Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. - George Bernard Shaw
Question #79185 posted on 09/23/2014 11:12 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

In regards to Board Question #77527:

How did your plans go?
Any regrets?
What ended up being your favorite happening of the summer?

-The Goose Girl

A:

Dear Miss Goose,

  1. I never floated down the Provo River. Mostly because on days when it was planned I had work or other plans. I am not too heartbroken though.
  2. Not riding on the Heber Creeper for Harry Potter's birthday was an egregious error on my part though. Instead I watched one of the movies. Poor choice on my part.
  3. The drive-in movie was lots of fun, the stars were wonderful, and the gelato delicious.
  4. Do nephews and/or brothers count? Because I definitely cuddled with some of them. 
  5. Sadly, all attempts to go camping were foiled.
  6. I went rock climbing for the first time the weekend before classes started. I am officially converted to this sport. 
  7. I managed to only go mountain biking once during the summer, but since classes have started I have gone three times!
  8. My roommates and I all managed to scrounge up dates for A Midsummer Night's Dream, which turned out to be in a post-apocalyptic setting, and it was awesome. I also went to Into the Woods at the Echo Theater, and the opera L'eliser d'Amore in the HFAC. 
  9. Nope.
  10. Nope.
  11. Nope.
  12. Nope.
  13. We did hike all the things though! I even did Timp twice. This I also regret because Mt. Timpanogos is not my favorite hike. We should have done Nebo that day instead (which we never did get around to hiking).
  14. Sort of...see the aforementioned question.
  15. Unfortunately Disneyland and I did not have the pleasure of meeting, much to my extreme sorrow. 

I did do a fair number of things not on the list. I finally read Anna Karenina. I went to Salem Days, and I hung out with a lot of really fantastic people. The Fourth of July was probably the best day for me. I took my parents and sisters hiking, I got to spend time with my family, including my baby neice, and after the Stadium of Fire there was a dance party and a bunch of my friends and I had a glow stick pool party. It was awesome!

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 

A:

Dear TARDIS,

  • Reorganize my room completely (including getting rid of clothes/items that I don't use/need)
  • Go camping with roommates - I had a CS midterm that weekend. There was no way I had time.
  • Survive CS 142
  • Give blood at least twice - I gave once! My summer schedule was entirely too busy to fit it in during July
  • Survive summer term
  • Find one name a week to take to the temple
  • Create weekly Board podcasts - Did this during Spring, not so much during summer.
  • Get engaged - Yeah...this didn't happen.

Regrets? A little, but not a lot. I feel like I balanced my life well, allowing me to get good enough grades and still spend time with friends.

Favorite happening? Definitely the times when Klaus came over to eat pizza/play cards/make fajitas. Also when my family came out to Utah, because a lot of good things happened, like going to Wicked with my sister.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Coriander,

Oh, man, my summer did not go as planned.

  • Go to Disneyland - I maybe did not do that. But I had good intentions!
  • Road trip to Rachel, NV (Area 51, because why not?) - We attempted the visit, but then the roads were closed because of a random snow storm and an escaped convict. What luck!
  • Weekend "girl's camp" trip to St. George - That happened. It was awesome.
  • Visit my birth dad in Michigan - Also happened and was also awesome.
  • Learn to make my own pizza dough - That did NOT happen, but I got Divya to make pizza dough for me and then Sheebs and I ate it.
  • Learn to garden...maybe - Sort of happened. There are technically things growing in my yard that are not classified as weeds.
  • Make a quilt - Sort of also happened, I started two quilts and haven't bound either of them.
  • Hopefully another Broadway trip because I can never have too many - That did not happen because I decided to go to Prince Edward Island instead. Though I did see Anne of Green Gables the Musical and Anne and Gilbert the Musical, so it's almost like a Broadway trip. Almost.

A few unexpected good things happened; I had two visits from Lexi Khan and one from Olympus, I went and saw the Tabernacle Choir Pioneer Day Concert both nights and it was fun, I went to the rodeo for the first time in so many years, I visited my birth mom's family in Idaho (with a long detour to the Silver City ghost town), my friend and I went on the Alpine Slide and Alpine Coaster (which I'd never done before), and, though technically not still summer, I'm getting a new nephew on Saturday.

Regrets? I got invited to Italy with my aunt and uncle for a week, and I couldn't go because I needed to be a responsible adult and not blow off some obligations at work and church. It was a very sad moment for me when I had to turn them down.

The best parts are always traveling, because I'm slightly addicted, though the Boise/Silver City trip might top my list just because my friend and I had so much fun making random stops along the way.

