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Shiyara the High Mediator

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Pathfinder Society Member. 3,356 posts (7,435 including aliases). 3 reviews. 2 lists. 3 wishlists. 66 aliases.


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Aranna wrote:
Try a 9mm or a .40 although they don't have the stopping power of a .45 they ARE much easier to control. Depending on your skill I would go with the .40 since it works well for the police. Or if you need a cheaper gun to build your skill up with go with the 9mm.

Honestly, I'd probably get a shotgun if I felt like buying a home defense gun. I know better than to think handguns are particularly accurate in any combat situation, and my new pad is pretty small, so I'd rather scare the crap out of any potential robber and, if necessary, put out a spread of buckshot. I also have this reluctance to buy any firearm less than 40 years old, and an old, obsolete 12 gauge is still a 12 gauge.

That said, I don't have any plans to buy a firearm for self defense. Doesn't really feel like there's an impending need in my case.


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My gun's pretty useless in a robbery, too. I never buy ammo, and it's locked up anyways. I'm also not a particularly good shot without veins full of adrenaline, and the thing kicks like a mule. It's one of those revolvers designed back when one handed shooting was the norm, so the ergonomics are horrible for a two handed grip, and I can't comfortably shoot .45 ACP one handed.


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Freehold DM wrote:
That will get your ass kicked in new york. Hold on to the damn pole.

We don't mind that in the Bay Area. What you don't do is honk your horn in traffic. That's something New Yorkers do that I don't get. It's like, any time you're in traffic you have to honk at everyone because you can't move or something. In San Francisco, the only time you hear honking is when a collision almost happens, someone wants to get someone's attention for social purposes, or someone is about to get into a roadside shouting match or a fistfight. Outside that, honking is something of a provocation. Our gridlock traffic is actually pretty quiet.


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captain yesterday wrote:
My kids love standing up on the bus. The call it Bus Surfing. So I haven't sat down on a bus in forever. :-)

It's only bus surfing if you don't hold on to any poles or handles. The bumpier the ride, the radder the dude.


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Hey, TOZ. I just bought a chicken alfredo MRE. Any advice regarding what it's going to do to me?


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I've always wondered why are chef pants so damn ugly?

It's like Hawaiian shirts - apparently someone was like "these are too comfortable to make in plain colors - that would sell like crazy - find a way to make them ugly as s#~~."

Hawaiian shirts are for dudes who are just too chill to give a damn.


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By pretty much any other matric, San Francisco has better public transit than my native San Jose, but San Jose has the most comfortable seats by far. Sitting in one right now, and they are nice. They have fabric cushions, while San Francisco has plastic. Then again, they must be hell to clean, and I bet the homeless population wreaks havoc with them. Which would probably be exactly why San Francisco uses plastic.


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Bayshore is a sad train station. So empty and quiet aside from the wind and the occasional rattle of an approaching train. Aren't even really many buildings in view of the station. Just scrub, grass, and garbage trucks. It's lonely, isolated, and cold. Long, desolate walk from the parking lot to the southbound platform, too.

It did feel good taking a seat in the Uber and realizing I am done with university housing for good.


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I don't understand why employees steal from the registers. You're on camera, the managers know damn well when the register is off, they know who rang up what and when, and if you just clean out a register and run ($400 if you're lucky, at least where I work), they know where you live and what your SSN and stuff is to tell the cops. The risk is just so disproportionate to the reward.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I think I might have actually messed up my knees. Jumped off a loading docking hella times yesterday because there just wasn't time to go all the way around the stockroom and use the stairs, and my knees are hurting this morning. I can still walk, but it's not fun.
Ouch. I hope your knees and other quietly aching joints ease up on you soon.
Hopefully. I'm young, at least. Does make packing a pain in the ass.
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

And I have a final today and didn't have time to study because I was at work all weekend and I need to pack because the university decided that housing move out date should be on Wednesday ON THE SAME DAY AS FINALS BECAUSE WHO CARES ABOUT STUDENTS. And few people checked out early because they have finals, so everyone is moving out the last day (I have to because I have a final on moveout day and I have to spend a week in San Jose before moving to my new place in San Francisco on June 1), and the university is saying it's so packed Wednesday they don't know if we'll be out by 10PM.

