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  • Acrylic in ground koi pond?

    We want to put a koi pond in our backyard. I saw a nice design that someone used - it was rectangle, 6x4x4. They built their pond three feet deep, sunk it a foot into the ground and added a foot at the top in clear acrylic for viewing. Is there any reason we couldn't do the same thing, just sinking a clear acrylic tank (6x4x4) a foot into the ground, then build a two foot wall around it? It seems a lot easier and more secure than piecing all of these elements together and trying to seal everything properly.

    1 AnswerFish7 years ago
  • No tip for delivery driver?

    My office orders lunch on Thursdays. When I organized this, I always added a gratuity to give to the delivery person. A new person has been organizing it for the last year or so and she doesn't tip. Some others were not inclined to tip either, but they never said anything because I automatically added it in before I collected from them. Now our coordinator is out of the office, so I had to call in the order and will have to pay the delivery person when they get here. She's already collected and the money in the envelope is just enough to cover the bill. I feel sick thinking of this person driving through the rain to get here and not getting anything extra. I didn't even order, but I feel inclined to sneak in $5 of my own money for the driver, but that doesn't seem fair either. What should I do?

    2 AnswersEtiquette9 years ago
  • Thank you cards on top of thank yous?

    We just celebrated my son's 16th birthday. We had a luau with tons of food and over 100 guests. When it came time to open gifts, we sat our son down and he began to open his cards (most everyone gave cash). He made a point of getting up after opening each gift to go thank the person who gave it (everyone was still socializing, so there wasn't much of a group gathered to watch him open them). There were a few people who were no longer there and he wrote thank you notes to those people. I'm wondering if the others will expect a thank you note on top of a face to face thank you and hug. I know that would be the standard for bridal and baby showers, graduation, etc. but what about a birthday?

    4 AnswersEtiquette9 years ago
  • Is merino wool okay for babies?

    I crocheted a ladybug hat and am in process on crocheting a matching blanket for an upcoming baby shower. I prefer to stay away from the acryllic yarns and the one I've been using lately (for adult sized hats) is Paton 100% wool. I grabbed a couple skeins of red and started crocheting away and didn't think about it until now. I read on their website that it is merino. I saw that some people have a lanolin allergy, but there's lanolin in baby wipes, lotion and sunblock too. Should I finish my project or do I scrap the whole thing and start over again? If so, what fiber do I use?

    1 AnswerFamily10 years ago
  • Any ideas for good pre workout meals?

    Our family does jujitsu twice a week and the workouts are at 8 p.m. and 5 p.m., both for at least an hour and a half. I try to do carbs with lean protein, which usually ends up being ground turkey or chicken breasts with whole wheat pasta and some veggies mixed in. We end up eating an hour to an hour and a half before we work out. Too much roughage and we end up with stomach aches and too much protein makes us feel like there's a lump in our stomachs. Any other good meal ideas?

    1 AnswerDiet & Fitness1 decade ago
  • Does anyone know of a japanese custom where daughters were dressed as boys?

    I have a picture of my great grandparents where their oldest daughter is dressed in a shirt, tie and pants. Her younger sister is dressed in a formal kimono and the youngest sister was not born yet. It was taken in the 1930's. In all the other pictures she goes right back to being dressed as a girl. Was this some kind of custom at that time?

    1 AnswerOther - Cultures & Groups1 decade ago
  • What are the rules on outdoor water heater enclosures?

    Our contractor cut out on us before he completed the work on our house so we're trying to get everything together piece by piece. We have a small house so our water heater is located outside in a plywood cabinet. The roof above it is solid and I think I remember the inspector saying that there had to be a hole for ventilation. My husband wants to put vents on either side of the enclosure, but I don't think this will work since it is still covered by the roof and fumes would not be released straight into the air. Is this right? We are having that area re-roofed right now and would prefer not to have a hole directly over the water heater if possible since the roof is slanted and even if covered it seems like rain would still get in.

  • If a coupon says "One per customer", which is it?

    Does it mean one coupon TOTAL per customer or does it mean one of that particular coupon per customer? If I have a bunch of coupons that are all for different items, but they all say "one coupon per customer", does that mean that I have to use each one on a different shopping trip or can I use them all at the same time since they're for different things? I've never done the 'coupon thing' because it seems so complicated!

    2 AnswersYahoo Shopping1 decade ago
  • What is considered excessive force in tae kwon do?

    We have a girl in our club who kicks hard. Her opponent forfeited after one kick in the last tournament. At the same time, she has very controlled technique. Can they call excessive force on too hard kicks? I had never heard of this before. What exactly is considered excessive force?

    7 AnswersMartial Arts1 decade ago
  • Should I nix the balloons for my sister in law's bridal shower?

    The temperature is supposed to be in the 100's. I was going to put a balloon bouquet on the doorstep to help guide people to the right house, but won't they pop? I think no balloons probably look better than balloon carcasses.

