"My brother is too kind. He was eminent when my eminence was only imminent." -Niles Crane
Question #37341 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

RE Board Question #37153: I'm surprised no one mentioned condo row as a location for older students. Just south of campus, there's a cove of condos that has plenty of older people. I've found that it is generally bounded by 600 E to 900 E and 600 N to 800 N. However, due to primo location, great wards, and generally nice condos, the spots fill up fast. Most of the condos are owned by different owners.

-wired

Question #37180 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The other day my mom asked me a question that neither she nor I knew the answer to. She has scoffed at my (slight) obsession with the board, checking it every morning, asking loads of questions, and I saw this as my chance to convince her of the supreme power of the board. So, here's the question, and your chance to a new convert to the board:

Mother Dearest came home from cub scout day camp with very itchy eyes (not from allergies). I spend every day out in the sunlight, and when I don't wear sunglasses my eyes can get itchy, too. I always attributed it to chlorine, but my mom had another idea. Question: Can one's eyes become sunburned? Like, the actual eye, not the skin around it. Thanks for your continued loyalty to viewers like me.

Yours Truly,
Eponine

A: Dear quinine,

I hope my answer lives up to your lofty expectations. Yes, your eyes can get a form of sunburn. It's called photokeratitis and is caused by corneal exposure to UVB rays. The symptoms, however, are red, swollen, watery eyes. Fortunately, like a sunburn, it doesn't cause immediate permanent damage, but can eventually if not avoided.

I would guess that you simply have dry eyes, due to the evaporation of your eyes' normal lubrication due to sun exposure. Eye drops should do the trick.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Eponine,

It's also possible that they are irritated from dust and debris. Glasses or contacts will protect against that.

-Castle in the Sky has sensitive "mesmerizing" eyes
Question #37179 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

What language is this web page in? I was reading some stuff about Wimbledon and came upon it but can't figure out what langauge it is. Thanks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymru/chwaraeon/safle/tenis/pages/109256.shtml

- Pirate Pants

A: Dear Pirate Pants,

Welsh. I didn't even have to click on the link — the "Cymru" in the URL is Welsh for Wales. (But then I did open the page, just to check.)

- Katya y llyfrgellwyr
Question #37177 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do any of you have any experience with car mechanics in the area? My car was in a fender bender and I took it to a nice repair shop but the estimate they gave me was way too much, mostly because of labor charges and the fact that they wanted to fix it to be like new again. I'm more concerned with making the bare minimum of repairs necessary just to get my car back on the road - I don't care how ugly the car looks. Any tips of places around here willing to work with me like that?

- I just want my car back

A: Dear You Just Want,

The problem is, if the repair shop does the "bare minimum of repairs necessary just to get [your] car back on the road," they'd likely be liable for any future problems that should have been fixed the first time. I don't know if any reputable shop wants that liability.

You know, seeing as how you know the actual extent of the repair work, your best bet is probably going to be to pull out a phone book and start calling around yourself. Explain what's wrong with your car and what you want done. Ask if they'll do the bare minimum and if they can give you an estimate of how much it'll cost.

- Lavish

P.S. Or, if "light [breaking] through the clouds, and angel choirs [harmonizing]" when you find the right mechanic is more of your thing, talk to Petra.
A: Dear Wants their car back,

I have had some bad luck with my car in the past and have learned that a great place is University Collision. They have cheaper rates than many places that I compared them to and they were able to help me in the way that I wanted. I was also impressed with their work on my car. You should give them a call and see what they can do for you.

~Krishna
Question #37176 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard numerous people correct others when they say the term "free agency" in a church setting. Their explanations for their correction is that it wasn't free -- it was paid for and that the term "free agency" is not used in the scriptures.

While I understand where these correctors are coming from and that Jesus really did pay for our agency, I wonder where these people got the idea that others need to be corrected when they use this. I recently read a quote from David O. Makay in which he stated, "Next to life, we express gratitude for the gift of free agency. When thou didst create man, thou placed within him part of thine Omnipotence and bade him choose for himself. Liberty and conscience thus became a sacred part of human nature. Freedom not only to think, but to speak and act, is a God-given privilege." [Improvement Era, October 1958, pp. 718-719]

If a prophet of God uses the term "free agency" shouldn't we be able to use it as well? Or has there been a more recent quote by a GENERAL AUTHORITY (and NOT a seminary/institute/religion teacher and/or EFY instructor/speaker/counselor) that stated we should not use such a term?

