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On In Support of Debra Harrell, Jailed for Letting Her 9-Year-Old Play Unsupervised in the Park

@Chuck Bass I too work in a public library and our first course of action is to try and contact the parent. If the child is in the upper ages of the "alone in the library" age limit (ours is 10) it's usually not that big a deal since they can tell us their name and parent's number. But if we can't get a hold of their parents then yeah, we call the police and I guess I've never really thought what happens after that, I guess I just assumed a stern talking to! While the cutoff can seem arbitrary, and there are 8 an 9 year olds who can safely use the library alone but we just can't set the precedent that we will babysit your kids, especially after they've used up all their computer time and are bored and restless. But this story does really make me think! I'm sure there are kids being left here since it seems safe enough to their parents and generally it is but in the case of a kid getting majorly hurt (which is even more likely in a park versus a library but kids are always trying to climb and jump on things here!) does seem like risk. But of course, in the age before hypervigillance, kids played on their own all day and somehow survived. I don't love being a part of a way overprotective culture on one hand, but on the other hand we have to do what we can to keep the library from becoming a daycare and alienating the adult patrons!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm 0

On The Dad Vibes Pie

@Charlotte This chart cracked me up because just the other day my husband and I were planning to go see Steely Dan when they play at the nearby casino. I don't get their appeal (but am willing to go for him) and was like "do any women like Steely Dan?!" and apparently some do, learn something new everyday!

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm 0

On Mad Men, Season 7 Premiere: Is This Where the Fire Starts?

@sophi That's the one! It has been good, I'm not quite finished. It seems like if it's true Megan isn't getting killed, then the Manson murders will be mentioned and perhaps happen very close to where she lives or touch her life in some explicit way.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm 0

On Mad Men, Season 7 Premiere: Is This Where the Fire Starts?

@sophi Indeed, Margaret was acting very culty. I've been reading a Manson biography so I am probably thinking about these things more than normal. I had forgotten (until I read it on Slate, I think) that Helter Skelter starts out with a description of sound in the canyon which makes the "Megan dies by hand of Manson-like cult" even more possible! I think it would be weird to just rewrite history like that and actually make it the Manson family but who knows, it probably won't go anywhere, but I like theorizing!

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm 0

On Craigslist Behavior

So does anyone fear being lured by Craigslist into a murder trap? My husband basically will not "let" me buy anything from Craigslist unless I can meet them in a public place so that basically means no furniture or large items (obviously, he is not my master and I could do it if I wanted but I like to be considerate of his opinions, even if they are kind of insane.) And you know every time something like that happens (out of the countless uneventful, unmurdery craigslist transactions) he sends me the story.

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm 0

On Craigslist Behavior

@commanderbanana It Happened to Me: I regret doing an IHTM on xoJane...it was fairly early on in the life of the site and I thought it was super cool at the time but yeah, they have REALLY fallen off and made some very questionable decisions. Also, I -not being a professional writer- submitted my piece with a typo, in the last line that I didn't notice until it was published and no amount of bugging Emily (who is one of the last writers I still like, along with Lesley)could get it changed!

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm 0

On The Engagement Phone Cover and The Wedding-Industrial Complex

@Jaya For real. My hope is that maybe people are getting other people these phone cases for engagement presents? I hope that's at least part of where they come from! I try not be judgey about other people's choices -I turn my nose up at changing my name but I did have my dad walk me down the aisle, so we all just do what works for us- but really mushy facebook stuff really grinds my gears. Presumably, you live together or see each other quite often if you're engaged...tell them all the crazy mushy weird things instead of putting it on facebook, no one else needs to be privy to all that!

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm 2

On Dallas Pizzeria Owner Takes Brave Activist Stand Against Ranch Dressing

I love that this has become a national story! I am part of a Pizza Club and we basically just try to eat all the pizza in Dallas and this was our favorite (of like 25 places we've tried! Now is Dallas known as a pizza mecca, not so much, but we work with what we've got.) Their crust is so so good, dipping it in ranch would be pretty insane (although I am not opposed to dipping less amazing crusts in ranch, but preferably house made ranch, not Hidden Valley!)

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm 0

On Selena, 'Selena,' and "Selenas"

I was 15 when the movie came and have a very similar experience living in Dallas, didn't listen to Tejano and really only was conscious of her after her murder when the songs were everywhere and there were lots of people wearing her t-shirts and posters being sold on street corners all over (thought I was very hip and "alternative" but didn't get into Nirvana until after Kurt Cobain died, also!) But I saw the movie and became obsessed, I think I saw it a few times in the theater. I don't know if it was "good" per se but my friends and I loved it, the performances and early 90's outfits and J. Lo was just everything back then. "Anything for Selenas" always and forever!

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm 0

On Seamless and Netflix Are Killing You Says New Article

@Jaya If I were Spanish, a good cook, had an entrepreneurial spirit, and lived in a big enough city that it would be popular, I would start one!

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:37 pm 0