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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6150 on: December 04, 2012, 10:26:41 AM »
Do you need to put a stamp on a letter to Santa at the North Pole?  Will the mail carrier take it without the stamp?

They did a bit on the news on letters to Santa/North Pole the other day - not only does your initial letter need to be stamped, but so does your return envelope.  The post office will not deliver mail without stamps.

Who are they delivering it to?
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« Reply #6151 on: December 04, 2012, 10:28:11 AM »
Hmm. I could try the foil.  Maybe I can decorate it to look holiday-y. :P

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« Reply #6152 on: December 04, 2012, 10:53:27 AM »
sevenday wrote:

"I have a friend who I want to give two items to: a gift card and a fridge magnet.  I want to send them as cheaply as possible, so thought of just putting both in a plain envelope with the Christmas card, sending that first class.  But then I thought to myself, would the magnet screw things up along the way?  The USPS scanners and sorters, would it demagnetize the gift card along the way?  So I ask you: CAN I do this without screwing something up?  If yes, alternate ideas?"

Does the gift card have a magnetic strip on it?  If it's a scratch-off, then there are no worries.  If it's got a magnetic strip, then I wouldn't send it in an envelope with a magnet.  My suggestion is to mail them separately.  Mail scanners aren't going to hurt a gift card, so wrapping it in foil isn't necessary (and it's also entirely ineffective) but a fridge magnet in close proximity can ruin a mag strip.

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« Reply #6153 on: December 04, 2012, 10:58:44 AM »
Do you need to put a stamp on a letter to Santa at the North Pole?  Will the mail carrier take it without the stamp?

They did a bit on the news on letters to Santa/North Pole the other day - not only does your initial letter need to be stamped, but so does your return envelope.  The post office will not deliver mail without stamps.

Who are they delivering it to?

There are volunteers who answer them and send back a letter from "Santa".  If a parent writes the letter from Santa they can send it to the town in Alaska with a SASE and get it mailed back with a North Pole postmark.

http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?create=kb:USPSFAQ&view%28%29=c[c_uspsjch212062011c]&varset%28source%29=sourceType:embedded
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« Reply #6154 on: December 04, 2012, 12:33:58 PM »
In big city and small town I've lived in, we just go to the Dead Letter offce at the post office and grab some Santa letters and give to the needy we sort out if there is enough information.

Now with so many USPS offices closing and automatically sending all mail to central station, I don't know of that will work.

(Outgoing mail is just bagged, sent 2 hours away, sorted, and local mail sent back to our post office. So when I send my card or invitation to my next door neightbor, it takes a 4 hour trip and has a good time scializing with the other mail. Then the mail carrier accidentally puts the item in our box, so we end up walking it next door anyway!  :))

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« Reply #6155 on: December 04, 2012, 03:56:44 PM »
Is there any etiquette regarding disposing of flags?

We've got a small Australian flag on our back door and I just noticed that it's starting to rip so I pulled it down, but (this is the 'stupid question' part) it seems disrespectful to just chuck it in the bin. But what else would you do?

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« Reply #6156 on: December 04, 2012, 04:07:16 PM »
Is there any etiquette regarding disposing of flags?

We've got a small Australian flag on our back door and I just noticed that it's starting to rip so I pulled it down, but (this is the 'stupid question' part) it seems disrespectful to just chuck it in the bin. But what else would you do?

I know in the United States the flag code details how to dispose of a flag properly and it's more than most people want to take on themselves (I think it involves burning it in a "dignified" way), so some of the veterans associations and scout groups will collect them and do away with several at once. You might check with local associations like that and see if they have any suggestions for you.
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« Reply #6157 on: December 04, 2012, 04:46:52 PM »
Is there any etiquette regarding disposing of flags?

We've got a small Australian flag on our back door and I just noticed that it's starting to rip so I pulled it down, but (this is the 'stupid question' part) it seems disrespectful to just chuck it in the bin. But what else would you do?

I know in the United States the flag code details how to dispose of a flag properly and it's more than most people want to take on themselves (I think it involves burning it in a "dignified" way), so some of the veterans associations and scout groups will collect them and do away with several at once. You might check with local associations like that and see if they have any suggestions for you.

Great suggestion, thanks!

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« Reply #6158 on: December 04, 2012, 05:27:48 PM »
Re: the questions earlier about gift cards and magnets.  It's a Michael's gift card.  I don't know if those are the scratch off kind or the magnetic, I think magnetic.  What about using a small manila envelope, putting them on opposite corners...?  It'd still be cheaper than mailing separately. I don't know. At this rate I'm thinking it might be better to just throw a $20 in there ><

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« Reply #6159 on: December 04, 2012, 06:34:30 PM »
Is there any etiquette regarding disposing of flags?

We've got a small Australian flag on our back door and I just noticed that it's starting to rip so I pulled it down, but (this is the 'stupid question' part) it seems disrespectful to just chuck it in the bin. But what else would you do?

I know in the United States the flag code details how to dispose of a flag properly and it's more than most people want to take on themselves (I think it involves burning it in a "dignified" way), so some of the veterans associations and scout groups will collect them and do away with several at once. You might check with local associations like that and see if they have any suggestions for you.

Great suggestion, thanks!

Just checked with my Eagle Scout and military veteran DH. We would dispose of it in a flag retirement ceremony (same as we do with the US flags), and then give you the brass grommets to keep or send to the Australian Embassy.
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« Reply #6160 on: December 04, 2012, 07:14:04 PM »
Eagle (BF) and I disagree about the correct answer to this.

If you thaw frozen chicken (purchased that way), can you put it in the fridge to use the next evening?

If it isn't clear, we purchased a bag of frozen chicken from Wal-Mart.  We defrosted some of the chicken whilst our new stove was being installed in anticipation of using it (and because we're hungry).  The installer then told us we had to wait until the stove reached room temperature.  Remember that part where we're hungry?  Now we don't want to wait, but we don't want to waste the chicken either.  One of us thinks that it is not OK to put the chicken in the fridge for tomorrow night, one of us thinks it will be absolutely fine for dinner tomorrow.  Someone make the decision for us?

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« Reply #6161 on: December 04, 2012, 07:18:30 PM »
I would think that if it's been properly refrigerated as it's thawed, it would be fine to use tomorrow.
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« Reply #6162 on: December 04, 2012, 07:24:06 PM »
I agree with mmswm. It will be perfectly safe.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6163 on: December 04, 2012, 09:04:29 PM »
I would think that if it's been properly refrigerated as it's thawed, it would be fine to use tomorrow.

As long as it has not been sitting out at room temperature, it will be fine tomorrow or even the next day.  Fresh/not previously frozen usually has  a 3-7 day window of when to use or freeze by so previously frozen should have at least a 3 day window after it is thawed if properly refridgerated (IMO).  And ftr, I have some very high food handling safety personal guidelines (I've had ecoli poisoning and I NEVER EVER want a repeat of that experience.  I've also had a nasty bout of dysentery after a nightmare vacation, ecoli was still the worse of the two though).
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6164 on: December 04, 2012, 09:13:46 PM »
If you thawed the chicken in the fridge, then it's fine for a few days at least. If you thawed the chicken by leaving it in cold water on the counter or some method that didn't involve continuous refrigeration, I wouldn't trust it at all unless you cooked it right away and then refrigerated it.

My DH managed to give himself campylobacter by eating improperly cooked chicken once. It was pretty miserable, and not an experience either of us would like to repeat.