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Family and Children / Re: Do you want to stop hosting Christmas? - how to ask
« Last post by MrTango on Yesterday at 05:20:24 PM »
Personally, I'd wait until March or April to ask anything.  At that point, I'd ask "Would you be willing to let DH and me host the Christmas party this year?" or something to that effect.

That is, rather than asking if she'd like to have someone else host (which might imply that you think she wants out of it), I'd phrase the question in terms of my own interest in trying it out.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Pokemon Go craze
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Yesterday at 05:07:51 PM »
A productive day downtown:

2 purple snakes
A beachball with static issues and a bad attitude
2 land crabs with mushrooms on their heads
Flappy bat's big brother

Plus there was a purple smoke puffer on my desk after I got back.

Voltorb - pretty rare!

I went to a park today for my work holiday retreat and found the holy grail of Pikachu. There were 6!!! that popped in the 5 hours we were there. I was finally able to evolve my Raichu. I love the game today.
I suspect that if you just asked "would you rather do something else?" she might take it as criticism or ask "what else?" so it would be worth thinking about possible answers to that. You don't want to be put on the spot by an unexpected "are you offering to have it at your place?" (If you've talked it over with your husband, you'll be able to say "we could try it for next year and see" or "I don't think we have room" or whatever else the two of you agree on.)
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Sanity Lost on Yesterday at 04:33:56 PM »
I was once the "That's enough!" woman...

We were at a restaurant and there was a huge (like around 20 people)extended family having a party. All the adults of various ages were at one long table and the children (ages 5-10) were ostensibly at another. I say ostensibly because the kids were nowhere near the table. They were running up and down the aisles, shrieking, giggling, and horsing around. No supervision. It was barely tolerable until one of the older kids (about 9 or ten years old) stretched himself on a banquette and started kicking and screaming; mimicking a toddler tantrum.

Something in my head snapped. I boomed, "All. Right. That's enough! Sit down, be quiet and eat your lunch."

The entire restaurant stopped and time stood still for me. All of the kids stopped running around, all went and sat themselves down and they finished their lunch.

Normal restaurant noise resumed and was pretty subdued for the rest of the meal myself. The Ex told me that what looked like the patriarch of the family made eye contact with him and nodded approvingly/apologetically at us.

I don't know why it had to be a stranger to call them to order, but I suspected everyone was just being too nice to say anything to anyone else's kid and things just kind of steamrolled.

I was at this restaurant about a year later and the manager actually asked a family with a very unhappy infant to leave... with sincere apologies and a comped meal for next time, but the manager said she had a responsibility to all of the other patrons, to ensure that as many people as had a pleasant meal.

 ;D I was 14 when Mama did this at a very crowded restaurant at dinner. We were visiting extended family for the first time and my brother, sister and I were aghast at the antics of all the other children; both in our party and all over the restaurant. There had to be well over 20 kids running and screaming in this rather nice steak house. DB, DS and I were in our early teens and the oldest kids there and KNEW that if we had acted like this we would be dead meat. So we sat still and kept our mouths shut. I guess Mama had enough. I should mention Mama used to sing opera; Mama doesn't shout, Mama PROJECTS. Mama stood up and demanded that every child find their seat NOW! Que a moment of absolute silence and stillness and then every child in that restaurant went straight to their seat and SAT. My sibs and I were hard pressed not to giggle at the nonplussed looks on everyone's face. Only 1 person came up to Mama to scold (not one of our relatives, thank goodness); Mama simply stared at her coldly and informed her that "I at least raised my children to be civilized human beings and not banshee monkeys."  >:D  SS slunk away; which lead to siblings and I extremely thankful that we were not at the receiving end of Mama's ire. The manager comped Mama's meal and gave her a free desert. The other parents in our party looked rather shamefaced and kept better control of their kiddos while we were there.
95 general / Re: S/O "He has sucked the joy out"
« Last post by AliciaLynette on Yesterday at 04:10:55 PM »
My cold, hard cash was well received.  Up here, we have $1 and $2 coins.  So I got $50 in coins and froze them in layers in peanut butter jars, wrapped them and stored them in my brother's freezer when we arrived.  After all the tree was done, I sent them down to the freezer and my oldest nephew came running back up and plunked the jar down on the table in front of my brother.  He laughed harder than my nephews.

Reportedly, my ON paid the cabbie in twonies when sending his girlfriend home one night over the holidays.  Not sure if the cabbie was as amused as we were or not.

Re the bolded: If the cabbles round you are anything like the cabbies I know, initially he wouldn't have been amused, but I'm forever giving our taxi drivers 1 coins/5 notes in exchange for 20 notes or vice versa!  It depends what everyone else has been paying with, or what the taxi drivers/our tills have run out of!!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Jury Duty stories
« Last post by jedikaiti on Yesterday at 04:10:00 PM »
My question: concerns location of jury duty. In my 1 and 2, both locations were far away and difficult to get to, costing more than the stipend (as well as time) that they allow. Why can't we do our civic duty at the closest location available?

I would imagine it's a case of different courts, different court locations. If you're called up by City Court A, they might be in Downtown City, but County Court B, even if it's in City, could be in a whole other area of City, etc. And if you live in City, which is in County, then you could be called to either one, even if City Court A location is much closer to you, and has better transit.

That's my guess.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Pokemon Go craze
« Last post by esteban on Yesterday at 04:08:53 PM »
A productive day downtown:

2 purple snakes
A beachball with static issues and a bad attitude
2 land crabs with mushrooms on their heads
Flappy bat's big brother

Plus there was a purple smoke puffer on my desk after I got back.

Ekans or his evolved form Arbok
Totally not sure Tangela or Venonat would be my guess
Techno-quette / Re: Pyramid Scheme "Exchanges" on Facebook
« Last post by ClaireC79 on Yesterday at 04:08:07 PM »
I did comment saying it wasn't a secret santa (which is what it was billed as), that sending 1 present out and getting 6 back relied on 5 people not getting anything and it was a scam - however if she wanted to arrange a secret santa, which we each give and receive one gift, I was happy to be involved in that

Then a family member of hers went off on how its a pyramid scheme
I'm trying to figure out why someone would go on paternity leave before the baby is born.  What if the baby is two weeks late?  That will really cut into the bonding time for the father and his child, won't it?

In any case, I wouldn't get the father a card until the baby is born.  Then I'd send the more typical "So happy about your new baby" card with maybe a sentence that Daddy will be missed at work and though you're delighted for the reason for his absence, you're looking forward to his return.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Jury Duty stories
« Last post by iridaceae on Yesterday at 04:03:27 PM »
A friend of mine served like 3 months on a civil case. A man sued his employer for buying a piece of equipment that failed and disabled him that turned out to be so flawed it was recalled from the market due to injuries. The problem was that while yes, he had been permanently disabled (I don't remember exactly what his injuries were), the purchase was before the recall and, in fact, his accident was one of those that led to the recall. They found for the defendant and felt he should have sued the manufacturer.
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