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[ - ] I told dcs that we could get a guinea pig this weekend. Am I insane? They are 11 and 9, and proved responsibility when we babysat for a friend's rabbit for a week recently, which is why I said ok (and we can't have a cat or dog in our apt). I am starting to wonder if there's time to renege... 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:29 PM Flag
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They're more likely to bite than rabbits, in my experience. Also smellier. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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ewww [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:32 PM Flag
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OP: Oh dear. The smell (and cleaning the cage) is why I've been resisting for a long time. But our cat (hadn't realized we weren't supposed to have one and landlord let it go, but we won't replace him) died a couple of months ago and they are dying for a pet. We won't be moving for a couple of years, so cat and dog are out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:33 PM Flag
[ - ] Does it matter who interviews you at Brearley and how long are the interviews? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 10.31.14, 08:20 PM Flag
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We were interviewed by a parent and dd still got in. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:21 PM Flag
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cool! good for you. how long were the interviews. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:28 PM Flag
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3 hours. worse than goldman sachs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:32 PM Flag
[ - ] My parents want to come to visit on Sunday. I live on the UES. Will they be able to get into the city, or will it be too much of a mess with the marathon? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:19 PM Flag
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which direction are they coming from and where do you live. cant cross 1st ave north of 59th street, but can go around [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:29 PM Flag
[ - ] Help me rank the Specialized High Schools. Need to do this for the SHSAT. Smart ds, but easily distracted and will get lost in a crowd. Thoughts on the best schools and in which order? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:17 PM Flag
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HSMSE or Brooklyn Latin, whichever is closer. HSAS if you are uptown. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:18 PM Flag
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+1 for HSMSE. Small school, involved faculty. They really get to know the kids. Kids travel from all over the city, but I agree transportation should be a factor. My DS traveled from downtown, but only took one train, no transfers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:24 PM Flag
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OP: Thanks for the feed back. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:25 PM Flag
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Brooklyn Latin, SI Tech. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:35 PM Flag
[ - ] I want to send dh the bitchiest text right now but have to can it so we can all have a nice evening. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:13 PM Flag
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That's called being an adult. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:14 PM Flag
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Deeply in through your nose, out through your mouth. Repeat. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:16 PM Flag
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Email it to yourself instead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:24 PM Flag
[ - ] Second grade public school parents: how much homework does your DC have nightly/weekly? Say if in citywide, gen-ed, or district GT. 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:03 PM Flag
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20 min reading, 30 min everything else is what they tell us then to stop. g&T [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:31 PM Flag
[ - ] App moms; DS is 6 and we are starting to give some IPAD time. He is loving Dr. Panda, which is way too young for him. We are hoping to avoid violent and noisy stuff. Any suggestions. Please avoid telling me not to use IPAD - I get it. This is part of an overall behavioral plan. Constructive suggestions only, please. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:01 PM Flag
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try the classics, bejeweled or bubble shooter [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:04 PM Flag
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Endless reader and endless numbers [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:05 PM Flag
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angry birds [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:10 PM Flag
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Starfall [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:17 PM Flag
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chess [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:24 PM Flag
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DoodleJump, Minecraft (play in creative mode). Try to avoid the ones where he will keep asking you to buy "coins" or whatever; it is annoying and can add up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:30 PM Flag
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DragonBox [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:37 PM Flag
[ - ] Why do the women on here think anybody who supports a nanny is one? Because I see so many posts that practically say, "my child wore mismatched clothes, should I fire my nanny"? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:58 PM Flag
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I know, it's ridiculous. I support my nanny and nannies in general. It is not an easy or well paid job (most of the time), and I feel like there are so many parents who want their nannies to do all the same things that make them feel overwhelmed, for a pittance. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:27 PM Flag
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having a toddler climb on a counter and have nanny ignore the child is not same as "my child wore mismatched clothes" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:36 PM Flag
[ - ] Our cat was chasing something across the carpet then hit the kitchen floor and flipped end-over-end. I didn't think that actually happened. I thought it was just something from cartoons. 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:51 PM Flag
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Csb [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:58 PM Flag
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Mine does that too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:03 PM Flag
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Cats are great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:08 PM Flag
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NP: I'm going to end up alone with 14 of them. I'll be sure to post plenty of videos for your amusement. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:18 PM Flag
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Aww I miss my cat [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Nanny- the mom told me Wednesday that I would get off at 1pm today, that the dad will have half a day and come straight home to relieve me. Two hours later and he's still not here and I did not receive a call or text from him. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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Text mom if she knows what's up [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:50 PM Flag
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you should have called him at 115pm. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:51 PM Flag
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Op. Let me make out clear. I'm not complaining about not being able to leave early. I think it's odd that he has not communicated with me that he will be late. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:51 PM Flag
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sometimes you have to induce action- text him and say "I was told you were coming at 1pm. I have to go home soon to take my llama to the vet" [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:53 PM Flag
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Lol! Ok. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:52 PM Flag
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lol — but accurate [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:11 PM Flag
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Maybe he was not aware that he was supposed to be coming straight home- i would text him. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:55 PM Flag
[ - ] Is it fair to say that Passiac is the new "hotspot" for real estate/development in the NJ suburbs of Manhattan? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:46 PM Flag
