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[ - ] Amazing how intelligence can automatically make someone much more attractive. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:18 AM Flag
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Of course! [ Reply | More ]
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Intelligent and funny! [ Reply | More ]
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ita [ Reply | More ]
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not a chick [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Ok someone I know on Facebook just posted a photo of her with her newest boyfriend with the caption "Together." It's done in sepia-tone and they both look smugly at the camera. I want to puke. This woman is in her 40s, never married, no kids, still lives like a 20-something. I realize now that our lives diverged not because of chosen circumstances (I had kids and settled down) but because she is truly pretentious and smug and I could never stand it. I've been trying to understand this, not even sure why it bothers me anymore. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:14 AM Flag
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Jealous? [ Reply | More ]
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I mean, maybe... If I feel nostalgic for my 20s. Which I don't, really. [ Reply | More ]
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lol [ Reply | More ]
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Kind of tacky but she's not hurting anyone - why would it bother you? Who would brag about a boyfriend at age 40 anyway? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:20 AM Flag
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Maybe not smug. Maybe happy that it finally happened for her. Not everyone single made bad choices to be there. [ Reply | More ]
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np: let's be friends [ Reply | More ]
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you sound like a jerk. Why aren't you happy for your friend? [ Reply | More ]
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allow her a little happiness, unless it's important that she think of herself as a failure [ Reply | More ]
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i hate when women want everyone else to feel beneath them just because they shat out some kids. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] How much did you spend on your wedding dress? 39 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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$2,500 [ Reply | More ]
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22k [ Reply | More ]
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Designer? [ Reply | More ]
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250 [ Reply | More ]
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6500 [ Reply | More ]
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$10,000. I didn't select it and I'm not even entirely sure who designed it. My husband's family picked it out and I just remember looking over to the sale's associate and going, "how much does this even cost?" [ Reply | More ]
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How is your marriage? [ Reply | More ]
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Great. I was a young girl at the time and wrapped up in his family's money. It took me a long time to get out from under their thumb and assert myself. [ Reply | More ]
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Who paid for that? [ Reply | More ]
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I don't really know. [ Reply | More ]
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Are you still married? [ Reply | More ]
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Yes. [ Reply | More ]
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$800 not counting the cost of alterations [ Reply | More ]
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$700 [ Reply | More ]
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$600 [ Reply | More ]
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1200 [ Reply | More ]
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$75 [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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4 dresses, in total about 15K. [ Reply | More ]
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Are you Indian? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:17 AM Flag
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No but dh is and we had an Indian wedding. [ Reply | More ]
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How big was your wedding? Every Indian wedding I've attended has been huge. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:18 AM Flag
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Not huge by Indian standards. About 500 people. Only ten from my family. [ Reply | More ]
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:-( [ Reply | More ]
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Eww. [ Reply | More ]
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What is ew exactly? [ Reply | More ]
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It's a cultural thing, nothing eww about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:26 AM Flag
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200 [ Reply | More ]
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Under a 100 bucks, but it was low key. [ Reply | More ]
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$353 at Macy's. Still happily married 20 yrs later. [ Reply | More ]
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1200 [ Reply | More ]
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$800 but I got it wholesale [ Reply | More ]
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I think it was $100, and then the alterations were $50 or something. I got it on consignment. Looking back, kind of wish I had splurged a bit. Oh well. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:18 AM Flag
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$1100 [ Reply | More ]
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Maybe 7 or 8k? My mom wouldn't let me look at price tags. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:22 AM Flag
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$4K - mistake that I did for status. [ Reply | More ]
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$1200 [ Reply | More ]
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$550 including alterations [ Reply | More ]
