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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2070 on: December 17, 2013, 07:08:27 PM »
My cousin's teenager has listed two items on his Christmas wish list. An Xbox One ($625) and a 60" flat panel television ($900). Now my cousin is asking for suggestions for what she should buy.

My response? Nothing.

Let him save up $1500 to buy them.  >:D

I was recently having a discussion with some friends on Facebook (private group) about what people spent on their kids for Christmas.  The upper end seemed to be about $200 per kid, and those were people with teens (so more expensive wants).  So it's hard to imagine that he'll actually get both of those.  I think it sounds like a great time for his mother to explain the concept of having a variety of items at different price points on one's wish list.  :)
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2071 on: December 17, 2013, 07:10:59 PM »
'Tis the season to play "Match It!" You can win by correctly matching the items in List A with the CL ad posters in List B in our local CL as of this morning. (Note that only those asking for freebies are included here just to make it thread appropriate.) A gold star and a 4-piece box of Godiva chocolates to anyone who is 100 percent correct!

List A                                                                             List B
Wants a decent car                                                           Mother with no money but a daughter
Wants a Christmas tree and toys for kids                            Single working parent (address provided)
Wants money                                                                   Poor graduate student
Wants iPhone (used okay)                                                 One senior/2children/2 mid-age adults
Wants a "Project Motorcycle"                                             Low income senior
Wants a Kindle                                                                 Single student mother
Wants "extra organic foods"                                              Struggling family

I'll take a stab at it:

Decent car: Poor grad student. (because DH and I were these people at one time. That is, we were in school and in need of a decent car. Not that we asked anyone to buy it for us)

Christmas tree and toys for kids: single working parent. (because the cost for this could be just too much, but he/she wants to provide a nice holiday for the kids)

money: one senior/2children/2middle aged adults. (With a family mix like that, it would be easier to do a one-size-fits-all family gift in cash form)

iPhone (used OK): single student mother. (because it really is both fun and practical, and as a single mother and a (presumably) younger woman, I think she'd value both)

Project Motorcycle: low income senior. (because he/she may be retired with time on his/her hands more so than others)

Kindle: Struggling family. (because "struggling" suggests to me that they are working and getting by, with difficulty. this would be a luxury they can't normally afford, and in a way, a whole family could enjoy it)

"Extra organic foods": mother with no money but a daughter. (mostly because these are the choices I have left)

Anyone want to refine my guesses?

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2072 on: December 17, 2013, 07:25:54 PM »
Decent car- Single working parent
Christmas tree and toys- Struggling family
Money- Low income senior
iPhone- Mother with no money but daughter
Motorcycle- Poor graduate student
Kindle- Single student mother
Organic food- 1 senior, 2 children, 2 adults
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2073 on: December 17, 2013, 08:24:48 PM »
I'll take a stab ;)

Decent car - single working parent
Christmas tree and toys - single student mother
Money - One senior/2children/2 mid-age adults
iPhone - Poor graduate student
Project Motorcycle - Low income senior
Kindle - Mother with no money
Organic foods - struggling family
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2074 on: December 18, 2013, 07:03:59 AM »
I think the organic food is for the college student, but that is my only guess.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2075 on: December 18, 2013, 08:00:37 AM »
'Tis the season to play "Match It!" You can win by correctly matching the items in List A with the CL ad posters in List B in our local CL as of this morning. (Note that only those asking for freebies are included here just to make it thread appropriate.) A gold star and a 4-piece box of Godiva chocolates to anyone who is 100 percent correct!

