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Tripoli - is that really you? I thought you were gone forever. If one thing that Angela did - it was to bring people together. Even in adversity, she generally used humor - and she would readily admit her own faults. I will miss her so much - even though I've never met her - i feel like I know her better than anyone else I've never met - (and many that i have met). I now regret never having made the trip to the twin cities and actually meeting her in person. Angela - no one will ever truly be able to take your place for all that you did. I'm sure almost everyone here will miss you terribly.  (Jan 21, 2014 | post #95592)

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I'm just the opposite. If I couldn't be the temperature I preferred, I would rather be too cold than too hot. We did our family trip to Mammoth Cave, Disney, Jacksonville, and Smokey mountains last week. It was 99 in Orlando last Sunday and Monday. I think I'll take the below freezing.  (Oct 30, 2013 | post #93028)

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answer is 12 in the absence of parenthesis you always do exponents first, multiplication/div ision second, addition/subtracti on last  (Oct 14, 2013 | post #92692)

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The problem, as i see it, is most people don't work for huge companies. She describes her boss as a pretty good boss who give his employees time off when the want or need it. At this point, she is anticipating that he is going to be too intrusive - but she doesn't know it firsthand. I will tell you as a boss of people who have had personal issues that they have had to deal with - it is easier to deal with them if the employee is frank with me about the issue. Then, I can reallocate workload as it is needed to work around the issue. Now, if anything, my employees all trust that I am not going to speak of their issue with anyone else. It's not always easy. One time we had a huge event at work that required everyone to put in a lot of effort. Two employees came to me with issues that were sensitive and needed time off right away. (We were an office of 7 people, so 2 was a lot of missing man-hours). Other employees criticized me for granting "vacation " time at this sensitive time. months later, it became clear why I acted as i did. However, if the employees had not shared why they needed time off, I would have had a hard time granting it. And I have had employees with medical issues similar to the ones stated here. But knowing that, I could tell one employee - "I just want you to do whatever you have to do. Take whatever time you need - and you don't need to tell me every time you need some time - even if is just to attend to some personal - nonmedical issues. But, again, if i didn't have an idea of the issue, I may not have responded as an employee advocate. I can understand how one might not want to discuss the intimate details of the issue - or how one is going to go about treating the problem. I would hope an employee would come to me and tell me "I have breast cancer, but I'm having a really hard time talking about it. I'm going to have to take some time off to deal with it over the next few months. I hope you understand.". And then if intrusive questions do come forward, deal with those with a "I hope you don't mind if I don't discuss any details of my treatment". Try first to make your boss your advocate - then only deal with him as an adversary if it becomes necessary.  (Oct 8, 2013 | post #92489)

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okay, i don't have good news as such - but maybe you topix people can help me out. we were planning a family vacation next week - from Wisconsin to Florida with four kids - ages 4,6,7 and 8). We are driving - and to break up the trip - we are planning on leaving Milwaukee about midnight next thursday - getting to Mammoth Cave Kentucky in the morning sometime. Our plan was to spend the day do active things exploring the caves to get the kids tired out and then getting back in the car and make it as far as we can. But now that Mammoth Cave may be shut down next friday, we are looking for alternatives in that area for 4 young children. They've never ridden horses, but I'm sure that would love to try that. I see online that there is a park that has zip lines - I think they might like that. I doesn't even have to be Kentucky - that was just a good seven or eight hours into our trip - and we thought that it would be a good stopping point. Maybe some of you would have ideas to wear out some kids. (Even if their parents may be a bit exhausted from the drive). thanks  (Oct 8, 2013 | post #92471)

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Red, I saw your posts on Heloise and MM - I was excited that you were back - so i came here to find out how you are. I'm shellshocked right now. I'm so pulling for you in the fight ahead. If anyone has the spunk and determination to pull it off, I know you do.  (Oct 4, 2013 | post #92290)

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Wow, squishy, that's so terribly alarming. And the worst part is that there is nothing that you can do about it. I just was reading Wayne And Tamara right before I saw your post - and their column this week was how impossible it is to break people out of horrible relationships until they are ready. So all you can do is protect yourself (or possibly the minor child - but all you have is hearsay - so you probably couldn't even help there)  (Jun 17, 2013 | post #87328)

