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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7335 on: March 06, 2013, 11:44:44 AM »
Shag carpeting was shown in high-end home shows last year around here. I was aghast.

My brain hurt when the stuff came out in the 70s that I remember. I was only 25 but even then knew it was ugly, messy, and couldn't be kept clean.

We are getting carpeting for the main part of the house and are going burber. I want wood, but Lucas wants carpeting, so we are going to compromise.

My brain hurts at bathroom and kitchen carpeting, too. NO! Just no, no, no! At least we agree there.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7336 on: March 06, 2013, 11:56:28 AM »
This topic is bumming me out, because I would love to replace our worn-out carpet, but right now we can't afford it - doing our entire house would cost roughly $20,000.  Sigh.

Topic - and also related to carpet - my in-laws replaced their carpet about 15 years ago when all of their grandchildren were babies or toddlers, and they chose WHITE.  Not even off-white, but pure snowy white.  When my husband said "Um, you either have a lot of faith in kids' abilities to not be messy, or you don't mind", MIL said airily "Oh, you and your siblings will just have to keep an eye on your kids and make sure they don't mess it up."  Riiiight.

(For the record, we always did keep an eye on our kids, but no-one's perfect.  My in-laws' home was an absolute nightmare to visit with small children - not only because of the white carpet, but because of the small breakable figurines everywhere and the unprotected power outlets.  And they wondered why we didn't visit more often.)

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7337 on: March 06, 2013, 01:04:05 PM »
A friend and I were talking about law school and I told her that I wasn't sure if I actually wanted to do something that involved being in court all the time.

Friend: "But...you're going to law school."

Me: "Right, but not all lawyers appear in court every day."

Friend: "But...what else would you do?"

Me: "Research, writing, loads of stuff."

Friend: "But...you're in law school."

Me: "Right."

Friend: "I think if you want to be a lawyer you have to get used to appearing in court."

Me: *facepalm*

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7338 on: March 06, 2013, 01:13:46 PM »
Friend: "I think if you want to be a lawyer you have to get used to appearing in court."
I work for the government (don't worry, I'm here to help >:D) and we have attorneys who provide legal services for our branch.  The one we have now is a really nice guy.  He has always worked in public service.  He's about my age (mid-50s) and he said he hopes he has one case go to court before he retires.  He would like to appear in court at least once in his career as an attorney. :-\
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« Reply #7339 on: March 06, 2013, 01:19:08 PM »
Friend: "I think if you want to be a lawyer you have to get used to appearing in court."
I work for the government (don't worry, I'm here to help >:D) and we have attorneys who provide legal services for our branch.  The one we have now is a really nice guy.  He has always worked in public service.  He's about my age (mid-50s) and he said he hopes he has one case go to court before he retires.  He would like to appear in court at least once in his career as an attorney. :-\

Even a "litigation" attorney won't necessarily appear in court that much, depending on what kind of law they practice. I remember when I was a baby prosecutor -- I'd been there just a few months and tried 20-something jury trials at least. One day while I was doing docket, they were setting up for a civil jury trial. One of the attorneys had been a lawyer for over 20 years, and he was sweating bullets because it was his first jury trial!

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« Reply #7340 on: March 06, 2013, 01:33:25 PM »
A place I worked was entirely about litigation - yet most of the lawyers had only been in a trial a few times over their entire career.  A lot of litigation is just motion practice now.  You might appear before a judge, but the who examination that you see on tv is not something everyone gets or has to do even if you are interested in litigation.

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« Reply #7341 on: March 06, 2013, 02:08:04 PM »
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MIL is a furniture hound. There can be no wall space without a piece of furniture in front of it. However, we are such slobs   that all furniture (even particleboard) must have a sheet or some fabric draped over it to "protect" it.

Hahahahaha! I loved this. It reminded me of my mother's sister, my aunt, who always seemed so glamorous to me. Mary had been a stewardess (this was in the days of bright and glowing sexism) with American Airlines, then had married an older man and had three children. We would occasionally go and visit them. The house was nicer than ours and the living room particularly pretty. The way it stayed that way was because she covered everything plastic. Lampshades, sofas, chairs. Maybe Joan Crawford was an idol? (They did most of their socializing in the kitchen/family room, I believe.) The room was "for company." I remember asking my mom after one visit, "So what are we? Chopped liver?" Mom, if I remember correctly, kind of shrugged. She wasn't indifferent to my question, but probably uncertain how to answer it.

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« Reply #7342 on: March 06, 2013, 02:14:10 PM »
A place I worked was entirely about litigation - yet most of the lawyers had only been in a trial a few times over their entire career.  A lot of litigation is just motion practice now.  You might appear before a judge, but the who examination that you see on tv is not something everyone gets or has to do even if you are interested in litigation.

