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July 17th, 2008


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12:12 am - The Good Son
Say you live in Belmont (South Bay) and your children are flying into the Oakland airport at around 10 on a Wednesday night. You asked your nephew in Oakland if he could pick them up, but he declined, which was fine since your dad could pick them up. But about three hours before they're due to arrive, he decides he's "too tired." What do you do?

A) Get your dad to pick them up anyway. They're his grandchildren, after all.

B) Go pick them up yourself. They're your kids, after all.

C) Have a relative in the South Bay pick them up. They're family, after all.

D) Have your nephew drive 12.4 miles to the Oakland airport, 29.2 miles to Belmont (paying the $4 toll to cross the bridge), and 34.4 miles back home. They're his cousins, after all.

If you chose D, congratulations! You're qualified to be part of my family.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:July 17th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
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How can you be angry when Act 2 is up?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
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BECAUSE MOTHERFUCKING HULU KEEPS SAYING THE MOTHERFUCKING VIDEO IS NOT MOTHERFUCKING AVAILABLE ON THIS MOTHERFUCKING SITE AND IT IS NOT ON MOTHERFUCKING ITUNES YET.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:July 17th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
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Ahhh...that's like my family, where my Mom goes to my brother & sister-in-law's place to stay the night, for them to drop her off at the airport that's 45 minutes away from their house, rather than asking our brother, the son that actually lives with her and that does have a license, who spends all day on Facebook since he doesn't have a job, actually drop her off at the airport that's only fifteen minutes from where they live...God forbid we impose on the unemployed or something..it's only his Mom too!
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From:catalyst2
Date:July 17th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
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Hey, your family's like mine, except mine reads:
So you live in Perth about 30 minutes drive from the International Airport, You invite some of your friends to come over for a visit. The plane lands at 3.40am (yes, that's 3.40am!!!!)
A Do you pick them up yourself (remembering that you're retired and don't have work that day)?
B Do you arrange for your son to pick them up, (who lives 25 minutes from the airport, knows these people a bit and has a rostered day off that day)?
C Do you arrange for a shuttle bus to pick them up?
D Do you ask your son-in-law (who lives 100km and an hour and a half drive away and will then have to drive an extra 30 minutes onto your place for a round total of 4 hours, who doesn't know these people from Adam and who will have to go straight on to work, having woke up at about 2 am to get there)?

Yep, option D, that's me - and you too, I see!

(and, as a footnote, the plane didn't land until 6.50am in the end so I was also late for work. YAY!)

(Oh, and not to rub it in, but DHS-AB part 2 is *even* better than part 1!)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
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Ouch! That's even worse!!
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From:allsunday
Date:July 17th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
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Your family is...special.

I totally would have told them I had bad diarrhea and planed to spend the rest of the night sitting on the toilet while I chatted with friends on my laptop. That'd teach them to ask me for unreasonable things.
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From:the_partyman
Date:July 17th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
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That is bonkers!
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:July 17th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
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I think your family and my family should get together and go bowling sometime.
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From:arbitrarium
Date:July 17th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
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I chose B. No family for me. *sad face*

*hugs!!!*
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From:ashfae
Date:July 17th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
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See, this is why I screen phone calls...
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From:k_olefin
Date:July 17th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
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That's some kind of special. Aww. Sorry your family is insane. You should buy them some logic puzzles. Maybe they can brush up on their skills.
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From:daynr
Date:July 17th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Mine would do the same, only I never would have had the moxie to say no in the first place unless there was a previously scheduled appointment that would determine the rest of my academic/professional future with someone of presidential stature.

Then again, they'd pick me up at San Jose airport and drive me to Oakland, so you know ...
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, mine would too. That's family.
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From:daynr
Date:July 17th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
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You should just convince them that you're so pitiful that when you come down to delivery the cousins that they should load you up with easy 1-person meals to take home for the next week's living.

My family wouldn't do that; they'd just tell me that not eating would help refine the figure.
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From:maka2000
Date:July 17th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh see, that sounds like my family, except I'm too much of a bitch so when D presents itself, I laugh and say, "Uh. No." But, you're a good cousin, which is where we differ.
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From:gymble
Date:July 17th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Oy. I vote with those who suggested call screening.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 17th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
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The problem is I didn't answer the call from my mom. But I answered the call from my grandmother because I was going to go to the airport anyway to pick up some food from my grandfather via the original plan.
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From:gymble
Date:July 17th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Foiled! Your family's clever.
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From:upanashad
Date:July 17th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Families suck.

Actually, mine tends to ignore rather than over-impose, so I can't really relate.
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From:catatonia00
Date:July 18th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
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Well hello, brother from another mother. Ack. My family is totally D. Except the favor/concern won't be returned because I'm self-sufficient.
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From:jenelope
Date:July 18th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
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In my opinion, the only reasonable answer is B. Any other option is freakin' ridiculous. When someone is visiting your house (or at least, your town), you're the host and you're responsible for them.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 18th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my cousins weren't visiting. They were returning home.
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From:jenelope
Date:July 18th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Still, they're your uncle's kids, so unless he has a damned good reason, he shouldn't even think about asking you to drive out of your way when he lives in the same town.
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From:aveline
Date:July 19th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Er...so I don't quite qualify...but it sounds like something my mother would do unfortunately!
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From:ninahdevi
Date:July 21st, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)

option E be carless

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Every day that passes that I don't own a car makes me happy. No-one can ask me for that kind of favor. Of course, unfortunately, it's not a feasible option in most parts of the U.S.

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