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Shiyara the High Mediator

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Pathfinder Society Member. 3,356 posts (7,517 including aliases). 3 reviews. 2 lists. 3 wishlists. 66 aliases.


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Back to Alameda this morning, and for two more weeks hereafter. Still work in San Francisco Sunday and Monday. Think I like Alameda. Constant physical labor, but it's not murderously hard or anything, we don't have to follow normal store dress code (cargo shorts make all the difference), we see a lot of new merchandise before anyone else, we get an hour lunch instead of half amd everyone goes together (in a store it's one at a time only, because we typically have four to six people on shift at a time need floor coverage), and there's never any customers. Fake stores are awesome.

Unfortunately, set up job is only four weeks, and I can only do three, because I'm working full time hours to do it, and if I work full time for four weeks straight, the company is legally required to offer me a permanent full time position, which they will not do. Not that I'd take it. Full time is nice for now, but I've been doing 16 units in Spring annd 6 in Summer with my normal 28 hour weeks, and I'm ready for my August summer break soon, and am not working full time in Fall semester.


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I got confirmation about what is and isn't secret. I can say what I did, just not what I saw. We have a fake store where corporate builds fixtures to see what they and the buyers like as to shelf layouts and specialized merchandise. The fake store moved locations, so extra labor is needed to rebuild it. However, because it's a test store, there's a lot of merchandise here that hasn't gone to the stores yet, and may or may not do so at all. Many of these objects are kewl, but to speak of them is verboten.


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It turns out I'm doing stuff I don't get to talk about. It's actually got some cool parts, but it's all secret squirrel.


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I entered my temporary workplace this morning to the cacophony of noise from seagulls and cargo ships. It is this that San Francisco lacks.


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I've ridden that ferry to Oakland a couple times, and I agree with you that it is awesome, but for this journey it is significantly more convenient to use Bart to cross the bay and transfer to AC Transit line 31. It's not even transit time, it's the long headway on the ferry. First one gets me there way too early, next one gets me there late.

I'm currently rolling through downtown Oakland.


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I got home from work 10 minutes ago. For some reason, I agreed to go work in Alameda at 8 AM tomorrow with corporate types flitting around everywhere. I have no idea what I'm doing when I get there, and Outer Sunset San Francisco to Alameda is one hell of a clopen.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Rosita, I'm sorry family drama is continuing to ruin your goodntimes. If it helps I am available by pm.

Thanks for the offer, but I think I need to just do stuff so I don't think about this, because I can't fix this. Mom and I have always been very distant with each other, and neither of us is accustomed to being emotionally available with the other. If anyone gets through to her that she needs to do something, it'll be my sister, not me.


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And now I've calmed down, and I have no right to be calm, but I just don't have the energy to be pissed off anymore. I should, but I saw this coming from too far away. My stepdad's temper has been getting increasingly worse and he and Mom fight more and more, and he was alwahs the type to want to get physical in disciplining the kids. She'd keep him from doing the worst things, and he'd submit to her will, but the stroke weakened her once legendary formidability a lot more than she admits. Only a matter of time before he started getting physical in dealing with her, too, and know that it's happened I'm just not surprised.

I feel like I should be raging right now, but I just can't. If anything, I'm resigned, because she's not going to call the cops, she's not going to divorce him, and I can't travel from San Francisco to Denver to deal with him right now. My sister was going to (and Grandma freaked out and my sister gave her our guns for the time being to assure her we wouldn't drive out there and do something really f$~*ing stupid), but even she's questioning the wisdom of getting involved.

I'm just kind of sick right now.


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I had a good morning. So of course the biggest bombshell of this year long family drama storm hit half an hour ago, and I'm so pissed I can't even sound mad, and half to go to work in ten minutes instead of digesting how big a moral event horizon my stepdad just crossed. It's like every time I enjoy myself, a boot has to drop.


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Finally set up my television and Playstations last night, and put together my new chair. Played Witcher 3, which I've had since April but never played (I was working 30 hours a week with a two hour commute and taking 16 units in school. Awesome gaming got backbenched.). I like it. As I sat down to game last night, I broke out the Irish whiskey, and it did my spirits well.

I work evenings, so this morning I had a heaping platter of bacon and eggs and fine black Italian coffee, and played more Wild Hunt, and all was good.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Kryzbyn wrote:

If he's seriously doubled down with Pence, I can't vote for that kind of draconian social policy.