List A                                                                             List B
Wants a decent car                                                            Mother with no money but a daughter
Wants a Christmas tree and toys for kids                            Single working parent (address provided)
Wants money                                                                    Poor graduate student
Wants iPhone (used okay)                                                  One senior/2children/2 mid-age adults
Wants a "Project Motorcycle"                                             Low income senior
Wants a Kindle                                                                  Single student mother
Wants "extra organic foods"                                              Struggling family


Wonderful! You all did great. Unfortunately, no one won the star and chocolate, but I enjoyed reading the guesses. Here is the reality: The poor graduate student wants the motorcycle. The 1 senior/2 children/2 mid-age adults want the organic food (that you spent a lot of money on but aren't planning to eat). The senior student mother wants the Kindle.   The single working parent, who so thoughtfully provided his full address and even directions so you can deliver it, wants the decent car. The struggling family wants the tree and toys. The mother with no money but a daughter the iPhone (for the daughter). And the low-income senior wants the money. (I think that's right; many of them have been flagged off--with my help.)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2076 on: December 18, 2013, 08:07:34 AM »
He was demonstrating the knife cutting through wood, a hammer, etc.  My question is, though, why they always demonstrate the wonders of a knife by cutting through things you'd never cut with a knife.  He was talking about how you wanted a really sharp knife for fresh bread, otherwise it would just be a pile of crumbs.  And then it sounded like he demonstrated how sharp it was by cutting a hammer (wasn't watching, so not sure if he cut the handle or head or what) and wood.  But when I went by at one point and saw him, it looked like the knife was pretty thick and had strangely angled sides (sort of like serrations, but on the side).  I'd imagine that it would make a mess of crumbs, too.  Maybe I'm wrong, but it would give a better idea if he, you know, cut bread with it.  I'm pretty sure I would have heard him say if he was doing so, because I could hear every other word of his demonstration from the opposite side of the rows, he was that loud.  I think every person there did their grocery shopping with him in their ears.

Sounds a little like a santoku knife.  They're supposed to be pretty good (assuming the product itself is actually good)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2077 on: December 18, 2013, 08:12:26 AM »
He was demonstrating the knife cutting through wood, a hammer, etc.  My question is, though, why they always demonstrate the wonders of a knife by cutting through things you'd never cut with a knife.  He was talking about how you wanted a really sharp knife for fresh bread, otherwise it would just be a pile of crumbs.  And then it sounded like he demonstrated how sharp it was by cutting a hammer (wasn't watching, so not sure if he cut the handle or head or what) and wood.  But when I went by at one point and saw him, it looked like the knife was pretty thick and had strangely angled sides (sort of like serrations, but on the side).  I'd imagine that it would make a mess of crumbs, too.  Maybe I'm wrong, but it would give a better idea if he, you know, cut bread with it.  I'm pretty sure I would have heard him say if he was doing so, because I could hear every other word of his demonstration from the opposite side of the rows, he was that loud.  I think every person there did their grocery shopping with him in their ears.

Sounds a little like a santoku knife.  They're supposed to be pretty good (assuming the product itself is actually good)

As My Brother The Chef puts it, if you need a knife sharp enough to cut through a hammer to cut your meat, what you actually need is different meat.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2078 on: December 18, 2013, 09:00:29 AM »
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Wonderful! You all did great. Unfortunately, no one won the star and chocolate, but I enjoyed reading the guesses. Here is the reality: The poor graduate student wants the motorcycle. The 1 senior/2 children/2 mid-age adults want the organic food (that you spent a lot of money on but aren't planning to eat). The senior student mother wants the Kindle.   The single working parent, who so thoughtfully provided his full address and even directions so you can deliver it, wants the decent car. The struggling family wants the tree and toys. The mother with no money but a daughter the iPhone (for the daughter). And the low-income senior wants the money. (I think that's right; many of them have been flagged off--with my help.)

Actually....I think I did get them all correct?

Decent car- Single working parent
Christmas tree and toys- Struggling family
Money- Low income senior
iPhone- Mother with no money but daughter
Motorcycle- Poor graduate student
Kindle- Single student mother
Organic food- 1 senior, 2 children, 2 adults

I assume you heard the way she spoke to me at dinner.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2079 on: December 18, 2013, 09:10:26 AM »
He was demonstrating the knife cutting through wood, a hammer, etc.  My question is, though, why they always demonstrate the wonders of a knife by cutting through things you'd never cut with a knife.  He was talking about how you wanted a really sharp knife for fresh bread, otherwise it would just be a pile of crumbs.  And then it sounded like he demonstrated how sharp it was by cutting a hammer (wasn't watching, so not sure if he cut the handle or head or what) and wood.  But when I went by at one point and saw him, it looked like the knife was pretty thick and had strangely angled sides (sort of like serrations, but on the side).  I'd imagine that it would make a mess of crumbs, too.  Maybe I'm wrong, but it would give a better idea if he, you know, cut bread with it.  I'm pretty sure I would have heard him say if he was doing so, because I could hear every other word of his demonstration from the opposite side of the rows, he was that loud.  I think every person there did their grocery shopping with him in their ears.

