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Destiny Skywalker

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  1. Is he starting Kindergarten this year since he's 5? My kids are really struggling with sensory stuff lately too. Mine crave input so they're always moving and stepping on stuff.
  2. Our schools always start the Wednesday after Labor Day. When I was growing up in the Midwest, it was always the Wednesday before Labor Day.
  3. The wikipedia article is an interesting read, at least. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_status_of_Hawaii I mean I think most modern Americans acknowledge that what happened in Hawaii in the 1890s was crappy. And well, just about everything that has happened since. Let's face it, the US government isn't exactly all that good at infrastructure and large scale governance. (Not sure anyone is, but we've definitely screwed up on more than 1 occasion.) But my understanding is that the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement is largely a very vocal minority. If they actually wanted to run a referendum for independence, I'd support it. But I doubt it would get enough support. I think in modern times, governance is actually very difficult and I think Hawaii would actually struggle without US government support.
  4. Apparently not to Hawaii. But I just got back from a week there and shared a lot of pictures, so I felt pretty targeted. Like, I get that there is some contempt for tourists from native Hawaiians and that it is very expensive to live there (high real estate prices, most modern conveniences need to be brought in, etc). But I think there's a big difference on the scale of Awfulness between me taking a vacation to pretty much any tropical island and going big game hunting for endangered species. Honestly, I don't need some chick I met at the gym trying to guilt me so she can virtue signal. Bye Felicia.
  5. I unfriended someone today for posting some nonsense about how she couldn't even enjoy a trip to Hawaii because selfish tourists are just taking away resources from the locals. Sounds like we won't miss each other.
  6. How long do you have to stay in the hospital?
  7. Good luck, I hope surgery goes well.
  8. We actually started off buying used because I figured we would pass them onto E, but I don't think he's going to ski, or at least not until he's a lot older because his balance is just so bad. Last year was the first time we did season rentals and it was a great experience, but then this past season we went with our local ski shop because it was like half price and ended up with garbage gear. The reason I went to rentals because we couldn't find Q good boots in the used selection but there were plenty available in rental sizes. I ended up with better gear, for sure, but I also paid for the premium rentals because they tried to put her on pink skis and she said no lol. They had the boy version brand new still in plastic and agreed to set her up on them, so they were never used. I better get over there this week, or maybe I can just call tomorrow. But it was $189 for the premium and like $139 for regular rentals.
  9. Ugh, maybe I should stop by Play it Again and see if they will take an early deposit for rentals.
  10. If you're using your browser, you might have to enable that in the settings. I just finally figured out that I had limited it to only 2 sites and needed to allow it for other virtual Healthcare sites.
  11. Yeah I got an error too. Or if she knows email addresses she can email us?
  12. That makes sense how WGA wants to manage it, I didn't realize the financial implications of rewrite vs original ideas. My own chatGPT story is I used it to help my Girl Scout troop. They wanted to write a skit about mental health and normalizing mental health conditions. So the skit writer wrote a somewhat adequate skit that had a bunch of ugh don't do that, well meaning but not helpful stuff (oh you have depression? I do too! And I do too!). My husband loves playing with chatGPT to see how good it is, so he asked it to write a skit about mental health for grades 3-8 with 5 roles, etc. And what it spit out was honestly what I was looking for in terms of a more realistic scenario. A few tweaks later (make all the characters female, change the setting, etc) and it looked good. Until I really read it. Character #4 arrives out of nowhere, no exposition. Names change, etc. It was kind of humorous. Instead of screwing with it, I sent it back to the girl and said hey can you rewrite with a similar scenario so you aren't marginializing depression etc. She took like the 2 elements we needed and it worked. However, they really didn't practice enough so one of the other 5th grade girls told them later that night that their skit sucked. Bitch. I hate tween girls. Anyway, I certainly saw its usefulness for getting a start, but someone is going to need to put in some heavy editing to get something decent. But if ideas count the most, ouch.
  13. He might have sort of answered this? Page 6 or 7.
  14. Why does everyone think my daughter is a boy? She got misgendered multiple times by waiters on our vacation. It was super weird.
  15. 2 soccer games an hour away, the first one at 8:30 AM ugh. Q sprained her ankle at the 2nd one, unfortunately. We leave for vacation on Monday so it's a good week to take off of soccer. Between games, Q and I found this local lake. I had a picnic blanket and sun umbrella, so we set up for about 45 minutes and hung out. She waded in the water a little bit. She really wanted to come back, but that was a moot point after her injury. I need to take her boating or something.
  16. I got told I'm too healthy for Ozempic and knock it the fuck off by my PCP this week. Healthy for everything except weight. Dammit
  17. That was actually pretty fun and a good way to hang out. I was going to suggest it to my college friends because we haven't taken a trip together in probably 5 years. So I would be down for it again.
  18. My latest obsession is tie dye. I'm still basically a novice, but its been a lot of fun and a good summer activity for the kids. The swirl design is super easy to set up but really hard to keep "clean", especially with the kids. They tend to slop and splash and drip, but even I had a hard time keeping it very clean. The stripe pattern is probably the easiest and still comes out looking good. Other things I've learned is that the dye is only good for a few days before it starts to fade. The green/blue/yellow swirl used older yellow dye, you can really see the difference between the yellow in the rainbow shirt and that one. The red in the flag tie dye is also old, so it turned out a little more pink/faded than bright red. Oops. I'm probably most proud of the galaxy shirt, although I think I needed more black.
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