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Feb 23rd 2013 6:39PM I understand the effort, but as a few pointed out, there are other reasons the police respond to assorted calls unrelated to drugs, gangs, and gunshots. What if there was a "welfare check" call? That's where a possible out-of-town relative can't reach someone and asks the police to check on the person. It's possible the out-of-towner doesn't have the manager's number. But you can sure get the PD's number in just about every city in the country.
I also partially agree with the earlier comment about parents being responsible for their kids. Just don't take it to the extreme of very young children.
Jun 13th 2012 8:56PM @Leon: This story is about an ENGLISH airline. Why are you suggesting Americans are nuts? Americans aren't the only folks who like stuffed animals or who travel with small children who have stuffed animals. As another poster pointed out, sometimes the toy is the only friend the child has. I was in the Red Cross 15 years and I can tell you we handed out donated bears after fires and earthquakes. The kids loved them. Frequently, the parents thanked us, telling us the other favorite toys were either buried, destroyed, or otherwise unavailable. You've obviously never spent a night (or 2 weeks) in a gym with a bunch of strangers, feeling completely uprooted and pretty scared about the future because a wildfire just burned up your house and you're 4.
Hooray to Thomson Air!
Oct 6th 2010 8:39PM For those who canb't quite make the mental leap between purses & breast cancer: How many times have you heard (or said) "My life is in my purse!" or "I don't go anywhere without my purse; my life is in there"? We ARE talking about a disease which will probably hit at least half of us in our lifetimes. Although men can get it, 98+ percent are women. If your "life" is in your purse, then what's in there? CHECK! And this IS your life.
Maybe you folks under 35 a). don't carry purses or b).really know what we're talking about. How 'bout this: How many people do you know have or have had breast cancer? Personally, I can say 2, an aunt and a sister-in-law. How about people you work with? Folks you see at the market or the gym? Have children? How many of the other parents you see at various places (organized activities, etc) have people in their lives affected by this? It's more than you know.
This is an AWARENESS campaign. Apparently, a lot of you aren't very aware.
Awareness and checking are what help save lives and what will help eradicate this disease.
Sep 22nd 2010 7:23PM The Harvard "Science of Cooking" sounds right. It's about time! Most kids can't cook to save their lives & they think a "meal" comes out of a microwave. Learning how to do it from "scratch" they'll learn how to save A LOT of money & how to feed several folks inexpensively, but nutritiously.
The "Trash Talk" will educate folks about not only non-disposables in society, but alternative energy ("gee, what can we do with all this methane the trash is generating?").
These classes sound as if they're going to be useful in the future...
Aug 19th 2010 6:02PM Forget the srgument between hardwood vs. bamboo. Try CORK. Only the bark is harvested; it's naturally bug and fire resistant. It's been sued in more libraries & sound studios than I can think of (as sound proofing/deadening). It's very good in kitchens, where it will help support older limbs & joints. It comes with a minimum 15-year warrantee.
I know of a house here in my hometown tht had cork floors installed in the early '50s. I saw the daughter about 10 years ago. She & her family were building an addition on to the original house. She added, "And, yes, it will have cork floors. We just replaced the floors in the main house." Think about it -- that was 50 years' worth.
The main library here in Pasadena, CA has its original cork floor in the main room. The building opened in '29.
I put a cork floor in a now-converted porch. The house is 93 years old with hardwood. The cork will be here long after I'm gone!
It may seem a bit pricey at about $15 - 18/sq ft, but if it only requires a light dusting/vacuuming and lasts 30 - 50 years, it's paid for itself.
Jul 14th 2010 5:51PM I make my brownies using a 100-year old recipe (none of the boxed stuff; very basic ingredients & very flexible recipe). The batter goes in a well-sprayed foil 13 x 9. When they come out & cool, I take a double-edged (one straight, other serrated) plastic knife & cut them. One can make them as large or small as desired. I saw this pan in BB&B (BedBath...) and thought it ridiculous & lazy. But then, I remembered most folks don't know how to cook from scratch anymore...
Apr 27th 2010 8:11PM I'd love to try JetBlue -- if they went where I'm headed WITHOUT going to New York. Husband & I prefer non-stops whenever possible, but will take a "direct" if necessary. JetBlue doesn't fly out of Ontario, CA (which is MUCH better than either Burbank or -- only-if-completely-required LAX).
Best non-stop airline out of Ontario went bye-bye a couple, three years ago. Not only did it cost an outrageous amount to fly ever since, you CANNOT get to where you're headed in less than an eternity (i.e., L.A./Ontario to Orlando: 1 stop in Phoenix [okay] then UP to Indiannapolis (!!!) before going to FL. One of the LO-O-O-O-O-NGEST flights I've ever been on)
Apr 11th 2010 8:29PM One of my more famous comments came when I was about 7 or so (about 1961). There were huge political discussions about religion & politics, whether a president's religion afftected policy, birth rates, Catholicism vs. Protestant, etc. The Catholic kids in my class got out of school early every Friday for cathecism. It all got confused in my head.
One night at dinner, I waited until my older sister finished retelling what seemed the History of the World. When she finished, I spoke up.
"I have a question," I started. Both parents looked at me earnestly, "What is it?"
"Are we Catholic or pregnant?"
The parents dissolved. Every time they looked at each other, the laughing started all over again to the point of tears in the eyes. Mom finally got a grip long enough to ask, "Didn't you mean Protestant?" "Oh, yeah!" I said.
Too late. My dad had to take his plate to the kitchen to break the giggles. My sister thought the whole thing disrespectful (parents decided she ought to lighten up some).
Father was a pediatrician & Mom was a registered nurse, who never forgot what it was like to be a child...
Feb 10th 2010 6:25PM We just had about 6" of rain. There's absolutely no way I'm going to GRILL anything! How is it none of these folks seem to know about a broiler? I prbably cook steak (broil it) 3 - 5 times a week. I prefer a New York (not necessarily a strip) as I've had trouble finding decent Porterhouses & RibEyes the last 2+ years (WAY too marbled for the price/pound). There are only 2 of us in the house & I don't have a separate freezer. Finding a decent Top Sirloin has been a problem, too. I use it for beef Stroganof (top of the stove -- 30 - 35 min). No decent New Yorks? Filet mignon or something totally different!
Jan 26th 2010 6:36PM The original yam shiritaki are WONDERFUL -- and imposssible to find. I had my first in beef sukiyaki when I was about 6. No one makes a decent sukiyaki anymore, either. Essentially, it's A form of stew: lots of veggies (carrots, beans, onions, mushrooms), almost-transparently sliced beef, tofu, and shiritaki. All the ingredients are put in a low pan (in a certain order), sukiyaki sauce is poured over, and the whole goodie simmers for about 10 minutes. When it's done, you better have your rice bowl handy. I used to "save" the tofu & shiritaki till last because they had soaked up the cooking juices from the simmering and had a totally different flavor than when they started. True yam shiritaki looks a lot like maifun and cooks about as fast. It's not around much due to cost. Too bad. I miss it.