I really want to just fall apart right now.

That seems so poorly planned/scheduled. Seriously, how can most regular students, already on pretty limited financial and emotional energy budgets, study for exams and start packing at the same time?!?! ARGH!

The university couldn't care less. That's been their general attitude towards everything. Roommates bullying people? If they don't physically touch you, you're on your own. Be lucky we allow you to have housing, San Francisco is in a housing crisis we don't have enough room for everyone. Took too many units and it would really help to accept a W in a class and focus more on the others? No. All Ws must have a medical reason, overwork is not a valid medical reason (this was back in March, so it wasn't a late withdrawal). Our computer system keeps breaking routing numbers, causing problems with direct deposits for financial aid? Still going to charge you a penalty fee for each failure. I severely doubt they could give any less of a damn if move out date is severely effecting people's finals.


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I think I might have actually messed up my knees. Jumped off a loading docking hella times yesterday because there just wasn't time to go all the way around the stockroom and use the stairs, and my knees are hurting this morning. I can still walk, but it's not fun. And I have a final today and didn't have time to study because I was at work all weekend and I need to pack because the university decided that housing move out date should be on Wednesday ON THE SAME DAY AS FINALS BECAUSE WHO CARES ABOUT STUDENTS. And few people checked out early because they have finals, so everyone is moving out the last day (I have to because I have a final on moveout day and I have to spend a week in San Jose before moving to my new place in San Francisco on June 1), and the university is saying it's so packed Wednesday they don't know if we'll be out by 10PM.

I really want to just fall apart right now.


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Nothing better than that old school train-like chugging sound the wheels on a 40s-built streetcar make when it gets up to speed in light traffic on the way to work. Modern light rail vehicles don't make that kind of noise. Specifically designed not to.


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Also I really want to work on a Worldbuilding project, but I just cannot spare the time, but my brain wants to do that and not the term paper.

It is a fun project. Typically I work with Fantasy Counterpart Culture America Circa Mid-20th Century, which is all well and good, but right now I'm working on Fantasy Counterpart Culture Germany Circa Mid-20th Century. Which means the 1940s, which logically means Fantasy Nazi Time. Except I decided that the Fantasy Nazis got the crap kicked out of them by the Not-German goverment without ever coming close to taking power, and the Republic held, if sometimes tenuously. It's actually really fun to work with a 1940s German culture that lacks fascism and genocide, but still gets cool stuff like stahlhelms, stielhandgranates, panzers with dashing commanders, and really smug not-Prussian officers with weird accents and riding crops they have no use for (who aren't evil, just dorks). And Berlin Cabernet culture is just perfect for my worldbuilding, LGBT elements and all. And Bavaria won't ever stop being fun.


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Also I'm angry because stupid family drama, and I need to write a term paper, and writing term papers angry is hard.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
We could have a show called Produce Wars. Where one holes up in a historic castle, and the other has to lay siege with only produce to use in our homemade siege engines.
That sounds too dangerous. You could kill someone with a trebuchet launched pumpkin or watermelon.

Pah. Fresh produce never killed anyone.

That is patently false and outright dangerous misinformation, and it is absolutely vital that everyone be properly appraised of the true dangers. I'll let a trained master explain the dangers and how to counter them.


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I just realized something about myself. I hate driving cars, but I always loved riding in them. Cars are fine (Barring certain issues regarding incendiary bicycles), but I want someone else to drive me around. Which would be why I genuinely like public transportation. I pay $70 at the beginning of the month, and then I'm driven around by a group of professionals as much as I want for the whole month. At a much cheaper price than driving, too.


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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Been busy awhile. No days off in forever, busy looking for housing. Just found a place. It's in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco (around Taraval). Renting a small two bedroom with a chill twenty-something. Not a big place, but cozy and it fits both my bookcases and my TV. Abd my roommate doesn't smoke (anything) or drink, and doesn't mind my drinking as long as I'm chill with it.

