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  • The vote has now been rocked.

    Posted on 05/18/2010 by Mary

    I just saw that episode of One on One where Breanna and her friends vote for the first time, which was apropos 'cause I totally voted today (for the umpteenth time). There were primaries for a lot of states' governors, and senate seats, and all sorts of other foofaraw.

    Those smaller elections can seem a lot more "who cares" than the big circus-like presidential ones, but I actually love the little elections -- because a lot of times, you're voting on things that affect stuff going on literally next door to you. (Like, do you want the pro-casino woman on the city council, or the guy who wants to make the city shelter a no-kill shelter, or the person who wants a public skate park?)

    Or, if your state leans heavily toward one party or the other (democrat or republican), sometimes the primary is where the eventual winner pretty much get chosen. (The primary is when we choose who ends up on the ballot for the ELECTION election.)

    Or, for instance, here are some of the effects of little elections in the news today:
    It was little elections that populated the current school board of Texas, which is now making some big moves to change the way their history textbooks are written. And then a small-election person in California is proposing not to allow the Texas version of history in their schools . And it's all very crazy and fascinating and it all really comes down to boring rainy days like this one, where people you've never heard of end up in obscure political positions with surprising amounts of power.

    Anyway. Yay voting! Anyone out there get to vote today?

  • Step-Parents and Almost-Step-Parents

    Posted on 04/14/2010 by Mary

    I was watching that episode of One on One where Flex's fiancée (aka Breanna's art teacher) tries to amp up her step-mothering skills on Breanna, and can't quite find the right balance between being there for her as a parent-figure, and staying out of the way.

    I'm sure a lot of you have dealt with a step-parent who wasn't sure whether they should try to be an enforcer -of-rules, or a "friend", or something in-between.

    What kinds of relationships do you guys have with your step-parents? And for those with good ones... was it always good, or did you have to work at it, and how did you work at it?

  • Would you rather: walk in on yr parents, or have them walk in on you?

    Posted on 04/05/2010 by Mary

    Walk in on your parents having a particularly special moment with each other?

    Or have your parents walk in on you and your bf/gf having a particularly special moment with each other?

    Which emotionally scarring experience sounds more awesome to remember for the rest of your life?

    (And if you' re still on spring break right now, you can check out "Adventures in Double Dating" on One on One Tuesday at 11:30a et... where Flex and Breanna basically catch each other out on dates... but nothing toooo scarring, thank God..)