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NobodysHome wrote:
Riding with Impus Major for the last couple of days after his failure

PLEASE tell me you told him to meditate on his failure while wearing a black robe.

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Around here, a significant portion of the cyclists are absolute <obscenities>.

HEY! shakes fist

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Still doesn't mean you get to hit them or force them off their bikes.

Okay this is true...

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If I can open my door and hit the cyclist, then you drove too close to the cyclist.

...That doesn't work around here.


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CrystalSeas wrote:
Local Ordinance wrote:

"If you're passing cyclists, pedestrians, or wheelchair users on the road, be sure to keep your distance.

Drivers who don't create at least a five-foot space between their vehicles and the people they're passing can be ticketed."
We've actually got a local ordinance that specifies the minimum distance.

SWEET BABY JESUS


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Is he beating people to death with a little yippie dog?


Matthew Downie wrote:
Pathfinder First Edition rules wrote:

Taking 10

When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted, you may choose to take 10. Instead of rolling 1d20 for the skill check, calculate your result as if you had rolled a 10. For many routine tasks, taking 10 makes them automatically successful. Distractions or threats (such as combat) make it impossible for a character to take 10. In most cases, taking 10 is purely a safety measure—you know (or expect) that an average roll will succeed but fear that a poor roll might fail, so you elect to settle for the average roll (a 10). Taking 10 is especially useful in situations where a particularly high roll wouldn’t help.

There is no rule against taking 10 on knowledge checks.

There is no rule saying you need to be 'trained' to take 10 in knowledge checks.

There is a rule about Bards:

Lore Master wrote:
At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge skill check that he has ranks in.

This is confusing because it allows something that wasn't disallowed in the first place.

My interpretation is that it allows the Bard to take 10 even when distracted (such as when a demon is attacking you and you want to know its weaknesses).

interesting point.


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Also, I got the pin.


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Last I heard aboleths were dual gendered and reproduced by laying eggs they fertilized themselves.


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lisamarlene wrote:

The Cidercade taproom was featuring a smoked rye cider last night.

It was good.
They also had Dragon's Lair AND Dragon's Lair II.
I played for about five minutes before I realized, "Oh yeah, that's why I stopped playing Dragon's Lair (arcade). Dragon's Lair for PC was easier."

WW and I spent about half an hour in the Lost World, until we won. It really pissed me off that you have to kill a brachiosaurus, just because it's trying to stomp your jeep. It felt wrong.

the action/reaction age ended too early. But there wasnt a lot of potential there.


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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Still having the Okra debate eh? I had a weird few off days. Mostly I'm irritated that I got caught in a speed trap following with other traffic. Pulled me over and ticketed me and I was going slower then the two in front of me. Also he said he radar-ed me as he passed by me but sounds like BS to me. I would go to court but I was 3 hours out of town and I'm not driving back for it. So his little money making scheme (why isn't that word spelled just skeme?) works.

always fight a ticket whenever you can.


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captain yesterday wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
I haven't played a paladin in ages.

I played a paladin, once.

He was stabbed in the back walking through a tavern to get his first job.

All because my brother didn't like that I rolled 3 18s (and a 3 (which I put in intelligence), 14, and 13).

Yes, I roll in the open.

only way to roll.


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I haven't played a paladin in ages.


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Scintillae wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

So, I like to put memes on my door that relate to my content areas. It makes me laugh, and sometimes, the kids learn something. Unfortunately, I'm half social studies.

A disturbing number of the results I've been finding show an extreme misunderstanding or misinterpretation of both history and civics. And this is after pruning my search terms to attempt to stay carefully nonpolitical to avoid upsetting parents.

I hate people. The world sucks enough without deliberate misinformation to make it worse.

Yeah, I'll just say that two things that really drive me over the edge are:

(1) Ignoring all history and saying, "This time it'll be different, because we're doing it!"
(2) Overt, all-consuming hypocrisy and the people who swallow it up.

Right there with you. People don't pay attention in history, then they go all surprised-Pikachu when things backfire.

** spoiler omitted **

I can get you that as a pin.

Do you want that as a pin?

Very, very tempting.

