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Life...in general / Re: How to handle gushing about something?
« Last post by Raintree on Yesterday at 07:48:56 PM »
(And this one irks me the most) "Max bought me jewelry (or insert random item here) for no reason at all. Don't you wish you could date a guy like Max? Everyone should be able to have a guy like Max."

"No. Not really. Don't get me wrong, I like Max, but I'm not attracted to him."
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: Dirty diaper in my kitchen.
« Last post by sammycat on Yesterday at 07:39:21 PM »
The situations aren't comparable, though.

In a restaurant dining room, other people who are in the middle of eating will get to see and possibly smell all the fun of a diaper change. Even worse if the diaper change is done on an eating or sitting surface.

In this kind of situation, the diaper change is done elsewhere, not in front of people who are eating. Cooking, eating, and food prep surfaces aren't involved at all. The diaper is disposed of in the garbage, along with all manner of other disgusting things that tend to go into kitchen garbages.

So it's not inconsistent to think the first is gross, while the other is generally acceptable.

I agree.
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Life...in general / Re: How to handle gushing about something?
« Last post by sammycat on Yesterday at 07:37:05 PM »
The first thing that sprang to mind when I read the OP was that Anne sounded very insecure.  The other was that this type of gushing would get very tiresome after a while, especially if it's been going on for years.

I'd probably respond along the lines of 'uh-huh', 'hmmm' 'that's nice', etc, and not really enter into a conversation about it with her.
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Life...in general / Re: Do You Want To Sell Your Car?
« Last post by Sirius on Yesterday at 07:36:42 PM »
I've been approached several times about selling my Geo Metro.  It's not in superb shape, but for a 20-year-old car it runs great and gets great gas mileage (which has been the reason given).  I've simply said, "No, it's not for sale," and that's usually the end of it.  This usually happens at gas stations.   
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Last post by Mel the Redcap on Yesterday at 07:23:23 PM »
If it bites you and you get sick, it's venomous.
If you bite it and you get sick, it's poisonous.

(If it bites you and someone else gets sick, that's correlation, not causation... And if it bites you and nobody gets sick, that's kinky.  ;) ;D)

May I steal that?

I can't claim credit for coming up with it myself, so go ahead!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Addy on Yesterday at 07:22:42 PM »
I want to nominate a homeowner. Or rather, former owner.

We are moving. There are packers in my house as we speak.
Mr. Dragon called to let me know he had gotten the keys to the new house and had done the walk through.

The trashed bedroom wasn't a huge surprise, although it is definitely worse now than it was on the walkthrough.
The general untidiness was pretty thoughtless, but the *really* SS part was leaving the cat box full, dirty cat box for us the deal with.

The people who bought my old house may have thought we were special snowflakes.

Our moving day was hellish. My nephew fell out of a window and broke his arm, so of course, we fell behind a bit. We finished the move and started on cleanup, but it was really late and we were exhausted. Our transfer of ownership came into effect at noon the next day, so we decided to go home, get some sleep and come back early the next morning to finish off.

We arrived the next morning at about 7 to find the new owners already there, tearing out carpets, and using our vacuum cleaner, which we had left there the night before. We had left bags of garbage too, so they probably thought we were total slobs, but we were planning to be done cleaning and take it all with us. We had words with our real estate agent, who had words with their real estate agent, as they were not supposed to get the keys before noon.

Totally not snowflakey on your part. You would have been ready, they were early.

I just found out there is also food in the fridge.
Dragon3 and I are going to go up a day early (tomorrow) and start the clean up.

Mr Dragon, Dragons 1,2, 4 and RentaDragon will stay back to handle the last of the cleaning. We know we can't get the full clean done. Mover bookings and possession dates don't allow it. We have made arrangements with the new owners on that score.
They asked to move up the possession date, which cut out the cleaning time. So we are giving them the $ we would have spent to have it done. They could either live with it "as is", do it themselves and be paid for their time, or hire someone. The are hiring someone and pitching in. Between that and the stuff we did do, the house will be sparkling. They get a clean house and I am not up till midnight. Win win!

The bolded...whaaaa?...  :o

Glad you've got a good plan in place!
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If you have frozen some bananas to use later in banana bread (or whatever), what is the best method for defrosting them or using them?  Sitting out on the counter? Can I use the "defrost" feature of my microwave? Just mash them up frozen and then assume (probably correctly) that making the banana bread will thaw them enough?

I let them thaw at room temperature.
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: No good deed goes unpunished
« Last post by Hmmmmm on Yesterday at 07:19:19 PM »
I really think you went above and beyond for Gail. I would not have assisted in her Friday errands unless I wanted to spend time with her. She had a car and I'm sure access to internet for directions.

I'm shocked she didn't take you guys out or arrange for dinner one night as a thank you for hosting her.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by White Dragon on Yesterday at 07:15:17 PM »
I want to nominate a homeowner. Or rather, former owner.

