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By yankeehack (Mon Feb 23, 2015 at 09:13:18 PM EST) (all tags)
So, I am trying to buy a cell phone from ebay...

it's been years since I even tried using eBay, but all I want is an older iPhone (5s) on AT&T that can tide me over until the new 6s comes out. I'm trying to avoid paying retail which is about $400 or so. Anyway.


Work is still a mess, and I'm stuck in the new opportunity search as I don't want to jump quite yet unless it's a step up or strongly forward. I got the paycheck but I suspect that I might have problems again next month.


LO is busy being a teenager, so life changes everyday and there are emergencies and fights and late night dropoffs with her friends. She's doing pretty good, although I can't tell you how much it annoys the shit out of me to hear, "Oh it's ok I got the 89 on that. I didn't bother to do the last homework." Yeegods... She's picking out SENIOR year classes and refuses to take AP Calculus because she "will just have to repeat it in college for med school admissions". Oh.

She turns 17 in a few weeks.

She's ending her junior year hockey season as the third highest scorer on her team. It's a bit of damning praise as it's only three goals and a few assists. But still, she's done so much better this year with new coaches and new people to play with.

In-hell-is-other-parents one of the sport parents hosted a party at her house with alcohol the other week for seniors and a few juniors. The girl who had the party told LO about the party and then was like "Nahhh." LO told me about the party, well partly because she got dissed and partly because she knows I can't stand the other parent at all. I told LO to avoid the party because it'll be a shitshow. It was. A few girls threw up and the party was over by ten. Oh, and the parents had no clue how the kids were getting home as LO was in a car who picked up some of the kids that night.

I'm kind of pissed about the whole party thing because it was a sport parent who hosted the party. This means that we now have Senior girls on the team who think it's cool to drink. We really didn't have this in previous years, and it sucks. (The girls aren't leaders by any stretch and if anyone would haze/be bitchy/act out insecurity, etc it would be this group. They got this from their parents, trust me.) The second worst part is that I will have to see this parent at sport things for the rest of the season. So fuck you, head up your ass parent for your privilege and for not waiting until after graduation*. Fuckkkkkkkk you.


In being grateful (and revisiting college me) news, I went to see a band who played at the concert where I met ex oh so many years ago. I missed seeing them a few years ago - not exactly in the headspace to do this then - but caught them on Friday. (I should really say, the lead singer, as the rest of the band had been replaced multiple times over the past 20 years.) The concert was all old alt/metalheads made respectable. There were beards, tattoos, dark rimmed glasses and wedding bands. The concert was mostly, and I mean a good 95% male. I went by myself, and there was an off chance a metalhead on Twitter I knew was going, but he didn't show. I headbanged and did not give a flying fuck at all. A pit opened up in the crowd, but it was respectable. Two European guys ended up standing near me (I was in the back and on the stairs) and one tried to talk to me but got discouraged when I pulled out an earplug to hear him. Heh. The only unfortunate parts was that the bartender at the end of the bar I was near was a bitch and I got disoriented in the cold walking to the venue as I didn't go down a block far enough from 30th Street Station.

At the end of the concert, the lead singer started shaking hands with concert goers, so I got in the crowd and then thanked him for touring and told him that at a concert twenty years ago, I met my ex and now have a beautiful daughter. I have no idea why I felt I had to tell him this, but it closed a circle for me.


I'm going to see Juliana Hatfield next Monday. Another circle to close, as once upon a time, a very hot fraternity brother of mine tried to get me to see her playing at school. I didn't go because I was in a fight with ex at that point. (I had triggered the fight by talking with a guy on a BBS, ex found out as the guy was going to visit me, and we had the "him or me" talk.)

Hot fraternity brother was disappointed, regaled me about her concert while we were at rush one night and I kinda missed my chance with him. As it later turned out, he liked brunettes with good music taste. I had no idea at the time.


There might be a guy to talk about. I'll call him S and I'm breaking all of the rules I had in starting something with him. He's in his mid 40s, a dentist with a slight west Texas twang and in the early stages of separating from his wife. She asked for it and told him to go find someone to love him as he is. He's been with her for 20+ years and three kids. He didn't start trying to meet people until it became inevitable. His eldest knows about what is going on after she visited on holiday break and asked her parents what was going on. He was in the end stages of mourning for the companionship but he's gotten a lot brighter in the past few weeks. From what I can see, he's a character - a busy dude with something always going on.