I know that the term "non-member" is now one we are trying to avoid because we were told by a general authority to not use it, but is "free agency" also lumped in this category? Or is the "free agency isn't free" just a catch-phrase made up by someone without stewardship over the entire church?

- Free Agent

A: Dear Free Agent,

I have no support for this, but I think it's just a catch-phrase someone made up. My reasoning for this is that the term "free agency" doesn't imply everyone gets it without any payment being made. It means that the agency you are endowed with enables you to be a free and independent being. You have the agency to be free. I think people forget the actual meaning and just like to make the point that Christ paid for our sins and gave us the opportunity to be free and have that free agency. Those are my thoughts, anyway. Perhaps someone else will come up with a better-supported answer. :)

-alleluia
A: Dear Free Agent,

While Laser Jock's explanation below is great, my mentor put it nicely when he wrote me:
The phrase free agency, which has been common in Church usage for many, many years, is now considered an oversimplification and some time misrepresentation of moral agency. We are agents over our moral choices, but experience obvious limitations in many arenas. Even moral agency may be lost through one's own bad choices or, in the case of children and because of ignorance, through the bad choices of others. You will find free agency included in many conference talks, probably to include talks given by presidents of the Church, so the shift in terms is a bit jarring for some.
He said that Elder Nelson had a particular interest in the subject. In fact, in his book Gateway We Call Death, in Chapter 8, he wrote:
Many people opt to append the adjective free to describe agency. But the expression "free agency" is not scriptural terminology. Scripture refers only to "moral agency." The Lord said that "every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment." (D&C 101:78; emphasis added.)
-The Supershrink
A: Dear Agent,

No, it's not just a catchphrase that got started by some random person. In "Agency: The Gift of Choices" (September 1995 Ensign) Elder Spencer J. Condie of the Seventy explained where it got started:
I am indebted to President Boyd K. Packer, who made us aware of the fact that the term free agency appears nowhere in holy writ. Instead, the scriptures generally speak of agency or free will, but when agency is modified, it is referred to as "moral agency" (D&C 101:78; emphasis added). Because the term free agency has been used by various modern prophets, I use the terms free agency and moral agency interchangeably, aware that the latter term is more correct.
I'd say that it's an important distinction to recognize, but it's not necessary to correct someone if they say free agency.

Let's take a look at President Packer's original statement, from "Our Moral Environment" (May 1992 Ensign):
The phrase "free agency" does not appear in scripture. The only agency spoken of there is moral agency, "which," the Lord said, "I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment." (D&C 101:78; italics added.)
Again, I don't think he's saying we need to correct everyone. But it is good to know the difference.

The same principle has been mentioned by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdor ("On the Wings of Eagles," July 2006 Ensign) and can be found in "Lesson 2: Agency: The Power to Choose," Preparing for Exaltation: Teacher's Manual, 8. The fact that it's in a teacher's manual seems to indicate that it's appropriate to teach the difference in a classroom setting.

Hopefully that helps. I've actually wanted to look into that a little more for a while, so thank you.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Roger Clemens,

One more thought to add. I like to look at it in this way - in the idea of having "agency" v. "free agency."

In sports, a "free agent" is a player who isn't signed with a team. Think of that in the sense of morality. You want to be signed with a team - God's, hopefully. Once you're signed, you're no longer a free agent, although you're still an agent (taking care of your business and all that). You've signed with someone and no longer can dance around between different sides, unless you conduct a major change.

"Free agency" connotes some lack of responsibility - an ability to reject consequences. You aren't bound by anyone or anything. In moral agency, your actions - which, yes, can be made in any way you want - do matter to someone and according to the laws of nature have some type of repercussion, unlike a free agent, who can go and do whatever he darn well pleases with law-bound effects.

When people say "free agency isn't free," I don't think it means so much in the sense that "someone paid for you to be able to choose" as "there is an inherent contract in the laws of nature which says there are consequences for your actions as an agent, thereby making the term 'free agent' merely incorrect."

Like the other writers have said, this is less a matter of "Sinner! You used the wrong term." It just means something a little different, and so the right term should probably be used, but if you probably know what they mean, so don't make a huge problem of it.

Thanks to my dad for his long-ago answer to me, which helped with this question.

