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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Silly things that have made you happy recently
« Last post by VorFemme on Yesterday at 05:50:44 PM »
Andes mints are also good - but I'd need at least two small boxes of them - because they are tiny...

Or is someone really, really bad at typing/keyboarding and fumble fingered their contraction?

Excuse me, I am now hungry for a mint myself.
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Life...in general / Re: Never Again.
« Last post by Oh Joy on Yesterday at 05:47:57 PM »
I'm sorry you worked so hard and had a disappointing experience.  It sounds to me like your off-the-field expectations were out of sync with the other families', and the other parents may have given the money just to avoid any tension at the sporting events themselves.

I would send one light blanket e-mail that any trophies not picked up by (date) will be donated, and thanking everyone for a great season.

Best wishes.
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Life...in general / Re: Never Again.
« Last post by Bales on Yesterday at 05:35:21 PM »
So odd that they would pay for a trophy that they didn't want.  I'd just send another email saying if not picked up by x date, they will be disposed of.  I would not offer to deliver them.
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If you asked nicely, I wouldn't be bothered by the question, and would try to remember to do it.
One advantage to asking is that it has seemed as if sometimes, what has been sent is not what is received.  (The computers aren't playing nicely with one another).  Other people may also be getting emails in a small font, and he may want to look at his regular settings.
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Life...in general / Re: Never Again.
« Last post by Lexophile on Yesterday at 05:30:21 PM »
Sorry - Should have clarified a few things.

This year, I arranged to meet at a restaurant where people could just order what they want. There was no reservation or expectation of how much we would have to pitch in for food. I did call the restaurant beforehand to give them a heads up that we would be there and make sure that was ok with them.

Also, almost all of the parents paid for the trophies. Nobody else showed up to get them, and now I have all these trophies sitting at my house. What do I do with them? I can't get anyone to tell me what they want me to do with them.
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Gardening / Re: Mel Has Fun With Aquaponics
« Last post by Mel the Redcap on Yesterday at 05:23:51 PM »
Welcome back, Miriam! (((((squishy huuuuugs))))), apathy/depression sucks, doesn't it? :( I'm very glad you're feeling better and hope it sticks.

No apology necessary, you had life happening and I was being a bit grumpy myself then. :P I'm glad the credits made you smile, they certainly made me laugh while I was writing them! The potatoes were delicious, and the hoop house is doing an excellent job of keeping everything unfrozen and growing.

Hmm. Time I did another update video, methinks.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Silly things that have made you happy recently
« Last post by jpcher on Yesterday at 05:17:07 PM »
Amazon chat service. It's quick, easy, no need to wait on hold! Love it! ;D

I placed an order the other day for 3 items. I received notice that a 4th Xitem will arrive tomorrow. Xitem was something that I ordered with a previous order (maybe a month ago) and have already received. I clicked on the "return/exchange" button and was told that Xitem was non-returnable.

I decided to try the chat function, gave complete details, asked if I did something wrong to have Xitem reordered, and within seconds chat responded with "Thank you for the detailed information. Please wait for two mints."

Situation was resolved in under 5 minutes (since it's non-returnable, I was told to keep it and a refund has been issued).



I'm wondering if my two mints (Godiva mints? Hopefully?) will be shipped over night.  ;D


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Life...in general / Re: Never Again.
« Last post by figee on Yesterday at 05:13:54 PM »
I played a lot of sport as a child, have coached children's teams, and continued to play sport up until now.

In all instances, things like trophies were only given out to some players, not all, unless they were competition winners.  I know now there are 'participation trophies', but those I've seen are organised by the league in which the children are playing, and not by individual teams.  So if I were a parent, I'd wonder why I really needed to give my child a trophy for doing something that was voluntary and that they presumably enjoyed.  End of season celebrations tended to be either at the last game of the season, or at someone's house and very informal.  Gifts for the coach were, again, given at the last game of the season.  About $5 per kid seems about right.  When I coached I got a bunch of flowers, and a lovely card signed by all of the girls.   

So I'm wondering if your expectations about what people do are maybe a little out of kilter with what others expect?  Still rude for them to RSVP and then no show, but after the year previously, I maybe would have either been paid up front or not have gone to a restaurant.
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Life...in general / Never Again.
« Last post by Lexophile on Yesterday at 04:54:47 PM »
BG:

My 8yo DD has played soccer on the same team for three seasons. Last fall, I volunteered to organize after-game snacks, order and collect for end-of-season trophies, and organize the end-of-season celebration, where trophies would be distributed and we would present a gift to the coach (purchased with voluntary donations from the parents).

Everyone was really good about pitching in, and we got trophies for all the girls. I was able to purchase a sizable gift card for the coach. We had a headcount that we were expecting to show up for the party, and the restaurant planned accordingly. About half the people who said they were coming didn't show up, resulting in the rest of us having to pay about twice as much for all the food.

This season, I volunteered for the same duties again.

End BG.

Everyone paid for trophies and donated money for the coach's gift except for one family. I didn't want that one kid to not get a trophy, so I went ahead and paid for hers. It was $8.

The families did not contribute much to the coach's gift. There were eight kids on the team, and each gave about $5. Because the amount was so much lower than last season's, I pitched in more, and the coach got a $70 gift card.

We went to the end-of-season party, and the only other family to even show up was the coach.

I am furious. It took time and effort to find a place to hold the party, schedule everything, order and pick up the trophies, and I had to tell the restaurant how many people were coming.

Why would they give me money to buy their daughter a trophy and not show up for it? Not only that but now I can't get a hold of anyone to find out when I can get them their trophies. I sent out emails offering to drop them off and nobody has replied. I'm tempted to throw the darned things away. What would you do?
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Last post by Mel the Redcap on Yesterday at 04:40:04 PM »
*snerk* Sounds like Sophie's having a difficult week, atirial! Give her ear skritches from me, please?

(Holly says to tell her that the big blue monsters are easily defeated when they stop moving, and then she can make a fun rustly nest inside! It's apparently the best place ever to play with small toys.)
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