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Subject: Re: CNET Representation....

Forum: CNET Representation....
Howdy, Cory. I was born in Corpus Christi, TX, and have lived in Albuquerque, NM, Littleton, CO, San Angelo and Lubbock, TX, and in Kennesaw, GA. I stayed for a bit in central Florida doing work several years ago. Lived in Oregon for about 10 years in the 1990s. I've been in the Vancouver, WA area now for 4 1/2 years.

Subject: Re: Fast food for days

Forum: Fast food for days
That article (though I've not read it) shows just how lazy Americans have become.

Personally, I'd rather take the time to shop at the grocery store for things I like to eat. I can make it myself, and it takes far less time and money to prepare it at home than it does to go out to eat. Think about this. It takes me an average of 30 minutes to an hour to prepare a full meal at supper time, and costs between $5 and $20 for 2 people. If we go out to eat, we take about 5 to 10 minutes to decide where we're going to eat, 10 to 20 minutes to "get ready," including getting packed into the car, 15 to 30 minutes to drive somewhere to eat, 5 minutes to get out of the car and into the place to eat, 3 to 5 minutes to decide what I want to eat, then another 3 to 5 to actually get it, then, after eating, spend another 15 to 30 minutes to get back home if we don't have any other place we wanted to go. All told, we've now spent over 2 hours just to get something to eat. And that's from a fast food place!! Add in an extra hour for a sit-down restaurant.

In my opinion, it's WAY easier to make myself something to eat. It doesn't take any longer to feed 5 than it does 2 (cook times remain the same), but it takes longer for 5 to order than it does for 2, so the time increases eating out when more people are with me. MUCH simpler to eat at home.

Subject: Re: What gift are you hoping to see under your tree?

Forum: What gift are you hoping to see under your tree?
I get things all year, so I don't want for much. That said, I already got my Christmas present: my new border collie, Xena.

Aside from that, if I were to suggest to other people gifts for me, I would simply say, "SOCKS!!" I love new socks. Fluffy, thick, warm wool socks. I might even suggest a pair of electric socks to keep my feet toasty when I'm working outside with my muckboots on. That's the only thing that I can think of that I want, even though I get plenty for myself in the "off season." lol I can never have too many pairs of new socks.

Subject: Re: Scholarship Essay's?

Forum: Scholarship Essay's?
Hi Kasey!

I can't really say there's a "trick" to essay writing, but more of a "finesse."

There are many things to think about when I'm doing an essay: Is it an opinion essay, an informative/fact-based essay, or a combination? Is there a length limit or not? I need to make sure and answer ALL of the questions if there are more than one. Citations are almost mandatory!!

When doing an essay, my first paragraph is usually a restructuring of the initial question with my own answers/opinions. Then I follow it up with as much important information stating my position as possible if there is a length limit. My closing paragraph is a paraphrase of my entire essay. I check, double check, and triple check the question at the end (prior to writing my conclusion paragraph) to make sure I've hit all the information requested. I then reread the initial question and then my entire paper to, again, make sure I have included everything the question is asking. If I used anything to back up my essay (such as a web article, news story, or anything else), I make a note of it at the end of the essay.

One of the main things that I do prior to writing is ask myself if I feel strongly about whatever I'm going to write on. If I don't feel very strongly about the topic, then I have to get myself into that mindset.

Subject: Re: Light on? Light off?

Forum: Light on? Light off?
I prefer it to be completely dark. We do have a street lamp that is in the middle of our yard that lights up the path to the barn, and it shines into our bedroom window, so we had to put extra thick curtains to keep the light out. I don't even have a digital clock on my side of the bed because it's too much light. I usually sleep in a t-shirt and underwear, but sometimes sleep with nothing on but a smile. (tmi?) :-) If my feet are cold, I do put on socks, but remove them during the night if my feet get too hot. I also have a stack of blankets on my bed, so I can remove some or pull some more on if I'm too cold or too hot, respectively. I prefer to sleep with music, but my wife sleeps really light, so it has to be silent in the room. Even my dog breathing too heavily will wake my wife up. lol.

