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baron arem heshvaun wrote:
I understand spending good money on liquor, but that's just patently ridiculous. Not as bad as the 50K bottle of Glenfidditch, though.
It's more that I sell alcohol for a living, so I talk about it a lot, and am expected to know a lot. Knowing the right liquor for the right occasion is serious business, and practice makes one better at preaching. Matching beer, wine, and cider to food is just as big a deal, and I keep a variety on hand for different types of cooking.
I'd rather buy half a dozen liquor bottles, open them all, and have them around for months than buy and drink them one at a time, and it drives my dad nuts.
My father finds it baffling why I have 7 bottles of hard liquor in various states of consumption, two of which are rum and three of which are whiskey. He just doesn't get it.
One needs Irish whiskey for simple, basic whiskey drinking. Nice and earthy, makes a body comfortable.
One needs a special whisky for more "been doing really good lately" drinking. Ideally this would be scotch, but the overpriced French whisky does the job just as well.
One needs bourbon for watching/reading Westerns/other American fiction.
One needs tequila for getting rowdy.
One needs gin for getting a bit rowdy but not as rowdy as tequila.
One needs black rum for dark mixed drinks. Very assertive, makes itself known through cola well.
One needs light rum for lighter mixed drinks or drinking straight. Nice and versatile.
I can't remember the last time I wrote a protagonist nation that wasn't either a republic or a parliamentary democracy with a figurehead monarch. I pretty much always go with universal suffrage, too. Even the dictatorships try to masquerade as democratic governments. My setting has, as a core conflict, the rejection of divine rule and of the abusive behavior of the gods in favor of humanity ruling itself, so democracy is a perfect thematic fit. I embrace 20th century social mores and politics across the board, which drives the fit further. Finally, my setting is meant to be American fantasy as opposed to Medieval European fantasy. All in all, popular rule or the illusion thereof fits my Pathfinder world like a glove.
Also, if I do shift focus to European Fantasy, it's either an analog of 20th century Britain or of Germany, and my Germany analog is very "What if 30s and 40s Germany managed to remain a republic, the Nazi analogs are a tiny number of scattered militia types with no power or support, and the German government was closely allied to Britain and America and will fight alongside them in The Big One". Also 20s Berlin LGBT culture develops into something even greater.
Dammit, man, even I have limits, and you've found one of them. I'm not putting Everclear anywhere near my body.
Fritzy, Flaming Bike Artillery wrote:
COUNTERBATTERY FIRE! NIXON'S BACK, AND THEY CAN'T LICK OUR DICK!
San Francisco congestion was terribad in the subway coming home from work at rush hour, so I went to Gamestop to kill time. They had Far Cry Primal for PC at $29.99, and my newly built desktop should run it at max graphics. Naturally, I purchased the last one, looked at the back of the box, and saw that Ubisoft published it literally two blocks from the store in which I bought it. Talk about buying local.
I'd typically be inclined to argue with you, but I just have too much other stuff to be doing.
This is also why I support switching to a completely automated traffic enforcement system if only to remove this prejudice from enforcement.
Unfortunately, Nobody and I are from California, where ticketing people for moving violations using a camera is illegal, except for red light cameras because for some reason that doesn't count. So, we wouldn't be able to automate the system here.
I like the regional names, especially the British "system". I don't find using colonels as interesting, because it changes too much. Under the regimental system, a unit becomes an institution with its own history seperate of the Army itself. It's colourful, which is ideal for fantasy. Changing the name every new colonel breaks that history somewhat.
Also sets up a difference between the Army and the Marines. A soldier typically identifies with regiment first and foremost, and their performance is a reflection on their regiment more than the Army, with a lot of competition between regiments. Also, regiments are recruited from a specific region or state, not the nation as a whole.
Conversely, Marines are Marines first and foremost (the Corps is colourful enough on its own), and recruits from all over the nation are mixed together. Units are numbered instead of names specifically to avoid strong regimental associations that would vie with loyalty to the Corps itself.
Damned if making my setting's Fantasy Counterpart United States Army use the British Regimental System isn't fun. The 32nd Bay Area Volunteers is way more interesting than the First Infantry Division
Yes, we have a Bay Area, except Perides [Totally Oakland] is much bigger and the state capital. Valetta (San Francisco) extends further down the peninsula and is denser.
My favorite is people blocking the crosswalk with their cars. Happens every time I walk anywhere.
Also, I hate car centric planning. Literally across the street from where I'm working in Alameda is Burger Place I Want. In San Francisco, I could get there in three minutes. Here, it takes ten, because pedestrian crossings are so bloody hard to get to, almost like they were an afterthought.
Oh, wands. I imagine wands are carried alongside revolvers, but why? I don't allow using them to store spells , so what do they do? Maybe they make it easier to cast cones, rays, and "launch something at this specific square" spells, so that they cost one less spell point and increase casting time for metamagic one step less. You could cast these spells without a wand, but why would you? Of course, this really only works in a setting where the great majority of PCs are spellcasters, and those who aren't have some sort of special magical defenses against spells.
That's actually an important thing about my setting right there - it really is a setting about magicians, even with the martial characters. That's why I use Pathfinder - Pathfinder is a system that caters almost totally to magic users, and my setting is specifically about magic users.
I've realized something from playing The Witcher 3 - Geralt is an excellent model of how the Fighter class should look in my modernish guns everywhere setting. My setting focuses on government employed monster and witch hunters, and presumes that the government doesn't really hire people who don't know something about magic and monsters. So the default Fighter doesn't really fit well. What does is a Fighter that focuses on both rigid academic training and rigid martial training, with some limited magic for defense (no, players don't get the Witcher Mind Trick sign). The setting uses alchemical enhancement to replace the magic item economy, so mutagens are already represented outside the class.
What this means is that the Fighter excels at identifying strengths and weaknesses, which makes them particularly good at bypassing DR. This is important, because magic in and of itself will not bypass damage reduction, only very specific materials, damage types, or methods of attack will. Fighters can also identify the habits of most monsters. They also deliver more and harsher critical hits than other classes.
What magic a Fighter has isn't really spellcasting, and it's very defensive. Stuff like the ability to gain saving throws against spells that wouldn't typically allow them, gain temporary DR or elemental resistances, create temporary shields that knock back enemies, and the like. Finally, they can temporarily gain magical senses, have average skill points and high knowledge points (knowledge is so important to PCs in my setting that it has been broken off from skills into a separate progression, so that all PCs have points in multiple knowledges without impeding aquisition of skills), and have 3 good saves because they are in fact trained to resist mental attacks, as well as to both dodge and withstand physical attacks.
Basically, the Fighter's whole schtick is being specifically trained to fight magic, while other full BAB classes are much more trained in using magic offensively.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Captain Yesterday, Brut Squad wrote:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?