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  • Re: Another mass shooting. This time, California

    Well, we were due — it’s been at least a few days since the last one (that made headlines, anyway).
  • Re: Accepting suggestions for top houshold cleaning supplies!

    Stainless steel cleaning trick I haven’t seen mentioned: use mild soap and water or e-cloth and water to clean off any dirt, then apply a small amount of mineral oil (I just put some on a paper towel) and rub in well, covering as much surface as you can with the oil. The mineral oil hides water marks that otherwise are impossible to get out. Most stainless steel cleaners have some kind of oil in them, and mineral oil is cheap, odorless, never goes rancid, and is food-grade — it’s sold as a laxative!

    Once you have polished the surface with mineral oil, you can just wipe it down as needed with a damp ecloth and dry with the polishing cloth.
  • Re: Study Abroad Flight Issue

    “What if a bunch of kids want to change their arraignments?”

    Then I certainly hope each one has a lawyer! :))
  • Re: Help with gift ideas for young children.

    Best little-kid toy we ever got for our baby daughter was a “ride-on-choo-choo.” It wasn’t electric, didn’t have a track. It had a seat that opened so you could put things inside it. There was a bar on the back for cruising, and then later she could ride it. It was a good toy from the time she could sit up until several years later. They don’t make the exact same thing now, but there are similar ones.
  • Re: New England Storm / Power Outage

    I used to pride myself on how not dysfunctional my family is... until we had a 5-day power outage and suddenly everyone started fighting. That’s when I realized — normally our devices protect us from having to talk to each other!

    We were on the verge of buying a generator about 5 years ago... and then the power started staying on. Bless their little hearts, the electric company folks decided to take down a bunch of trees overhanging power lines in my neighborhood in the 2 weeks before the storm. Our power stayed on.