"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #36904 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Hoverboard and the 100 Hour Board,

In response to Board Question #36787 you might not be able to fly around in a jet pack but you can look pretty hip in this sexy pack.

http://www.threadless.com/product/743/Sexy_Pack

- Cinnamon, who had her sexy pack on Saturday night.

Question #36900 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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To the girl asking about birth control in Board Question #36767:

As The Defenestrator said, a generic is legally just that, a "generic", because it is exactly the same active chemical makeup as the brand. However...to not intrude on the brand company's patent, the generic company has to put different inactive ingredients in the pill, geltab, whatever..for things like making the pill stay together, making it dissolve in your body, etc. These are called fillers.

Though for most people the generic will act the same, occasionally these fillers will cause a reaction. For example, I was prescribed Alesse, a brand name birth control. I felt fine. After a few months, my pharmacy started giving me one generic of Alesse, called Aviane. It was fine. Then, they ran out of Aviane and gave me another generic of Alesse, called Lutera. This gave me the worst headaches I have ever had, permanent nausea, and long periods.

Unfortunately, everyone reacts differently, so you never know if a certain brand or generic will be good for you until you take it. If you are concerned about effectiveness, the generic is functionally and effectively the same. It could create different side effects though.

If you are getting married and planning on using oral contraceptives as your method of choice, it's probably worth trying. However, keep in mind you are putting artifical hormones in your body, and it could potentially throw everything out of whack. It did for me! Keep track of bad side effects and don't be afraid to switch pills or even methods if you still haven't found one that doesn't make you crazy.

-I cried for 6 months straight on Yasmin....

A: Dear Which Tri? and Yasmin-hater,

Just a quick response to that last paragraph, regarding hormones. Don't let those reactions scare you. Just as this reader said, everyone reacts differently. I have had almost no side effects with either of the birth control types I've used (one of which was Yasmin, incidentally). Chances are, you'll fall somewhere in between my level of reaction and our reader who had such a rough time here.

Still, she's right - don't be afraid to switch around if you think one would be better than another. (For instance, Yasmin's side effect I couldn't handle was the fact that it's a pill. I always forgot to take them. I switched to a patch. Haha.)

-a writer
Question #36838 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you remember Slim Goodbody? Looking back he was kinda weird, but he is part of my childhood nonetheless. My question is--do you know were I can watch the episode (online or otherwise) about the digestive system where he sings the "Down, down, down" song? I would like to be able to watch it for free if possible.

- SG fan

A: Dear stargate fan,

It looks like you can watch it here with a free 30-day trial. Just make sure to call and cancel when you're done.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36837 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Aside from the Standard Works, what book has most changed the way you
1) viewed the world?
2) viewed yourself?

- Steppenwolf

A: Dear Steppenwolf,

For the former, I'd say The Art of Looking Sideways or In Search of Schrödinger's Cat. For the latter, maybe Six Degrees of Separation or The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

- Katya
A: Dear Stephen,

Pretty much anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Moby Dick, The Sun also Rises, Violence and Difference (especially Andrew J. McKenna's article entitled "Postmodernism: The Victim Age"), and Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday. Just to name a few. And I think that your two specifications are undeniably connected, so they both go for all of the books mentioned.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear sw,

I'd say Trust or Consequences, by Al Golin, and Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.

Both of these books take a world-and-logic-based look at the principles I've been raised with. Through my college career and especially now that I'm out in the world a little bit more, I've found those principles to be challenged in ways I never expected. Not just to a greater degree than I expected, but in sneaky ways that I don't recognize until after I've been caught up in them for awhile.

For instance, it's easy to say money doesn't buy happiness. It's equally as easy to then shrug your shoulders and say, "But, that's the way the world works, so I have to conform - I'll just keep to myself this secret I know, and use it as a motivational thought whenever I get discouraged," and then go on operating as if money does, indeed, buy happiness. Of course this doesn't make sense - if you have truth, you should operate from truth.

