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[ - ] Hong Kong mom on. Any questions? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:26 PM Flag
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I want to go expat in HK. What should I negotiate up front with work? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:29 PM Flag
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Money, rental subsidy, school debentures if you have children, and a club membership. The last of which isn't a deal breaker if you get enough money from your company. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:30 PM Flag
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Shouldn't you be in bed? How realistic is it that the HK Chief Executive will be able to work with the protesters? [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Portledge School opinions? 0 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:21 PM Flag
[ - ] Sunless tanner moms, any tips to avoid looking B&T? Tia 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:13 PM Flag
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avoid sunless tanners [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:17 PM Flag
[ - ] Can someone recommend a good toaster - have tried everything! My bagels rarely get toasted- something simple - thx 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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the $10 at target [ Reply | More ]
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$300 for a toaster? wtf [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:06 PM Flag
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it's an awesome toaster. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:11 PM Flag
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This is the best toaster. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:28 PM Flag
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Is this really an issue? Put it under the broiler in the oven. Frees up $ and counter space. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:10 PM Flag
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i am not a fan of extra appliances, but we use our toaster nearly every day. it's definitely not worth heating up the oven for that. signed, coffee machine and toaster mom [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:11 PM Flag
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And then I forget it and the toast burns - and the whole kitchen heats up. We have a pretty cheap Black and Decker, from Amazon,and it works fine - $30 or so. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:16 PM Flag
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We got a toaster at Zabars, works beautifully. Think we spent about $50. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:22 PM Flag
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They don't make mine anymore. I have a cuisinart 4 slice long slot toaster that has seen daily use for 15 years without a problem. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:22 PM Flag
[ - ] What are some of the worst or most interesting reasons friends have given you for their divorces? 20 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:57 PM Flag
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They don't give reasons and I don't expect them to explain. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:59 PM Flag
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why would you expect people to gossip like this about their friends? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:00 PM Flag
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Okay, frenemy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:23 PM Flag
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Oxycontin [ Reply | More ]
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I have a friend that wanted to eat, pray, and love but really ended up broke and alone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:15 PM Flag
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Np- that is v sad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:22 PM Flag
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You need to rephrase to: "here are some of the worst or most interesting reasons..." then list what your frenemeies have given you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:16 PM Flag
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We have nothing in common anymore except for 20 years if shared history, 2 kids, a sick MIL, a mortgage, and a dog. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:18 PM Flag
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I have a friend with a twenty-something daughter who got divorced very quickly after marriage and my friend said (though this might not have been accurate) that they got divorced because they had different art styles. Pretty cavalier. No kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:19 PM Flag
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Did your df agree with her dd's decision to divorce? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:27 PM Flag
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She's discreet about her kids. She's been married a million years ... but her kids are all divorced. I think she didn't agree, but kept silent. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:29 PM Flag
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"i just don't feel IN love with him anymore. there's no passion." (3 kids in...) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:18 PM Flag
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I'm not fulfilleeed in a whiny nasal voice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:24 PM Flag
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he wanted kids but she didn't. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:20 PM Flag
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Desire to live in different cities 4 months after they committed their lives to each other. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:21 PM Flag
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OW [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:22 PM Flag
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I stove top toast bread in a cast iron skillet. No need to buy shit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:23 PM Flag
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Yeah, I would get a divorce over that. :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:26 PM Flag
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Me too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:30 PM Flag
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The most common reason a woman initiates a divorce IMO is the woman wanted a fairytale romance but the reality of life just got to be too much. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:26 PM Flag
[ - ] Any Convent of the Sacred Heart families on or people who can add valuable insight? Is it in your face Catholic or more moderate? What are the girls and families like? 30 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:50 PM Flag
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So offensive. Replace Catholic with Jewish and reread what you've written. Please don't send your child to a school where you obviously have issues with the religious nature of the school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:56 PM Flag
