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[ - ] Are there any states that don't award electoral votes winner take all, in the general? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:29 PM Flag
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If I'm reading this entry in Wikipedia correctly, all states are winner take all except Maine and Nebraska. I welcome being corrected: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:33 PM Flag
[ - ] Why are American youths getting more stupider and scoring worse on standardized tests like the PISA as time goes on? Is it due to crappier teachers? In any case, it's not a good trend. Also, I guess it's a bit more complicated than "kids are doing worse;" it's more that the performance distribution is becoming "barbelled," with a small, extremely-high-performing right-tail and a big fat lump of do-nothing failures on the other. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:10 PM Flag
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More stupider? Are you retarded yourself or just ESL? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:12 PM Flag
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Okay, fine. Increasingly stupider. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:18 PM Flag
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lol. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:24 PM Flag
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Lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:23 PM Flag
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I'm incredibly confused by your concern for education and yet your apparent lack of it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:16 PM Flag
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Appeals to hypocrisy are actually a species of the ad hominem fallacy. If you were Socrates's pupil, he would flunk you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:20 PM Flag
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YOU go teach with no library, zerox machine, music and one guidance couselor for 700 kids and get back to me. YOU get the students to get off the phones and computers at night then give me a call. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:25 PM Flag
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You shouldn't worry about how they spend their family time. And don't use HW to teach. It wasnt designed for that [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:27 PM Flag
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Re-fund public education, K-state university systems [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:29 PM Flag
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Funding is NOT the issue. Many school systems like South Korea which beat the US system have a LOT lower per-pupil funding levels. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:33 PM Flag
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Safe to say it's not because of the teachers. And no, it isn't because we don't spend as much on education (after adjusting for inflation) as we used to because that's increased. I believe it's due to a shift in the culture where education and teachers are not respected. Also, the ed schools are increasingly emphasizing that rigor is wrong and that teachers need to adapt to the "learning styles" that different students and even whole ethnic groups utilize. I do agree with you that the students who have been socialized by their parents to succeed get a far better education than similar kids got a generation ago but the bottom 80% are getting far worse schooling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:35 PM Flag
[ - ] Do you think of your net worth as equities/cash plus retirement? Or do you think of the two separately? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:06 PM Flag
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net assets vs. net liabilities is the only way I think about it. I'm not a math person [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:09 PM Flag
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np. total assets - total liabilities = net worth [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:19 PM Flag
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Sounds good to me. I'm just here to look pretty. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:22 PM Flag
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Combined, but not including things like pensions, annuities or life insurance. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:09 PM Flag
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I've know this is technically correct. But, it always strikes me as so strange that something like a pension is left out. It's 30, 40 up to 80% of your highest income for life. Seems such a big deal to just not count. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:19 PM Flag
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need to discount creditworthiness [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:21 PM Flag
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Of the employer? Sure, but even if they default, the employee is usually entitled to half. And typically you'd apply some kind of a risk calculation, not just decide it's worthless because in theory it could be. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:24 PM Flag
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Google "Central States Pension Fund" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:26 PM Flag
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Ok... it indicates that in at least one case people got nothing. There are many, many cases where they are honored in full. I'm not denying they could be worthless. But, most aren't. Some of any class of asset will be worthless some day. So, it still doesn't makes sense to me to assign no value to pensions regardless of who issues them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:32 PM Flag
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together, but separated on spreadsheet because you can't access retirement (I assume you mean formal retirement accounts) in a cash pinch [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:13 PM Flag
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net worth is everything. all assets, less all liabilities. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:16 PM Flag
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R.e. too [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:16 PM Flag
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equities/cash would be liquid assets [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:19 PM Flag
[ - ] Mike Pence criticizes Obama for name calling! Well that's LOL 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:01 PM Flag
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Well that's the pot calling the kettle African American. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:02 PM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:09 PM Flag
[ - ] s/o What are good affordable cities to relocate to from NYC? 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:59 PM Flag
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My friends moved from NYC to Austin and are very happy there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:01 PM Flag
