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    Wait…no movies at night? When did that happen? I missed that thread.

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    I must be getting old, because I’m starting to sound like my grandparents. “People nowadays just don’t have the manners they used to.” Terrible that people let their kids be so disruptive to others. I think it’s laziness and often parents have poor manners themselves so they don’t even know they need to teach their kids to behave better.

    Adults are not much better. I’ve frequently heard adults answer their cell phone in public and then proceed to have loud conversations that everyone nearby has to listen to. The prize-winner is a woman I recently observed (granted this was at a pizza place, so manners can be a bit more lax here) who came out to the dining room on her break and put her cell phone on SPEAKER, then made several calls to friends and just chatted it up out loud for everyone to hear. What the heck?!!

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    Such a traggic accident. Can’t imagine what those kids are going through having their mother die in this accident with them in the car.

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    Unfortunately most children who are bullies come from homes with some form of dysfunction, and that’s what leads them to need to pick on others to feel better about themselves. Often they are children of parents or siblings who are bullies themselves and they learn the behavior at home. It’s hard to combat when the parents are the root of the problem.

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    If you get a dog from rescue you must get them young, because as others have said, they can have emotional scars and bad habits from previous owners. Sometimes you can work through those issues, but since this is your first dog, that’s probably not the right fit. Three months is about the right timing. You don’t want a puppy that is too young OR too old. The ones that are too young, often were taken from their mother too early and can have issues stemming from that. And the ones that are too old are may have issues from abuse, neglect, or just from living as strays for a time.

    If you do decide to get a rescue dog (I’ve had great success with rescue dogs) remember it will take a bit of an investement of your time. You can’t expect to just go to the shelter and find the perfect dog on your first visit. You might get lucky and have that happen, but usually it takes visiting several times to see the available dogs, and maybe even going to more than one shelter. It’s a sad place to visit, so be prepared for that.

    Once you’ve gotten your dog, make sure you expose the dog to TONS of situations. Socialize, socialize, socialize. Introduce him/her to other dogs when you are out walking. Take the dog to crowded places and different environments. There is nothing worse than a dog that hasn’t been exposed to much and is fearful of their own shadow. Those dogs usually lash out with barking, biting, and just being generally annoying. Expose your puppy to as much as possible and your dog will be more comfortable and confident in most situations. I know that vets will tell you to keep your puppy away from other dogs to avoid getting illnesses, but you have to find a balance between being cautions about diseases the pup might catch and a the necessity to properly socialize they dog. Puppies are very maleable and trainable. As they age, it becomes more work.

    Defintely take your puppy to obedience school. Have the dog learn all the basic commands and how to behave. Crate train your puppy. Even if you don’t plan to keep the puppy in the crate long-term, it’s a good thing for your dog to be comfortable with for travel. If you don’t have time to train your dog, pay somebody to do it for you. Dogs should be taught manners just like kids. They don’t come pre-laoded knowing how to behave.

    Consider a big dog for your first. Little dogs, in my experience, can be challenging.

    Good luck. Post pictures when you get your dog. Everybody loves puppies.

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    I have never gotten a flu shot. After reading a study of the vaccine’s efficacy in healthy adults where the researchers were NOT able to meet their endpoint of > 35% efficacy, I realized that it probably wasn’t that critical for me to get one.

    I’ve had the flu a few times over the course of my life so far. Fortunately, my immune system has been able to fight off the influenza viruses each time I was sick with the flu (presumably different strains of the flu each time). I had an allergic reaction to the MMR vaccine when I was a child, so I always approach new vaccines with caution. If the flu vaccine had better efficacy records, a more lengthy safety profile, or if I was in a high risk group, I would seriously consider getting it though.

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    @lc 92375 wrote:

    Taking the humor out of it, which isn’t easy, I suppose it depends on who has final authority of the public right of ways. I’d guess it’s the CHP. They probably have more knowledge than the firefighters in that situation. Taking him into custody was a dumbass move, regardless.

    Yeah, but it wasn’t about public right of way. It was about securing the scene and making the accident site safe for first responders to do their jobs. He didn’t park the fire truck in the road to block traffic just for the fun of it. He did so to provide a traffic break and protect the lives of those attending to the accident. I think firefighters have more knowledge in that situation. This just boils down to a police officer who isn’t accustomed to having his authority challenged and when he did, he had a tantrum and arrested a firefighter. Imagine how he abuses his power when it’s just an average citizen he’s interacting with, off camera. Time to find a job that better suits him, perhaps as a lion trainer.

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    I hear there be pirates in them waters! Arrrrrrr…

    The closest I’ve been to the Caribbean is the ride at Disney.

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    Yes! I really like this show. One of my favorite episodes was the one where a couple tried to pitch their anti-flatulence underpants. Basically, it was air-tight underwear with filters built in that allowed flatulent gases to pass without offending those nearby. It was hilarious. Unfortunately, non of the sharks invested in that one.

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    35 and older is considered advanced maternal age. Each year beyond 35 brings increased risks.

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    I’ve been to the one on Bradshaw many times and really like it. I’m sure this one is nicer, because it’s new. I like buying their gift cards at Costco at a discount and using those when we go.

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    Justin Beiber was called a thug by the press for his most recent antics in Florida. You can’t get much whiter than Justin Beiber.

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    The word “thug” originated in India back in the 1300’s. Thuggees (known as Thugs) were a secret group of criminals who performed large scale robberies and murders of travelers.

    The word has evolved over time to refer generally to thieves or criminals. Often gangster-rappers who glorify criminalistic lifestyles in their music are referred to as “thugs”. It is the glorification of violence and crime that leads to this title, not the color of their skin. Plenty of white people in the mafia have been referred to as thugs too.

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    Last year we stopped watering the lawn in the backyard, since nobody can see it and we added river-rock landscaping in some areas that just really don’t need to be green. Having grown up in Northern California, I’m already water-conservation conscience, so I think we already do a pretty good job of not wasting water (only run full loads of dishes and laundry, quick showers instead of baths, low flow faucets, etc) but our biggest water waste comes from our showers. Both bathrooms in our home are located pretty far from the water heater and it take a while (while water is being wasted) for the water to warm up. I try to have my kids shower sequentially, so one gets in as soon as the other gets out so that they don’t have to wait for the hot water again, but otherwise I’m not sure how to overcome this obvious waste problem.

    I wonder if I should contact my HOA to see what kinds of accommodations they will be making for dry grass issues in my neighborhood. Normally dry grass in the yard would generate a fine from the HOA.

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    @ila 91952 wrote:

    I didn’t quite take it like you did Erin, maybe I have better re-read it. I thought the son didn’t say anything because of a pending or future lawsuit. I think the son should be teaching the father some English and those cops need to go to “compassion” training especially when dealing with someone from another culture. Seems to me the police might have been a bit harsh for an old man jaywalking but then the old man didn’t understand either and was kind of fiesty, but still don’t see how an 84 year old man could be seen as a threat to the police to cause them to beat him. Would love to see the outcome of all of this.

    This is the part I was referring to:

    “His 41-year-old son, a lawyer who would not give his name, first said at the station house Sunday night that did not wish to discuss his feelings about the incident.
    “I don’t want to talk about anything like that in front of all these cops,’’ he told the Post.”

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