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[ - ] Another school shooting?????? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:43 PM Flag
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1 injured, 0 dead? Won't even make the major sites' main page. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:46 PM Flag
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two: NC and KY. sheesh. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:47 PM Flag
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hysteria [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:47 PM Flag
[ - ] How would you feel if you called your nanny to find out how the kids where doing and she didn't answer but then sent you a text that she was on a call and everything was fine and dc was napping. 17 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:34 PM Flag
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Depends. I might text me back, please call me when off phone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:35 PM Flag
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I called. Then sent a text asking about dc. Her reply was that child was napping and she is on a call. She never called back. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:36 PM Flag
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What's the issue? She shouldn't call anyone even while your kid is napping? She should hang up from her call (relative, dr's office, who knows) in order to tell you the child is napping? I think you are looking for disrespect. Stop looking for it and chill. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:39 PM Flag
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I had particular questions about dc. I texted the questions. She never answered or called. Her only answer was "I am on the phone, dc is napping". My question wasn't generic "is everything ok with dc?". [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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That answers the question. "DC is fine and is napping" would have been an alternative response but it is implicit given that DC is asleep, barring head injuey [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:53 PM Flag
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why would she call you if she answered your question? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:41 PM Flag
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+1. Unless you thought it was an unusual time for DC to be napping or yoh had a specific question that uoh wanted her to address and you told her so via text or voice mail, I'd be Ok with it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:44 PM Flag
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I had a specific question which I ended up texting to her after she didn't pick up the phone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:53 PM Flag
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She didn't answer my question. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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Did you ask her to call you back, or text you when she was off phone? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:41 PM Flag
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Is that not assumed if she ignored my call and never answered the text? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:50 PM Flag
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You said she sent you a text not visa versa. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:51 PM Flag
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I called. She didn't pick up. Then I texted her particular question about dc. She texted back: "dc is napping. I am on the phone". dc is napping is not a reply to my question at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:52 PM Flag
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It is certainly a reply to "is DC OK". Did soemthing actually happen to DC? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:54 PM Flag
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It sounds like you are looking for reasons to be mad at her... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:47 PM Flag
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So, if your boss calls you and then e-mails you specific question. You just e-mail your boss that you are on the phone and never reply to the question itself? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:50 PM Flag
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^^ especially curious to your answer if phone conversations aren't part of your job so its clearly a personal call. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:51 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm a SAHM of toddlers. I could see why a lot of moms continue to stay home when their children are in grade school. You drop them off for school at 8:30, then pick them-up at 2:00 or 2:30. You only get 5 hrs of time to get things done and what not. It's hard to find a job that will allow you to work 5 or 6 hr per day. 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:27 PM Flag
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Yes, they don't make it easy for American moms but this is why we have after school programs (however flawed they may be). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:29 PM Flag
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After school programs suck. Would you want to stay at school from 8am - 6pm? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:33 PM Flag
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(Sound of klaxon blaring.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:31 PM Flag
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If you can afford it, fantastic. Single mom here. I would love to drop my kid at school, then come home and get a crapload done before he arrives back home. Sounds like heaven. Instead, I will work like crazy so we can afford to keep a roof over our head and enjoy a pretty decent lifestyle. But if I ever end up in the position of 2 incomes again, I would gladly partake in a more comfortable lifestyle. Keep doing what you're doing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:33 PM Flag
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Also, didn't mean that to sound bitter. Think it came off weird. I think you've got a great set up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:34 PM Flag
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OP: thank you. It didn't come across as bitter. I do want to go back to work when kids are older, but sometimes I'm not sure with their schedule and all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:36 PM Flag
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Just a question - why is sitting at home by yourself all day the definition of a comfortable lifestyle? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:38 PM Flag
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All day? 5hrs is all day? And they just sit at home? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:41 PM Flag