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I'm Catholic and don't find this offensive at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:01 PM Flag
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Good for you. I'm Catholic and do find it somewhat offensive that people want to use Catholic schools for their children's education but don't want those same schools to be "too Catholic" or teach their children any religion. It's a Catholic school with Catholism ingrained in it's mission so if you don't like Catholism or Catholics don't send your child to a Catholic school! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:04 PM Flag
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I'm an admitted cafeteria Catholic and like that my dd's school discusses lots of issues frowned upon in the Church. I like that they welcome non-Catholic girls. I grew up in a traditional parish school - lots of conservative religion, Baltimore Catechism- didn't want that for my dd. I love the emphasis on social justice, women in the Church, kindness,intellectual curiousity. And I think that's what op is asking about. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:11 PM Flag
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This. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:14 PM Flag
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+10000000000000000 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:11 PM Flag
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OP: perhaps better said than me, but spot on. TY [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:16 PM Flag
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Teaching religion is one thing. Pushing the Church's entire political and social agenda is another. That is what people are asking about, I think, when they ask if a school is "in your face Catholic". Like my DN went to a Catholic high school (not in NYC) where all the students were expected to participate in abortion rights marches? I went to Catholic school growing up and we were definitely "taught religion" but we were also taught tolerance and respect for different POVs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:21 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:06 PM Flag
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Neither do I. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:14 PM Flag
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This is a traditionally anti catholic board. And pro Jewish. This is par for the course. I am not religious either way but I find this offensive. If you're not religious, apply to a non religious school [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:03 PM Flag
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NP - I was raised Catholic, sort of "fallen away" but would consider Catholic educ, esp at CSH or MM. I think OP is asking if it's the old style catechism sort of relig ed - very conservative. Neither of those schools are like that. I too am totally not offended by OP's question. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:06 PM Flag
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I'd say things have changed from the reaction to the Gaza war over the summer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:10 PM Flag
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I disagree. You may want many of the values of the Catholic Church and disagree strongly with some - and still feel that the community of a school would be great for your child and family. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:14 PM Flag
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It's about the ability to criticize Catholics. That's all ok. You can say you want to teach your kids the tenets of the Jewish tradition but not be orthodox, and that's ok. But even if you approach the concept of being positive on SOME tenet of Catholicism on here, and you get shot down. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:25 PM Flag
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NP: I think the Church (and in particular the American bishops) are to blame for that, and not the world at large. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:27 PM Flag
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This is a traditionally anti catholic board. And pro Jewish. This is par for the course. I am not religious either way but I find this offensive. If you're not religious, apply to a non religious school [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:03 PM Flag
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Catholic here, while I'm not particularly offended, it is true that it is socially acceptable to be anti Catholic in a way that you would get skewered if you said similar things against Jews. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:11 PM Flag
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If you criticized Ramaz for being too Jewish you would get skewered on this board for being anti Semitic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:27 PM Flag
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Replace Jewish with black [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:03 PM Flag
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OP: Um I am Catholic, so relax. That doesn't mean that I want my DD taught Creationism over evolution, which some Catholic schools still do. While you might then ask why I would consider Catholic school? I like the moral and ethical element of a religious education, just not it being shoved down my throat all of the time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:14 PM Flag
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With this type of contentious attitude, there probably aren't the whole for you. How about Dalton or Trinity? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:23 PM Flag
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NP: Actually I think most independent (i.e. non-parochial) Catholic schools offer exactly what the OP is looking for. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:25 PM Flag
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OP: It really isn't contentious. I went to Catholic school myself, which took a very moderate approach to education. We had chapel weekly and had to take religion and ethics classes, which I really appreciated. However they also embraced discussions about issues in the Catholic churches, dissenting viewpoints, and that there is more than one religious viewpoint. The only thing I was trying to get at was whether CSH was similar to this and whether the school presents a well-rounded, modern approach to Catholic education or if it didn't. UB is so sensitive. Signed Catholic woman whose children are baptized and made first communion. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:29 PM Flag
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OP: Um I am Catholic, so relax. That doesn't mean that I want my DD taught Creationism over evolution, which some Catholic schools still do. While you might then ask why I would consider Catholic school? I like the moral and ethical element of a religious education, just not it being shoved down my throat all of the time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:23 PM Flag
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My niece is there-lovely families and generally pretty liberal Catholic. They have Mass wkly. My dd is at MM and I think of that as "Catholic lite" - chapel wkly, not Mass. There are many non-practicing Catholics (like us). I know several non-Cath families who seem happy there. Relig class emphasizes ethics,not doctrine. The do 1st Communion and Confirmation as a class but not at all uncomfortable for non-Caths. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:00 PM Flag