Trust or Consequences made me realize that there are indeed people who operate from these principles, and don't just use them as uplifting thoughts from time to time. There are good people in the business world - there is a firm, well-founded, money-based basis for being a happy, well-rounded businessperson who operates on kindness and truth. It's so easy to forget that when you go into a job environment with your armor on, ready to work from your cool sense of hardened professionalism. This book reminds you that a lot of a job is caring about the people around you. Incidentally, many doors open when this principle is adhered to. Isn't that how Christ works? Well, yes. Isn't that what they taught you in Sunday School? Wellllll, yeah. What makes you think that's only functional in your personal life? While not religious in nature, this book reinforces all those Golden Rule principles that we should translate over to business dealings but sometimes don't have the faith that they will translate. I love having that practical reminder that the things I was taught as a little kid are still in force, and that I shouldn't lose faith in them just because I'm in a new environment. (It makes me want to read Jesus is My CEO - I think it would be similar.)

Mere Christianity does sort of the same thing, but in a more direct way. C.S. Lewis reinforces, with everyday practical logic, faith-based principles I've been taught from an early age. I love that.

I worry that this answer will make me sound like a faithless person:) Rather, I love reading things that reinforce, from a new angle, the beliefs I hold dear. It makes me happy to see the principles of God at work in worldly settings, giving yet another manifestation that these principles are real, working truths that aren't just fluff and aren't something you grow out of. They work in every life, whether you're wearing the hat of a head of state, a mother or father, a CEO, a warehouse worker, a sister or brother, or a mid-ladder consultant. They work whether you're trying to pitch stories to a publisher, get a promotion at work or get along with a family member or a roommate. Isn't it great to watch those things at work? It makes me shake my head and think, "Yeah, He sure knows what he's talking about, and He sure does understand everyone, in all their roles, from the publican to the bishop to the dentist to the Roman centurion to the ambassador to me."

Sorry for the novel explanations - I guess you didn't ask "how" or "why," but I gave it to you free of charge:). Check out those books.

-Olympus
Question #36832 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

If someone who was paralyzed and couldn't even feel their legs got hit with a taser gun on their leg, would it have the desired taser effect?

Fergus the Ostler

A: Dear Fergie,

Well, the TASER is supposed to incapacitate someone by disrupting superficial muscle functions (meaning that whole pesky being able to move thing). A paralyzed person is not able to move. Therefore, that TASER would do nothing more than perhaps leave a small burn mark if you left it there long enough.

Why in the world do you want to TASER someone who's paralyzed? That's like shining a light in a blind man's face, sounding a bullhorn in the ears of the deaf, or receiving a degree from the University of Utah.

-Just Another Cassio
...pointing his remarks to a certain girl dating his Native American friend.
Question #36831 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear Abbys,

What is your opinion on "preemie" single dates? Are they a good idea, so long as they don't form serious relationships and such (believe me, I've seen too many Dear Johns with relatives and friends to even risk that)? Or should I just stick with the standard high school fare of hardly planned, awkward, group dates for my freshman year at the so-called "Y" next year? Is it awkward for girls to be asked on single dates with "preemies?" I want her to have a good time too, not just me.

- 18 and not wanting to be socially inept before or after "the mish" because that's just no fun

A: Dear 18,

I had a simple rule before my mission: one date only. I'd go on a date with a girl but no more. If you only go on one date it's kinda hard to form a relationship with her. That way I could ask out the girls I liked but still keep myself single and free during the most dedicated two years of my life (yet, at least). They weren't awkward and girls love it when they have something to do on Friday nights. Plus they were cute.

All in all, I had a good time.

-Castle in the Sky
Question #36830 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a lot of back pain which probably results from the mild scoliosis I have, as well as my genes. Lately I've been doing a lot of pilates in order to get in better shape and strengthen my back in the process. I think my back is getting more flexible as well as stronger. However, my back cracks all the time now! In all sorts of places. In your opinion, medically unqualified, do you think the pilates is causing this? Maybe as my back is more flexible, it cracks more, or something. It's not a bad thing, just weird. I thought I'd ask you since there's a lot of you, and several mentioned in past anwers that they had back problems too. Thanks!

- Mirlda :]

A: Dear Mirlda,

I was actually talking about this with my doctor a few weeks ago. I'm in a similar situation: I've had a lot of chronic back pain, and I'm starting to do some stretching and exercises to improve my situation. I mentioned to him that it felt like things were "shifting" a bit in my back when I would stretch and do some of the exercises (not exactly popping, but similar) and he said that's fairly normal. In my (medically unqualified) opinion, it sounds like that's what's happening with you.

- Katya
Question #36828 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board (specifically the ones who've served missions),

If you had five minutes or less to talk to a group of missionaries just starting their missions, what would you say to them and why would that be the thing you'd say (remember you have to be selective because of the time limit)?

