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Shiyara the High Mediator

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Pathfinder Society Member. 3,358 posts (7,626 including aliases). 3 reviews. 2 lists. 3 wishlists. 66 aliases.


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Well, I'm well and pissed off. A warehouse illegally converted jnto housing and hosting a rave caught fire in Oakland the other night, and among 36 confirmed dead (there may be more) is a student at my school. I didn't know her well, but I did have a couple classes with her. I'm not super crushed (like, we didn't interact much and I had no particular opinion of her as a person), but it's still pretty upsetting, given that I can put a face, voice, and personality to the name. And why did so many people die? Fire code wasn't followed in the least. So that sizeable fire code violation at work I've notified management of more than once, to be told not to worry about it because we have no choice but to overpack the stockroom for the holidays? OSHA knows about it now. If that means we're in for a really bad time, I don't care. This fire code stuff matters.


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NobodysHome wrote:


I don't know whether it's a legal thing or what (I suspect there are all kinds of laws restricting shipments of alcohol), but they really need to add red and white wine to their lists of stuff you need at home. (Above and beyond olive oil, salt, and pepper.)

Yup. Our glorious state of California does allow alcohol shipments through the mail, but you have to have a 21+ year old at the delivery location sign for the package, and you can't just leave the package if nobody's home. Naturally, the vendor needs a license for this, too, and Blue Apron may not want to get that kind of beer and wine license (I hear it's a lot harder to get than a brick and mortar one). And if Blue Apron is multi-state, they have to deal with muntiple such licenses and the fact that a lot of states don't allow shipping alcohol through the mail at all.


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The State Department notified me this morning that I have been issued a US passport. Perhaps it wasn't prudent to purchase a ticket to London before getting one, but no harm, no foul. I'll be good to go in January, and next time I buy international tickets on an impulse*, I'll already have a passport.

*Seriously, I clocked out to a 15 minute break at work noodling about maybe taking a train to a national park or even Canada, and clocked back in with airfare to London.


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And corporate is cracking down on ID requirements for liquor sales again. We can, as usual, blame somebody in Southern California for getting busted. It's a national chain, and yet it's always a store in SoCal. Always. I don't know what the hell is going on down there.


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NobodysHome wrote:

This might possibly be construed as mildly political, so

** spoiler omitted **

Didn't the UK just tell Uber to stuff that logic?


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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them begins in one hour.


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I'm working retail Friday. As if that were ever in doubt.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
I have my first day off in over a month tomorrow, and I don't know what's more exciting. I found out that a WW2 aircraft carrier is moored in Alameda as a museum ship and I'm taking the ferry over there to go see it, and I also have an IMAX ticket to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the Metreon tomorrow night.

True stories:

- NobodysWife's grandfather came home from WW II on the Hornet (that aircraft carrier)
- NobodysWife's stepfather was one of the key movers-and-shakers in getting the Hornet moored in Alameda and in getting it set up as a floating museum

So have a blast! We've probably seen areas of that ship and heard stories about it that few others get to hear about...
...of course, it was "grandpa rambling" so guess how much of it I remember?

Pay attention to your grandparents, kids! Sometimes their stories are far cooler than you think!

It went pretty well. Not enough people for an engine room tour today, and flight control was too wet so they closed it off, but we got to do the radio room and the combat information center, which is apparently uncommon. I did get to tour the island, sans-flight control. They had some astronaut gear borrowed from NASA for the Apollo recovery, which was pretty cool. Got to climb into a fighter jet cockpit. Saw some cool planes and helicopters and an Apollo recovery vehicle. Explored around the lower decks and such. All in all, a worthy trip. Got my blood pumped for the UK, too. I got train tickets to and from Portsmouth to see all the museum ships there. HMS Victory and HMS Warrior are must-sees, and the Naval Artillery Museum sounds fun.


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I told my Dad my sister and I were gonna fight if he put us at the same table, and lo and behold were were trying to strangle each other through our cell phones before he even arrived.


