) but nothing that made me go "wow that looks cheap". I mean, do people remember what the OT special edition looks like?? I think the only time I though this was ridiculous was when Leia was running from her kidnappers in the forest and one of them got stuck on a low lying branch , that was pretty bad.. but I mean, small complaint. All the Vader/Obi stuff was spot on. And sits high amongst some of the best moments in all of Star Wars I think. Star Wars in general is not the sacred cow it used to be to me, so I managed to just watch and enjoy this over two nights. I'm looking forward to Andor now, hope it hasn't been over hyped.
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  14. I felt this show was truly excellent. The first Star Wars show that wasn't "Star Wars Lite" and really felt like something great on it's own. It fulfills the promise of what we were all excited about when Disney bought Lucasfilm. Obviously we all were excited to see Luke, Leia, Han back and the ST. This though fulfills the idea that you can set all different kinds of shows in the Star Wars universe. Im not saying that this is what Star Wars "should be" because I don't think thats the case. There is certainly room for stuff that is more traditional Star Wars with Jedi and the Force and lightsabers. At least there better be cause I love that stuff. This show was just great though.
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  15. Halloween - my little kid was Siren Head. Feel free to Google it and then question my parenting. My oldest didn't really want to dress up, so he went with his 3 younger cousins and brother (3, 4, 6, and 6) in plain clothes and told everyone that he was an "underpaid babysitter begging for sympathy candy". Apparently that was a big hit. My mom, sister, and I stayed behind to give out candy and such. This year we had 3 bowls set out - chocolate candies (Reese's, Milky Way, Snickers, etc.), fruity candies (Baby Bottle Pops, Laffy Taffy rope, Nerds rope, and something else I don't remember), and Rice Krispie Treats. We also had small individual things of scented Play-doh. Kids of all ages went nuts for the Play-doh. The Rice Krispie Treats were the first to empty. The chocolate didn't even get halfway empty. Next year I told my sister I want to have a potato as an option. Kids are wild. Thanksgiving - we're going to my sister's house, and I'm going to help with the cooking so I don't have to be on the clean-up crew. We were all going to see my grandparents in Houston since my grandpa had open heart surgery 2 months ago, but instead, my dad decided to import them to Austin so he can take them out house shopping over the weekend because they need to move up here to be closer to the rest of us. We moved my mom's parents last year, and I swear it added 3-5 years to their lives, so now it's my dad's parents' turn.
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  16. So I have a mechanic friend whose Dad also worked on cars into his 70s. He built a 1946 Chevy Coupe upgraded with a 350 V8 for a customer some 10 years ago, and the owner ended up selling it back to my friend's Dad. The Dad wants to sell it wanting $18,000 for it, but is not getting any bites. It's been sitting for 2 years now, but driven on weekends. I am just in love with this car! I came into an inheritance which I really want to save for retirement, but damn tempting to offer my friend's Dad $15K cash for it! I can't stop thinking about it, actually. Someone stop me! I need someone to reason with me, and give me a reason not to buy, seriously. Here is a pic of a car that looks really close, but has a different shade of red...
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  18. 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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  19. Good news: yesterday I got a promotion that I've been fighting for for a year. Bad news: the two managers most opposed to it were women. FML.
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  20. I have this fifth grade student "T" that isn't necessarily a bully, but is continuously messing with other students and shows zero accountability and ownership. He's one of those kids that if he were at most any other school he would have been beat up a few times. Yesterday at recess I see T run into another student and immediately apologize. I make a big to do and celebrate it--high fiving him, telling him I am proud of him etc. I look over and see the other student upset. I check in on him and he said, "after T apologized he leaned in and whispered, "I am sorry your mom has a big booty".
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  21. I wish the candidates' minions would come take their stupid damn signs away.
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  22. I'd definitely be happy with Buttegieg. He's just so even keeled and almost unruffleable.
