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4 hours ago, Kangaroorex said:

The world changes and not always in a better way in Jr high we had a year of shop and a year of home ec.  Learned there is no such thing as handedness to a teacher who couldn't win a thinking competition against his toolbox!  Senior high was time spent between auto shop, metalworking and  business classes (typing, accounting, cooking) along with my Trac classes (math, language, sciences)  I always loved shop and despised the business classes but I have Ms Fletcher to thank For a typing speed of 60 words a minute (I was a disappointment) and the whole ability to touch-type.


Long way of saying that some times the lesson you learn best is that the world won't cater to you (I learned to play a guitar upside down to play it left handed.. also learned to restring one for a lefty.  With tools, most of them can be used ambidesterously and those that can't, you learn to make do.  As a lefty, that was probably one of my most important lessons in high school.


@Glitterwolf. Those skills are important but without more basic ones they don't have contest (except for sex ed.  I am in total agreement with you there!)  We take so many basic skills as given that sometimes I think people believe they are self developing or, more neferiously, that development isn't desired...


Yep, I eventually figured out how to be a Lefty in a world of Rightys, but my school wouldn't or couldn't give me the opportunity.


Plus teenage me would've jumped at any chance to just sit quietly and read a book rather than participate in lessons.

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3 hours ago, ratsmitglied said:


Lawnmowers are easy to operate....



Buy a goat instead





As someone who helped raise goats (and showed them in 4-H) I can strongly confirm that starting a mower is much, much easier than getting a goat to do (or eat) what you want it to.....

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8 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Oof. A friend’s daughter turned 18, went out and got a job, and didn’t know how to mop a floor. She didn’t last long at that job...


My first job *taught* me how to mop floors...  It didn't take much to explain what they wanted me to do, and I was only 14 or so.  Following basic instructions should be required for any job, but employers need to know how to mentor employees too.  <sigh>


As for junior high cooking class, it didn't teach anything amazing but it did teach North American cuisine, which my mom didn't know because she was Danish.  @ratsmitglied, I love the idea of a week of art & craft projects!  Would be a brilliant thing to do at the end of the school year when it's mostly busy work for the kids.  

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17 hours ago, Unruly said:

It would seem that Frog God Games are reviving the Necromancer Games name. They just launched a kickstarter for a new 5th edition Tome of Horrors under it.


Also, for the second day in a row I've woken up a little over an hour earlier than my alarm is set for. I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing.

So Necromancer being raised from the dead?



7 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Have someone command him to speak. Will he bark or will he talk? Guess we'll see!

Stroopwafels-shaped flumphs is the logical evolution of that thought.




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Sadly, many things that should be taught get passed up because of "majoring on the minor things" or folks with good intentions mandating their pet projects. While working for the Illinois' prison system, we were totally frustrated that by law, college courses had to be taught in all prisons, but basic literacy was not ordered. We had looooong waiting lists for men wanting to learn how to read while space and money were being wasted, yes wasted on courses like Sociology, etc. Technical courses would be passed over for time killing or filler courses due to laws written by folks with no real understanding of what is needed in the real world. And don't even get me started on college counselors who won't be honest with their charges to tell them that the degree they want won't let them find a good job once they graduate.

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10 hours ago, Inarah said:


I could ask what happened to parenting, but ...


I could cook basic things like bacon, biscuits, cookies, pasta, and make a salad and dressing from scratch by the time I had home ec.   I also knew how to sew.  Apparently there were a lot of girls my age who had no such home training.  We also went over things like how to read ads to find a job and an apartment, and then how to budget.  


Knowing how to make cookies made me awfully popular in college. 


My brothers did not get excused from learning to cook and do laundry, as that was considered necessary for living on their own.  Good thing, too, as they are both single now. 


Mum was a single parent.


Her cooking did not go much beyond spaghetti.


Also, parents cannot teach what they do not know. If I were a single parent, I would be completely UNABLE to teach BD anything beyond the rudiments.


Until this year, I had never made a casserole. Never made a stew. Never made chili. Never made soup that didn't come from a can. Never made a pot roast.


Grump will make sure she learns how to make food happen, and he is slooowly showing me to make my way around a kitchen.


Which means the dire prediction of my ex high priestess is coming true. He has me making casseroles for him.


Mind you, she was picturing me as a a good little house-wifey, not me wanting to learn how to cook because he seems to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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15 minutes ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

His name is Harold, thank you very much. :;,;:

I am so sorry, it was an honest mistake....

but he tasted soooo good with the butter and maple syrup....

Harold will be missed...

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18 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:


Eh, not too too enormous though - I don't see the tiny lil squares above indicating multiple health bars, or extra armour (ugh some guys you go up against in The Division 2....  6-8 squares of armour, the regular health bar AND an annoying green one that's a bullet sponge....) 

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3 hours ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:
6 hours ago, ratsmitglied said:

Buy a goat instead





As someone who helped raise goats (and showed them in 4-H) I can strongly confirm that starting a mower is much, much easier than getting a goat to do (or eat) what you want it to.....


Sheep. Not goats, for grass; sheep.

(I'm telling you, I learned some seriously weird stuff growing up ... )

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