-Olympus
Question #37174 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear The Smartest People I've Never Met,

What is the coolest thing you've learned while writing for the board?

*Soupy

A: Dear Soupy

That George Washington Carver did not, in fact invent peanut butter (see (^37143)). I was LIED TO, I SAY. I WAS LIED TO! And in elementary school, no less, when I was especially impressionable.

-Humble Master
A: My dear,

I learned that a guava tree makes a great houseplant.

Fascinating!

- The Defenestrator
A: Dear Soupy,

Probably this.

- Katya
A: Dear Soupy,

I think that Board Question #31713 was one of the most unexpected answers. It was pretty cool to learn it.

—Laser Jock
Question #37172 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear the Board of 99 hours too many,

If you were a Spice Girl( or boy, i suppose), What Spice would you be?

* Soupy Spice

A: Dear Soupy Spice,

I think it's obvious that I would be Just Another Spice. I know the pun is horrible but inside I really love it.

-Just Another Cassio
...never making the attempt to imagine himself a Spice Girl.
A: Dear,

Ooo, oooo!

We had 5 people in one of my old apartments, and we'd just watched Spice World and laughed our heads off. We were all assigned Spice Girls--I ended up as Ginger Spice, due to red-headedness.

Then one roommate (Novel, for those of you who remember,) drew us in church one Sunday. That day, I was "Of Good Report" Spice.

My favorite, though, is Scary. In case you were wondering.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Soupy(?),

I think I'd be Posh.

Nike
A: My dear,

This was hard for me. I came up with several that seemed appropriate for me:

* Weird Spice
* Saucy Spice
* Flirty Spice

But in the end, only one name could really embody my true nature:

Dork Spice.

- The Defenestrator
A: Dear SS,

MySpice.

Courtesy of my sister, Old Spice. And courtesy of my mom, Outer Spice.

—Laser Jock
A: Dear Soupy

Humble Spice...never mind...um...Dork Spice...no wait that one was taken...um...Super Spice...yes, that's it...Super Spice (or Bat Spice, Spider Spice, or X-Spice).

-Humble Master
A: Dear Soupy Spice,

Curry, of course.

-Yellow
Question #37171 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear The Board of 100 Hours,

Whatever happened to Squeezits??

*Soupy

A: Dear Soupy

In 2001 General Mills, which had been making Squeeze-its, ceased doing so. How do I know this? Well, I gleaned this information from this online petition to "Bring Back Squeeze-its!"

If you feel strongly enough about the matter, feel free to sign that petition (not that online petitions are noted for ever having success...).

-Humble Master

A: Dear Saffron,

I just want you to know that I myself consumed a Squeeze-it this past Wednesday. Ha ha. :-P

Apparently they're still out there somewhere.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Der Kicks and Giggles

Well, perhaps something inspired General Mills to start making them again (maybe I was wrong about online not working...). Or maybe you just had a very, very old Squeeze-it last Wednesday.

-Humble Master
Question #37169 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear The Members of the Board who have played the game "Apples to Apples",

When playing said game, do you have a favorite Red card? Or are there cards that always seem to win no matter what Green card is laid? What cards are your "trump" cards?

*Soupy (a fan of 'Festering Wounds' and 'My Love Life')

A: Dear Soupy

Allow me to tell you far more about my feelings concerning Apples to Apples than you bargained for when asking this question.

The first thing you need to know about me is that I am a competitive person. Really competitive. Besides being a distance runner in high school (which I will always maintain takes a high level of competitive spirit...you don't see non-competitive people think it is a good idea to run for an hour every single day of the summer so that you can then run a 3.1 mile hilly course against other people who ran for an hour every day of the summer) I have that drive that turns just about everything into a competition. Mowing the lawn? Try to shave minutes of your last performance while still maintaining the quality. Doing the laundry? Is there a more natural chore to basketball equivalent than tossing laundry into a top loading washer? Don't even get me started on the games my brothers and I used to invent (I will admit that one hall lighting fixture was entirely ripped from the wall (with much shattering of glass) whilst we were engaged in a game we creatively entitled "Hall Soccer"). Referencing that famous incident brings to mind other that games we invented such as "Underwater Stealth," "Hamper Basketball" (played on your knees), "Hamper Horse," "The Interception Thing" (three guys, one football, few options), "60" (pronounced "sitty"), and many, many more.