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  23. In retrospect, somebody in their mid 20s is totally a child hahaha
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  24. 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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  25. That's the trick to kids who do "stunts" to garner attention. You can't laugh. No matter how hard you want to because it encourages in a positive reinforcement bad way. LOL I learned this the hard way substituting before I got my teaching degree. There was a kid I kept seeing in the same middle school where I was subbing who would do these things that were designed to feed his need for attention. My first time meeting him he came up to me at the start of an English class I was subbing and said Ma'am when I great people I breakdance. He then threw himself at the ground and did the worm and all these kids in class started laughing. I was like that's GREAT and we started out the day but he kept interrupting the the flow of any start of discussion by trying to bring it around to him breakdancing and doing different moves. I had him in a couple of other classes but once I subbed in a class run by an ex military guy who did Texas history and this student informed me he wasn't going to stay in class because Texas history is a lie and was leaving. This kid then proceeded to slide a desk up to the windows along the back wall and tried to crawl out through one of those windows that lift up and out to provide ventilation. He was stuck. The whole of class was enthralled and I was like OH CHRIST I DIDN'T ACT FAST ENOUGH. He was a tubby boy and he got so wedged in that they had to get maintenance to come and take the window out with him in it so they could take it apart and get his tubby ass free. Of course he was wearing basketball shorts and the more he struggled the more his basketball shorts came down a bit until he had a bigger ass crack than a plumber showing. He started making his ass cheeks talk and farting and the class was laughing and we didn't get anything done. I got into so much trouble for letting that happen but I mean I was a sub and we were basically reading outloud not doing anything of value just busy work. But stuff like that fed his ego. He eventually moved on to high school and ended up in On Campus Suspension more times than he was in regular classes because he could never focus and do work. I hear he's a actor/character on the streets of LA now dressing up like a super hero in the Chinese Theater area. His parents have been supporting him.
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  26. I am halfway through. As much as I appreciate the lack of cameos, the most exciting thing for me is the mention of the Rekata. I would love a KOTOR series.
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  27. Just got off the phone with a parent whose kid ate a bunch of tinfoil yesterday and she wants me to monitor his poop. I can't make this shit up.
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  28. LOL sorry that’s not cool but hahahahahaha
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  29. I agree that Trump running 3rd party is best case scenario to split the vote. Trumpers aren't necessarily Republican anymore. Republicans will vote red no matter what. Personally the thought of DeSantis as President makes me think I'm having a stroke. I admittedly wish that Biden would not run for a 2nd term. I mean, I will vote for him over any Republican at this point, but I'm not sure he's going to win over independents. I don't think he's a bad President, either. He's just old and the Democratic party needs to start looking for its new leaders of a younger generation. I don't think Harris is terrible, but they had her bite off more than she could chew coming off the heels of the hot mess Trump administration, and her image has suffered for it. Much as we were all annoyed with Obama's "czars" back in the day, the man knew what he was doing by appointing a leader to a particular problem and telling them to go fix it. Personally I'd love to see Buttegieg, but I'm not sure how gay friendly independents are. I'm having a hard time getting the pulse of independent voters nowadays. Generally I am one of them, but I've realized I'm not the typical independent anymore. This election needs to be able to win over their vote, and I think that means someone a little more moderate with broad appeal.
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  30. Despite the overall success of this election nationwide, the mood in Texas is grim, y'all. So many people in my FB groups are overly worried that Trump is about to announce that's he's running again in 2024. Honestly, I think that's awesome. After this election, I think that it's obvious he won't win and the right knows this now. Best case scenario, they run DeSantis instead and Trump's ego forces him to start his own party to run anyway.
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  31. Dude, if you have a primary care doctor, see if you can get a referral from them. Might get you in faster.
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  32. You may have to get a medical exemption. LOL That's what I think it's called. They have to reasonably accommodate you. But that can backfire too.
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  33. I don't think he's toxic as he has a lot of energy and he's younger than the average Senate representative, it's just his chosen state is nothing but republicans. So the smaller counties that will overwhelming vote GOP screw him. It's shocking that in Uvalde probably the only people who voted for him were victims parents of the Robb school shooting. The county voted GOP all the way more than likely because besides ranchers the whole town is made up of border and state patrol officers who live there. The GOP has managed to make immigration and the dumb wall a overwhelming talking point and gerrymandering won it for them. But they created the mass hysteria and fear. Honestly you're just as safe as you are when Bush and Reagan were president from the illegal immigrants. It's the fact that we're giving them the options they chose to cross illegally with maybe not so cool people who don't want anything but money that's creating the chaos. Which made a cottage industry out of illegal crossings. If we'd work on immigration law so they can come legally I think the border would get a lot safer and not be a nightmare that it's been manufactured to be. But eh, what do I know I only lived in El Paso when my Dad was stationed there and teach in San Antonio. You'll find in bigger cities Beto actually probably won more of the vote. Dan Patrick tried to hit up at least a 100 towns in the last week of campaigning but Beto hit up double or more than that. I would say Beto has been to every town in Texas which is amazing to think about. He actually showed up at my voting site (I missed that by a day as I early voted a day earlier). He was in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and finally El Paso on the last day. He's talked to EVERYONE. He's not just talking to the democrats. He's trying to meet people in the middle but like for almost ALL the democrats running he had to overcome remarks he made about taking ALL the guns away or saying border patrol people on horses whipping Haitian immigrants back across the Rio Grande aren't terrorists. There is rumors his wife may run instead of him next time. And he's going to keep on doing the work to turn Texas blue. I remember when we were without electricity and freezing to death for a week Beto was out knocking on doors asking if he could give a blanket or bottled water and checking to make sure we were okay in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Didn't see my Gov doing that.