    6 AnswersWeddings1 decade ago
  • Would a bruschetta topping be any good with untoasted bread?

    My sister in law is lactose intolerant and can't eat eggs. We're throwing her bridal shower and among the attendees are several older people with sensitive teeth who I don't think can handle crispy toast. I have an artichoke spread that I can serve with soft cut up pieces of baguette, but I'd like to offer more variety. My basil is growing like crazy, so I thought bruschetta - I just don't know if it will be any good served as a cold topping. Has anyone tried this or does anyone have any other suggestions?

    3 AnswersEntertaining1 decade ago
  • Can parents deduct fees paid to a tax preparer for dependant kids' returns?

    My gut says yes, but I can't find anything to support it. Can someone tell me definitively... hopefully with references?

    4 AnswersUnited States1 decade ago
  • Bridesmaid hairstyles?

    I am in my sister in law's wedding and we are wearing strapless dresses. I work out and have broad shoulders, so I think wearing my hair down will make my neck look short and accentuate how big my shoulders are. I'm afraid that wearing my hair in a bun will make my features look harsh (especially with the black dresses) and I have a cowlick, so bangs are out of the question. I'm tempted to just pull it back in a ponytail. Any suggestions?

    2 AnswersOther - Beauty & Style1 decade ago
  • Where is a good inexpensive place to host a bridal shower in Sacramento?

    I am not the maid of honor, but have been asked to host the bridal shower. Our funds are pretty tight right now, so I'm looking for some place to host 30 people in Sacramento for under $200. I'm not from Sacramento, so I'm not familiar with the restaurants, coffee houses, parks, etc. Any suggestions from someone who knows the area?

    3 AnswersSacramento1 decade ago
  • Is there a traditional anniversary gift in japanese culture?

    My friend is having trouble finding something for her japanese sister in law (I am half japanese, so she so wrongly assumes that I'm the expert!). I told her that there is no need for her to give a gift for someone else's anniversary unless it's an anniversary party, but she insists. I suggested a restaurant gift certificate for the couple, but that's not cutting it. Her sister in law had her baby the day before Boy's Day, so my suggestion for that gift was a fish kite, which was a huge hit. Now she wants another japanese gift idea. There are some japanese nurseries nearby, so I suggested a bonsai. We've also thought about an indoor fountain or a watercolor koi painting, but to me these seem more like housewarming gifts. Any suggestions for something more suitable?

    1 AnswerOther - Society & Culture1 decade ago
  • What is the best container for freezing and reheating?

    I batch cook lunches for my husband and children to take with them to work and school. I portion everything, freeze it, then they reheat it in the same container. Right now I use Gladware, but I keep hearing about how unhealthy it is to microwave certain plastics. I don't want to spend a ton of money since these containers can be broken or lost by the kids, but I'd rather spend some money than give them something that's not good for their health - it would totally defeat the purpose of my making these lunches in the first place.

    Amazon sells sets of Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids, which are listed as BPA free... Is this good? Any other suggestions?


    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes1 decade ago
  • Does anyone have a recipe for steamed dough without yeast?

    My computer crashed and I lost all of my bookmarks for my favorite recipes. I had a steamed dough recipe that I liked for chinese steamed buns. It had peanut oil, milk, flour, sugar and maybe a couple other ingredients, but most importantly it did not have yeast. Does anyone have a recipe that sounds similar to this?

    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes1 decade ago
  • Can someone translate this into spanish for me... please?

    I work with a non-profit tae kwon do group and need to create a flyer for our potluck/promotions. We have gotten many new students recently, and most of them speak very little english. I would like to have the flyer in both english and spanish. If someone can translate the phrases below, I would really appreciate it!

    "Summer Promotions and Potluck Dinner

    June 8, 2008

    2:30 p.m."

    "Please join us for promotions, demonstrations, and a potluck immediately following"

    "If your last name begins with:

    A,B,C,D,E or F Please bring Beverages

    G,H,I,J,K,L or M Please bring Appetizer/Side Dish

    N,O,P,Q,R or S Please bring Main Dish

    T,U,V,W,X,Y or Z Please bring Dessert "

    I know 'potluck' will probably be nonsense if it's translated literally, so if there's another word that can convey the potluck idea, that will work much better.

    Thanks in advance!!!

    2 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago
  • What do I do with my floundering middle schooler?

    My son is in seventh grade and started the year on principal's honor roll. Last year was a different story... he was constantly picked on and bullied and had horrible grades. He has started having issues with some of the more aggressive kids again, and his A's and B's have gone to D's. I've been a sounding board for him and have spoken with the vice principal and my son has spoken with the counselor several times. He's taking jujitsu and tae kwon do, which he enjoys, but his confidence on the mat disappears once he steps off. I've been working closely with his teachers and have had an 'I am NOT going to let you fail' attitude, but it's gotten so hard lately that I'm wondering if I should just let him go and find his own way. Any suggestions?

    5 AnswersAdolescent1 decade ago