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Mar 12, 2013
 

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RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>Well, that's what I was thinking. Like, she collected all that money from people and she needs to add more of her own to buy the plaque?

Jess in NJ wrote, "Several people arranged to have masses said for my FIL at various churches throughout the year. My MIL's overbearing sister thought it would be a good idea to schedule one to be said on my MIL's birthday in October. "Just a reminder, your husband isn't here to celebrate with you this year!" Ugh."

With sisters like that, who needs enemies?
Holy cow - just got off the phone with her and she got another $2k in the mail today. His mom was a teacher and his dad was a plumber (who worked for the family business then a regional supermarket for their corporate office, but still as a technician). They live in a blue collar town. This is blowing my mind.

It shouldn't. People around here think nothing of putting $150-$200 into an envelope for someone's wedding and you are supposed to invite everyone and their brother.

F'ing crazy.

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Matilda77 wrote:
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Yeah. I feel like helping her pay for her education is an investment. Mostly in her, but the better off she is in life, the better off we all are.
I'm glad we're in agreement. Next up for you to help: Your sister! ;)

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Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I am not familiar with such practices. But am I reading it right that you seem somewhat annoyed by it?
Yeah, I'm not real comfortable with materialism for materialism's sake. The people my MIL grew up with seem to think they have to show how much they care by how much money they spend on things. I prefer genuine shows of affection.

For example, my MIL's cousin drove down from upstate NY to come to the wake, but MIL is complaining today because she didn't give her a card, much less $. I place more importance on her being there in person.

I guess that's my problem. I love generosity and when a community takes care of its own. In a case like this, money takes on a whole new meaning and it makes my stomach turn.

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Mar 12, 2013
 
Matilda77 wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah. I feel like helping her pay for her education is an investment. Mostly in her, but the better off she is in life, the better off we all are.
Beautifully stated!!!

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Jess in NJ wrote:
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Yeah, I'm not real comfortable with materialism for materialism's sake. The people my MIL grew up with seem to think they have to show how much they care by how much money they spend on things. I prefer genuine shows of affection.
For example, my MIL's cousin drove down from upstate NY to come to the wake, but MIL is complaining today because she didn't give her a card, much less $. I place more importance on her being there in person.
I guess that's my problem. I love generosity and when a community takes care of its own. In a case like this, money takes on a whole new meaning and it makes my stomach turn.
NOt to mention what it costs in gas these days to drive that far. MIL is grumbling about that in light of all that's happened?

Enjoy having a widowed MIL to pester you.

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RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>NOt to mention what it costs in gas these days to drive that far. MIL is grumbling about that in light of all that's happened?

Enjoy having a widowed MIL to pester you.
As my husband's cousin said today, we know that things are getting back to "normal" if he has started complaining :)

I also feel bad that I vent to you guys so often. I am sympathetic to the fact that she just lost her husband and I am trying not to say anything to upset her (even if I think she's a bit too sensitive). That's why I turn to you.

She actually asked me to help her draft a thank you note to the owner of the grocery stores who has known the family for years and paid for the luncheon after the funeral. That was very nice of her and I'm a little humbled by her request. She thinks very highly of this man and I will say that I'm lucky to have a MIL who treats me like a daughter.

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Jess in NJ wrote:
<quoted text>As my husband's cousin said today, we know that things are getting back to "normal" if he has started complaining :)

I also feel bad that I vent to you guys so often. I am sympathetic to the fact that she just lost her husband and I am trying not to say anything to upset her (even if I think she's a bit too sensitive). That's why I turn to you.

She actually asked me to help her draft a thank you note to the owner of the grocery stores who has known the family for years and paid for the luncheon after the funeral. That was very nice of her and I'm a little humbled by her request. She thinks very highly of this man and I will say that I'm lucky to have a MIL who treats me like a daughter.
Vent all you want. People are free to read or not read. It's a great outlet.

“What's it to ya?”

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Mar 12, 2013
 
Jess in NJ wrote:
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As my husband's cousin said today, we know that things are getting back to "normal" if he has started complaining :)
I also feel bad that I vent to you guys so often. I am sympathetic to the fact that she just lost her husband and I am trying not to say anything to upset her (even if I think she's a bit too sensitive). That's why I turn to you.
She actually asked me to help her draft a thank you note to the owner of the grocery stores who has known the family for years and paid for the luncheon after the funeral. That was very nice of her and I'm a little humbled by her request. She thinks very highly of this man and I will say that I'm lucky to have a MIL who treats me like a daughter.
Don't even THINK about feeling bad. Vent all you like/want/need to.

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#82194
Mar 12, 2013
 
Have you heard about this hilarious, awesome obituary?

http://www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Harr...

“I Am Mine”

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Mar 12, 2013
 
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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HA!*HE* is the lazy one? He probably hardly even knew her!
No, he knew her well enough. It was a small company. Like I said. She was young and the idea of writing your own letter of recommendation likely did not fit the image she had of someone writing how THEY really felt about you as an employee. I attribute it to naivete.

“...,to wit”

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#82196
Mar 12, 2013
 
angela wrote:
Have you heard about this hilarious, awesome obituary?
http://www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Harr...
That's priceless

“It made sense at the time....”

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#82197
Mar 12, 2013
 
one of my cousins works for a large food service comapny that does school lunch services. one of "his" school's lunch ladies took up a collection for him... that is blowing his mind, and boggles mine. I think the thoguht behind it was that they all chipped in for transportation for him to get here for the funeral. these ladies make just a little over minimum wage, so each dollar is precious to htem.

but then, the lunch ladies also took up a collection for him to go to a major concert in antoher city, so we kinda don't get that. maybe on that one they were living vicariously... or driving a couple counties over is "traveling"... <shrug>

“It made sense at the time....”

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Mar 12, 2013
 
angela wrote:
Have you heard about this hilarious, awesome obituary?
http://www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Harr...
wonder who wrote it... the old man, good friend or family member...

love the idea of "never losing a game of competetive sickness", "fashion house Fruit of the Loom," and his elastic waist shorts worn over the navel.

and i thoguht that my grandparents would get irked at how long my gramma's obit was, given that we listed a lot of descendents... only my parents & aunt/uncle were listed by name, the rest of us were lumped in by generation,...

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#82199
Mar 12, 2013
 
I'm told by the news reporter that his daughter wrote it.

The more poor you are, the more people who will give money to help pay for the funeral, even if its just a few bucks.

“reign in blood”

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Mar 13, 2013
 

“reign in blood”

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Mar 13, 2013
 

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#82202
Mar 13, 2013
 
Matilda77 wrote:
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Yeah, I really do! Started a couple years ago, now I play 3-4 times a week. It's a blast, but I am not a formidable force against most of the people out there. It's a no checking league, but accidents happen.
Not my leg, it's just going to be my whole neck/spine area. Didn't hit my head, so that was good.

"It's a no checking league, but accidents happen" ... yeah like accidentally on purpose! lol

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#82203
Mar 13, 2013
 
NIck took his (very small) 6yo to hockey practice last weekend. Nick said the coach's first words: "Alex, no checking!" Heh.(He gets away with it b/c he's so tiny.)

Hockey fans: Check out last night's Wild-Ducks game. Souter got a CRAZY on-purpose elbow to the head, out with a concussion, the other guy got a 5 minute major, kicked out of the game, and he'll get a suspension from the league as well.

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#82204
Mar 13, 2013
 
Good morning. Just saying "hi."

L8r, sk8rs.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Good morning. Just saying "hi."
L8r, sk8rs.
After 'while, crocodile

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