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  1. 2 points
    Yes to all, I remember being annoyed as kid or teenager when I'm not being taken seriously when I brought up valid point just because I was not an adult. And I remember all the annoying questions and curiosity of my private life from annoying relatives, which I make a point not to do. I remember I really wanted to grow up fast so that I have a valid voice, wants and independence. And now I'd prefer to be a kid when my main worries are skinned knee and unfinished homework. Most of all, one main thing I'm really wrong about; I thought nap and going to bed early was a punishment, idiotic me!
  2. 2 points
    OK, I hadn't thought of those people, perhaps because (as you say) they're mercifully so rare. I assume they would be classified as psychopaths, meaning that they lack any concept of good / evil, in which case can their actions be classified according to that spectrum? Their behavior toward their fellow humans might be considered analogous to a scientist's behavior toward lab rats -- not that I condone either one, but the latter is generally accepted as normal. I'm more comfortable with that belief myself, by and large. I don't think there's any point in tailoring one's worldview to include psychopaths.
  3. 2 points
    Got the same experience with teens in tutoring. Just be honest with them, drop that adult claptrap about "the golden years of childhood" (were those people even teenagers once or are their memories that bad?) and the questions start coming.
  4. 2 points
    I have a young lady in my latest watercolor class, about 13 or so. Most of my students are adults, and the rest of this particular class is all retired ladies. When they get to talking about emotions and relationships and such, the teenager is just riveted. I've noticed that several times with teens; they really are interested in what older folks have to say, even if they try not to show it (which would be uncool. ) I think many of them have a real desire to connect with adults, since they're on the verge of becoming one themselves. (I don't recall that I ever did; I much preferred being a child. ) And they like not being talked down to.
  5. 1 point
    Hold on, this is the exact quote from Person of Interest, which is my other favorite TV Series. On another note, I skipped dinner and started to regret it, Butternut Crinkle Fries sounds both delicious and gross.
  6. 1 point
    I'm curious, how do you think it should be done? "The address' first number was three." Hmmm, I see what you mean, that doesn't look right. "The address's first number was three." Better, you sure that's not right? Not that I would write it that way. I'd say: The first number in the address was three." Isn't English fun?
  7. 1 point
    So it's finally coming out? I'd all but forgotten about it. I admit I've lost my enthusiasm for it. I saw the trailer for 1917, and even if BC weren't in it, it looks like something I might be tempted to see. As long as it's not too graphic. Plotwise, it reminds me of Saving Private Ryan, which I barely survived. In defiance of my rant (elsewhere) about not putting much faith in "people's" reviews, here's my review of Ad Astra: save your money! It's pretty slow and my poor friend was sooooo bored! For myself, I thought Brad Pitt did okay, and I appreciated the metaphorical overtones … but the failures of science and logic that permeate the script … OMG. If I hadn't been in a theater I would have been shouting back at the screen most of the way through it. Aggghhhh! An exercise in frustration from start to finish. Zero stars. Maybe even minus a few stars.
  8. 1 point
    There are a bunch of new movies coming out soon that I'm very interested in seeing. "Harriet", "Doctor Sleep", "1917", and "Gemini Man" are a few that come to mind, but I know there are more. I'm very excited to see "The Current War", I'll probably go on Halloween.
  9. 1 point
    I think it's a good idea to treat everyone with respect, and everyone above a certain age as simply fellow human beings. (That "certain age" depends on the individual -- I know a very mature young man of eight, for example.) And I'm not just talking about dealing with young folks, either. Several times while chatting with younger adults, I have been taken aback by a comment that indicates they're categorizing me as "someone Mom's age" rather than as a fellow adult. I feel marginalized. Of course I am about their mother's age, and I certainly wouldn't mind questions about what things were like before they were born -- but I'm not treating them like children, and I'd appreciate them not treating me like an "old lady" either.