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Chapel Hill....Pittsburgh.....Richmond......Charlotte..... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:03 PM Flag
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Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Nashville. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:03 PM Flag
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Compared to NY, all but 4 or 5 US cities are affordable. So, I guess it depends on what you value and how affordable you are seeking. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:04 PM Flag
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How small will you go? Are college towns ok? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:04 PM Flag
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Chicago is still cheap. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:08 PM Flag
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Compared to nyc, at this moment. But Illinois is a financial disaster and either taxes are going to have to go way up or services will be cut to such an extent that qol will take a huge hit. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:11 PM Flag
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k [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:13 PM Flag
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move to Indiana then, good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:15 PM Flag
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Considering Michigan - never Indiana [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:25 PM Flag
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you might like michigan [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:26 PM Flag
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I was there recently. Saw more louts and thugs in a weekend than I do in a year in NYC. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:14 PM Flag
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::eyeroll:: [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:16 PM Flag
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AHHHHHHH!!! BLACK PEOPLE!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:19 PM Flag
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no 1 said black [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:26 PM Flag
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I know she didn't SAY it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:32 PM Flag
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Pittsburgh [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:19 PM Flag
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Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Malibu, Montecito, Los Gatos, Atherton, Ross, Yountville [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:24 PM Flag
[ - ] Trump here. You guys are a bunch of ugly loud mouth cows. Sad! Slavic women so much better. I alone can judge the worth of women. Experience. 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:59 PM Flag
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Big Teets good! Brain bad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:02 PM Flag
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Plastic surgery important. Not college graduation. Be aware! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:03 PM Flag
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Has anyone seen the gif of Trump pointing at his wife's boobs while he thanks her for her speech (or whatever it was)? Creepier than the one where he comes close to groping his daughter. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:03 PM Flag
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He boasted about Tiffany that she has her mother, Marla Maples', boobs. Pure class. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:04 PM Flag
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Really? Gross [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:08 PM Flag
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http://www.people.com/article/donald-trump-daughter-tiffany-body-daily-show actually, more just talking about the infant's breasts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:09 PM Flag
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I haven't seen it if he has said it lately, but I remember an Entertainment Tonight interview when he said time would tell if Tiffany would get her mother's, "you know" and then he made boobs with his hands or pointed at Marla's rack, I forget which. But as you said, classy! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:10 PM Flag
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I would die if he posted a picture of Chelsea next to Ivanka saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:04 PM Flag
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Huh [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:05 PM Flag
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Don't worry, he'll do it. His public demands it. They bay for blood, like starving, slack-jawed rats. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:06 PM Flag
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yes, do that, poster. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:08 PM Flag
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What, die? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:14 PM Flag
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That would be a picture worth a thousand words. A picture of a man who has no shame left. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:11 PM Flag
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Trump here. Great idea. Creative! Smart! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:13 PM Flag
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So who cares about the Constitution? It is boring, makes no sense. Old! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:19 PM Flag
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I know you're joking but it was an interesting moment when I heard today that we are the longest standing democracy in history. I actually didn't know that. It's not perfect, but there's something to be said for the best alternative anyone's come up with. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:24 PM Flag
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Stodgy. Stuck in past. No sense of humor!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:26 PM Flag
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:) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:28 PM Flag
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;) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:30 PM Flag
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I have the temperament to be president, because I can beat up little Mike Bloomberg! Failure. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:29 PM Flag
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He has a greater net worth, but I have more debt! Values. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:32 PM Flag
