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Vegetarian for decades, with vegan family members. This is an almost nutrition-less and tasteless salad. Lots of ways to make excellent tasty vegan lasagna. This is not any of those ways.
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So the city has a right to find it offensive, but not a person who may be a victim of this sort of prejudice? Is this an offshoot of the "corporations have more human rights than people do" rule?
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One of my daughters was taken out on a first date by a boy raised like this. It freaked her out so much that she wouldn't go on a second date with the boy, whom she truly did like but it was like the Rubicon had been crossed and so he wasn't willing to be "just a friend" or step back at all, and there was no way she would continue being a "girlfriend" in that scenario. It was all rigid gender roles, even when it made no practical sense; for example, he insisted on taking 2 hours of public transportation (3 changes of vehicle) each way to get to the restaurant because he didn't have access to a car and wouldn't allow us to drive him instead. Which I had to do anyway, to get her there. WTH? Gave her a rose at the table, wore a suit, the whole nine yards. It felt like she was being interviewed for the job of girlfriend, and she would have to stay in the role of "girl" so that he could be the "boy". Mutual respect and interest don't work that way. If he had just taken her to a movie or a cafe and allowed the first date to be casual, they'd probably still be going out. The point of good manners is to respect and support other people, not follow etiquette rules from the 19th century.
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That's how he writes at 13? The time would be better spent doing his homework or finding a better school.

BTW, kids using Powerpoint to make their argument with their parents isn't unusual. One of ours does it for the birthday gift wish list, which seems to be a common choice.
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Once while home from school for several days, thanks to boredom I memorized about half of the first handbook: How Girls Can Help Their Country – Handbook for Girl Scouts (1913). It was priceless, both for useful info (I can still recite all points on the mariner compass) and wacky:

"How To Secure a Burglar With Eight Inches of Cord

Make a slip-knot at each end of your cord. Tie the burglar's hands behind him by passing each loop over his little fingers. Place him face downwards, and bend his knees. Pass both feet under the string, and he will be unable to get away."

"Place him face downwards" gets me chuckling every time.
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I'm a huge fan of family traditions, but in reading the entire article, which describes the process they went through to "restore" the dress, I have to say that they did NOT restore the dress to its original look (as intended), and botched it in ways that make it look hideous, especially on this most recent wearer.
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Whoever the lady is on the right, she handled it beautifully: officially got the story out, made it be more than just about the Kardashians (naming a pet after your father), supported her co-worker in his time of need, and helped him calm down without ever losing her own cool. Good job!
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