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Lol. Liberal Catholic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:04 PM Flag
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Perhaps you have heard about the new Pope? Catholicism is changing! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:11 PM Flag
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There have always been liberal Catholics. Some parishes and even diocese are more lib than others. Lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:17 PM Flag
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I'm Catholic and I think this idea of "Catholic-lite" is complete BS to be frank. I think people who have issues with the church but want a good education. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:09 PM Flag
[ - ] What kind of person only spreads bad news but not good stuff like where our kids go to school or our vacations? What is that? 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:50 PM Flag
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Modest? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:50 PM Flag
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Maybe but she calls everyone when something bad happens to us. Mil. [ Reply | More ]
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Oh, that is weird. I thought you meant only shared info about herself when it was bad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:52 PM Flag
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sucks. i had something bad happen in my extended family. all sorts of weirdos reached out to "be helpful". uh, ok rubbernecker. people are weird. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:10 PM Flag
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For example, my bil asked my mil whether our kids go to public or private and she pretended she didn't know. Or if we miss a party bc of a vacation she pretends she doesn't know where we are. (Dh speaks to his siblings rarely) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:50 PM Flag
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huh? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:03 PM Flag
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My mil will only says bad stuff about us. So if there is something good, she pretends she doesn't know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:07 PM Flag
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I believe the term you are looking for is "total fucking cunt" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:10 PM Flag
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Thank you! Just checking that I'm not crazy about this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:22 PM Flag
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Jealous. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:21 PM Flag
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Sometimes it's awareness that other people may not have similar opportunities. When my dc was accepted to an elite HS, I kept quiet about it unless people asked. When the HS results came out, I knew that some people were disappointed, and I didn't want to appear to be lording it over anyone. (Obviously, this didn't apply to close friends.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:54 PM Flag
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thank you. OP, heed these words. The fact that your DH rarely speaks to his sibs is a factor in this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:22 PM Flag
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This is when I love UB. Thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:28 PM Flag
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It's called gossip [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:59 PM Flag
[ - ] putting together a last minute Halloween costume for me and dh. I have a long emerald green gown, strapless and a long black sleeveless gown with a fur collar, sleeveless. What can I possible make out of these? Would love some ideas!!! I also have a blond bobbed wig! TIA! 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:48 PM Flag
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weird person from hunger games? [ Reply | More ]
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You watched it last night? I did too. :-) [ Reply | More ]
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spike the wig, put in a black stripe, carry a cigarette holder and be cruella deville. dh can be one of her henchmen--just dress like a burgular. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:54 PM Flag
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Better you than me. I hate this whole adult Halloween thing that's happened over the past few yrs. It's for the kids, imo. But have fun. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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Ariel and her prince. Or he goes as King Triton and it spins inappropriate! [ Reply | More ]
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or you can cheese yourself out and be a real housewife of nj [ Reply | More ]
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^^^bonus points if you can pull off the theresa and joe jailhouse look replete with handcuffs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:08 PM Flag
[ - ] Brooklyn Tech vs. High School for Math Science Engineering? Big with strong reputation and long commute vs. small and unproven with shorter commute. DC struggling with which to rank higher. Any thoughts? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:45 PM Flag
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Both excellent, obviously, and I hope that the OP takes the tours. MSE is still developing its track record, but its small size and opportunity to study at City College is attractive to many kids. Good luck on the test!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:48 PM Flag
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HSMSE is proven. Friends kid went from there to Brown. Other kids I know from there have also gone on to great colleges. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:49 PM Flag
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The current principal of Brooklyn Tech was the founding principal of MSE and said during our tour that they are similar in philosophy. MSE has a terrific reputation for a school as new as it is. Do the extras matter to your dc, i.e. large selection of electives and extracurriculars? What would the commute be like in, say, January? If you're in upper Manhattan, are you also considering Bronx Science? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:52 PM Flag
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Thanks. Yes to Bronx Science but deciding what to rank next in case DC doesn't get the scores. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:58 PM Flag
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Ah. I would seriously consider the commute. We know several dcs at Brooklyn Tech, and it's a first-rate school (obviously), but the level of homework at any of these schools is such that I'd go with the school that's closer to home. We only ranked the three that were closest to us, fwiw. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:00 PM Flag
