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  1. OP, I think it is wonderful that you are asking...

    OP, I think it is wonderful that you are asking him what he wants. My mom was in intensive care for several weeks, and according to her one of the worst parts of the whole experience is the feeling...
  2. Thread: Spice storage?

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    I have a tiny European kitchen and I just solved...

    I have a tiny European kitchen and I just solved my spice problem. It was out of control.

    I now have the following things:

    1) For "essential" spices I keep these behind my burners:...
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    Poll: My mom's family is a farming family. I've spent...

    My mom's family is a farming family. I've spent time visiting them on two large wheat farms in MN and a cattle farm in ND. These are large operations. I'm sure there are smaller farms in the family...
  4. I have nothing against football. I don't think it...

    I have nothing against football. I don't think it (or other non-club sports) has a place in universities.

    When I taught at a state university, I saw the dark side of college athletics.

    The...
  5. Thread: WWYD?

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    When I was a grad student I ate yogurt that was...

    When I was a grad student I ate yogurt that was 4-5 months past expiration. I never got sick. Flavored, plain - it doesn't matter as long as it is unopened.

    Also, I have a stomach of steel.
  6. I went to a rather large private university. When...

    I went to a rather large private university. When I was a senior, there were two highly publicized rape cases that made the news, and one of the angles to both stories was the fact that the...
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    I have several friends who have switched to...

    I have several friends who have switched to e-cigs. I love that they no longer smell like smoke all the time. They are allowed to use their e-cigs at work, and I can sometimes smell the vapor in the...
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    I may be able to provide a different perspective....

    I may be able to provide a different perspective. I am currently advising three PhD students, and two of them are in their mid-thirties.

    As background, I finished my PhD when I was 29. I am now...
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    I've been! You have good advice for things to see...

    I've been! You have good advice for things to see on the other posts. The food at restaurants is nothing special, so I suggest hitting the grocery store for food to prepare yourself, and spend your...
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    I like to read about plane crashes and...

    I like to read about plane crashes and near-misses WHILE I AM FLYING.

    I have been known to save up plane crash articles (Vanity Fair writes the best ones in my opinion) for weeks or even months...
  11. Thread: Alcoholism/AA+SO

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    I attended several AA meetings with my dad. I had...

    I attended several AA meetings with my dad. I had taken away his car keys, for various reasons, and one of my rules was that if he complied, I would drive him to as many meetings as he wanted. I...
  12. Thread: Food Poisoning

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    Miso soup. I always take the instant packets with...

    Miso soup. I always take the instant packets with me when I travel. It is the perfect amount of salty and soothing, and helps keep your electrolytes up.

    I lived off miso soup and crackers with...
  13. Other cultures are insurance-obsessed - just in...

    Other cultures are insurance-obsessed - just in different ways.

    In Germany, you can buy insurance for anything, such as for things that you might loose. I have insurance on my office keys, and I...
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    I'm amazed that no one has yet pointed out that...

    I'm amazed that no one has yet pointed out that spanking is also a sexual act amongst adults.

    Of course this kind of spanking - whether in fantasy form or as action - involves roles of dominance...
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    I can answer this! First, stay out of Germany....

    I can answer this!

    First, stay out of Germany.

    Second, if you want to do Italy, my student claimed that Venice was the very best for NYE.

    Third, here is what I personally recommend:...
  16. I can commiserate, to an extent. I also work in...

    I can commiserate, to an extent. I also work in academia. I am spending my Friday working at home because it is raining cats and dogs outside, and because I am more productive here. I have to finish...
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    I've had several bad "slamming" experiences. The...

    I've had several bad "slamming" experiences. The worst actually damaged my laptop.

    I was working with my laptop sitting on the tray table. The person in front of me suddenly reclines all of the...
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    I used to clip my long haired cat in a lion cut....

    I used to clip my long haired cat in a lion cut. He was generally good, but when he wasn't, there were a few things that would sometimes work:

    1) a veterinary cone - like the kind that you put on...
  19. I spend about 50% of my year traveling, and I...

    I spend about 50% of my year traveling, and I even moved overseas for the job. This year, I logged about 12 weeks total in South Africa, which sounds rough but it is the same time zone as Germany....
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    I've done some work in different countries in...

    I've done some work in different countries in Africa and have interacted with teenagers while there. They can be very in tune to some aspects of American culture and are very interested in hearing...
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    And voter turnout is 86%. On Sundays, at least...

    And voter turnout is 86%.

    On Sundays, at least where I live, there is NOTHING to do besides Church and voting. All of the stores and businesses (save restaurants) are closed. Bakeries are open for...
  22. Thread: Cologne, anyone?

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    Depending on HOW broad minded you are, my...

    Depending on HOW broad minded you are, my absolute favorite bath is in Cologne.

    It it Japanese onsen-style: https://www.neptunbad.de/asiatische-sauna-und-baederlandschaft.htm.

    It is also 100%...
  23. I live in southern Germany so I've mostly...

    I live in southern Germany so I've mostly traveled locally. I think that if you are on a budget,you should reconsider Denmark and Switzerland. Both are very expensive. Norway and Finland too - your...
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    This is more of an aside, but why does...

    This is more of an aside, but why does "babysitter" always equal "teenager" or "stranger?" I'm in my 30's and I have happily served as last-minute babysitter for friends with very small babies. A...
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    I am secretly really good at hula hooping. I...

    I am secretly really good at hula hooping. I actually wish that I owned a hula hoop so that I could practice more, but I don't have a car, so I would have to walk home carrying a hula hoop.

    I'm...
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