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5k 20 years ago [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Nj moms: moving to a good school district but concerned about the parcc tests. Not opposed to testing per se but I have heard these tests take a lot of time away from direct instruction, specials, etc. should I do private 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:09 AM Flag
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Lot of whining about nothing. [ Reply | More ]
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yes, my kids already did nothing but test prep last year too, when it was NJASK. tons of workbooks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:13 AM Flag
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My kids don't do that. They do very little test prep. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:22 AM Flag
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towns like livingston have many parents refusing to take the test, with superintendent support [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:13 AM Flag
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Good school district is fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:14 AM Flag
[ - ] Just started watching House of Cards, Kevin Spacey's accent is so fake 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:06 AM Flag
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Meh...it's a great show and I think he does an excellent job. [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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His accent does come and go. [ Reply | More ]
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Hair fake also [ Reply | More ]
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just saw stamper at the supermarket [ Reply | More ]
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NYC? [ Reply | More ]
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You get used to it. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Just had dc watch another schoolhpuse rock. They are so good. Got dvd out of the library on money and it was excellent. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:06 AM Flag
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you can find all on youtube [ Reply | More ]
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Yes and he's watching them now. I hadn't seen the money ones before. Explained investing, budgeting etc. [ Reply | More ]
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Old School [ Reply | More ]
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School of Rock [ Reply | More ]
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Schoolhouse Rock [ Reply | More ]
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My all-time favorite: "We the people". Close second favorite: "Interjection" Tied for 3-4: Lolly lolly lolly get your adverbs here. I'm just a Bill. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Does anyone know about DOE HS appeals? If we appeal and DC is lucky enough to get in, do we automatically lose spot in original HS? In other words, do we basically have to decide before the appeal? Not complaining - it seems fair, but just want to know. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:04 AM Flag
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Ask at inside schools.org I know you definitely lose it if you get one of your choices in the 2nd round, but don't recall what happens with appeals. Although I assume you are appealing because you prefer the appealed school, right? You wouldn't lose spot unless you got your match or appeal spot. [ Reply | More ]
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If you win your appeal, you lose your original school. If you do not win your appeal, you keep your original choice-signed school counselor mom. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:21 AM Flag
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Thank you - can you appeal to more than one school? (I'm guessing from your response above that you can't) [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Anyone on here belong to the Union Club, Metropolitan Club, Downtown Association, etc? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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metropolitan club [ Reply | More ]
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shhhhh [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Anyone read Lady Chatterly's Lover? Like it or no? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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In HS. Did. [ Reply | More ]
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Loved it when I was 15. Family I babysat for had it on their book shelf. Loved it back then. [ Reply | More ]
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Yes and yes [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] What is the reputation of Singer Island in Florida? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Old people. [ Reply | More ]
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Wealthy, middle class? Safe? NOKD? [ Reply | More ]
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No. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Width or length more important? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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length. but width too! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Give us the first names of all four of your grandparents and we'll tell you how old you are. Go! 91 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Ruth Dan Henry Anne [ Reply | More ]
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35 [ Reply | More ]
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37 [ Reply | More ]
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36 so you two were close! [ Reply | More ]
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3 DCs SAHM [ Reply | More ]
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Nope. Two kids and I work full time. BUT, I have four siblings and all of their families have three kids and a SAHM. [ Reply | More ]
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Scary. I have a super power. I also guessed 35 for you! Maybe I could become a carnival worker guessing this stuff lol [ Reply | More ]
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Clara, Coleman, Alice, Cyril [ Reply | More ]
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44 [ Reply | More ]
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Younger [ Reply | More ]
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Gertrude, Paul, Sara and Byron [ Reply | More ]
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48 [ Reply | More ]
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Nope [ Reply | More ]
