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  1. Seems like there are two types of what we know as rubbing alcohol: the blue type that is apparently medicinal, and the clear one that is "multipurpose" and also used for firing up the old barbecue grill. I did a side-by-side comparison a couple of years ago, and decided I didn't want to buy the firestarter stuff to use on my skin -- can't remember exactly, but there was a difference in the ingredients. The esposo thinks the firestarter stuff is just fine, and that it's perfectly normal to fire up the grill and then go disinfect a wound or attack some zits. The blue one is harder to find though, and is it just me, or does rubbing alcohol smell gross here? That smell doesn't sit well with me. Never thought I'd miss the smell of US/Euro style rubbing alcohol! Weird.

  2. I agree that in some ways we're taking a trip south in the proverbial handbasket, and it makes me sad as well, but I don't know that prayer in the schools and the pledge is the answer, or the cause of the problems. People love to insist that this is "a Christian country" and that the founding fathers were Christians, but that's not reality. The founding fathers were not all Christians, and the country was founded on the idea of FREEDOM FROM state-imposed religion, and freedom to practice or NOT practice whichever religion a person chose. (Well, that and the whole genocide of Native Americans thing, and enslaving the labor we needed to work the stolen land, but I'll put that aside for now.) We are a secular country. We're made up of many different cultures and religions, and religion has no place in state schools, or in government at all. If you instill one, you must instill them all, or you're going against the idea of those founding fathers. Everyone has the right to practice their religion freely, which is great, but no one should have one particular religion forced on them by the state. The thing that's causing a lot of problems for us in my personal opinion is not one particular issue, but the extreme polarization, fear, and hate that is going on in the country right now. It's bad, and I think that it, more than the issues themselves, is ripping us apart. But, I'm with you in that it's nice to be down here while it unfolds, with the luxury of being able to let it go a bit, and continue life here in peace. (I say that fully aware that it's a privilege not everyone has.)


    David, I will check out that book, thanks. If anyone is interested, some other fabulous references are:


    A People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn)


    Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (James Loewen)

  3. True, for most of us, we can't just stop caring about the US because we ourselves fled ... er ... left. My kids still live there. My friends. Family. Tom, I think your post was spot on, for what it's worth. And I do agree with Riverjop as far as what happens in the US ending up having (sometimes serious) ramifications in other parts of the world. It would be nice to just escape the drama and politics for real, but, we're still part of a world that's becoming more globalized every day, and we still have loved ones up north.


    However, it depends on your perspective, as far as "nothing being the same as it was in the 50s", and "degredation of core values" and "changing what made the US a great country in religion/schools/rights, etc.". If you're a person of color, a gay person, or even a white woman (depending on your preferences), going back to the 1950s and earlier times would be a big no-go. The core values of things like Jim Crow, "separate but equal", redlining, discriminatory banking/loan practices, Black soldiers not receiving the same GI bill rights, forced family separations to send Native children to those gov't schools, etc. didn't make that such an idyllic time for lots of folks. That whole "I want my country back" ... it brings a lot of ideas that are only good for a select group of folks who don't like the idea of being toppled from their post as king of the mountain.

  4. English-language forum? Larn yew some English here or git on out? You know, I've steered clear of the recent explosion of trollism and troll bashing here, but as one of those silly people who has dared use the silly "esposo" moniker, I guess I'll throw my two cents in. Yeah, I know, sucked in. It happens. Put a notch up for me, Proz.


    Some of us live in dual-language, dual-culture households. The esposo and I use both languages in our relationship, actually switching every week to ensure it. While we personally choose not to do the Spanglish thing in general, I do think there are certain words that are just better expressed or feel right in one language or the other. Jorge has always seemed to me to be my "esposo" ... I don't know why, but "husband" just seems odd thinking about Jorge. It's a personal thing, can't really explain it. Shouldn't have to. (Yet ... here I am. Yes, I do see the irony.) I don't think it's much different than referring to one's spouse by an affectionate or personal moniker, if you will. "My sweetheart" passes muster, but "mi querido" gets the red Proz-flag of disapproval? Would "my better half" be acceptable while "media naranja" violates your language-crossing sensibilities? (I actually don't go in for either of those, as I'm a whole person with or without him, but that's another rant.) Not really sure why a word out of its language home ties your calzoncillos in such a bunch, but I guess we all have our pet peeves.


    When you live in both languages, some words just express things a bit differently in one language or the other. I mean, the difference between, say, "as$hole" and "carepicha", for example ... if you live in both languages, you can feel the difference that one expresses over the other. Same idea, pero con un matiz de diferencia. Oops, Spanish. Cyberflog me.


    Paul, if my using inappropriate language -- be that Spanish or palabrotas, er, foul language -- has crossed the line, I apologize to you in advance, and will take my warning con gusto.

  5. Yay, so good to know things are going well for you guys. Your list seems right on target, I think it's exactly what I would miss about CR and love about the US, point for point. My sympathies on the sun and the dark wake up times. Ugh. I'm so much more of a morning person here in CR - getting up at 5:30 or 6 doesn't bother me at all, and I don't even have to hit snooze. Seattle ... that place was a cold, damp, dark cave of hell in the mornings. I was so miserable and pissy getting up for work every day.


    So nice to hear about the dog-friendliness! Yay for Perlita! I so wish CR were more dog friendly. Congrats on your job, I hope you like it.

  6. CR is not secular, and the US "is", but it often feels that CR is the more secular country just in day to day living in certain ways. No one here is protesting women having access to contraception via the national health care system, just as one example. What's on the books doesn't always reflect the day to day experience. Just an observation.

  7. That's pretty impressive, a Mastiff catching a monkey! Gorgeous dogs, but not known for being particularly fleet of foot. Wow, Buster! I'm glad the monkey made it back to the trees. Tonka is coming along really well with "drop it" so far, considering he just hit 5 months of age, but "leave it" (don't approach something at all) is always a little more difficult. The good thing (well, not really good, but just in this context ...) is that we don't have our own yard, we're in an apartment, so whenever he's out, he's on the leash with me, or in a small fenced park with cut grass on our street with me, so the chances that he'll get something dangerous before he's very reliably trained are pretty small. (Knock wood)


    Paul, yeah, a lot of people do share that opinion, and someone using it in a specific limited "danger" circumstance to protect the dog from extreme danger is obviously different than lazy, uninformed owners who just use it across the board as the chief method for getting their dog to do what they want. For me personally, I hope I never need to use that method. My opinion is actually based less on the "shock" itself, which as you said, is often mild enough to be not much more than a vibration, and more on the way the dog actually ends up learning/processing in his mind, and the effect that has. But I hear what you're saying, and lots of folks are in agreement with it.

    I'm actually really interested to see how things will go with Tonka, as he will be my first puppy since I've (re)developed my training methods. Batman and Mason were rescues, as is Tonka, but they were rescued as adults ... Mason was probably 10 already and with a history of abuse. Batman was a genius, jaja, easy to train, and was pretty amazing. Mason required some serious patience and work, but I was really proud of and happy with the results for both of them. Tonka though, as a puppy, has a clean(er) slate -- though he did have some bad experiences as a little guy, during the important socialization time for puppies -- so I'm really interested to see what he can do.


    Dog training has actually undergone a huge shift away from the old César Millan methods in recent years, and I find it fascinating, the whole field of animal behavior. Anyway, like I said, I could blather on about dogs for days, so I'll stop now. (I heard that collective sigh of relief, y'all ...)

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