Signed the lease today, paying the landlady next week. This is legally my room as of June 1st. Can't believe I can stay in San Francisco for another year :)


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Been busy awhile. No days off in forever, busy looking for housing. Just found a place. It's in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco (around Taraval). Renting a small two bedroom with a chill twenty-something. Not a big place, but cozy and it fits both my bookcases and my TV. Abd my roommate doesn't smoke (anything) or drink, and doesn't mind my drinking as long as I'm chill with it.


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Oh, it's Mother's Day. Guess I have to call her and pretend I actually give a damn.


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I may or may not have lit my arm hair on fire extracting a tick when I lived in Montana.


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Tacticslion wrote:
That's awful. I'm so sorry.

Sad part is, I'm not surprised in the least. It's just not shocking for a major American city.


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So I'm walking to a downtown train station at 11:30 at night, and there's a dead body on the stairs. Not an everyday occurrence, but I've certainly seen it before. Homeless people sleep there, so if they die in their sleep, that's often where.

Paramedics were already on the scene, so nothing for me to do. Except there's a lot more cops and paramedics than usual. Like, at least six medics and eight cops. And the cops asked me if I saw anything (Nope. The cops were there before me.).

Turns out the dead guy got shot twice right there in the train station. The medics almost sounded bored while doing chest compressions and stuff, but I guess that's because screaming like on TV wouldn't really help communication in an emergency.


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I'm selling all the wine! 117 bottles! Possibly because I'm naked.


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I managed to squeeze myself into a few minutes with a general advisor today to get my double major petition signed. Then I took it to the Registrar's Office, and they signed off and entered it into my records on the spot. I am now officially a Geography major and an Urban Planning major.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Tacticslion wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
Sugar has no effect on hyperactivity in adults or children. That's an unfounded wives' tales with nothing but anecdotal evidence that has been disproven many times over the years by science.

...

As a father of a four-year-old, I have powerful enough and personal anecdotal evidence that requires me to ask you to cite your sources...

Here's a double-blind one from the New England Journal of Medicine.

And yeah, I had the exact opposite experience. We didn't particularly care whether or not our kids ate sugar, and we never saw it affect their behavior. My anecdotal evidence (and PLEASE do not take this as a slight on your person whatsoever, as it is not meant to be so) is that the more the parents anticipated hyperactive behavior, the more hyperactive the kids got. Kids are fantastic at reading parental cues. (Anyone remember the famous "counting horse" where they finally figured out the horse was reading the trainer's nonverbal cues to know when to stop?) Or even more importantly, vast quantities of sugar are typically devoured at parties and other social gatherings where social stimuli make the little people go nuts.

If you can, give it a try. Pay no attention whatsoever to their sugar intake. Force yourself not to care. See whether they have the legendary rush-n-crash.

I've just never experienced it with my two.

Also, a lot of sugary candy also contains caffeine. Chocolate in particular.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Incidentally, I have just drunk four cans of Dr. Pepper and am practically bouncing off the walls, but what I want to know is why it describes itself as a 'fruit flavour beverage' on the side. I do not believe that any fruit exists that tastes remotely similar to Dr. Pepper.
That's, like, half a cup of coffee.

Half a cup of coffee with 37 teaspoons of sugar in it.

Drinking at Starbucks, are we?

I won't go to Starbucks. They keep the pots filled with dark roast only where I live, and dark doesn't have enough caffeine. And I drink it black.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Incidentally, I have just drunk four cans of Dr. Pepper and am practically bouncing off the walls, but what I want to know is why it describes itself as a 'fruit flavour beverage' on the side. I do not believe that any fruit exists that tastes remotely similar to Dr. Pepper.

That's, like, half a cup of coffee.


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Looks like I'm actually going to get to elevate my Geography minor to a major in university. In order to double major, you need your current major's advisor to sign a paper ascertaining that they have reviewed your course plan and deemed it acceptable, your new major's advisor to sign a paper ascertaining you can meet their major's requirements, your new major's department chair to sign a paper saying they are willing to accept you into their program, and a general education advisor to sign a paper ascertaining that you can meet all your general education requirements with two majors. The Geography department chair just signed off on me joining the program, and I have signatures from my Geography and Urban Planning advisors. Now I just need a general advising signature. I got an appointment next Tuesday morning. I only have one GE class left to take, and I've registered for it in the Summer semester, so there is no reason why he wouldn't give me the signature. That will complete all the paperwork I need to go to the Registrar's Office and get the Geography major added officially.