Sounds a little like a santoku knife.  They're supposed to be pretty good (assuming the product itself is actually good)

Sounded to me like a ginsu knife, which has serrations bled up one side, and used to be advertised by cutting through all sorts of unlikely things.

I have a couple, and they've stayed sharp for over twenty years, so they were a good purchase.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2080 on: December 18, 2013, 09:56:31 AM »
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Wonderful! You all did great. Unfortunately, no one won the star and chocolate, but I enjoyed reading the guesses. Here is the reality: The poor graduate student wants the motorcycle. The 1 senior/2 children/2 mid-age adults want the organic food (that you spent a lot of money on but aren't planning to eat). The senior student mother wants the Kindle.   The single working parent, who so thoughtfully provided his full address and even directions so you can deliver it, wants the decent car. The struggling family wants the tree and toys. The mother with no money but a daughter the iPhone (for the daughter). And the low-income senior wants the money. (I think that's right; many of them have been flagged off--with my help.)

Actually....I think I did get them all correct?

Decent car- Single working parent
Christmas tree and toys- Struggling family
Money- Low income senior
iPhone- Mother with no money but daughter
Motorcycle- Poor graduate student
Kindle- Single student mother
Organic food- 1 senior, 2 children, 2 adults


Looks right to me.  Wow-- nice job MissMarch!

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2081 on: December 18, 2013, 10:19:05 AM »
Oops, you are right, Miss March. (That's what I get for posting so early in the morning.) Email me privately.


Kind of a shame this one (copied here as written) came too late to be entered, but I thought you might be amused by it: in need of help for my grandchildren-no parents around) with gifts cards go to noemptytree.com--------user xxxxxxxxxxxxxx thank you

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2082 on: December 18, 2013, 12:53:09 PM »
Wow, that website hits pretty much all of my SCAM buttons right off the get go. Charming.

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2083 on: December 18, 2013, 12:57:34 PM »
Wow, that website hits pretty much all of my SCAM buttons right off the get go. Charming.

The weird part is, I went and looked around at the various areas of the country. Maybe it's my work firewalls, but I can't see a single listing.

But it is one of the most poorly-designed websites I've seen since the 90s.

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« Reply #2084 on: December 18, 2013, 06:32:00 PM »
He was demonstrating the knife cutting through wood, a hammer, etc.  My question is, though, why they always demonstrate the wonders of a knife by cutting through things you'd never cut with a knife.  He was talking about how you wanted a really sharp knife for fresh bread, otherwise it would just be a pile of crumbs.  And then it sounded like he demonstrated how sharp it was by cutting a hammer (wasn't watching, so not sure if he cut the handle or head or what) and wood.  But when I went by at one point and saw him, it looked like the knife was pretty thick and had strangely angled sides (sort of like serrations, but on the side).  I'd imagine that it would make a mess of crumbs, too.  Maybe I'm wrong, but it would give a better idea if he, you know, cut bread with it.  I'm pretty sure I would have heard him say if he was doing so, because I could hear every other word of his demonstration from the opposite side of the rows, he was that loud.  I think every person there did their grocery shopping with him in their ears.

Sounds a little like a santoku knife.  They're supposed to be pretty good (assuming the product itself is actually good)

Sounded to me like a ginsu knife, which has serrations bled up one side, and used to be advertised by cutting through all sorts of unlikely things.

I have a couple, and they've stayed sharp for over twenty years, so they were a good purchase.

Yes, it's definitely not a santoku. That's the blade that's shaped kind of like a half-circle at the point end (cutting edge is the flat underside of the half-ciircle) and has a large flat blade, no serrations. However, I've never seen a ginsu knife (that I can recall), so it may well be that. :)
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