~Chillylint

A: Dear Chillylint

Don't worry about looking good for your mission president, don't worry about impressing the ladies you're writing back home, don't worry about sprinkling in words from the language you're learning into the letters you write home because you "forgot" the English word, don't worry about avoiding any food that might make you sick (it's gonna happen, you can't avoid it), don't worry that the other missionaries in your apartment don't leave until 10:30 in the morning, don't worry that you're going to become an office Elder. Work hard and everything you'll never regret a thing (in the words of President Hinckley's father "Forget yourself and go to work" (can't say it better myself)).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Chillylint~

I am reminded of a parable.

In the show Batman Beyond there was an episode in which Superman was thought to have betrayed the Justice League and was intent on... um... some evil plot.

Terry McGuinness, the new Batman, was speaking to Bruce Wayne about this, and they were trying to devise a plan to deal with this significant threat. The music of the show began getting intense, with a strong percussion, as Bruce led Terry to a secret compartment in the back of the Bat Cave, in which there was an ominously-glowing green stone.

As realization dawned, Terry's eyes widened and he gasped.

"This isn't the first time Superman's gone rogue," Bruce said, picking up the Kryptonite and showing it to Terry. His eyes narrowed, and the music grew more intense, "I'm not telling you what to do, Terry, but I am telling you to do what it takes to stop him." The music crescendoed, and the screen promised TO BE CONTINUED.

Let he who has ears to hear do so.

~Hobbes

A: Dear Chillylint,

Here are my 2 bits:
-Learn to cook.
-Start each day on purpose.
What a wonderful time. Often I wish I could go back and do it again. I suppose I ought to get married and retire first.

-Just Another Cassio
...heading to Newport Beach this weekend!
Question #36826 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

How hard is it to break someone's neck? Under the right circumstances, could a weak little girl do it? How do you do it?

Sparkle and Leroy

A: Dear S&L,

I don't do it at all.

—Laser Jock




Seriously, do you really think we're going to tell you how to kill someone? If you apply enough force in the right way, it's possible. That's as far as I'm going to go. I'm willing to hazard a guess that it's hard enough that it doesn't just happen accidentally. However, if someone knew what they were doing, I bet an average person could break someone else's neck.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Sparkle

On LOST I saw Sayid break someone's neck using his legs because his hands were tied behind his back. I saw it on TV, so it must be possible. It made me realize that if I was ever in a fight, I'd want Sayid watching my back (well, him or Jack Bauer).

-Humble Master
Question #36825 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Which is better: butter or margarine?

Which is better for you?

- dry toast

A: Dear dry toast,

For many things, I like butter better. But for others I'm so used to the taste of margarine that butter tastes kind of weird. (My mom's cookies, for instance.)

Margarine is better for you, because it has no cholesterol, while butter has quite a bit.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear dry toast,

I love butter. Cholesterol is so delicious. That having been said, I'll also eat margarine quite happily. But I must admit that shortening is probably my favourite. Ever eaten shortening straight out of the can? Mmmm...

-Tangerine
A: Dear dry toast,

See Board Question #32365.

- Lavish
Question #36824 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does TMA 377 require FBI fingerprinting?

-Petra, older sister of a soon-to-be freshman

A: Dear Person who apparently defines herself only by her siblings,

TMA 377A and B are teaching classes required for all Theatre Arts Education majors. From the David O. McKay School of Education catalog:
Fingerprint and Background Check

All candidates for teacher licensure are required by state statute to be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check before participating in required field experiences. Fingerprint clinics are held in the McKay Building in November and March. Allow from five to six weeks for fingerprints to be processed. FBI background clearance is valid for only three years. If clearance expires before graduation, candidates must repeat the fingerprinting and clearance process, including a new fee payment.

Failing to expunge a police record prior to the background check may result in a blocked registration while a panel reviews the charges. Candidates who cannot pass an FBI background check will be removed from the teacher education licensure program.
- Katya
Question #36821 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Kaaa pii Pika pikapi,

Kaaa'pi chuu piikachu pika-chu, kaa chu? pii Pii pi Pika-chu Chuuu Pi piika? pika Pii Kachu chuu kaaa kaaa pi pikaa ka kaa?

