I used to feel that way, then my daughter presented me with grandkids. :)
It can be fun, and a positive experience, both my grandsons are scouts, and every November they, and I along with them, participate in the Scout Food Drive. The scouts collect hundreds of bags of food from each of their assigned neighborhoods, and donate it to local food banks for the poor. Go Scouting!
Using the scarf set to decorate a snow man/woman is not exactly an insult. It may be a sign of tween rebellion, but as such, she did not throw it away, or damage it, but put it in a place, which for a kid, could well be a place of honor. As a parent, I probably would have reacted like Ellie, but as granddad, and if it would have been my gift to Liz, I would have laughed it off, and thanked her for finding such a wonderful use for the gift. I love being a grandpa, it has given me a whole new perspective on life.
I keep saying I am done and gone, for the same reason. I keep hoping that someone who controls the Lil Abner library will release new stories and actually complete story arcs. But alas, this time, it is good bye Dogpatch for good.
There are more than 150 varieties of peppers from the mild zero Scoville rating to the a couple of new, yet unconfirmed varieties above two million Scoville. The highest I have had is the Ghost Pepper, though I would be game to give a small bit to the Carolina Reaper which is the hottest pepper produced in the U.S.
I tend to overthink things now and again, but one has to ask why? By definition sprints are short, usually no more than 200 meters at the top end. How can a sprinter find time to activate, much less bite into a tomato during sprints. It seems to be counterproductive. But if it can be invented, it likely will be invented. ;)
If my memory has not failed, and I go back to reading this comic strip in the LA Examiner going back to the early 60s, there have been animal engagements, with our without Tarzan that would make this one tame in comparison. But apes v. lion is a spectacle worthy of the Coliseum in Rome.
Acme Bank the same one that the Coyote uses with its modern machina ex deo ATM.
Those were different days for sure. I once was playing soldiers with my friends, “bang, bang,” I dove behind a bush. All of a sudden, my belly was on fire. I jumped up, ran home screaming, “I’ve been shot.”
I had a trail of kids following me home. I got home, my mom pried my hands from my belly, and began to laugh. I had landed on a bee, and it was still still hanging on with its stinger implanted.
If it were any other state, I would it find it hard to believe that either a computer or individual could not distinguish between a registered plate which would be in one data entry location and the plate of the offender which would be in another.
If the entry of no plate is actually tested against the master file, then the vanity plate would not, or should not have been issued. But as this is California, the mistake is likely intentional as anything that separates the taxpayer from his or her money seems to be fair game.