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Writing again. Yay.


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350. Sweet shade You are an aasimar, but you are not associated with the sun, per se, so much as the clouds and other things that block it, sometimes offering relief from the heat. As a result, your abilities are a bit unique. The daylight you produce is muted and carries a hint of approaching rain, which can sometimes surprise creatures sensitive to sunlight, especially in close quarters.


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All I know is Captain Yesterday ain't afraid of it and will shave it with his skid loader like normal.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Tomorrow the high is 28 degrees (with 20-30 mph winds).

So of course, tomorrow is when everyone is coming out to the job site to look over everything and discuss next steps.

Also, today a 2 foot slab fell about a foot onto my finger, fortunately I was wearing extra padded gloves, otherwise I definitely would have broken it instead of being really, really painful.

Glad you aren't badly hurt.


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removes Joel from Christmas card list

FIGHT THE EMPIRE


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How my Thanksgiving went


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Gather round, friends, it is time for a new Thanksgiving tradition.

Let me tell you the tale of Shepard, The Thanksgiving Mouse.

Spoiler:
On Thanksgiving Eve, 6'3" my nephew, visiting from Vany-land, shrieked and pulled his feet up onto the sofa while we were watching TV. He said he saw a mouse. We laughed at him, and said he was being silly. There wasn't a mouse there that anyone could see. A few minutes later he shrieked again, and pointed insistently at the mouse. I searched this time and found nothing. I was a bit busy at the moment as I was doing my turkey day preparations and I couldn't search too hard. The bird wasn't going to slather itself in [secret ingredient redacted] and spices now, was it?

I woke up early the next day, and I realized I was missing some stuff for dinner. Stupid, but it was why I was up early. Preparation is the bane of misfortune, after all. I put on my hoodie and head to the elevator and hit the button. I feel a tickle on my arm, and look down but it's nothing that I can see. Thanksgiving day jitters, I tell myself. The elevator arrives and I get in.

Once in the elevator, I feel... something...heading towards my armpit. I am the only person in the elevator, the only person up at this hour, and so I know something is wrong.

I want to say that I was calm, cool, collected. I want to say that I simply investigated and resolved the issue.

I cannot say any of those things. Something was attempting to explore my armpit in a way o had only seen in certain animated films of a mass amorous nature.

I tore off my hoodie and my shirt and stood gasping in the elevator. Topless, I look around myself and see nothing. But on the elevator floor I find a mouse.

A mouse. A mouse that had been hiding in my hoodie and climbed under my clothes, in search of God along knows what.

We retreated to Neutral corners of the elevator. It hadn't started to move yet. I edged over to the button and pressed it. The mouse moved away from me, along the edge of the elevator. He seemed desperate to get away from the half naked giant.

I quickly grabbed my clothes from the floor. The mouse translated this as an attack and ran along the wall of the elevator to get away. Unfortunately in the confines of the elevator, this means that he was charging me after a while and I wished to remain at neutral corners.

So, holding my clothes, the mouse and I circled each other. To the uninitiated it would look like I was running from a mouse, or that I was chasing one. But no. We circled one another like gladiators attempting to gauge each others measure. We circled the elevator 3 times. And then the doors opened.

Neither of us moved, although I did put my clothes back on. As the mouse seemed comfortable in the elevator, I moved to leave. However, I knew noone would believe my story, so I took out my phone to take a pic.

The mouse, recognizing what I was doing it seemed, looked at the camera while I took the picture. He stepped forward a bit. And then retreated to the corner. I don't know why he didn't attempt to leave the elevator.

I went to the grocery store, and told my tale to the cashier. She thought it was hilarious.

I thought that was the end of the story. But I was wrong.

Taking my groceries back to the house, I check the elevator and see that it is empty. I think the mouse has simply left for greener pastures. But I run into a neighbor, who happens to be a pastor. He asks me if they removed the mouse from the elevator, and I tell my tale again, for I am starting to take ownership of this mouse.

The neighbor informs me that the mouse had died and had been removed by maintenance.

It was at this time that I realized this wasn't just any ordinary mouse. This was the Thanksgiving Mouse. He had not hidden in just any ordinary hoodie. He had hidden in my Mass Effect hoodie. Like Shepard from that same series. He went on three adventures(as symbolized by the three trips around the elevator) and died at the end, in the hopes of bringing about a better world.