-Marguerite St. Just

A:

Dear The Goose Girl,

Tour the Conference Center, learn how to swim, attend BYU's outdoor showing of Frozen, hang out at the Provo Library, fly a kite, read Piggy and Gerald books in the children's section of the HBLL, train for a 5k or half marathon, not get fired, attend whatever awesome events surround the re-opening of the Bean Museum, have a paper airplane contest, do a bunch of stuff for the Board, participate in Nerf gun battles, send my brother and sister off on their missions, give out treats to random strangers, and watch fireworks from the side of a mountain.

So I guess I did pretty okay. For the record, I can keep myself from drowning; I just feel really self-conscious when I swim because I quit swimming lessons partway through and never learned the "right" way. Also I hate swimming. I still want to do a half marathon, or maybe the "Run for Your Life" program next semester. I'm still up for paper airplanes or Nerf guns, but it's surprising difficult to find others to join me. My brother doesn't leave for his mission until next month, I made treats but then oops I ate them all, and my Fourth of July didn't go as planned but was still fun. I also took some cool classes and tested out of Physical Science 100 (woo!) and went camping a lot. All in all, a great summer.

-Owlet


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Posted on 09/23/2014 9:59 a.m. New Comment on: #79225 Why do companies use hold music and why does it always sound so garbled and awful?! ...
Question #79228 posted on 09/23/2014 9:06 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Sometimes the Amazon store gives away an ebook as a promotion. These ebooks aren't the public domain ones, and they're not "kindle unlimited" prices. Is there a way to see a list of these free books?

-Whistler

A:

Dear Whistler,

If you just go to the kindle store and select the "sort by" option in the top left-hand corner, and have the page sort by lowest price, it will show you all of the free kindle books. 

I feel like there is an implicit question in here about why these books are free. A lot of writers who find they can't or don't want to go the traditional publishing route publish ebooks. The basic strategy for this is to make the first ebook free, and get readers interested enough so they will buy the second, and subsequent, books. 

Also, for you Brandon Sanderson fans, Way of Kings is currently free for Kindle.

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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Question #79178 posted on 09/23/2014 9 a.m.
Q:

Dear Ozy,

What is it that you want to do with your life?

-Concorde

A:

Dear Concorde,

Like I said previously, probably move to Alaska and live with the Eskimos.

But more seriously, I'm not totally sure and that's what I love. I keep changing my mind and exploring and changing my mind again. It's an adventure and it's beautiful.

-Ozymandias


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Question #79240 posted on 09/23/2014 9 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some affordable/inexpensive gift ideas to give a brand new mom for her baby shower? What would one generally think about receiving a gift not on their baby registry list?

-Diaper Sniper

A:

Dear Diaper Sniper,

It depends what you mean by "affordable/inexpensive," but here are a few ideas that are easily under $10:

  • White onesies in any size
  • White socks in any size
  • Bath item(s) (e.g., shampoo, body wash, lotion)
  • Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Pajamas
  • A toy
  • A board book

A new mom would be grateful for any gift she received whether or not it's on her registry. Maybe you'll think of something that they didn't remember or that they love even though they didn't register for it.

--Maven


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Monday, September 22, 2014
Question #79236 posted on 09/22/2014 10:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Bored,

Do you have any last wishes?

-The End of the Internet

A:

Dear Dr. Doom,

I wish for a last meal of a Shamrock Shake and a McRib. That should buy me a few months. Those two are almost never available at the same limited time.

-M.O.D.A.Q., à la Raising Hope

A:

Dear End, 

Yes. I wish to live. 

-Concorde

A:

Dear the End,

That I bring you down with me!

-El-ahrairah


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Question #79235 posted on 09/22/2014 10:36 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I had a bizarre dream last night in which a dwarf (or, little person, whatever the term is) fell off of a Ferris wheel and into the mouth of a great white shark. He was swallowed whole. This got me wondering, if a person were to be swallowed whole by a shark and wasn't bitten or anything, what is the actual cause of death? Is it suffocation?

-Red Skeleton

A:

Dear Skeleton.

Yes.

So basically, there's no air in a fish, because they don't even breathe air. So you'd drown, especially when you got all mixed up with the stomach juices and whatnot, and since drowning is basically suffocating...yes.

We could go into more detail here, but I've read enough graphic medical stories for one day. If it strikes your fancy, though, check out this link, and this one about whales.

