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Someone has fun with a text message scammer. Language warning--although the offensive word is blacked out, it's obvious what it is.

http://www.tickld.com/x/the-best-text-reply-ever-this-is-gold
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It might be best to just give out vague answers when asked about it or I guess you could stop taking it to events, let others bring it and see what happens. >:D

I remember there being a discussion once in Ann Landers about how she would give out her "perfect rice recipe" but then people would substitute certain ingredients and then complain to her that her recipe didn't work.  You would think that substituting instant rice for regular rice would be something most people would think could be problematic,  that knowledge, it turned out, was not widespread.  Kind of related in that giving out recipes always seems to come back and bite you in the behind in some way.

I don't think you are going to get the do it yourselfers to cool it so it may be less aggravating to just stop sharing and let them figure things out just like you did.
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Life...in general / Re: No thanks, I don't want to compete with you
« Last post by Goog on Today at 12:14:36 PM »
If you wanted to be blunt:

"I'll tell you, but only if you promise me one thing."
"What?"
"You make no comparisons of my progress to anything or anyone else.  Because there is no comparison.  My progress is just that...MY progress.  Nobody else matters.  Got it?"

OR, cut him off preemptively without answering the question.

"BIL, we've had these types of discussions before. (sigh in a bored manner)  If you want to be happy for me because I'm exercising, that's great. I welcome the support.  But I know that you like to compare my progress to yours....you've done it in the past. And that's not supportive at all, because there is no comparison.  It just comes across as condescending. My progress is just that...MY progress.  Nobody else's progress or exercise habits matter to me."
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Technically, anyone can do anything. Nevertheless, the fact that I could change my own oil doesn't stop me from paying someone else to go thru the hassle. Ditto pie crusts. Especially since it takes so dang long to deal w/ the fruit, double-especially since I'm using fruit from my own trees, which aren't sprayed so they have blemishes that have to be removed.

We used to have a deal w/ a lady who made her own jam. She got a few boxes of fruit and we got a few jars of jam in return. Win-win. No way I'm going to learn to can stuff.
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When I was a child, there was a woman in town who made the most scrumptious chocolate fudge you could imagine.  At church fairs, you had to get there early or all of the fudge made by Eva May would be long gone.  The candy was a major cash cow for her church and she never gave out the recipe. 

Mom and several other women in town tried to replicate the fudge but it never came out right. In  desperation Mom tried a recipe on the back of a can of condensed milk.  Yup,  it was the exact recipe that Eva May used.

Reminds me of the Friends episode when Monica spent days (weeks?) trying to replicate Phoebe's Grandmother's secret chocolate chip cookie recipe only to learn it was the recipe printed on the back of the Nestlie's Tollhouse bag. ;D

I have done almost exactly this in real life.  ;D
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by VorFemme on Today at 12:09:13 PM »
I'm leaving the grocery store. This woman is securing her kids estimate 5 and 2 yo. into their car seats and putting on headphones. I wait for her to finish, because she blocking my driver side door. She closes the door of the van, and walks towards the back of the lot. I'm confused it the van was on, kids are in, the cart parking is the other direction. I had been about to offer to take her cart back, so she didn't have to leave the kids.

I look and she is kissing another person and climbing in the another car. Clothes are being removed. This is midday in a busy parking lot and it is pretty obvious what they are doing.

 I walk to where I can see in the van with the kids. I verify both kids look to be under 7 ones is probably 2. There is no-one older than 14 in the way back part of the car.

Texas law says it is illegal to leave a child under seven in the car for more than 5 min unless someone older than 14 is in the car.  I'm a mandated reporter. I'm wondering if I have to wait the full 5 min. I guess they either saw me looking in the windows or realized I hadn't left. The woman gets out of the other car, is pulling on her shirt, and screaming that busybodies need to mind their own business, jumps in and drives off.

It couldn't possibly be that she was doing something potentially dangerous for the kids!

If anyone is thinking "fall weather" means it's cooler now - I live in the Houston area, too.  It is cooler than it was a month ago, but it is still hot enough that leaving a child in a car with the windows rolled up and the doors locked will put them in danger of overheating. 