Fun post!!

Subject: Re: Should you be opting out of your Homework?

Forum: Should you be opting out of your Homework?
I would not opt my kids out of homework. I see the trend taking us further down the road of laziness we are already on.
In "Opt Out", Onstad talks about tediousness and progressive resistance and fights. She then states, "the idea of ‘good college, good job’ is less important.", and "...success has more to do with her learning to be a responsible adult." This is parallel to the out-of-control laziness that I have noticed among my and younger generations. Being a responsible adult INCLUDES teaching children to do what is necessary, whether or not he/she likes it. Denfeld says " with non-English speaking parents, working single parents, or other hardships..." I stop it there because not speaking English in a predominantly English-speaking country doesn't count as a hardship. Those parents that don't learn English here in the U.S. are showing their kids that laziness, then claiming it as a hardship, gets you a free ticket to success. Also, there have been MANY working single parents throughout the ages who have scrimped, sacrificed, saved, and worked their butts off to provide for their children. Single parent-hood is no excuse for laziness.
Data and statistics apparently point the way to victory for the "Opt Out" movement. The truth is that statistics can be skewed and/or presented in a way that favors whatever point the person is trying to make. Statistics cannot be trusted. In the "reform" link, Kohn "took important data [of studying time per week by 6 to 8 year-olds more than doubled from 1981 to 1997] that should have been part of his text on page 7 and buried it in a footnote on page 199." Jay Mathews then points out that the TIME increased from 51 minutes per week in 1981 to 118 minutes per week in 1997. Hardly a severe increase over 16 years. Most kids probably spend more than 1200 minutes per week watching TV or playing on their cell phones.
In the link "practice," Signorelli hits the nail on the head in the first paragraph: repetition is necessary to become proficient. Just about everything in life needs to be practiced for one to improve. If a kid wants to be on, say, a baseball team, he or she must practice the fundamentals as a foundation to be able to advance in skillset, and improve self-esteem.
We are so worried about damaging a child's self-esteem, that we are cutting out the blocks that build self-esteem in effort to make life easier. Children need to learn that life is about overcoming struggles, not getting hand-outs.

Subject: Re: How do you teach the true meaning of Christmas?

Forum: How do you teach the true meaning of Christmas?
I think it depends on a lot of variables: lifestyle of the person doing the explaining, age of the person to whom the meaning is being explained, the personality of the person to whom the meaning is being explained, and many other things.

If I'm living a lifestyle that is promoting being selfish, self-centered, and greedy, how can I tell my kids not to be selfish, self-centered, and greedy? I need to lead by example, which means that I need to live a selfless life, giving to those in need at EVERY opportunity, not just at Christmastime. I need to take into account the age of the child I'm explaining the meaning to. I can't explain it to a 3 year-old because they don't have the mental capacity to truly grasp adult concepts like selflessness.

It also depends on the personality of the child. Some kids must be naturally prone to comprehending giving, while others are not. It also depends on how that child is being raised (see the previous explanation about a person's lifestyle). My wife took her two pairs of grandchildren Christmas shopping the other day. The daughter of her older son didn't fare well at all. My wife made clear at the start that they were there to shop for the other kids. The entire time they were in the stores, her grand-daughter did nothing but point out things SHE wanted, not what what she thought the other kids would want. Even when my wife would remind her they were there to shop for the other kids, or ask, "Do you think she would like this?", her grand-daughter would shrug, and then point out something SHE wanted. The kids of her younger son were almost the exact opposite, despite being roughly the same age range. Those two were mostly thinking about things for the other kids, and not so much into pointing out what they wanted.

So, how to teach the true meaning of Christmas? In a perfect world with perfect children, taking them to a store with the mindset of buying stuff for other kids in need, watching movies that reflect that story line, or perhaps even taking them to a children's shelter to show them there are kids who don't have a regular family to give them loads of gifts could be good ways. Also, by telling them the story of Saint Nicholas, who was born in the 3rd century, and gave away all of his wealth to the needy. The main problem with trying to explain things on this level to kids, is that we, as adults, lack the ability to relay information like this to kids that they will be able comprehend.

