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  1. We don't generally do graduation gifts in my...

    We don't generally do graduation gifts in my family. Supporting the student, logistically, emotionally and/or financially, through the educational process WAS the gift! Going out to dinner, on...
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    Poll: To a certain extent, "good". There's a quote,...

    To a certain extent, "good". There's a quote, from the Roman philosopher Seneca, but often attributed to Oprah Winfrey, to the effect of: "Luck is preparation meeting opportunity". I believe...
  3. Yep, I know several who do. I was just saying...

    Yep, I know several who do. I was just saying the other day that, if something happened to DH, I'd probably look for another animal loving middle-aged woman for a roommate. It would be a stretch to...
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    If you have a properly working water softener,...

    If you have a properly working water softener, it's probably not hard water that's the problem, but the very soft water coming from the softener. If there are breakthrough minerals in the tap water,...
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    I see I'm not the only one who was so irritated...

    I see I'm not the only one who was so irritated by the Denny ghost business that they stopped watching regularly some time ago! That whole scenario was just too stupid and annoying. I've watched...
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    Yeah, that happens all the time with long term...

    Yeah, that happens all the time with long term employees. The 2-2.5% "cost of living" raises that seem to be par for the course these days will not keep a longer term employee anywhere near the...
  7. Already done ;).

    Already done ;).
  8. Dressed to Kill...that Angie Dickinson and...

    Dressed to Kill...that Angie Dickinson and Michael Caine film from 1980. The elevator slashing scene really freaked me out. My college roommate used to torture me in the elevator at the "Senior...
  9. Thread: Burning Bush

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    I wonder why they like it here and not at your...

    I wonder why they like it here and not at your farm? We aren't very far away and probably have similar (rocky/acidic) New England soil. We do have full sun, all day, all the time. These bushes are...
  10. Thread: Burning Bush

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    Blueberries would be perfect, and I want some! ...

    Blueberries would be perfect, and I want some! DH eats a ton of them. We have acidic soil and full sun, so they'd probably be quite happy here.
  11. Are you income qualified for official affordable...

    Are you income qualified for official affordable housing? If so look at the housing authorities that cover the surrounding area and watch for lotteries for affordable units. There are several...
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    That is normal. I work for a huge company as...

    That is normal. I work for a huge company as well and we often have contractors of various kinds. Contractor rates are always higher than the salaried rate. Salaried employees have benefits:...
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    Anonymoose, your sig line and your post are at...

    Anonymoose, your sig line and your post are at GLARING odds with each other. We're all different, but people should still meet your expectations for what is normal and acceptable?
  14. You can only deduct fair market value for used...

    You can only deduct fair market value for used furniture. You can estimate it as best you can, but you do have to be prepared to defend it in case of an audit. Photos of condition and ads from...
  15. Thread: Burning Bush

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    Yeah, I actually called the Mass invasive species...

    Yeah, I actually called the Mass invasive species folks today, when I realized how much bush I'd be taking off....wondering how to dispose of it. They told me that existing bushes are not a problem...
  16. Thread: Burning Bush

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    Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about your horse. We do...

    Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about your horse. We do not have horses on this property, though it is zoned for horses. I don't have time for even one, so I half lease and she's boarded nearby. If I ever...
  17. Thread: Burning Bush

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    Burning Bush

    No, not a canoeing related problem ;).

    Actual bushes. Anyone have these?

    What a PITA! We bought this house a little less than two years ago and are just now getting around to catching up on...
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    Breitbart is hardly a news source, it's a...

    Breitbart is hardly a news source, it's a (biased) opinion site. And, the link doesn't work, so I can't even try to read the original, which might have paragraphs in it, so actually readable.
    ...
  19. The first time, I waited until 12 weeks or so, as...

    The first time, I waited until 12 weeks or so, as I was doing an admin assistant type job that would not be super hard to get coverage for.

    The second time, as soon as I found out. I was running...
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    St. Jude's has an admirable mission and they do...

    St. Jude's has an admirable mission and they do good things for SOME kids with certain catastrophic diseases, but they DO pick their patients. Most hospitals do not have that luxury, they have to...
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    The Stepfamily Thing...

    It is the theme today. We (DH and I and our kids) have been a stepfamily for 15 years now...the troubled water is mostly behind us.

    DH spent the day with his best friend, a widower with grown...
  22. Apparently, there is a contested will. Hers was...

    Apparently, there is a contested will. Hers was her deceased husband's third marriage, he left everything to her and their child. Children from his prior marriages are contesting the will. The...
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    Generally, yeah, I'll switch if it isn't...

    Generally, yeah, I'll switch if it isn't producing a big problem for me in exhange for solving a more minor problem for the switcher.

    Young child needing to sit near parent, absolutely, even if I...
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    Yes, there were Massport fire trucks and State...

    Yes, there were Massport fire trucks and State Police. The fire trucks were there to show support and respect, they lined the trucks up with lights flashing and all the firemen got out, lined up and...
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    You are probably right, in this case, as I read...

    You are probably right, in this case, as I read in his hometown paper that the family wanted to keep the return private and just for family, no media, etc....

    So, the airline and Massport staff...
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