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I hear you. While mortgage, internet, and health insurance bills are fixed, you can always find a way to eat for less. I've got my meals down to less than a dollar each, with breakfast much cheaper. My overseas friends marvel at how cheap food and gas is in the US, but they are horrified by how expensive education and medical expenses are here.
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The Metafilter discussion on this story goes deep into the reluctance of UK residents to install window screens. It highlights how downright tropical America is in comparison. We have a lot of summer and a lot of insects. Brits, on the other hand, only open their windows a few days out of the year and find themselves invaded by neighborhood pets, foxes, and hedgehogs.
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The real secret to teaching a kid to drive is to start out in a safe place. We went from pasture to parking lot to cemetery to quiet neighborhood to downtown to highway. They had driven a lot before they actually had contact with traffic, so it was fairly smooth compared to other techniques I've seen.
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I thought of Valley of the Gwangi, Wild, Wild West, and Cowboys & Aliens, but Fabrice didn't mention aliens, just giant bugs, so I thought of giant mutant monsters and discounted aliens.
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What they are measuring here is way too specific. "Opening weekend box office" didn't really exist before the 1980s, when multiplexes became a thing. Gone With The Wind rolled out town by town over months, and since there was no home video, it was re-released every few years. Now, the opening weekend sets a film's arc for whatever success that follows, including global box office and home video sales, because internet headlines have replaced word-of-mouth advertising.
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My mother was born in a log cabin because it was a quick-build method for a family just starting out. I lived in a different log cabin a few decades later because it was my parents' dream house. That didn't last long, because they are hella flammable.
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The picture reminds me of when my youngest was going through a Little Mermaid phase. I frosted her birthday cake blue and put Gummi sharks and crabs on it. One of the perks of having little kids is the excuse to do stupid stuff like that.
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I came upon this at a buffet a while back. You pay going in, and they ask if you want to add a tip to your bill. I said, "I thought this was a serve yourself place." She said, "The waitresses refill your drinks." I looked at the quart of water they gave me that would never need refilling. So she said, "And they take your plates." I thought, but did not say, well, don't you pay them? The girl at the register wouldn't know what to say. So I said, "I'll leave a cash tip." Which I did, but I'm not going there again. I can serve myself at home, and the food is better. Besides, I don't want to pay $15 to feed a vegan kid one meal. If they are paying the "tipped worker rate" of $2.13 an hour for three women to clear plates at 100 tables, something is very wrong.
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