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Hey, there's a Frog God Games Humble Bundle right now, and, while not the default charity, you can choose the ACLU. Something tells me the LGBT community can use the help, and there's games in it for us.


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I should also probably keep in mind that I have a pretty high interest rate (I was never not getting a poor one). Nothing to freak out about, but it needs to be paid off in full every month or I get gouged.


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I got an Amazon credit card today, after much deliberation. Issued by Chase, who I already bank with. Logged into my bank account to see my balance, and my bank account and credit card balances were automatically shown simultaneously. Talk about both ridiculously convenient and conductive to fiscal responsibility.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

Okay. Need to get stuff for travelling to London in January. So far, I've accumulated:

...
4 TSA approved luggage locks

As far as I know, they still don't like 'em and they'll still cut 'em off. Does anyone else know?

I thought they HAD to be able to access your luggage with you not around, or they wouldn't let it go through...

Don't TSA agents all have skeleton keys that open TSA approved locks?


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Okay. Need to get stuff for travelling to London in January. So far, I've accumulated:

A 3 piece luggage set with two rolling bags and a day bag (I only plan on bringing one rolling bag to the UK, the larger one)

Binoculars

2 flashlights

Metal luggage tags

Guidebooks (Lonely Planet and Not For Tourists)

Waterproof map (Lonely Planet)

4 TSA approved luggage locks

Digital camera

London Fog trenchcoat

Universal AC adapter

Collapsible umbrella

I presume to at some point acquire a wool fisherman's cap and assorted sweaters. I shall bring batteries for my camera and flashlights. I will not have a cell phone, because my phone isn't compatible with UK systems at all and I don't want to buy one that is. My tablet will be my only electronic device, most likely. I've long owned waterproof hiking boots, which I intend to be my shoes for the trip. I intend to buy a couple hundred pounds in cash in San Francisco before I leave and use my debit card for the rest (my foreign transaction fee isn't too bad). My passport should be issued any day now, my hostel bed is booked for the duration of the trip, my train tickets for my day trip to Portsmouth and my ticket for the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard are in order, and my round trip airfare is in order.

Now, what else do I need? What haven't I bought or done yet?


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Holy carp Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries is intense O_O


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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Johnny Cash's cover of 'Hurt' and the original NIN version speak to different ages, different aspects and both equally carry their weight a long time.

Edge to Cash version, though, because much like the Imagine Dragons work I've heard, it's a bit cleaner on the language, so it's a bit easier to hear.

I know of very few songs covered by Johnny Cash that weren't improved by the experience.


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>Sees Humble mobile bundle has a collection of board games to play on hour long public transit rides and 11 hour intercontinental flights for $5. Sees Catan and Ticket To Ride, games that have been heard of but never tried

>Installs both

>Starts playing Ticket To Ride

>All productivity plummets


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Holy hell, these military records are an absolute gold mine of personally identifying information. Not only do I have a dated and signed DD-214 here, I've got my enlistment contract, which was biometrically signed with my thumbprint and accompanying photograph to prove that was me signing it, and the thumbprint and photograph of the woman who signed me into the Navy. Don't forget the part that confirms I recieved an FBI background check.

How's that for verification of my identity?


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Grar. Turns out California IDs are not valid proof of identity for the purposes of obtaining a passport, because they're too easy to obtain. And of course the State Department doesn't notify you when you apply that the IDs of 17 states are not acceptable identification, and you will be required to submit backup identification documents, preferably over 5 years old. Well, I just got the list of potential documents, and they are getting papered. Medical records? Have recent checkup records and some pediatrician stuff. School records and IDs? Have a university ID, a community college ID, some high school IEPs, and maybe a report card. Hell, have a copy of my associate's degree diploma and university acceptance letter. Job Corps paperwork I signed upon entry, too. Employment records? Have some new hire paperwork I signed, some paystubs, and my union forms. Copy of my social security card? Why not? Military records? Take a look at my DD-214. Pretty sure that's got my signature.

Anything else I could send them? Because if they want documents, they can have documents.