In any game I will do my darndest to win. I'm the guy who, when everyone else is goofing off playing a lazy game of volleyball, is most likely to tear a rotator cuff throwing himself needlessly to the ground trying to save an out-of-bounds tip.

So with that in mind, let us discuss Apples to Apples. The one main flaw I find in this game, which prevents me from enjoying it, is that YOU CAN'T TRY HARDER TO WIN. No matter what you do it's a complete crapshoot. The whims of the other players judging make no sense. Even in non-physical competitions, such as Chess, you should be able to devise a strategy, apply more effort, think it through, and do better. With Apples to Apples you can't do that. I end up closing my eyes and tossing out a card, it has just as much chance of winning as anything I choose. This frustrates me.

Now I know that's a character flaw. Not everything is a competition. And I shouldn't get frustrated. To try and circumvent this I end up trying to make snarky yet humorous remarks about the category/subject matches, which I realize is really the whole point of the game. But if it is a game, and there are multiple players, I want to be able to try harder to win. And I can't do that in Apples to Apples.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Soupy,

I'm a fan of the "Sean Connery" card. *sigh*

-Whistler
A: Dear Soupy,

Two words: Tree hugger.

For some reason, when we were little, we laughed about those words for hours one day.

- Lavish
A: Dear Soupy,

I have to disagree with Humble Master, here - there's loads of strategy to the game. It's all about how well you know your fellow players and their sense of humor. I think it's more revealing of familiarity than games like True Colors.

Now as for my favorite Red Cards, it's true that it's hard not to pick a 'Helen Keller' or an 'Anne Frank' when they pop up, but I have to confess that the ones that get me every darn time are the physics and science-related cards, like 'Friction', 'Gravity', and 'The Universe'. Something about such abstract ideas personified just slays me.

-krebscout
Question #37168 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have heard from different sources that humans are descended from apes, great apes, chimpanzees, lemurs and a number of other living primates. According to the theory of evolution, what is the one animal (still living today) that human beings are most recently descended from?

- Zhoukoudian

A: Dear Zhoukoudian,

Let's clear something up right now: Humans are not descended from any other modern species of animal, any more than modern English is descended from modern German. Evolutionarily speaking, humans and primates share common ancestors, just as English and German are modern descendants of a common linguistic ancestor. (In both cases, however, the modern descendants have evolved to be significantly different from each other and from their common ancestor.) If we were to rephrase your question to refer to the species which is mostly closely related to humans (or, in other words, which has the most recent common ancestor) the answer would be the two members of the chimpanzee family: the Common Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and the Bonobo (Pan paniscus).

- Katya
Question #37167 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Disclaimer: I know you're not doctors.

I have been having a really weird issue with my health lately. All of the muscles of my limbs are perpetually exhausted. For instance, I was driving the other day and it was extremely difficult to keep my arms up enough to keep them on the wheel. My legs are sore and tired every time I walk. I don't lift weights or even exercise (yes, I know I should), but my muscles are exhausted every day. Do you know of anything I can do about this? Have you even heard of this before? For information's sake, I eat well (plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, etc.) and get a decent, if not optimal, amount of sleep.

-Feeling Weak and Shaky

A: Dear,

I've got no idea. Get to a doctor.
If you're having a hard time keeping your hands on the steering wheel, you're endangering other people. You should go get that fixed ASAP.

-Uffish Thought
A: Dear Fatigued,

I will give another disclaimer that I don't really know anything about this, but I've heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which sort of sounds similar. But like LeVar Burton says, don't take my word for it. This sounds serious, you'd better go see a doctor. It's worth the $10 or whatever the copay is at the Health Center.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear George,

I'm not a doctor, but it sounds to me as though you could be either anemic or have thyroid problem. Run, don't walk, to a doctor. Er, maybe that's not an option for you. Okay, just get to a doctor as soon as possible.

-Kicks and Giggles
Question #37166 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

I've been watching a lot of movies lately and would like to watch some that don't make me feel like I'm killing brain cells while I watch them.

What movies would you recommend for "thinking-type" movies? Plot that is well-thought out and flows, well-developed characters, cinematographically interesting, and makes you think throughout the film.