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OR: 'Sitting at home by yourself' isn't what I consider to be what OP is up to when her child is at work. What I consider 'comfortable' is being able to grocery shop during the day well in advance of needing the food. Being able to do your laundry during the day when the machines are empty. I currently hand my video monitor over to a sitter and run down the block to grocery shop while they watch my daughter sleeping. I do my laundry at 5am before she wakes up so I can finish 5 loads and be done for a week and a half. Comfortable is what I aim for. Comfortable means not being crazy stressed out about checking all boxes when you have the second to check them, but doing it when you have a nice lull. I work and have my child in preschool all day, but I have no illusions that stay at home moms are watching soaps and sitting on their ass. They're getting crap done all day, but just at a way more reasonable pace...because they can. Sounds sane to me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:42 PM Flag
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* at school though it'd be more interesting if her toddler was actually at work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:43 PM Flag
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You're awesome. Thank you! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:44 PM Flag
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No, that's what I mean. Why is a comfortable life one where you can do laundry whenever you want, and can roam around grocery stores at your leisure? I feel like those things are such small parts of my life that it wouldn't make me comfortable to only do those things with my day, you know? Frankly there's something about aiming for a life of convenience that makes me uncomfortable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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No: but you can also do what you want or like, too. There's no rule where you have to sit on your ass all day. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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OR: I'm not trying to be mean, but if you can't even imagine wanting to do your family 'chores' (if that's an appropriate term) at a comfortable pace, then I have a feeling you've never actually been operating at an insane pace...ever. Every single time I want to sit down and play with my daughter, I am constantly thinking of 8 other things I could be doing if she were just playing alone. And I WANT to play with her. And I let the chores go. But it doesn't change the fact that the necessary ones will need to be done once she's asleep. I am one parent, with one income. I don't mean to sound like a martyr. But no one is clearing the dinner dishes when I read her to sleep. No one is doing anything if I'm not doing it. So the idea that I would be able to get all my 'life maintenance' tasks done at my leisure while my child is being educated outside the home sounds fantastic and I really see why that plan appeals to so many families. Working full time and parenting doesn't provide me with loads of free time to get things done. I really enjoy my work. But I would also love it if it weren't a necessity. That's all I'm saying. Sorry if I sound a little crazed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:53 PM Flag
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I never wanted to SAHM until my kids started school. I feel that nanny can do as well as a mom for a baby or toddler but not school aged child. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:35 PM Flag
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^^ just like above OR, I don't have the luxury of being SAHM. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:38 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm 33. My father left my mother when she was pregnant with me. They weren't married, but were in a serious relationship for 7 years. I've never met him, but I know he lives in Europe and is very successful. I just found him on FB. Should I send him a friend request? 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:22 PM Flag
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Will you be able to handle it if he is 100% not interested in getting to know you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:23 PM Flag
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What do you mean "if"? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:24 PM Flag
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What do you mean "if"? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:24 PM Flag
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OP: This is a good question and I guess I need to mull it over before I do anything. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:28 PM Flag
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No [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:24 PM Flag
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It depends what you hope to get out of the relationship. My biological father and I never had a father-daughter relationship, and although I knew him, I didn't know he was my father until I was 20. We never talked about it, and now that he's dead I kind of regret it. My DH's father abandoned his family when DH was 12, and he never plans to contact him again. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:25 PM Flag
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Dish. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:36 PM Flag
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I posted about this in another thread several weeks ago and was accused of ripping off a movie I'd never seen. When my mom was 16 (the youngest of 7 kids), her mom couldn't handle her and she went to live with her oldest sister and her husband. My mom had an affair with her sister's husband and I'm their kid. Just always thought he was my uncle until I was 20 and she told me. He and I had been close until I was told who he was to me, then he was embarrassed/afraid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:43 PM Flag
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I would. I would want to know his excuses. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:28 PM Flag
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No. write him a letter. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:28 PM Flag
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Mine abandoned me to poverty/foster care system for sixteen years while he had a happy life as a wealthy family man. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:30 PM Flag
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I wouldn't, if I were you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:31 PM Flag
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I would keep in mind that nothing he says will make you feel better about him ditching you and your mom. No excuse is going to be good enough. Only do it if you're ready to forgive and are just curious to know him. Maybe at least get a good medical history. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:32 PM Flag