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  34. Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
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  35. I agree. Fantastic episode this week. No notes.
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  36. I’ve watched the first six episodes so far, they seem to be 3 episode arcs so I’ve just been enjoying them as little mini movies. I don’t really have any complaints about the show at all. The writing, production values and lack of quota cameos has been bench mark really. In particular I wish other Star Wars shows had as much focus as this one does. But for me personally it’s just not that exciting. I don’t know if that’s just over saturation, if it’s just due to some personal life stuff getting in the way of me being engaged in anything or just that I don’t really associate Star Wars with more mature content. This is just pure personal preference because I know others are really digging it, but that element of it doesn’t work for me. I use Star Wars as pure escapism. No rules and a pretty juvenile universe. When I want the more mature and realistic content, I’ll get into some Expanse or BSG. But for Star Wars I like that it’s just cool for the sake of cool, who cares why. When I go to watch Andor, I know it’ll be good and well done but I’d rather just rewatch the Obi Wan/Vader duel.
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  37. I also submitted a request to evaluate E for autism and also an alternative diagnosis that I think matches better, but would require genetic testing. Unfortunately, this alternative diagnosis is not a pretty one. I don't like going and looking for bad news, but I think we need to figure out what exactly is going on with him.
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  38. Yep, highlight of the week for me. Thoroughly enjoying this show. I read season 2 starts filming later this month - that is supposed to cover the remaining 4 years to Rogue One.
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  39. I haven’t even started yet. I’ll get to it!
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  40. First day of new school tomorrow. I will take prayers, good juju, whatever you got for Q. She is so nervous about making friends. They put her in the all 5th grade class, which I think is better for her socially. She will do fine academically. And new teacher says no homework other than reading for pleasure. I am all about that. Her former school assigned so much busy work that just contributed to stress for us because she had soccer practice, Girl Scouts, or something going on most school nights. E has been having a rough time. Teachers have been out sick, and he's started eloping from class. Principal called me Thursday frustrated as hell and its a good thing it wasn't in person because there might've been hair pulling. Honestly, I'm convinced she is half the problem. She was talking back to him when he was escalated and I told her she wasn't helping and she flipped out. She is a control freak and wants compliance and wants it NOW. This is her 2nd year and while some families like her, I hear through the grapevine that many families do not, and she is a total bureaucrat. Thankfully the school psychologist intervened and helped come up with the rewards plan I have been advocating for all along, but the special education teacher is either too lazy or too ignorant to implement. FINALLY someone who gets it. Friday was his first day on the new plan, and he was super successful. Is it a lot of work for them? Yes. Do they need a mindset change from negative reinforcement to positive? Yes. Even though positive behavior intervention systems are the hot new thing in public schools (lol its like a 2 decade old concept), no one actually knows how to practice it when it's hard. Also I found an ally at Cub Scouts whose older son is on the autism spectrum and has been through the same program as E. Once I brought that up she was like OH I GET IT. I am not sure we are going to stick with it, though. His den leader was kind of a prick when we met him, so it's all going to depend on if my new friend can help me get through to him.
