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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflakes Redux - play nice!
« Last post by Redneck Gravy on Yesterday at 08:57:41 AM »
I'm always astonished at people who think that businesses can just give away their stuff on the expectation that someone else with be persuaded to pay next time.

(Note: It appears this was a humour piece, but undoubtedly prompted by the many customers who whined "but you'll get so much exposure! Why do we have to pay you?")

This is a pet peeve of mine, expecting businesses to donate endlessly, whether for a "good cause" or someone's personal agenda.

The endless begging, it drives me crazy.  I probably field five calls a week from schools wanting a donation or to sell us an ad in a program. If I buy an ad in high school A's band program I will then get a call from the booster clubs for football, basketball, volleyball, track, choir, chess club, FHA, FFA, etc. and then from every high school/private school in town.  Then they are insulted when I don't buy another ad - because I bought one in the band program.  My kid played in the band, I don't OWE you an ad, what the heck?     
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Blackhead/Whitehead Removal Tools?
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Yesterday at 08:32:54 AM »
Both DF and I end up with a fair number of blemishes and I got thinking that perhaps it would be best to use the proper removal tools to limit the damage to the surrounding tissue and to minimize infection risk, since good stainless tools will clean easily/disinfect with alcohol.  Or I can even boil them for sterilization.

Is there a brand name that you would recommend?  Or not recommend?

Once I get a brand name, I can search Canadian sites to see what I can find.  Probably Amazon would be a good bet?
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The thing that's driving me up the wall today is a collections agency that can't seem to get it through their heads that I'm not the person they want.  They started calling me two or three years ago, asking for a  "Darlene" (which is not my name).   I'd tell them that they had the wrong number (which, to be fair, is exactly what someone who was trying to skip out of paying back money would say).  They'd say "Oops, sorry, we'll update our records."   Then, the next day, it would start all over. 

I finally got the BBB involved, and they contacted the company.  The company finally believed that I was telling the truth - or so I thought.  Things were quiet for a while - and now the calls have started up again.  >:( 

I just called them to say, again, that I'm not this Darlene person.  I've gotten the "We'll update our records" response.  Uh-huh.  We'll see.

There's a good chance that Darlene is taking out new loans/services and is putting down your number.  I get that from time to time.  I'll get calls for a specific person for a few days, I keep telling them they have the wrong number, the calls stop, it happens again a year later.  It's almost exactly a year apart that they happen and some sound like a business, others like social calls.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's in your pumpkin?
« Last post by TracyXJ on Yesterday at 08:20:23 AM »
Have chocolate for most with a choice of bags of Sun Chips and small packs of Lorna Dunes.

In Big City, we would have 150 in 1968 and it dwindled to about 50 in 2001. In Small town, we had 8 to 20. I will have to ask the neighbors wha t to expect in Capital City, but Iím pretty sure Iíll keep the same options. Oh! I also give packs of gum to the parents sometimes.

This!  I wouldn't even go for chocolates.  There are tons of folks giving out chocolate/candy, give out the little bags of goldfish or something.  Or the temporary tattoos.  Our Costco actually had giant bags with 80 small things of play-doh in them specifically marketed for Halloween.  I thought that was a really cool option. 
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflakes Redux - play nice!
« Last post by BabyMama on Yesterday at 07:53:08 AM »
I've seen several, "Looking for a photographer for family photos, not wanting to spend over $verysmallamountofmoney!" posts, just this week.

I work with photographers. I have friends who are photographers. By the time they pack up their equipment, drive to your location (on their day off, no less), set up, do the shoot(s), go home, retouch all the photos, etc., they're making like $8 an hour--maybe. Not to mention gas and wear and tear on their car and all their equipment.
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Family and Children / Re: Birthday Party
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Yesterday at 07:50:34 AM »
Can you have it at a local park so that space isn't an issue, and invite parents and siblings?  Its a good chance for you to meet people too.

In Canada in December?

LOL

Though if there is enough snow, and a local park offers a tobogganing hill, it might actually be a good option.  Bring along some thermoses of hot chocolate, keep the cupcakes in a cooler to keep them from freezing...
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O PD Student Darwinism
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Yesterday at 07:46:54 AM »
Then let him fail.  But that's on the student.   If someone hasn't responded 3 times, I'd assume they weren't interested. But to get annoyed and accuse them of Darwinism when you've prevented it? Yeah. That's why we have students who can't think for themselves.

Graduate students are expected to operate at a slightly more independent level than undergraduate students. If you sign up for a program at my university (different state), you send in your graduate test scores, your transcripts, a resume and CV, and pay the fee. If you are admitted after that, but don't start, you are contacted multiple times, because seats in the program are limited. There are other students who can start if this one does not.

Prevarication does not lend itself to success in graduate school.
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Family and Children / Re: Birthday Party
« Last post by cross_patch on Yesterday at 07:40:20 AM »
Can you have it at a local park so that space isn't an issue, and invite parents and siblings?  Its a good chance for you to meet people too.

In Canada in December?
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's in your pumpkin?
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Yesterday at 07:33:58 AM »
...we place a witch's cauldron with a device that ionizes water into vapor, so it pours out of the caldron (although that's broken and we won't have it this year because when I started typing that, I realized that we forgot to order a new one.) ...

If you have a place nearby where you can get some dry ice, you'll get a similar effect.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's in your pumpkin?
« Last post by o_gal on Yesterday at 06:17:50 AM »
We have to have lots of candy on hand because our house is the house to go to. We get anywhere from 100 to 150 kids, some of whom get driven over to our neighborhood from out in the country, and they specifically want to come to our house. We have a giant playset, with zip line, in the backyard, along with a fire pit. We run lots of black lights, pumpkin lights, purple lights, etc. all over the place, and we have 3 strobe lights placed in strategic locations. Somewhere on the playset we place a witch's cauldron with a device that ionizes water into vapor, so it pours out of the caldron (although that's broken and we won't have it this year because when I started typing that, I realized that we forgot to order a new one.) We put up signs at the front door that say "Trick! Visit us in the not-so-haunted woods to get your treat". I'll have the big bowl of candy at the fire, and we burn last year's Christmas tree because the by-now incredibly dry needles and pine wood make awesome showers of sparks.

Right now, I'm stocked up with 12 bags of fun-size candy bars. We have Heath, Starburst, Reese's PB cups, Snickers, Milk Duds, Junior Mints, and Tootsie Rolls.
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