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Think about it. My husband wanted to meet his biological dad for curiosity sake. He did (in person), and the guy was a jerk. Basically told my husband that he wouldn't get any money from him even though he never asked. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:42 PM Flag
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A friend request, no. If you really want to get in touch, message him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:45 PM Flag
[ - ] At what age did your dcs figure out the truth about tooth fairy and Santa? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:15 PM Flag
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I had to tell dc. Summer after 4th. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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Santa. And tooth fairy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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I suspect most dcs figure out the truth no later than age 7 but keep up the charade for our sake. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:17 PM Flag
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1st kid was asking all the questions age 6, we never exactly answered but she made it clear she figured it out by 7. 2nd kid is 8 and still is into it but is clearly also suspecting there is more to story. BUT -- DD had friends who were still believers age 11. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:20 PM Flag
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I still believed until 6th grade. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:23 PM Flag
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i remember being in 5th grade and kids at school saying Santa wasn't real. I felt so sad! I went home and asked my mom, who told me Santa isn't real, but Saint Nick was haha [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:29 PM Flag
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Never fell for it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:36 PM Flag
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When I was 5-ish I told my mom I would believe in either Santa, the tooth fairy, or the Easter bunny and that she could pick. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:46 PM Flag
[ - ] Would you pull 2 year old out of a two day morning program if it was too much driving him back and forth? Older DC is in 4 day afternoon program. I feel badly pulling him out because he likes it so much. But I feel like I'm bound to this dropoff/pick-up schedule. 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:14 PM Flag
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can you get a sitter to help with the dropoff/pickup? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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I could. But it's a catch 22, I love seeing his face when I pick him up. So cute. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:19 PM Flag
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well his cute face won't be picked up by you or anybody else if you pull him out! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:21 PM Flag
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I would [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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Op: it's the time/day for 2 yr olds. He wants to be like his big sister. Ugh, it's only 2 days of chaos. I don't know. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:21 PM Flag
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You feel bad, not badly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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It's badly [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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I'd keep him in. especially since he loves it so much. plus it gives you a chance to get a few things done. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:52 PM Flag
[ - ] 4 yo has super hairy legs all of the sudden. Is this normal? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:12 PM Flag
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No! Ask your dr. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:14 PM Flag
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I blame the chicken. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:14 PM Flag
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Part wolf? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:18 PM Flag
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his father is! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:21 PM Flag
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HOBBITSES [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:35 PM Flag
[ - ] I hate investing so many years in a friendship and then they do the odd "fade away", and I'll never know why. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:11 PM Flag
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people change, priorities change. That is life [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:20 PM Flag
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Tis true. But it still hurts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:22 PM Flag
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It is because you are annoying or demanding or mean. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:29 PM Flag
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Not necessarily [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:34 PM Flag
[ - ] What the heck does this symbol mean: O_o ?? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:08 PM Flag
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Wonky bug eyes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:23 PM Flag
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Shock and confusion. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:43 PM Flag
[ - ] Hey pregnant ladies, looks like you're better off flying to Lebanon to give birth. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:06 PM Flag
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We also have around 360 million people living in the U.S. And how many people does Lebanon have? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:08 PM Flag
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I realize this is a stupid post, I just thought the article was interesting. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:13 PM Flag
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Actually Lebanon isn't really the third world shithole it's made out to be. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:12 PM Flag
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This [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:18 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:52 PM Flag
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Actually the us infant mortality rate needs to be analyzed by race in order to make sense of it. Dirt poor Americans have low infant mortality becauuse they are careful with their babies. Certain other races in America have high infant mortality because the moms are drunk and careless [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:20 PM Flag