-Owlet


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Question #79232 posted on 09/22/2014 8:54 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What do you think is the best fragrance of Febreze Air Effects/Glade/any brand spray for keeping in the bathroom to deal with unpleasant "bathroom" smells? There are some that smell great but seem out of place in a bathroom.

-Neat and Tidy

A:

Dear Tidy,

I personally don't like perfumey scents in the bathroom.  Citrusy scents aren't bad because they end up smelling like cleaners, but in my experience, nothing works as well on a smelly bathroom as the good old-fashioned solution of lighting a couple of matches.

-Squirrel


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Question #79231 posted on 09/22/2014 8:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Bored,

Are you ready to go yet?

-Anxiously Engaged

A:

Dear Anxious,

I am ready, ready's anybody can be.
I am ready for you, I hope you ready for me.

-Muddy Waters, "I'm Ready"


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Question #79147 posted on 09/22/2014 7:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I want to design make a t-shirt to eventually sell outside of the BYU football stadium on game day. Do I need to have a license or special permission to sell there?
Also, what are the rules about putting a BYU logo on that shirt, how strictly are they enforced, and with whom could I talk to receive permission? Thanks.

-Curious

A:

Dear Mickey,

Yes, you do need a license. Knock-offs have been confiscated at games. Basically, you have to go through the approval process, and all that information is found here.

-Tally M.


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Question #79166 posted on 09/22/2014 7:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

While walking back from the regional stake conference this afternoon, my roommates and I couldn't help but notice how attractive all the guys looked in suits, which led to a discussion on how nice it would be if men dressed up in suits and ties all the time. This got us wondering. What outfits do guys like girls in? Do they prefer it when we dress up in skirts/dresses or just casual in jeans or sweats with a t-shirt or what? Also, if one dresses up all of the time, can it still be considered "dressing up"?

-The Goose Girl

A:

Dear you,

I asked 3 different guys about this and the consensus is that they don't necessarily care. The Bearded One said that he's put off by clothes that are overly revealing but in general clothing depends on "the girl, the outfit, and the situation." HBB said that he has a thing for girls in businesswear (not the only guy I've heard this one from - for some guys, the female equivalent of a suit is really a suit.) Finally, The Operator explained in more detail:

I have a few points in response that I’d like you to consider. First, we must keep in mind that the area of ‘outfits’ and ‘fashion’ falls mostly under the expertise of the fair sex. Girls are more likely to notice if clothing items don’t match. Guys could be completely oblivious to such fashion blunders (Note: I myself have used Snapchat frequently to ask my sisters if my outfit for the day ‘matches’). Girls are more likely to know what clothes are trendy and socially acceptable. Guys…. Well… have you seen what some of us buy from stores when girls aren’t around to tell us what looks good? Personally, I see fashion as an expression where women have far more expertise than men. I see the female half of the race more able to judge and discern what outfits are acceptable and what are not. Guys seem to be less prone to notice or care. It is hard to imagine a fellow who thinks “hmm. That girl is dressed really nice/in an appealing way. I will go talk with her.” From my discussions with other men, guys are more likely to be drawn in by personality, physique, and style as opposed to outfits.

I see evidence of my personal ignorance to fashion in the few girls that I have dated. They each have had vastly different dressing habits, yet I have been attracted to all of them. The first really liked to dress up and was into layering and those belt-things that go around the stomach. She dressed to impress, yet had days where she really dressed down and wore whatever was lying around. The second seemed to put much less effort into her outfits, and usually wore jeans and button-up blouses (“gramma shirts” as she called them) or sweaters. I guess she had kind of a hipster style. The girl I’m currently dating likes wearing skirts and capris (anything but pants really, which apparently are hot and uncomfortable) and basically any top. She dresses casually and comfortably, but nice. This variable pattern leads me to believe that fashion has little sway over whether or not I like a girl. In fact, it seems to have little sway over whether or not I think a girl is cute. In sum, my experience suggests that most men don’t pay attention to outfits. Second, if guys do have either a conscious or subconscious lean towards a particular outfit style, men are so diverse that no single outfit will appeal to all of them. It’s like asking a group of guys what attributes they like in a girl. Some men like blondes. Some men like brunettes. Some guys like quiet girls who are good listeners. Some guys like girls who are loud and expressive. I draw a parallel to dress. Some men like girls in dresses. Some guys like girls in sweats. There is no cookie-cutter pattern that is a guarantee. This should be a source of freedom, as any outfit a girl wears is bound to attract some number of guys.