[ - ] Did you start using different cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, etc when you got pregnant due to the ingredients in your current beauty products? What did you switch to? I use Body Shop lotions, so I figure those are safe. I get y make up from sephora? I figure they wouldn't approve products that are dangerous but maybe I'm wrong. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:53 PM Flag
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It's not that serious. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:54 PM Flag
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I never even thought about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:54 PM Flag
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No [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:55 PM Flag
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+1 Did not even think about this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:20 PM Flag
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I didn't, but I'm starting to worry more about this stuff now. Apparently the eu's regulations in this area are light years beyond ours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:59 PM Flag
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Hairdressers and makeup artists have kids just like anyone else. They work their entire pregnancies. My stylist is due next month with her second. If all these kids were being born with serious problems it would be pretty much headline news, don't you think? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:00 PM Flag
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How do you know they are normal? Do you have any friends that are hairdressers? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:34 PM Flag
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I switched everything but it probably doesn't make that huge of a difference since you're not ingesting it. I used Tarte and BeautyCounter. The one thing you're really not supposed to do is use acne cream or anything with Vitamin A in it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:04 PM Flag
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Vitamin a? I think you mean retin-a [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:23 PM Flag
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Yeah I switched to honest skin care and some of their makeup. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:23 PM Flag
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No. But db was born with 3 thumbs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:31 PM Flag
[ - ] SO: How old are you and how much do you have saved for your retirement? 17 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:52 PM Flag
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52 0 [ Reply | More ]
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33, DH is 37 and we both have 100k and change so ~200k total. [ Reply | More ]
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41- $75,000 but I have my pension at 55. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:55 PM Flag
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Mid 40s and just hit $1mm (Dh and I combined). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:57 PM Flag
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That's awesome, but will only generate $40K/yr [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:30 PM Flag
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39. $90K, plus a partial pension. I started late. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:58 PM Flag
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42, enough [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:58 PM Flag
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Mid 40s. 2M between me and DH. Another 500K for non-retirement savings. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:59 PM Flag
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52, not sure but our net worth is like 8m. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:01 PM Flag
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41, $700k and another $500k in non-retirement [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:02 PM Flag
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36, DH is 35. We have $500k retirement, $450k cash and other equities. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:05 PM Flag
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33. Around $200K or $250K. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:11 PM Flag
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46 - I have about $750K in my retirement accounts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:15 PM Flag
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39, about 500,000k (Just me DH has more and is older.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:25 PM Flag
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LOL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:29 PM Flag
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??? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:34 PM Flag
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Oh never mind. Just saw the typo. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:34 PM Flag
[ - ] Just accepted a new offer and got the call minutes after that I'm officially pregnant. I'm taking the job but wonder when I should tell new employer. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:36 PM Flag
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Tell them when you start showing. I started a new job in January, due in August. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:41 PM Flag
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wow. how did they take it? are they offering you maternity leave? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:42 PM Flag
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I chose to work here because of family friendly policies. I moved from an associated sorganization so I qualify for paid maternity leave. They are super supportive. That being said, the reality is that I received less assignments than I would have if I weren't leaving for 12 weeks. That's just reality [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:46 PM Flag
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Is it your dream job? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:44 PM Flag
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It is a major career move. Could potentially turn into my dream job. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:30 PM Flag
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IVF? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:46 PM Flag
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no but I did have fertility support [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:26 PM Flag
[ - ] Vent: we can't afford to live in this city. We either need to make more money or move someplace else (not the suburbs, which aren't actually less expensive). I don't know how to make either one happen, and we just keep falling farther and farther behind.... 38 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:29 PM Flag
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where do you live that the suburbs are not cheaper? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:32 PM Flag
