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Forum: Rantidote 09 August 2018, 01:22 PM
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Views: 300,686
Posted By katdixo
I don't know what your vacation budget is, but...

I don't know what your vacation budget is, but cruises don't have to be that expensive, even non-steerage. It's not too hard to find outside cabins for $100-200 per day. Keep in mind that includes...
Forum: Rantidote 10 April 2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1,057
Views: 115,022
Posted By katdixo
I am pretty sure we have always had three...

I am pretty sure we have always had three renewals, unless the item has holds on it.
Forum: Rantidote 09 April 2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 24,099
Posted By katdixo
For a long time, whenever I logged into my local...

For a long time, whenever I logged into my local ATM, it would say "Retrieving your preferences," then ask me what language I wanted, which drove me nuts! What preferences was it retrieving that...
Forum: Rantidote 09 April 2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1,057
Views: 115,022
Posted By katdixo
Were you joking about the one renewal? I am in...

Were you joking about the one renewal? I am in Montgomery County, and I get three. But you are correct that we have always had a 3-week checkout period.
Forum: Social Studies 19 February 2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,067
Posted By katdixo
I don't pay much attention to these things, but I...

I don't pay much attention to these things, but I did recently notice a female newscaster wearing long sleeves but with cutouts in the sleeves, which I thought was a bit odd.

Back in the 70s, news...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 02 February 2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,192
Posted By katdixo
Canada I once had a Canadian boyfriend who insisted that...

I once had a Canadian boyfriend who insisted that the "sons" referred to the Son of God, and it was saying that Canadians should follow Jesus's commands. (And he was totally anti-religious, BTW.) ...
Forum: Rantidote 06 December 2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1,005
Views: 122,506
Posted By katdixo
In defense of Mensa: I was never a Mensa member...

In defense of Mensa: I was never a Mensa member but both my parents were, and I went to some purely social Mensa events. I thought they were pretty much like any other social gathering. Not at all...
Forum: Language 27 October 2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 22,343
Posted By katdixo
"Blood is thicker than water." Yes, I know it...

"Blood is thicker than water." Yes, I know it means that family loyalty is (or should be) stronger than non-family. But why is thickness considered desirable? And why is the bond between friends...
Forum: Rantidote 06 October 2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,046
Views: 141,062
Posted By katdixo
The thing I don't understand about reunions on...

The thing I don't understand about reunions on TV/movies is that they present it as if the point of a reunion is to impress your classmates, especially those who were mean to you. I understand...
Forum: Rantidote 29 September 2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1,012
Views: 224,329
Posted By katdixo
I don't know how common it was, but in the book...

I don't know how common it was, but in the book "The Great Brain," whenever one kid gets one of the "childhood diseases," the mother puts all the kids to bed together so they'll all have it at the...
Forum: Moot Court 22 August 2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 20,700
Posted By katdixo
Remember, it is unconstitutional to seize...

Remember, it is unconstitutional to seize property without due process. IANAL, but to me it doesn't seem like "due process" to just send a bunch of letters through regular mail with no...
Forum: Moot Court 08 August 2017, 03:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 20,700
Posted By katdixo
I still think it's ridiculous for the city not to...

I still think it's ridiculous for the city not to try other means of contacting the owners. I would think at a minimum, they would send a certified letter before selling off the property.
Forum: Moot Court 08 August 2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 20,700
Posted By katdixo
It does seem ridiculous, though, that the city...

It does seem ridiculous, though, that the city would keep sending tax bills to the same defunct address for decades and never try any other means of contacting the owners.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 07 August 2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 19,821
Posted By katdixo
I also feel that "weigh in" does not have a...

I also feel that "weigh in" does not have a negative connotation in the US.
Forum: Rantidote 25 July 2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,518
Posted By katdixo
When I was a kid in the 1970s, it was not...

When I was a kid in the 1970s, it was not uncommon for boys to dress as girls for Halloween. I'm surprised anyone would squash it. Halloween is supposed to be bizarre!
Forum: Rantidote 10 July 2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 1,002
Views: 283,211
Posted By katdixo
In my area, most of the time pushing the Walk...

In my area, most of the time pushing the Walk buttons doesn't seem to do anything (the Walk signal comes on whether or not you push the button), but in my neighborhood there are two intersections...
Forum: Rantidote 25 May 2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 1,216
Views: 327,702
Posted By katdixo
The thing is, though, that the set I was playing...

The thing is, though, that the set I was playing with was very old and it did not seem to forbid mortgaging the property you're buying. So it seems like that was a rule change, not a reflection of...
Forum: Rantidote 25 May 2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 1,216
Views: 327,702
Posted By katdixo
A few years ago, I played Monopoly for the first...

A few years ago, I played Monopoly for the first time in a long time, with a very old set (like, possibly from the 30s or 40s). I wanted to mortgage a property in order to buy it. The other players...
Forum: Rantidote 19 May 2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1,078
Views: 356,790
Posted By katdixo
For a long time in my youth, I thought St....

For a long time in my youth, I thought St. Basil's was the Kremlin.
Forum: Soapbox Derby 02 May 2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,721
Posted By katdixo
"With a different president, slavery might have...

"With a different president, slavery might have continued in the United States well into the 19th century, long after most other Western countries had abandoned it."

Um, isn't 1865 already "well...
Forum: Moot Court 20 March 2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,349
Posted By katdixo
Newspapers are always trying to get the most...

Newspapers are always trying to get the most possible information into the least possible space, so that's why their stylebooks tend to advise against the Oxford comma. I don't know why others would...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 03 February 2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,751
Posted By katdixo
Devil There are left-wing school clubs called...

There are left-wing school clubs called "After-School Satan Clubs." The name is a joke (which I think is not a great idea, but that's another issue), but the clubs are real.
Forum: Amusement Bark 23 January 2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 29,884
Posted By katdixo
I went to the Ringling Brothers circus many times...

I went to the Ringling Brothers circus many times in my youth. The last time I went was 20 years ago.

I thought it was interesting that the program from 1996 said a lot about how the animal...
Forum: Rantidote 09 January 2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 1,275
Views: 433,058
Posted By katdixo
When I was buying a house in 2000, "Cape Cod"...

When I was buying a house in 2000, "Cape Cod" seemed to mean it had dormer windows. As you say, "Colonial" meant it had two or more stories. I once saw an ad that said "Colonial Victorian"!
Forum: Rantidote 05 January 2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 1,275
Views: 433,058
Posted By katdixo
My problem with getting my stuff out of my...

My problem with getting my stuff out of my mother's house is that she and I disagree on what should be kept or tossed. I will, with great difficulty, decide to throw something away, and she'll push...
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