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Life...in general / Re: buy a pre-owned Xbox game for a charity gift?
« Last post by Deetee on Today at 02:20:11 PM »
I think you are safe with assuming that it is the XBox360. Without making too many assumptions about circumstances, it makes more sense that someone on the angel tree list has the older tech.

As for new versus old, I see nothing wrong with a used game as it is exactly the same experience as a new one. However, I have found for the new release games that the price is not very different for new v. used.

Well, in this specific case, the "pre-owned" game is less than half the price: $25 instead of $51 (both at Walmart; all other places have it at $59, even Target).

And I was looking at the price of the 360 vs. the One, and the One is twice as much money, so yeah, probably the 360 is what he's got.
Cool. Then get the used game. (As a random aside, I gave away a PS2 with about 30 games and 4 controllers last year. An XBox 360 is not really a luxary item. It has been out for a long time and it can get regifted as people upgrade)

I would, however, include the receipt or gift receipt for the game in case anything goes wrong with it.
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To me, a pretty man would be attractive, but not "rugged".  So he probably would be younger and smoother.
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Life...in general / Re: Travel Perks
« Last post by stargazer on Today at 02:17:42 PM »
Before either of us were married, my parents took me and my brother on a kind of "last hurrah" vacation as a family of 4 and my dad decided for this one time he would get us first class tickets.  Well, we missed our connection due to our plane arriving late and had to take a flight the following day.  But they only had two seats available in first class.  My parents are awesome people and graciously allowed us to have them.  Neither my brother nor I really drink, so I explained the situation to the first class flight attendant and asked if I could take the two glasses of wine they would have given to us back to my parents.  She said "oh honey, take the whole bottle!" and sure enough gave me a bottle of wine and two glasses that I took back to my parents.  It perked them up. :)
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Wowie, that's a blast from the past.  I'm the original poster of that gem and had almost forgotten I'd sent it in.  Here are some updates on the parties involved, who I may have posted about in the forums using other names.  (The daughter Barbara was expected when she visited Linda in the hospital after the loss of her baby just turned 13, so that's how long ago it's been. Let's call her Amy.)

Barbara and Ben have been divorced for a while now, so I've only seen Barbara once in the past eight or nine years, at a high school graduation party for their oldest son that was held at Ben's house.  At the party, Barbara said to several of us that it was a shame that she never got to see us any more, and we all just kind of bean-dipped. 

She was notorious for her lack of filters when she spoke and, basically, she had offended everyone in our social circle beyond the point of no return.  In my case, she came up to me at my wedding and told me that my pictures would have turned out so much better if I could have lost more weight.  When my father died of emphysema, she told me that smokers deserved whatever they got. 

 When Ben told us all that they were getting divorced, DH and I told him how sorry we were.  And we were.  Even when a marriage is irretrievably broken, it's still hard on all the parties involved, especially the children.  But, I did do a serious happy dance in the privacy of my home over the fact that my contact with Barbara would be severely curtailed going forward as a result of the divorce. 

Linda and Joe have two daughters now and stay very busy with Girls Scouts, karate classes, piano, etc.  Their daughters were playmates of Ben and Barbara's daughter, Amy, as toddlers.  To her credit, Linda continued to arrange playdates for all three girls for a couple of years until Barbara just kind of faded away.
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Somehow your step-mother doesn't sound like she would be the most gracious guest, vowing to never spend a holiday with you or at least at your place, really?
I'm afraid you could get her the moon and she wouldn't have a good time because she seems pretty determined to have a bad time.

Anyway, if you have a good relationship with your dad use him as the middle man, asks him what you can do so that they have a good time, if there's any food request and so on.
You'll get to gauge how she's feeling about spending the holiday at your place once she's there, the offer to cook the sauce might come more naturally if you see she likes being in the kitchen.
And if she's being a sourpuss just leave her be, that's actually the nicest thing you could do if she's prone to being resentfull that you are trying to make her do stuff (even if doing stuff is just engaging in a conversation.. let alone cooking).
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Life...in general / Re: buy a pre-owned Xbox game for a charity gift?
« Last post by Yvaine on Today at 02:12:20 PM »
Maybe I'm a little bit too 'Hallmark Movie Miracle', but it might be worth it to call a local gaming store (not a box store) and tell them the situation and what Church you are buying for (provide proof via your gift ticket) and see if they can offer a discount on a new game or something. What can it hurt? And/or post to Facebook or a gaming page and see if they have any advice. I'm not saying run yourself ragged over it but it can't hurt to ask.

I probably would not buy a new game but rather leave that up to the family.  Who knows what games the kid already has and it could be money wasted.  How about asking them to chip in for a gift card for one game instead?

He wouldn't have put it on his wish list if he already had it, presumably.
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Life...in general / Re: buy a pre-owned Xbox game for a charity gift?
« Last post by Aquamarine on Today at 02:11:36 PM »
Maybe I'm a little bit too 'Hallmark Movie Miracle', but it might be worth it to call a local gaming store (not a box store) and tell them the situation and what Church you are buying for (provide proof via your gift ticket) and see if they can offer a discount on a new game or something. What can it hurt? And/or post to Facebook or a gaming page and see if they have any advice. I'm not saying run yourself ragged over it but it can't hurt to ask.

I probably would not buy a new game but rather leave that up to the family.  Who knows what games the kid already has and it could be money wasted.  How about asking them to chip in for a gift card for one game instead?
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Life...in general / Re: Is there a polite way to stop someone talking?
« Last post by poundcake on Today at 02:07:14 PM »
This is one of my biggest peeves, and, in my pre-spine days, one of the greatest sources of stress for me. There have been a couple people over the years--the Regular Customer, the Elderly Guy Christmas Party Guest, the Nice Old Lady, the Socially Awkward Classmate--who could and would bend my ear for hours. And I always felt like it was wrong to disengage them. After all, they were lonely, or troubled, or whatever.

And no. It's sad, if that is the case, but it is not within your power to fix that. You don't have to chat at all if you don't want to. You don't have to wait for a good break in the conversation. Just make an excuse, do not give them a chance to respond, and leave. Immediately, physically, completely. Don't feel bad. They will find someone else to talk to.

Whether or not this works for your ILs will be debatable. They may not feel right about it, and they're stuck with him as a houseguest. I'm also guessing that Jim is too old and set in his ways (or potentially disabled) to have any kind of productive conversation about "Just! Shut! Up!" But the ONLY way to get a talker like this to stop yammering at you is to walk away and close a door. "Jim, sorry, I see Patty over there, and I need to catch her!" "Jim, I have to make a run for the bathroom mirror, I have an eyelash caught in my eye." "Jim, it's late and I'm going to go to bed now."
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I was thinking about chopped mushrooms but was afraid they would get slimy or turn the dish an off color. 

Any suggestions ?

You could sautee or roast the mushrooms separately and stir them into the stew just before serving.

But I like the idea of using nuts and/or beans to add texture.
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Life...in general / Re: buy a pre-owned Xbox game for a charity gift?
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 02:05:25 PM »
I think you are safe with assuming that it is the XBox360. Without making too many assumptions about circumstances, it makes more sense that someone on the angel tree list has the older tech.

As for new versus old, I see nothing wrong with a used game as it is exactly the same experience as a new one. However, I have found for the new release games that the price is not very different for new v. used.

Well, in this specific case, the "pre-owned" game is less than half the price: $25 instead of $51 (both at Walmart; all other places have it at $59, even Target).

And I was looking at the price of the 360 vs. the One, and the One is twice as much money, so yeah, probably the 360 is what he's got.
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