Re: Following up

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I have no idea what the rules are on hunting deer in my part of the world, but I could totally bag some of the ones that wander through my mom's yard in winter with, like, a big rock.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 7:29 AM
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That seems like the same thing they require on the back of trucks so that if a car rear-ends a truck the passengers don't get decapitated. Every time I'm driving on the highway with trucks I'm struck by the fact that the space under the truck is just right to cut off your head.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 7:59 AM
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Was not even sure that I knew precisely what the side guards were so did a search. Was amused and bemused to find that the first research report in the results was from the US, and ...wait for it... focused on reducing passenger vehicle fatalities in truck crashed. Maybe that's not too bad, give it more political oomph*.

*But then as it is being implemented it will be discovered that for a couple of percent of the vehicle population (some SUVs) the side guards slightly increase the risk of injury or death, and then there will be a big political hue and cry, and the House will pass a Keep Your Truck Free Act allowing trucking companies to opt out.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 7:59 AM
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2: I thought they did require such a thing on the back of trucks, but maybe not all trucks or something. It seems to me that most of the trucks I see have something on the back so that a car's front/hood will hit a bar.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 8:05 AM
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The most common duty for a nanny is being a cook. They ought to say the person is a cook with other tasks. Wasn't the Brady's servant Alice a cook?


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 8:22 AM
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I think Alice was mostly a concubine, but you could only be so forward about such things on the TV back then.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 8:25 AM
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5 is like how we call our magic little pocket computers "phones" rather than cameras, internet browsers, books, etc.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 8:26 AM
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I think if a nanny cooks only for children, not for parents, then the cooking will naturally be seen as an adjunct of nannying. Someone whose tasks extend to cooking entire family meals would be a cook or housekeeper.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 9:04 AM
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I support side-guards on nannies to prevent bicyclist cooking fatalities.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 9:08 AM
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I'll ask my people to find out if my nanny cooks.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 9:17 AM
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"I think Alice was mostly a concubine, but you could only be so forward about such things on the TV back then."

Unlike the Financial Times nowadays, where you can be quite open about it. http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2013/11/15/1689962/the-ultimate-stimulus/


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 9:43 AM
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There's a guy in MA who ran for Congress and then Governor. He had no charisma, and I think he finally gave up. School Reform and all that.

He had taken his father's business and made it into a huge enterprise before going into venture capital, so he was worth a couple hundred million.

I met him once, because his wife (who comes from a famous-ish family/ grandfather was a President of Harvard, father was famously murdered by his business partner) was a friend of a tutor I knew at Harvard. Kind of a boring, jerk who did not have a ton of respect for his wife's career.

Their live-in immigrant nanny won the lottery. She moved out so fast it wasn't funny. I thought it was great.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 12:31 PM
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12: According to his NYT wedding announcement, his mother-in-law had a silly name.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 12:36 PM
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In the professional Chinese immigrant community (Bay area, NY, etc.) it is not uncommon to have Chinese nannies and pretty much it is expected they will cook. For that matter, they normally do light housekeeping as well. Our nanny was such a horrible cook - perhaps intentionally - that we ended up just getting takeout most nights. Our son was much less discriminating and ate what she fixed. $2000 for 30 reciepes and a couple days of training. Somebody is taking dinner way too seriously.
DN


Posted by: DN | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 6:37 PM
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Josh: Shall we make this the thread where you tell us all about your new custom bike, to minimize the total threadjacking distance?

I'm trying to decide whether it's stupid to buy a Long Haul Trucker and replace the stock shifters with Shimanos. I just can't deal with those weird fiddly shifters. (Also: yes, Sifu, I heard your advice on the other thread, but I can't deal with phpBB either.)


Posted by: Yawnoc | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 7:58 PM
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14 Isn't that standard among all immigrant communities that have both high income professionals and poor people? Also importing your widowed mother or mother-in-law. Both seemed to be pretty common among Poles in the seventies and eighties. However the term was housekeeper rather than nanny.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11-18-13 8:22 PM
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6 cyclists killed in London in the last fortnight by HGVs. All the sideguards in the world won't make any difference if people don't look around them.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 11-19-13 6:08 AM
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Had to look up HGV--first guess was Human-guided-vehicle. I had seen that terminology before but had forgotten. Led me to reading up again on road trains behind one of which I putted along for a number of kilos on an otherwise deserted road in Western Australia before getting up the nerve to pass.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11-19-13 6:28 AM
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"Humvee à Grande Vitesse"


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 11-19-13 8:18 AM
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