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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2085 on: December 18, 2013, 07:11:29 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. :)

Serrations isn't the right word, but I didn't know how to describe it.  http://myshinykitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Santoku-Knife.jpg  This knife is the closest that I see, but it's not quite right.  This came up under santoku.  What I'm trying to describe is the indentations on the side.  I actually don't remember if the blade edge itself was serrated or not.  I just couldn't think of the word for the indentation things on the side.  For some reason I had the impression that the knife had numbers written by the indentations, like measurements, but I also was some distance away, so I may have been mistaken on that point.
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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2086 on: December 18, 2013, 07:15:03 PM »
I think you mean a nakiri knife.  I love mine.  The hollow grounding on the side prevents things from sticking to the blade.  It's VERY sharp, though.  I have to be very careful when washing it.

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« Reply #2087 on: December 18, 2013, 07:53:29 PM »
I have several Santoku knives and they are wonderful.
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« Reply #2088 on: December 18, 2013, 09:31:52 PM »
Oops, you are right, Miss March. (That's what I get for posting so early in the morning.) Email me privately.


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You are very sweet to offer those chocolates, but no prizes are necessary (besides, I'm stuffed to the gills with more holiday treats than I can handle these days).  I'm just giving myself a little pat on the back for guessing right, is all. That was a fun match up trivia!  :)

It's sad. I'll give to families in need through my work, my local church, or some service that I trust in my city, but I just don't trust these online sites where anyone can ask for money, and no one verifies anything.
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« Reply #2089 on: December 19, 2013, 11:10:02 AM »
You're welcome. It was fun doing it; at least it took me out of the annoyance much like our Ehell Bingo does for holiday gatherings.  ;)


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« Reply #2090 on: December 19, 2013, 12:55:38 PM »
They had one of those knife sales pitch demonstrations at the Wal-mart near my home a couple of weeks ago also.  First they started making extremely loud ear-splitting announcements over the PA system about a "free gift" if you went to the produce section at the scheduled time.  It was very annoying, if I wasn't near the end of a long list of much-needed items I probably would have just left. 

I happened to go to the produce section a few minutes later and there was a pretty large crowd gathered.  I paused long enough to see what they were doing and it was indeed the knife sales pitch.  I grabbed the few items I needed from produce and got the heck out of there.

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« Reply #2091 on: December 19, 2013, 01:01:57 PM »
I have a set of ginsu-wannabe knifes that I got at a discount store for $3 over 20 years ago.  They're still sharp and still work great, so it was $3 well spent.  A professional chef would probably cringe over my kitchen collection, but they work fine for me.

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« Reply #2092 on: December 19, 2013, 01:50:26 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.  :)

A friend told his four kids (age range: 14-4) to make him their christmas lists. All four listed the new X-Box... And nothing else. He told them he was NOT buying four game systems just to be told by the 4 year old that he's silly, he's supposed to buy them ONE system and then they all play it.

He gathered them and told them (probably teasing a little) that that was all well and good but the Xbox only uses two kid's allotted money so who shares an Xbox and who gets a bunch of smaller gifts? After consulting they told him he should take the rest of the money and buy coats and toys for poor kids because they'll be happy with the Xbox, thanks.

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« Reply #2093 on: December 19, 2013, 01:53:25 PM »
A friend told his four kids (age range: 14-4) to make him their christmas lists. All four listed the new X-Box... And nothing else. He told them he was NOT buying four game systems just to be told by the 4 year old that he's silly, he's supposed to buy them ONE system and then they all play it.

He gathered them and told them (probably teasing a little) that that was all well and good but the Xbox only uses two kid's allotted money so who shares an Xbox and who gets a bunch of smaller gifts? After consulting they told him he should take the rest of the money and buy coats and toys for poor kids because they'll be happy with the Xbox, thanks.

In a thread full of beggars, moochers and scammers, this is the sweetest thing I've read in a long time! :'( :)

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Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Reply #2094 on: December 19, 2013, 01:59:56 PM »
A friend told his four kids (age range: 14-4) to make him their christmas lists. All four listed the new X-Box... And nothing else. He told them he was NOT buying four game systems just to be told by the 4 year old that he's silly, he's supposed to buy them ONE system and then they all play it.

He gathered them and told them (probably teasing a little) that that was all well and good but the Xbox only uses two kid's allotted money so who shares an Xbox and who gets a bunch of smaller gifts? After consulting they told him he should take the rest of the money and buy coats and toys for poor kids because they'll be happy with the Xbox, thanks.

