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The Lounge New Apartment...Yikes! Sep 05 2014
18:57 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

"Oh hi! What am I doing? Well, obviously, I'm trying to figure out if any of these coffee can keys open your house. Now if you aren't going to help, I've still got 40 more to try, so if you could just step aside, put that taser away and... would you like a cupcake or a tartlet? I made them from scratch. Because I knew these keys were going to be a pickle and a half! I'm your new neighbor by the way. I feel so welcome here! Especially with this coffee can of keys the previous owners left for me."
 

I added a little more to this entertaining monologue.

Mine ended because they got tased. But I like yours.

The Lounge New Apartment...Yikes! Sep 05 2014
18:56 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Nomo, you are absolutely right - they should have just started trying the keys on all of the neighborhood doors. What an introduction that would make!

"Oh hi! What am I doing? Well, obviously, I'm trying to figure out if any of these coffee can keys open your house. Now if you aren't going to help, I've still got 40 more to try, so if you could just step aside, put that taser away and... would you like a cupcake or a tartlet? I made them from scratch. Because I knew these keys were going to be a pickle and a half!"

That's exactly what I'm talking about. Just takes a little gumption and some people skills!

(The building where I work has some closets that still have the original glass doorknobs and skeleton key holes, so I don't buy the excuse that the keys, the doors, the knobs or the locks were too old to be opened. That's what's wrong with young people these days.... they're afraid to expend a little effort!)

They do, in fact, have several doors that can only be opened with skeleton keys, and those do work (as long as you aren't worried about the fact that it's an external door that could be opened with a generic skeleton key). But the keys in the can were more like keys from the 70s that had spent a lot of time in the rain.

The Lounge New Apartment...Yikes! Sep 05 2014
18:25 (UTC)
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Nomo, you are absolutely right - they should have just started trying the keys on all of the neighborhood doors. What an introduction that would make!

"Oh hi! What am I doing? Well, obviously, I'm trying to figure out if any of these coffee can keys open your house. Now if you aren't going to help, I've still got 40 more to try, so if you could just step aside, put that taser away and..."

The Lounge New Apartment...Yikes! Sep 05 2014
17:54 (UTC)
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Original Post by lostpumpkins:

Original Post by cellulitedelight:

You know, when my husband and I moved into our first apartment we thought we had everything.  We had a little modular sofa set.  We bought a table and chair set at the thrift store.  We had a mattress and two sheet sets.  Hangers, laundry baskets, all of our cooking necessities.  What else could we possibly need?

About a week after we moved in we discovered it through a combination of teenager diets and fear of pooping in a new toilet.  By the time we were both ready to unleash our nasties in our new home, we realized we didn't have a plunger.

Buy a plunger.

It's so funny you say that.  It's one of the first things I bought.  Actually a plunger/brush combo.

Almost everything on the internet that I read about first time apartment-ers, everyone always says, "Buy a plunger!!"

I don't even know why it occurred to me, really.  I can't even remember the last time I needed one.

Our friends bought a foreclosure, and the only thing left in the house was a plunger and a coffee can full of keys (none of which opened any doors).

Motivation So frustrated! What am I doing wrong? Sep 05 2014
16:43 (UTC)
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Because ice cream is delicious? And it's not necessary to cut any particular food out of your diet to lose weight? And did I mention how delicious it is?

The Lounge New Apartment...Yikes! Sep 05 2014
16:38 (UTC)
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Original Post by floggingsully:

If you have multiple doors, make sure you test the key in all of them before you deadbolt the only one you can unlock.  Showing up at 2am in a UHaul and not being able to get in sucks.

As does being told by the landlord "It's late - can't you just find an unlocked window?"

Foods Turkey Burgers: Why are they soooooooooooo Bad? Sep 05 2014
13:24 (UTC)
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Original Post by okminty:

  Life is too short to get all upset about the pros and cons of ground turkey.

Seriously :)

Weight Loss Eating No Carbs Sep 05 2014
12:29 (UTC)
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I for one appreciate liseey's no-nonsense approach and reliance on scientific fact, rather than providing impressions and conspiracy theories as if they are rational arguments.

I don't find her rude, arrogant, snobby, unprofessional, or jerky.

I do find her sarcastic, but I like sarcasm.

Foods Turkey Burgers: Why are they soooooooooooo Bad? Sep 04 2014
19:29 (UTC)
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That only makes sense if you believe fat is bad.

I don't make moral judgments about food. I certainly don't label an essential nutrient as bad. YMMV.

The Lounge The only one who could ever reach me, he was a sweet chattin' son of a preacher man. Sep 04 2014
13:53 (UTC)
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Pav, are you finally free of that house??

ETA: Other than tiny details like moving?

Foods Turkey Burgers: Why are they soooooooooooo Bad? Sep 04 2014
12:38 (UTC)
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I wouldn't worry about the site's grading system for foods.