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I would assume NYC. Owning a house is not cheaper in absolute terms. It's cheaper per sq ft. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:33 PM Flag
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OP: We're in brownstone Brooklyn (in an apt), but if you factor in taxes, commuting costs, heating a house, and owning at least one car (which we don't now), it's not cheaper in the burbs. I think I would also be depressed in the suburbs, which would affect our quality of life. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:37 PM Flag
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PP, I am in the same boat exactly and I am with you 100%. We are in an apartment in Brooklyn and in excellent school zone, suburbs would be much more expensive and I don't care about the basement or guest suite. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:40 PM Flag
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NP: Most people don't move to the suburbs to rent a 2 bedroom apartment. The tradeoff is usually just more space for your money, not savings. We rent in the city and have priced out the burbs... even in a VERY modest home, having to get a car, commuter train passes, extra childcare since both of us would be commuting... no way we'd be "saving" any money. We'd just gain a backyard, another bedroom and some more closet space. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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This x1,000. We ran the numbers too and ruled out the suburbs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:37 PM Flag
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Even when you consider city taxes? Our city taxes made such a difference in our paycheck. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:58 PM Flag
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City taxes and RE taxes are pretty much a wash. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:01 PM Flag
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I live in NYC and burbs not cheaper. We ran the #s [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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move to an affordable city and telecommute. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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np. What are good affordable cities to relocate to from NYC? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:36 PM Flag
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poll! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:37 PM Flag
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Philly [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:52 PM Flag
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oh ffs. if it was as simple as that everyone would do it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:50 PM Flag
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Then what should she do? Get five jobs so she can live in NY? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:55 PM Flag
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Burbs are less expensive. Most people just decide they need to live in bigger places. Many nice burbs have apts you can live in [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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How much does a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment cost to rent in a suburb within 30-45 min of the city that has good schools? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:41 PM Flag
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^and do families who make $250K/year even rent apartments in the burbs, or would there be some bizarre social stigma attached to it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:43 PM Flag
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The latter [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:46 PM Flag
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ding ding ding [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:47 PM Flag
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I know sensible people who do this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:50 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:50 PM Flag
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I don't think it makes sense for someone to say they can't afford things and then to also care about social stigma. Obviously, if you're keeping up with Joneses, you will be living beyond means [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:47 PM Flag
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In the burbs, the people who live in apt complexes are typically LMC. There is nothing wrong with LMC; but it's a bit disingenuous to think a family making 250k would fit in or have a desire to live there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:58 PM Flag
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I don't know the details, but a couple of my friends moved to nj and all love in same apartment complex. They all make$200k+, so I assume it's a good complex and is safe (they all have kids). Fwiw, from pictures the complex looks older and isn't flashy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:00 PM Flag
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Hey, I'm you. Also in a small brownstone brooklyn apartment. Both WOH full-time and have 2 young DCs. Not sure what our long-term plan is because we surely cannot afford a bigger place in our neighborhood but love being here. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:40 PM Flag
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Op: If you figure it out, let me know. I can find places to cut corners a bit (never buy new clothes, rarely eat out, get all movies and books from the library), but that doesn't make all that much of a difference. Maybe we should move someplace like Oklahoma, buy a huge house for all cash, and use the savings to travel and buy luxuries. Of course, we would have no friends.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:55 PM Flag
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Don't scoff at these methods. I managed to save$150 k for a downpayment having a hhi under$90k by cutting these type of expenses. (Most of this was pre kids, living in nyc) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:06 PM Flag
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OP: You're right. We could definitely be more thrifty. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:21 PM Flag
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I also ran numbers, and for housing and commuting expenses, it's a wash. But I was surpassed how little daycare costs in the burbs, camp, etc [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:42 PM Flag
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OP: It's true -- childcare, after-school, and summer camps are among our biggest expenses. But I'm not sure that the savings would balance out the increase in transportation and taxes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:45 PM Flag
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For us it's time. We would need more childcare hours in the burbs. But, to give you an idea, a co worker pays $200 week for full time day care. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:49 PM Flag
