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I feel your pain! I hate talking to strangers and when I go to the farmers' market I often end up with either nothing or twenty pounds of vegetables that go bad before I cook them. Here are some thoughts: 1. Get some 'snack' vegetables like... [more]
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I am almost 40 years old. You make as much as I do (and I make more than almost all my friends). My benefits are probably better than yours and my job has no heavy lifting, but seriously, don't underestimate making good money. As a single... [more]
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And honestly, you have a gift to offer radicals of a younger generation. As poisonous as the anti-communist rhetoric was in the US during the Cold War, people grew up with some knowledge of how bad mass political violence was. I think the younger... [more]
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Have you thought of incorporating fresh herbs? They are not unlike spices (I say this because back before I used to cook much, I had a "plant pieces that you use to flavor foods" category in my mind which I sometimes called... [more]
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Here's what I think (based on having done something similar...when I was a teenager, not an adult). He wants to jump ship and go out with you, but he doesn't want to take any risks, so he's keeping his girlfriend on the hook until you're a sure... [more]
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Remember that your kid will also obtain benefits from growing up somewhere cosmopolitan - it's not as though your daughter won't get anything out of living in a city/college town. And unionized jobs with good health care? Your daughter will... [more]
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Oh, you should read Nicola Griffith's novel Ammonite (adventures of anthropologist on The Planet of Women Only Due To Mysterious Past Event). And Peter Beagle's incredibly, insanely, unjustly underrated The Folk of The Air (adventures... [more]
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Things have changed, I find men that insist on making me wait for them to run to the door first or make a big show of holding the door when it was really my turn, to be rude. Just treat people as people, not genders, and do the act/accept the act... [more]
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But you don't know what the original message was about, right? What if it was asking for a date or something too personal? And the non-responder was all "oh, I don't want to say 'no'/I don't want to get into this/I don't want to meet this... [more]
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Remember that this is work - it's a transactional relationship with emotional components, not the other way around. If they needed to fire you to balance the budget, they would. At the moment, they want to retain you (or avoid procedural... [more]
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Just this morning I happened across this useful (though strict!) set of posts about suits that explains quite a lot. Post 14 is about "odd jackets", jackets like this one that are not part of a suit. Now, I think that these posts are... [more]
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I'm sure tons of people wear square-toed shoes - average folks for whom getting dressed up just means a newish button-front shirt in a flattering color and some kind of khakis and maybe a sportcoat (one says "odd jacket" now if one... [more]
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Some side observations: I think it's neat that queer communities tend to be full of people sliding from ex to friend, people who were casual hook-ups, people with a lot of emotional ties to each other that aren't really like those found in... [more]
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Many unions today are mandatory: if you want to work, you have to belong to the union. You are not given the choice-you must join, and your union dues are taken out of your paycheck. Because the unions know you must belong to them, they also often... [more]
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Oh, I know I keep commenting....but the acts of mass violence in US history are mostly by white folks against people of color - race riots like the Tulsa riot. Mass violence in the US has historically been a tool of the populist right, not the left,... [more]
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Well since I was 1 month old at the time and thus my recollection of events is somewhat murky, I will bow to the memories of old more experienced readers and assume this is one of those books whose recognition grows over time. Because Russ,... [more]
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Back off! You can, however, be friends in the long run. Reduce your contact either by explicitly telling the guy that you need to step it back because you have feelings for him or just by saying that you're really busy and being less available.... [more]
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If you're meeting "near you", that must be in/near downtown, where public transit in Chicago is particularly easy. 1. Why not walk them to the train, then go to your car? 2. Or, alternatively, walk or take public transit to the date... [more]
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Okay, something bugs me here. Let's just assume that it's correct to interpret the poster's question as "my family and friends are pressuring me to dress better and wear make-up; I wouldn't mind doing this but I work a difficult job and have... [more]
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I've actually idly clicked on friends' "follow" lists from time to time, out of curiosity. I don't think it's that freakish. I also think people are going to beat up on you for asking this question. 1. Do you have a crush on this dude... [more]
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