Johnson it is.

That's a heck of a regressive tax scheme he's got.

Even the 12% (or what it is today) likely aren't really looking at his policies, but are just making protest votes.

Huge National Sales Tax? privatize Social Security?

That sales tax comes with the elimination of income tax and the IRS. Also, by the time milennials are elderly there will be no SS left if we don't make some kind of change.

And sales takes tend to hit the poor, who largely don't pay income tax, the hardest by far. So massively increasing the sales tax is absolutely brutal to them, which is not acceptable. Not to mention that rising prices sharply accross the board is likely to have a rather negative effect on economic growth. And you can't eliminate the IRS. Need them to oversee sales tax collection. As for SS, some kind of change can mean a lot of things other than selling it to the highest bidder, who is interested in profit more than your pension.

This economic policy is almost as bad as Jill Stein's.


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Captain Yesterday, Brut Squad wrote:

But probably Schnapps or wine if we did.

Mad Dog maybe.

Af FAWTLf purveyor pf alcoholic beveragef moft fine and of affordable quality, thif I do'ft declare and decree: one muft ne'er fup from the wine of the citruf fruit, nor of the wine that if "flavoured" of the grape, nor of the wine that if of both the grape and the citruf fruit, nor of the wine that if of the grapef that one might be inclined to confider proper foodftufff. Thif fayeth the efteemed Rofita thif fine day of July in the year of our foveirgn 20 and 16. May the Almighty Dinofaur ftrike uf down fhall we deviate from thif our juft and noble codex of law.


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Last I checked, you don't live in France.


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We're retail. Comes with the territory. How else are partiers supposed to get drunk? (well, that may be more my industry than your industry)

I'm at a loss as to what holiday is today, though.


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Caineach wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
The way I see it, the House isn't going Blue, and is not going to let Clinton or Sanders govern any more than Obama. That means a presidency about foreign policy and executive orders, because that's what the president can do without Congress. From that perspective, Clinton is definitely the more qualified candidate. It's not that I don't agree with Sanders as to what we need to accomplish (if not specifics as to how), but Sanders has almost no foreign policy chops, and Clinton does. I also like Clinton for taking a more hawkish military attitude while not going full bore "Make the Middle East glow in the dark" like Ted Cruz, and balancing the need go deal with ISIS with acceptance of Syrizn refugees trying to escape those murderers. On the executive order front, I expect a continuation of Obama, which is probably the best we can hope for. I don't see much of what Sanders wants to do being doable by executive order. The more I think about it, the more I do trust Clinton, which is why I voted for her in the primary.
By your reasoning, Hillary is one of the last people I want in the White House. Clinton may have lots of experience with foreign policy, but that doesn't mean that it has lead her to make the right decisions. Generals have commented that she was almost universally the most hawkish person in the room when she was Secretary of State. Considering one of the biggest complaints about Obama from the left is his proliferation of drone strikes, and she is considered markedly more likely to advocate use of military force, a lot of people consider her foreign policy to be a hindrance more than an asset.

Well, I am a Blue Hawk, so I want her to advocate more liberal use of military force. The Iraq War may have been handled poorly, but one thing we were actually succeeding at was tearing down Baghdadi's militia. If we hadn't drawn down when we did in 2010, it's most unlikely he would have been able to form ISIS. If we'd given our advisers a heavier hand in the operations of the Iraqi Army after pulling out our combat troops, they might not have fallen into the pit of ineffectual corruption that they did, and may have actually done better against ISIS. If we'd been quicker to arm and provide air support to the Kurds in conjunction with supporting the Iraqi Army, ISIS might not have gotten so far. If we'd given the Iraqi Army the air support they were begging for when they first starting asking for it, it might have shored up their morale. We didn't do any of that, and now we've got a deeply entrenched problem that's going to be a long, brutal slog to deal with, and it's unfortunately looking necessary that we're going to have to send in large numbers of ground troops now. The way I see it, Obama's problem is that he isn't hawkish enough, not that he's too hawkish.


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Happy birthday!


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You know what happens when I order the computer parts to build my new PC while drunk? I decide I should totally get a rainbow backlit keyboard, a 2TB SSHD instead of a 1TB HHD, and a 600W power supply instead of the 500W I needed. That's one budget blown.