In his honor, I named him Shepard, and I got two Thanksgiving lottery tickets that I hope are blessed by two of his trips the elevator, and I would like to retain the last trip around the elevator for you, in the hopes that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I will share this story every Thanksgiving Day.

So from me and Shepard, The Thanksgiving Mouse to you, Happy Thanksgiving.


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Peter Grill? Wha?


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lisamarlene wrote:

I just worked 22 hours in 2 days with no breaks, but now I'm off until Monday.

My school is experimenting with a "year-round" program, but all it means is that we're offering in-house childcare during vacation weeks.
It's poorly-staffed to begin with, and the support staff in charge have a habit of getting "sick" at the last minute, so I ended up doing this on what were supposed to be vacation days.
And the boss who came up with this scheme is retiring at the end of the year, no idea what our new director will be like or what she will prioritize.
(I'm assuming it will be a woman. There are very few men in Montessori.)

If there is anyone who deserves a week at the abscondi-cave, it is you.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
quibblemuch wrote:
Ridiculous. Bots. Pfft. Certainly not like us humans, who have the sum of Three Hundred And Eighty Five Million Dollars US in a bank account debit card needing your information to effect a transfer per Federal Tax Bureau guidelines!
Thanks to this comment, I've stopped automatically assuming the humanity of a certain billionaire-on-paper begging for $8 a month. Kinda like a Terminator, except physically built out a flesh mechanics'-equivalent of 1980s Detroit Big Three's parts bins with the mind of an website ad network that has almost achieved sentience.

Sounds very Reganomics Lamborghini-ish.


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David M Mallon wrote:
In the parking lot, there's a car with a license plate that reads "NITFURY." I'm assuming that the desired reading is "night fury," but there's a non-zero possibility that the owner has chronic lice.

I just added pubic lice to my group discussion as an sti. I differentiate them from head lice by referring to the latter as public lice.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
However you would look at it, Impus Major is not a teenager anymore. Sorry, NobodysHome. I don't know about the rest of the pack.

By the technical definition of "teenager", you are correct... but:

- He still lives at home and is entirely dependent on his parents for support
- He's still in junior college
- He still makes foolish decisions when his friends are involved
- He still can't manage his own time and scheduling, and his grades suffer as a result.

I tend to agree with rental car companies that people aren't responsible adults until they hit at least 25. (And for many, many people, it's either "and much older" or "never".) Until then, I take the liberty of calling them, "Teenagers," even if it's not technically accurate.

I'm reading an old transformers comic that goes over the strengths and weaknesses of various characters. This is a writeup very much in that vein.


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Feros wrote:
54 solar revolutions and still cruising! :)

Hoi chummer. Happy birthday!


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I would say sweet potatoes would be a good start, as would Mac and cheese and baked ziti. Or forget those last two and go for a lasagna? With a regular mashed potato on the side, Swedish tofuballs, salad and...I'm not sure what else.


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Apparently, I'm sending her more that just aperitifs, I'm also sending dessert.


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lisamarlene wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Damn.

I'm so sorry that happened.

I will send Eve a nice Chianti and a can of Fava beans.


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NobodysHome wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:

Also, while in NM, I added another entry to my ever-growing list of forum people I've hung out with in real life:

** spoiler omitted **

Ooh! Ooh! Here's my complete list! ** spoiler omitted **

You left off GothBard.

For shame.


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I think being a dick is his superpower.


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I met him.

It was at Connecticon a few years ago. Incredibly affable man. I got his autograph for a friend as I was working a few booths away. It was great seeing him perform, he has permanently altered his voice doing batman do much. He loved putting on a show for the crowd. I am going to miss him.


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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

DAMN!

The tension in this show is intense. Stellar performances by everyone, excellent writing, excellent everything.

Two more episodes then two years until next season.

Darth Vader wrote:
DO NOT WANT!


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Orthos wrote:


FFVI is basically the thing we agree on.
Y wings?

Freehold Leader, standing by!


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Younger Orthos and I had a team up? Wow.


