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"Google it"

I think you're partially wrong. I don't agree that pointing you toward a specific Google-originated search result is snarky. Rather it seems as if someone is doing some basic Googling to help get you started. If you take that as as insult, so be it.

Condescendingly saying "Google it!" IS snarky however.

IMHO concluding that Google is useless is short-sighted and incorrect. I use both boards AND Google searches a lot when I'm looking for information....... And I don't accept he answers from either one as gospel without substantial experience with the source.

about 8 hours ago
Midlife in Site Talk
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Wally's Central Coast tasting July 27, 2014 - 1-4pm

That's odd. Haven't they been doing this event for years? Maybe something with the change of ownership at Wally's?

about 8 hours ago
Midlife in Los Angeles Area

Where's my change!?!

I realized my error right away and thought I'd edited my post. I guess not. Sorry. I agree that this is wrong. I'd be pissed too.

1 day ago
Midlife in Not About Food
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White Pinot Noir

That's certainly how it appears from their respective sites. And I'm wrong about Novy being a 'second' label, so my conclusion is that White Pinot Noir is something they take seriously. Doesn't mean everyone finds it worthwhile, but I wouldn't simply dismiss it as White Zin's sister.

Jul 21, 2014
Midlife in Wine

How cell phones slow down restaurant service

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Food Media & News

White Pinot Noir

Oh, we'll. Brain fart I guess. But I HAVE had PN Roses that were very good. Should have known the 'Jason Police' would be watching.

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Wine

Gawker tests TGIF's unlimited appetizers

Notes:

1. I 'recommended' the post that concluded eating only 33(was it?) mozz sticks in over 12 hours is kinda wimpy.

2. I've had the TGIF mozz sticks (though I was much younger then) and think calling them "garbage" is rude.

3. The OCD part if me thinks there's something wrong with the math. 6 sticks per order times 7 orders = 42 sticks total. Not eating ANY of the last order is unfair to TGIF. there also appear to be 3 sticks unaccounted for.

4. I can't believe I actually read the whole article, but ....... it was free!

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Food Media & News
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White Pinot Noir

Did you leave it out in the sun by accident? :o). The last PN Rose I had was Miraval Perrin Jolie Pitt and it was pretty darned great.

Jul 19, 2014
Midlife in Wine

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

I'm not sure there's anything that posters here really get to tend. What did you have in mind?

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

White Pinot Noir

Don't see an RS number in this about the Novy, but I'm not thinking White Zin at all.

http://novyfamilywines.com/wines/2010...

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Wine

White Pinot Noir

We'll, Novy is their second label but are you REALLY saying it's a novelty because of the screwcap? Siduri's better Pinots have them too.

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Wine

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

Actually I was referring to the monetary value of this s site and why it may not be in the best interest of the site to do anything to curtail users' activity unless it had a detrimental impact on that monetary value. So many sites and apps are bought for the size of their user base and total user activity.

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

White Pinot Noir

This Is interesting. Seems like the producers are serious wineries, certainly Siduri and Domaine Serene are well respected. Pinot Noir is obviously a grape one doesn't use for 'trivial' wine. I'm thinking this is not in the White Merlot vein and certainly no where near White Zin.

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Wine

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

Kris, isn't there also an element of 'all use is good use' at play here? I mean any user activity that isn't really degrading adds to the 'value' of a site. These zombies are annoying to us but not deadly to the site.

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

I'd agree but the site has been pretty adamant that they don't. Probably no realistic way to do it automatically, but locking once it is flagged would seem a good idea to avoid confusion. I'm guessing it's just not worth the 'cost' to the PTB.

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

How to decrease Zombie Threads: collapse everything that's more than 4 years old!!

I posted enough in this topic to know that old topics will remain a reality, and am comfortable enough that most of what happens with them ranges from benign to helpful.