We are moving. There are packers in my house as we speak.
Mr. Dragon called to let me know he had gotten the keys to the new house and had done the walk through.

The trashed bedroom wasn't a huge surprise, although it is definitely worse now than it was on the walkthrough.
The general untidiness was pretty thoughtless, but the *really* SS part was leaving the cat box full, dirty cat box for us the deal with.

The people who bought my old house may have thought we were special snowflakes.

Our moving day was hellish. My nephew fell out of a window and broke his arm, so of course, we fell behind a bit. We finished the move and started on cleanup, but it was really late and we were exhausted. Our transfer of ownership came into effect at noon the next day, so we decided to go home, get some sleep and come back early the next morning to finish off.

We arrived the next morning at about 7 to find the new owners already there, tearing out carpets, and using our vacuum cleaner, which we had left there the night before. We had left bags of garbage too, so they probably thought we were total slobs, but we were planning to be done cleaning and take it all with us. We had words with our real estate agent, who had words with their real estate agent, as they were not supposed to get the keys before noon.

Totally not snowflakey on your part. You would have been ready, they were early.

I just found out there is also food in the fridge.
Dragon3 and I are going to go up a day early (tomorrow) and start the clean up.

Mr Dragon, Dragons 1,2, 4 and RentaDragon will stay back to handle the last of the cleaning. We know we can't get the full clean done. Mover bookings and possession dates don't allow it. We have made arrangements with the new owners on that score.
They asked to move up the possession date, which cut out the cleaning time. So we are giving them the $ we would have spent to have it done. They could either live with it "as is", do it themselves and be paid for their time, or hire someone. The are hiring someone and pitching in. Between that and the stuff we did do, the house will be sparkling. They get a clean house and I am not up till midnight. Win win!
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So here's what I don't connect with on the bolded above.
There are two appointment times available as of the time the OP calls the student. Now, in the meantime, anything can happen, including one or both of those appointment times no longer being available due to being booked by someone else. Or is it the understanding that once those two times are offered to someone via voice mail, they must remain open indefinitely till that person calls in or shows up for one of them or the hour passes with Lisa not seeing anyone?

If another student were to need an appointment, is the OP now obligated to say that 8:30 to 9:30 are not available because they have been offered to another student who may or may not use them, and they must remain open until that student responds or until that time passes, unused?

Or is the implication that OP must subsequently call the student back if/when either or both of the appointments get booked by other people? Potentially three calls: 1) offer the two times 2) sorry one of them has been reserved 3) sorry the other one's been reserved. 

That just doesn't ring right with me. It's unfortunate that the student wasn't able to confirm the appointment by closing time regardless of the reason. But until the student confirms her intent to take one of those times and the OP confirms that the time the student wants is still available, I'd say that the appointment is not set in stone.

(I'm not quoting myself just to preserve space)

If the times are offered, I think it is reasonable to assume that the interviewer is indeed holding those times. If they aren't, they shouldn't offer the specific times. It's very easy to just say "we have time slots available Wednesday morning, so call to schedule one of them." That is a much more specific (and therefore more clear) message. Even better is "We have time slots available Wednesday morning, so please call by 4:30 p.m. today to schedule one of them." That communicates both that there is availability, what the general timeframe is, and what the deadline for scheduling is.

Scheduling interviews is a large portion of what I do at work all day, and I will say that if I'm trying to juggle candidates or other schedules or whatever, I don't commit to any time, with anyone, until I'm sure it will work. I call the person we want to interview and ask them when they are available, and I don't give them a time slot until I'm ready to give it to them firmly. I contact the people who will be conducting the interview to find out their availability, and if it's limited or time is short, I also ask them to hold it open for me. It is only at that point that I even identify specific times that can work for interviews, and I don't leave time slots in a voicemail message unless I'm at that point, know I have space available, and am pretty sure it's going to work.

Using the method where I basically don't tell anyone anything until I've got a full schedule put together allows me to schedule interviews with very little notice successfully, but it does take more effort and time on my part to do it that way. That is the tradeoff with scheduling in general, and scheduling interviews in particular: you can either have it be easy, or you can have it happen quickly. You can rarely have both.

So if you're going to offer specific times, then yes, you do have to hold them for at least a reasonable length of time to give the person a chance to either confirm one of them or decline both. "Reasonable length of time" varies depending upon the situation, but I don't think it can ever be less than 24 hours. Even the most interested, engaged, and capable candidates have other things going on in their lives that sometimes prevent them from checking email or answering the phone. And if the person scheduling interviews is not able, for whatever reason, to listen to voicemail or check email (or make calls) outside of the 8-5 business day, you have to expect it's going to take longer. A lot of people simply are not available between 8 and 5. The earlier in a person's career you are, the more likely that is to be true (since entry level jobs tend to be the most restrictive about taking time away from your desk and/or engaging in personal business while at your desk).
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