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To be claear, dirt poor Asians in America have lower infant mortality than Upper Middle Class African Americans [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:20 PM Flag
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You again? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:33 PM Flag
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And the rural America, white trash, meth heads probably have the highest rates. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:52 PM Flag
[ - ] Worth it to pay contractor 20% plus a management fee? It is running up the cost of house reno so much but otherwise don't know how to get it done. Tight budget. Needs huge reno. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:06 PM Flag
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Isn't the 20% the management fee in the first place? Is he actually doing work, or managing others? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:13 PM Flag
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managing. Management fee plus 20% markup. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:22 PM Flag
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I would avoid that if possible. We are doing apt reno now and paying architect 15% to supervise contractor. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:25 PM Flag
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but the contractor is also charging right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:28 PM Flag
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he's charging for the job itself, yes. Do you mean he might be charging his own mgmt fee embedded in his quote? Sure, maybe, but we chose him because he was 30% under the others- if he is lower quality we/architect will deal with it real-time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:44 PM Flag
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Did your contractor just give a quote for total amount of job, without breaking down components and his fee? This is what mine did so I have no idea how much he is actually charging v. components. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:48 PM Flag
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He broke down components- no separate fee- I assume it is built in- there is an enormous charge for painting, so that where it probably is. Like I said, he was still way below the other two and we tried to match the quotes and lines up as best as we could. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:52 PM Flag
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Really. Such a scam! Pay me 15% of the job that I designed (with that 15% in mind, of course) so that I can make sure the other guy you're paying 20% to is doing what he's supposed to do. So on a $250K renovation you're paying like $80,000 for people to tell the plumber and electrician what to do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:48 PM Flag
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i would find a management company - ours charged like 7% of total job, but they did a nice comparison for me of all the bids, and they researched alternatives and scrutinized invoices - they saved me thousands, you would be amazed at the crap contractors/subcontractors try to bill you for as well as incorrectly charging tax in some instances [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:39 PM Flag
[ - ] SAHMs, what do you usually eat for lunch? 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:05 PM Flag
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a coffee and whatever leftovers from my kid. Bowl of cereal maybe. I am watching this so I can get my act together! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:08 PM Flag
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Mac n cheese, cheddar bunnies and a squeezy pack [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:09 PM Flag
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Usually a salad, unless I have leftovers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:14 PM Flag
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OP - do you make the salad or pick it up from somewhere? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:34 PM Flag
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I had leftover hamburger helper [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:15 PM Flag
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OP - haha, all of your answers make me feel better about myself. was expecting everybody else to eat crudite or salads. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:17 PM Flag
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today I had oreos and a latte. I feel like crap now! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:22 PM Flag
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I work at home. I had the leftover half of a Subway sandwich and two Snack Pack puddings. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:25 PM Flag
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Weight Watchers frozen meal, small mixed greens with 1 tablespoon of dressing, leftover fortune cookie, piece of dark chocolate. This weight loss thing isn't going the way I'd hoped. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:43 PM Flag
[ - ] Please help me understand hedge fund pay. (Before you ask, I am not doing diligence on a guy, just wondering in general). At a relatively large, well regarded fund ($10-15 B AUM), how are portfolio managers paid? And what about operations? Legal, compliance, IT, etc. Do these people all earn so much more than their banking counterparts? 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:01 PM Flag
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someone correct me if I'm wrong but everyone would be paid from a portion of the management fees and profits. That's a massive hedge fund and many of them don't have that many employees so there is lots of money to go around. Investment professionals are most likely going to get a salary and then a percentage. So it all depends on how the fund does. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:07 PM Flag
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They are paid based on the performance of the portfolio they control. They can make 300k or they can make millions if the performance is excellent. It's the closest job in the world to "pay for performance" except for elite pro sports. Banking jobs are a different animal- based on transactions, not security gains, and there are wide ranges for both sides. Plus big difference between how hedge fund PMs are paid and how long only/mutual funds PMs are paid. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:10 PM Flag