I'll pick it up tomorrow.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Thanks. Yeah, he tried to do the good old, "Look, an 11th-level ranger fighting against his favored enemy beats the pants off this guy!", and I showed him that at 10th-level against a non-favored enemy, investigator easily out-damaged the ranger. Plus utility skills. Plus inspiration. Plus trapfinding.

Just the, "One PC that outshines every other party member at everything the party tries to do."

I don't care about it as a GM, I care about it from the "spotlight hog" perspective.

And trust me; when I was running WW, he was a 4th Dan black belt. And insisted that if *he* could do something, then obviously any of his PCs (including his stat-dumped wizard) could do, because "adventurers are far beyond mortal men".

if anything martial arts made me more aware of just how limited combat options were, even when I was in the shape of my life.


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Scintillae wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Scintillae wrote:

So, I like to put memes on my door that relate to my content areas. It makes me laugh, and sometimes, the kids learn something. Unfortunately, I'm half social studies.

A disturbing number of the results I've been finding show an extreme misunderstanding or misinterpretation of both history and civics. And this is after pruning my search terms to attempt to stay carefully nonpolitical to avoid upsetting parents.

I hate people. The world sucks enough without deliberate misinformation to make it worse.

Yeah, I'll just say that two things that really drive me over the edge are:

(1) Ignoring all history and saying, "This time it'll be different, because we're doing it!"
(2) Overt, all-consuming hypocrisy and the people who swallow it up.

Right there with you. People don't pay attention in history, then they go all surprised-Pikachu when things backfire.

** spoiler omitted **

I can get you that as a pin.

Do you want that as a pin?


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Scintillae wrote:

So, I like to put memes on my door that relate to my content areas. It makes me laugh, and sometimes, the kids learn something. Unfortunately, I'm half social studies.

A disturbing number of the results I've been finding show an extreme misunderstanding or misinterpretation of both history and civics. And this is after pruning my search terms to attempt to stay carefully nonpolitical to avoid upsetting parents.

I hate people. The world sucks enough without deliberate misinformation to make it worse.

Scint, we disagree on many things, but I think you will agree with me that we are living in...interesting...times. There is a lot of deliberate and intentional misinterpretation of both history AND civics going around (the former annoys me, the latter INFURIATES me) and people are actively using memes to do so. I am no memelord(is that the term? I hope that's the term. I think that's the term...), but I have noticed this trend in places where it does not belong, along with some memes used for straightup dogwhistling purposes.

You have your fingers on the pulse of the youth of today, and they listen to you in a way they will not listen to others, even their parents. Guide them to more rational decisions based on actual lessons from history, not "cool" (read: bigoted) nonsense they learned online.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Impus Major's (first) driving test is today.

Quake in your houses in fear.

FIFY


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captain yesterday wrote:

Third sign of winter.

It's 21 degrees outside and it feels warm.

The perfect number.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

And one brother is bragging up his cheesecake which everyone knows (or at least they would if they listened to her) that cheesecake is the General's jam.

Of course you realize, this means war.

Your wife makes cheesecake jam?

that sounds delicious.


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NobodysHome wrote:

Every CEO in the world should be forced to read this.

In my first tech job, as our company was going under during the dot-bomb, our company spent half a million dollars designing a new logo. Because that would somehow fix everything.

Even worse, they were surprised when it didn't have any measurable effect.

CEOs and Marketing departments have a very...carnal...relationship. It gets ugly sometimes, especially as Marketing whispers the most salacious things to CEOs during the act.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Yup, I absolutely hate making characters for Pathfinder 2nd edition.

I love everything else, but man, making characters is a pain in the ass.

Trained this, expert in that, strike, strike, strike!!!

What the f@&% does it even mean!!!!!!

that the edition wars will never end.


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Woran wrote:
I know Freehold will appreciate the nakedness.

Yes.

Yes I will.


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Woran wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

The other quote was from a Netherlander that sounded so much like Woran that I might accuse her of posting it:

(1) Your small pizzas are our large pizzas
(2) Your medium pizzas are our family-size pizzas
(3) Your large pizzas would not fit within our borders

Your sides are our main course.

its comments like this that make me want to cook for you.


Just a Mort wrote:

Firstly, I eat anything. Secondly okra su*ks. Okra is better fired into space. Sambal belacan/curry(I've always liked dry curries) or any kind of spice works.