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I've had that dream - many many years after college. It was slightly different. Like, for some reason, I had signed up for a class - and had forgotten to go all semester - then realized it right before the final exam. So I had to figure a way to get the entire semester's work done in a night or two.  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #86968)

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I don't know why I thought of you (and I'm not surprised by your answer either). It would be hard to be a backbone for someone that won't stand up for herself. And yet, if it is a friend, it's hard to stand by and see that person walked all over by another supposed friend. And since you introduced the two to begin with, I can see how you might feel somewhat responsible. But, of course, you are right. While it seems like you are involved - you can't lead another's life for him/her. (It's probably not much different than if you set up two of your friends in a romantic relationship - and that relationship goes sour)  (Jun 4, 2013 | post #86551)

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You are right that millions were made eventually off of it - but not by the primary people involved (according to the book). I should remember the original doctor's name, but i don't. It seemed that he was motivated by the pure intellectual problem of having human cells reproduce outside of a human. Once he was able to accomplish that, he was sending samples all over the world at $10/piece. I don't think that there was any patent applied for - or even considered. By the time anyone thought of the monetary value of it, there were countless samples in laboratories all over the world. (I think that the money was eventually made by pharmaceutical companies by using those cells to create drugs to control their growth) But the book had parts that were hard to read - even when it was voluntary - For example - They injected live cancer cells into volunteers in prison to see if cancer could be contagious. (Now that i think about it, I think that they even injected cancer cells into people without telling them to see the affects). Scientists, at the time, said that they had to have these kinds of experiments or cancer research would come to a halt.  (Jun 4, 2013 | post #86548)

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Hey Red, While i was reading the Wayne and Tamara column this week, I was thinking - I wonder how Red would handle this situation. What would your response be before you read the "expert" advice? (You know its funny that while i really don't know any of you, every once in a while, when i'm reading these columns, I put my "imaginary " internet people in the place of the lw or the advice columnist.) http://www.waynean dtamara.com/thiswe ek.htm  (Jun 4, 2013 | post #86533)

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The cells are named "HeLa" after Henrietta Lacks. We read "The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" for our book club last year - fascinating. Of course, in the 1950s, no one considered the cells are private or personal. Even the main scientists involved didn't make any money off of the cells they gave them away for very little - to promote research. Her family was pretty much left in the dark - and through innuendo and suggestion by others - thought that they were missing out on millions. A lot of our current social conscience on privacy and rights of our own cells didn't emerge until the last decade or two. (and even now (according to the book), you pretty much have to sign that the hospital has the right to do whatever they want with samples they send off to labs.  (Jun 4, 2013 | post #86531)

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and i noticed that Race answered just what i did while i was composing my answer. (Although his answer was more concise)  (May 16, 2013 | post #85735)

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Yes, In my experience, the terro liquid is the best. (Now keep in mind there are thousands of different kinds of ants - and they feed on different kinds of things). But if you are talking about the little brown sweet eating ones - this is the time of year that thousands of them all hatch. so they can come out of nowhere. It doesn't do any good for you to kill individual ants. but with the terro-type product - they don't die right away. They take it and bring it back to their nests. And ants have a way of leaving a trace where they have been - so you will see dozens of ants feeding on the liquid once one ant has found it. Then they will all bring it back and kill off the colony. Now, I don't know about the cats. (I suppose you could put it in a plastic cup and put a couple holes in it for the ants to get in/out - but not the cats. But you do need at least one ant to find your trap first. Even if you have to catch an ant on a piece of paper and make sure it finds your "treat") Now black ants are meat eaters - and there may be other methods for them. they usually like to get old dead bugs and stuff. Some are wood -eaters - and may indicate a wood-rot problem (like termites). but if it is a brown ant infestation - try the terro. (You likely have multiple colonies so it may take a few applications to get them. (I speak from some experience - we've got them right now too - we get them when the weather warms up. I killed off one colony and am dealing with a second one right now). I expect it to take a few days more.  (May 16, 2013 | post #85734)

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Wow, that's bold. (I hope no one from Milwaukee is reading this - because it will give them ideas) Glad to hear that Milwaukee isn't the only city that seems to relish ticketing everyone - and then wondering how they can get more people to come downtown.  (May 16, 2013 | post #85701)