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Captain Yesterday, Captain, Esq wrote:

You gotta plug the hole! Otherwise it'll keep filling up.

It's piracy 101 (I lost more ships that way). :-)

I thought Piracy 101 was that riddling ships with cannonfire in a big, dramatic battle just wrecks all your loot.


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I believe that Budweiser doesn't really taste bad, because that would imply that Budweiser actually had some sort of flavor, period.


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Judy Bauer wrote:

Please vote, USians!

We got our ballots on Friday (Washington is an all mail-in voting state), and spent a leisurely Sunday brunch voting over waffles with friends. It was LOOOONG this time, but packed with measures I'm really excited about...
** spoiler omitted **
There were races where there are clear choices, and races with flawed choices (voting for a judge who opposed marriage equality because her opponent is radically worse). And because we are privileged in some ways, our district has two progressive queer candidates for state representative running against each other. They are both doing so much good in the world and I wanted to vote for both! One has advocated for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and people experiencing homelessness, and the other has advocated for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, queer youth, and the Pacific Islander community. That race was a difficult choice, but one with no wrong answer.

My ballot came two weeks ago. We can vote for about a month to the election in San Francisco.

Nothing really LGBT related in California. Some interesting city planning initiatives (though I maintain that ballot box planning is more trouble than it's worth), voted to raise the county sales tax and issue BART more bonds, voted against more red tape for public transit, voted for a non-police investigation board for complainsts against the police, voted to ban the death penalty in California (we had a competing initiative to streamline the execution process and reduce appeals). I didn't consider president a hard choice, seeing as how I actually like Clinton.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Captain Yesterday, Brut Squad wrote:

We put out our Christmas stuff as soon as we put out our Halloween stuff at work.

On August 27th.

Edit: and good luck finding an advent calendar now, unless you want Tsum-Tsum.

We put ours out in September. Halloween a week before Christmas, Christmas near the end of September.

We have advent calendars out the ass. We even have some advent calendars that are a 12 pack of mystery beers instead of chocolate.

Now I'm just picturing a donkey with a bunch of advent calendars hanging off of it hanging around outside the store.

Now all you need are those life-sized plastic light-up Joseph, Mary, and the Baby Jesus figures to set up around the donkey and you'll be all set!

Sacrilegious? In San Francisco, I don't think there's such a thing. Except this comment removed by flaming bicycles.

Well, that's certainly a lot more tasteful than what's usually going on outside the store.


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Captain Yesterday, Brut Squad wrote:

We put out our Christmas stuff as soon as we put out our Halloween stuff at work.

On August 27th.

Edit: and good luck finding an advent calendar now, unless you want Tsum-Tsum.

We put ours out in September. Halloween a week before Christmas, Christmas near the end of September.

We have advent calendars out the ass. We even have some advent calendars that are a 12 pack of mystery beers instead of chocolate.


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No, it's the one where 97 is 80-17.


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Have I mentioned I hate the French counting system? Because I hate the French counting system.


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Who the hell are you?


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I now have a sack of potatoes.


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I want a sack of potatoes.


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Raining in San Francisco now. Not to bad to me (I lived in the mountains for four years), but power got knocked out in a good chunk of the city. Luckily not where I work. I've 6 hours left on my shift, and I do NOT want the cash registers down.


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I just marathoned the entire season of Major Lazer last night. The level of influence it will have on my Pathfinder campaign setting is high.


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Mikaze's still at the top of mine.


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You know how Viagra always urges you to go see a doctor if your erection lasts four or more hours? Do you have any idea what your doctor does to you when that happens?

Spoiler:
They take a surgical needle and jam it into your penis to let the blood out.

:O I'm having mine cut apart and stiched into ladybits, and that still makes me cringe like crazy.


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Drejk wrote:

Rosita, you might know that already but its better to warn now in case you haven't heard about that: UK has a very restrictive laws regarding possession and carrying knives, even elsewhere mundane Swiss Army knives and other multi-tools with knife blades among their accessories...

