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Subject: Re: Did You Had Lockers In High School?

Forum: Did You Had Lockers In High School?
Hi Unique,

I had sort of a unique situation with lockers. I had lockers in middle school and one year of high school, but the middle school lockers didn't actually have locks (weird private school thing). The high school locker I had the one year had a combination lock, which caused me difficulty because I wasn't used to combination locks in school. I don't think I wanted to have lockers in school, necessarily, and at the time probably would have been happy to never have to deal with combination locks, but now I wish I had because it would have been good for me to get the experience of having them early.


Subject: Re: Is Curling a good Olympic Sport?

Forum: Is Curling a good Olympic Sport?
Hi Wames,

I was just discussing this with a couple friends the other day when Olympic curling came on TV. I have never understood curling because I've never taken the time to and never had the interest to. It is extremely boring to watch, and I often wonder why it's in the Olympics. (I also don't know anyone that likes to watch it.) If I learned how it's played and it actually sounds interesting, maybe I would be more inclined to watch it, but I've wondered the same thing! I don't know enough to make a judgment call on it, but it does seem like a bizarre sport to include in the Olympics.


Subject: Re: Barter System?

Forum: Barter System?
Hey Phoenician,

I think it's easy to use actual physical money as a scapegoat for the larger problem of greed. You can still have greed in a barter system, but it's harder to see that sometimes because you don't have a physical object like bills and coins to blame it on (and we as humans like scapegoats). If you could eliminate greed, monetary systems would work extremely well, and so would barter systems. There are benefits to either system, but the nice thing about a monetary system is that it's a more tangible, quantifiable system that allows you to plan, spend, and sell with what I think is a better way of understanding the relative worth of various objects.


Subject: Re: Do you drink tap water?

Forum: Do you drink tap water?
Hi courtcong,

I'm with you--I grew up drinking tap water and thinking (as my parents did and communicated to me as a kid) buying bottled water was a waste of money. Every time I drink bottled water, I think about the number of plastic bottles that go into landfills and the waste created by the process of producing those bottles. I don't think twice about drinking tap water, and was told recently that some water bottling companies just fill bottles with tap and sell it as filtered or spring water. I personally feel that drinking tap reduces waste, is better for the environment, and is just as good (or better?) than bottled water.


Subject: Gun Ownership Laws

Forum: Gun Ownership Laws
Hello CNET,

This one is a bit of a hot-topic issue right now, so bear with me. So far in 2018, we have had more mass shootings than we've had days in the year thus far, many in schools by children. One of these includes a twelve-year-old who shot individuals in her own classroom, allegedly by accident. Gun violence has become an increasingly large issue in our country, and nothing is being done about it to effectively change the course of things.

What are your views on gun ownership, rights, and laws? Do you think mental health plays into this, and if so, how do you think we should handle that issue in relation to gun violence? What other things should we be doing or talking about to facilitate positive change in relation to guns in our country?


Subject: How do you start your morning?

Forum: How do you start your morning?

Personally, I believe the way you start your day sets the tone for the day. Recently, I've started getting up early and doing yoga for a few minutes (5 minutes or less) before getting ready for work. Yoga has been helping me not feel rushed in the morning so I can calmly and mindfully go about my business of getting out the door. When I rush, I tend to forget things and not be in the right frame of mind to do my best work. I still am working on improving my mornings, but yoga so far has been a great addition!

How do you start your morning, and what gets you going in the morning?
Are you an early-riser or do you have 15 different alarms going off in the morning? Do you sleep late and have to rush around to get out the door, or do you like to wake up early and have a relaxed morning?


Subject: Re: Are you a starter or a finisher

Forum: Are you a starter or a finisher
Hi JessicaZ.,

Depends on who you ask! I say I'm a finisher, but some people around me think of me as a starter. I much prefer to finish a task before going on to another one, but sometimes I'll start several tasks around the same time (but I finish them!). If I haven't finished a task one day, I'll pick the same task up the next, but this looks to other people like I'm a starter and not a finisher. Life happens, though, and sometimes I'm unable to finish in one sitting so I have to do it at the next available opportunity. I do finish 90% of the tasks I take on, however, and like to get things done so things don't pile up.


Subject: Re: Do you want/already have kids? Why?

Forum: Do you want/already have kids? Why?
Oh BeckyBoo (ironic, as my nickname is Becca Boo!),

I can explain! I'm a substitute teacher and former live-in nanny applying for elementary teacher certification, and I definitely want kids. Children have such a wonderful, simple, but beautiful view of the world in their little minds that is lovely to see. They also have such sweet hearts. I treasure every flower or scribble drawing I receive from a child, because I know that even though that child has nothing to give, s/he has found something and wants to share everything s/he has with me. Kids also have a great sense of humor, say the funniest things, and ask some of the deepest yet simplest questions I've ever heard. There's also something really marvelous about having a tiny human that you created, that's a part of you, and shares your DNA. I'm not a mother, but I look forward to that someday.


Subject: Re: Have you ever shopped at IKEA?

Forum: Have you ever shopped at IKEA?
Hi iKasey,

IKEA is wonderfully affordable, and I'm with you on the Swedish meatballs (and their jam and chocolate's pretty good too)! Yum! If I remember correctly I've gone before and not bought anything but food from the cafeteria! A word of caution, though--a lot of IKEA stuff is pretty cheap, which makes it great for people who live in places like New York and move a lot. It's easy to break down when you're moving and toss out, and cheap enough to be worth doing that. The downside to that is that it often doesn't hold up for very long. A lot of their furniture is put together with cheap wooden pegs that break easily, and I had a bed from IKEA that barely lasted for the year I lived in Brooklyn. Some of IKEA's more expensive stuff is a little better, but it's still not built particularly well. If you live in a place like New York or a dorm and plan to only need the items for a year or two, it's the way to go, but if you're looking for something that lasts a long time you'd do better to go with a more solid piece of furniture.

Just my two cents!

Subject: Re: What was your first job?

Forum: What was your first job?
Hi cramergirl,

My first job was helping care for my grandmother, who suffered 9-10 strokes over the course of her lifetime. I provided speech, physical, and occupational therapy for her, as well as general patient care, and once stayed with her alone for a few days while my grandpa was away. This was a tough job for a teenager, but it gave me a greater understanding of the struggles of the invalid, helped mature me, and gave me experience in the several different fields of therapy.

My first job outside of family was working at a Mexican restaurant called Cactus Pear as a hostess. I loved working in a food service environment, and like you said with your Chinese restaurant job, it made me much more appreciative and understanding of those who do. I always tip well when I go places because I know that's how servers make their money, and I'm paying for their time and the often-exhausting work they do. I also am patient when waiting for tables, etc. in restaurants, because I know sometimes the kitchen can be backed up even if everything looks fine out in the dining area. Learning to value those serving you is an important life lesson that I've learned from all the food service jobs I've taken!


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