But I also wouldn't give up my beef burgers.

Foods protein powders meal replacement Sep 03 2014
20:20 (UTC)
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Optimum nutrition 100% whey double chocolate is more palatable than others I've tried. I mixed it with water, because I didn't want to add too many calories, but if you are otherwise limited in how much you can eat, I'd suggest making it with milk.

The Lounge Hello, I Must Be Going. I Cannot CHAT, I Came to Say, I Must Be Going. Sep 03 2014
14:52 (UTC)
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Original Post by dnrothx:

Moved on to the next woman in the binder quite quickly.

You had a binder of women?

The Lounge Honey and antibiotics Sep 03 2014
14:02 (UTC)
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I don't know about bee stings as being medicinal (that is, I've never heard that). But if you do get stung by a bee, and you aren't happy about it:

Put a penny on it for 15-45min. It requires a conductor, so sweat or salt water is necessary between your skin and the penny. My mom swears it's worked for her with both bee and wasp stings, and a friend of hers had two stings, and did a test and control - the test sting got better quickly, the control (no penny) continued to hurt.

The Lounge Michael Brown death by cop Sep 03 2014
13:59 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by amwick:
 

And the emphasis on racial inequality more or less implies that Darren Wilson committed a racial crime. No, it does not. It does point out that the officer was probably acting out of institutional bias/racism, some of which he probably isn't even aware.

 

I've tried explaining this multiple times in this thread. At this point, I think it's falling on deaf ears. It doesn't fit the narrative she wants, therefore it is not what we are saying, even when we explicitly say it.

(And I fixed your typo ;))

The Lounge Friend Issue...I could use some advice Sep 02 2014
19:49 (UTC)
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Yeah, what happened??

The Lounge Michael Brown death by cop Sep 02 2014
19:23 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by theviewfromhere:

Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by theviewfromhere:
incidentally, i live just four blocks from the main station of the vancouver police department. they drive through my neighbourhood, past my front door, more often than i can count. i jay-walk in front of cops on pretty much a daily basis. not once has one of them made a noise about it. i imagine it might be different if i were something other than a middle-class, middle-aged white woman.

I believe I mentioned in a previous post that officers very frequently will stop a civilian for minor infractions because that's a pretty reliable way of stumbling across people engaged in more serious crimes, especially in poor black neighborhoods.

The fact that the guys he yelled at for jaywalking just happened to have committed a strong-arm robbery would seem to bear out this rationale. 

I betcha if middle-class, middle-aged white women suddenly decided to commit a bunch of crimes in your neighborhood, you'd find the cops much more interested in your jaywalking behaviors.

and this, my dear, is what racism looks like.

Explain to me what a better system of policing looks like, considering that there is a higher crime rate in poor black neighborhoods.

Seriously.  What is the alternative to a heavier police presence in those areas and picking up people for lesser offenses? 

Well, here's the problem:

Last year, Ferguson police searched 12.1 percent of black drivers they stopped, compared to 6.9 percent for whites. Contraband was found 22 percent of the time when the driver was black and 34 percent when the driver was white.

So if they are going to racially profile, maybe they need to start pulling over more white people. And then maybe they'll start catching more of the white criminals, and maybe it'll change the stats on where the higher crime rates are.

Foods Looking for a small pan- what's the best way to boil oats? Sep 02 2014
19:16 (UTC)
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I thought so :)

The Lounge Michael Brown death by cop Sep 02 2014
18:53 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

The evidence should be investigated thoroughly, including evidence of the officer's character.  If a history of racist behavior is uncovered, it should be considered as part of the overall investigation, but it still can't be the centerpiece.

It doesn't require a history of racist behavior to have one's actions influenced by racism.

I don't believe that the police officer said to himself "he's black, I should shoot him." I think that his color was likely one of many factors that played a role in the officer's (I'm guessing) very quickly made decision to shoot an unarmed teenager multiple times.  I think there is a chance that you take the same person (same size, same actions) but give him white skin, and he wouldn't have ended up dead.

For the investigation, yes, what matters is what really happened and whether the cop had good reason to shoot the teen. But moving forward, I think it would be wise for us as a society to examine what ingrained racial biases many people (especially those in the position to shoot to kill without any automatic investigation or punishment) have, and how we can reduce those biases so that there are fewer wrongful deaths, even if it turns out that in this instance, there was good reason to kill the teen.

Foods Looking for a small pan- what's the best way to boil oats? Sep 02 2014
18:26 (UTC)
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We try to reduce our use of non-stick. I know there are some that are "safe" (but I don't think we have them) and we definitely do use non-stick for other cooking meat and veggies and eggs, but if we can avoid it, I'd rather not. All of my non-stick pans eventually lose their non-stickiness, and I imagine that some of that material is going into our food, so if we can limit just by a little how much it's getting used, I figure, the better.

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