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But see, "do anything" doesn't necessarily mean "take kids away." They're probably going to visit or call and make sure that nothing worse is going down. Yes, in my area, they offer counseling, resources, and other assistance. Verbal abuse is taken as seriously as physical abuse - there are ad campaigns against it, etc. I'm just saying, I wish someone had called any one of the NUMEROUS times my father called me or my siblings names in public. That mom could...
Quote: Originally Posted by Yooper I also took a "pinkie swear" with a good friend to never ever drive a minivan. See, what's up with the uncool minivan? They're so uncool they're cool again! Just pop some Iron and Wine bumperstickers on that sucker and you're good to go! The Hondas are pretty nice though, and definitely not as scary/big/heavy as their peers. And that gas mileage is about what I get on my 99 Accord!
I'm gonna buck the trend here, coming from an abusive home. The first example, is unfortunately what passes off as normal in America. She's following mainstream advice. I think you'd be more effective if you gently sent her some emails, dropped off a page out of the baby book, gave her some information on how CIO can cause long-lasting emotional and mental trauma. Or tell her some horror story about kids who strangle each other ("one time, on this message board..."),...
I loooove that name. I wish I would've used it. I supposedly have olive skin, according to my doctor. It's a good color to have! You don't burn too easy, and you're never pasty pasty white in the winter! (no offense to the pasty pasty white amongst us, such as my husband)
So, in this discussion of the SCARY terrorists, let's consider how many American-born crazies go around blowing people away en masse. Pretty much monthly. The answer? More guns! How many people are killed on our roads due to unsafe vehicles? Pretty much daily. 42,116 people were killed in highway crashes in 2001. In 1999, 1776 children under the age of 18 were killed by guns. Imagine if an A-rab had done this to just a few - oh, then we'd get all up in arms. But right...
Or: Where have all the station wagons gone? Gone to the auto graveyard... I noticed quite a few of us had this question. Basically, I want something I can fit three carseats into. I want something light enough to where I'm not death on wheels to other vehicles, and doesn't have horrible gas mileage. Dear Detroit: Get on this, pronto.
Quote: Originally Posted by jeca This is so funny to me cause it's usually the minivan drivers doing that here or at least to me. I have a Navigator, DH bought it I wasn't happy but I still drive it. He drives an escort himself. I wanted a pacifica or an envoy. But the minivans aren't as dangerous to others on the road as the SUVs. It's not about appearance, it's about safety. I don't want anyone to drive while stupid, but driving while stupid...
Hmmm, interesting, interesting. Is there snorkeling in Ixtapa? And how does one get to San Miguel? Is it on the atlantic or pacific or inland? It's not by Cozumel/Cancun, is it? Where have you stayed in Cozumel? With kids or without? Y'all can PM me if you like, but perhaps there are lurkers who would also be interested.
Here is one of the best articles I've ever read about the psychology of SUV design and purchase. According to the article, they tend to be purchased by people insecure in their driving abilities. The irony is killing me. I'd love it if we instituted the driving courses and licenses for SUVers. http://www.gladwell.com/2004/2004_01_12_a_suv.html Quote: And what Rapaille concluded from countless, intensive sessions with car buyers was that when S.U.V....
Quote: Originally Posted by North_Of_60 I TOTALLY agree with this, which is why I think driver licensing should be done according to class. To think that a new driver who JUST got their license can hop behind the wheel of a 1 ton truck is just freaking scary to me. Oh, you mean instead of giving tax breaks to people who want to buy SUVs? Why, that would be a disincentive for America's Automakers! Why do you want to kill America's Automakers?...
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