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fun times at the bank! [Mar. 30th, 2009|03:00 pm]
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(these are only "fun" compared to normal times at the bank. You have been warned!)

Fun bank story #1: I wanted to stop by the bank today to deposit a check and get a new roll of $1 coins, since I'm almost out. Then I realized I'm actually wearing my $1 coin shirt today. I went ahead and did it anyway but felt pretty self-conscious about the whole thing.
Fun bank story #2: As I was leaving, the teller pointed out that I had a lot of money in my bank account and asked if I usually kept this much around, presumably to pitch a savings account or something. I said no, and that I was getting married in a few months, to which she said "Congratulations!" and quickly dropped it. Later I realized this might have come off as saying my new wife was going to spend all my money or something.

- This TinEye "reverse image search" is pretty neat. You can get a Firefox extension and then do a search any time you see an interesting image to find variations of that image.

- I'm gonna go ahead and excerpt this article because it makes a good point and maybe summarizes how I think I feel:

This may sound strange, but I don't consider myself a real abortion foe. I have friends and sparring partners who think abortions should be illegal or at least heavily restricted. To me, that's the chief dividing line in the debate. I don't feel comfortable crossing that line. I don't think a regime of abortion restrictions enacted in the name of life would make this world a better place. I think it would cause a mess—hypocrisy, deceit, interrogations, amateur home surgery, moral crudity backed by the force of law—as ugly as any war fought in the name of peace.

I don't equate abortion with murder. I don't even think it's the worst option available to a woman facing unintended pregnancy. Every abortion dilemma is different, because every situation is different. The person best situated to make the right decision is the pregnant woman. A few years ago, I wrote a whole book on this point.

So why do I keep bringing up abortion as a moral problem? Because it is a moral problem. It's the destruction of a developing human being. For that reason, the less we do it, the better. When I say abortion is bad, I'm not saying it's necessarily worse than bringing a child into the world in lousy circumstances. I'm saying it's worse than avoiding unintended pregnancy in the first place. That's why I keep pushing contraception. If you cause an unintended pregnancy and an abortion because you didn't want to wear a condom, you should be ashamed.

Contraception is good, mmmkay?
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[User Picture]From: copperwolf
2009-03-31 01:10 am (UTC)
"As I was leaving, the teller pointed out that I had a lot of money in my bank account and asked if I usually kept this much around, presumably to pitch a savings account or something. I said no, and that I was getting married in a few months, to which she said 'Congratulations!' and quickly dropped it. Later I realized this might have come off as saying my new wife was going to spend all my money or something."

I doubt it. I think it's pretty common knowledge that weddings are expensive. She probably figures, correctly, that the money will be spent on the event.
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2009-03-31 11:15 pm (UTC)
I might be willing to take this as a first order approximation for myself as well.

It's too bad that society looks down on adoption so much as well.
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[User Picture]From: liz_gregory
2009-04-03 03:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen evidence of adoption stigma,having numerous friend that were adopted. But that may be a difference in where and how we grew up.
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2009-04-03 03:09 pm (UTC)
The direction of the stigma I've seen is on the birth mom for giving up a kid, i.e. that the only reason you'd do it is if you were too poor or young.
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[User Picture]From: liz_gregory
2009-04-03 03:14 pm (UTC)
ah, I have no experience with that aside from my students, who, are all poor and young.
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