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Mystery cookie

Jan 18, 2008 / 1 Reply I can't believe I'm so curious about this that I'm posting it here in the hope that someone has the answer....

Why are the cookies of store-bought ice-cream sandwiches so nice and soft? When I try to make ice-cream sandwiches at home, the cookie part freezes something awful and is very hard to bite into. But the better quality ice-cream sandwiches from a store have nice, soft cookies. Is it really just preservatives or are these special cookies?

Ha ha ha?

Nov 15, 2007 / 2 Replies Couldn't resist posting this little news tidbit.... Do we have to go into all the recorded Christmas songs and all the movies and cards and so forth and change them too?

SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.

"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.

"Leave Santa alone."

A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself.

Guilty Hereos

Apr 8, 2007 / 3 Replies My husband and I went to a birthday party last night that was open to adults and their children.

We were at the party maybe 10 minutes when we decided to head out back, where there is a pool. We immediately noticed one little girl (about 4 years old) riding a tricycle around the pool. She seemed to phase out every so often, and the tricycle would get very close to the edge of the pool until she came around and corrected it. We stood and watched this for several minutes, and then commented that while we would unquestionably jump in to save her, it would be a big bummer because then we'd be very wet and cold for the rest of the party. Not 5 seconds later she failed to correct the tricycle, and in a minute of distinct slow motion, the rear tire edged out over the pool and hung there. Despite being 20 feet away, I somehow felt that if we just grabbed her and the bike, we could prevent her falling in, but she moved her weight and the whole bike tipped right into the pool. Ryan was in the pool immediately, handed her to me, and I got her inside, wrapped in a towel, and to her mom within a few minutes.

For the rest of the party, guests kept making comments about how we saved the little girl. (Ryan had to put his clothes in the dryer and change into clothes that were quite obviously not his, which elicited questions and comments throughout the evening). The oldest kid, an 8 year-old boy, came up to me at one point and said, very awestruck, "He SAVED Carmen's LIFE." Carmen's mom made a point of thanking us several times, and pointing out that Carmen was okay now.

Throughout all this, Ryan and I couldn't shake this horribly guilty feeling that we shouldn't have just "saved" Carmen, we should've prevented the whole thing from happening, since we were watching her and knew it was a big possibility. We said this to the people who were gushing over it, but they shook it off and re-affirmed their appreciation for the service we did.

Meanwhile, we feel like poop.

Hello, Mr. Barker!

Feb 23, 2007 / 2 Replies I was lucky enough to make a small delivery to Bob Barker's house the other day, and because I didn't make any fuss over it ("Oh my goodness, it's you!" "It's soooo nice to meet you!!!" or "I LOVE you!") I wondered - does he think I just don't know who he is?

I wonder who else I might accidentally run across, with the Oscars just three days away now...

Books into Movies

Nov 16, 2006 / 6 Replies I recently read The Godfather, and since I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I decided to watch the movie. (Finally).

I'm sorry to say, but if I hadn't read the book first, I'm not sure I would've understood the movie. I've heard that the sequel is even better, so I watched that one too, and found that a lot of it was flashbacks and therefore covered in the book. Again, not sure I would've understood it all without having read the book first.

I had a similar problem with The Firm. The book was incredible - very intense and hard to put down. I could see how the movie may be good for someone who has never read the book, but if you have read the book the movie completely butchers the story. Especially the ending - it feels like they cheated or something.

I've heard rumors for about 7 years that "they" are thinking of making a movie out of Ender's Game. Is it just me or does this seem like it could be a VERY bad idea since the book was so good? I don't know if I've ever seen a book-based movie that I really enjoyed because they always have to edit out a lot to help with time.

California DMV

Oct 7, 2006 / 2 Replies It's amazing - it can take the California DMV 30 minutes to check you in and give you a number for your service, 45 minutes to help you complete the paperwork for new registration on your car, up to 4 weeks to mail you your new license (you start off with a paper version), but I'll be damned if that registration check wasn't deposited faster than any check I've EVER written before.

Stupid DMV priorities.

Holy Heat Wave!

Jul 25, 2006 / 7 Replies The temperature in Santa Clarita, California (where we live) has been sitting around 100 degrees for the last couple of weeks - hitting 112 last Saturday. Even a $500 utility bill doesn't help cool off the house - it barely keeps the house livable (and our dogs alive) at 83 degrees.

But it's not just California - this higher-than-normal heat wave seems to be hitting all over the US. My parents said it was 103 the other day in Oregon - with a nice coating of humidity to boot.

What the HECK?!!!! I have a coworker who is 8 months pregnant - I don't even want to imagine what this must be like for her.


Jul 6, 2006 / 0 Replies From MSN:

With his death from a massive heart attack on Wednesday, Ken Lay cheated justice. And then some. Not only will the Enron founder not end his days in prison, but according to legal precedent, his entire case will be erased from the records.

That means that, in legal terms at least, Lay was never convicted, tried or even indicted for Enron misdeeds.

For Lay's estate, and his widow Linda, the positive implication of this grim day is that the government now has no means to collect on its forfeiture claim against Lay for $43.5 million.

It's hard to believe, but the case law on this point is crystal clear, says Peter Henning, professor at Wayne State University Law School. "The idea is that you can't punish a dead person. It's not fair," says Henning. "Lay didn't get a chance to go in front of a court of appeals, which he had an absolute legal right to do."

Oh my gosh....

Jun 30, 2006 / 1 Reply I ran a search for a current news piece today and ended up in the midst of a "blog-war". It wasn't an article on the actual news, it was just a site for everyone to comment on the news. What's amazing is that out of the 100 or so blogs I skimmed through, only about 5 or 10 were actually about the news. The rest, if you can believe it, were personal attacks of one blogger against another blogger's:

grammatical errors
choice of blog name

It was like watching a bunch of 4 year-old children fight over the last piece of candy.

Thank goodness for Mboffin.

Oh really?

May 5, 2006 / 4 Replies As an auto insurance adjuster, I have to say that I work with a lot of people/customers who are ignorant of the function of insurance and claims handling. In order to get through the claims process I have to clear this all up. For example, people assume that since they have collision coverage, a rental is covered. Or they assume that since they have an insurance policy, they are "fully covered". This usually means I have to take the time to define the coverages on the policy and what exactly they do and do not cover. (Often repeating this several times.)

I was speaking with an insured this morning who told me, plain and simple, that since California law indicated he was at-fault for his accident, it is our duty as his insurance company to change the meaning of that law. "Oh really?" was my response, after which I muted the call and laughed my head off. He said yes, regardless of what the law says, "whoever is moving first should have the right of way".

Just for clarification purposes - I don't pretend to be a know-all myself, I didn't know anything about auto insurance until I became an adjuster 3 years ago and I'm still learning new things every day. I'm just amazed how far ignorance of this whole area can go for some people. I'm curious if anyone here has misconceptions about insurance or claims handling - and whether they are much the same as the ones I deal with on a daily basis.