- Scarecrow

A: Dear George,

Well, The Fountain definitely fits your criteria (thanks Optimistic.). Also, see my answer to Board Question #34777 and Board Question #34999. Those might help you out. I would add to that lists, since it's been awhile since I made it and I have since seen more films, the following:

Bastards of Young
The Believer
The Bone Collector
Conversations with Other Women
Darfur Diaries
The Departed
Four Brothers
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
In the Arms of Angels
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
OT: Our Town
Ponette
The Pursuit of Happyness
A Simple Curve
Two Brothers and a Bride


I hope you enjoy your movies. As always, please consider my disclaimer from Board Question #34777.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Der Scarecrow

Several movies that I find make me think (but are still thoroughly entertaining):
12 Angry Men
Anatomy of a Murder
Big Fish
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Finding Neverland
Good Night and Good Luck
Henry V
Life is Beautiful
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Prestige
Stranger Than Fiction
Serenity
Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Unstrung Heroes

Now, as always, plenty of the onus is on the viewer to do the thinking. Plenty of people could (and did) see Serenity or Big Fish and never thought about what was being said.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Scarecrow,

Since the AFI was bored and decided to re-release their top 100 list I decided to take some of my favorites off of that:

1. "Citizen Kane," 1941.
6. "Gone With the Wind," 1939.
7. "Lawrence of Arabia," 1962.
36. "The Bridge on the River Kwai," 1957.
39. "Dr. Strangelove," 1964.
87. "12 Angry Men," 1957.

And then, I will add to it.

Il Postino (Italian)
Mad Hot Ballroom
Spirited Away

-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear Castle in the Sky

AFI's special wasn't simply a re-release, they polled 1500 filmmakers, actors, writers, etc. as a ten year anniversary of the first list, and released the new top 100 films.

There were some significant changes (though Citizen Kane held the top spot). Raging Bull and Vertigo made significant leaps into the top 10, Charlie Chaplin's City Lights went from No. 76 to No. 11, and The Searchers went from No. 96 to No. 12 (the biggest leap in the list). Several films that weren't made when the original list was created are in the new one, such as Lord of the Rings, Titanic (why?), Saving Private Ryan, and The Sixth Sense. And several other films that weren't in the original list at all are now there, such as 1927's Buster Keaton classic The General (why this was not on the original list is beyond me, it is such a classic).

So, not a re-release, but the same idea ten years later.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Scarecrow,

In addition (disclaimer: if it's rated R, find it edited):

The Queen
Adaptation
RIZE
The Trials of Darryl Hunt
My Kid Could Paint That (okay, I haven't seen this one, but it's high on my list)
Children of Heaven
De Nadie

Really, most documentaries are out to make you think, so I usually condone those. Also, documentaries are more often available as clean movies without having to go through any sort of editing process, simply because they don't as often have direct footage of events, but rather conduct interviews and whatnot about the implications of those events.

Here are some movies that look interesting, that I would like to see if either they're clean or I can find them in clean versions::

Man Push Cart, by Ramin Bahrani (profile of a specific Manhattan experience)
Journey from the Fall: Vuot Song, by Ham Tran (Vietnam)
Jewboy, by Tony Krawitz (sorta like My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok)
Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon, by Peter Richardson
Thank You for Smoking, by Jason Reitman
The Secret Life of Words, by Isabel Coixet (Tim Robbins; a nurse cares for a temporarily blind burn victim on an oil rig in the Irish Sea - he wants to talk and she's the professional.)
The Night Listener, by Patrick Stettner (a radio host gets "rustled out of his NY brownstone and safe neighborhood" - tells the story.)
A Little Trip to Heaven, by Baltasar Kormakur (a claims officer figures out a million-dollar life insurance policy)
Louie Bluie, by Terry Zwigoff
Little Red Flowers, by Zhang Yuan (4-year-old boy in an orphanage learns to cope and "fit in" to society)
I for India, by Sandhya Suri (Yash Pal Suri moved to England and films it, while his family films home life - they trade)
The World According to Sesame Street, by Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan
An Unreasonable Man, by Henriette Mantel and Stephen Skrovan (about Ralph Nader)
So Much So Fast, by Steven Ascher, Jeanne Jordan (29-year-old guy with ALS ... showed at the doc series this year)
American Blackout, by Ian Inaba (doc of "the disenfranchisement of the black vote through the lens of the political career of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney [D-Georgia]" - spurred by the investigations of the Florida election process after the recounts of presidential election 2000)
The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (about the first American soldier to be killed in the War on Iraq - a few hours after it began - he was an emigrant - they talk to his family and other people who are trying come over)
Songbirds, by Brian Hill (Britain's female prison population is huge - a doc "musical" - takes stories of women behind bars and creates songs appropriate for each character - rap, lullaby, etc. - maggie, a burglar; theresa, stabbed her neighbor to death; mary, in jail for 20 years; sam, an arsonist, "tell us of their lives and experiences through song")
5 Days, by Yoav Shamir (Israel's evacuation of the Gaza Strip - bloodless, I think)

If you find any of that last list, let me know.

