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Which man exits the elevator first?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David F. Dec 17, 2012. 28 Replies

I'm just curious: How do men figure out who exits the elevator before the other(s)?It's rare that there are 2 women exiting at the same floor in my building, so I just take the prerogative and go…Continue

An academic look at trolling

Started this discussion. Last reply by StaggerLee Oct 18, 2012. 14 Replies

I think this is useful:…Continue

Mostly just for fun: Compile my wedding reception playlist

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marlie Aug 7, 2012. 28 Replies

While my fiance and I in theory want a "traditional" wedding reception with dancing, we kind of have a mental block on what music we should play. We're also not sure we want to hire a DJ when music…Continue

Offended to attend a "fake" wedding?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Penelope Aug 7, 2014. 113 Replies

Does it, or would it, offend you to be invited/attend a marriage ceremony that was not recognized by the civil government because a civil marriage ceremony had taken place earlier, or was scheduled…Continue


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Penelope replied to Lucas Stickan's discussion Virile Agitur
"I'm not exactly an expert, but the construction strikes me as not by an expert and/or not actually old.   Specifically, "virile" can't be used in Latin in the same way as in English.  At the very least, I'd…"
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Penelope replied to Craig Sullivan's discussion Wife's health issues...I'm at a loss!
"Taxes are like wedding planning for us.  I take charge and mostly have fun with it - but there's certain parts I don't like and certain stages where I get frustrated.  Because it still has to get done, I have my husband do those…"
May 12
Penelope replied to Craig Sullivan's discussion Wife's health issues...I'm at a loss!
"I'm also the sole breadwinner to a spouse with chronic health problems.  Don't be afraid to ask for help.  When my husband hurt his back and my team was short-staffed, I asked my parents to do my laundry for the first time in…"
May 10
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"Salad Guy insisted on paying, then never called after the first date. His loss!"
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Penelope replied to superjoe's discussion What is the proper etiquette when deciding not to start a relationship after four dates? Did this girl do me wrong?
"+1 My first two sentences weren't an accusation.  When I was a young adult, being invited to meet someone in a restaurant, business or quasi-professional, was stressful, because I didn't have much room in my food budget, and sometimes…"
Apr 27
Penelope replied to superjoe's discussion What is the proper etiquette when deciding not to start a relationship after four dates? Did this girl do me wrong?
"Please go Dutch in the future.  Make it clear that's your plan when you make the invitation, so there's no surprises either way later.  Drop the meretricious implicit tit for tat, or go to Nevada or the Netherlands where you can…"
Apr 26
Penelope replied to Jay D's discussion How long do i wait till i ask for (another) raise?
"So, after 2 months on the job you got a promotion, but no raise.  11-12 months after the promotion, 12-13 months on the job, you got your first raise.  About a month later, you got a new job description, but no raise. 6 months between…"
Apr 23
Penelope replied to Sir's discussion The ultimate stigma
"Aristotle says that shame is the mark of an improving person.  They messed up, so they're not perfect, but they know it and feel bad about it, so they'll likely improve.  I'm sure OP is aware that a real asshole…"
Apr 13
Penelope replied to N Fan's discussion Getting paid for "volunteer" work
"+1 OTOH, he might like the extra Social Security one day"
Apr 9
Penelope replied to Matthew R's discussion Any advice for the soon to be middle class?
"Hopefully, the suit is more or less a capital expense, like the degree.  You won't have to be buying one every year. Sometimes I lay awake at night worried my husband will spill coffee on his suit.  A new suit wouldn't be quite…"
Apr 1
Penelope replied to Matthew R's discussion Any advice for the soon to be middle class?
"What kind of "emergency" does influence how liquid it needs to be.  If it's for unemployment, at least half can be in a 3-month CD.  But if it's for a major home or car repair, you might want more liquidity."
Mar 28
Penelope replied to Matthew R's discussion Any advice for the soon to be middle class?
"The main advice I would give my past self when I took my first job after grad school is:  After 6-12 months, have a plan for taking your next job after grad school (or at least advancing where you are). One thing I'm still working on:…"
Mar 25
Penelope replied to Matthew R's discussion Any advice for the soon to be middle class?
"Assuming you don't move to a new region with a higher cost of living... You may still have a longer, more expensive commute. You may need more formal, more expensive clothes, which may require dry cleaning. Almost by definition, full-time…"
Mar 25
Penelope replied to Persona non Grata's discussion What is the line between bad and average parenting?
Mar 3
Penelope replied to Fabricante's discussion An Elderly
"If you have any connection to a religious community, the people there will have recommendations for aides/agencies to do visits, or homes."
Feb 12