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Josephine, Caesar, Concetta, Ernest [ Reply | More ]
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Hattie, Homer, Jeanette, Robert [ Reply | More ]
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45 [ Reply | More ]
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Wow, you're right! [ Reply | More ]
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Awesome!!! [ Reply | More ]
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45, 2 DCs, WOHM [ Reply | More ]
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Jesse, avis, john, virginia [ Reply | More ]
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32 [ Reply | More ]
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Sort of close- 38 [ Reply | More ]
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Shirley, Pasquale, Doris and Bernard [ Reply | More ]
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54 [ Reply | More ]
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OR-I'm 42. [ Reply | More ]
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I was the 54 guesser, which is my age and these sound like they could be the names of my grandparents. [ Reply | More ]
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Agatina, Angelo, Rose, Joseph [ Reply | More ]
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Isadore, Mary, Samuel, Ethel [ Reply | More ]
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55 [ Reply | More ]
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43 [ Reply | More ]
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I think we should guess details about each poster from the names too. [ Reply | More ]
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Okay how about number of dcs, and WOHM vs SAHM. [ Reply | More ]
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Okay fun. [ Reply | More ]
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Jayden skylar jasper Tiffani [ Reply | More ]
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No way, you're not old enough to be on this board! [ Reply | More ]
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Barn in 2035 [ Reply | More ]
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Born... [ Reply | More ]
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Barn kind of works though [ Reply | More ]
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Yes! [ Reply | More ]
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Mike, Helen, Jeanne, Wilfred [ Reply | More ]
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42 [ Reply | More ]
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Close, I am 43! [ Reply | More ]
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dora jacob gisele harold [ Reply | More ]
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53 [ Reply | More ]
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nope [ Reply | More ]
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Jayden skylar jasper Tiffani [ Reply | More ]
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can you imagine the near future? oy [ Reply | More ]
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Grandpa Jaxon here [ Reply | More ]
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George and Mariella, Henry and Charlotte. [ Reply | More ]
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32 [ Reply | More ]
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Did Henry go by Hank? [ Reply | More ]
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Riccardo, Antonella, Laurent, Giselle [ Reply | More ]
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34, 1 DC with 1 on the way, SAHM [ Reply | More ]
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Dorothy, Moses, Anne, Harry [ Reply | More ]
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47 [ Reply | More ]
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Aint you sweet! Not quite, although I used to be 47. [ Reply | More ]
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she meant the ORIGINAL moses [ Reply | More ]
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2200 [ Reply | More ]
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Yes! And my name is Miriam! [ Reply | More ]
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LOL [ Reply | More ]
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John Henry Patricia Carol [ Reply | More ]
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Those are your grandparents? You must be 28. [ Reply | More ]
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^or younger [ Reply | More ]
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I'm 41 [ Reply | More ]
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Eleanor, Howard, Anne, Louis [ Reply | More ]
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39 [ Reply | More ]
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Alice, Robert, Grace, Walter [ Reply | More ]
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35 [ Reply | More ]
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29 actually [ Reply | More ]
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Anne, Ann, Jacob, Max [ Reply | More ]
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Acelia; Pablo; Edward; Carolyn [ Reply | More ]
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Charles, Celia, Antonio, Carmela [ Reply | More ]
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Sue Ann, Ashley (a man), Kitty, William [ Reply | More ]
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Southern, 47 [ Reply | More ]
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Helen, George, Betty, Juel [ Reply | More ]
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44 [ Reply | More ]
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Arnold & Cleo; Joseph & Rose [ Reply | More ]
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Catherine, Lydia, Richard, Nelson [ Reply | More ]
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Older [ Reply | More ]
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Dorothy, Basil, Curt, Diane [ Reply | More ]
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I'm 38. [ Reply | More ]
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Clara, Alfred, Leon, Kathryn. [ Reply | More ]
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Ruth, Ruth, Glenn and Edward. [ Reply | More ]
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35 [ Reply | More ]
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I'm 37. [ Reply | More ]