  10. 1 point
    I have no idea how un/reliable the passenger service is in these parts, because there's not enough of it to draw any conclusions from. I think there used to be more. The first time I traveled to Boston, I took a train, and I recall leaving Indianapolis in the daytime. I have no idea whether there was more than one train a day to Boston then, but Union Station was still a busy train station, whereas nowadays it's mostly a food court. There are still trains in around here, but the vast majority are only for freight. There definitely used to be a light rail system ("the Interurban") in central Indiana, but they tore up the tracks in the late 1930's (ironically just before WWII brought gas rationing, which would have dramatically increased train travel if there'd been any trains left). But the train companies (who had to build and maintain their own tracks) just couldn't compete with the bus companies (who used roads built and maintained by the government). Plus the auto industry apparently pulled some shenanigans (as depicted in Who Framed Roger Rabbit). I must say I love the train service in the UK. You can go just about anywhere via train, at just about any time of day (and in cases where there isn't a train, there's bus service). It isn't particularly cheap (but neither is owning/renting a car).
  11. 1 point
    I'm not VBS (obviously ) but I would agree with the idea that some people are just pure evil, know it, enjoy it, and make no excuses for it … someone like Ted Bundy comes to mind. Thankfully, I think that sort of person is extremely rare; but I do believe they exist. I appreciate your point about moral relativity, but I hope the concept of evil is not entirely relative … that is, I hope we can universally agree that certain acts are unjustifiable under any and all circumstances. Child molestation, for example. But I'm aware that moral boundaries can get pretty blurry in some circumstances (such as war). But I'm more comfortable believing some things are still absolutes, even in this day and age. That's probably considered pretty old fashioned, eh?
  12. 1 point
    A local newspaper compared Boris Johnson's negotiation tactics with the EU to a bank robber storming the cashier's office, putting his gun against his temple and shouting, "I've got a hostage!"
  13. 1 point
    It's like this in German, basically: (gehört means belongs to)
  14. 1 point
    At least the man himself has a sense of humor about it. Not that he has much choice, I guess.
  15. 1 point
    The point, far as I understood it, is that it's kind of a running joke to "confuse" any two complicated words starting with B and C as Benedict Cumberbatch's name (because it's so long or something), like the above, or:
  16. 1 point
    That was an utterly dreadful pun, VBS. In other words, yes, you're on fire.
  17. 0 points
    Oh I am relieved! From his confidence, I thought he has something up his sleeves that I don't get. I thought I was just getting stupider by day. It might not be entirely untrue, it's getting more and more difficult for me to understand why many things are the way they are. No cheap knock-off video, my knock-off bellstaff, 5 bucks raincoat, had been torn way too long ago it's shorter than my belly button now, it doesn't look graceful even for knock-off. But season 5 is really good, Sherlock and John have their usual adventures and cases, some picking up from canon and the rest are really smart and intriguing puzzles that we can solve along if we see AND observe. But what I like the most is the red thread that continues throughout the three episodes. (Yes, there are three episode, but two hours each). While season 1 and 2 is Moriarty, 3 Magnussen and 4 is Eurus, season 5 is... Sherlock. Without spoiling too much, well, spoiling a lot, actually, look away! .. Sherlock disappears at the end of episode two, and on the finale, episode 3, Sherlock would appear mostly in John and Mycroft's thoughts and memory while Mycroft and John with the help of Lestrade, Molly and Mrs.Hudson have to find him by remembering back how and what Sherlock is, tracing his steps trying to think What Would Sherlock Do? in attempt to rescue him from perceived kidnapping by this season-long villain, but is it really what it seems? It's very interesting and heartwarming to see Mycroft and John's attempt, and whether they really know Sherlock, and to see how they interpret him. And the ending! You gotta see the ending. Too bad I can't tell you, you know my stance in spoiler.
  18. 0 points
    I recently picked up an evening/weekend job to make ends meet, and my new boss looks, dresses, and behaves very much like Michael from "The Office". His name is also Michael. I was alone with him in the office today. Just me and Michael...
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