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  41. I love reading your insights on education from an institutional perspective. I generally speak from a more personal level on these things, both from my experience and because homeschooling lends itself to being able to teach and learn on a personal and individual level. With homeschooling, we're not typically dealing with the same level of inequity as school systems as a whole, as most homeschooling families also tend to be fairly affluent and white, so my sample pool of anecdotes are similarly fairly homogenous. There aren't too many statistics available surrounding homeschooling (because of our general avoidance of things like benchmark testing, I'm sure), so I unfortunately only really have anecdotal evidence to offer. But it's anecdotal evidence collected over 8ish years and many different online groups, so I feel mostly justified in making the assertions that I do. That said, it's not uncommon for kids to fall into homeschooling after being considered "behind" in public schools only to have them "catch up" either fairly quickly or eventually. Most of the parents I see worried about their students being behind are still imbued with a public school mindset where, unfortunately, being behind can compound rather quickly without intervention because of teachers' limited ability to differentiate. That's simply not how things work in our homeschooling world. We have the luxury of a super-tight student to teacher ratio, the ability to slow down or speed up at will, and also the ability to switch gears at the drop of a hat if need be. So we as a group spend a lot of time assuaging these fears. But I have some uhh...thoughts...about this sentence: "When we talk about educational equity and social justice--whether that be racial, economic status, gender, etc--a key component is students having the skills necessary to access in demand and higher paying jobs." What other key components are there in assessing educational equity? How is it determined that students have these skills should they choose not to pursue in demand and higher paying jobs? Does encouraging natural aptitudes and interests play any part in assessing this equity? I know several homeschooling parents who've been reamed by family members because their kiddos chose not to go to college or bother with the SAT or ACT. Most of these kids discovered a passion and were allowed the latitude to dive right in. Now many of them are in blue collar careers that suit their personalities and passions. To me, I'd consider an informed and happily productive young adult a greater educational success than one who's been forced into a more "desirable" or "high-achieving" path. But this kind of thing is hard to get qualitative data on, so I'm just wondering what other criteria there might be to assessing educational quality or equity. Also, I really hope your district does a better job with phonics than either of my nephews' districts. (And I'm sure it does. Texas education sucks balls in general.) Other than learning a few letter sounds and some CVC word families, their phonics instruction is well...limited at best. And I never would have known this or noticed this had I not researched and implemented phonics instruction for my own kiddos - phonics and history have been the two most eye-opening subjects that I've taught my kids so far. There was SO MUCH left out of my own learning in each of those, and so much I don't see being taught to students now still. Just think, most students are only taught one phonogram for ch. /Ch/ - chair, cheese, chicken, chocolate. But rarely are also taught that ch also says /k/ and /sh/. Many times these are taught as exceptions, but there are so many words that utilitize these sounds! Christmas, school, schedule, chef, machine, crochet. English doesn't have nearly as many exceptions to phonics rules as people think. We're just not taught all of the rules properly.
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  42. 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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  43. I'd call that an instant win. Who could really beat that?
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  44. I voted! F Greg Abbott.
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  45. We think she's about a year or so. The people we got her from had her for a few months (living in a condo, so no yard, and a newborn), and they got her from someone else who wasn't really taking care of her. There was also exactly zero medical records, so other than the fact that she's menstruated and therefore not spayed, we knew nothing about her. Fortunately she's a happy, healthy dog--she just doesn't know how to dog at all, other than being mostly crate trained. There's been some accidents, she chews on just about anything she can get her teeth on, barks at everyone who walks by (we live next to a school and a park, so it's a lot), and pulls so hard on the leash the kids can barely hold on. To be honest, I was perfectly fine not having a dog and would've been fine never having one. I'm a cat person. I'm fine with having one of course, especially since Katie and the kids really wanted one. I wanted one pre-trained, because I want to do as little work as possible with the dog, which clearly isn't gonna happen. That's the trade off, though--get a dog for free instead of paying exorbitant adoption fees from a shelter, then deal with all the untrained shit. We all had a hard weekend for a variety of reasons, and honestly a lot of our shit probably rubbed off onto the dog and that caused her to go ape shit too. Today was much better and I'm 95% sure we're keeping her. I'm still dealing with... I don't wanna call it PTSD because that's dramatic as hell and insulting to people who actually have it, but I'm dealing with SOMETHING as a result of all the change that's happened this year. It's not as bad as it was during the summer, but it's still there. Adding an untrained dog to it probably wasn't the smartest idea, but it's what happened.
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  46. I hate the referral process for gifted testing. I really don't think most teachers would refer difficult or neurodiverse kids. Q was also terrible at phonics, and is a bad speller, although I kind of blame the fact that she was in speech therapy at the time. I've always tried to have my kids sound words out, and then I get back a spelling test and there is a R in random places where there is not even a R anywhere in the word. I mean they can both read and comprehend just fine, but their spelling is pretty atrocious. No one has identified them as dyslexic because they can read, but I have to wonder.
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