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For cheap housing? It's not a great town, and the schools aren't great either. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:48 PM Flag
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the next big thing. Passaic-quake! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:17 PM Flag
[ - ] made my first pie as a peace offering to DH. it looks so ugly but it is def one of the best apple pies i've ever tasted. woot! 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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yum. ugly ones are the good ones [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:47 PM Flag
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haha i'd upload a picture but its really embarrassing how ugly it looks. definitely not a baker [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:48 PM Flag
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Congrats! The more you do, the better you get at it, and it always tastes good. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:09 PM Flag
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thanks! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:13 PM Flag
[ - ] Any tricks for making your period lighter? My blood flow is too heavy. I have a small fibroid and occassional ovarian cysts that come and go. Naturopath suggested taking DIM, which is basically broccoli pills, to sop up extra estrogen. Anyone tried other things that worked? I've heard loading up on Advil makes you bleed less due to less inflammation.... 14 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:38 PM Flag
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Mirena IUD [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:40 PM Flag
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Mirena will also help you gain weight [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:51 PM Flag
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I haven't had that issue with it at all. In fact, I lost the extra 10 pounds of "baby weight" I had before going on it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:13 PM Flag
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ah you were lucky. I put on an additional 10 pounds and kept gaining until i took it out [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:24 PM Flag
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i gained 30 pounds in 3 months on mirena (np here) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:20 PM Flag
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+1. I had it so bad last year. Finally put IUD in and now I can live again. Although I didn't know it'll make me gain weight. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:04 PM Flag
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Only if you consume more calories than you burn off. ;) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:19 PM Flag
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Are you generally in good health? Or could you do better with diet, exercise or sleep? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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have been working on sleep for a while but this is a hard nut to crack. excellent on diet and regular moderate exercise [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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Work out harder [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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Max dose ibuprofen starting day before period and consistently through the bleeding. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:54 PM Flag
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Cut out sugar. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:01 PM Flag
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alleve for 24-48 hours in advance then advil during. starting in advance is important. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:34 PM Flag
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The pill [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:34 PM Flag
[ - ] my first grade kid's teacher wants to talk to me about her inability to read sight words. I've noticed she's not learning to read as quickly as others. DH says no big deal, he couldn't read until sometime in grade one, and then he caught up fast. Calm me down. No big deal, right? 16 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:37 PM Flag
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i think you should call a place called lindamood bell. my son had this exact problem and they helped him immensely [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:38 PM Flag
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So go talk to her. Maybe she will even get extra help with an experienced teacher who can better help. What's the harm? they all learn at a different pace so don't feel bad. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:44 PM Flag
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she might have some tips for you [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:01 PM Flag
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I'm sure much will change during the year but they are holding everyone to the average standard. Give the appearance of working hard and let nature do it's magic. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:46 PM Flag
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Oh dear. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:14 PM Flag
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Oh, please don't worry. This is still early days. If there's a problem, the teacher wants to be on it, and she is being proactive. Just listen to her and make a plan. FWIW, my dc didn't figure it out until midway through the year, and by june was reading 3rd grade level. They take a big leap when they're ready. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:48 PM Flag
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thanks everyone! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:50 PM Flag
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this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:01 PM Flag
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sorry, don't believe dc was at 3rd grade level from not reading, not based on how teachers do the official assesment [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:05 PM Flag
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Sorry. It was true. Dc now at Stuy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:10 PM Flag
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Public or private ? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:52 PM Flag
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don't worry, but help her. get flash cards and read at home [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:58 PM Flag
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How old is she? How is her comprehension when you read to her? Can she tell the story back to you? Make predictions and inferences? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:15 PM Flag
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she's 6. yes to all those. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:24 PM Flag
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Either she just needs a few more months or she may not be a sight reader. They keep changing the way they teach reading but there is no one right way. You need to find the way that works for your child -- maybe she needs the phonics approach. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:32 PM Flag
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Have your child make her own flash cards. The act of writing the words will help her learn. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:17 PM Flag
[ - ] What are the worst cases of school bullying you have heard about in your area? When I was a kid (during 8th grade), there was an incident where a couple of boys pinned down another boy and bent back his thumbs as far as they would go, and apparently they went too far and broke both of his thumbs, and he wasn't able to hold a pencil for over a month. They got expelled and sent to some kind of reform school, but still had a variance of some type where they could play for the football team. The kid with the broken thumbs became a drug addict and has some unpleasant mugshots online from various arrests. The bullies are doing okay. One is finishing up a psychiatry residency, and the other is a preacher at a large church founded by his dad. 21 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:37 PM Flag
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That's terrible. Not sure what else the school could have done though besides expel them, which they did. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:44 PM Flag
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Maybe not let them play football! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:59 PM Flag
