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Ummmm. Jen, you're pretty good at physics (and you have Sean to proof for you), but when you dabble in bio-medicine, perhaps you need a copy editor. The first time I thought it was an amusing malapropism, but using "oxycontin" twice when you clearly meant "oxytocin" is not helping John or Jane Q. Public learn accurate science.

Duly corrected. Everyone needs a copy editor. But you know, I doubt John or Jane Q Public would notice...

Thank you for posting that video...priceless!!

I do agree with Chezjake. I am no biologist, but a physicist, and I knew of oxytocin. I wished Jen did not underestimate her readers, even if they were John or Jane Q. Public. Accuracy in Science is always a must.

So just how would science explain those of us, and I'm not the only one, who have absolutely no interest in marriage or even being in a long term relationship? I love my freedom to come and go whenever I want and answer to no one. I love the ability to take the classes and lessons and do the theater that other people's kids do without having to worry about being responsible for another human being. No way could I ever put anyone else first. While this may sound selfish, I volunteer at a food pantry and do a lot of community service. It's just that I never felt any desire for a significant other of either gender. I've met many people who feel the same way but are afraid to say so because they somehow feel they will be stigmatized and looked at as strange. It's not age either. I was born in 1965, and please, God, let me live and die single, free as a bird!

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      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
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      1/2 oz light rum
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      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
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