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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by PeterM on Yesterday at 11:02:18 PM »
But you can't judge, because you don't know. 

I strongly disagree with this sentiment. If it's true you can literally never judge anyone for anything, because there's always a ridiculously unlikely possibility that would make it the lesser of two evils.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Back to school...then, and now.
« Last post by sammycat on Yesterday at 11:02:10 PM »
Most schools here in Australia have the option of ordering your supplies online and having them delivered to your home, or having them available for pick up in-store form a certain date. Alternatively, you can fill in the order on a paper form and return it to the school or local newsagent for the same delivery methods as online.

Is this not available/the norm in other countries? It really does make buying school supplies a non event.

They've done this at our elementary school.  It's actually more expensive than buying everything at the store, though.

That surprises me. In most cases it works out cheaper here to buy through whomever the school has selected. I have first hand knowledge of the ins and outs as I had to organise it for our school for several years. It's a very competitive market, and is also a great fundraiser for the PTA as they get a kick back from the supplier. There are a few items that can be cheaper elsewhere, but unless the difference is substantial I usually just suck it up and order it. The huge reduction in stress factor definitely makes it worthwhile.

When I was in primary school I don't recall having to buy school supplies beforehand. I think we got the stuff handed to us at school, but I can't remember for sure.
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Life...in general / Re: etiquette during two national anthems
« Last post by StarFaerie on Yesterday at 11:02:10 PM »
If anyone wants to join in with The Australian National Anthem.

By all means, join in................. we need all the help we can get ;) (ps, people here mumble along to the second verse too)

And just to add to controversy. I vote this change to our ANA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocfiPS1CZ-s

The Epitome[?] of Aussie's sense of humour and our love for our land :D

I also believe it is a rule that if you sing along correctly or at least enthusiastically to the entire second verse of our Aussie Anthem that you get to skull your beer at the end.

And I disagree very strongly that you shouldn't sing the anthem if you aren't a citizen. There are plenty of Aussies who never became citizens, still Aussies though, through and through. And people from other countries are welcome to be honorary Aussies for the duration of our anthem if they want.
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Life...in general / Re: Where's MY zucchini bread?
« Last post by LifeOnPluto on Yesterday at 11:00:45 PM »
It does sting to be excluded from something (story of my life, really  ::) ), but I think the zucchini bread thing wasn't about you.  It was one friend giving a gift to another, and her choice to do so.  It was also your choice to do the gift bags, just as it's your choice to discontinue them.  But I doubt that being given no zucchini bread was a snub of any kind, and I don't think Michelle will interpret it as any way other than "Oh, she doesn't do it anymore/she forgot/etc."  Her relationship with Lori isn't the relationship she has with you, so why should it be treated the same?
*snip*
See I think this is why I feel kind of two different ways about the issue - they are really two separate issues. If OP had opened the topic by saying something like "I've been giving my neighbors kids special Halloween treats for years and neither her nor her children have shown any appreciation," then the obvious response from most of us would be "Don't feel bad and feel free to stop doing something that isn't appreciated and you get no satisfaction from."
Even though OP has said that the zucchini bread thing is the "light bulb moment" that illuminated the one-sidedness of the relationship, I don't think it is a direct example because it really has nothing to do with OP - it's just something she happened to "overhear" via FB.
Taken by itself, the zucchini bread thing makes the OP sound petty.
Taken by itself, the Halloween candy issue makes the OP sound taken advantage of.
Taken together...the two issues don't really parallel each other very well. The petty-sounding is there, right next to the legitimate beef about reciprocity.
Forget the literal zucchini bread. If we replace the "zucchini bread" in the thread title with the word "appreciation," then we have an important question the OP should be asking themselves.
If the Halloween efforts are't appreciated, then by all means scale back.
And my apologies for my slight snark in my first response OP - I was misdirected by the complaint about the zucchini bread. Expecting something = entitlement --> giving something = not (usually) entitlement, but subject to the entitlement of others. There is a big difference between being upset about something you think you should get, and being upset about how much you yourself give. ;)

Just wanted to POD this post. I too, was distracted by the zucchini bread, somewhat missed the wider issue. I don't think the OP would be rude (or "punishing the kids") if she stopped giving them Halloween bags to a family who never say thankyou, let alone reciprocate.
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Life...in general / Re: etiquette during two national anthems
« Last post by kareng57 on Yesterday at 11:00:26 PM »
Stand or sit respectfully and quietly. Hats that are supposed to be removed should be (religious head covering and Part of the dress hats for ladies should not be removed)

Do not sing anthems if you are not a citizen.

Do not hit the little girls in front of you with a rolled up program for singing the other country's anthem or you might find out that they are dual citizens and their parents will let you have it at the end of the anthems. (Happened at an Astros Vs Expos game in the 70's Mom especially was ticked off - she wanted to get security to make the woman leave.)


I don't quite agree with your second recommendation.  I'm Canadian but generally sing (well, try to) The Star Spangled Banner whenever it's played, although I agree that simply standing (if able) quietly is also fine.

I think it's baffling that anyone would expect a non-US citizen to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, as a PP mentioned.  Myself, I'll remain standing during the recitation but that's it.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Katana_Geldar on Yesterday at 10:55:28 PM »
Here's a story that I think happened near me. At a park that I actually like.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/too-far-mother-calls-police-on-another-father-at-ryde-park-after-swing-set-altercation/story-fnet08ui-1227044862465

Short version. An SS father thought another child had had too long on the swing and attempted to remove the child from the swing so his could have a turn. The child's mother called the police.

Calling the police may have been an overreaction, but who on earth removes a child from a swing?
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Do you have a television? More than one?
« Last post by KenveeB on Yesterday at 10:52:52 PM »
It's just me and the pets, and I've got two -- the main one in the living room, and a smaller one in my home office, which serves as my computer and scrapbooking room. I just love TV and movies. :) Plus I like to have the TV on for some background noise in the house. Both TVs have cable and DVR. The living room one has a Blu-Ray player and the Wii, and the office one has a DVD/VHS player. I just upgraded the BR in the living room, though, so I'll probably hook the old one up to the office TV.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Grammar and spellling that make you twitch
« Last post by Liliane on Yesterday at 10:51:47 PM »
Diffuse instead of defuse. No...you defuse a bomb. You don't diffuse it. The latter is an extremely bad idea.
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Life...in general / Re: etiquette during two national anthems
« Last post by kherbert05 on Yesterday at 10:49:19 PM »
Stand or sit respectfully and quietly. Hats that are supposed to be removed should be (religious head covering and Part of the dress hats for ladies should not be removed)

Do not sing anthems if you are not a citizen.

Do not hit the little girls in front of you with a rolled up program for singing the other country's anthem or you might find out that they are dual citizens and their parents will let you have it at the end of the anthems. (Happened at an Astros Vs Expos game in the 70's Mom especially was ticked off - she wanted to get security to make the woman leave.)
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Family and Children / Re: How Do I Handle This?
« Last post by sammycat on Yesterday at 10:45:46 PM »
If Pete is a reasonable person he should understand that overnight guests are a different category to local guests. If he says anything about Eve's kids being present I wouldn't get into any great explanation about it and if he specifically mentions her children just focus on how lovely it is that Eve and her family made the he effort to come and stay the weekend for your child's birthday. If he gets in a snit about it then that's his issue not yours.

I've been to events where someone was spending the night/weekend/week and they were included in an activity that they wouldn't have been had they been local and able to go home that same day. It happens, and it's not really a big deal.
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