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My part time retail position requires a college degree to apply for it. Funny enough, I didn't realize that when I applied. Luckily the Associate's in Social & Behavioral Science on my resume was good enough for the general manager. Guess it's a good thing I decided to take those extra PE classes to get that degree (I wasn't originally going to get a degree from my CC, just a transfer to uni).

Nothing we do requires academic fortitude, and there's a low wage labor shortage in San Francisco that's making it pretty hard for us to find new employees. Restricting the pool to people with degrees is counterproductive at this point.


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I feel like a filthy traitor. I have discovered that I rather like Savage Worlds, and that, with my insane school and work schedule, I would much prefer to GM Savage Worlds than to GM Pathfinder. It's not that I don't like Pathfinder, it's that Savage Worlds takes so much less time that I can actually fit gaming into my schedule. And, to be honest, while I love character generation in Pathfinder, that's really my favorite part, more so than actual play. I feel almost like I stabbed Paizo in the back.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Yeah, I can pretty much expect a once-a-week ritual:

8:02 am: NobodysWife steps out the door to catch the 8:08 bus at the stop about 50 yards from our house
8:20 am: NobodysWife calls to warn me the bus hasn't shown up... again...
8:40 am: NobodysWife comes running in, swearing, because neither the 8:08 nor 8:38 buses bothered to show up
8:45 am: I drop NobodysWife at BART, where she renews her hatred of humanity. I like to think of BART during rush hour as, "You know those Japanese trains where professional shovers pack everyone in so tightly they can't even move their arms? Try that with a group of people with no sense of personal hygiene, propriety, or the capability of doing anything quietly..."

Document the time, date, and line every single time this happens, and email AC Transit with that information. They might well ignore you at forst, but keep doing it. Start calling them whenever it happens. My experience is that you'll eventually get their attention, and which point you can figure out what's going on. If AC Transit is anything like VTA, it's actually pretty possible they don't even realize they have a problem.


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I'm seriously considering telling my mom to just get a divorce already. You'd think after 22 years she'd get that he isn't going to get better.


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Yeah, it doesn't help when a private company, Jacksonville Transit Authority, has been given exclusive rights to all public transit in the city and totally has the mayor in their pocket. We have a light that goes almost nowhere (seriously, it's like a 2 mile circle) and cost MILLIONS of dollars and was originally supposed to cross the whole city but they cut it down to almost nowhere, a ferry that is useless, and a bus system that takes forever.

Yea, well, light rail is generally inferior to bus unless you grade separate it, which is rare, and [politics redacted].


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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
That's nice. Some cities don't offer that luxury. Taking the bus anywhere in Jacksonville takes like 2 hours, as they only show up about once an hour and usually require at least one transfer.

This is why I study public transportation administration at university. I want to make America less dependent on cars.


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Redbeard the High Elder wrote:
I get your point about outliers, but the boomers weren't protesting something as foundational as the first amendment.

I'd question that, but that means specific examples and we're getting dangerously close to flaming bicycle territory as it is.


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Redbeard the Scruffy wrote:
Maybe they're not getting any lazier, but this is easily the wimpiest generation with the "oh please no free speech on campus, words hurt so dearly" movement.

I think you'll find that most of us college kids don't really like those people, and they aren't so common as they are loud and attention grabbing. The media likes to sensationalize the stupid, attention grabbing bits and not cover the more reasonable fights most of us are picking.

And, again, 60s. I've seen no evidence that the Baby Boomers were any more or less sane with their protesting than us today.


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Aranna wrote:

Yeah some of my younger workers have the same attitude (that the weekly schedule is merely a suggestion). Was there a thing for a certain group of parents to do everything they could to shelter their children from responsibility? If so they weren't doing their kids any favors as nobody is going to promote a person who can't be bothered to show up as scheduled. That is if they don't just fire them outright. I wonder if that is a part of the statistic showing a large number of children living at home after school is finished.