-Olympus

P.S. Keep your eye out for Frost/Nixon, soon. Filming begins in August for the movie version of the Tony-winning play. The movie is directed by Ron Howard, taken from the screenplay by Peter Morgan (who also wrote The Queen). See it, see it, see it.
Question #37161 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

The other day I was looking at the grocery store advertisements that came in the mail, and I noticed that Macey's and Allen's were advertising the exact same specials at the exact same prices (worded exactly the same), and even used many of the same pictures in their ads. They even featured the same recipe for Sprite-can chicken! Are these stores owned by the same company?

Thanks a bunch!

- Baby Olivia

A: Dear cute baby,

This turned out to be a fairly interesting question. There is some funny business going on behind the scenes and it centers around a company called Associated Food Stores. AFS was started in order to help independent grocery stores compete with the larger chains. From their website, we read:
Industry headlines today read in much the same fashion as they did 60 years ago. Large chain stores were forcing the small independent grocers out of business. The stores that weren't bought up by the chains were coerced to buy groceries from suppliers at a more expensive cost because they didn't have the buying power of the chains. The big chains illegally compelled the suppliers to sell at a higher price to the independent operators by threatening to pull their business if the suppliers didn't comply. As a result, the independent stores had inadequate and unreliable sources of supply and no one to defend their cause.

Early in 1940, Donald P. Lloyd, who was president of the Utah Retail Grocers Association, predicted impending doom for the independent retailers unless they could unite to take on the competition and increase their collective buying power.

He persuaded 34 retailers to contribute $300 each to help organize an independent warehouse, and Associated Food Stores was born. One by one the problems of unfair and illegal trade practices, under capitalization and competitive conspiracy were surmounted.
In addition to providing food to these independent grocers (they are part-owners of Western Family), AFS supplies a slew of additional services, including "retail marketing & advertising", and "printing".

Macey's has since been bought out by AFS in 1999, but as far as I can tell, Allen's remains an independent grocer. Because of the similarities in their fliers, however, I would assume that both Macey's and Allen's are taking advantage of AFS's marketing services. Since the food is coming from the same supplier, it makes sense to have the same deals and reduces costly overhead for smaller grocers like Allen's.

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #37160 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
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Dear 100 Hour Board,

Where does the particular hostility of BYU students for Provo (and, more generally, Utah) come from? It seems strange that a general resentment of the town is common among most students. Is this part of a greater trend among all college students? Do those attending the University of Michigan resent living in Ann Arbor? What about the University of Colorado? Do its students complain about Boulder?

Maybe it's just a Utah thing, but I've never heard anyone from Utah State whine about how lame Logan is, much less those from the University of Utah go on and on about Salt Lake. Enlighten me.

- Pearly.

A: Dear Phinnaeus,

The thing is that a great number of the student body is NOT from Utah and a greater number is not from Provo. Therefore, those great numbers have other (cooler) places to compare Provo to. And Provo, in comparison, is kind of lame. Like how everything closes at like 8:00? Yeah, not really cool. And just the whole 99% LDS happy little bubble thing can get kind of boring and old. And those are my thoughts.

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Pearly,

I think of it has to do with Provo's unique culture. It's an extremely unified student body. What I mean by that is this: if you look at the age range, goals, religion, and common experiences of those here in Provo is that you will find them, on average, remarkably similar.

People feel very comfortable here but, at the same time, idealize and expect better. Members of the church are generally very tolerant of non-Mormons but get us in a room together and we'll start fighting each other. Kinda like church basketball. :)

Also, there's that marriage/dating thing. Most people aren't "searching" for their future spouse anywhere at all like they are here in Provo. When the spouse isn't found and a few years go by, well, you find people feeling a little ripped-off, disappointed, and lonely.

I was originally headed to Virginia Tech and all my friends who were there (non-members & graduated) just had a different focus. It was more about partying every Friday night with their buds, not trying to map out their lives in under four years to plan in everlasting happiness and success.

