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08/06/2017

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Dave from Philadelphia

When my eldest daughter was in 8th grade, I attended an IEP meeting to determine whether she would remain in the gifted/advanced academic program in the 9th grade - which was high school. Stephanie was a blessedly different soul. She used to routinely hug her teachers. (Yeah - I know - now a days ... that would have gotten them arrested.) She also was a straight A student - no matter what they threw at her. At the meeting was a male teacher who aggressively argued she should be held up a year because she "would get eaten alive in the high school atmosphere and academic expectations." As I think you know ... I am an attorney. Let's just say I thought that was absurd and I let him know in uncertain terms what I thought of his point of view. Well, as Stephanie went on to graduate 3rd in her class and cum laude at Colby with a double major in biology and theater, every ... EVERY ... semester she made Dean's list (I think every semester), I photocopied her transcript and mailed it to him with the comment, "Yep ... she still getting eaten up alive." (Yeah ... I know ... now a days, this would get me arrested!) I stopped when she went on for a Masters ...

Bookworm

Made my day, Dave!

Today's Juxtaposition reminded me of this xkcd: https://xkcd.com/1732/ . I don't understand why this, or at least a similar chart, isn't widely distributed. It's frighteningly well done.

Hank G.

One of the things I hate about charitable giving is that almost immediately after your check clears, some charities will send you a letter asking for another donation.

I am sure that they do it because research has shown that people who have already given are the most likely to give in the future.

I pretty much tell anyone who calls on behalf of a charity that I don’t do phone solicitations. Many of the calls are from really horrible, fraudulent charities (be very wary of “charities” with “children” and “cancer” in the name). Even the ones representing legitimate charities are usually paid fund raisers who take a large chunk of the money raised. I will either pick the charities I want to give to or sometime respond to a mailed request (after I check out the charity on one of the online charity rating services).

Kip W

Rented a house in the center of Fort Collins. It had been home to a steadily declining clientele and had holes in every wall (two axe, one shotgun), horrid outdated plumbing, psychotic melted crayon art over the fireplace. Once in a while people just walked in because they used to know somebody.

They tried to keep our cleaning deposit when we left it, but fortunately I was able to locate a copy (at the realtor's) or a list we'd made of stuff wrong with the place when we moved in. They gave us back every cent, then cleaned it professionally and tried to rent it out.

It was two blocks from CSU. Next to two grocery stores, a drugstore, and a 7-11. A laundromat one block away on the driveway. The best record store in town was right there. Everything a human being could require was in easy strolling distance. And they couldn't even get college students to move in.

They tore it down. Sic transit Ill Manor.

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