This is not a complete list of restrictions.

I'm just going to leave mine at home. I don't really feel like testing my knowledge of the UK legal system.


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Drejk wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Let's hope I don't jinx this, but so far there doesn't seem to actually be any problem with my whole impulsive trip to the UK thing. I went to the Post Office to get a passport, which was actually a pretty quick process. Now it's just a matter of waiting on the State Department, and I have ten weeks where they recommend I have up to eight. The British government does not require a visa or proof of immunization, hostel is already booked, and I see nothing else needing to be done.

Do it!

Your flight is booked?

Just remember to contact your bank(s) about a week beforehand so that they don't think some Brit stole your credit card info.

If you are bringing any electronic devices, get a UK outlet adaptor. You will need to contact your cell provider if you want to be able to use your phone outside of North America (but maybe you won't even want it).

That should do it!

I'd check with the bank earlier than that, unless you already checked that your card can be used abroad. I don't if it is commonly done in USA, but many EU credit card contracts explicitly limit usage of the cards to specific countries or EU (electronic use aside), so there were cases were people during the trip discovered they can't with draw money from ATM or pay in shops with their cards...

I have used my card to pay foreign websites in British Pounds and Canadian Dollars before, and my debit card is a Visa. I think my bank just tacks on a 3% fee for currency conversion.


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Celestial Healer wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Let's hope I don't jinx this, but so far there doesn't seem to actually be any problem with my whole impulsive trip to the UK thing. I went to the Post Office to get a passport, which was actually a pretty quick process. Now it's just a matter of waiting on the State Department, and I have ten weeks where they recommend I have up to eight. The British government does not require a visa or proof of immunization, hostel is already booked, and I see nothing else needing to be done.

Do it!

Your flight is booked?

Yup. I leave December 31st and arrive 1st January.

Quote:
Just remember to contact your bank(s) about a week beforehand so that they don't think some Brit stole your credit card info.

For sure. I'll be using my card.

Quote:

If you are bringing any electronic devices, get a UK outlet adaptor. You will need to contact your cell provider if you want to be able to use your phone outside of North America (but maybe you won't even want it).

That should do it!

I was thinking it might be cheaper to just buy a micro usb charger when I get to London. That takes care of phone and tablet, and that's all I'm bringing for electronics. Though if T-Mobile charges out the ass for service in the UK, I'll just go phoneless for a week.


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Let's hope I don't jinx this, but so far there doesn't seem to actually be any problem with my whole impulsive trip to the UK thing. I went to the Post Office to get a passport, which was actually a pretty quick process. Now it's just a matter of waiting on the State Department, and I have ten weeks where they recommend I have up to eight. The British government does not require a visa or proof of immunization, hostel is already booked, and I see nothing else needing to be done.


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It's shocking how many uses I've found for a Swiss Army knife since I started carrying one everywhere, given that I live in the big city. It's especially handy in my retail job (sometimes for stuff our box cutters just don't cut well, but mostly for being a general multitool), and it's nice always having a bottle opener, a can opener, and two screwdrivers close at hand.


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Limeylongears wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

On the one hand, I'll be spending the rest of the holiday season working my ass off to make money to make up what I just spent on airline tickets. I also have a grueling 20 hour flight at the end of holiday travel season, and will be high over the Atlantic Ocean as the clock strikes New Year's.

On the other hand, on the afternoon of 1st January I plant my feet on British soil for the first time, ready to spend the week being cold and wet as I explore London.

Go to The Wallace Collection

Look at the swords!

There's also The Horniman Museum, which is fascinating.

Not that kind of fascinating, (unfortunately?) but still fascinating.

You'll be lucky if you can get a pint for less than £5-£6, though.

I like swords. Must sees are the Transportation Museum and Greenwich Observatory.

That's about what I pay for a beer in San Francisco outside of happy hour.


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It's actually a 10 hour flight. Time goes forward 8 hours. Will still be greeting the New Year in the economy class of a 747 over the Atlantic.

