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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 Margie 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. 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 John's discussion Suggested wedding presents?
"Cash is a rather awkward second anniversary gift - except maybe from the couple's family, if they're struggling.  A gift certificate to a B&B is appropriate though, from anyone that would give a second anniversary gift."
3 hours ago
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"Those are awfully old numbers. The leading anti-sexual assault uni programs in the US now include a lot of information on consent.  What I posted about bystander-blaming was inspired by contemporary programs that teach men to discourage men…"
5 hours ago
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"How would fraud play out?"
yesterday
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"Yeah.  I don't know how much of it is gender issues and how much is other issues my husband has.  But it makes sense to me that at least some new husbands have to learn to remember that their wives shouldn't be alone everywhere…"
yesterday
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"Being pulled out of the way of an oncoming truck by a guy in chaps setting up for the Pride festival - one of the advantages of being not-scary."
yesterday
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"And he probably felt that way because he was stronger than the person he was meeting. I think surveys about "When was the last time you felt threatened by a stranger?" or "How often do you feel you're in physical danger?" or…"
yesterday
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"Here's an example of what it's parodying.  You see a bit of this in every issue of every women's magazine: http://www.collegefashion.net/college-life/how-to-stay-safe-during-a-night-out/"
yesterday
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"Don't get me wrong, there are advantages to never looking scary, but... My husband lived alone in San Francisco's worst neighborhood.  No way I could have done the same safely.  That's thousands of dollars in extra rent…"
yesterday
Penelope replied to Rafael's discussion Explain this anti-rape add to me, please
"I don't want to get into by-stander blaming any more than I want to get into victim-blaming, but buddies can often encourage or discourage drunken sex."
yesterday
Penelope replied to Andrew's discussion What Happened to Communication, Face-to-Face?
"Carry permits are impossible to get in San Francisco.  The Sheriff, etc., are on record that they're not going to issue any permits, and the usual public interest law firms are looking for a plaintiff to challenge these policies, but they…"
yesterday
Penelope replied to Clinton Brown's discussion Writing like a man
"+1 Also, ask your instructors for good examples.  Tell them it doesn't have to be in your precise field; you just want examples of good writing in your discipline. Also, many schools have writing workshops/tutoring available."
Monday
Penelope replied to Will's discussion What are you? in the group Christian Men
"It can be crucial when something at least like spirit is a big factor in your life.  For example, some people are genetically predisposed to addiction.  As we learn more about such predispositions, and mental illness, and mental…"
Monday
Penelope replied to Regular Joe's discussion To circumcise or not to circumcise . . .
"Christopher, Please provide a link to an American doctor getting all up in arms on this issue and insisting on circumcision.  Please also provide your reasoned opinion on preventative mastectomies for women with genetic predisposition to breast…"
Monday
Penelope replied to Brendan's discussion Do you use British or American English?
"Really?  I've never been identified as a Californian by my accent.  I've been identified as not-Southern, but never as a Californian (or West Coaster, even) precisely.  When I watch TV or movies set in Manhattan or…"
Friday
Penelope replied to Derick Cummins's discussion Looking for ideas . . .
"Can the church facility be improved in any way?  A leaky faucet repaired?  A garden planted?  Pews sanded and re-stained?  I'm with everyone else on giving them something to do, and even chores are fun in a group -…"
Sep 11
Penelope replied to Andrew's discussion What Happened to Communication, Face-to-Face?
"Post-accident remedial measures?  ;-)  I'm not sure why the explosion wasn't before the Court.  The appeal was a writ from a denial of summary judgment for defendants, and was well-briefed to get at the specific legal…"
Sep 10

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Interests
Anglican liturgics, enforcement of judgments, baking, Latin
Books
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
Movies
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
Music
past favorite composers: Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Bach, and Mozart
Also, John Rutter and Vaughn Williams
Quote
Recover all thy sigh-blown age
On double pleasures: leave thy cold dispute
Of what is fit, and not.

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On Freely Choosing Chastity

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:00pm 9 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…

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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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This went nowhere.

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 9:28pm 8 Comments

It is true that libraries are a public benefit the government is not obligated to provide, just like fireworks displays and hiking trails. But once the government chooses to provide a public benefit, there are limits on how it can restrict use of that public benefit. 

Speech is not food. We have excellent medical, scientific, and legal definitions of food. The various welfare programs remain fairly hands-off about making sure benefits are only used to buy "good food." They do not, for…

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Engagement Story (someone asked)

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 5:41pm 2 Comments

It was all very quiet and calm. Wednesday is our usual mid-week date night. [Medium] met Rebekah at her place after work Wednesday, July 13, 2010, with yellow Asiatic lilies. Rebekah put them in the sake bottle he got her at a garage sale St. Valentine's Day weekend. Then he said he had another present for her. He pulled out a little red box and said, "I wanted to give you this and ask you to marry me." She said Yes.…

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At 7:45pm on August 6, 2014, Vytautas said…

Then wise Penelope came forth from her chamber like unto Artemis or golden Aphrodite, and for her they set by the fire, where she was wont to sit, a chair inlaid with spirals of ivory and silver, which of old the craftsman Icmalius had made, and had set beneath it a foot-stool for the feet, that was part of the chair, and upon it a great fleece was wont to be laid. On this then wise Penelope sat down, and the white-armed maids came forth from the women's hall. These began to take away the abundant food, the tables, and the cups from which the lordly men had been drinking, and they cast the embers from the braziers on to the floor, and piled upon the braziers fresh logs in abundance, to give light and warmth.

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.

W.B.P.

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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