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1 hour ago, nibbler747 said:

Thanks SH.  I ended up just deleting one of my stories.  I have it on multiple computers if I ever change my mind about it.  Thanks!

WHAT!!???  *Goes to FAN FIC TO CHECK... Girl you better NOT have deleted ANY stories!! 

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35 minutes ago, hazelra7 said:

I REFUSE to like this post... I want an anti- Like button.. 

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There are parts of that story I love (does that sound horribly conceited?).  I loved all the innuendo , the jokes with the friends, the innocence of it.  I thought it was cute and funny.  That I loved.  I hated writing the sex parts, and ultimately felt weird having it out there. 

Thanks for all your support on the story though.  I'll leave the sexy writing to the experts!  I DO love reading it!  

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13 hours ago, nibbler747 said:

There are parts of that story I love (does that sound horribly conceited?).!  

Not at all. There are parts of some of my stories, which I love.

Chapter 1 of Dormus Interruptus is, IMO, one of the best chapters I've ever written.

It has an innocent Sheldon, being very embarrassed, and being comforted and reassured, by a caring Amy.

How much better could it get?

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6 hours ago, Stephen Hawking said:

Can you buy restaurant gift vouchers, in America?

Yes, although they refer to them as "gift cards," and more often than not are essentially a pre-loaded debit card. Most of the major franchises have this option, and many of the non-franchised restaurants do as well.

Hope this helps!

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On ‎3‎/‎15‎/‎2016 at 1:27 PM, Stephen Hawking said:

Is there an American equivalent, for the phrase "In for a penny, in or a pound"?

We use that phrase--it's pretty common.  In fact I just heard it on Law & Order. :)

As for your question about gifting meals/hotel, some hotels offer a package for hotel stay and meals at a restaurant partnered with the hotel, but alternately, one can buy a restaurant gift card for any amount--so you could put 20 dollars or 50 or however much you think would be appropriate on the card.

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I've noticed that, in the episode where Raj snoops around Emily's apartment and breaks the drawer, Emily calls the unit a "night stand".

Are all such units called night stands, or only those in women's bedrooms?

Is the term "Bedside Cabinet" also used, or is that just a European term?

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On ‎3‎/‎27‎/‎2016 at 7:55 AM, Stephen Hawking said:

I've noticed that, in the episode where Raj snoops around Emily's apartment and breaks the drawer, Emily calls the unit a "night stand".

Are all such units called night stands, or only those in women's bedrooms?

Is the term "Bedside Cabinet" also used, or is that just a European term?

I think that most pieces of furniture that are placed beside a bed like that are generally referred to as night stands, regardless of the gender of the person.

Most items one would buy specifically as a night stand would have a drawer for convenience--where one can put whatever items one might need to be handy when going to bed, but generally it's almost anything used for a lamp or clock or whatever.

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Stephen, just want to give you credit for researching the terms.  Sometimeswhen I'm reading a fan fic, a European term can jar me out of the fictional universe.  Not always, But it's much smoother to me when American terms and idioms used. 

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Thanks Tensor.

I dropped a clanger in The Survival Imperative, when I used the term "fortnight".

It was pointed out to me, that the term isn't used in America.

I was quite surprised to learn, that you can't buy Hot Dog sausages in jars, over there.

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2 minutes ago, Stephen Hawking said:

Thanks Tensor.

I dropped a clanger in The Survival Imperative, when I used the term "fortnight".

It was pointed out to me, that the term isn't used in America.

I was quite surprised to learn, that you can't buy Hot Dog sausages in jars, over there.

For measuring the speed of light, instead of the usual meters per second or Miles per second, the joking term is Furlongs per Fortnight. 

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