Subject: Re: Wouldnt you like to know?

Forum: Wouldnt you like to know?
Good morning to you, LM!

After I read your post, I took the idea of "wanting to know when I'll die" out of the equation, and then reread it. Here's why: for every person that has ever been diagnosed with cancer or some other such thing, and has been given "X-amount of time to live," I'm betting that almost every one of them has said, "If only I had known, I would have done this or that." Why wait until I know when I'm going to die? Another aspect: what if someone you know had been told when they were going to die? Would you want to patch things up with that person? Spend more time with him.her?

Tim McGraw sang a song called, "Live Like You Were Dying." In that song, he talks about a guy getting news that he was dying. That's when the guy really started LIVING!! He started doing all the things he hadn't been doing. So, he wasn't living like he was dying, he was simply living!

I think it's safe to say that we ALL take this fragile thing called "life" for granted every day. We're all in such a big freaking hurry, and so freaking self-absorbed, that we fail to recognize any of us could be called at any time. Life isn't about the destination; it's about the journey.

Even as I sit here and type this out, I'm pondering amends I need to make, bridges I need to mend, thinking about folks I haven't talked to in some time, and things I haven't done. Maybe it's high time I get off my ass and start to live like I was dying.

Would I want to know when I'm going to die? Hell no! I need to learn to LIVE each day as if it were my last.

Subject: Re: Women's vs. Men's Chores

Forum: Women's vs. Men's Chores
Hi Priddy!! Excellent topic!

I do not believe in "men's" or "women's" chores. You have a point with your in-laws having been raised in a different time, and I think you're correct in the "mutual agreement" thing.

There was a time when women were expected to keep the house and children in order, and men were expected to earn the money. Those times haven't been practical for decades, though. With societal movements such as equality for women come certain responsibilities. Since women want to be considered equals, they should be willing and/or able to perform many tasks that men "typically" do. On the same hand, men need to step up and take care of the day to day operations of the household.

Think of this: a single guy has to perform "womanly" duties from cooking to cleaning house to doing laundry. If he is a single dad, he must take care of his child(ren), as well. For a single woman, she must "bring home the bacon," do some home repairs if she has the knowledge, keep the yard in order, and so on.

My wife and I have an agreement between us: I work and earn money for bills, and she takes care of the farm. She does have a part-time job that pays for hay for the animals, too. That said, I do a lot of cooking and cleaning and laundry, and she does small projects and repairs that she's able to do. If there's something she doesn't have the knowledge to do, she'll ask me or look it up on the internet. We each pick up slack in order to make our home run efficiently. Just yesterday afternoon I cleaned the kitchen (yes I cleaned the kitchen, not just washed the pots and and made the bed. She told me how much she appreciates my willingness to do things like that. I told her since I live here, too, it's sort of my job to do things like that.

In this age of equality, making a household work takes team effort. If a person isn't willing to do what is necessary to help out, then I believe that person doesn't have any business in a partnership. My 2 cents.

Subject: Re: Puppies!!

Forum: Puppies!!
LM - What breed is she?

Has she been in a position to get pregnant, such as getting out of the house, running amok in the neighborhood? The gestation period of canines is about 60 - 63 days. Sometimes, bitches can show signs of pregnancy, but aren't pregnant at all (false pregnancy). Signs include nesting and/or territorial behaviors, clear discharge from her vagina, lethargy, possibly an increased appetite, and personality changes. Some bitches don't actually show increased belly size until a day or two before the pups are born. You can feel her belly, and if you GENTLY squeeze the sides of her tummy just in front of her back legs, you might be able to feel the pups inside her depending on when (if) she became pregnant.

If you can't take your dog to a vet, the only 100% sure-fire way of knowing if she's pregnant or not is when she starts popping pups out. Then you'll know!! lol. :-)

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