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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by suzieQ on Today at 12:15:54 PM »

Odd names sometimes have sweet reasons behind them.

This is why I named my son. His name is incredibly popular now, but when I named him, I had never heard of using his name for a first name. He was due on my greatly missed Grandmother's birthday, so I named him her maiden name.
I tell him he is to blame for the name popularity because he was so ill behaved I was constantly calling his name when we were out. Other women thought "that's a great name!" and it became popular. ;)
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In sitting down at our "Owner Update Meetings" (a sales pitch by any other name still smells) - there may be a legal requirement to have a married couple there together for any sale made to be legal.  There are legal requirements about contracts (can't be "under the influence" and a few other things that sometimes vary by legal jurisdiction) that could cause a sale to be "null & void" and they are trying to avoid that.

So go on vacation with your sibling or children instead of your spouse....and you'll be able to avoid at least some of the sales pitches.  That might explain the reality based reason as to why novels of the 1920s to the 1950s had the wife take the kids to the seashore or the mountains and the man joined them from "the city" by train for weekends only.  No sales pitches would have been possible until he got there & he could plead that he didn't have time before he had to get back on the train...

Are timeshare loans like a mortgage? Our home loan and the house/land deed are in only my husband's name, but I had to be there and sign paperwork saying that I knew he was taking out such a large loan for property.
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Hi, all:

I've been interested in the "Taking Over Conversations" thread, as the participants all seem very outgoing :).

I'd like to hear from those who, like me, have the opposite problem.  I drop the ball in conversations.  If someone asks how I am, I answer "I'm doing well", and leave it at that.  I share very little of my life, even when it's appropriate or even expected. 

I've been trying on my own to do the "Share One Thing" rule, then ask the other person something.  But sometimes I get the feeling I'm not doing it "right", like I could have kept talking without "taking over".  I hope that makes sense.

I believe this is due to my being the shyest person on the planet, plus a fear of giving "too much" or taking over  ::).   Maybe this is why people like me tend to have "taker-overs" for friends  ;D.

Anyone else?

Me too.  I think it's because I imagine my life to be very dull compared to other people; I'm unlikely to contribute anything of interest to the conversation.  My husband says I 'play a straight bat' (a cricket reference) which means
not giving anything away, other than a bare minimum.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Last post by FauxFoodist on Today at 11:58:47 AM »

I'm thinking the real estate agent figured those pieces wouldn't hold back buyers.  A property like that in a location like that for only $600k in CA would go really fast.

I think so too.  The property alone, with no house at all would be worth that.  The house itself seems beautifully maintained.  Even in my very middle class suburb, a property like that would be two or three times the asking price.

Same here -- Two acres of a beautifully-maintained riverfront property would easily go for much more than $600k around here.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 11:55:52 AM »
Boranica
Kylila
Traliva
Kaliopi
Calixtus
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Last post by gramma dishes on Today at 11:50:02 AM »

I'm thinking the real estate agent figured those pieces wouldn't hold back buyers.  A property like that in a location like that for only $600k in CA would go really fast.

I think so too.  The property alone, with no house at all would be worth that.  The house itself seems beautifully maintained.  Even in my very middle class suburb, a property like that would be two or three times the asking price. 
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Door to door survey takers that don't have ID.

I'm not totally adverse to taking a survey, sometimes they are fun. But when someone comes to my door and starts asking personal questions without properly identifying themselves it bugs me to no end.

This happened to me yesterday.

ST (talking quickly): Hi, I'm Name from Company and I was just talking to your neighbor (gave the correct name) about her cable bill and she, like most people, pays way to much for service. How much do you pay for your cable bill, more than $200? Right?

Me: Do you have a business card or form of ID?

ST: No I don't but (points to her jacket with the emblem patch) I work for Company. Does your cable bill include internet?

Me: You want me to answer personal questions like this to a total stranger? Someone without ID?

ST: If you'd please give me a few minutes . . .

Me: No thank you. (closed the door and walked away.)


Seriously? Who would fall for that? DD#2 said "Scam averted. Well done."

Ugh. In my area you can get either Optimum (cable co) or FIOS. I have FIOS, am generally happy with it, and even if i was looking to swtich back to Optimum, i'd do it on my own time. Each one sends reps around in my complex, ringing the doorbell, and if you answer, which I ahve thinking its a package I ordered, will go on and on about how you can save x dollars etc. First of all, as I said, if i want to swtich, i don't need you coming to my door, i can manage it all on my own, thank you very much. second, i looked into swtiching back when my contract is up. Now they nickle and dime you for every little thing, so it would actually cost me more, even with their "intro" rates for new customers than i pay now.

Last time they did this, it was four times in 2 hours. i finally opened my window, and told them, perhaps not as politely as I could have, i was not interested and do not ring my bell again!

then i posted the same on their FB page. i knew if i called since i was not a customer, they wouldn't know what to do. But by posting, and sort of publically shaming them, they claim i am not on the "do not ring" list. we'll see.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Last post by FauxFoodist on Yesterday at 09:37:55 PM »
This house was listed in the sold homes section of the NY Times. My first reaction was "Wow, that is a large collection of figurines. What a distraction to buyers that must've been. Good thing it's not something permanent to the house." Then I spotted on the right bookself a "mammy" doll and a yellow tin with a racist caricature of someone smoking & wearing a red hat. I'm surprised their real estate agent didn't say "It would really help if you put away certain pieces."

http://m.sothebysrealty.com/236i215/brswd6s6zaqdmhakhvwq9b7b52i215

http://www.prominentproperties.com/listings/details/1129-ringwood-ave-pompton-lakes-nj/1642301/6808092/htmlfile_shell-openhouses.html/sat_y/mlstableid_solosirmlsres/sam_y/

I'm thinking the real estate agent figured those pieces wouldn't hold back buyers.  A property like that in a location like that for only $600k in CA would go really fast.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by gmatoy on Yesterday at 09:34:37 PM »
Went to the Laundromat and did 10 loads of laundry. Dried what I'm willing to dry in commercial machines (jeans, socks, and fabric), folded that, and brought the rest home to either hang or dry in our drier. Am almost done.  Since I don't feel well, I am proud of myself.
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Thanks for posting. Too funny! Captures my eye rolling reaction to some of the stories perfectly.

Multiple banana violations is a term which deserves to go viral (in the comments section).



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