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Cr500cricket wrote:

I finished FFVI yesterday, and I remember Freehold and Orthos were the ones who convinced me to buy it originally, back in 2014 by the looks of it. Ipod I was playing it on bricked fairly soon after and I didn't pick it up again until recently. It's fairly quickly become my favourite FF game, and I'm installing myself as the president of the Terra Needs a Hug Foundation.

I hopped back on to say thank you to both of you for convincing me to buy it way back then.

...Orthos and I had a team up?


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Voted early over the weekend. Yay.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Ah, California kids.

We're now in our standard winter weather pattern: Sunny and clear all day, no wind, low of around 40°F, high of around 56°F. It'll be this way with very little variation until March. Yeah, during a cold snap the lows will drop into the low 30s or even high 20s, and during a warm snap the highs might go into the 60s, but our weather is amazingly boring from here on out.

So Impus Minor started griping about how it's so stupid that winter doesn't start until December 21. It's obviously already winter, so why call it "fall"?

Because, my young friend, other places in the world have these things called "seasons" that we don't, and fall is actually one of them...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


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NobodysHome wrote:

There's nothing quite so relaxing as when another team screws up, relieving all the pressure on you.

I'm about 3 days behind schedule. We just got notified by the environment team that they're going to be 10 days late.

Suddenly, I have all the time in the world to get my work done...

You? Behind schedule? That's unpossible.


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The NPC wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Iirc, somewhere on the old white wolf forums people did scion writeups for everyone from Ao to Mask to Mr. Burns and Jean Luc Picard. It may take a moment to find though.

Love scion. Prefer 1st Ed, but am liking the newer stuff too.

What is it of 1e that you prefer?

more or less everything. The game play systems needed to be fixed for a certainty, and the Pantheon outside of Greek, Norse, and Egyptian were a bit sparse. But the newer version takes on the flaws of the older in a very serious way to the point that they have rebuilt the world itself in a very wordy, open history nerd way that just plain reading it, even for fun, requires a day dedicated to research.


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Iirc, somewhere on the old white wolf forums people did scion writeups for everyone from Ao to Mask to Mr. Burns and Jean Luc Picard. It may take a moment to find though.

Love scion. Prefer 1st Ed, but am liking the newer stuff too.


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HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY


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Cooooooooooool


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Drejk wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
I've had my Husqvarna sewing machine since I got it second-hand in 1998. It's had one tune-up in all that time and I can't imagine wanting to trade up.
See? I know what I'm talking about at least 2% of the time.
Chirpy and upbeat is my standard response to dick-measuring. I thought the tone of the page was getting a little ugly.
Dick-measuring? I'm so confused...
You mean you weren't?
Outside of a literal sense, I don't even know what that means.

It refers to situation when two or more men try to outdo each other by shows or stories of stereotypical manly behaviors - or ownership of things considered manly - like comparing owned cars/bikes, guns, paychecks, power tools.

Hypothetical Manly Drejk: Hey guys, look at this Chevrolet I bought!

Hypothetical Manly Dave: Chevrolet? How cute. *starts his Lamborghini*

Hypothetical Manly Cap: Vrrrom-vroom mother-flippers! *speed by in Ferrari*

Hypothetical Even More Manly Freehold: I need a new car...

I would just attempt to outrun the Ferrari with my Freeholdian speed.


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Man, I want to see the flying guillotine now.

We had a literal version of one in a PFS game.

The party was Rescuing a high ranking pathfinder (Colson maldris) from a final blade. We turned him into a peacock (appropriate critter) and flea flickered him to the endzone. The fight started going so well, we polymorphed a party member into a huge monster , cast ant haul on them, and instead of fighting, picked up the artifact and flew off.

Well.

That's a flying guillotine.


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keftiu wrote:

In other news: thanks to their incredibly kind support (and relentless, gentle prodding), I was able to quit my awful day job about three months back, with the intention being that I could focus on my tabletop work. I got two projects out the door before falling into a total quagmire of fatigue... until today, when I was able to release a full game! I've got two more finished, and going to be trickling them out over the next two weeks - they form a linked trio!

I'm feeling so incredibly blessed, lucky, and loved... and I got to make some cool stuff!

I'm glad you were able to get out. And I'm even more glad you had support to do so. Please keep making stuff. And advertise here, if you can.


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I just paid my speeding ticket.

