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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.
Also, a lot of sugary candy also contains caffeine. Chocolate in particular.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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.
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.
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.
Freehold DM wrote:
My friend and I did that on Halloween when we were 17. It just just about the most juvenile thing ever.
We should meet up sometime after this semester regardles. Easy enough to get from San Francisco or Daly City to Berkeley, and by extension Albany.
It is, yea. Could you tell me more about Oakland or Richmond? Is El Cerrito on BART (I don't drive, but I do like bicycles)? I've been hearing Oakland is getting pretty pricey, too.
Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
We just need a better ambassador than Caitlyn Jenner.
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
It's all about the glory of the battle, mate. I sure don't want the rights-poor days of 2008 back, but I do miss the epic battles back when homophobes were mainstream. Ironically enough, Putin explains it best. If you don't miss the glorious combat around Prop 8, you havw no heart. If you want it back, you have no brain.
You know, I miss the old Homosexuality in Golarion Thread. Used to be that somebody'd roll up and whinge about Paizo forcing gays down their throats or ranting about sex in RPGs or about the children or whatever, we'd roll up and mock them for being bigoted, we'd slap each other around for a while, and the mods would come tell us to start talking about Golarion and delete all the entertaining bigoted posts, sometimes before I could read them. Then we'd do it all over again a couple weeks later. It was all great fun. Now we don't get away with that behavior anymore.
>:( This week just will not stop getting progressively worse and worse. I was looking forward to Spring Break and backing down from my normal workload, but nope. Gotta have all the drama. Mom won't respect me enough to talk to me honestly instead of sending my sister to do it, my stepdad's behavior is paranoid and childish as usual, my roommate, after being told multiple times to smoke his weed outside because I don't want to smell it in the apartment, just will not stop smoking in the apartment, so I had to get university police and an RA involved, so now he thinks me a cowardly snitch and doesn't give a damn about my feelings anymore, which is a repeat of the problems with my first roommate, my Dad yelled at me for a good ten minutes when he found out what I did because I'm creating drama and conflict in his eyes, and when I went to my grandmother's house to get away from my roommate my uncle smelled skunk because my roommate gets that smell into all my stuff, and angrily accused me of smoking weed in her house, which just rubs salt in everything. And when I left my apartment I forgot my notebook, so I can't do my homework.
In more Assassin's Creed events, British police are apparently really easy to lead on pointless and foolish chases that impinge upon their duties. Bunch of coppers guarding the Prime Bloody Minister's carriage. I walk right out into the street, they be all like "YOU CAN'T BE HERE", and then they all abandon the important dude they are supposed to be guarding to chase me, leaving their charge defenseless. Naturally, I ran them into a whole mess of gang members, which kept them mighty distracted while I made my way back to the Prime Bloody Minister. Buncha muppets.
I'm irritated with my mother and stepfather right now. I was thinking of staying at their place over the summer to save money, but it doesn't work for them because things in that house are, as usual, completely FUBAR. Mom couldn't tell me this. She told me it would be fine, then dispatched my sister to tell me otherwise two days later (And she makes my sister do everything. "Girl, parent your siblings every single weekend you aren't with your father." "Girl, slap your sibling, you can reach easier." "Girl, deal with all the affairs of the dead dragon b@+%~ grandma lady." "Girl, be my therapist and always reliable sibling instead of my child." It's kinda ridiculous, and it's no wonder my sister and I never got along.). Anyway, she couldn't just tell me herself (And I would have understood that it isn't doable), she had to lead me on for two days and then have someone else tell me. And she told my sister she did it because my stepdad's angry I can't come over and it'd spark a fight because he can't be an adult and admit things he doesn't like and loses his temper instead.
Playing Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Need to kidnap a dude in the middle of a building courtyard who's surrounded by cops, and there's cops at the entrance, and the bonus goal is to not kill any cops. Thing is, I'm playing Jacob, and I have him ill statted out for stealth. So what do I do? I take a more direct option. I stand outside the building, pull out my revolver, and fire a shot into the air. This attracts the attention of the cops, who whistle loudly upon seeing me, summoning the rest of the cops and sending the guy I need to kidnap running the other direction to get a carriage and escape. Then I use the grappling hook to scale the building, leaving the cops on the ground, and run across the roof to the other side, drop down, steal a carriage, and bolt before the cops catch up. After that, just had to run the dude I wanted to kidnap down, jump on his carriage and hijack it, then jump off and tackle him. Way more fun than a standard stealth run.
And if addressing climate change does result in a GDP decline (I suspect that, to a degree, it would), it begs the question of whether first world standards of living are environmentally sustainable in the long term (I suspect they aren't). Just because we want consumerism doesn't mean we can have it without severe side effects or that we have the resources to keep having it at all.
Who's genius idea was it to require everybody in university housing to be fully moved out at 8PM of the same day many of us have final exams? My last final releases at 10:30 that morning, then I have to do all the move out paperwork and wait for the RA to sweep my room (and he has to sweep every single room), stand in a passive line to turn in keys and paperwork, and then ride the MUNI train to the BART train to the airport, making sure to get on BART half an hour early and the airport two hours early, so I can catch a flight to where I'm probably spending the summer (I'll say where when it's official. Don't want to jinx it.). And I have to pack up my room instead of studying for my most difficult final. Why can't it just be a day or two after finals?