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Re: General Discussion and Updates

Post by Jae on Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:58 pm

Admin wrote:Does anyone care that Houston won the World Series!?



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Post by laurav on Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:45 am

Whatever sports team wins in a given year becomes
My favorite team, and then I switch as needed the following season. It is great because I am never disappointed that way.

In regards to the staff and attorneys, other than Melissa, the rest don’t have a tremendous amount of access or scope to do things other than their assigned jobs. I cannont realistically be a baby sitter because despite what it sounds like, the firm is actually a place of business not a traveling circus side show.

We have three offices, and the problem stems from one office only, so we are closing that office down and relocating it to pull it closer to my partner and I. Hopefully that will solve the problem. The more difficult question we are trying to figure out is if there is a way to screen potential employees for red flag psychological problems without making it obvious.

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Post by laurav on Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:09 am

Side note: Tricia was also a part time attorney whose husband was a commericial airline pilot, so she only worked when he was home and had a very erratic schedule, so this contributed likely to making it harder to pick up something was wrong.

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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:52 am

Sorry Jae Sad I did watch the games, and both teams did well. I am kind of glad Houston got it after everything the city has been through this year. Much needed morale boost.

Laura, like Dee said, the problem is one of optics, so you probably would want to consider trying to scrutinize them more. But I get that it is hard, especially if you have multiple offices and cannot be there in person. A lot of companies struggle with employee issues.

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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:28 pm

Bergdahl got off really lightly... No prison time. Smh. It is not going to be taken well by veterans at all.


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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:29 pm

Jae, where do you think, as an actual professional with advanced training, the line between mental illness and culpability falls?

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Post by Admin on Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:35 pm

And then we have heartwarming stories about the wonderful United States like these: https://www.buzzfeed.com/adolfoflores/authorities-release-10-year-old-girl-with-cerebral-palsy?utm_term=.eaP78MZdR#.nebKOynx3

Speaking of mental illness, is the entire United States off its meds? Is that the true reason behind the Trump election?

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Post by Dee S on Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:00 pm

Disgusting! I read of this the other day when it first happened. I expect it to either get much worse with 45 at the helm or for people to start fighting back. Neither will be good.

Opinions on this one... http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/26/the-fragile-generation .. I'm of the generation that would use the lights as my "be home by". I'd disappear for an entire day with one or two phone checkins. My parents would know roughly where I was or was supposed to be at and often would find me there if they needed me. The rare times I wasn't where I was supposed to be, I got my butt blistered and lost my privilege to "roam" freely for a period of time. They weren't bad parents. I wasn't a wayward child. I learned a LOT being out from under their wings. Today CPS is called and parents are called neglectful. We've gone too far. Sure, SOME kids need 24/7 constant supervision. Most do not. We're a nation of coddlers.
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Post by Admin on Sat Nov 04, 2017 12:25 pm

I feel bad that kids cannot just be kids. As you have seen from my pictures, my twelve year old son is operating quasi heavy machinery....and I am sure that would be frowned upon in many circles.

Happy Birthday, Zoe!

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Post by Dee S on Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:03 pm

Happy birthday to Zoe Smile

James, so horrible! Child labor laws...blahblahblahblah... Wink

So glad you're giving him instruction and experience on something that will last with him throughout his life. I'll guess that's it's great father/son time.

My dad's thing was cars. I knew the basics of engines long before I could sit behind the wheel, much less drive one. A lot of my young years were spent in various garages. Mostly in the office but I'd wander into the garage, get scolded or shown something greasy that'd inevitably get on my clothes and mom would get pissed at dad. LOL I was never allowed to touch nor really shown how to do anything other than change tires, check my fluids and tighten hoses. But I knew what went where and if anyone offered me blinker fluid I'd blink their eye. Wink I guess I knew enough to know when a mechanic wasn't being honest.

So I have a question of how to tackle this, if I say anything at all. Becca (Ella's great grandson's wife) was supposed to come over on Monday to do Ella's hair. They just moved back to town and had promised to spend more time with her. She got busy with her dad (he's recovering from a stroke) and forgot. Said she'd be here today at 3. Ella called and she was called into work. Didn't call. Didn't apologize. Just said she'll figure out when when she gets her schedule. She works as an ass't Manager at a local McDonalds. The one closest to us, actually.

This isn't the first time they've blown her off like this. Nor the first time they've failed to show and not called to explain. I'm pissed. I love them both dearly but their treatment of Ella isn't right.

Now i have to say that they're the ONLY ONES in Ella's family that shows her any interest or gives her any time. Do I say something? I understand that she's just started a new/old job (she had this position before at this store). I don't want to alienate them but I also don't like seeing Ella cry. And this one made her cry.
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Post by Admin on Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:08 pm

Here is the problem I see, Dee. They’re not obligated to spend time with her (even if morally they should). So if you come on too strong, it will just push them away. Maybe if you could explain to them how important it is to Ella and how devastating not showing up/giving notice is, that would help them appreciate it? They may not understand the impact that it has on her.

