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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #8745 on: November 25, 2013, 11:58:15 AM »
They probably last nearly forever, but I throw them out at the end of each camping season and start over.  I keep them in a bag in the fridge to grab when we pack for a trip.

By the way, I am very, very careful not to take more than I think I need and still end up with way too many!

I don't use them at all which is why I have a surplus.  The fast food employees throw in a handful of them, even if I say "no condiments".  I put them in the fridge at work which is why I am worrying about it - what if they go bad and I make my co-workers sick?

Store them at home for 3 months, then take to work and toss the old bag? Except for soy sauce, of course. We know that will last forever!  :)  Are you that organized? I think I would be for a year, then get tired of it - Jan 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 - nah, too much to remember. Just a thought.

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« Reply #8746 on: November 25, 2013, 02:57:28 PM »
How long do the sealed packets of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise last?  The ones given out in fast food restaurants. 

I put my surplus in the fridge and just noticed none of them have an expiration date.

Cleaning the kitchen after my mother passed away, I found condiment packets that were years old.  As far as I can tell, soy sauce is forever as long as it hasn't dried up.  Somewhere around four or five years old, mustards and ketchup start turning dark in color.  My mother undoubtably would have declared them perfectly edible, but I wasn't going to try them.   :)  There weren't any mayonaise packets available to test, but jars of mayonaise are usually dated six months to a year in advance, and I've used mayo that was six months past the date and lived to tell the tale.  I'd give the mayo packets two years, especially if they have been refrigerated instead of stuffed in a drawer.

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« Reply #8747 on: November 25, 2013, 04:22:31 PM »
My stupid question:  when a restaurant charges an automatic gratuity, who gets that?  Does it go to the restaurant or to the server?

I was part of a large party (with split checks to boot) and our overworked server was amazing.  I added money to the automatic gratuity but after I walked out I wondered if she was going to get the whole amount or just the added amount (in which case I think I undertipped her).

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« Reply #8748 on: November 25, 2013, 06:26:49 PM »
When I worked in food service, any automatic gratuity was split by a certain percentage between the server for the table and the busser for the table.

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« Reply #8749 on: November 25, 2013, 08:17:30 PM »
In my experience, auto gratuity is handle the same as guest determined gratuity. So if the server normally pools tips or splits with bus staff, then the same would occur with an auto gratuity.

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« Reply #8750 on: November 25, 2013, 11:57:47 PM »
It's interesting to see the different mnemonics for greater-than/less-than.  The way I learned it was simply that the arrow always points at the smaller side.

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to me actualy the sign is a mnemonic, so I am surprisded that people need another one.

Many people don't readily absorb new signs and symbols. To some people mathematical abbreviations (and presumably other signs) are readily absorbed, to many many people something completely new induces panic and a mnemonic can ease them over that hump. Add to that the number of students who already don't understand maths readily and are thinking "WHAT!? They're writing new LETTERS now? What?!" Again, relating it to something familiar can help them to feel more comfortable with it.

I wonder if you are a visual learner, as often I find they are the ones who absorb new symbols more easily.
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« Reply #8751 on: November 26, 2013, 11:50:20 AM »
It's interesting to see the different mnemonics for greater-than/less-than.  The way I learned it was simply that the arrow always points at the smaller side.

Virg
to me actualy the sign is a mnemonic, so I am surprisded that people need another one.

Many people don't readily absorb new signs and symbols. To some people mathematical abbreviations (and presumably other signs) are readily absorbed, to many many people something completely new induces panic and a mnemonic can ease them over that hump. Add to that the number of students who already don't understand maths readily and are thinking "WHAT!? They're writing new LETTERS now? What?!" Again, relating it to something familiar can help them to feel more comfortable with it.

I wonder if you are a visual learner, as often I find they are the ones who absorb new symbols more easily.

I'm very much a kinetic learner, and when I was very young in elementary school my teacher taught us a great tool. She had us draw the signs, then draw teeth inside them, just the standard triangle teeth. She explained that crocodiles were very greedy and very hungry and their mouths were always poised to eat the bigger number because there was more of it. I think this must have been before 5th grade, as I was still in parochial school at the time.

On my first homework assignment, I turned every single one into a rudimenatry crocodile. My teacher said she appreciated the creativity, but I really should try to stick to strictly mathematical symbols, but I never forgot the hungry crocodile.

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« Reply #8752 on: December 06, 2013, 07:47:38 AM »
What is a loundroom? I just saw it mentioned by an Australian, as describing a house. I'm guessing it's a living room?  Google seems to agree that's it a word, but otherwise isn't being too helpful in telling me what it is.  :-\

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« Reply #8753 on: December 06, 2013, 08:18:58 AM »
What is a loundroom? I just saw it mentioned by an Australian, as describing a house. I'm guessing it's a living room?  Google seems to agree that's it a word, but otherwise isn't being too helpful in telling me what it is.  :-\

Yes, a lounge room is a living room. :)

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« Reply #8754 on: December 07, 2013, 11:48:53 AM »
Yes, a lounge room is a living room. :)

Thanks for the help Psychopoesie. :) 

Quick followup; is 'loundroom' even an actual term for it?  Just double checking since you used lounge room in the reply, which I did recognize. ;)

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« Reply #8755 on: December 07, 2013, 12:31:23 PM »
Quick followup; is 'loundroom' even an actual term for it?  Just double checking since you used lounge room in the reply, which I did recognize. ;)

Where did you see it written that way? My guess would be that it's a typo.
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« Reply #8756 on: December 07, 2013, 06:38:44 PM »
Quick followup; is 'loundroom' even an actual term for it?  Just double checking since you used lounge room in the reply, which I did recognize. ;)

Where did you see it written that way? My guess would be that it's a typo.

Assumed it was a typo - certainly never heard that term used and I've lived in Oz all my life.

The word might sound like that if I had a bad head cold though. ;)

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« Reply #8757 on: December 07, 2013, 06:51:26 PM »
Quick followup; is 'loundroom' even an actual term for it?  Just double checking since you used lounge room in the reply, which I did recognize. ;)

Where did you see it written that way? My guess would be that it's a typo.

Assumed it was a typo - certainly never heard that term used and I've lived in Oz all my life.

The word might sound like that if I had a bad head cold though. ;)

Now I want a loundroom. I'm thinking a massive one of those sound-proofed 'home theatres' but with lounges. Perhaps chaise lounges.
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« Reply #8758 on: December 07, 2013, 07:01:54 PM »
On of the things I have noticed is that here and in Oz, it is a lounge.  No room.  It would be like saying 'a kitchen room'.  It might be a sitting room, or a drawing room, or a family room, but not a lounge room.  One of those language oddities

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« Reply #8759 on: December 07, 2013, 07:08:42 PM »
On of the things I have noticed is that here and in Oz, it is a lounge.  No room.  It would be like saying 'a kitchen room'.  It might be a sitting room, or a drawing room, or a family room, but not a lounge room.  One of those language oddities

I tend to say lounge room.

More likely to say I'm sitting on the lounge (ie, the couch/sofa) than going into the lounge.