That said, one might argue that certain outfits attract a certain type of guys (ie: nerds, jocks, engineering majors, etc.) In response, I would argue that these outfits do not attract certain types of guys, but rather that they render a girl more approachable to different types of guys. For instance, a nerdy CS major who lives his days in the basement of the Talmage might have a class with a girl who wears leggings, a headband, and an exercise shirt. He may very well find her attractive in these clothes, but might feel uneasy approaching her. He might interpret her outfit to mean she prioritizes fitness and sports, and feel that they would have little in common. Therefore, though he finds her attractive, he won’t approach her and talk to her. The same scenario could be played out for a guy who spends all his time getting swole in the gym who sees a cute girl with a nerdy T-shirt and a zipped up hoodie. To sum, I see different outfit styles as being more or less approachable by different types of guys.

Returning to my original point, I could not answer your question with a single outfit that would satisfy every guy. (Note: you may have noticed that these observations are pointed towards an outfit’s effect on a random guy. If you already have a boyfriend and you are trying to attract him, you may just want to ask him specifically if there are any types of clothes that he likes on you. For further advice in this situation, the upcoming paragraph may be further helpful) So keeping in mind that a) guys don’t really notice outfits particularly and b) if/when we do, there’s not a single outfit guaranteed to be admired by given guy X, where are we left? I do actually have a suggestion as to what kind of outfits you could wear. Keeping in mind the diverse and somewhat oblivious nature of men, I suggest that you wear outfits that are (from day to day) diverse and interesting. Perhaps this is a personal thing, but I admire it when a girl can confidently wear sweatpants from time to time for no real reason, and then wear a nice dress with equal confidence on other days for no reason in particular. Diversity is the spice of life. So mix it up. Guys are more likely to notice when things are suddenly different. Try different styles you feel comfortable in. Try different styles that look good on you. Doll up some days. Dress down on others. It keeps things interesting and gives you depth as a guy learns to admire all the different styles of you. As a final note, if you wanted to ask me particularly what clothes I think girls are attractive in…. (no longer speaking in behalf of the male side of the race)…. I would tell you that I like lots of different things. Skinny jeans are great. Not a big fan of leggings. I’m cool with V-necks and other T-shirts. I also really like when a girl can rock the color yellow. Or leather. (not simultaneously, please) Furthermore, I find it super duper attractive when a girl that I’m courting wears one of my hoodies. I don’t know why. It’s just hot.

Thanks to my male friends.

~Anne, Certainly


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Question #79190 posted on 09/22/2014 7:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My new i-pod touch was systematically linked to my email. But now... when I click on the email icon at the bottom of my screen... it only shows me emails from 2 weeks ago. It doesn't update my recent emails. How do I get it to show my recent emails? Why did it stop in the first place? (so I can prevent it from doing that again).

-Fossilized Typewriter

A:

Dear Fossilized Typewriter,

It's difficult to say without seeing it. If I were you, I would try removing the email account from your iPod touch and re-adding it again. You can find instructions for doing that in this Apple Support article.

If that doesn't work, you might want to try contacting Apple Support.

Good luck!

- Haleakalā


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Question #79225 posted on 09/22/2014 7:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why do companies use hold music and why does it always sound so garbled and awful?! Wouldn't you think they'd adapt it to sound moderately bearable or do away with it altogether?

-Seriously considering hanging up

A:

Dear considering,

There is one main reason for hold music to sound bad: encoding.  Phones, especially cell phones (which I presume is likely what you're using), need to make the most of a very limited amount of bandwidth.  To do so phone audio is compressed with very carefully designed compression algorithms that are optimized for transmitting speech.  Anything that doesn't "act" like speech tends to become distorted during the compression process.  The most important factor here is the frequencies in the audio signal.  The human vocal cords are only capable of producing a limited range of frequencies.  The compression algorithms are designed to basically ignore anything outside that range.  Music often has many frequencies that human vocal cords can't produce so those parts are simply dropped from the transmission.  That being said, it is likely that someone could design music that works within the limitations of the compression algorithms so that it sounds decent, but that's more work than just slapping a folder of MP3s onto the system and being done with it.  You can start some further learning from the Wikipedia article on speech coding.

So why don't they get rid of it?  The hold music, as terrible as it may be, helps you know the call is still connected.  Dead air would have you constantly wondering whether the call had been disconnected or not.  When I used to work network support we would often mute our phones while talking to a co-worker rather than putting the caller on hold.  This sometimes caused the caller to start frantically saying, "Hello? Hello?! Are you still there?!" since they were getting silence.