- pika-chu, chu Piikaa Pii Ka pii, Kaa kachu piii chu Pi pika-pika pika-pika Kachu

(I'm helping my pikachu translate, so here's the translation. He's a big fan of the board.)

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's your favorite pokemon, and why? Are you a pikachu lover or hater? Were you ever into that kind of stuff at all?

- Pikachu, the cutest one of all, who just went on a Pokemon cartoon binge

A: Psy-psy pika-chu,

Psy!!!!

- Psyduck
A: Dear Pikachu,

Squirtle!

Keep the Faith.

-St. Jerome
A: Dear Pikachu

Koffing. He is the happiest Pokemon alive. He's always smiling even when he's losing. We need to have a positive attitude like that. KOFFING!

I love Pikachu. He's definitely one of the best Pokemon. I think most of the people who watched the cartoon can appreciate him. My brother Andrew was really into Pokemon and his obsession definitely worked its way around the family. I am a Pokemon fan. The real question is.. why haven't they made a decent EPIC Pokemon game for the Wii yet?

In Super Smash Brothers (64 or Melee) I always play as blue party hat Pikachu. I believe that in life as you taunt people and throw them off ledges you should always have a party within.

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear Rat~

I have no choice but to challenge you to a duel to the death. I will devote my every waking moment to locating and destroying you.

~Hobbes, who is cute without being annoying
A: Dear Pikachu

The sound Pikachu made when it got angry always made me laugh (I will sometimes try to imitate it), so I'm going to pick Pikachu.

-Humble Master
A: Dear bless you,

In answer to your last question, no, I was never into that kind of stuff at all. As you might have guessed from my name, I watched an earlier era of cartoons.

Pokemon apparently started and grew into extreme popularity entirely during the course of my mission. I was thoroughly confused when I got back and little kids were trying to trade Pokemon cards in the cultural hall after church. Of course, I was even more confused when I happened to catch an episode of the cartoon on TV. I'm still pretty sure it makes no sense whatsoever, but that's just my opinion.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36818 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,
How do you know when you've fallen in love? Not when you're falling, but when you've fallen?

- Sweets and Joy

A: My dear,

If you're me.

:)

- The Defenestrator
A: Dear Sweets and Joy

The music swells, the camera pulls back, there's a kiss, and a fade to black. Then the credits roll, and there is no stress nor problems for the rest of your life (but there is a soundtrack).

-Humble Master
A: Dearest Sweets and Joy,

You'll know you've completely fallen in love when you come to the realization that you no longer wonder or care about your possibilities with anybody else.

Sincerely,

Old Bald Guy
Question #36816 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm sending in my mission papers at the end of August, and I definitely will not get my mission call until after Fall Semester has started, and I can't get a missionary deferral for my enrollment until I have my call. I know I can get a one-semester deferral, but I understand I'd then have to go to Winter Semester or have to reapply after my mission to come back to BYU. Can I get a one-semester deferral and have a missionary deferral right after that ends, or do I need to go to Fall Semester?

- Deferral Fan

A: Dear Deferral Fan,

Mission Deferment Policy states that you are able to defer enrollment to the university starting the semester during which you would enter the MTC. Most likely you'll be called to enter the MTC during Winter Semester. If that's the case then you most definitely will be expected to attend Fall Semester. Should you happen to be called to enter the MTC during Fall Semester then BYU will most certainly adjust their policy to adapt to the Prophet's call.

Of course, you have two other options. You could put your availability date as one that follows Fall Semester. As a second option you could just turn down your acceptance into BYU for now and reapply when you return from your mission.

I say go to school in the fall. Maybe you'll find a few more girls to write you.

-Just Another Cassio
...who does not promote the writing of letters to girls while on the mission (I'm such a stick in the mud).
Question #36812 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Blast, I thought I had submitted this question already, but it isn't showing up on my "My Questions" page. Here we go! I'm planning on cooking some gyros on Sunday featuring lamb meet. (As if they could feature anything else...) I went into Macy's asking for lamb and the lady at the Deli looked at me like I was either a Nazi or a lunatic and responded they didn't have any lamb. Should I be looking for it under another name? What places sell decent quality lamb for me to cook gyros?

