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Family and Children / Re: unwanted gifts
« Last post by Coley on Today at 01:13:33 PM »
I struggled over the years with what to do about this problem where my mother was concerned. I worried about coming across as ungrateful. I talked to her about changes in preferences, etc. She wouldn't hear it and continued gifting as she always did.

I settled on donating if I couldn't return it. If I could use it, I did. But otherwise, it went to a thrift store, and we took the tax deduction.
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Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Mental Magpie on Today at 01:07:33 PM »
I thought I had another kidney stone on the move.   My flank has been hurting So incredibly bad the past few days.   The last couple of days have also been a bit stressed laden...So much so that I didn't realize I hadn't done a number two for those several days.

I'm now feeling better and a bit lighter.

I had a similar issue recently (7 kidney stones so far). I took a shot of olive oil, minimal results. 12 hrs later, another shot with the same minimal results. 6 hrs later, another shot. That was yesterday and I'm still feeling the effects of just how well olive oil works as a laxative!

Oh yeah. Olive oil works wonders.

As it turns out, I now think my original kidney stone theory was correct.   I'm back to having flank spasms. I'm using the heating pad now.

Ouch! I know your pain. Get some rest and drink plenty of water. I hope it passed quickly and as easily as possible!
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Life...in general / Re: Mongolian BBQ question
« Last post by Aquamarine on Today at 01:04:59 PM »
It's not rude because at a Mongolian there are two steps, picking the food out and handing it over to be cooked, they do not operate as a first come served would in a checkout line.   I see no reason why I should wait behind someone who is taking forever to pick out the best little morsels out of every item when my bowl is ready to be cooked.  Where I go it's very easy to go around and to the cooking station without disturbing anyone.  If it was close I would just say excuse me or be patient for a moment or two, but if the person is slow I will be going around them.

It doesn't really make sense for everyone to wait their turn, in a single line for however long it takes when one person might choose 2 items to be cooked and another 20 items.
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Receptions / Re: Groom vs. DJ
« Last post by turnip on Today at 01:04:15 PM »
Wow.

I'm truly stunned. 

So hosts who plan events according to their tastes and preferences are now 'selfish' because the reception is a 'thank-you' to the guests?

Someone will have to find me an Emily Post or Miss Manners reference for that one, because I'm not buying it.  If someone said to me "We went to a wedding last weekend, but it was totally spoiled because they played music we didn't like and we couldn't dance" - well the word "selfish" might cross my mind, but it wouldn't be in reference to the event hosts.

Hosts who plan any event solely based on their personal preference with no regard to how it will be enjoyed by their guests are rude. Imagine a host who only enjoys meat and potatoes so does not over a vegetable, salad or fruit. We'd all feel their hosting was lacking.

No one is saying that pop music must be included. But including a few selections of classic rock or something mainstream would potentially enhance the enjoyment of the guests. There is a reason all country bands has a selection of rock music in their playlist. Hosts know that some guest will not dance a two step or waltz so it assures everyone the opportunity of dancing.

Imagine a host who only offers Chinese food with no Spaghetti!   Oh wait  - that safely describes a lot of weddings I go to!   Or only Indian food or Italian food or Mexican food.   How inconsiderate!

It's music.  If the hosts don't care for rock, then I don't see why they have any obligation to play rock 'for the guests'.   Nor do they have to offer chocolate cake in case some guests don't care for buttercream.

Even the groom's friends believe his choices are lacking and are urging him to include a wider selection. So don't equate to having a Mexican buffet which is pretty mainstream. A mexican buffet with beef fajitas with no vegetarian, chicken, or seafood options would seem to be more inline with this music scenario.

Even with the cake, I'd never serve only chocolate cake to a large group as I know many people do not like chocolate. While the chocolate may be the largest I will have something else available. My goal is to assure my guests enjoy their time, not highlight my personal preferences.


We keep talking about different scenarios.  I'm not going to defend this specific groom - but more the general statement that if guests don't include 'rock' then they are being inconsiderate to their guests.  That's along the line of insisting guests include chicken fingers because not everyone eats chicken breast.

Some couples like hip-hop.  Some couples like classic rock.  Some couples like modern pop.  Some couples like country-and-western.  If you have a western themed wedding and wear cowboy boots - I'm not going to demand you play 'wrecking ball' just to satisfy my taste for pop.
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Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Dazi on Today at 01:03:01 PM »
Beets.  Seriously.  Really good clean out and don't tend to make it explosive.  But be prepared for bright red poop.  A little disconcerting, that.

That won't work for me.   I'm super allergic to beets. (Yeah,  I know it's a weird thing to be allergic to)
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Canadian here, raised by my Scottish grandmother and Swedish grandfather. For me, all meals (save for burgers & sandwiches) are eaten with knife and fork, the European way, it sounds like. Desserts are eaten with either dessert forks or spoons, and only desserts can be "cut" with the side of the fork/spoon. I know I'm the oddball when I have pizza with friends, and I'm using my cutlery while everyone else uses their hands or just a fork.
I don't judge when others eat that way, but I don't do it simply because it feels unnatural.
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Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Dazi on Today at 01:01:19 PM »
I thought I had another kidney stone on the move.   My flank has been hurting So incredibly bad the past few days.   The last couple of days have also been a bit stressed laden...So much so that I didn't realize I hadn't done a number two for those several days.

I'm now feeling better and a bit lighter.

I had a similar issue recently (7 kidney stones so far). I took a shot of olive oil, minimal results. 12 hrs later, another shot with the same minimal results. 6 hrs later, another shot. That was yesterday and I'm still feeling the effects of just how well olive oil works as a laxative!

Oh yeah. Olive oil works wonders.

As it turns out, I now think my original kidney stone theory was correct.   I'm back to having flank spasms. I'm using the heating pad now.
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Humor Me! / Re: Gross out-- Not for the faint of heart
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Today at 01:01:10 PM »
Beets.  Seriously.  Really good clean out and don't tend to make it explosive.  But be prepared for bright red poop.  A little disconcerting, that.
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Receptions / Re: Groom vs. DJ
« Last post by Mental Magpie on Today at 12:59:00 PM »
Hmmmmm said what I was thinking. Again, this is about compromise.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Thrift Score!
« Last post by Amara on Today at 12:58:20 PM »
For 99 cents, this magnificently awful painting (about 8x0 inches):



That is absolutely perfect for the Christmas gift exchange at the office!
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