-Curious Physics Minor


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Question #79226 posted on 09/22/2014 7:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can use dry erase markers on your window? They do it in the movies.... Durr

-Brenton Moody

A:

Dear Brenton,

Yep, as long as you don't mind cleaning your windows a lot. A friend and I used to study on the 3rd floor of the BNSN this way. We'd write equations and terminology all over the glass windows of a vacant professor's office. It works just fine as long as long as no one is upset that you're writing on their windows.

--Maven


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Question #79139 posted on 09/22/2014 7:18 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

For personal reasons, I am really interested in learning all about how muscles are connected to each other, and what causes pain in different parts of the bodies. I don't have the time or money to take classes yet, but what are some good online resources I could go to to learn about muscle pain, how each muscle is connected to the other ones, and things like that?

-Zwerg Zwei

A:

Dear Zerg Zee,

Luckily for you, Khan Academy has a course on the musculoskeletal system.

-yayfulness


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Question #79182 posted on 09/22/2014 5:06 p.m.
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Dear Anne, Certainly,

How's law school going? Did you decide to stay at BYU for law school? If so, what made you decide to stay, or if not, what made you decide to go somewhere else?

-Fellow 1L (but no longer at BYU)

A:

Dear 1L,

Law school is simultaneously awesome and one of the hardest things I've done. In part because it's not the only thing going on in my life right now (when is it ever?) trying to balance significant coursework with other life priorities can be both difficult and exhausting. I was telling my parents recently that I don't know that I've ever had this many aspects of my life in good order at the same time and I still might die.

That sounds a little depressing; I want to say that law school is great. But I'm sure as a fellow 1L you're also having days of treading water.

I did decide to stay at BYU for law school. I limited my initial applications to places that I thought there was a possibility I might go to in the best case, which eliminated most schools based on some combination of price, availability of single Mormon men and school quality. I applied to my schools and weighed my options and visited my other top school before deciding on BYU, where I'm thankful to say I'm really glad to be.

When it comes to what made me stay:

  • BYU was financially persuasive: the school and cost of living are very affordable, and they made me a pretty good deal.
  • I will admit that there are some schools that I would avoid simply because I'm an unmarried LDS young woman and I want to be around unmarried LDS men while that's the case. Provo's got its quirks, but it has advantages here.
  • BYU's a good balance for me: the school's well-respected enough that they can place at top firms and in prestigious clerkships if that's the route you want to take and you're in the top of the class. However, they're also not a super-gunner T14, which has its advantages as well.

Best of luck in your own law school adventures! Feel free to email me if you want to chat.

~Anne, Certainly


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Posted on 09/22/2014 8:15 a.m. New Comment on: #79180 The Laie temple was remodeled a few years ago, and I just saw pictures of the ...
Posted on 09/22/2014 8:15 a.m. New Comment on: #79170 Let's say that I have a mole on a part of my body that I never ...
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Question #79197 posted on 09/21/2014 11:24 p.m.
Q:

Dear Board-100,

How many retired writers have you personally met?

-Board-M

A:

Dear boredom,

A lot, cause I'm old. 

Truly met: Ace, Appleton, Architect of Will, Art Vandelay, Azriel (we met at my grandma's house because of reasons), Commander Keen, Gimgimno, Mico, No Dice, P. D. Kirke, Phaedrus, Pilgrim, serendipity, Sheebs, Tink, Tootles, Uffish Thought, Watts, Yog in Neverland, and Zedability. 

Talked online with: Olympus: once or twice, Rating Pending: many times.

Met in passing: Saint Seb and The Audience.

24 if you count them all. I have a rate of going out with 1/12 retired writers that I meet on a date.

–Concealocanth 

A:

Dear Board-M,

Writers who retired before I met them (asterisk if we've only met in person once, to the best of my memory):

  • Whistler*
  • Katya*
  • The Black Sheep
  • Portia*
  • Mico* (although our time as writers did overlap slightly)
  • Saint Seb (for totally unrelated reasons)

Retired writers who I knew or met as active writers, more or less in order of retirement:

  • P.D. Kirke* (although I didn't know who he was at the time)
  • Phaedrus*
  • Zedability (who gets back from her mission this month!)
  • Gimgimno*
  • Art Vandelay*
  • serendipity
  • Watts*
  • Ace*
  • Yog in Neverland
  • Tootles (who I actually met, briefly, before he was a writer)
  • The Audience*
  • Stego Lily
  • Sheebs

So there you have it. I don't think it really counts, but I did technically see Foreman's face on a Skype feed when his sister-in-law opened her mission call. Lexi Khan and I emailed for a while, and I've talked to Uffish Thought quite a bit on Facebook.