-wired

A: Dearest wired,

I deferred to my dear Bonnie on this question, seeing as how she is in charge of all things culinary in our household. She informs me that in Provo, you can find lamb at both Albertson's and Smith's. Albertson's currently has butterflied leg of lamb on sale for $5.99/lb. (which is apparently quite the deal) and they occasionally have shoulder and arm as well. The butterflied leg of lamb has the bone removed and should be suitable for most recipes.

I regret that your question could not be answered before your Sunday meal, seeing as how it was not submitted in time to post on the preceding Saturday, but I hope this helps you in your future lamb endeavors.

Sincerely,

Old Bald Guy
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I heard some time ago that at the dedication of the Washington DC Temple, Spencer W Kimball apparently acknowledged the presence of Joseph Smith, the 3 Nephites and others. Did this actually occur, or is it other mormon myth?

- jimmy324

A: Dear world eater,

Luckily for you, I'm well acquainted with two people who were in attendance at said dedication. My dad was a bishop in the area and my mom gave tours for the open house, so they had front-row seats.

I was all set to tell you it is a Mormon myth, but my dad said that it's true. It's been several years, so he didn't remember the exact list of people, but he did remember Joseph Smith and others being mentioned. Also, he said that there was a very small choir assembled for the occasion and that after they sang a very powerful rendition of The Spirit of God, President Kimball remarked that there was also an angelic choir in attendance. Pretty cool.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36784 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I'm looking for a skate board to get for my son. what would you say are the best places to find them.
like www.skateonhaight.com
- (Skatergirl)

A: Dear,

I asked FatEmoBoy, who I happen to know is a big fan of skateboarding, and he told me this.
Personally with stuff like skateboards I've always been more of a fan of going to your local store for a couple of reasons.

1) Skateboarding stores are a dying breed of a better age. Now this might not be the most convincing reason, but what can I say? There's something about the atmosphere at those stores that takes me back.

2) A skate should be very personalized. From size, to design, to the type of tread used. The biggest mistake someone can make is buying a skateboard that isn't right for them. There's just too much into personalizing a skateboard that you can't do anywhere else. Would you buy a car without first giving it a test drive??? Well maybe you would, but I never could.

3) A skateboard, when done right, is a collection of different parts that all work together to make the best board for you. If this is your first time experiencing the quagmire that is skateboarding parts, you're going to need advice on what to get. This is where the pros buying a board piece by piece at your local skate shop far exceed the few bucks you may save by buying one online. 'Cause honestly I've looked at some of the "packages" online and lets just say most aren't worth speaking of.

So for these reasons and more I suggest running down to your local skate shop and helping bring back the good old days.

Hope this helps!
-Uffish Thought
A: Dear sk8trgrl,

I know nothing about skateboarding, but I do know that there is a skateboard/snowboard store in Provo on University Ave across from Muse Music (around 150 N). And for what it's worth, I agree with Uffish that you should let your son choose the board he wants.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #36783 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

So there is a red bug and a green bug crossing a road, they are both the same size and going the same speed exc. exc. The red bug is squashed by truck going five mph were as the green bug is squashed by an identical truck going seventy mph. Which one is more signifagently ground into the pavement?

-Tomato Soup

A: Dear Tomato Soup,

The one at seventy miles an hour. Since they are "identical" we only have to keep in mind the initial impact which will not be entirely orthogonal to the bug. So the green bug gets impacted at the same angle as the red but with a much higher inertia. And goodbye green bug! (and red bug)

-Castle in the Sky
Question #36774 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I understand there is a book suppose to be coming out that will have a daguerreotype that could be that of Joseph Smith. I have heard about the research and that it really has a great chance of being an actual photo of Joseph. I was told the research has been going on for a long time and even includes information from a non-mormon anthropologist, that he states the research says it very likely would be him. Has anyone heard anything about this? Wouldn't it be great if it were true?!!!!! I have seen the Mr. Fugate photo and I believe that to be of the oil painting that the Community of Christ owns. If you have information please share and I will keep researching to see if it is true.

lds9

- Anonymous

A: Dear anonymous lds9,

You might want to check out Board Question #21072 and Board Question #35510.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear lds9

This site is dedicated to the photo in question. It includes sections devoted to comparisons between the prophet's death mask and the photo, and in the FAQs section there is discussion as to why this could not be a photo of a painting (which it is certainly reminiscent of). However, this site is run by people convinced that the photo is real, and doesn't offer much in the way of counter opinions.

