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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Camping Comfort
« Last post by Hillia on Today at 12:18:47 PM »
What kind of mattress do you have, Hillia?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RNL8BK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I see that we actually paid closer to$300 for this, and it's even higher now, but it's very comfortable and is sized to fit the available space, which is larger than a double bed but smaller than a queen.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Pokemon Go craze
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 12:13:59 PM »
I did get the Sneasel from a 2k egg during the event, but the only other good 2k hatch I had was a Smoochums.
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Life...in general / Re: 'Entrance fee' to attend a friend's party?
« Last post by DCGirl on Today at 12:09:19 PM »
My husband is a paralegal for the US government, and there's no money for parties, so retirements are always self-pay.  If one of our friends had a self-pay retirement party, I'd be put out.

For staff appreciation day in his office, the attorneys take up a collection for pizzas and the team gathers in the conference room to eat pizza and watch a legal thriller that someone rents from Red Box.  I think it was "The Lincoln Lawyer" last time. 
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Prom season
« Last post by Mommyoops on Today at 11:59:51 AM »
oops, the prom I went to was in 1990. I was a freshman btw ;)
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Prom season
« Last post by Mommyoops on Today at 11:58:18 AM »
My daughter has done several proms (one she actually flew to Washington D.C. from California to attend staying with my Uncle). I think a black tux with gold accented tie and accessories would look sharp. I think getting the second girl a less elaborate corsage is a lovely gesture. Dinner was not served at prom so they ate before. When I went to prom in 1989 they actually gave us wine glasses with the theme and date on them (can you imagine giving wine glasses today?) Most of all tell him to have a fabulous time!
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If the OP was uncomfortable waiting at night at the train station she should have said 'no' in the first place.  She didn't want to upset her parents but it was ok to inconvenience her husband and upset him.  I don't think it is fair to condemn the husband because he is tired of accommodating the OP's parents for their lack of planning.  People have said he should have gone with her, but in reality she should have said NO to the favor.

Her husband has already been inconvenienced once by the parents for this trip - if this is a regular situation of the OP not being able to say no to them, he may have a lot of resentment and anger towards her parents, which may also play into his saying no.  This sounds like a relationship problem between the OP and her DH, and much bigger than him going to the train station with her in the middle of the night.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Googling vs. posting questions here
« Last post by Oh Joy on Today at 11:54:15 AM »
I think there are a lot of nuances.

Yes, a forum like this shouldn't be used to ask others to find simple objective facts.  But I do think it is appropriate to discuss which sources people like to use to find those facts, or to direct someone to a resource where they can find reliable and accessible information.  And even the smartest person may not have the frame of reference to comfortably interpret what may seem like simple answers to others, so why not ask a friend?

I also think the existing conversation and dynamics can be relevant.  I wouldn't call my mom to ask her a question I can look up, but if we're on the phone I may ask her a question like that just because it came up in conversation or because I just want to chat about it or because I want to acknowledge her as a source of knowledge.  In the same vein, I wouldn't create a new thread simply to harvest the fact, but I may ask a simple question in an existing topical thread.

I remember reading our OP's question and thinking it was better suited to looking up on a posted reference source, but thought it wasn't too far out of bounds because there was an ongoing discussion about the meal and we were already helping her.  Pointing her to a great source for thawing overall was great, but I would have phrased it more gently.

I'm not going to let facts get in the way of a good memory  ;D but I remember reading a thread enthusiastically discussing NaNoWriMo, and I posted asking what it was, then got directed to look it up.  It kind of left me with the 'uncool kid on the playground feeling,' where I wanted to join the conversation but got brushed off.  Of course I could let my fingers do the walking, but that wasn't the point.

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflakes Redux - play nice!
« Last post by VorFemme on Today at 11:42:50 AM »
We put up brick posts with plans to add chains between the posts once we had gotten the laid in cement.  It was a corner lot...

Kids on bikes kept kicking over the stacks and the bricks were no longer availalable....so we changed the layout as the bricks were dug in and mortared into place.  The next afternoon, another flock of bikes went whizzing by and at least one tried to knock the stack over at the corner.

Apparently they counted their score by how many bricks each could knock off with one kick....they didn't notice the mortar or the eyebolts cemented in place.

By the ti.e we came through the house to the front...they were all gone wxcept the tire marks on the sidewalk...

I never heard anything from the neighbors...but there seemed to be fewer SS parents in 1981...mids have always been in need of training by their parents on where to play and what is a safe game...

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Thrift Score!
« Last post by Mustard on Today at 11:39:15 AM »
Ethan Allen Hitchcock buttonback chair, with rush seat, for $5.

I read this quickly and thought it said "Alfred Hitchcock" chair and wondered what kind of torture chair it was!

Not just me then..
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If the OP was uncomfortable waiting at night at the train station she should have said 'no' in the first place.  She didn't want to upset her parents but it was ok to inconvenience her husband and upset him.  I don't think it is fair to condemn the husband because he is tired of accommodating the OP's parents for their lack of planning.  People have said he should have gone with her, but in reality she should have said NO to the favor.

I agree with this. If I'd agreed to a late night pick up without consulting my DH I would not have asked him to come with me. I would have tried to find a place near the station that was well lit and populated and sent a text to parents to text when they arrived at the station if I felt unsafe waiting in the station parking lot alone.

However, depending on the location of the place I'd be waiting, my DH probably would have volunteered to come with me or go on his own. He is very aware that his presence is a much more of a deterrent for potential danger than a single woman alone. (He's also much more of a night owl than I am and requires less sleep so could be a reason he's more accommodating about late night errands.)
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