Yay.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:

On Tuesday, my Mom fell and hit her head. Dad took her to the ER, they did a CT scan, and said "Nothing's broken. Everything looks good. Head on home." Well, she had a massive headache that wouldn't go away, so today Dad called her doctor. He said "Sounds like you have a concussion. Get back to the ER." So they go back to the ER, where the doctors say "Huh. Look at that. You do have a concussion. Wonder how that happened."

F@!%ing idiots.

Concussions sometimes take a moment to show up. That said, they should have checked thoroughly.


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Wishing nothing but the best for GothBard.


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I'm willing to put in an extra ten bucks to support folks, but I will keep an eye on the difference between physical and electronic copies.


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NobodysHome, I'm sorry about your cat. If it is their time, I hope they go peacefully. If not, I hope they recover the lost weight.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

You wouldn't ask a lawyer friend for free legal representation. You wouldn't ask a doctor friend for free surgery. Don't ask your tech friends for free computer repair.

Do not get me started.

Also - "I want to buy a new computer. Is this a good one?"

Now you're going to get *ME* started.

Relative or neighbor: Is this a good one?
NobodysHome: I don't know. I build my own.
RoN: But that means you know computers. So it this a good one?
NH: I have no idea.
RoN: Oh, c'mon, you can tell ME!

I love the way they always assume you're holding out on them if you tell them you don't know something...

I remember the Bad Old Days where computers were sold by shady folks, there were a lot of people who were computer savvy and helped others who were being fleeced. I think that became a big part of the social consciousness that hasn't gone away and people still expect those with computer knowledge to help those without knowledge from making an "obvious" mistake.


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It IS fermented and gross.


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May he rest peacefully.

A true hero.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Well, I managed to get most of the politics out of it, but it's still political enough I'll spoiler it:

** spoiler omitted **

Well, as you are, well, old, you should know this is as old as...well, you are. Back when you were my age it was razor blades and poisons, when you were younger than me it was psychedelic substances, when you were a tyke it was something else even more outlandish. It's the usual nonsense.


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Work went weird yesterday. I know I am not meeting my numbers for my group and tptb want me to and are eager to help. But they are asking me to turn an outreach attempt that had been verified with the organization that I was supposed to be working with on this upcoming Monday to a group meeting. I was told this the last 20 minutes of work yesterday. So now I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off to get ready for Monday, and I'm hoping my supervisor has reached out to the organization so that they know that I am actually running a group on Monday instead of just doing outreach. Not liking how this is shaking out. Make no mistake, I still love my job, and I want to get more people in my group. But this is just plain nutty on such short notice. Moreover, there are at least two people who would have been perfect for my group whom have either not been returning my phone calls or I just was not given the contact information for. If tptb are so concerned over me not making my numbers, why come up with a desperate plan of turning an outreach meeting into a regular meeting instead of giving me the contact information for the individuals so I can run a group like normal?

Ugh.


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The importance of the size and shape of the can is inversely proportional to their distance from my exploratory apparatus.


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Cheese is important.


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Back at work today. Trying to stay positive.


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DeathQuaker wrote:

I officially dub this 'ship, "She-Devil."

That was fun. Actually got my heart racing in a couple of the scenes there. The ending was of course infuriating. I would have shown less self-control than Jen did, if I'm honest.

Leapfrog fans, did you like how he was handled or were you disappointed?

I remember him from the comics as Frog Boy. I am sad he was made into a villain. But he isnt a crazed killer or anything like that. So it's cool by me.

Am okay with She Hulk and Daredevil hooking up. I think they kissed in the comics once? But this was cooler. Walk of shame/stride of pride was hilarious.

Also, if you ever got powers I would definitely start a DeathQuaker(which BETTER be your superhero name, I would license The Devastating DeathQuaker merch and go 70/30 with you on it, and I may already have a superhero outfit in mind that MAY resemble a certain glitter-handed royal superhero to better entice you) bail fund for similar situations.


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I just ate grits.

Grits.

A humbling moment.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Just ate my first solid food in days.
Was it Spam musubi? Tell me it was Spam musubi!

Unfortunately no, Popeyes sandwich. Should not have had it. But the solid food was good. Am having mostly crackers now.


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Just ate my first solid food in days.

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