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Penelope's Discussions

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 Vedant Dev Sharma's discussion Curly Hair : A Gift and a Curse
"It's probably perfectly healthy. It's just a genetic trait that is not common in your community. I have the palest skin, but it sounds like my hair texture is similar to yours. I find advice meant for Blacks can be helpful. Here's…"
13 hours ago
Penelope replied to Murc's discussion 2 blades pocket knife
"like in a kitchen, different blades are for different purposes. a big one for cutting rope, a small one for cutting string, etc. I have a 4 inch Victorinox with a 4 inch blade and a 1 inch blade. I can't remember using the 1 inch blade, but I…"
Wednesday
Penelope replied to Rob's discussion Paying for your own harassment and ritual humiliation
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Penelope replied to Rob's discussion Paying for your own harassment and ritual humiliation
"Looking further, these ideas explicitly only apply to techne schools. The OP was explicitly about a liberal arts school. I know nothing about techne schools, except law schools. In my experience, it generally makes sense to have professional…"
Wednesday
Penelope replied to Rob's discussion Paying for your own harassment and ritual humiliation
"I was referring to the general topic, not this particular case."
Wednesday
Penelope replied to Rob's discussion Paying for your own harassment and ritual humiliation
"One thing that I don't think gets pointed out enough in discussions of this topic is how all concerned are placing an extraordinary high value on the residential college experience, at the college of their choice, of…"
Feb 20
Penelope replied to Regular Joe's discussion "Of all people in America, adult, white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends"
"All gender issues aside, I'm dubious about the usefulness of quantifying friendships and their quality.  It's an American thing to think that more friends = better and few friends = bad.  I don't think it's a good or…"
Feb 19
Penelope replied to Shaun Keune's discussion Personal Finance - Investing
"Ramsey makes sense if you see the home as more than an investment/asset.  It is, of course, but there are other ways to make sure you'll have housing even if your circumstances are otherwise reduced.  And as a practical matter, the…"
Feb 16
Penelope replied to Shaun Keune's discussion Personal Finance - Investing
"Most people will get better returns on their investment accounts than the interest on their mortgages.  Student loans depends on the type.  The interest rate on my husband's is twice that on mine. Look into Roth v. Traditional…"
Feb 16
Penelope replied to Shaun Keune's discussion Personal Finance - Investing
"The math of paying off debt v. investing is pretty straight-forward:  If you can get better returns through your investments than the interest rates on the loans, you should invest rather than pay down debt.  If you can't get those…"
Feb 16
Penelope replied to Regular Joe's discussion Pope Francis Says Animals Go To Heaven in the group Christian Men
"talking a-s ;-)"
Feb 14
Penelope replied to UrbaNick6's discussion Tiny House Living
"My husband and I plan to buy a Victorian eventually (and not in San Francisco).  Renovations equaling the purchase price don't phase me.  Structural renovations like you sometimes see on TOH would, though.  It's like my…"
Jan 24
Penelope replied to UrbaNick6's discussion Tiny House Living
"Come see what they're doing here in Redwood City.  Condos and offices next to CalTrain, walking distance to 2 grocery stores, the library, the county offices. My husband used to be a developer in the City, and he says mixed use…"
Jan 24
Penelope replied to UrbaNick6's discussion Tiny House Living
"Thank you.  Now my husband and I have a name for our parenting philosophy.  "Ogre-style parenting""
Jan 23
Penelope replied to UrbaNick6's discussion Tiny House Living
"I guess there's just a lot of regional variation.  After the end of a 12-month lease, it's easy to go month-to-month here, for the same amount, or only a little more, than the month-to-month. The American Dream of homeownership comes…"
Jan 23
Penelope replied to UrbaNick6's discussion Tiny House Living
"Renters pay property taxes indirectly.  We also pay a host of other local taxes - gas, sales, etc.  Of course, there are towns largely funded by speeding tickets. I understand wanting to live in the community you serve, but I think…"
Jan 22

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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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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…

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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…

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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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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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