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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9600 on: August 22, 2014, 06:09:09 PM »
If you have frozen some bananas to use later in banana bread (or whatever), what is the best method for defrosting them or using them?  Sitting out on the counter? Can I use the "defrost" feature of my microwave? Just mash them up frozen and then assume (probably correctly) that making the banana bread will thaw them enough?
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« Reply #9601 on: August 22, 2014, 06:21:43 PM »
If you have frozen some bananas to use later in banana bread (or whatever), what is the best method for defrosting them or using them?  Sitting out on the counter? Can I use the "defrost" feature of my microwave? Just mash them up frozen and then assume (probably correctly) that making the banana bread will thaw them enough?

I let them thaw at room temperature.
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« Reply #9602 on: August 22, 2014, 07:40:16 PM »
If you have frozen some bananas to use later in banana bread (or whatever), what is the best method for defrosting them or using them?  Sitting out on the counter? Can I use the "defrost" feature of my microwave? Just mash them up frozen and then assume (probably correctly) that making the banana bread will thaw them enough?

Doesn't matter how you thaw them - microwave (in small increments, medium power, poking at them in between) or in a bag of warm water or just at room temperature.  They're not going to spoil or cook if parts of them get hotter than others.

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« Reply #9603 on: August 22, 2014, 08:51:40 PM »
If you have frozen some bananas to use later in banana bread (or whatever), what is the best method for defrosting them or using them?  Sitting out on the counter? Can I use the "defrost" feature of my microwave? Just mash them up frozen and then assume (probably correctly) that making the banana bread will thaw them enough?

I put them in warm water.  I've also used the microwave successfully as well

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« Reply #9604 on: August 23, 2014, 07:17:35 AM »
Interesting perspectives on the naming issue - especially the Zulu/Xhosa tradition!

Another question.

I often hear on various boards (primarily USA-based) that those working retail/food service etc. are not allowed to tell a customer the store is closed and they must leave.  Why on earth is that?  It seems terribly unfair that staff must stay back (one assumes, without recompense) because someone wants to browse!
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« Reply #9605 on: August 23, 2014, 07:35:24 AM »
Interesting perspectives on the naming issue - especially the Zulu/Xhosa tradition!

Another question.

I often hear on various boards (primarily USA-based) that those working retail/food service etc. are not allowed to tell a customer the store is closed and they must leave.  Why on earth is that?  It seems terribly unfair that staff must stay back (one assumes, without recompense) because someone wants to browse!

I have no idea. The places I worked made announcements starting about 30 minutes prior to closing. "Thank you for shopping  at X. Our store will be closing on XX minutes. Please make your final selections and come to the front of the store for checkout." 10 minutes out they would start turning off the extra lighting to hussle people along and have someone make sweeps and direct stragglers to the checkout lanes.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9606 on: August 23, 2014, 08:37:04 AM »
TThey are supposed to be paying you if you are still working- it's the law. I think it's a "we don't want to hurt potential customers' feelings" thing.  I think it's idiotic to not tell browsers myself.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9607 on: August 23, 2014, 09:29:58 AM »
Interesting perspectives on the naming issue - especially the Zulu/Xhosa tradition!

Another question.

I often hear on various boards (primarily USA-based) that those working retail/food service etc. are not allowed to tell a customer the store is closed and they must leave.  Why on earth is that?  It seems terribly unfair that staff must stay back (one assumes, without recompense) because someone wants to browse!

It depends. When we close the theater, it's 15 minutes after the last show starts, and we leave one drink station on while doing closing procedure so people can get refills. There's sometimes people who come in right at closing time, when all registers have been pulled, but it doesn't happen often. The mall we're in closes either at 9 (Monday - Saturday) or 6 (Sunday), so that helps with that as well (also, I doubt most people would want to go out past 10:30 for a movie unless it's a premiere). We do tell people if it's close to closing time so they can get their food before everything gets shut down.
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« Reply #9608 on: August 23, 2014, 08:59:41 PM »
Was watching Last Tango In Halifax and noticed the characters would occasionally say "He were happy" or "He were going to university" instead of "He was." Why do they do that ? Is it common just in that area of England ?   