Secondly anchovies is not quite accurate, it's actually whitebait, and dried whitebait to boot. The closest I think you guys would understand was me to say anchovies.

These days I entertain myself building fires in my belly. Like my chicken is fried with ginger and dried chillis.

FIFY


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I have actively pissed face right now. My company is now not only telling me what hotel I have to stay in, but that I have to pay for it up front out of pocket until they reimburse me. Same thing with the car rental. I'm utterly shocked I'm not having to pay for the flight as well.

At that point you say, "I'm sorry, but with the pittance you pay me I live paycheck-to-paycheck, and with my poor credit history I don't have a card. So, since I cannot afford to loan you any money, I guess I can't go."

I'd be seriously pissed, too. Global Megacorporation has never once made me travel, but they handed me an American Express card with a $5000 preapproval that I just keep in a drawer, because it's easier to just give me one and not bother to track it than to try to manage individual expenses.

You have to travel, you put it on the AmEx, you sign in to our app and say, "Yeah, I spent that," your manager approves, and you're done.

It's not rocket science.

There are low rent fanfictions detailing what would happen if I was given one of those.
I have hilarious stories of epic abuse, but they would give away where I work...

Epic abuse?!

*listens patiently*

Even trying to be as generic as possible, the very first Google articles when I search saying anything about the incident brings up my company's name, so nope, not going there.

However, I *will* say that I spend a lot of time with sales guys, and they spend a LOT of money in strip clubs "entertaining" their clients on the corporate dime, and the bills can be in the thousands. Every company has those guys.

completes application

HAIL CORPORATE


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captain yesterday wrote:
They say they're a burger chain, but let me tell you from experience, weird s+%@ goes down after dark in the back of a fast food restaurant.

according to my sources, a lot of premarital/extramarital intimacy and weed.


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Just a Mort wrote:
Tell me what you do with it. I know my in laws place has a jar of peanut butter and I've had orders to clear the fridge. I can see their anchovies(for calcium) jumping into my cauliflower and brocoli mix and the dried shrimp going into various stir fries of turnips and cabbage. Also their dried scallop chilli sauce will serve my okra breakfast fine, as it will for my lunch cauliflower and brocolli mix.

What unholy blasphemy are you eating?!?


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Vanykrye wrote:
I have actively pissed face right now. My company is now not only telling me what hotel I have to stay in, but that I have to pay for it up front out of pocket until they reimburse me. Same thing with the car rental. I'm utterly shocked I'm not having to pay for the flight as well.

Been there before.

I'll never forget the look of defeat on my boss's face when they discovered I kept all my travel related receipts. They were banking on me to lose them.


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NobodysHome wrote:

One advantage of going to an office: GothBard has golden retriever puppies at work today.

that sounds messy.


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Vanykrye wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I have actively pissed face right now. My company is now not only telling me what hotel I have to stay in, but that I have to pay for it up front out of pocket until they reimburse me. Same thing with the car rental. I'm utterly shocked I'm not having to pay for the flight as well.

At that point you say, "I'm sorry, but with the pittance you pay me I live paycheck-to-paycheck, and with my poor credit history I don't have a card. So, since I cannot afford to loan you any money, I guess I can't go."

I'd be seriously pissed, too. Global Megacorporation has never once made me travel, but they handed me an American Express card with a $5000 preapproval that I just keep in a drawer, because it's easier to just give me one and not bother to track it than to try to manage individual expenses.

You have to travel, you put it on the AmEx, you sign in to our app and say, "Yeah, I spent that," your manager approves, and you're done.

It's not rocket science.

They turned me down for a corporate card. I don't rank highly enough to be allowed to have one, regardless of the fact that I travel more than anybody in IT aside from our CIO?

So instead I have to pay up front and expense it later. I will get the money back, but, like, in 2-3 weeks depending on where we are in the payroll cycle. They won't cut a separate check/direct deposit for reimbursements. They always tack it on to the regularly scheduled payroll.

you have got to be kidding me.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I have actively pissed face right now. My company is now not only telling me what hotel I have to stay in, but that I have to pay for it up front out of pocket until they reimburse me. Same thing with the car rental. I'm utterly shocked I'm not having to pay for the flight as well.

