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Re: “Paid to ignore

Hey OP - I hear you. I had a similar situation and knew I wasn't getting the answers I needed. I came to the realization that I had to trust there was something seriously wrong and pushed and pushed. When that specialist refused to pursue diagnosis, I did my own research and when to a new specialist. It took a year and a half, but I finally got a diagnosis and treatment needed and can now move without crippling pain. Press forward and don't accept incompetence or lack of care.

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Posted by Foley on 04/18/2013 at 2:50 PM

Re: “I just want to work

I'm in HR too - way too many years (insert all catbert jokes here; that never gets old). Grammar et all definitely matter. NS has many well educated and talented people - quite often it comes down to the small differentiators. As well - I chose to leave the province for a long time to get the experience I needed - but come back when I could b/c I love this place. OP might need to do the same – or enjoy your mcjob and quit complaining.

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Posted by Foley on 03/06/2013 at 6:39 PM

Re: “The retired should be fired...

After spending a weekend with a number of retired teachers and profs, some doing sub/contract work, some not – and hearing about their local cottage, their southern home and the cruises – I am straight up jealous. I know I will never have that retirement even though I put away the more than advised 10%. I really feel for grads now. I’ve got about 15 years in post grad and I had to move away for over a decade to numerous provinces/countries to get experience. Today’s retirees re-entering the workplace b/c they’re bored certainly does not help…

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Posted by Foley on 10/30/2012 at 5:04 PM

Re: “To the soccer mom on Magazine Hill

LOL! I know this spot OP! Its where two lanes merge to one heading from Bedford/Sackille to Burnside. For some reason jerks like you think they "own" the left lane - and it is absolutely 1:1 !! I happily teach people this almost every morning - my car isn't worth much. But teaching them they don't "own" the road - priceless.

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Posted by Foley on 09/29/2012 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Have some respect for once

Yup. That's the answer. React to something meant to be derogatory or to provoke in front of your child - good call!!

Clearly this recommendation is the response of a parent of a current/future mensa member(s). Cue the "my kid(s) goes to Harvard I got proof you suck and overprotect your kid going to send body parts all over canada wah wah wah"

Pubic announcement for those living with mommy and/or daddy (particularly those in their parent's basements) because they are not going into debt saving to pay down student loans refuse to admit they are dateless losers destined to die alone - THERE IS NO BENEFIT TO YOUR KID (yup - we all know you basement dwellers have no kids - just trying to help in your future planning) HEARING YOU SINK TO THE LEVEL OF THE TOO MANY TO COUNT LOSERS IN THIS CITY.

Bring it.

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Posted by Foley on 07/05/2012 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Primary x2 is for suckers

I probably (likely) was too harsh on the teacher. I have no doubt he had this student’s best interests at heart. I actually whole heartedly believe that not every child deserves a trophy - and that my children in particular - need to learn from 'life's hard lessons' - as I know that is where I learned what got me to where I am today.

I hold no fantasies that my children will not be the next Crosby or Bill Gates. I will be enormously proud if they live true to their values and live life with integrity, and are able to support themselves and any dependants.

When this teacher shared with me that my busy, short attention spanned first born might need 'retention' I was broken hearted. I spoke with friends, family members, co-workers who have all lived this experience (retention/held back) themselves or via their children. All said - it was a 50/50 split. Once close friend sharing she wishes she had been held back - as she always felt she was scrambling to catch up. A co-worker tearfully told me he never 'shook' the feeling that everyone knew he was 'held back' and feeling like he never outlived that stigma.

I'm attaching one segment of research that represents the emotional toll I worried would befall my son.…

One night over dinner I asked my son what he was looking forward to after summer vacation - and he said grade 1. I committed to supporting this and know we will face this same question again and again with him - as his challenges in grade primary pushed us to further testing, and he is dyslexic and likely has some attention/hyper activity issues.

None of us knows what the future holds - but he's awesome and I don't regret all the work we've done with him. He is so proud to be reading his own Dr. Seuss stories – and frankly – that is some goooood reading!

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Posted by Foley on 06/08/2012 at 8:47 PM

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