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Legal/compliance/IT are not too different vs sell-side banks. People close to the top (like general counsel) can make more or get some equity. IT at banks is very complicated- some of them, esp those that service the quant operations can do pretty well and better than more contained buy-side IT roles. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:13 PM Flag
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why? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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The pot of money to go around is 2% of assets and 20% of profits. How it is distributed varies from fund to fund, but in general portfolio managers and others with a direct hand in the firm's strategy will have a strong performace component with virtually no celing, and the more back office type positions will have a fairly high salary (as compared to the same positions elsewhere) but relatively small bonus components. However, that picture is complicated somewhat by the fact that employees are general allowed to participate at the fund(s), and in some places this amounts to the single largest benefit of working there (e.g. Renaissance). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:22 PM Flag
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2/20 is long ago, big clients are bailing and those staying demanding fee reductions. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:33 PM Flag
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Huh, didn't know that, I've been out of it for several years. I remember SAC used to charge 3 & 50, but they are gone now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:36 PM Flag
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OR is onto the trend but it hasn't eroded as quickly as she is making out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:50 PM Flag
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It's kind of like legalized gambling, except they've figured out a way to guarantee a certain return (their 2%) every year, so there's a baseline they'll always make. BUT - then they essentially make bets with your money. It's not supposed to be like that; a true hedge fund is supposed to be looking to average out, or hedge, their gains and losses to minimize either. But then some guy made a billion dollars using his fund to make bets on the market and everyone else figured "oh shit- we can do that, too!" Which is why there are so many funds that go out of business that you never, ever hear about. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:34 PM Flag
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^^Anyway - when they win big on those bets, they take 20% of the winnings. So let's say you give them $100k, and they show you a 15% gain. You have $115k. But they're going to take 2,000 (their base 2%) plus their 20% of 15,000, or $3,000. So of the 15,000 they made for you, they're taking 30% of it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:37 PM Flag
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They exploit people's survivorship bias cognitive blind spot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:38 PM Flag
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Few days ago there was a thread of people lambasting what insurance companies implicitly charge for whole life contracts- it's all true but it pales in comparison to the percent of the return hedge funds charge once you do the math. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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The thing is if you actually have sustainable alpha it only makes sense to run a hedge fund to raise enough seed capital to surmount the barriers to entry for your strategy. But if you don't actually have sustainable alpha it is a fantastic way to make a lot of money. Now you are a potential investor looking at the universe of hedge funds, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff (is that task any easier than picking investments directly)? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:52 PM Flag
[ - ] Describe the cutest family Halloween costume group you ever saw: 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:00 PM Flag
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Oxymoron [ Reply | More ]
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Dad was a chef, mom a pot wearing db dressed as a lobster. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:10 PM Flag
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Adorable. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:13 PM Flag
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am i the only one who finds that creepy? don't you throw the lobster into boiling water?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:44 PM Flag
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Parents dressed like Jurassic Park staff. Little kids in dinosaur costumes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:26 PM Flag
[ - ] I am terrible at relationships. I am either closed off or super intense. I drive people away. I tend to end up with men who are super into me in the beginning and then start to die out and then I get insecure. I do best dating people as friends and then forming relationships, which is more difficult now that I am older. Does anyone have advice on this? Thanks in advance. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:59 PM Flag
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I can relate [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:01 PM Flag
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Date multiple guys at once so you don't put all your eggs in one basket and get too intense with one guy. It will help distract you and has the added benefit of making you seem more hard to get and high value to guys. It's all about economics. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:01 PM Flag
[ - ] s/o Avoiding the subway...do people really avoid the subway because of terrorist threats? Isn't the likelihood like less than a shark attack? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:58 PM Flag
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Dunno [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:04 PM Flag
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people who want to avoid the subway anyway say they do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:11 PM Flag
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I think the recent ISIS intelligence gives one much more reason for pause than any prior fear. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:11 PM Flag
[ - ] DS had his 10 year appt. Ped noticed "early signs of puberty" - a few hairs on his scrotum. ARGH! Seems so early????? I was pretty much a boy til college. blah. 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:57 PM Flag
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that does seem young. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:58 PM Flag
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How tall is he [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:59 PM Flag
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hm. Not sure of exact height, but he was 65th percentile. 73 pounds. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:00 PM Flag