Well, it'll be my first ride in a jumbo jet.


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On the one hand, I'll be spending the rest of the holiday season working my ass off to make money to make up what I just spent on airline tickets. I also have a grueling 20 hour flight at the end of holiday travel season, and will be high over the Atlantic Ocean as the clock strikes New Year's.

On the other hand, on the afternoon of 1st January I plant my feet on British soil for the first time, ready to spend the week being cold and wet as I explore London.


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I praise Sara Marie because I haven't made Gary Teter mad at me in a few years now.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Tequila Sunrise wrote:
My other half and I found a great house on Saturday, so here's hoping our app is first and best!

We got the house!!!

Now comes the eternal question: To move ourselves, or to hire movers?

Movers. Definitely movers.

I hired movers because no family with vehicles were available to help. Night before, I remembered the live ale in the fridge. That goes bad if it's not kept cold, so I had to consume it or toss it. It was a high abv bomber and I chugged it, then woke up hungover like I'd been drinking cheap wine all night or something.

Those movers got one hell of a tip for doing all the work while I nursed my head.


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:
Drejk wrote:

Not going into the political details but I went to public protest today.

Of course it had to start to rain. It stopped in the middle of the walk.

The group counted thousands. The one counter-group I saw numbered three...

Keep up the activism! I don't agree with nearly everyone o' course, but I think that more public interest in politics is much better than less, on the whole.

On a personal note, this election cycle has gotten me motivated enough to canvass for my local political party. Because, well...hooboy, has this been a political year!

San Francisco's entire political climate made me actually start voting.


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Ah, the off season. Not many tourists, and no line for the cable car. A lineless cable car is truly the quickest conveyance from work to the subway.


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Well, that was one bloody exhausting weekend. At least it's capped with one long boat ride. We left the pier at 5:15, and aren't due in San Francisco until 7:05.


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College field trips are best field trips. In two days in the mountains, I've:

Pushed a pickup truck up a hill because somebody wasn't paying attention to the fuel gauge

Gone on a non-professor approved moonlit hike on a backwoods trail drunk, stoned, and without a flashlight

Ridden in the back of a pickup truck on a bumpy ass dirt road hollering, fist bumping, and blaring country while the professor followed us in the van shaking his head

Gotten lost multiple times

Followed the professor's van in the pickup truck on the highway, astounded we were going above 80 and he was still leaving us behind

Eaten hella barbecue

Seen a giant ass owl

Climbed theough a dark, damp, bat infested lava tube

Touched F*#@ING SNOW

Gotten into a drunken argument with the German born professor about the relative merits of European and Californian beer.

Cut my hand scrabbling over rough rocks and waved the blood covered appendage about like a trophy (no worries, I don't need stitches and have full use of the hand)

Told and listened to mad drunken tall tales.


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Let's talk about work. Chill dude general manager just handed in his resignation because he's tired of working 60 to 80 hours a week just to hear his boss keep demanding he pull some magic bootstraps out of his ass or something. The assistant manager is powertripping mad balls even though the district manager told him flat out he's not going to be the general manager. The district manager hasn't picked a manager yet, but he's making all sorts of noises about discipline and strict standards and whupping us into shape and getting the union under control (as if they ever do anything), so it is going to be somebody uptight as all hell. Union steward is still telling everybody else how to do their jobs while not doing her own, union won't respond to my calls about getting screwed over on mileage from the hours I did in another city, and my department head keeps upbraiding me without giving me a chance you explain myself (in which I'd tell him the general manager gave me my marching orders and I followed them).

I quit. I've got school, and I need to figure out how to jam self directed trigonometry into my schedule while learning how to drive. I'm jumping off this train before the wreck, because I don't have the time, energy, or inclination to pick up the pieces.


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Drejk wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:

Police Officer is trying to explain to Shirtless Guy that it's not actually streaking if you have pants on.

I love San Francisco.

Have the Shirtless Guy accepted the explanation and amended his action?

No, they were still arguing when my bus left.

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