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[#] Fri Jun 01 2018 08:46:28 EDT from fleeb <>

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"Harem pants"?

I've lost a lot of weight, and the pants I wear to work ... well ... it's just silly now. If I didn't wear suspenders, they wouldn't stay on me. Removing my vest, I look like one of those clowns with the gigantic pants held up by suspenders (I just need the white-and-red facepaint and crazy red hair to look like a sort of corporate version of a clown).

So I looked around online for some dress-casual pants I could wear to work, and for some reason, my search turned up 'harem pants'.

You've most likely seen younger folks wearing these. They are designed such that you could hide a colostomy bag in them, stick a tube up your butt, and never worry about having to shit in a public restroom again. It isn't a look that appeals to me, frankly, although I like some of the print designs and colors... those can be rather tasteful. It's really the fact that it looks like you wearing what you'd make a horse wear in front of a band at a parade that kind of concerns me.

To learn these are named 'harem pants' doesn't quite make sense. Men wear them. Men aren't generally candidates for harems. In fact, in most cases, a harem is intended for one man, and isn't expected to be composed of men.

Which makes me wonder if there's some weird gay connection I missed while I was turning 51.

They could have called them 'genie pants' if they were trying to connote some middle eastern fashion wear.

Except... really... 'turd-holding pants' best expresses what these look like to me.

[#] Fri Jun 08 2018 09:49:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It sounds like the kind of name that is spelled incorrectly, no matter how you spell it.

[#] Fri Jun 08 2018 13:02:15 EDT from fleeb <>

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Hmm... there's that.

[#] Tue Jun 26 2018 12:12:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Last Saturday we attended my son's high school graduation (and I managed to avoid jumping off a bridge) which was, in the opinion of pretty much everyone involved, including him, tedious and boring.

The ironic moment of the day, which I'm sure nearly everyone seemed to miss (I didn't, and I suspect fleeb would have caught this too if he were there) ... the high school principal, while introducing the class salutatorian, used the phrase "second to none".

[#] Wed Jun 27 2018 06:02:55 EDT from fleeb <>

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Yeah, I might have caught that.

"Oh, so, he's the only one graduating. Well done, then. Time to go home, Iglet."

[#] Thu Jun 28 2018 00:01:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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A lot of people are angry with the salutatorian too. She's a bit of a self-righteous sanctimonious troublemaker.

Doesn't matter anymore. IGlet beat the odds and finished high school, with a regents diploma and an 87 GPA. For a special needs student who really struggled to make it through, this is a fantastic accomplishment and we're really proud of him.

[#] Fri Jun 29 2018 09:40:23 EDT from pandora

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Congrats to Iglet! (though I guess with me being gone so long, I had no idea he was special needs.) What are his plans for the future?

[#] Sat Jun 30 2018 17:40:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I suppose finding a reference other than "IGlet" is the first priority, since he's bigger than me now.

When he was very little we noticed he was delayed in learning to talk, and after a bunch of evaluations he was diagnosed PDD-NOS plus some anxiety issues later on. He attended special needs preschools for two years and has been IEP his entire school career. He's worked really hard, and he's picked up a lot of big fans along the way. He even had lunch with the superintendent of schools from time to time.

In 11th grade they literally told us that he was going to flunk the English 11 Regents exam. But he was going to pass the course anyway so he'd be graduating without a Regents diploma. (For those of you who have never lived in the People's Republic of New York ...a Regents diploma is pretty much a requirement for any student who intends to attend college after graduation, particularly for those headed for our own state schools.) But he worked extra hard and got a C on the exam. As I noted earlier, he then went on to graduate with a Regents diploma and an 87 GPA for his senior year. It is a success story.
The only one who worked harder than he did was his mother, who made sure all of the right support systems and advocacy were in place for him.

He loves working with small children. A couple of years ago he decided that he loves it enough that he's now pursuing a career in early childhood education.
He did two years in the early childhood vo-tech program at BOCES, and was accepted at Westchester Community College for the program they have there.
He'll probably finish at another state school, since they accept all WCC credits for transfer.

He told us he wants to be a preschool teacher, which I think he'll enjoy until he realizes he might never be able to survive on a preschool teacher's salary. But I remember how annoyed I was (and still am) over my parents planning out my entire life. I told him to go for it, but that I want him to finish school with a degree and a teaching certificate, so he has options later. I think he might realize later on that the difference between a preschool teacher and a kindergarten teacher is probably tens of thousands of dollars a year plus benefits.

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to log off and commence with even more bawling over the fact that my baby is all grown up :'(

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 10:23:04 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to log off and commence with even
more bawling over the fact that my baby is all grown up :'(

It's what they do. I've got one out and another with one foot our the door.
It's good. It's healthy. Take pride in them and then go enjoy some alone time with your wife.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 10:53:48 EDT from fleeb <>

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My sister is also going through a 'daughter growing up and leaving home' thing right now as well. I didn't realize all of these folks were born around the same time.

Rayne graduated with various honors, after also working rather hard for them.
I regret, I don't quite know all of the ways she's done well academically, although I know some of it involved a study of French, and one of the honors we expect she'll receive didn't come in time for high school graduation, as it involves some other accreditation or somesuch.

But, it sounds like IGlet had a very steep hill to climb, and he climbed it. I think you're right to prepare him for alternatives while not discouraging his choices. One never knows... with his particular insights, he might have an approach that would work better for students than the current WTF approaches common core inflicted on everyone, and with his back-story, maybe he will garner enough popularity and attention to drive such improvements forward. Especially if he's already accustomed to a lot of work, heh.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 13:39:02 EDT from pandora

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Man Ig, now I'm crying.

[#] Mon Jul 02 2018 18:13:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm not sure how anyone manages not to, unless they really don't get a lot of joy out of family life.

[#] Fri Aug 24 2018 13:45:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Uh oh!

2018-08-24 11:28 from Yorktown Police Department <> to room_0000000001.nixle@uncens >
Subject: Advisory Message: bear sighting in the area of Hanover St and ButlerCt

Friday August 24, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

Bear sighting in the area of Hanover St and Butler Ct. Do not approach or disturb bear. Stay away.

For full details, go to


[#] Wed Aug 29 2018 12:12:45 EDT from fleeb <>

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A beer sighting.... do not approach or disturb beer. Stay away.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 07:23:04 EDT from nonservator

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Have kids, and have em young. The more the better.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 08:59:59 EDT from Decomposed <>

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> Have kids, and have em young.


Yep.  Young kids are the best kind.

[#] Fri Sep 14 2018 08:39:00 EDT from fleeb <>

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I still want to be an old kid, though.

I want to be the kind of kid that gets his income from his 401k and investments, carefully managing his diet to avoid too much weight gain, while singing nonsense to strangers in grocery stores.

[#] Fri Sep 14 2018 14:45:10 EDT from fleeb <>

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I saw two half-opened half-and-half creamers abandoned on the counter at work today.

I actually took the time to notice they were empty, instead of half-empty, as I honestly expected.

Because that's how my mind works when I observe something like this.

[#] Wed Sep 19 2018 17:58:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Advisory Message has been issued by the Yorktown Police Department.

Wednesday September 19, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

Vehicle fire on Rt 202 in front of BJs. Heavy traffic as a result. Avoid
the area if possible.


[#] Wed Sep 19 2018 23:13:21 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Ah. Someone was being welcomed to UCG I see.

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