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It was cheaper to get the UK edition Harry Potter box set (all the novels) from Amazon UK and pay for international shipping on it than it would have been to buy the US edition box set from Amazon US, and I have Prime. Which means I will have Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as JK Rowling intended, and I will not have localized spelling.

Gotta love how easy Amazon makes international ordering. My Amazon US account works on Amazon UK, and Amazon offers currency changing on my debit card at such a small fee I don't notice it until I calculated it out.


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I point people to bathrooms and explain to tourists that we do not carry milk, nor vegetables, nor fruit, but there is a Major Grocery Chain across the street.


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Wait, did Tacticslion have a birthday?


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I left home to go to walk to the train around 11. For once, it's not foggy or ice cold. Not hot or even really warm, but not unpleasant. Slightly cloudy, bit of a breeze. Get to the end of the block, look down the street, and it's clear all the way to the ocean about 20 blocks down. The horizon is a great expanse of deep blue-gray water, and it calls out most seductively. Now I don't want to go to work, but I must. How are tourists to get their alcohol if I am not there to sell it to them?


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Rosita's Boss: It's employee review time. Everything's pretty good except minor stuff. Blah blah blah this year's goals blah blah stupid s%#@ corporate's doing blah blah your raise. Personal development suggestion I have for you: you should be drinking more wine.

I love this job.


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What part of "It is illegal to pass or pull up alongside a stopped light rail vehicle with your car, because it's in the leftmost traffic lane and passengers will be walking across the rightmost traffic lane, and also you may block the doors with your car." don't people understand?

Or that it is illegal to drive your car in the red traffic lanes, because those are for public transit, emergency services, and city vehicles only?


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I bought Broforce in the Steam Sale. Ash Williams was killed by a facehugger in Central America, to be replaced by Indiana Jones who fought his way through the xenomorphs and rescued Ellen Ripley, who knows exactly how to handle this mess.

10/10 best purchase of the sale.


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Having to show up to work during normal commute hours is b&$!~+!*.


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Get a dog that's inclined to chase rabbits. It's worked for us for millennia.


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Does anyone else think Teddy Roosevelt was an amazing choice for ruler of America in Civilization VI? I mean, Washington is certainly a good choice, and I'm a big Lincoln fan, but it's always one of those two. I want a different president for some variety, and it seems the devs agree. I like the image of the Bull Moose and his huge grin, his constant exuberance and overwhelming energy, his expansionist attitudes and big stick diplomacy, his hard charging progressiveness and willingness to bust trusts, and his general badassery. Yea, this is just the pop history version and I'm skipping over a lot of nuance here, but I don't want nuance in a Civilization game. I want the pop history version, and Teddy's over the top personal image is perfect for a wild and wacky but very involved video game session, which is exactly what I boot up a Civilization title for.

I'm very pleased about this.

Yes, this may have been a factor for modelling the ruler of my fantasy counterpart culture/science fantasy America after Teddy. Teddy works really well for the themes I want to hit in my worldbuilding.

Edit: Forgot about FDR being a leader in IV. Still, BULL MOOSE!


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I've got more. My fantasy is very American, but I don't want to lift out a period of US history and copy it. I like the D&D approach, where "medieval" really means "an anachronistic mashup of several centuries worth of stuff that didn't really coexist". The tech may be 40s and the art Art Deco, but the President? Modelled primarily off of Teddy Roosevelt. Big, barrel chested, loud and jolly, epically bearded, full of vigor, expansionist, hard charging reformer, puts out a very optimistic and successful view of the nation, and reputation for many feats of crazy badassery. Add in some LBJ, in that he's very good at bullying the legislature into line, is raunchy and foulmouthed as all get out if he isn't in public, and is all for the Great Society. He's the first dwarf president, but many dwarves view him as a walking caricature, and he's accused of pandering to popular expectations of dwarven behavior. Like LBJ, he has a lot of protests against him, largely stemming from warmongering, accusations that he writes his reforms with corporations whispering in his ear, and accusations that too many of the colonists in space aren't there of their own free will. Add in a 20s style crime wave, because the government decided to implement some harsh rules against eating most magical plants and the flesh of magical beasts, which has proven less enforceable than expected.


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So, on that worldbuilding project a few pages ago. I just figured out the best form of transportation for far flung colonies. I've established that, while petrol is available, it's expensive to ship, and tends to be reserved for uses that absolutely require it, which is not everyday civilian transportation. Horses and mules are an option, and definitely present in the colonies, but they aren't the cheapest option, and require vet care and skill in handling animals. There's a cheaper to ship, simpler to take care of, and easier to use option for the everyday interplanetary colonist.