As detailed here (and also in the first linked site) the photo is from the library of congress, and is hardly a secret or even recent discovery. In any case, this cannot be the "original" daguerreotype, as that would have been about the size of a postage stamp. It is possible that it could be a photo of that daguerreotype, or, as is often asserted, it is a photo of a painting.

-Humble Master
Question #36753 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hey! I turn 19 soon, and I already have most of my mission gear. However, my birthday is coming up and I have no idea what to get/ask for. :) Any help would be appreciated!

- Limbo

A: Dear Limbo,

As I recall, I got luggage for my 19th birthday--a subtle way of telling me it was time to leave. But seriously, a nice, sturdy, set of luggage will serve you well over the next two years. Also, you might consider a new set of scriptures, and any books you don't have that are included in the Missionary Reference Library.

I don't recommend asking for CDs, movies, an iPod, or anything like that, because then it'll sit at home for two years, and your siblings will probably get into it.

Happy Birthday!

-TheGoldenMean
A: Dear Limbo

My parents helped me get lots of my mission stuff...and that was my birthday (really, anything that wasn't going to be useful on my mission would have been pointless).

-Humble Master
Question #36751 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been looking for a copy of any painting that depicts the Christ Child with a beard. I've seen one or two before, but I can't seem to find one now. The one that I saw also had the Virgin Mary represented. Essentially the baby Jesus looks like a miniature man with a full beard. Sorta crazy.
Thanks for your help.

-vemonator

A: Dear vemonator,

I did several searches but came up empty-handed. It looks like none of the other writers had any luck, either. Stay tuned for possible help from our ever-erudite readers!

- Katya
Question #36745 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

My wife has several male friends from high school back in Utah - some married, but mostly single and almost 100% returned missionaries. She has asked me several times if I mind that she emails them and I can truthfully say that it doesn't bother me at all. I'm glad that she's keeping in touch with old friends, especially since we don't have many in our town and because she's the kind of girl whose high school friends were mostly guys and cutting them off would leave her practically friend-less. Some of her friends have even written her from the mission field saying that their mission presidents' counsel to avoid one-on-one contact with married sisters should, by extension, include my wife. Of course, this is devastating to her because in her mind it's like losing another friend. My question is this: what are the Board's thoughts on this situation and what, if anything has the Church said in this regard?

- Inquistive Mind

A: Dear Inquisitive,

I just want to point out one thing. You kinda have to consider the future relationships of the guys she's talking to. You may not mind her talking to the guys but once they get married, their wives might. See what I mean? Also, I think it depends how much they're keeping in contact.

- Lavish
A: Dear Inquisitive

I think Lavish has some good points. I'm still in some general contact with some high school friends of the opposite gender (some are married, and I'm engaged), but usually I send out a general email to lots of people, rather than personal emails to them. And I receive some general emails from them as well. I'm still interested in what's going on in their lives, but I try to keep it general.

-Humble Master
Question #36645 posted on 06/12/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was wondering if there are any vocal or orchestral groups in the Provo area that are open to those who are not students at BYU. I was considering grad school at BYU, but time ran out, so I will be working for the time being - but I still want to indulge my musical side!

Thanks!

- thebusinessman

A: Dear businessman,

There are several groups in Utah that might interest you. Most of them are smaller orchestras that you could probably become part of by auditioning if you play a less competitive instrument. The Utah Valley Symphony is a nice group that meets in the Provo Tabernacle. The Nebo Philharmonic meets in Spanish Fork and auditions are coming up soon. As for vocal groups, if you are LDS you probably have a ward choir that you can sing in. Maybe you could form a quartet with some buddies, and maybe our knowledgeable readers will comment in with suggestions.

-Whistler
Question #36799 posted on 06/12/2007 midnight
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I want to join the CIA. How would I best go about that? Yes, a resume would help, obviously, but what could I do to increase my chances of getting in?

- Wannabe

A: Dear Wannabe,

If you're LDS, that helps. Honestly, the CIA is looking for employees. Go to a job fair and apply. If you are going to do anything important it will take a while to actually get the job considering you have to go through a rather extensive background check.

Trust me, I know.

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear wannabe,

The CIA website has a whole section dedicated to the employment options available. I would most definitely check that out. Since I don't know what area you would specialize in I'm unable to detail exactly what the application process would be for you.

Have fun!

-Just Another Cassio
...throwing in an answer.