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« Reply #9609 on: August 23, 2014, 09:07:56 PM »
For those of you who belong to a health club with a whirlpool, where would be a logical place for a button or switch to turn it on?  My club has whirlpools both out on the pool deck and in the locker room (off in a room with the sauna/steam room), and while warm water is pleasant, I can't find where to turn it on.  I feel so stupid asking an employee :-[

I'm thinking of sending DH into the men's locker room and having him find it.  It's probably the same setup.



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« Reply #9610 on: August 23, 2014, 09:11:22 PM »
Was watching Last Tango In Halifax and noticed the characters would occasionally say "He were happy" or "He were going to university" instead of "He was." Why do they do that ? Is it common just in that area of England ?
As far as I know, yes that is common up there.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9611 on: August 23, 2014, 09:23:32 PM »
Interesting perspectives on the naming issue - especially the Zulu/Xhosa tradition!

Another question.

I often hear on various boards (primarily USA-based) that those working retail/food service etc. are not allowed to tell a customer the store is closed and they must leave.  Why on earth is that?  It seems terribly unfair that staff must stay back (one assumes, without recompense) because someone wants to browse!
Misguided ideas of customer service/the customer is always right. My Dad always said that restaurants should list 2 closing times. When the kitchen closed (last orders could go in) and when the dinning room closed (an hour to 90 minutes after the kitchen) and you needed to get your rear out the door.

My Dad was friends with a bunch of restaurant owners. Part because he was in the beer business, and part because of my Grandparents owning a grocery store in Downtown Houston from early 30's - 50's, and my grandfather being involved with development/land deals in the Hill Country.

I can remember being in many small restaurants after closing at the invitation of the owner. The owner would sit down with my parents to have coffee and talk. Sis would be asleep on the table, I would get extra ice cream and sometimes apple pie. The lights would be mostly off, place closed for over an hour (employees sent home unless they were the owners' family then they would be with us), and people would still bang on the door demanding to be served.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9612 on: August 23, 2014, 10:30:51 PM »
For those of you who belong to a health club with a whirlpool, where would be a logical place for a button or switch to turn it on?  My club has whirlpools both out on the pool deck and in the locker room (off in a room with the sauna/steam room), and while warm water is pleasant, I can't find where to turn it on.  I feel so stupid asking an employee :-[

I'm thinking of sending DH into the men's locker room and having him find it.  It's probably the same setup.
Its always out of reach for someone in the hot tub.  I think that's for electrical safety.  Look on the walls near but not too near the hot tub.  Or ask another member, ideally one you see in the hot tub. 

Most of the hot tubs I've seen its not a button, its a timer with a dial.  You turn it on by turning the indicator on the timer.  My current club its buttons marked 15, 10, 5, and "off" so its still a timer. 

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9613 on: August 23, 2014, 11:36:30 PM »
Was watching Last Tango In Halifax and noticed the characters would occasionally say "He were happy" or "He were going to university" instead of "He was." Why do they do that ? Is it common just in that area of England ?

It's just local dialect, similar to how some Americans say 'putting something up' instead of 'putting something away', or 'y'all' instead of 'everybody' - etc. Very common pattern of speech in the north of England.

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« Reply #9614 on: August 24, 2014, 12:33:08 PM »
I've been having my shower room refitted. The builders had intended starting last Monday, but another job ran on, so they got in touch to say it wouldn't be until the Tuesday. We saw each other briefly for me to pass on the key as I was going away for the rest of the week on Monday.  I'd understood they'd be spending the week stripping everything out, but have got back today to find the tiles are up, but not grouted. There a few feature tiles of vaguely Chinese style fish. http://www.bathstore.com/products/v-a-fish-panel-4-set-decor-152x152-10001001280.html These are sold as a border, but I wanted them scattered as feature tiles. The man in the shop pointed out to me they are pairs ie there is a repeating pattern of four tiles, but they can be grouped in twos, so that was how I'd wanted them. The problem is that I'd not yet discussed that with the builders and they've scattered them singly, not realising that there is a tail on one tile which matches with a fish on another. They'll not be back until Tuesday as tomorrow is a Bank Holiday. Does anyone know if it will be feasible to remove those tiles and put them back in the right place, or am I stuck with it? It's my fault as I should have made sure they knew about it and I can live with it as it is, but it would be useful to know it it's worth discussing with them.