@Gaelic for Failure my stepdad worked for a DA's office, and they had organized stuff for us too. I got to see a room full of court mock-ups of crime scenes (like mini models of places) and go in the darkroom. It was so awesome and I remember it fondly.
I also SPREAD. OUT. in hotel rooms so I don't really want things to be moved around. And it would be hard to get to any surfaces with the way I spread out.
@JaneA it's extremely difficult! there are times I want to soften the blow - when whatever I'm asking is truly not urgent!
What about whatever house LW and the parents are living in now? Is it owned? How much is owed? Would the kids get some of that money back from the sale of that house? Would LW be able to continue living in it? This seems like an odd request from the parents. They know that LW is living at home still, why would they expect that much $ not to be a big deal?
@E$ When I was in late HS/early college, gas was VERY high (2006/2007). My mom and I shared a car and both played the terrible game of only putting in as much gas as we each needed for that day, so that the other person would get in and find the car basically empty. The gas attendants recognized me after a few weeks. They would comment when I had a new color work shirt (...because I was always getting gas on my way to work or else I wouldn't have made it there).
I remember being so absolutely, ridiculously hungry at my part-time jobs through high school and college. I always tried to pack food, eat on the way, grab a snack during a shift, etc. but it was never enough. I never worked far, really (I lived in a dense suburban area, so driving a town over was maybe 10 minutes), but I often worked multiple jobs back to back, not leaving room for full meals. When I think back now at how I would come home from a shift ready to eat my own hand I wonder what I was doing to myself.
@meatballsub ... what. why. what a $*(^
Re: the public transit - I have seen this happen on the bus *very* frequently, both to myself and other riders. The machines go down a lot, and the drivers don't have the time to be worried about addressing the issue as the routes are almost always delayed anyway. At least where I live though, the public transit is subsidized something like 75% so the amount gained from fares is almost negligible. I'm not saying it's a good thing but when the service is already 45 minutes behind, they don't have time to deal with a line out the bus door.
@antheridia I am transitioning to this, but only because my 2011 Macbook can. not. handle. Chrome anymore. The memory load is just wayyyyy too much and it freezes everything up. I tried everything, uninstalled all add-ons, disabled plug-ins, only keep a few tabs open - still have the problem. Which is sad because Chrome syncs to my phone and I like having access to the same things there. And at work Chrome works absolutely fine on my PC.
@Snarke yes!!! also yes to @meatballsub. I was looking for pork shoulder/butt this week - something I have never bought before. I found one and was holding it and kind of wandering, and the butcher asked if I needed help. For once I didn't just wander away like I usually would and said I was checking if there were any boneless ones. He took what I was holding and deboned it for me! Yessss not having to deal with bones. (I mean, I know bones are good for cooking and some people are more resourceful than I, but I am squeamish about meat- this will be my first time cooking pork that isn’t bacon or pancetta - one step at a time.)