November 1st, 2013


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Asking if I should watch Paranormal Activity 2 yesterday made me remember a gif from the first movie where she gets dragged out of the bed but there's a funny caption about ordering the ghost to take her downstairs-I want to say because there's waffles...but maybe I'm making that part up. Anyhoo, anybody have a link to it?

Weird email

In an email I received recently half the text is in the Greek alphabet. I tried sounding it out (using my maths and Russian knowledge) and realised it was English written in Greek letters. I checked the email on my phone and it's normal (no Greek to be seen).

What is going on? Why has it done that? How do I make it look normal? I don't want it to be Greek when I reply (even though I didn't write it so doesn't really matter), but I can't write a long reply on my phone without messing it up.

What kind of books do you own/read?

OK, so we know your favorites. Of the books you own or read, approximately what percent or fraction are fiction?

I'm curious because about 25% of the books I own/read are fiction, and given what responses I see about books, it seems that my fiction percentage is on the low side. The rest are mostly science-oriented non-fiction (mostly science, some history) and religion and spirituality (which is not classified as fiction, regardless of what you think of it).

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1. can y'all recommend a good book for me?

I LOVED the Harry Potter series, and stories that have a twist at the end. (What is that one author I keep hearing about, he seems to be popular with the hipster kids, I've always been interested in his books but haven't read one yet. Chuck Palahniuk!)

I also love books/movies about drug use, partying; Party Monster, Requiem for a Dream..that probably doesn't help but anyway....

2. what was the last good book you read? like so good you didn't want to put it down.

3. edited: added question 3-- from these titles by Chuck Palahniuk, which would you choose? damned, choked, pygmy, invisible monsters, snuff, doomed, tell all, haunted.
avengers - baby natasha

Etiquette and Pleasantries and Manners, Oh My!

First, for those in the know, how do tips work when they're added to a card? Does the server get cash at the end of their shift? Is it added to their check? I'm assuming that cash on the spot is better but I could be wrong... which is why I'm asking. :P

DK/DC: Were you raised with an emphasis on manners: always saying please and thank you, addressing elders or authority figures as sir or ma'am? Does it bug you when people don't use the kind of manners with which you were raised?*

*Brought to you by the trick or treating hoard. My husband and I were sitting in chairs on the driveway so we were about kid high and there was a disturbing plethora of glassy-eyed children who shoved their trick or treat bags in my face and turned on their heel when they'd gotten their candy without saying trick or treat or anything else, much less "thank you". Many of them with their parents right there.

ETA: If you do call everyone sir and ma'am when you're trying to be polite, has anyone ever gotten angry at you, thinking you're either mocking them or insulting them by calling them old or something?


Hey, remember that Beatles song about the girl who chatted for hours one night in her apartment with this nice guy, but she didn't offer to sleep with him so he burned her furniture?


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You are walking into a store and a guy is standing alone outside the door. He approaches you and says he and his fiance have been stranded for the last 2 hours because they ran out of gas. He mentions something about her debit card being on hold and they need to scrap together $12 to fill their tank and only have $1. Then he asks if you can help him in any way. He seems nice and his fiance comes out of the store in what appears to be a genuinely stressed out/panic state. Do you help? If so, how? If not, why not?

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There's a high school no more than 1.5 miles away and you can hear noise from their football games-mainly the band but some louder cheering and the announcer carry over too-especially if you're outside. (band can be heard in the house) Has or do any of you live next to a school? I can't imagine being really close to one during games is much fun if you're trying to relax/have little kids trying to sleep.