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What burb? Never heard of such a low rate in the nyc area. Are they a real, licensed facility? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:51 PM Flag
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Th they live in nj somewhere part Passaic, cheaper area. (I don't know nj that well) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:54 PM Flag
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Are your jobs inherently NY based? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:59 PM Flag
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OP: DH's is. And I've been in the same job for many years and am very attached to it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:18 PM Flag
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BS plenty of less expensive burbs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:28 PM Flag
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what is your rent? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:29 PM Flag
[ - ] Did you ever check your estimated retirement benefits at age 67? How much would that be for you and how old are you know? Do you factor in this money when you plan your retirement? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:25 PM Flag
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corporate/401k/IRA? Govt/SS? Did it when planning life insurance needs but not for retirement income. Need to double back and do that now at age 40. Not going to count SS at all when I do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:28 PM Flag
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I meant social security. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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Why aren't you counting SS? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:36 PM Flag
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same reason many people don't- it might not be around or scaled back. I'd count it if we got control of our balances and could invest them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:58 PM Flag
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I'm 43 and it's something like 3k a month. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:56 PM Flag
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I wonder if it increases over time and whether there's a cap? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:12 PM Flag
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of course there is a cap. After you hit like 35 years worked, it doesn't go up anymore. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:14 PM Flag
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Not true - they look at the highest 35 years worth of wages. So if you work 40 and made the least during the first five of those years, they don't use those years for the calc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:18 PM Flag
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There's an annual cost of living adjustment. It's a percentage calc based on lifetime wages - there is a cap in that only the first $120k or so of your wages are taxed and are factored in to the calc. I can't remember what the wage base currently is but it also increases with inflation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:15 PM Flag
[ - ] Just saw Carmen Farina talking about overall test score improvement for all of NYC schools on Facebook, but not seeing any follow-up info on when individual school data will be available - anyone know? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:21 PM Flag
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Scores improved right after changing the test. Hmmm... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:26 PM Flag
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When do you think the test changed? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:37 PM Flag
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Well scores were ridiculously scaled to fail 70% of the takers. Who gives a f*ck it's all manipulation, regardless. Except it's about time to stop blaming the kids for not doing well & the teachers for not "making" the kids score as high as the politicians tell them to. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:44 PM Flag
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70% did not fail [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:55 PM Flag
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This! When they score the tests, the score it based on how they want the kids to do. It is so political. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:00 PM Flag
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They didn't even have to change the test to "improve" the scores. they just manipulate the cut scores from year to year to show what they want. they got in big trouble for this about 5-6 years ago, but persist anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:31 PM Flag
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General Topics 07.29.16, 08:37 PM Flag
[ - ] i'm a grown woman who cant cook. i just tried to sautee some chicken breasts I marinated in lemon, salt & pepper and they are awful. Just tart and watery but stringy and overcooked. I give up. I get a lot of steamed takeout food, so I eat healthy but waste so much $$$. Why is it so easy for others to cook a decent meal? 29 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:20 PM Flag
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honestly, i dont even know why people like to cook. IT takes so log and you are in a hot kitchen, juggling 3 things. its like i'm an alien. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:21 PM Flag
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So this. I hate to cook. Chop, chop, chop, the juggling, timing everything, oy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:23 PM Flag
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I don't love cooking, but I do it because we can't afford to eat out or order in all of our meals. I can make dinner for the whole family for $12. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:27 PM Flag
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Tell me how you do this. Organic chicken alone for our family is more than $12. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:33 PM Flag
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Well, I don't use organic most of the time, and I rarely even cook meat. But you can make a huge pot of turkey chili, a quiche, pasta primavera, a veggie-tofu stir-fry with rice, turkey meatloaf, hot dogs and beans -- lots of things for $12 or less. Not fancy, but good enough. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:42 PM Flag
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np: Sounds great! I'm fascinated by the $12. Do you live in the city? Is everything generic, on sale? I need to be a better shopper. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:30 PM Flag
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You get stressed because you don't have a routine and are too rushed. It's easy for me when I cook things that I know well and have time on the weekend. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:38 PM Flag