Talk about Stress! Yikes!

SERENITY NOW!
-Castle in the Sky
A: Dear Pearly.,

I think that K&G's on to something when she points out that most BYU students aren't from Utah (and of those that are, most aren't from Provo).

I think the whine-age comes down to a few factors:

1. Climate and environment.

Utah is a desert. It also gets pretty warm in the summer and pretty cold in the winter. Thus, non-Utahns complain about the lack of greenery, the cold winters, and the hot summers. (And then Minnesotans laugh at the second group and Arizonans laugh at the last group.)

2. Population density.

Utah is fairly sparsely populated compared to, say, southern California and Provo has much fewer residents than, say Washington, D.C. This means that the variety of things to do is limited by what the population can support.

3. Culture.

Oddly, this cuts in a couple of directions, with people complaining about how uptight and judgmental and horrible Utah Mormons are compared with all other Mormons, and at the same time saying that Utah Mormons have life so much easier than Mormons who life elsewhere. Like I said in Board Question #6961, there are more judgmental Mormons in Utah than elsewhere, but that's just because there are more Mormons, period, than anywhere else. (By that same token, there are also more cool Mormons in Utah than anywhere else, including enough cool Mormons to keep the Board running.) I also don't doubt that being the only Mormon in your high school carried with it difficulties that won't be experienced by Mormons who grow up in Utah, but growing up in Utah carries with it its own set of difficulties.

In general, I have very little patience with people who come to BYU and complain about Provo and Utah. For one thing, it's incredibly rude, and not at all becoming in a guest. For another thing, there must be significant advantages to being here, or you wouldn't be here at all. If you hate it that much, leave behind your 70% subsidized education and huge Mormon dating pool and go somewhere else. If the advantages of staying here outweigh the disadvantages, then shut up, be grateful, and quit whining about my state already.

- Katya

P.S. See also Board Question #2243
A: Dear Pearly~

I don't think it's necessarily that Provo is particularly unique in and of itself. Every location on Earth is going to have funny little quirks that make it unique. I think that the Utah-haters might be disappointed to learn that Utah-hating is pretty trendy right here, too. In my observation, it's usually people who want to rebel against something, and find the church to be a convenient target.

I guess evidence that the culture of Utah is affecting the entire church, then, is that hating-Utah is catching among church members worldwide who want to strike out against their spiritual heritage.

One must also not fail to recognize that sometimes travelers adapt sort of a Neanderthal attitude toward other cultures, in which they say "It's not like home, therefore it is bad."

I once went on a date with a girl from Florida who actually thought it was impressive that she wasn't from Utah. Although I managed to be polite for the duration of the evening, it was hard to stop laughing when I got home. I didn't ask her out again.

~Hobbes
Question #37157 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I recently got my own car after bumming rides for 3 years (finally!) but I need to personalize it somehow so it feels more like mine rather than a test drive car. Any suggestions?

- Hotwheels

A: Dear George,

Congratulations!! That's a great feeling; I recently got a car after going nearly four years without.

I feel like I made my car "mine" when I named him. There was immediate attachment. Also, the more I drove and worked on the car (checking fluid levels, replacing a broken visor bracket, washing it, etc.), the more I established a relationship with him. We're close now.

I think having my music in the car and also making rules for my passengers makes it feel a little bit more like "mine." Those are just a couple of suggestions. Have fun with your new car!

-Kicks and Giggles
A: Dear Hotwheels

Much like Kicks and Giggles I recommend naming the majestic beast. Through the years I have driven Suzy Q, Danger, the Chairman Mao, and currently I drive Kal El (why yes, that is the Superman's Kryptonian name, how very astute of you to point that out).

It helps the relationship with the car if you have something to call it. I also recommend a road trip. Get some friends to chip in on gas and drive somewhere at least five hours away.

-Humble Master
A: Dear Hotwheels,

One thing first...

NO BUMPER STICKERS.

They just look so... tacky.

Second,

How about a personalize license plate holder? Or... a personalized license plate. Come to think of it, I've never had a personalize license plate holder. Just the plate itself. (I did forever want one of the "I'd rather be shopping at Nordstrom" ones and then later a "Utah plates, [my home state] girl" one though.) I know people here are cheap but personalized plates are lots of fun. You can go here to see if the plate you want is available.