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Anglican liturgics, enforcement of judgments, baking, Latin
Books I'll admit to having read in the last 6 months, or am presently reading: 1928 Book of Common Prayer, 1940 Hymnal, Anglican Missal (People's Edition), Plotinus' Enneads
It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca, Master and Commander, Shawshank Redemption, Winnie the Pooh and the Search for Christopher Robin, Amazing Grace, Anatomy of a Murder, Adam's Rib
past favorite composers: Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Bach, and Mozart
Also, John Rutter and Vaughn Williams
Recover all thy sigh-blown age
On double pleasures: leave thy cold dispute
Of what is fit, and not.

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St. Thomas Aquinas on Women

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:49pm 0 Comments

D L quotes St. Thomas wildly out of context.  It's a quote from an objection in the Summa Theologica.  The Summa proceeds by posing a question which St. Thomas will answer.  He first raises objections to his planned answer.  Then he gives his answer, with a reasoned argument and quotes from authorities.  Finally, he responds to the objections.  This is a format used by many writers from that period.

D L's quote is from an objection, so it is a position that St. Thomas…


On Paquette and Trinity Western

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:07pm 0 Comments

I've probably been discriminated against because I attended very religious schools, but those people had the good sense not to say anything about it.  They just rejected my applications.  Obviously, if it's true the wilderness tour company rejected Paquette's application because she didn't meet their qualifications, they too should have just kept quiet.  I imagine Trinity Western graduates all have a story of a graduate program or job they suspect they were rejected for because they attended…


On Freely Choosing Chastity

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm 8 Comments

I'm not sure what's meant by "freely choosing." I had opportunities for sex before I got married, and chose not to. My choice was based in my moral understanding, which was formed by my upbringing and my friends and family. But I didn't fear violence or financial repercussions from them if I fornicated.

Now that I'm married, I'm ambivalent about my choice. The consequences were not entirely positive physically, emotionally, or relationally. Nor are my moral principles so strong that…


Mental health and guns (Can't get into TGD)

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 2:43pm 0 Comments

I had something long on why mental health screenings for gun purchasers will never work, but I see TGD doesn't understand mental healthcare to begin with.

Though mental illnesses are more treatable than the most feared bodily illnesses, and kill just as many people, and certainly have more sufferers, they are handled differently and less by our "healthcare system."

What really gets my goat are the financial disincentives for seeking treatment. I have heard (pre-Obamacare)…


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At 12:37am on May 27, 2015, Gentleman Engineer said…

I would exist with curiosity about the opine of your possession regarding

At 11:23pm on August 4, 2014, Michael D. Denny said…

"Penelope" ? 

At 6:15pm on March 2, 2014, Walter B. Pewen said…

Again, but is OP a young Bay Area professional???

At 2:56pm on March 2, 2014, Walter B. Pewen said…

Way too much language, also.

At 2:51pm on March 2, 2014, Walter B. Pewen said…

Still, after an evening of thinking a bit on your advice to OP yesterday-can't get over the level of detachment in your statements.  He made no mention of his skills level.  Could he actually qualify for a job in tech?  Maybe you are overreaching-sounds like lost in a world of great intellectual postulating beyond any kind actual "tending your own garden.


At 8:32pm on January 29, 2014, Scott L Ferrell said…

Thank you so much. Took care of it earlier today. 

At 8:59pm on August 5, 2012, Michael D. Denny said…

To be fair, that is pretty impressive for a pump house. 

At 9:01pm on September 16, 2011, Michael D. Denny said…
Not cold enough ere for them yet. Though today we are experiencing a cold snap. High about 70.
At 10:10pm on April 7, 2011, Kevin Collier said…
Possibly put the material in your checked luggage.
At 8:17pm on April 6, 2011, Kevin Collier said…
Hi Rebekah, on the "safety" issue, TSA would be allowed broad discretion in looking for contraband. If traveling with the hypothetical gold chain, I can see them arguing that it is privileged, but still would have to be "documented" for Custom's purposes.

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