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What were you sauteeing in? Did you use a little bit of oil or butter? It's easy to overcook chicken breasts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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Don't be so hard on yourself! I'm the same way. I can't cook chicken to save my life. I'm not a good cook in general. I stick to very easy vegetarian recipes, they are easier (or harder to mess up) - soups, salads, farro, quinoa, pasta, black bean burgers....stuff like that. Never have complaints from DH/DS. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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I'm with you. I'm an awful cook. I just don't enjoy it. I wish I did--it costs less and is healthier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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General Topics 07.29.16, 09:31 PM Flag
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how long did you marinate them for? and why were they watery? you took them out of the marinade before sauteing right? I would read a few recipes if I were you [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:24 PM Flag
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I can follow a recipe pretty well. But without a recipe, I'm hopeless. Some people can throw an entire meal together without ever looking at a recipe...a little of this...a bit of that. I'm not one of those people. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:27 PM Flag
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np: I'm like you. My FIL is the second type. He says it's being a cook vs. being a chef. LOL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:29 PM Flag
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Its easy for others bc they are experienced and enjoy it. You need some good recipes, good pans like all clad, only use primo ingredients. I find when sauteeing that using a pat of butter with some olive oil gives a nice result. Try to keep trying, chicken breasts also can be a bit tricky. It might be better to roast a bone in breast, less messy. Good luck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:29 PM Flag
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I am one too. i can cook 10 dishes, mostly vegetarian or with ground meat. My goal is to have 2 dinner menus for guests that I can cook well. Yes, my goals are that low. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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np: You still have higher goals than I do. :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:32 PM Flag
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It's easier if you learn growing up bit by bit [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:38 PM Flag
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You need to cook with some fat. It will not kill you. Marinate chicken with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, crushed garlic and salt for several hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:38 PM Flag
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If you can read and follow directions, then you can cook. Where you went wrong is trying to come up with a recipe on the fly. You can't do that until you're a pretty accomplished, even if amateur, cook. Just look up some recipes and follow them. No harm in that, and you're much more likely to get the outcome you want. And btw, steamed takeout very often has salt, msg, and worse quality ingredients than you would buy for yourself, so learning to cook a few simple things will really improve the quality of your eating. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:45 PM Flag
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Find a simple website you like for recipes (I like Skinnytaste, Dinner a Love Story, Iowa Girl Eats, many others) and follow a couple of recipes a week. It gets easier, really. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:50 PM Flag
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I am you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:52 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:31 PM Flag
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I hate to cook. But make great "assembled" dishes--chopped salads, dips (tzatziki, guacamole), cheese & charcuterie plates, and things like that. I buy rotisserie chicken or some prepared salmon and hardly notice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:52 PM Flag
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^also crock pot stuff-you just put a bunch of things in a pot and plug it in--you can even buy precut "stew meat" from fresh direct, fairway, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:53 PM Flag
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It takes time. I'm an excellent cook now. Five years ago couldn't cook a thing. It gets MUCH easier as you practice. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:23 PM Flag
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chicken is a learning curve. a slow cooker is best for tough meats, chicken's ability to hold in juices depends on how it is cooked and with what oils/fats. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:24 PM Flag
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I bet you are buying low quality meats. That's a huge part of it. Lemon juice will 'cook' any flesh it touches. If you marinate in lemon, you must have oil too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:32 PM Flag
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I dredge it in flour....just a light coating...then saute. Comes out moist every time. I'm an awful cook in most respects but this is one thing I've figured out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:35 PM Flag
[ - ] Travel advice needed: Need a destination birthday celebration idea for mom's 75th bday this January. Probably a 3-5 day holiday. Families (plus kids ranging from 2-8) will be traveling from NYC, Western Europe and India. No specific budget planned yet- but price is an object. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:17 PM Flag
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Where is the 75 year old mom based? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:19 PM Flag
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India [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:44 PM Flag
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Rent a villa in Tuscany? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:28 PM Flag
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Is that nice in January? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:44 PM Flag
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I actually have no idea. But I always think Tuscany villa is a great place for family reunion. You can find a house with pool and servants, cooks...etc. Seems easier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:01 PM Flag
[ - ] History will equate Bernie Sanders with Ralph Nader. 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:16 PM Flag