At that point you say, "I'm sorry, but with the pittance you pay me I live paycheck-to-paycheck, and with my poor credit history I don't have a card. So, since I cannot afford to loan you any money, I guess I can't go."

I'd be seriously pissed, too. Global Megacorporation has never once made me travel, but they handed me an American Express card with a $5000 preapproval that I just keep in a drawer, because it's easier to just give me one and not bother to track it than to try to manage individual expenses.

You have to travel, you put it on the AmEx, you sign in to our app and say, "Yeah, I spent that," your manager approves, and you're done.

It's not rocket science.

There are low rent fanfictions detailing what would happen if I was given one of those.


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Scintillae wrote:
...they have decided to call their burger place "Thicc-Fil-A." The debate has turned to how many C's are required.

I will gladly advise them as to the appropriate number of Cs.


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Vanykrye wrote:
I'm not sure what I just did is even legal in Missouri.

that state is important to me for reasons.


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LordSynos wrote:
Drejk wrote:

*reads facebook*

Oh... Interesting development...

*pokes Lord Synos*

Congratulations!

Finally?

Thanks Drejk. :)

For those who aren't my friends on Facebook (everyone else but Limey? :P), I got married this past Monday. :)

It certainly feels like a finally. :P It's been a long time coming. :)

LORD SYNOS LORD SYNOS LORD SYNOS LORD SYNOS LORD SYNOS LORD SYNOS LORD SYNOS


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Feeling old school today.


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What a day.


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It takes practice, yes.


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AWRIGHT!

You mind your lungs now, y'hear?


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Holy s&+&.


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Vanykrye wrote:
That didn't work with mine. She was pregnant.

gonna have to driver her someplace else then.


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Scintillae wrote:

But yeah, I'm noticing a lot of shifting on the high school jobs prospects just from the area I work in. A lot of the kids only have summer jobs because they help with construction or lifeguarding. Other kids have to go clear into the city to find something because there just isn't much in this little town. Convenience store wants 18+ so you can sell tobacco products. Same with several of the restaurants that serve alcohol.

Shows I was spoiled for choice growing up in the 'burbs.

I encountered that too, but I also had more opportunities to work odd jobs.


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NobodysHome wrote:

I was *really* trying to let it go, but seriously?

EVERY job that I had to make money as a teen is no longer available to my kids:
- Paperboy
- Gardener
- Tutor
- Video store clerk

The jobs that are available (box store employee, fast food worker) either don't have hours condusive to being in school (try to work part time at McDonald's and tell the manager you can't work the lunch shift... ever...), or are so coveted that you need to know someone (the two kids I know who got school-friendly hours at the local Target both knew the local owner personally).

The whole, "Kids are too lazy to get jobs these days" is just such a stereotypical "OK Boomer" moment it really explains the entire meme.

Geez, even a simple babysitting job for my kids fell through because the parent was unwilling to work with them at all; she wanted me to arrange the times, manage things, be around, etc., because she didn't trust my kids to manage their own time. and watch the kid on their own.

So, er, if you don't trust my kids to plan their time or watch your kid on their own, why are you even pretending you're hiring them?

EDIT: It doesn't help at all that there are over 10,000 local U.C. Berkeley students trying to afford housing and tuition and willing to do anything high school kids can do, and employers, given the choice between a high schooler and a U.C. Berkeley student, have a no-brainer choice to make.

man. It's gotten bad.


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NobodysHome wrote:

** spoiler omitted **

So many cultural issues here, it is hard for me to speak up. I certainly stepped in it a few times growing up, and my cultural background was at odds against my teenage impulses. If I had a time machine and could be a teenager visiting your house, it would be weird for me to ask you for food, but also given that my mom didnt want me working as that was a direct insult to her, I might walk with my own food.

Which I learned was also insulting in other cultures...*sigh*


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Vanykrye wrote:

Oh...let me clarify. The "was" part. He *was* a general contractor. He officially retired about 3 decades ago. So no, he wasn't licensed at the time of his adventures into adding on to the original 1933 construction. He started the project around 2001, but didn't finish until 2013, just before we bought the house.

The only thing he was competent at was hiding his sins.

Wow.

Just...wow.


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NobodysHome wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:

Anybody got a spare $12k lying around so I can properly fix my furnace and AC situation? (No, I'm not seriously asking; we'll figure out a way to get it done and we're not in any danger of freezing to death.)