It's the common bicycle. Almost any able bodied person can ride one, it takes up far less room in a spaceship than a car or a horse, you don't need to feed it or have a vet around, a lot of maintenance and repairs can be done by a layman, spare bike parts are easier to ship than car parts, and so on. It makes perfect sense as long as commuting distances are around the ten mile range or lower, which is doable for a properly thought out colony.


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BluePigeon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
BluePigeon wrote:
Family, scenery, animals, Fossils, etc...
I am suspicous of perfectly rectangular states.
Don't go to Colorado.

As someone who lived in Colorado for two years, I agree wholeheartedly.


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Kryzbyn wrote:

Rockets don't use jets...

I like the story though. Pretty cool stuff :)

Thanks! That's actually a really good point. Still, though, if you can build Apollo style multi-stage rockets, you have the technology for air breathing jet engines.

Still, I can see uses for single stage rockets. A means of short distance out of tube travel? Like, maybe space stations are right next to the tube but not in it, so as not to take up valuable tube space? You'd need rockets on every spaceship if that were the case.


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I feel clever.I have a problem in my fantasy setting. I have 20th century tech, particularly propeller driven planes, because they are cooler than jets. Prop fighters are state of the art military tech. I also want commercialized space travel. The two naturally conflict. If we can get into space that easily, we can build fighter jets. So I came up with this about 7 months ago:

Spoiler:
The gods (now departed from the world) have messed with terrain features quite a bit. Thanks to divine shenanigans nobody really understands (I go by the Greek system of the gods being able to be spectacularly immature at times), there is a three mile column of zero gravity around the North and South poles, surrounded by a weird bubble that prevents the atmosphere from entering the vacuum but does not bar the movement of people and vehicles. This world has a late 1940s level of vehicular and architectural technology (though they haven't invented jet engines) and a modern level of communications technology, and integrates low level Eberronish magic into technology. These zero gravity wells at the poles are what allows space travel, given the lack of rocket engines powerful enough to exit the atmosphere with any significant payload. This is important, because the only way to get really useful stuff like adamantine, mithril, and some useful magical phlebotinums is to mine it from space. So, despite the pre-Apollo mission tech level, there is enough space traffic to make NASA go berserk with envy. Of course, one can only go into space via the North or South pole.

Well, I just thought of what the tube is and why it exists. Instead of being a zero gravity tube, it's some sort of invisible giant multidirectional tractor beam. It actually connects the planet to tubes criss-crossing through space to other planets and important moons and such, and is centered over each planet's axis. The function of the tube was to allow gods to travel the galaxy by using the tube to pull their chariots or whatever in whichever direction within the tube they want to go. Humans have figured out how to connect a ship to the tube and get the tube to propel the ship, thereby allowing space travel without jet engjne technology. This also creates a good reason for space based warfare. If your military controls part of the tube, you control trade and travel through that region. If you control a planet or moon with desireable resources, there might not be another on the tube anywhere nearby that's feasible to colonize.


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Awrite, awrite, what's all this, then?


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Sissyl wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
Sissyl wrote:
Second, Elsa goes all GIRL POWAH (or at least ME POWAH) when she builds the ice castle. Let it go. Then as soon as anyone comes to visit, she goes all weepy and awful again. And doesn't really do anything to improve on this.

Elsa is bipolar.

Watch the movie again with that in mind and I defy you to doubt my analysis.

All quiet with gloves on self restraint? Depression. GIRL POWAH is mania. Then the crash. The always inevitable crash...

Elsa has cryokinesis. Or is homosexual. Or has brain damage of esoteric kinds. Or anything else, it seems. But it STILL doesn't make for a good story that she finally throws off the rules handed to her only to become a weepy wreck and do exactly nothing sensible from then on.

Probably pretty realistic, though. She had little social interaction as a child, was kept isolated in a way that wrecks self esteem, and is now going to stay isolated for life. She had a burst of optimism when she finally threw the rules off, but then it probably hit her just how bad the situation was, and she probably blames herself. Of course her GIRL POWER! was temporary. She's someone with extremely poor social and emotional functionality, and she feels everyone hates her. If anything, it would make a lot less sense if she was acting sensible.


