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Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange / Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome.
« Last post by Mustard on Today at 01:20:01 PM »
I guess that's what I meant Sophia - was his accent credible?
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Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange / Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome.
« Last post by Sophia on Today at 01:13:53 PM »
Slight threadjack; I always thought Hugh Laurie's American accent as Dr House was pretty good, but I'm a Brit, so what would I know? What thinks you, Ehell?

I thought it was perfect, and fit his character.   There isn't AN American accent any more than is A British accent.  But, House's version was completely believable. 
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Life...in general / Re: Unexpected canine guest: Update #42
« Last post by lisztchick on Today at 01:13:10 PM »
OP here:

Please let me clarify a few things. I would never, ever, expect anyone to make special accommodations for my allergies. I wouldn't expect it of my family, or my friends....no matter how close we were. If I'm in an airplane and there's a dog somewhere onboard, I quietly request to be moved as far to the back of the plane as possible. If we're visiting family who have pets, we will stay in a hotel. If I know there will be a dog in someone's home, I will probably decline an invitation to go there. If it can't be avoided, I usually have to go outside or sit on the back porch or something.

And again, regarding our upcoming trip: for most of the years we've known these friends, they've not had a dog. When we accepted their gracious invitation, I didn't even remember the dog, to be honest. Again, maybe it's because the only pet I've ever owned has been a fish, but I sometimes forget to factor in people's pets when making social arrangements. Hopefully, I won't make that mistake again! Also, over the years, we've vacationed with other friends with pets in remote locations....and none of them ever brought their pets. So....I'm not clear if I should always assume that people will bring them, or not....

DB has a dog, and whenever we stay with him, he puts the dog in a kennel. I've NEVER asked him to do this; he just does it. I would be happy to stay in a hotel, and I feel guilty every time that because of my allergies, DB has to remove a member of his household for a few days! But DB says that the kennel is a wonderful place, and that the dog has a blast there running around with other dogs and really enjoys herself....so, I don't know. But again, I would certainly never ask or expect anyone to accommodate my allergies that way.
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I'm obligated to vote "Standard home >1500 sqft" as we're in the process of renovating to better use the upstairs area and increase our usable square footage.

Before I was married, I lived in a small one-bedroom apartment alone, rented rooms in apartments and houses with roommates, and rented a large-ish 2/1 townhouse for just myself. The most minimalist lifestyle I had was when I lived for a year in rented rooms where all I had was the stuff that would fit inside my Civic coupe, but I still had shared living and kitchen space so I wasn't 'trapped' in the rooms.

Both my parents and my in-laws said they would significantly downsize after they retired (kids long out of the house) - smaller houses, less stuff.  Neither were able to.   ;D  When my parents visited last week my dad was still lamenting how much space "my" stuff took up in their storage.  I left home 20 years ago - the stuff they refer to as "mine" is stuff my mom has been saving for sentimental reasons (hers, not mine) and delivering bits of, one forgotten t-shirt or coffee mug at a time, on every visit.
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Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange / Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome.
« Last post by Addy on Today at 01:03:04 PM »
Slight threadjack; I always thought Hugh Laurie's American accent as Dr House was pretty good, but I'm a Brit, so what would I know? What thinks you, Ehell?

Granted, I am Canadian rather than American, but it is excellent, IMO. When House first started it was so jarring to hear him speaking with that American accent, but I got used to it.
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Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange / Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome.
« Last post by Nikko-chan on Today at 12:59:45 PM »
Slight threadjack; I always thought Hugh Laurie's American accent as Dr House was pretty good, but I'm a Brit, so what would I know? What thinks you, Ehell?

It was on point in my opinion
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Trans-Atlantic Knowledge Exchange / Re: Foreign Accent Syndrome.
« Last post by Mustard on Today at 12:52:35 PM »
Slight threadjack; I always thought Hugh Laurie's American accent as Dr House was pretty good, but I'm a Brit, so what would I know? What thinks you, Ehell?
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Family and Children / Re: Can I have this when you die?
« Last post by QueenfaninCA on Today at 12:49:32 PM »
Can Granny not worry about being 'polite' just once?  Long enough to say "For Pete's sake, Uncle's Wife!  I don't even know your children!  Why on earth would I leave them anything? They can have your stuff when you die!  Now stop asking me for things!  That's just rude."   >:(

This gets my vote.
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Life...in general / Re: I Don't Want Your Advice
« Last post by Zizi-K on Today at 12:48:16 PM »
You might try, "I'm actually tired of talking about it.  I'd really rather talk about pretty much anything else - how's your bean dip coming?"  Saying you're tired of talking about it might help dampen people's urge to make you talk about it, since it implies that you're already dealing with it (which you are).  And saying, "it would really help to talk about other things" gives people something "helpful" to do. 

If someone is really persistent, I actually don't see anything wrong with saying, "I know you went through what I did, but I just don't want to talk about it any more."  Maybe add, "I'll let you know if that changes." to discourage them from continually asking if you've changed your mind yet.

I think this is brilliant. This has the potential to make the busybodies want to help you by changing the subject. It gives them an approved and appreciation to direct their helpful energies. I would try this first, and then use the more hardline "this isn't up for discussion" type responses if it doesn't work.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by siamesecat2965 on Today at 12:46:46 PM »
I was looking at maybe switching providers, when pretty much all the big ones were offering some sort of we'll-buy-out-your-contract deal and offering free phones. Then I looked at the deals, and realized that I would have to buy new phones, and they wouldn't buy out my tablet contracts, so I'd either have to pay the cancellation penalty for those 2 lines, or ride out the time with contracts on 2 different carriers. And I'd still have to buy new phones on the new carrier (and new tablets) - the combined cost would really boost my costs, and completely defeat the purpose of switching.

None of them make it easy; last year I went from a pay as you go, no contract, back to one of the national providers. Mainly because a. they changed their plans and while initially you aren't saving any money, if you're like me, and keep your phone until it dies, i will eventually, and because I needed to add my mom onto the plan as she moved and needed a new cell phone.

They used to offer 2 year contracts, with a fancy new phone for not a lot of money. But their monthly plans were quite high. Now, you pay less for the actual service and data per month, but full price for the phone, over 2 years. And you can pay your phone off in full, any time.

So once mom and I pay our phones off, which will be in about 14 months, or less if we choose to, our montly cost will go way down. But even now, we don't pay all that much.

I still remember my boss saying "why didn't you get the iphone 6?" which was brand new "its only a few dollars a month more" yes, but it was $100 more for each phone, which was already 550 each for the 5.
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