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Yes, concur here. they can't really do homework on the train. yes, they can read, but not like they can spread out paper and crunch away. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:25 PM Flag
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They are both good schools and the commute is very important. Bronx Science (or HSMSE) is almost never worth a long commute from Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Tech is almost never worth a long commute from upper Manhattan if you have a closer choice that is also good. The only argument for choosing Tech first would be if dc is if the extracurriculars -- sports, especially -- are important, since that is a major difference between the schools. But academically both are very good. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:14 PM Flag
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After being through a lot with the public High Schools, HSMSE without a doubt. The size matters much, much more than I ever imagined. High school is a rough time, can be really rough. A small school is better able to treat your child as an individual and to help them grow. My youngest is now at HSMSE and we are thrilled with it. Also their A/B schedual seems to make homework infinitely more manageable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:18 PM Flag
[ - ] Please tell me what you think: a new state university campus is founded in the mid1970s, and a pretty homogenous group is hired to work there. They tend to be "granolas," concerned about health, the environment and so on. Most of those hired in the mid70s are in their early 30s, making them be I their early 70s now. About what proportion would you expect to be dead? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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10% [ Reply | More ]
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25% [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:51 PM Flag
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Half because they smoke pot [ Reply | More ]
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That doesn't shorten your lifespan. [ Reply | More ]
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sigh [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:01 PM Flag
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40% [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:55 PM Flag
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Call New Paltz and ask them [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:26 PM Flag
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Well, if they're all traveling at 30MPH, the professors in the southbound VW Microbus will get there first. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:30 PM Flag
[ - ] reposting from last night, as my post got hijacked by the pervert troll: booking a disney vacation in early dec. we'll be staying at one of the hotels inside the parks (port orleans- riverside) -- is it worth it to get the meal plan? seems a bit expensive but i imagine paying as you go adds up too. i was thinking of getting the most basic: 2 over the counter meals + 1 snack per day (for 5 days)... those BTDT, is it worth it or should i skip this? kids 6 &4 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:39 PM Flag
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I don't think the meal plan has ever made sense for us - we usually take a room discount instead of a meal plan - save more $$ that way. Check out menus to get a sense of how much the plan would be. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:44 PM Flag
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OP. Is that an option- to get a room disc if you opt out of the meal plan? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:23 PM Flag
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np: Have you gone to the website? They always have offers...... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:27 PM Flag
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We don't do the meal plan because we like having flexibility. If your family has a structured meal schedule, then it may work well for you, but for lunch we may just buy some fresh fruit, hummus, etc... from one of the kiosks and we may want to go to Downtown Disney for dinner, so it never made sense for us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:52 PM Flag
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Same here. And the food in Magic Kingdom is unbelievably bad. Other parks are better, but MK is terrible. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 12:54 PM Flag
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This. We spent 2 days at Disney this spring while on vacation in Florida and we did epcot and MK. Good at epcot was surprisingly great, had a great roasted beet and goat cheese salad at "land" and lots of good food in the countries area and the fine dining restaurants looked really good too. Then we did MK the next day and the food was atrocious. I was shocked it was so bad and options were so crappy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:00 PM Flag
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Food not good [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:00 PM Flag
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OR: Yeah, I'm not a fan of the jumbo turkey leg. I did like the Baja Mex options at California Adventure (Disneyland) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:06 PM Flag
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Does meal plan not cover downtown disney? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:24 PM Flag
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Not that I'm aware of - my son likes Rainforest Cafe, so we usually go there (we don't live near one, so it's a treat for him). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:26 PM Flag
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Disney expert here. The counter service meal plan includes beverages and dessert at each meal. If you don't normally do dessert and prefer free cups of ice water (we do) then don't do the meal plan. It also includes refillable mugs for each person, so if you see yourself hanging out at the pool and drinking unlimited beverages (soda, lemonade, coffee, tea) then it may tip to getting the plan. There's a dining section on the disboards that tells you ways to get the most value out of your meal plan. Fwiw, we prefer not to get it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:06 PM Flag
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PS. Make sure you have booked your FastPass Plus by now!!!!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:07 PM Flag
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Psssat. Keep your Disney expertise on the DL. People here will think you're WT. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:08 PM Flag
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Disney food isnt' great. We just packed some sandwiches and was able to just sit down anywhere, anytime to have a lunch break. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:14 PM Flag
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But how am I going to get ingredients for sandwiches etc if I'm flying into Orlando, getting picked up by hotel shuttle, and going straight to hotel inside the parks? I imagine they don't have reasonably-priced supermarkets in there... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.21.14, 01:30 PM Flag
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