-yayfulness

A:

Dear Basil,

45.

-Marguerite St. Just

A:

Dear Board-M,

Wow, I feel like a rabbit kit. Just five: serendipity, Yog in Neverland, Tootles, Sheebs, and Stego Lily.

-El-ahrairah

A:

Dear You,

I've met The Black Sheep, Hobbes, Katya, Portia, Sheebs, Stego Lily, Tootles, Whistler, and Yog.

-Squirrel

A:

Dear Doctor,

I've met Portia, Katya, Tootles, Yog, Sheebs, Stego, The Black Sheep, and Whistler.

-Tally M.

A:

Dear Board,

My list is rather pathetic. I met Sheebs and Stego at a board party once, and I had a class with The Audience about a year ago, and that is it!

Sincerely,
The Soulful Ginger 


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Question #79217 posted on 09/21/2014 11:12 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the food at the MTC good, bad, good at first but you get sick of it, good but it gives you gas, or something else? Does it matter if you've just come from Helaman Halls and have been eating at the Cannon Center?

Thank you!
Not planning to serve but wants to know

A:

Dear Wade,

It is the same as the Cannon Center.

And it's awful.

-M.O.D.A.Q.


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Question #79180 posted on 09/21/2014 8:54 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

The Laie temple was remodeled a few years ago, and I just saw pictures of the interior. It's gorgeous! However, I noticed that in the ordinance rooms there are benches with no middle aisle. Does this mean that husbands and wives can sit next to each other and hold hands?

-How Cool Would That Be?

A:

Dear How Cool,

I don't know for sure and I haven't been able to get confirmation elsewhere, but I'm going to guess they put some kind of rope divider down the middle of the benches to separate the men and the women. Husbands and wives might be able to sit by each other if they sit in the middle on either side of the rope. At one time this was the case in the Dallas Texas temple.

You didn't ask, but I want to comment that the gender separation in the ordinance rooms probably has a lot to do with convenience for the workers administering the ordinances, but there's a symbolic element as well. After all, we believe that men and women cannot truly be together in the eternities unless it is in the Celestial kingdom. The temple ordinances reflect this belief.

--Maven


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Question #79175 posted on 09/21/2014 8:54 p.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

As winter inevitably approaches, I've started wondering about what people with babies do during the winter months. And by babies, I mean less than a year old. Thinking about this perplexes me--I don't even know what to do for myself in the cold, let alone what to do for a tiny human. What's the correct way to dress an infant when it's snowing outside? Do they make tiny baby snow clothes that people buy or do people just layer like crazy?

Babies probably don't spend much time playing in the snow or anything, but they have to leave the house at some point, right? I figured that some of you would have some actual experience with this (growing up in a cold climate, having younger siblings, etc).

-California Dreamin'

A:

Dear California Dreamin',

I had a winter baby. We spent most of those cold months inside, largely because the doctor said I shouldn't take Mavenbaby out in public due to the terrible cold and flu season in full swing at the time. When we went outside it was usually just to and from the car, so the car seat and a blanket were enough to keep him warm.

They do make tiny baby snow clothes, but unless you're planning on spending a lot of time outside, there's no point in buying something that will be outgrown really quickly. Layers are the way to go. Hats or hoods are really helpful since you lose a lot of heat through your head and babies' heads are so big compared to the rest of their bodies. Don't forget to keep their feet warm with socks. If they're small enough that they're not mobile, wrapping them up in a blanket or two also helps. If you can, share your body heat with the baby by zipping them up inside your coat with their head poking out.

Use common sense and you and baby should be fine. Just don't stay outside too long!

--Maven


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Question #79216 posted on 09/21/2014 8:30 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently heard that some people submit their mission papers and then have to wait over a year to get their mission call, without any explanation beyond "you'll get the call when the revelation comes." Have you heard of such a thing?

-Curious

A:

Dear Basil,

Usually the delay in mission calls comes from the bishop or stake president forgetting to submit the papers (that happens very, very often), or because of a serious medical issue, but even then, it usually takes the missionary medical committee no more than three weeks to review the papers, certainly not up to a year. Turn around is very fast; I think it's at about two weeks right now. 

My guess (and I'm guessing this because I've heard the same story with how long it takes to get a cancellation of sealing request to go through -- which is also, for the record, a week or two) is that some guy who said he was going on a mission found out that because of some past transgression, he would have to wait a year, so he made up a story to cover himself.

-Marguerite St. Just


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