Eh. Older generations have been calling newer generations lazy and irresponsible since before Plato, and everything I know about the 60s tells me we aren't really any different now in this regard.


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The Green Tea Gamer wrote:
Well, any boss who can't give the same schedule to their employees every single week is kind of a dick, anyway. I don't care what the industry is, there's no excuse if you have sufficient numbers of workers to not offer consistency. I don't care if everyone else in the industry does it this way - it's stupid, wrong, and inconsiderate to your employees.

Thing is, a lot of retail shifts suck, and I wouldn't want to do them consistently every single week. Especially as a weekend worker. With shifti g schedules, I get a Saturday or a Friday off every few weeks, and only have to open on Sinday half the time. I'd rather this than open every single Sunday, or never get a Saturday off. Also factors into hours needs. With three sackings, they need more of us. That means thirty hour weeks. With school, I can't do that consistently. So we and a few other guys are taking turns doing it for one week each, instead of one person getting slammed. If I could choose between a consistent weekly schedule and a shifting one, I'd keep the shifting one.

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...and any job you lose for not bending over backwards to swap hours week after week after week is probably one that doesn't check your references, drug test, or even look at a resume, so it's not like it'll be hard to replace, anyway.

Well, San Francisco does have a low wage labor shortage. Pretty much any retail takes some effort to replace (which makes three sackings all the more surprising). There is a good rationale for not drug testing, though. The rate of recreational drug use is sky high here, given our quasi-legalization of weed. If we actively drug tested, we'd lose good people like crazy, so we only drug test if the supervisors think the employee is high on shift. Corporate has basically decided on an informal Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.


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2 associates and a supervisor sacked (or transferred) in one week, all for separate issues. The boss is just about done with some of the problems we have. I don't even disagree with any of it so far. The supervisor couldn't go 5 minutes without picking a fight with somebody, one person wanted to be irresponsible with a cash drawer, and one just cannot be persuaded that the weekly schedule is not a suggestion.


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On the one hand, my work schedule is crazy. On the other hand, my level of disposable income is also crazy. Too bad I don't have much time to enjoy it, because if I'm not at work, I'm in class or procrastinating on my homework.


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Oh, dear. I do seem to have most vigorously oversweetened my tea.


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captain yesterday wrote:
That didn't really answer how elves physically age though, or at what point they enter puberty or what not.

After playing Dragon Age Origins, I just decreed all elves have the same lifespans as everyone else.


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I made dinner. Rare steak with a side of gin and tonic. As refreshing after a hard day as it is old timey masculine.


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The weather isn't too hot in San Francisco, but work was, as always, stifling. We have a non-air conditioned brick and mortar storefront, and I had to lug heavy stuff around the windowless stockroom. I might drown in my own sweat at this point.


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Is cooking time. Chicken quarters, soyaki sauce (main ingredients are soy sauce, pineapple juice, ginger, garlic, and onion), and white wine, with a side of baked fries and a glass of white wine.


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F+$$ing spammers. I finally think it about time to head to Gamer Connection to find some players in San Francisco, and they basically have that forum inoperable, and have for a few weeks now. Will have to dig around Reddit and RPG.net.

Also, it's time for me to take a break from worldbuilding and run a game. Not really a lot of time for writing adventures right now, though, so I'm pulling out Razor Coast. I've had that campaign for a while now. 'Bout time I used it. I am going to modify some characters so I can incorporate a large "Chinese" and "Southeast Asian" presence to the game, though. Razor Coast feels Pacific to me, so it needs fleets of pirate junks and stuff.


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:/ All the shopping carts at work are stolen. All of them.


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I got my job three days after applying. And I only applied because of a random trip to Oakland because I wanted to ride the ferry. Then again, I'm retail, and San Francisco has a severe shortage of people willing to work for retail wages.


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Burger King be serving up my food so fast it's suspicious.


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I actually work at my retail job. Sometimes. Other times I'm making up new types of paperwork and data entry to do so I don't have to figure out where all the wine boxes I need are hidden.

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