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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Slartibartfast on Today at 06:27:44 PM »
Time for a Mooch!

My friend's father just died. Her mother is still alive. Her oldest sister is shocked -- Shocked I tell you! -- that she's not getting any money.

Dude, even if he did have life insurance, his wife is his sole heir. Everything that was his is now hers, especially since she could very well live for another 30 years and living costs money!

Said sister is just so crazy self-centered.

Sounds painfully familiar, but it was a BIL, not a sibling.

It's not unheard-of for a handful of a late parent's possessions to get passed to children upon their death even though the other parent is still alive, especially if the other parent wouldn't be using them (e.g. fancy china or a table saw). I certainly wouldn't expect that to be the norm, though, and wouldn't expect that to extend to cash!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Jury Duty stories
« Last post by Slartibartfast on Today at 06:22:48 PM »
My question: concerns location of jury duty. In my 1 and 2, both locations were far away and difficult to get to, costing more than the stipend (as well as time) that they allow. Why can't we do our civic duty at the closest location available?

I would imagine it's a case of different courts, different court locations. If you're called up by City Court A, they might be in Downtown City, but County Court B, even if it's in City, could be in a whole other area of City, etc. And if you live in City, which is in County, then you could be called to either one, even if City Court A location is much closer to you, and has better transit.

That's my guess.

That's my understanding as well. If there are several court locations, they might need jurors for criminal trials, while you live closer to the courthouse where they hold civil trials. Or you might be called for federal jury duty even though the city or county court is handier. They use separate lists: doing federal jury exempts you from state (city, county) jury duty for the next few years, and vice versa, but the federal court clerks will tell you to hang onto your paperwork in case the state calls you within that time period.

And if you live in Green County, you don't get to serve in the Blue County courthouse, even if you're ten feet from the county line and it would be a lot more convenient. I think this applies even in the parts of New England that don't have county governments, like Connecticut and most of Massachusetts. [The county borders are still used for administrative purposes and by the National Weather Service.]

I suspect the courthouse assignments is also to prevent jury bias based on demographics - trials can sometimes be held in one of multiple locations (especially if there were multiple crimes), so imagine the complications there would be if X courthouse was in an affluent majority-one-race area and Y courthouse was in a much poorer majority-other-race area  :-\ Lawyers would basically get to decide the outcome of the case by successfully getting it tried with the jury who would be more likely to be sympathetic to their client.
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2 more work days before my vacation.
After that, I come back and work a week, then have 10 days off during our holiday closure.

It's raining, which is much needed, we are in pretty serious drought conditions.

Ladyknight, we had a very dry summer here in Southern Ontario,  we went for weeks on end without any rainfall.  The day it finally rained more than a sprinkle, I was giddy.  And we were not under drought.  We are still well below the average precipitation for the year.  I understand your delight.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: First time home buyers . . . advice, please.
« Last post by Bert on Today at 06:05:48 PM »
^Oh yeah!  The HOA thing.  That's a biggie.  If the idea of her neighbors yard going un-trimmed for a few weeks would drive her up the wall, she may want to find a house with an HOA.  If the idea of someone telling her what color she can paint her garage door makes her sick to her stomach, she should find one without.  This was actually on my list of must-not-haves.  If she does buy into one, definitely see if she can get the rule book that they use before purchasing, and talk to some of the neighbors specifically about it.  Also, if possible, see if her agent can dig up the financial standing of the HOA, I've heard of people buying into some bad situations with those.  The prices for them, and the actual services they provide, also vary wildly, so make sure it is worth it.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by Lady Tempest on Today at 05:59:23 PM »
From one of my facebook groups:   Tifane (pronounced Tiffany).  Don't think I've ever seen it before.

Also, a pharmacy rep with an old Irish name, Siobahn.  Haven't seen it for a long time.  Pronounced Shavonne for those who have never heard it before.

An IL's niece: Aisling, pronounced Ashleen.

And the children of an old boyfriend: Tadhg (a cross between Tag and Tog); Fionabhair (Fionavar); Roisin (Rosheen) and Seamus (Shaymus)

all fairly common Irish names

Yes, and you don't find many folks in rural Ontario where they live who know how to speak Gaelic or pronounce them.  I had to ask for a pronunciation guide from their father  ;D
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Jury Duty stories
« Last post by Tea Drinker on Today at 05:59:16 PM »
My question: concerns location of jury duty. In my 1 and 2, both locations were far away and difficult to get to, costing more than the stipend (as well as time) that they allow. Why can't we do our civic duty at the closest location available?

I would imagine it's a case of different courts, different court locations. If you're called up by City Court A, they might be in Downtown City, but County Court B, even if it's in City, could be in a whole other area of City, etc. And if you live in City, which is in County, then you could be called to either one, even if City Court A location is much closer to you, and has better transit.

That's my guess.

That's my understanding as well. If there are several court locations, they might need jurors for criminal trials, while you live closer to the courthouse where they hold civil trials. Or you might be called for federal jury duty even though the city or county court is handier. They use separate lists: doing federal jury exempts you from state (city, county) jury duty for the next few years, and vice versa, but the federal court clerks will tell you to hang onto your paperwork in case the state calls you within that time period.

And if you live in Green County, you don't get to serve in the Blue County courthouse, even if you're ten feet from the county line and it would be a lot more convenient. I think this applies even in the parts of New England that don't have county governments, like Connecticut and most of Massachusetts. [The county borders are still used for administrative purposes and by the National Weather Service.]
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by dawnfire on Today at 05:56:53 PM »
From one of my facebook groups:   Tifane (pronounced Tiffany).  Don't think I've ever seen it before.

Also, a pharmacy rep with an old Irish name, Siobahn.  Haven't seen it for a long time.  Pronounced Shavonne for those who have never heard it before.

An IL's niece: Aisling, pronounced Ashleen.

And the children of an old boyfriend: Tadhg (a cross between Tag and Tog); Fionabhair (Fionavar); Roisin (Rosheen) and Seamus (Shaymus)

all fairly common Irish names
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by Lady Tempest on Today at 05:52:35 PM »
From one of my facebook groups:   Tifane (pronounced Tiffany).  Don't think I've ever seen it before.

Also, a pharmacy rep with an old Irish name, Siobahn.  Haven't seen it for a long time.  Pronounced Shavonne for those who have never heard it before.

An IL's niece: Aisling, pronounced Ashleen.

And the children of an old boyfriend: Tadhg (a cross between Tag and Tog); Fionabhair (Fionavar); Roisin (Rosheen) and Seamus (Shaymus)
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Cor on Today at 05:42:10 PM »
At church a little one (maybe 3?) was acting up, but generally quietly, in the pew in front of me.  (She was with mom and grandma.)  For instance LO kept trying to crawl between her mom's legs, which mom (in a skirt) didn't want.  So mom just closed her legs.  Until LO pushed and pushed and pushed her way between and got what she wanted.  No one tried to redirect her or pull her away or anything. 

They then gave LO a pen and she started to scribble on the pew.  I leaned forward and said No.  Grandma was not pleased; the LO just moved on with her life after looking a little surprised.  A bit later LO started to rip the church's book.  I again said No.  Again, LO was fine, but Grandma just about wanted to murder me.  We had words about it after church and I don't remember what we said, but I was fuming afterwards. 

Clearly that child had never been told No in her life, but I wasn't about to let her destroy the church's property because of her SS family.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Thrift Score!
« Last post by utkvolfan on Today at 05:25:20 PM »
I found a leather LL Bean purse in a thrift store for $5. I've wanted this style for several years but refused to pay full price.
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