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  1. nickel_penny commented on Luann 7 days ago

    The college program I took accepts 15 students a year. If you don’t make it in during Fall semester, you have to wait until next Fall. For all 4 semesters you are with the same students, taking the same classes, at the same time…and with the same three instructors teaching all the classes for both year 1 and year 2 students. One of the teachers was a complete tool (just because you’re skilled at something, doesn’t mean you’re a competent teacher…a fact utterly lost on the administration) but you’re stuck with him because he’s the only option for that set of classes.

  2. nickel_penny commented on For Better or For Worse 7 days ago

    My mother forced pierced ears on me when I was 6. I kept taking the them out and she’d stick them back in. Decades later I still hate the fact I have holes in my ears that will never go away. I don’t wear earrings – I think it looks stupid to have crap hanging off your ears.

    Kids are just as entitled to their bodily autonomy as adults. Parents that do this sh’t to their kids are F-ing evil and should be jailed on physical abuse charges. And yes, I said as much to my mother years ago. She finally “got it”, apologized and had the decency to look deeply ashamed when I asked her how she’d feel if I strapped her down and pierced her eyebrows. She said she would hate it – because she thinks it looks stupid to have crap having off your face.

    Your kid is not a mini-you. Don’t assume they’ll want the same things as you. And for gods sake if they don’t want you to mutilate their body, do not do it, no matter how “cute” or “precious” you think it would be.

  3. nickel_penny commented on For Better or For Worse 8 days ago

    For the vast majority of adults, their problems are on them alone. They just do not have the maturity to admit it.

    There comes a time when blaming parents stops being a reason, and starts being an excuse.

  4. nickel_penny commented on Luann 14 days ago

    It would be interesting to hear from actual firefighters about their opinion on this. It’s too easy to project what we think they would feel.

    Personally, I think that if we let the day continue to be only about death and suffering, then the terrorists won.

  5. nickel_penny commented on Luann 14 days ago

    “Error” messages – Just Google (software name) (error message). If you’re looking at an error on a website, make sure you are connected to the internet. Then refresh, clear cache and/or try back later, the problem is on their end.

    “Driver Needed” …means you need to update a driver. Google how to do it. It’s not hard.

    If you’re getting spam, you’re to blame. It’s because you gave out your primary email address somewhere. Always use a “secondary” address for things like signing up for accounts on websites.

    “Pokey” internet…

    Uninstall all the toolbars you auto-installed with various software. You do not need them.
    Stop using IE and switch to Chrome.
    Go into your browser settings and check the “do not track” and “block pop up ads” options.
    Install Adblock. White list sites you want to support.
    Learn about your internet package. You might be on a plan that chokes your usage under certain conditions.

    Printer problems…

    Make sure:
    It’s plugged into a functional outlet.
    It’s plugged into the correct ports on the computer.
    It’s turned on.
    It has paper.
    It has ink.
    The driver is up to date.

    Yes, yes, I know you’re such a smart person and would never forget to turn it on…double check anyway.

    Now, turn it off and PROPERLY reboot your computer. The annoying long way. Do not do a hard reboot. Do not just nod your head and pretend that you did it. F’in do it and do it right. Google it if you want to know why.

    Yes, I know you’re too smart to forget putting paper in it. Check it anyway. While you’re there, make sure the paper (that you totally didn’t forget) is of the correct amount. Too much, and it’ll jam. Too little and the machine will have trouble grabbing it. Check that it is properly aligned. Make sure there are no jams anywhere. You’ll have to lift up or pull out parts of the machine to do this. Look for little stickers on/in it that show how to do it.

    Next, check that printing medium cartridges, like ink cartridges, are present (because nobody ever removes an empty cartridge and forgets to put in a full one…) Check that they are the right kind, are not empty, are properly inserted and are not clogged. Google how to do these things for your particular machine.

    Still not working? Start from the beginning and actually do each step. “Is it plugged in and turned on?” These are the first questions because people are f’in stupid and those are the #1 and #2 reasons why their printer does not print. Yes, seriously.

    If at this point there is still nothing, there are 2 likely problems.

    1 – Hardware issues such as a jammed cartridge track or other problem that requires more disassembly than the average person can deal with.
    2 – It’s an I-d-10-t problem and you are beyond hope. Just buy a new printer.

  6. nickel_penny commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    If you didn’t drive back “daily”, you both would have learned to be more responsible very quickly. You did your kid no favors by not letting her make mistakes, be embarrassed and learn from it.

  7. nickel_penny commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    because it’s not like they went to the same kindergarten…which we know they have since Liz was there last year.

  8. nickel_penny commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    I don’t understand why she can’t just say something like, “I know, it sucks. Doing this will help me know what you have that fits, and what things need to be returned. Afterwards you can go back to your friends.” Is it really so difficult for people to just acknowledge and validate a kid’s feelings and give them an actual reason for what they’re being told to do?

  9. nickel_penny commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    Because obviously the way you did things decades ago is the only right and proper way to do them. Times change. Adapt or be comfortable being considered out of touch.

  10. nickel_penny commented on Luann about 1 month ago

    40+ year olds “blast” emails. Nobody “blasts” texts, especially not teens.