- Lavish
A: Dear Hotwheels,

Ways in which you can personalize your car:
  • I have to agree with K&G that nothing makes a space feel comfortable like good music. If you have an iPod (or any mp3 player) and you're really brave, you might even want to try this.
  • Tacky as they may be, I'm a big proponent of steering wheel covers. They protect your hands from hot days and cold mornings. I had one called Chester for years.
  • Or, for a really personal touch, you might want to try making your own air freshener to dangle from your brand new rear-view.

Happy driving.

-krebscout with the help of her good friend, ReadyMade Magazine
Question #37154 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I'm going to Girl's Camp soon with my home ward and I'm way excited! My camp director said that she heard somewhere about dutch oven liners, and we were thinking that they'd be really convenient for making both a dinner and dessert in the dutch ovens on the same night. Can you help me find some in the Las Vegas area?

- Hungry at camp

A: Dear Hungry,

Might I suggest tin foil?

-wet blanket
A: Dear Hungry at Camp,

Your best bet would be to call an outdoors equipment store in the Las Vegas area and ask if they have something like that. If you were in the Provo/Salt Lake Area, I'd suggest something like Cabela's or REI, but I don't really know what's close to you in your area. That's where the yellow pages excel.

Good luck!

-Yellow (Not pages)
Question #37128 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I grew up in Massachusetts with candlepin bowling. In my youthful naivity, I thought that it was the only type of bowling and that the other kind had gone the way of the Flintstones (as that was the only place I saw it). Since I came to Utah, I am not as fond of bowling. Is candlepin bowling available in Utah?

Thanks a bunch,
~ Rincewynd

A: Dear Rice Wind,

Although it's impossible to prove the non-existence of something, I'm going to give an educated guess that there is not anywhere close that has candlepin bowling. The International Candlepin Bowling Association makes it abundantly clear that it is only popular in the northeast, and this guy seems to agree.

However, if you want to be really, really sure, you should probably call all the bowling alleys in Utah to make sure. Sorry!

-=Optimus Prime=-
Question #37070 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I am wondering if in this last dispensation, there has ever been a revelation that has caused huge numbers of members to leave the church. The only example I can think of would be when Brigham Young was chosen as prophet and so a large portion of members became RLDS. Are there any other examples? I was also wondering if there are any records of a lot of people going inactive when the revelation on polygamy was given. Thanks

BarOBM

A: Dear BarOBM,

The other two events that come to mind are associated with the two Official Declarations found in the Doctrine and Covenants. When Willford Woodruff issued the "Manifesto," declaring a definitive end to polygamy in the Church, many members felt that the Church was being led astray, and left. This is the origin of most of the polygamous groups now found in the western United States. The other was when the revelation was received in 1978 that the priesthood was to be extended to all races.

In both cases, people felt that essential doctrine was being changed. There's a very important principle at work here. The Gospel is always the same; there are certain ordinances that must be carried out under proper priesthood authority, and certain covenants that must be made and kept, in order for the Atonement to save us from our sins. Those things will never change. However, if a prophet of God who has been set apart to lead the church receives the proper revelation, matters relating to church policy (the way the church is run) can be changed. Sometimes these are dramatic changes, things that seem to change the very core of things. But we do believe in modern revelation. We do believe that God speaks today. And when He speaks, we listen.

-Yellow
Question #37058 posted on 06/27/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, there's this quote by Elder Holland to missionaries that goes something like this: "How you spend the hours in the morning from 6:30 to 10:30 will make or break your mission." What exactly did he say, and when or where was it, or where is it recorded?

- Anxiously awaiting and appreciating your aid

A: Dear Anxious,

The quote (or at least one version of it) is:
I have said to missionaries all over the world that they make or break their mission from 6:30 to 9:30 in the morning.
That's from the Mission President's Seminar, June 20, 2000, in his talk titled Missionary Work and the Atonement. Of course, the fact that he's said it "all over the world" implies that it's not just a single quote that he said once. Rather, it's a principle. Your early-morning study time will dramatically affect the way you carry yourself throughout the day. Missionaries that have the Spirit with them throughout the day will accomplish so much more than those who don't.

-Yellow
Question #37182 posted on 06/27/2007 midnight
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are they constructing on the south end of the third floor of the Library where there used to be some study area next to the Copyright Office and south stairwell?

- Curious Bookworm

A: Dear Curious Bookworm,

See Board Question #36324.

- the librarian