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Oct 17th 2012 6:17PM Sounds a lot like the set-up at Tokyo Disney Sea. That place was awesome!
Nov 11th 2010 9:40PM Your post made me count my blessings. Sending good thoughts your way, sweetie.
Nov 4th 2010 11:40PM That's a great idea! I never thought of doing anything like that but I sure will now. Thanks for putting that idea out. Good advice to follow...
Sep 13th 2010 3:50PM The worst names I've ever heard... I was in the grocery store and two little girls were running around in the aisle. The mom called out, "Labia and Nychelle Louise, get your butts over here!" I almost passed out from laughing so hard. Nychelle Louise is enough of a mouthful, but calling your daughter Labia is a shame. Can't imagine how much teasing that poor little girl is in for.
Jul 23rd 2010 5:30PM I, too, used humor to deal with people who asked rude questions like that about my son. My hubby & I are both Caucasian and adopted our mixed-race son as an infant and he would get very tan during the summer. When we lived in the South, I used hear, "Why is he so dark?" ALL the time. I finally got fed up and started answering back, "It's because I take him to the tanning salon." Most people shut up after that...
May 26th 2010 11:36PM I've been on both sides of this argument, both as a server and a customer. As a server, I always did my best and 95% of the time I was able to receive enough tips to make a decent wage for a college student. The ones who didn't tip--I could usually tell from the get-go--you just have a feeling. No amount of friendly or conscientious service would get them to leave a decent tip.
I was shocked when we moved to Japan and found myself in the land of no tipping allowed. Believe it or not, (and I was always dumbfounded) I had THE best service each and every time I went to a fancy restaurant, local dive, or bar, all without having to tip a single cent.
I asked one Japanese server at the local TGIFriday (who spoke excellent English) about the tipping/no tipping debate. She told me that she had worked in a Japanese restaurant when she and her (U.S. military) husband were stationed in the States and did not like that system at all--she always felt like she was groveling for money and felt like some sort of prostitute!
Then she told me that the servers she's friends with in Japan tend to be decently paid so they feel secure in their jobs and feel more relaxed and feel much friendlier to the customers as a result. She also said it felt better to know that she was going to be receiving a regular wage on a regular basis instead of worrying about how many tips she would have to earn to help out with the family budget.
Long story short, as a customer in Japan, I felt more relaxed because I didn't have to spend the meal worrying about how much I was going to have to tip and I was relieved to find that my Japanese servers were making a decent wage.
May 9th 2010 1:29AM I was surprised to see how much $$ the tickets are for Toby's USO shows. They were advertising the ticket prices for his upcoming concert in the local post paper and it's $35 per person ahead of time, $45 the day of the show--this for an outdoor show on a military post for military folks. I thought USO shows were put on to improve military morale and to entertain the troops. Didn't realize we had to pay for the privilege...
Apr 14th 2010 11:19PM Regardless of whether this soldier believes Obama is the legitimate POTUS, he still owes an obligation to his fellow soldiers to serve--especially since he's a DOCTOR and we are at WAR and his skills are sorely needed down range. I'm wondering if his medical education was paid for by the US Army; if so, he's legally and morally obligated to serve in the Army in order to pay that back. As a military wife whose husband has faithfully served this country for over 23 years, I am completely disgusted by this guy's refusal to fulfill his contractual obligations. My husband served under several presidents with whom he disagreed with on principle yet he always put serving his country before political rhetoric. I'm still grappling with the fact that during WWII, Americans all seemed to pull together (rationing, war bonds, going-without, etc.) to win the war but today people are more worried about their Red State vs. Blue State politics, Kate Gosselin et al, and Twitter than they are about the average G.I., Grunt, Squid, Fly-Boy, or Coastie putting their necks on the line. Shame on this duty-shirker who seems to have found a convenient excuse not to put HIS own neck on the line in defense of the country that has given him everything.
Mar 26th 2010 6:41PM Broom's Bloom Ice Cream in Harford County, MD. The best ice cream I've ever tasted!!!!
Aug 27th 2009 12:35AM OMG, the person who said that "this is the reason vets recommend a dog having a litter before being spayed" is a total idiot! I'm a veterinary technician who works with 5 veterinarians and can tell you firsthand that the best scenario health and emotional-wise for a female dog is to be spayed before they are one year old. Female dogs who aren't spayed or are "allowed" to have a litter before being spayed are at greater risk for developing mammary cancer (not unlike humans' breast cancer) and other medical problems. This whole "having a litter before being spayed" is a complete old wives' tale and needs to be put to rest. There are too many unwanted pets in shelters across the country--please spay or neuter your pet and encourage others to do the same in order to avoid adding to the homeless animal problem.