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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Last post by Jocelyn on Yesterday at 09:43:16 PM »
This is true, that they have said this, but I still consider it professional darwinism for them to not have come out with whatever the "real" reason is first, instead of letting everyone believe it was due solely to the books. \
It may not be legal, within their jurisdiction, to announce why a person has been remanded for a mental health evaluation.
For that matter, the patient/teacher is entitled to privacy about his mental health issues.

As a mental health professional, myself, there are usually limits on how long a person can be held on the authority of law enforcement. In the state where I practiced, it was 72 hours; within that time, court had to be held and a judge had to remand the person to the mental health care system.   
It would be highly unprofessional for a sheriff to be announcing the results of a court-ordered eval to the public, unless the person were also charged with a crime. It was fairly common, in my practice area, if a sheriff believed a person to be mentally ill, for him not to initiate charges, to save the individual from having a criminal record for doing something that really wasn't within his control- if a mental health evaluation could be finessed without charges.
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Life...in general / Re: Airplane Etiquette
« Last post by Lynnv on Yesterday at 09:42:23 PM »
Seat wise, it's tricky, but I think the limit tends to be if you are large enough that you can't fit in a standard seat with the arm rests down. I've noticed some airplanes now have arms that can't be raised all the way, so you can't lift the arm for more room.  Leg room is a contentious one, because the airlines end up selling the space twice, once to the person in front, so they can recline, one to the person whose legs are in the space. I find that on long haul flights they make you put the seat up during takeoff and landing, and meal times, otherwise you're allowed to recline.
This is generally what I see too (frequent flyer, almost 100% domestic flights, between 2  and 5 hours in length.  I am also a flier of size, and have never had a problem as I can sit with the armrests down (which I prefer as it keeps me from encroaching on the other seat) and the seat belt fastened without a problem.

I wouldn't attempt to bribe the flight attendants with chocolate. In all my flights I've never seen someone gifting the flight attendants to get better service. Definitely be polite and calm, even if trying to sort out a problem. If you want better service than the average flyer, book in business class, or fly often enough to get top frequent flyer points.
The only time I have seen this is a very frequent flyer who is on the same routes I take (I see him at least once a month-we are on a first name basis these days and ask about each other's pets).  He brings cookies for the FAs.  But he is also even more of a frequent flyer than I am (and I make a round trip about 40-45 times a year) and knows the FAs on our main route by name.  And they know him. 

Make sure your carryon is a reasonable size and shape. For the flight, I usually pack a sweater or jacket, for temperature changes, my Kindle for reading, a magazine for reading on takeoff and landing, tissues, mints and gum, a book of sudoku, and a set of disposable slippers/facemask/earplugs (obtained on a previous flight), and a couple of granola bars in case of flight delays. Don't check anything valuable - if you have jewelry, a laptop, a camera, etc, keep it with you.
These days some airlines let you use electronics during takeoff and landing, as long as they are in airplane mode.  My main airline does.  But you can't use a laptop (I assume due to size).  Check and see what your airlines allows/requires.

For knitting - I'd make sure that you can take knitting needles on the flight, and that you can do the knitting completely within the bounds of the armrests. Having an elbow bobbing back and forth over the arm rest would be really annoying.
The only knitter I was ever annoyed with (and I have sat next to and near a lot of them) was one who used a lot of arm movement.  She kept elbowing me as she clicked along.  Other than that, it is a reasonable amount of noise (IMO) that is easily blocked by headphones.  And I didn't find it too annoying, except when elbowed.  :>

99.9% of flights and people on flights are just trying to deal with the pain in the backside that air travel is these days.  In all of my flights, I have only ever really seen a small percentage of flyers who are truly obnoxious or blatantly rude.  And have only been called back to the gate for bad behavior twice (once was a kid that would not settle into the seat for takeoff and one was a passenger who determined, after we left the gate, that he could not handle his fear of flying through the flight).  Otherwise, most folks are, at most, a bit entitled and a bit oblivious to the fact that an airplane is shared space.  I could tell stories about the entitlement of some passengers......   :o

There are a huge number of folks who are willing to cut people a lot of slack for noisy kids, unaccompanied minors, passengers of size, bags that need a strongman to lift, kind of noisy/somewhat smelly snacks, assistance dogs that are scared to fly (yes-I sat next to the shivering golden retriever of doom one time-poor thing had never flown before and was just shaking the entire time) and people who are scared to fly (I sat next to the shivering teenager of doom once too-I think the golden retriever handled his fear better than the poor teenaged boy, who was also saddled with a couple of friends who were jerks about it). 

Overall, as long as you are making an effort, most folks will make an effort and try to be nice about things.  Because very few people really enjoy economy air travel these days, so playing nice with one another is the only thing that gets us all through.
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I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I love everything about it, but it's a few years old and when I upgrade it will be the S5 because it's basically the souped up version of my Nexus.

I never had any problems with my phone, it's easy to use. I also like the Samsung phones because I can replace the battery when the battery start to go, unlike an iPhone where the battery is glued in and not removable.

I like that you can get more storage with MicroSD cards, which you can't do with an iPhone.

I like how I can customize to my hearts content with Android phones.
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Unless they look at your page, the post is lost in the feed. I'm sure some people never saw it, or forgot about it the next time they looked at their feed.


I honestly only buy fundraiser items when I'm asked directly. Maybe it's the guilt.
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I think people are getting burned out on the constant fundraisers, checkout donations, phone solicitors, door to door, workplace and FB solicitation to give money for something.  Some days it feels like I am bombarded by people who want money from me and honestly I have stopped giving altogether for awhile.  I maybe will pick it up again when I feel less bombarded.  I think many people just delete all requests of this nature and perhaps some don't check to see who they're from.

There is no point in keeping score, lots of parents are happy to get donations for their kids but don't necessarily reciprocate.  I agree it's not fair and is another reason I don't believe in school fundraisers.  I would rather see schools encourage direct giving programs so all money collected goes straight to the school and cut out the middleman altogether.

I agree, which is why my service hours are always in the form of a supply or monetary donation.  I still do lunch duty and things like that when needed.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by gramma dishes on Yesterday at 09:33:29 PM »
^^^  So did they bring the dog to the big reunion?  Stay home?  Get a sitter for the dog or kennel it?  How did that all work out?
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How long has your post been up? Not everyone looks at FB regularly.

A few weeks.  These threads reminded me of it.  I honestly forgot all about it.
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If it were me, I'd say some crazy amount like 2k for each person she asks about.

When she comes back with: That is outrageous! I'd answer yes, just as outrageous as you harassing me about the amounts they spent on our gifts.

If she persists. I'd keep saying 2k.
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I think people are getting burned out on the constant fundraisers, checkout donations, phone solicitors, door to door, workplace and FB solicitation to give money for something.  Some days it feels like I am bombarded by people who want money from me and honestly I have stopped giving altogether for awhile.  I maybe will pick it up again when I feel less bombarded.  I think many people just delete all requests of this nature and perhaps some don't check to see who they're from.

There is no point in keeping score, lots of parents are happy to get donations for their kids but don't necessarily reciprocate.  I agree it's not fair and is another reason I don't believe in school fundraisers.  I would rather see schools encourage direct giving programs so all money collected goes straight to the school and cut out the middleman altogether.
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How long has your post been up? Not everyone looks at FB regularly.
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