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A lot of the ideas assume that the interviewee *has* a suit to wear in the first place.

Blaming not wearing a suit on the weather is more palatable and less embarrassing than "I can't afford a suit".
Michigander here and I say 'nother' a lot. In fact I just mentioned it on Twitter in a conversation that, "that would be a whole 'nother ball of wax, as they say." Then I wondered if that was a regionalism.

I've always heard "A whole 'nother ballgame" rather than "ball of wax"

Oh yes, now that you mention it, I will say that too, but for some reason I often drop the 'n' from 'nother' so it's just, "A whole other ballgame." Not sure why I don't use 'nother' there.
53 general / Re: Should I fire my realtor
« Last post by DanaJ on Today at 10:25:57 AM »
I wouldn't be worried about the Zillow inaccuracy--that site lists houses for sale in our neighborhood that were destroyed 4 years ago in a tornado.  Their claims about updates are a bunch of whoooey.

We started getting a bunch of phone calls at work about our job posting. We have no positions available and haven't in a long time. Apparently, there is a site called that scrapes websites for "job postings" that are then represented as legitimate want ads sent by employers to their site. Their robot had scraped a "previous positions" archive as if it was a current posting.

It was so disruptive, we had to block their website traffic.

The only site you need to worry about is your MLS listing. No one in their right mind interested in making a genuine bid would consider anything else seriously.
Family and Children / Re: Friend admonishing my child
« Last post by Semperviren on Today at 10:25:43 AM »
No, Decorating Friend is someone else. I have posted about:

1) Paper Plate Friend (the one in this thread)
2) Decorator Friend
3) Vacation Friend (who is also Dead Fish Friend)
There are a bunch of people who clearly are not lawyers speculating about legal repercussions, and that really is something we aren't supposed to do here.  Let's keep to the etiquette side of it before we get a fascinating thread locked.

On my part, I would not have explained to the strangers what I did with the cheesecakes.  I would not have wanted to engage in some long, drawn-out discussion with strangers (and odds are good it would have been long and drawn out). 

I am just fascinated by the cheesecakes.  Who orders 16 cheesecakes?  For when they are on vacation?  And expects someone they don't even know to take custody of them?  I could fit maybe two cheesecakes in my refrigerator if I rearranged things.  Some days I couldn't even fit one.  There has never been a day in which my fridge has been so empty that I could accommodate 16 cheesecakes.  It's just beyond bizarre.
I agree with those who say that you should pretend that you never saw the note. I would even say if pressed well, maybe it fell out of the mailbox and got blown away. I would say that the cheesecake people attempted to deliver and that this was strange and what you did about itthat considering that you had no place to store them before they went bad and you called the organization. -The cheesecakes they can verify. Honestly, your cousin needs to deny ever receiving a note because these special snowflakes will probably go ballistic when it all comes out and cousin didn't act like their hired staff.

When they come home I would just be polite but confused and stand your ground politely and innocently. Don't act ashamed or embarrassed as your cousin is not at fault in any way. The neighbors won't want to blame themselves for being so stupid and reckless with hundreds of dollars worth of stuff. They will need a scapegoat. If cousin is responsible for a single thing then she will be held responsible in their eyes for everything.

Please update us when these two neighbors come home. My fingers are crossed.
I was thinking about this thread and realized that one of the people my DD's father cheated on me with has the same name as my stepdaughter (Michaela, so not a supercommon name, but not Mergatroyd either). I was devastated by his cheating, since he cheated when I was pregnant and forced me into being a single mother, something I was not at all happy about. It isn't that the cheating did not affect me or anger me - it absolutely did. It isn't that I forgot the person's name - I haven't.

But, I have never connected this until now because, to me, one has absolutely nothing to do with the other. I do not think about my ex or the person he cheated on me with when thinking about my stepdaughter. I think for some people (like me) it isn't natural to make the connection that the friend in the OP seems to expect her sister to make on her behalf.

I think this is a very important point.  I don't believe "most people" would feel one way or the other, but I do think people have radically different wiring when it comes to these type of intuitive, emotional connections.  You can see it right here on this thread.

There are people to whom it would never occur that these two things are remotely connected. And there are people who immediately resonate to the associations with the name.  Problem is, these reactions are so innate that they seem "obvious" and "natural".  When they are neither obvious nor natural to people who are wired the other way.

To me, it makes sense to work from principle. Is the sister doing something rude or unfair in naming her daughter Sarah? No.
Would it be rude or unfair for friend to hold sister's baby name "hostage" to her hurt feelings? I think, yes.
So what it comes down to is, does Friend trust her Sister that this is not some intentional dig?  If she trusts her sister's intentions, I think the right thing to do is process this out of Sister's hearing.
^Lonzie's case is from my area. His family is related to the long missing Haleigh Cummings. I feel sorry for both him & Haleigh, because they both come from shady families that repeatedly put their children in danger  :-X
Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: 50s murder mystery party food ideas
« Last post by Thipu1 on Today at 10:17:22 AM »
Unless the DVD is of the 'Mission Impossible' style that will self-destruct, I would strongly suggest viewing at least part of the show before the party.  You may have to bow out of the actual play but it really does help to have someone who knows what's going on beforehand.  Trying to play and get dinner on the table at the same time would have me dithering in a corner. 

It's getting late to do this but, it might be a good idea to visit a stationery shop and buy small note pads and writing implements for your guests.  People will probably want to take notes during the party  and the little gifts make nice souvenirs. 

I've never hosted a home murder mystery but I was involved in the writing, producing and crowd management of about eight of the things during the late 1980s and early 1990s.  These were find-raiders for a local club and involved between 80 and 100 guests per event. 

Believe me, even for a small gathering, efficient organization goes a long way towards making an event like this a success. 

I hope your party is a great success and look forward to hearing about how things went. 
Oh, so pretty.

I want to try one of those wire tree-of-life pendants I've been seeing around. Looks like a good way to use up seed-bead soup.

I have a new bracelet - big peridot-green crystals set in silver bezels. Another one of my I'm-sure-it's-not-real-but-it's-pretty-enough eBay purchases.
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