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Sorry to be blunt, but your analogy is off. Sanders endorsed her and told his followers to do the same. I personally equate Jill Stein with Nader. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:21 PM Flag
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But the damage he did during the primary has not/will not be undone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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np: he had every right to compete in the primary. If HRC is not a strong candidate, it's not Bernie's fault. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:24 PM Flag
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THIS. And I have always supported her. He came through at the convention, didn't contest it and even Sarah Silverman is on board, as is anyone who would have voted Dem anyway. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:26 PM Flag
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pp: I was for Bernie throughout the primary, and am now supporting Hillary 100%. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:28 PM Flag
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Hillary supporter. You would think the way her opponents made her out to be a money hungry monster, that she would've thrown out the first blow but it was Bernie. Hillary really di not say anything bad about him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:32 PM Flag
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^^^con't I meant to say I agree with with you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:35 PM Flag
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This. This analogy sux. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:33 PM Flag
[ - ] Getting a mini labradoodle - how early do they have to go out in the morning? trying to figure out if I need a dog-walker. thanks! 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:13 PM Flag
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I take mine out at 6. As soon as the sun comes up they start getting antsy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:17 PM Flag
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Wow - I can't leave the kids to take the dog out when my husband travels so I guess I will have to get a dog walker! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:18 PM Flag
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If it's a major issue, you can look into training them to pee/poop in the shower. Not joking at all. Easy clean up and they can go on their own schedule. I have a cat who poops and pees in my tub. I just pick up the poop and flush it and use the attachment to wash the pee down the drain. No litter boxes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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I used to volunteer at a place that trained service dogs for the disabled, it was something they were trained to do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:25 PM Flag
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And then scrub the shower with bleach, right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:36 PM Flag
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No. Water and a toilet scrubber are enough. It's just poop. My pets are vaccinated. I'm probably coming into contact with more germs kissing them than picking up after them. I don't think I use bleach for anything that goes down the toilet or drains since we have a septic system and it kills the good bacteria. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:48 PM Flag
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It's probably safer to kiss your vaccinated dog than another human. It's a compatibility thing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:55 PM Flag
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Probably. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:56 PM Flag
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Oh my. Your bathroom must reek. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:09 PM Flag
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I've got a big secret to tell you. Sometimes we poop in there, too! I just look in the tub every time I use the bathroom or smell something. No biggie. If you don't like poop, don't be human. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:21 PM Flag
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This made me smile. My DH currently has to wear an ostomy bag. His whole life he was a germ freak. Now when he has to change it he jokes that he practically plays in his own poop. Love that man. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:31 PM Flag
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Or train your dog. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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UGH. Awful. My mutt sleeps in as long as I do. Get a dog with a bigger bladder! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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our mini poodle can last until about 7/7:30 if we take her for her last walk around 9/9:30 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:20 PM Flag
[ - ] We've been invited to two parties at for lack of a better word "mansions" in CT. Why do I feel so intimidated? :( 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:12 PM Flag
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Do you like the hosts and other guests? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:16 PM Flag
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Don't know them very well. Kids' are friends. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:18 PM Flag
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Wear something that makes you feel good about yourself, prepare some small talk, and plan to leave early. If you enjoy yourself, then stay and have fun. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:19 PM Flag
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Friends or work colleagues? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:19 PM Flag
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Barely friends, through our kids - these are their summer "homes". Equivalent of Hamptons House but waspy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:25 PM Flag
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The summer homes in CT are significantly less expensive than a house in the Hamptons. My SIL bought a country home in CT for the cost of a 2 BR apt in NYC. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 09:04 PM Flag
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Do you live in CT? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:22 PM Flag
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No, NYC [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:25 PM Flag
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You're being silly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:25 PM Flag
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We're not worthy, we have no friends, no cool careers, not rich. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:45 PM Flag
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CT is cheap [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 07.29.16, 08:40 PM Flag
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