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We went to the $1.50 movie house to see "Get me to the Geek " Stupidly funny and worth a $1.50 .We then went to Happy Hour and had a few appetizers .
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Another edition of teen drama & angst. Mercifully the last few episodes have been few & far between.

You parents will recognize how teens passively resist your orders mandates advice pleas suggestions that they do something, even if it's for their own benefit.

In our kid's case it's been "getting your NROTC hairstyle". That means she either had to learn how to braid/bun her hair or get it cut to regs (collar length). This intermittent conversation has been taking place since January. Keep in mind that this is not our problem-- she could either figure out her hairstyle in the comfort & support of her own home or show up as is and get it whacked off at the shop. Spouse and I stopped talking about it a couple months ago.

Our kid's been growing her hair out for most of the last two years and it was halfway down her back (which in Hawaii is not unusual). She never really settled on a braid/bun style, and frankly that's not the first thing you want to do in the morning before PT muster. But today it dawned on her that there's just 11 days until she starts NROTC indoc, so she finally made herself a haircut appointment. I guess that's a decision by default.

She came back with a lovely hairstyle, but unfortunately it was still three inches below her collar. She "knew" what she was supposed to do but let the stylist talk her into something too short to braid and requiring about a pound of hairpins plus a quart of gel. Back to the shop, armed with the pictures from uniform regs. This time she came back in spec.

She said she realizes she's had a lot of her self-image wrapped up in her hairstyle, so today she feels as if she's lost two-thirds of her personality. (Golly, wait until she tries on those cool digital blue camouflage uniforms.) She understands the process she's going through but I don't think she expected to experience such an emotional impact. I guess it's good that she's getting over it now.

I think this will all eventually work out (again that's not my problem) but there's gonna be some "tremendous personal growth" and "character building" before she "reaches her full potential". It'll be interesting to see how she feels about the military a month from now.

I'm just now realizing that most of her conversations about joining the Navy have been about "how she'll look doing all those cool things" instead of "doing all those cool things." As a guy, I was never focused on the former-- only the latter-- and apparently I've been oblivious. I'm going to have to tell her what the Marines do to their new recruits, including their latest hairstyles. Maybe that'll make her feel a lot better about NROTC. Maybe I should just stop while I'm behind.

I'm not gonna miss parenting one bit. It does end when you send them off to college, right?
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Do I need to tell you what you already know - this isn't really about a hairstyle?
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Hey, I got my hair cut about 3" too short a couple of weeks ago at Supercuts. You never know what you will get there.

Anyway, it can be a little unnerving to see your hair shorter than you have ever seen it before. She'll get used to it. You did when you got your first military haircut, right?
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Your daughter is giving you a lesson into the female psyche right now. Interesting and very enjoyable post since last month my daughter began thinking about joining the Army.
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One of my favorites too! A large print was also in my aunt's living room for decades, another hangs in our NY house. When I started portraiture, this was one choice in the list of "class mandatories". No brainer! I picked it right away. Lots of good memories.
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Uh, nope. DD sat on the deposit refund check from her former landlord for 2 months...waited until her last day in the states and decided she wanted to go shopping more than she wanted to get that money in the bank...we had to have some words...heated words.

DS has over drafted his acct 3 times in past 3-4 months, even though I have been warning him about it (he wasn't out of money, just used the wrong acct). This time the bank dinged him 34 bucks. Maybe he'll get the picture now that the bank is making itself clear...

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I think this will all eventually work out (again that's not my problem) but there's gonna be some "tremendous personal growth" and "character building" before she "reaches her full potential". It'll be interesting to see how she feels about the military a month from now.


Sorry, could not help it, brought back memories of basic training, and lack of ability to understand English to a great extent.

Especially the caring and consideration by Drill Instructors.
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Kind of reminds me of when I used to pitch a tent in the back garden as a kid and camp out for the night. Going indoors in the morning for breakfast cooked by Mum was the best part!

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I thought these parental insights would tail off after 17 years...
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DD just moved from the upper west side to midtown in Manhattan. (With roommates, living the finest 'grad students in Manhattan' lifestyle.) Much drama over the phone and via e-mail.

I don't think it ever ends.
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Today I sat here at my pc for hours trying to find out if I can get more money from Social Security as I took it when I was not working and now I am working again. I need more money and I didn't have money to save when I was young as I was raising two children. I know that is not a good excuse but I feel like I will be losing my house and everything. I am 67 and I am still working part time but I would like to retire. What do I do?
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Today I sat here at my pc for hours trying to find out if I can get more money from Social Security as I took it when I was not working and now I am working again. I need more money and I didn't have money to save when I was young as I was raising two children. I know that is not a good excuse but I feel like I will be losing my house and everything. I am 67 and I am still working part time but I would like to retire. What do I do?
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I have been having internet problems so got AT&T out here this morning and they finally fixed my dsl problems. But in the process, the guy pulled on my tv cable line so now that's messed up. Called Comcast and they will be here Tuesday. Screwed up cable until then.
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Another edition of teen drama & angst. Mercifully the last few episodes have been few & far between.

You parents will recognize how teens passively resist your orders mandates advice pleas suggestions that they do something, even if it's for their own benefit.

In our kid's case it's been "getting your NROTC hairstyle". That means she either had to learn how to braid/bun her hair or get it cut to regs (collar length). This intermittent conversation has been taking place since January. Keep in mind that this is not our problem-- she could either figure out her hairstyle in the comfort & support of her own home or show up as is and get it whacked off at the shop. Spouse and I stopped talking about it a couple months ago.

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She came back with a lovely hairstyle, but unfortunately it was still three inches below her collar. She "knew" what she was supposed to do but let the stylist talk her into something too short to braid and requiring about a pound of hairpins plus a quart of gel. Back to the shop, armed with the pictures from uniform regs. This time she came back in spec.

She said she realizes she's had a lot of her self-image wrapped up in her hairstyle, so today she feels as if she's lost two-thirds of her personality. (Golly, wait until she tries on those cool digital blue camouflage uniforms.) She understands the process she's going through but I don't think she expected to experience such an emotional impact. I guess it's good that she's getting over it now.

I think this will all eventually work out (again that's not my problem) but there's gonna be some "tremendous personal growth" and "character building" before she "reaches her full potential". It'll be interesting to see how she feels about the military a month from now.

I'm just now realizing that most of her conversations about joining the Navy have been about "how she'll look doing all those cool things" instead of "doing all those cool things." As a guy, I was never focused on the former-- only the latter-- and apparently I've been oblivious. I'm going to have to tell her what the Marines do to their new recruits, including their latest hairstyles. Maybe that'll make her feel a lot better about NROTC. Maybe I should just stop while I'm behind.

I'm not gonna miss parenting one bit. It does end when you send them off to college, right?
I could barely wait to leave & only came back occasionally. My senior college year, parents moved cross country.

I see people here suffering & crying about the kids leaving. I & parents could hardly wait for me to leave.

When younger sister didn't seem interesting in leaving, Father invited over the Navy recruiter. Apparently sister did the same thing with her son (carreer Marine).
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