That reminds me of Tom Cruise's character in A Few Good Men.  The joke was he'd never seen the inside of a courtroom until he got that case because every previous case was settled out of court. 
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7343 on: March 06, 2013, 02:24:17 PM »
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MIL is a furniture hound. There can be no wall space without a piece of furniture in front of it. However, we are such slobs   that all furniture (even particleboard) must have a sheet or some fabric draped over it to "protect" it.

Hahahahaha! I loved this. It reminded me of my mother's sister, my aunt, who always seemed so glamorous to me. Mary had been a stewardess (this was in the days of bright and glowing sexism) with American Airlines, then had married an older man and had three children. We would occasionally go and visit them. The house was nicer than ours and the living room particularly pretty. The way it stayed that way was because she covered everything plastic. Lampshades, sofas, chairs. Maybe Joan Crawford was an idol? (They did most of their socializing in the kitchen/family room, I believe.) The room was "for company." I remember asking my mom after one visit, "So what are we? Chopped liver?" Mom, if I remember correctly, kind of shrugged. She wasn't indifferent to my question, but probably uncertain how to answer it.

DH has a friend who had an "off-limits" room in the house. It was only to be used by his mother and the company she invited over. The carpet showed footprints so his mother would know. Showroom quality everything in that room.

I believe a home should be lived in, but I do have to remind DS to take care around furnishings on occasion.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7344 on: March 06, 2013, 02:57:09 PM »
ladyknight1 wrote:

"My father-in-law is a very smart man. He did a lot of the work on his house himself, and that is good, except that it will never pass inspection for sale and MIL is constantly talking about selling that house. While they were gone over the weekend, the 32 year old hot water heater had a major catastrophe and flooded the rear wing of the house. FIL is replacing the water heater, but trying to salvage the 32 year old carpet and padding."

That part of this that hurts my brain is that they own a house that's large enough to have 2000 square feet of carpeting on the bottom floor of one wing but it's got 32 year old carpets.  I'm guessing that your MIL wants to sell it so she doesn't have to continue staffing it.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7345 on: March 06, 2013, 03:14:47 PM »
My DH was trying to explain a quiz where you have clues to try and figure out the answer to an unknown question.   

*snip*

I still don't know what he is talking about and he thinks I'm just being completely obtuse.

My guess - the 'official answer' is the unknown question.  The other is just a clue.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7346 on: March 06, 2013, 04:33:54 PM »
Syntax brain hurt.

The phrase "Up to $50 or more" always makes my brain twitch. You can have something up to $50, or you can have something $50 or more, but please do not say that it is "up to $50 or more".

There is a local shop that always has a CD sale rack with a sign saying "From under $10". I often wonder if they realise that that description includes every single number.

I get that. What they are trying to say is that this rack has some CDs in it that are as cheap as (probably) $9.99 (under $10), but also some which are more than $10. Yes, that encompasses all possible prices but I think the emphasis here is on how low they go (under $10) which is to say (in their estimation and for the sake of advertising) incredibly cheap!

In other words, the sign is saying, "Look in this rack! there are some CDs in here that are so cheap, they are less than $10! Be aware, though, they're not all that cheap, just some of them."

Yes, thank you, I did understand what they were trying to say.  My point was that they are communicating it in a very sloppy way indeed.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7347 on: March 06, 2013, 04:48:21 PM »
My father showed me the package of a compact fluorescent light bulb which said something like "lasts up to 2 years."  :o  That kind of product warranty doesn't impress me.  >:D
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7348 on: March 06, 2013, 04:56:37 PM »
My father showed me the package of a compact fluorescent light bulb which said something like "lasts up to 2 years."  :o  That kind of product warranty doesn't impress me.  >:D

It brings to mind when people say any of the following:

"For just pennies a day": The value of Buckingham Palace can be measured in pennies. You just need a lot of them.
"And it does the job in seconds!" The life span of the universe can be measured in seconds.  It's just a rather lot of them.
"Just yards away from [attraction] is [other attraction]" The distance from Earth to Betelguise can be measured in yards.  You just... well, you get the idea.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7349 on: March 06, 2013, 05:44:33 PM »
ladyknight1 wrote:

"My father-in-law is a very smart man. He did a lot of the work on his house himself, and that is good, except that it will never pass inspection for sale and MIL is constantly talking about selling that house. While they were gone over the weekend, the 32 year old hot water heater had a major catastrophe and flooded the rear wing of the house. FIL is replacing the water heater, but trying to salvage the 32 year old carpet and padding."

That part of this that hurts my brain is that they own a house that's large enough to have 2000 square feet of carpeting on the bottom floor of one wing but it's got 32 year old carpets.  I'm guessing that your MIL wants to sell it so she doesn't have to continue staffing it.

Virg

They built a 4200 sq ft house. At the time of it being built, it was for four people. There are four bedrooms, a living room, two bonus rooms, etc. Neither of the bonus rooms and one bedroom are ever used, only to store junk. There are only two people living there.
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