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Mason, Dorothy, James, Beulah [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Does anyone know anything about the NYC Parks Department summer camp?. I just got an email that DC got off the wait list. There is very little information available online and I don't know anyone who has gone there in real life. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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is that oasis? [ Reply | More ]
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No, it's a different thing entirely. Admission is by lottery, and it is only $500 for the entire summer. Seems too good to be true. [ Reply | More ]
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No. [ Reply | More ]
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They seem targeted at underprivileged children. A lot of time spent in the playground. Personally, I would leave the spots for kids that need them. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Upstate NY home owners: Thinking of buying a house but it has low levels of radon. I'm told 100% of homes in Duchess County have radon. Is it easy to get rid of? Thanks. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 03.27.15, 11:57 PM Flag
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Open the windows. [ Reply | More ]
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Sorry to intrude, where on duchess are you looking? What drew you to duchess? [ Reply | More ]
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Millwork area. Want a weekend home that isn't too far from NYC. [ Reply | More ]
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We are looking at Putnam which is closer. Why Duchess over Putnam because of RE taxes? [ Reply | More ]
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Duchess is far prettier (np) [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] If DCs are Isabel, Antonia, and Felix, what should baby #3 be? Don't know the gender. And please don't tell me Oscar for a boy. Thank you! 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Valentina or Grayson [ Reply | More ]
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you mean 4? [ Reply | More ]
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lol Yes, thank you. [ Reply | More ]
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i LOVE felix [ Reply | More ]
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Matteo [ Reply | More ]
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+1 if its a boy, valentina if its a girl [ Reply | More ]
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Something is not adding up for me [ Reply | More ]
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Elizabeth or Graham [ Reply | More ]
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Huh? Baby #4? [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] If I had some dough id stick your face in it and make gorilla cookies. Who am I 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Fred Sanford, is that you? Oh what was the aunt's name? Esther? [ Reply | More ]
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yes!!!! [ Reply | More ]
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lol ily! [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Japan is a great country for foreigners as long as you don't try too hard to "fit in." This is something a lot of outsiders don't get. They think that because they have studied the language/culture/etc. for years that they should be granted some level of "acceptance" that a local would receive, but that's not how it works, and it leads to frustration. The Japanese already HAVE a role for foreigners - that of the gaijin. If you are a friendly gaijin who can converse in Japanese, that's the best possible role to fulfill in Japanese society. When outsiders try to become true "locals," the Japanese just consider that weird and inappropriate. The western mind is not really equipped to deal with this, but parallel identity is just fine among the Japanese themselves. So long as you embrace your proper role, everyone is happy. That's what I learned from living in Japan. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Poor you they do treat foreigner like foreigners. I would never want to live in Japan. [ Reply | More ]
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It's actually really great, because they afford outsiders certain freedoms from cultural expectations that the Japanese would never accord to their own co-ethnics. [ Reply | More ]
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Not sure what you mean by parallel identity? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.27.15, 11:58 PM Flag
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Western foreigners tend to enter Japan with a certain mindset that anticipates a "progression" from an outsider status (the newly-arrived foreigner) to insider status (the "integrated immigrant"). But Japan is not built along those lines. "Japanese" is an ethnicity as well as a culture, and you can't just "convert" to Japanese. That's a western affectation. The more fruitful path is to proceed from new gaijin to seasoned gaijin who can satisfy the gaijin role within Japanese culture. Not to try and become a Japanese. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:04 AM Flag
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It's funny you write this bc ever since I became a SAHM (2 yrs now) and living in a small affluentand predominantly white town I feel like such a foreigner as an Asian American despite being born here. I feel that everyone sees me as an outsider who provides no social value to their social inning agenda. It's been rough making good friends here so far. The way you just described this about Japan can be said about here: as if to say, if you're not white, don't try to be. Only role here is to be yourself and not try too hard to fit in BC you'll never be fully accepted. True? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:08 AM Flag
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Op: *climbing. Also, the town is westchester [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:09 AM Flag
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So by "white," you mean Jewish? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:11 AM Flag
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No, wasps. Jews are a minority here too [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:24 AM Flag
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How would you be treated, male or female, marrying into a family? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 03.28.15, 12:11 AM Flag
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General Topics 03.28.15, 12:24 AM Flag
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