As of right now, they are still in the house together, which is stressing him out. He moved here last fall as he retired from the military and he went into private practice. He has been a caregiver for the kids at home (one is at school) so his free time right now is when he doesn't have work or kid responsibilities. It's still so early they don't have custody or financial agreements nor can she file yet as there is a waiting period for residency.

We finally met up yesterday at Panera (Romantic! One kid was at practice) as the coffee shop was closed. He was a little nervous, but seemed to enjoy it. Lots of texting and maybe plans to do more things. He's hoping that I might have some free time next weekend during practice. We'll see. I've broken so many of my rules so far with him.


That is all.

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AP Calc by dev trash (4.00 / 5) #1 Mon Feb 23, 2015 at 10:00:24 PM EST
Tell her there are starving kids in Oklahoma that CAN'T take the AP classes, and she should be grateful she lives in such a progressive state.

GPA is important for med school. by gzt (4.00 / 3) #2 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 12:03:02 AM EST
more likely to get an A if it's the second time she's seen it. this is not where you want to direct your "grubbing for any spare points" energy.

those grubbers by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 12:33:48 PM EST
were a big reason why I left pre-med.

(And gotta wonder: do you really want that kind of person as a doctor ? .. gah..)

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I know by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 01:23:00 PM EST
She wants to take AP Stats next year as she knows the teacher.

She's doing well in Trig and Physics (she got an override for Physics as you're supposed to be in Calc).

"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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COURSE UPDATE by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Mar 04, 2015 at 11:05:22 AM EST
LO is in the middle of course selection and (thankfully) her math teacher steered her to AP Calculus for next year.

Her teacher told her the same thing, it would be easier for her to cover the material next year and then take it again in college.

"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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good by gzt (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Mar 04, 2015 at 01:46:37 PM EST
not that i want to control what other people do, but this aligns much better with the plans and objectives she apparently has. though, frankly, i don't really like AP Calc for a couple reasons, but exposure isn't detrimental to actually learning it later. probably.

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I am not sure by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Mar 04, 2015 at 03:01:01 PM EST
of the math upper level courses in total, like if they actually offer non-AP Calc, but one can just not take the AP test.

Fun fact: My noisy neighbor who I complain about all of the time has a teenage son who tested out the HS calc courses as a freshman and has been taking his math classes at a local university.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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i mean, non-AP Calc is probably worse by gzt (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Mar 04, 2015 at 05:18:27 PM EST
The real complaint is "high school calculus" and even "most college calculus, especially for engineers". How it's taught as, essentially, algebraic plug-and-chug.

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Rulebreaking by marvin (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 01:29:33 AM EST
If the rules haven't delivered what you want, then what are they good for? Perhaps you need to get to the guys when they're vulnerable, malleable and impressionable, and most importantly, before someone else beats you to it.

Moment of clarity by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 09:43:11 AM EST
 Perhaps you need to get to the guys girls when they're vulnerable, malleable and impressionable, and most importantly, before someone else beats you to it.

Ah, so that's what I'm doing...

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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I have gotten this advice over the past decade by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 01:31:17 PM EST
multiple times from different people... "If you want to get married again, go after a married guy."
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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Seventeen by wiredog (4.00 / 9) #4 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 07:15:11 AM EST
I remember, back in the K5 days, we had this linux geek mom posting about her kid in kindergarten...

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Rules... by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #5 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 08:17:20 AM EST
I broke lots of my own rules in the dating game and ended up married and (so far) happy.

I think the rules are useful, until they are not. Humans are too individual for them to work all the time.

Rules? by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 09:41:06 AM EST
There are rules?   

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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I need to upgrade my venerable Droid by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Feb 24, 2015 at 09:03:36 AM EST
but I haven't had the time to see what I can get cheap from Verizon, compared to Cricket or Tracphone.

I'm not likely to consider an iPhone, thirteen_year_old will be getting one soon, we don't need three in the house/four in the plan.

used phone by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Feb 25, 2015 at 01:57:03 PM EST

5s??? by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Feb 25, 2015 at 03:22:48 PM EST
Why would you want to limit your popularity with last years technology?

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