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Ah, I was able to access his chart. He's 4' 7.5" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:03 PM Flag
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Why do you ask? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:06 PM Flag
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Same for my ds. Ahead of curve for puberty. It is what it is [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:05 PM Flag
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I blame the chicken. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:07 PM Flag
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I learned that all the body lotion I used while preg was chock full of endocrine interrupters, we used BPA bottles, heated up (eek!!). Basically everything I did I found to be awful for his developing health (aside from ebf for his first 15 months). Additionally, he had an undescended testicle at birth. So, never suspected puberty signs at 10. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:11 PM Flag
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When my DS was born those Baby Einstein DVDs were all the rage. I plopped him down in front of the TV at 3 months old! Only now am I learning the damage I may have caused. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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I wouldn't worry. It has "einstein" in the title, after all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:17 PM Flag
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lol, i doubt you did any damage. i tried them on my kid btw, she was more like 2, but she found them boring with poor production values. Gave them away. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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Oh, don't worry about this. My ped made us go see an endocrinologist because my son had some body hair at about this age. Well. he always was hairy. He had fur on his ears when he was born. Lots of money, lots of running around, and he's 18, tall and handsome, no problems at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:15 PM Flag
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Is he still overly hairy? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:18 PM Flag
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ha ha--but to the point, is he still HAIRY? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:31 PM Flag
[ - ] Friend is due in 2 weeks with DB 2. Claims not to have a name yet. Really? Just an excuse not to share? 24 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:38 PM Flag
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I know tons of people who didn't name til they met the baby. Also, why are you so judgmental? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:41 PM Flag
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An earlier thread admonished me, when we told people that we had a name but weren't telling. This is not a dig on you, but what is the approved way to keep a name a secret? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:41 PM Flag
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Say you haven't decided. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:44 PM Flag
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Why keep it secret? No one really cares! You can tell them now or tell them later and it really doesn't make a difference. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:45 PM Flag
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But it made a difference to us. We cared. We didn't want to tell people the name until DB was born. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:46 PM Flag
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BS. If you tell people, the first thing they do is crap all over it. Or give you a weird look. Stop prying! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:49 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:06 PM Flag
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It's none of your fucking business. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:42 PM Flag
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THIS x10000000 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:46 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:49 PM Flag
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No way! That bitch is obviously holding back. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:49 PM Flag
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screw that. dh and i didnt have a name picked out for our first child even after he was born. it took us a few days. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:52 PM Flag
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and, now we know you're a troll. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:54 PM Flag
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right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:51 PM Flag
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myob! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:46 PM Flag
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We didn't decide both DS name until the delivery room. Why is that so hard to understand? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 06:53 PM Flag
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We are down to a few names but really can't decide. At this point I'm tired of thinking about it, and we're going to wait till we meet her to see if one or another "fits." Shrug. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:02 PM Flag
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They probably have a few they are deciding between and want to see the baby before they pick one of those [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:02 PM Flag
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DH and I didn't agree on a name until about 30 seconds after DS was born. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:04 PM Flag
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I didn't with either DB until after they were born. But regardless, why do you care so much? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:06 PM Flag
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we didn't for #2. we had a most likely name but weren't definite yet. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:09 PM Flag
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We named ours the day we left the hospital. It pissed everyone off but we simply took our time to decide. No crime in that. Relax. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:16 PM Flag
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You sound retarded. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:21 PM Flag
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Oh please, we never had a boy's name we could agree on. Lucky I gave birth to a girl or we'd have a nameless 12 year old boy probably. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 09.30.14, 07:46 PM Flag
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