Semi-tropical climate...freezing & snow are relatively rare - but heat related issues are a possibility for a much longer time period in the year.
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When I was a child, there was a woman in town who made the most scrumptious chocolate fudge you could imagine.  At church fairs, you had to get there early or all of the fudge made by Eva May would be long gone.  The candy was a major cash cow for her church and she never gave out the recipe. 

Mom and several other women in town tried to replicate the fudge but it never came out right. In  desperation Mom tried a recipe on the back of a can of condensed milk.  Yup,  it was the exact recipe that Eva May used.

Reminds me of the Friends episode when Monica spent days (weeks?) trying to replicate Phoebe's Grandmother's secret chocolate chip cookie recipe only to learn it was the recipe printed on the back of the Nestlie's Tollhouse bag. ;D
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Entertaining and Hospitality / Re: Help! Gender Reveal Party!
« Last post by wolfie on Today at 12:05:22 PM »
Thumbprint tree? You have one already sketched on a canvas. Then blindfold the parents. Put each of their thumbs in the paint and then guide to the canvas. While everyone watching sequels they take off their blindfolds. All other guests add their thumbprints later. And since your artistic you can fancy it up,before giving to the couple.

I was thinking the same. They could even take the extra paint home and let other people who didn't make it to the shower add a "leaf" later.

I think i would stay away from anything where the guests could feel awkward saying they don't want to be part of the artistic expression of what gender their friends baby is. Noone cares as much as the parents what gender the baby is and having to put someone on the spot to admit that they really are there for the cake and the company and it doesn't really matter to them what the gender is could be awkward. And to then bring it home and make anyone who goes to their home have to participate or admit they don't want to could cause hard feelings.

Well, I don't think I suggested lining up the guests in front of the canvas for a one by one thumb imprint. But leaving the canvas on the easel with the paint near by gives those guest who choose to participate the opportunity to do so. If I cared so little about the gender of this new born that I wouldn't be willing to get a little paint on my thumb I probably wouldn't be invited to the party anyway. But maybe these gender reveal parties that other have attended are much larger than the very close family and friends parties I'm aware of.

I have never been to a gender reveal party - they just don't seem to be done in my social circle so I find the entire idea a little funky. It just seems unnecessary to me. But if I went to someone's house and they had that picture there and told me to add my thumbprint to it I would find it a little weird and off. I would see it as an okay party game, but definitely not something that should be trotted out to everyone who comes to their house that wasn't at the party.
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There is a version of it that has actual bits of beef, but the sodium level is intolerable for most people.

I can actually deal with it occasionally, but that's because my taste buds need spice, salt, and flavor.  I've made shrimp stock and substituted that for half of the sodium packet, but haven't cracked what to do about the other flavors.

The ultimate irony is that after adding protein and several vegetables to it it's not so cheap after all.
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For all you know, she could have gotten a special deal where it was a nominal price (like a groupon or something) and she was footing the bill in honor of her birthday (she is 'hosting' it at her house, after all), or at least that the 'charge' for others was substantially reduced.  In fact, that's what I would think.  The fact that she left that out at the beginning? That omission would kind of scream to me that there was some sort of special deal at play.  To get the commitment and then find out that she wasn't paying and that there was really no discount at all, AND that I'd have to drive farther (when I could do a like event a lot closer to home) and not know if I'm going to get any refreshments would make me MUCH less excited about this.  And I'd probably feel a lot like the OP.

OP, I would call her back and just say something along the lines of what I said above; that she didn't mention price at all the first time, so you assumed that it was nominal or that she was covering it.  Since it's not so nominal (like you might expect for a party in a house), and with the cost of getting there and having something to eat on top of that, you're sorry, but with your budget around the holidays, you'll have to pass on this one and you hope she has a wonderful birthday.  But you'd love to do one in the future with her, if you could find somewhere that's closer to where you live.

(And honestly?  I think it would be a service to her to let her know that not being up front about the cost of something, or even if there IS a cost, when you're getting people's commitments is a big no-no.)
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