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Post by Dee S on Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:48 pm

Thank you. That's the input I needed. You're right.
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Post by Admin on Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:05 pm

Glad I could be of some help. Normally I just blurt out totally unhelpful things.

Something weird, does anyone remember way back in 2008 I believe the YT controversy where a fellow post grad Oxford student and lawyer who knew Laura got into a huge debacle of an onslaught on Laura?

I honestly barely remember what it was all about but know that Harvey was at center, and I think that was the first time Laura and Maria formed an alliance.

Anyway, she’s become famous enough to have her own Wikipedia entry, which I stumbled on today after seeing her book online.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Darville

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Post by laurav on Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:58 pm

I recall it well enough. The video she did stung. However, I talked to her back in 2011/2012 after the Forum died. She apologized. Said she did it out of boredom and curiosity, for shock value, and then it went too far. That seems to be her modus operandi based on her wiki entry. I’m sure the book controversy got started the same way—she did it for shock value, and it went too far. She’s a fairly brilliant person in many ways. Definitely an independent thinker. But I don’t know how I feel about her....but at least she’s made her mark in the world.

I am starting to think having a ridiculously over inflated ego and Teflon coat is the way to be happy in life.

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Post by Admin on Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:15 pm

Meh, I don’t think those people are really happy. Brilliant. Yes. But it takes more than brains and ego to be happy.

I agree as regards YT. I think it was an experiment. She wanted to see how far she could push the envelope. She enjoyed sucking Harvey in and then flipping on him. Manipulation and games. That’s one of the reasons I don’t care for social media platforms anymore. I’m over it.

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Post by laurav on Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:40 pm

By the way, thanks for the birthday wishes to Zoe, James and Dee. She had a good birthday. We kept it a little low key due to all the chaos this fall, but she had a lot of fun.

I agree with James, Dee. The difficulty unfortunately with elderly people is in getting the younger relatives to understand the greater importance and significance of the visits and contact from family. It's sad really. Very sad. I feel sometimes that American culture is exceptionally bad about treatment of grand-parents (and by effect great-grandparents).


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Post by Dee S on Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:43 pm

Beautiful picture Smile

I see what you're both saying about the aging and will approach it with some tact. Or just leave Ella to run with it. She has a way about her that Becca and Cam will know they've hurt her.

We went out for a frustrating poketrolling last night. We have a new couple of friends who go with us. After an hour we were all very frustrated at the aggressiveness and boldness of those following us. The one guy pulls up, says "Hi, I'm t-money we talked in the chat the other night" then proceeds to tear into the gym we just took. He'd already throw us out of two other gyms we'd just taken. Hmm like he was following us. Ends up, he was. His "fun" was retaking every gym we took within 1/2 hour. I'm a little burned out with the whole gym thing and think I'll just focus on growing my characters for a while.

So what's up with you ?
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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:49 pm

Love the pic, Laura. Enjoy those times while they last, and it is hard with little kids because that is inevitably usually the busiest, most uncertain times of parenting...

This game sounds incredibly involved, Dee! It also seems very diverting.

I'm burned out. I think I need a three day weekend or something to catch up on sleep. I'm starting to really "feel" over extended and exhausted all the time.

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Post by Admin on Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:44 pm

Is it possible to be anymore disappointed and disillusioned with our country than now?

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Post by Admin on Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:18 pm

With the latest, unbelievably insane, allegations regarding Weinstein (and Kevin Spacey ruining House of Cards and all his movies forever), I came across this video between a man and woman with very different views on catcalling....

http://mashable.com/2014/11/15/catcalling-debate/#I.8TSi7vFgqy

Thoughts? I know in Jordan, for example, where my wife is from, younger women generally will never make eye contact with a man and avoid walking alone on the streets as much as possible. But this phenomen exists certainly everywhere. Yet ‘Paul’ argues a lot of it is not actually harassment, which seemed to be his main concern.

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Post by laurav on Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:38 pm

Usually, at least a couple times a month I get cat calling while going about my daily life. And it is far more than just 'god bless.' I think most women have similar experiences. I had to stop my morning jogging route in law school because of it. And I tried and tried to not have to do that but it was just not feasible. So men basically push women out of public spaces.

I think Paul is engaging in minimizing behavior and refusing to acknowledge how public space is experienced differently by men and women.

That being said plenty of men do not engage in that behavior nor am I equating the (usually older) guy who says something more innocuous with the guy yelling obscenities. But it should be feasible to go about one's normal routine without these invasions into personal space (not to even get to power and control and objectifying issues).

I am about to the point where I am going to really tell the next idiot guy to fuck off in very graphic terms.

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Post by Admin on Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:46 am

That is a good summation, Laura. I agree.

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Post by laurav on Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:13 pm

Hate to break up the excitement and riotous fun on here, but i’ll be in das Mutterland through next week. I’ll probably still be around though when I can.

Good night James, John Boy, Elizabeth, Mary Ellen....

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Post by Dee S on Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:46 am

Have a safe trip. Take pictures. Make memories. Smile <3
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Post by Admin on Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:51 am

Safe travels. Dee and I will try to contain this hive of activity.

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