In a thread full of beggars, moochers and scammers, this is the sweetest thing I've read in a long time! :'( :)

They're really very sweet kids. I have no doubt if they really did get up Christmas morning and find nothing but one lone Xbox, no games even(they haven't asked for games. My friend finds this hilarious) they'd be pleased as punch.

They're probably getting it too. Not from their Dad though, their grandpa has said he wants to buy one. Now comes the challenge of figuring out what their Dad CAN get since they are holding fast to Xbox and gifts for "poor kids".

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« Reply #2095 on: December 19, 2013, 02:05:43 PM »
That's absolutelly heart warming, such nice kids! And good parents too for making their kids aware enough of their own fortune vs those less fortunates that they made that decision on their own!

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« Reply #2096 on: December 19, 2013, 02:19:46 PM »
Gaaaahhhh I heard this story today from my parents and I needed somewhere to vent and was SO happy when I remembered this thread.

I have 2 cousins who work full time but don't make a ton of money. Their Dad is the family mooch and lives off all his siblings. He's barely worked a day in his life. But don't worry - he has a brand new iPhone 5 and shops at Nordstrom because no where else sells clothes that "fit his slender build".  :'(

Apparently my cousins really have it hard - living in brand new apartments in the most expensive part of town really drains their pay check. But they just CAN'T move because EVERY WHERE else is soooooooooooo dangerous. The ONLY safe place to live is the "Super Expensive End".

My uncle's recent sob story to my parents was how one of the cousins has been wearing the same winter coat for THREE years and just can not for the life of her find a new, warm coat for under $400!!!!! She's looked in all the right places - REI, EMS, Banana Republic, GAP. The only places in the world who sell coats.

Could you please send them some money so they can buy a new coat. Wearing a 3 year old coat has been such a struggle.  She'll cash the check when she gets back from her "girls weekend" in near by "Big City".

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« Reply #2097 on: December 19, 2013, 02:21:58 PM »
He could buy them some games, or accessories (extra controllers, kinect, etc)- or gift cards so they can buy games later as they're released.  THEN, of course, also coats.  One thing my mother used to do for me when I was little was to take me to the dollar store around Christmas time.   There, we'd buy a basket/gift box of some type and some small toys to go inside - plus some school/art supplies like crayons.  Then she'd take me round to the donation center and have me register the basket as my gift to other people.  As I got older I started contributing some of my own money; now I participate in secret santa and still go to the dollar store.  I make up two baskets, one for kids and one for adults (with things like batteries, winter gloves, etc).  it sounds like these kids would be a good candidate to start that new tradition with. 

As for the people with high end taste and low end budget, oh PLEASE. 

Although there is something to the Vimes Theory of Economics... Rich people stay rich because they can afford to buy higher quality items. (He used boots as an example).  That theory only holds if you disregard those who must have the latest fashion.  Those who buy higher priced/higher quality items intending to use it until it dies will get more 'bang for their buck.'

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« Reply #2098 on: December 19, 2013, 02:25:29 PM »
Gaaaahhhh I heard this story today from my parents and I needed somewhere to vent and was SO happy when I remembered this thread.

I have 2 cousins who work full time but don't make a ton of money. Their Dad is the family mooch and lives off all his siblings. He's barely worked a day in his life. But don't worry - he has a brand new iPhone 5 and shops at Nordstrom because no where else sells clothes that "fit his slender build".  :'(

Apparently my cousins really have it hard - living in brand new apartments in the most expensive part of town really drains their pay check. But they just CAN'T move because EVERY WHERE else is soooooooooooo dangerous. The ONLY safe place to live is the "Super Expensive End".

My uncle's recent sob story to my parents was how one of the cousins has been wearing the same winter coat for THREE years and just can not for the life of her find a new, warm coat for under $400!!!!! She's looked in all the right places - REI, EMS, Banana Republic, GAP. The only places in the world who sell coats.

Could you please send them some money so they can buy a new coat. Wearing a 3 year old coat has been such a struggle.  She'll cash the check when she gets back from her "girls weekend" in near by "Big City".

 >:(

I think we need to have a permanent wall installed on this thread

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« Reply #2099 on: December 19, 2013, 02:36:56 PM »
Penny - I don't get the coat thing.  I do get the attitude: it's entitlement.  They feel entitled to bigger and better and more expensive and the world should obviously cater to them. 

I have owned my coat (black wool peacoat) for 6 or 7 years now and it's stylish and functional.  I got it for under a hundred bucks at a local Burlington Coat factory  (not sure if that's a national chain or not).