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Also, it's been a long time since I cooked with gas. Forgot that you can ignite two burners at once, and that taking the dial to the temperature you want before pulling it past 10 to light it means it lights a bigger flame than if you go straight past 10.

So, naturally, I set two burners good and hot and light the front, it goes up and hits the iron pan and flares out, ignites the gas coming off the back burner, and there's hella fire spraying from under the pan for a second. It was wicked cool, but I'm not doing it again.


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I used my cast iron grill pan tonight. The cast iron fryjng pan will be used another night. I did season it, but the grooves make seasoning harder, and I may not have given it enough time. Sticks a bit. What I did do was fill the apartment with smoke. Not surprising. No windows in the kitchen, and I was burning oil into smoke purposefully, then cooking meat. And the exhaust hood over the stove has bouth a "blow" and a "suck" function, which aren't clearly labelled. I had it on blow, so it was pushing smoke into the apartment, not removing it. Pretty sure I gave myself cancer.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Shortnin' bread?

There is actually a way to do that, I think. I mean, I know cast iron can go in the oven.


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We have a big sale on barbecue goods at work. For some reason, a cast iron skillet is considered a barbecue good. I'm not going to argue with that when I've been wanting one and get my employee discount on top of sales.

So, now I have a 10" cast iron skillet. I'm unsure as to what to cook with it.


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Man, I got paid hella today. Reminds me why I put up with this place.


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Oh, yes, Mr. Police Officer. Please do roll up to two people in a heated public argument you were summoned to defuse and lose control of your temper immediately. That's a brilliant idea that's not at all going to get everybody else boiling over in response and necessitate the handcuffs coming out.


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NobodysHome wrote:

EDIT: Also coincidentally, I also have a dead alcoholic father... we should get them together!

I have a living recovering alcoholic father. Does that count? Or can I at least substitute my dead alcoholic grandmother? She's a real terror, though.


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Also, turns out I can lug 80 cases of beer and wine from receiving to the stockroom in an hour.


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On the earlier topic of drinking, I sell alcohol for a living, so I do of course drink. I do have a disdain of people who conflate heavy drinking with being a badass or a real man or whatever, and show scorn on people who moderate themselves or know their limits. I don't get what's so impressive about acting like a hyper aggressive moron as you get steadily bombed, then basically falling apart.


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NobodysHome wrote:

As an extremely "lawful" personality (obsessive-compulsive), just don't get me started on stores that have a clear line policy and fail to enforce it...

When I cashier, I can't even tell what's going on in line. Stupid support beam means I can't see one whole area where people like to line up, and I get wrapped into the current transaction. So if someone cuts, I won't notice, and I certainly can't enforce a single line.

It does cause issues. There should be one line feeding into register 3, and the people on registers 4, 2, and 1 should take people off of 3's line. Don't use 5 even though it has cash, don't use 6 if you aren't a manager. Problem is, people love to form a second line feeding into register 2, and you can't see them from register 3 and 4 because of the bloody giant support beam. And if I'm on 2, people see me with a customer, don't see the line, and think they are therefore next (If I'm on 2, there's a line. I'm usually on the sales floor and ring during rushes. If I take over cashier duties for an extended period, I'll grab 3 or 4.). Half the time I can't see the line, so I don't realize this, and whoever was next in line either confronts me for letting that person cut or says nothing and files a complaint with corporate.

Anyway, managing lines is a pain in the b*+**.


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Aranna wrote:
Sissyl wrote:

Just had a bad queue experience. Burger joint, two cashiers, people standing in one lump between them. Two lines form, and a group of three girls around ten or so split up between the lines to join whoever gets there first. Obviously so. I ask them which line they stand in. They get there right then, of course, and I have to wait for ages despite being right behind them.

I am not violent.

But... drawn and quartered comes to my mind. Graaaaagh!!!

It didn't matter how many lines there were, the food orders get sent back to the kitchen in a single list with priority given to drive thru orders. If there was a large group ahead of you your best option would have been to leave and try the drive thru instead.

...I don't think there's a single drive through where I live.


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Yonder fish dicks be of infer IO or IU quality. By thar I be meaning they taste like not tasting fish


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Did macathing and cheese just turn from yeller ter white in de microwavfe, or do I be bejng drink?


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YAAAAR, planks and sucb!


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I think I might be being drunk now.

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