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Old 01-07-2013, 03:38 AM   #35251
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Hi, all. Yes, I am still alive and kicking. I'm not even going to attempt to catch up, just jump back in.

All is well here - I graduated college - Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management (Magna Cum Laude).

How's everyone?
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:43 AM   #35252
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Hi Shel!! Nice to have you back and congratulations on your degree.

My sis in law works in HR.... get ready for some fun times.

How is the grandbaby? Chris? Your daughter? I bet the baby has really grown.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:52 AM   #35253
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Hi Shel!! Nice to have you back and congratulations on your degree.

My sis in law works in HR.... get ready for some fun times.

How is the grandbaby? Chris? Your daughter? I bet the baby has really grown.
The baby has grown and is growing like a bad weed - I've got a picture somewhere...she was 2 in October.
Chris is fine - he is also finally done with school, the tally turned out to be one Bachelor's in Computer Information Systems, one Master's in Information Systems Management and an MBA. The kids are all good - daughter and sil are both working now, and a friend watches Miss Toryn.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:09 AM   #35254
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That's one you really have to frame for the wall. You should be proud that all that hard work paid off and you finished Magna Cum Laude.

Oh wow! I can't believe that Toryn has grown so much. She looks like she is a happy little girl. I'm happy to hear that everyone is doing well. Tell Chris congratulations too.

So what are you going to do now that school is finally over?
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:14 AM   #35255
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Well, the job market being what it is (or to be more exact, isn't), plans sort of hinge on which of us finds a job in their field first. Chris is having better luck than I am in finding things for which to apply. I am still enjoying the utter bliss of having no school deadlines on weekends and days off.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:46 AM   #35256
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:54 AM   #35257
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Hi, all. Yes, I am still alive and kicking. I'm not even going to attempt to catch up, just jump back in.

All is well here - I graduated college - Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management (Magna Cum Laude).

How's everyone?
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:10 AM   #35259
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Hi, all. Yes, I am still alive and kicking. I'm not even going to attempt to catch up, just jump back in.

All is well here - I graduated college - Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management (Magna Cum Laude).

How's everyone?
Many congratulations. Having recently gone back to studing for a Psychology "A" Level, I know just how hard getting back into the discipline of education and learning can be in, ahem, later stages of life .
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Hi, all. Yes, I am still alive and kicking. I'm not even going to attempt to catch up, just jump back in.

All is well here - I graduated college - Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management (Magna Cum Laude).

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Congratulations!!!
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I just got word that my niece-in-law is setting up an arranged marriage.
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I was always appalled by the idea, until one of my staff had his marriage arranged for him by his parents. He said that for him, and his bride, it took away all the pressure of courtship and it's attendant perils, and he loved it.

I'm still not convinced, but for some it seems to work .
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I was always appalled by the idea, until one of my staff had his marriage arranged for him by his parents. He said that for him, and his bride, it took away all the pressure of courtship and it's attendant perils, and he loved it.

I'm still not convinced, but for some it seems to work .
I am really curious as to the success rate (both people happy, loving/loved) of arranged marriages.

The fact that two people, on their own, unassisted, can be in a relation for years that ends up going nowhere, or be in a relationship for months that ends up happily ever after, makes me wonder how two people with no say in the matter at all can make it work.
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I was always appalled by the idea, until one of my staff had his marriage arranged for him by his parents. He said that for him, and his bride, it took away all the pressure of courtship and it's attendant perils, and he loved it.

I'm still not convinced, but for some it seems to work .
It also serves other purposes. The Japanese have a saying; 'Women are like Christmas Cake. After the 25th they are stale.' If a woman reaches her 25th birthday and hasn't found her true love, the opportunities to do so drop radically. There just isn't any place for older (30's and up) single people to meet and make new friends. It's not like the western countries where there are social events that can be attended, or singles outings, etc. Even church's cater to the couples and families rather than the singles.

To advance in the workplace, a man MUST be married and have a family. And few Japanese women want to have 'careers.' They want the freedom that being a wife and mother bring. Once the kids enter school, Mom has from 8am until about 7pm (or later) to do anything she wants... tennis lessons, golf lessons, flower arranging, meeting her girlfriends and going shopping or or just sitting in Starbucks chatting. She's only limited by her imagination, so long as she's home to make dinner for the kids. And actually, once the kids are in junior high (age 12 and up) they are going to 'juku' (after school and evening tutoring) so they can pass the entrance exams for high school and college. They don't get home again until 11pm. She's got plenty of money and plenty of time. All that's required of her is to make breakfast for husband and kids and get them out of the house, and make dinner for the kids. Most husbands don't get home until after 9 or 10, take a long bath and go to sleep.

Japan is a very different culture... It's a rare marriage that is about love. In Japan it's more about respect.



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I am really curious as to the success rate (both people happy, loving/loved) of arranged marriages.

The fact that two people, on their own, unassisted, can be in a relation for years that ends up going nowhere, or be in a relationship for months that ends up happily ever after, makes me wonder how two people with no say in the matter at all can make it work.
You do need to realize that in today's arranged marriage, either party can refuse. They do meet and spend time together before the marriage. Almost 4 or 5 days...

There is the 'first meeting,' usually a dinner together, then a second. Then there is 'a dinner with the parents.' One for each set. Then the couple will go away for a few days on a 'trial honeymoon.' If all that works, they get married. And while there are divorces in Japan, the numbers are much lower than in the West, where more than 50% of marriages now end in divorce. It's really not so different from 'dating services,' just faster.


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