Here's one that just came up that was a new post to a 12 year-old topic. It's not really a big deal but posters had to get into the discussion to clarify that Costco no longer has the same open-ended return policy on electronics that it used to have.

I guess the new CH is now straightened out, and I certainly can't think of a way for the site software to filter such things. It just points out one of the negatives of the situation, hopefully outweighed by the positives.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/20191

There! I feel much better now! :o)

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

What NOT to buy at Costco's

This why jumping on to very old topics can become problematic. At least, when it happens, enough people seem to read enough detail to be aware and offer updates.

Jul 18, 2014
Midlife in Chains

White Pinot Noir

Not common I'd say, but really just a still version of Blanc de Noir sparkling wine I think. I've never seen it in SoCal but I know it's made in Oregon and in The Anderson Valley of CA.

Jul 17, 2014
Midlife in Wine

What NOT to buy at Costco's

Not sure how or why you latched into a twelve year-old topic. This kind of thing is the subject of lots of debate here, but my concern is raft Costco tightened their return policy on electronics at some point a few years ago. K believe there's a much shorter time limit on those products now that what other posts (from back then) state. I'm sure Costco would appreciate the clarification.

Jul 17, 2014
Midlife in Chains

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

I think I understand your basic premise here, but have to say it comes off as rather elitist. There are many, many professional servers (admittedly most working at 'better' establishments) who provide a quality of service that would seem to require experience, knowledge, and education far above what sounded rather dismissive in your post. "simply write down orders and carry plates"???? Really?

Jul 17, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

Isn't this something you'd think of doing at any market? At TJ's I think it seems more appropriate because they've been at the forefront of the re/usable bag movement AND because of how friendly they are. But the idea that I'd just stand there while my local Ralph's market checker (who often has no bagger help) is stressing out because there are 10 people in her line just seems a bit entitled. Maybe it's just me.

Jul 17, 2014
Midlife in Chains

Restaurant blames cellphones for service complaints

Kris, the article in the new thread references the specific Craig's List rant discussed here. I'm wondering if they checked out it's origin as there was a lot of conjecture that it was bogus.

Jul 16, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

I'm sure TJ's management would be thrilled to hear that. :o()

Jul 16, 2014
Midlife in Chains

Trader Joes... Please, just ring up my groceries.

I'd say this is pretty good evidence that people can post here pretty much anonymously. If you really do work for TJ's you might want to consider pulling into the 'shop' for an attitude adjustment.

Jul 16, 2014
Midlife in Chains

Is there something going on with the site for iphone again?

Yup. Fixed. :o)

Jul 16, 2014
Midlife in Site Talk

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

I might add here that the server I spoke with said she wouldn't work where tips are pooled, but "tipping out" is completely different and not an issue for her. She feels that pooling rewards people who don't always deserve it and limits her income. I'm wondering what the relative use of the two methods is in the industry.

Jul 16, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

America's Test Kitchen reviews are meaningless

How in the world do you become a recipe tester for CI when you're living in China ?????

Jul 15, 2014
Midlife in Food Media & News

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

Not sure why you all think I don't understand this. I'm not arguing the rules, I'm saying that reality doesn't always follow them. I just find it very difficult to believe that pooling rules are inviolate and no one ever bends them or turns their head. Note to self: don't go to restaurants where tips are pooled. Your tip doesn't go where you'd like it to go.

Jul 15, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

Do they really have to allow it for it to happen?

Jul 15, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food

How much do I tip? How much should I tip? How much do YOU tip? etc.... [moved from Ontario board]

Wow! And I thought I had qualified the hell out of my opinions and desires on this. Just this evening I spoke with an acquaintance who has been a server for 15 years. Her take was that an extra hand-delivered gratuity would be accepted.and that reality was it would never be disclosed regardless of policy. She went on to add that she'd refuse to work anywhere that denied a server such a specifically personal and directly delivered extra gratuity. Oh well. Whatever.

Jul 15, 2014
Midlife in Not About Food