I've mentioned it before, but my house was constructed comically using technical standards as toilet paper. The previous owner was a general contractor and he was really good at making things look good on the surface while cutting severe corners underneath.

There are things that didn't turn up on the home inspector's report that should have, some things that did, and a lot of things that couldn't have without tearing down drywall to look at it.

LOL. At least YOUR previous homeowner was licensed.

As far as we have been able to determine from the atrocities revealed every time we open a wall, from the 1950s-1960s this house was owned by a "frugal handyman" who believed that scrap wood and big enough nails could solve any problem. Roof sagging? Nail some scrap 2"x4"s against the bending rafter. Termite damage? Figure out a way to nail on a 4"x12" without replacing the old one.

You gotta be kidding me.


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Woran wrote:
I'm glad the weather is dipping towards freezing

Woran, the things you say....


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NobodysHome wrote:
Rosita the Riveter wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

Impus Major is writing a literary analysis of A Modest Proposal.

It is now his favorite essay ever. He wants to read it aloud from the stage at the Dickens Faire.

I do not know that it would go all that well...

Would you recommend attending Dickens Faire?

That's a question very much in line with, "Would you recommend attending the Ren Faire?"

Because it's almost the same thing: A lot of vendors, actors, and actresses wandering around trying to re-create Victorian England while selling you foods and wares at 2-3x the price you'd find the same stuff on Etsy.

I *do* prefer the Dickens Faire to the Ren Faire because:
(1) It's in "winter", so it's colder and you can actually wear a costume without dying of heat stroke.
(2) It's nowhere near as overrun with disruptive visitors; the Ren Faire took the approach of, "We need more money, so let's mass market this!" and so it feels much more like a theme park: Thousands of tourists who care nothing whatsoever for the ambience of the place nor their fellow visitor, so they make the whole visit unpleasant for all. The Dickens Faire is still primarily populated by people who actually respect the cast members and the ambience, so it "feels" more welcoming.
(3) It's significantly smaller and easier to get around.
(4) It's indoors.

On the other hand, Freehold would bemoan the distinct lack of cleavage.

But yeah, "Indoor Ren Faire with a Victorian theme" is about it.

(And I am always irritated that Autumn runs from September 23-December 21, so all of our traditional "winter" stuff actually takes place in Autumn. That's what we get for having no seasons.)

puts on stealth suit, turns up thermostat quietly


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captain yesterday wrote:
Tiny T-Rex (after showing off his mad duck calling skillz): I feel like I'm THIS close to understanding duck. I just need a translation sheet!

ROTFL


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Sharoth wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

So, it turns out if you do a search for Nine Inch Nails and The Muppets in the same day on YouTube you get some pretty f%*!ed up videos, which only leads you to more f$#%ed up videos and the next thing you know you're watching True Facts about the Sea Pig.

This is why I'm not allowed on YouTube.

Sort of like the game where you pick absolutely any random page on Wikipedia, and within six clicks, you can get to Bestiality.
It is called interspecies erotica! Please get it correct next time.

FIFY


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Vanykrye wrote:
Heh. They had a Veterans Day Parade in downtown Peoria. Wind is blowing. Snow is coming down. Roads are slick. Local high school marching bands are out there, trying to stay on their feet as the wind picks up and takes the tuba players 6-8 feet out of position...and the poor kids with the bass drums...like giant rudders on a small boat...

LOW BRASS FOREVER


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NobodysHome wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:

Also as an aside, speaking of bad players as we were earlier, there is an anime on Hulu that lampoons EXACTLY what one of the worst players I have ever encountered is like. Its called the hero is overpowered and cautious, I think.

It's funny. Check it out.

I didn't know you'd played with WW...

show it to him! It might be interesting to see his reactions!


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Tequila Sunrise wrote:

Mrs Sunrise came to visit me today, and we walked up to the roof of the new hospital building, which is 17 floors. Well there is no 13th floor (don't think I've ever actually seen that before IRL), so it's actually 16 floors. And ground level is already floor 1, so technically we only climbed 15 flights.

But for a guy with pseudomonis and two strains of MRSA in the lungs, I'd say 15 flights is pretty dam good. :)

that is good.

Keep healing.

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