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Okay, but most schools allow homeschooled/ vocational school/ alternative school kids to play on their sports teams. They expelled the bullies. That should have solved the problem of them ever interacting with the poor kid again. Unless the bully target was on the football team, I don't get the big deal about them still playing football. If the target was on the football team then of course it was ridiculous to allow them to remain on the team. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:01 PM Flag
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Because they are criminals being given a privilege. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:06 PM Flag
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I think I'd let this one go. They were expelled- that's pretty much the worst punishment a school can give you. Again, unless the kid being bullied was also on that team. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:08 PM Flag
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That, plus that his parents should have sued the other parents. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:08 PM Flag
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Why does everyone always default to suing? That's America for you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:10 PM Flag
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Because a child was hurt and those who hurt him got away with it, that's why. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:14 PM Flag
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It doesn't sound like they got away with it at ALL. They were expelled from the school and sent to reform school! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:15 PM Flag
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where did you read they got away with it??? i read they went to reform school after their expulsion. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:16 PM Flag
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I get the feeling that the poor child whose thumbs were broken is your son- am I right? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:19 PM Flag
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Not sure where you got the feeling, since I am not OP. I guess I tend to be on the victim's side, but that's not how most people think, it seems. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:33 PM Flag
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To be honest this makes me feel good that the bullies were able to turn their lives around somewhat. Too bad the same can't be sad for the kid who was bullied- but many people become drug addicts with all kinds of home/school situations, so who knows if the bullying was the reason I guess. Horrible story though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:02 PM Flag
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They should have been tried by the juvenile justice system and incarcerated until age 18. No football. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:11 PM Flag
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np- am I the only one that is pleased that the two delinquents were able to get back on the right track? As opposed to sent to jail and ended up lifelong criminals? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:12 PM Flag
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No, I was also happy to see that. Most people here just want irrevocable lifelong punishments, complete with being sued for all of their assets, in order to feel like justice has been served. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:14 PM Flag
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Are you just as pleased about how the other guy ended? How do you know he didn't become a drug addict partly because what happened to him in childhood? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:15 PM Flag
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Of course i'm not pleased that the other kid ended up a drug addict, that's incredibly sad. If he became a drug addict because of one horrible bullying incident- where the bullies were caught, and expelled and sent to reform school afterwords- then it sounds like he might have been a little unstable to begin with. Remember, kids who are picked on are sometimes (not always- but often times) a little different or unstable and that's why other kids single them out. It doesn't make it right AT ALL, but it's the truth. But of course I feel terrible for that kid, and if this one incident spiraled his life into a life of drugs and crime, then I feel bad that he wasn't given any help after the incident to prevent that from happening. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:17 PM Flag
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So your only happy ending is for all three children to end up in jail- not a single one contributing to society as an adult, all in jail. Is that correct? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:18 PM Flag
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OR. I'm sure they are still sociopaths, especially the preacher. They've just learned how to hide it better. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:24 PM Flag
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This. My first thought about the preacher. Narcissist [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:27 PM Flag
[ - ] there's a certain kind of hyper-professional PR person who makes me hate the human race. I feel like I'm talking to an actor playing the role of a human, they're so artificial and plastic. But they're also so slick I feel like at the end of the day they win their argument even when they don't know what they're talking about. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:35 PM Flag
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THIS IS MY SIL. She is exhausting. & just the worst in every way [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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She is not working right now because she has 2 young dcs... but she has a ft nanny and pt housekeeper and is still the busiest person on the planet. No one else could ever fathom how much she has on her plate... gag. [ Reply | More ]
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^^anyone feel me here? It doesn't have to be a PR girl. I'm sure the world is full of people like this. I don't think they're bad people, but they walk around wearing masks. Their whole professional life is devoted to being as proper as possible, and they don't seem real. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:45 PM Flag
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I think they're bad people. They would do ANYTHING if it were a means to an end... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:49 PM Flag
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I used to work in a corporate setting and I think some of those people would have killed if it would have resulted in them getting a promotion. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:03 PM Flag
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i know exactly what you're talking about and that was a great way to describe it. it's incredible. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:48 PM Flag
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I used to work in marketing and communications and yes, I know exactly what you mean. It's like they have no recognizable human personality and are always "working", even when they're off. I think some Human Resources people are a bit like this also but the PR people are the worst. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:56 PM Flag
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A contrived persona [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:10 PM Flag
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This and they forget to ever snap out of it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:10 PM Flag
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Or can't after a while. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:10 PM Flag
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sometimes those newscaster guys are like that. they can't not talk in that Ron Burgandy voice, even at a cocktail party. it's hilarious! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:13 PM Flag
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what does that say about us as a culture when the people paid to make other people look good are themselves the most depressingly artificial? they are also the most risk averse people on the planet, in all their interactions, whether making small talk or proposing a strategy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 08:15 PM Flag
[ - ] at what hour do you start trick or treating with a 5 years old? 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:34 PM Flag
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4.30-5 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 10.31.14, 07:36 PM Flag
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Seems super earlier. We had one kid come about half an hour ago. Had to find the candy for him. [ Reply | More ]
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Hijack: 10 yr old ? [ Reply | More ]
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6:00 [ Reply | More ]
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
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