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NobodysHome wrote:

I keep thinking about what it would be like if I had a job like Captain Yesterday's:

"Hey, Captain Yesterday! We laid off all your management, so you're on your own to choose and do your own projects now!"
"Oh, OK. What's in the pipeline?"
"Well, this customer wanted a swimming pool. But they rejected the last one (no, you can't see what it looked like), they won't tell you where on their property they want it, they won't give you any guidance at all, and if they decide they don't like it you'll have to re-do the entire thing."

Of course, CY would probably consider that a "fun challenge"... up until he was on his third pool for the customer because they'd rejected the first two as in the wrong place or style.

That is a typical day for me, yes. And yes, it is a lot of fun!

Though former coworker is the one that usually has to build things two or three times I get it right the first time.

I once got paperwork for a job and all it said was "material is on site. Do your thing".


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Steve Geddes wrote:

I’ve always found Paizo excellent to deal with. They’re not always fast - but that’s inevitably a function of how busy they are.

It helps that PDFs, VTT modules, interactive maps, and all that jazz mean absolutely nothing to me. I’d pay extra for a print only subscription. ;)

I did as well, until this year.

I will never deal with them directly ever again unless I have to.

And I'm a pretty patient person so that should tell you how far their customer service has sunk.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Target had a meal kit for chicken pesto pasta. It was all prepackaged items put together in a bag with a price slapped on. Turned out really well, with the cheese ravioli having lemon zest that paired well with the pesto sauce. Cyz and I devoured it all except for the massive amount of shredded chicken left over. Which went into our roomie's pasta salad nicely. Need to find more of that pasta.

We've had those before, they are surprisingly good.


The mileage you can get out of the phrase "It might stick out past the cap" is absolutely astounding!


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I discovered that rare trifecta of two bridges out and a main highway closed while trying to get from New Glarus to Madison at the end of the work day.

Needless to say my route back to the shop got pretty interesting.

Fortunately because I grew up in the area and am quite familiar with all the back roads south of Madison I was never lost, just ended up way further west then I wanted.


That would be correct.


1. Maybe.

2. Yes.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Beginning phase one of a project tomorrow, there are a lot of phases but the most important one is building a fire breathing dragon pebble mosaic. Which is probably a month away.

Now I need to know the Dothraki translation for "Shaver of Bears, Fun Uncle of Dragons".

captain yesterday wrote:
As far as food goes I've been going with peanut butter and jelly, natural Cheetos, grapes and a banana three a week and then a ham or chicken sandwich with thin sliced provolone and a bit of olive oil mayonnaise and lettuce to go with the Cheetos and fruit.

For dinner or for your lunches? I imagine cool meals are probably more enjoyable with WI temps in the 90s(F) before factoring in humidity. I wish Dad liked cooler dinner meals; I've got a nice loaf of authentic Cuban bread in the freezer that would make an excellent Italian-Cuban sub/hoagie for dinner.

Tonight's dinner was chicken baked in an oven bag and a basic salad. Mom used to make it regularly; it comes in a divided pouch with a paprika-blend seasoning on one side and an oven cooking bag in the other. Last time I made it, they'd changed the seasoning and it tasted off, but I thought it might be me for using boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of a regular 8-10pc cut up whole chicken. I bodged together a mix of seasonings tonight (paprika, a packet of ranch dressing powder, garlic powder, celery salt, poultry seasoning, dried oregano, and black pepper), stuck in a oven bag that Mom had squirreled away, and it came out really close to how Mom used to make it. Win!

Tomorrow is probably leftovers. Friday I'm thinking homemade pizza.

For dinner and lunch, though not every night obviously but we tend towards meals with less emphasis on cooking in the summer. Tacos, sandwiches, salads and whatnot. It helps that the grocery store near us has boar's head.

We also vary what we use as bread for the sandwiches. We've been using naan a lot this year.


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21st wedding anniversary (our marriage can legally drink now!) is today, which I remembered yesterday.


I've been driving to New Glarus all week, and there's a detour so 8 can either see more of Mount Horeb then I'd prefer or I can see more of Belleville then I'd prefer.


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I just realized this morning that tomorrow is our anniversary.


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Beginning phase one of a project tomorrow, there are a lot of phases but the most important one is building a fire breathing dragon pebble mosaic. Which is probably a month away.

As far as food goes I've been going with peanut butter and jelly, natural Cheetos, grapes and a banana three a week and then a ham or chicken sandwich with thin sliced provolone and a bit of olive oil mayonnaise and lettuce to go with the Cheetos and fruit.


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Tomorrow I begin on the first step of the project with the fire breathing dragon pebble mosaic.

The guy that works with Former Coworker volunteered to help with the mosaic and Former Coworker says "it's going to be boring!" And he just says "Yes, but it's a DRAGON!".


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Ed Reppert wrote:
Oh, they're aware. Unless they're deliberating avoiding both the forums and their email, they can't *not* be aware.

They are aware they just don't care.

The current customer service team is uncommunicative and apathetic at best, you're better off not having to deal with them at all, but if you have to keep it as simple as possible because they don't care.


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Finished another project!


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NobodysHome wrote:
Drejk wrote:
Back to San Francisco.
Get off my lawn!

Do you even have a big enough one to qualify as a lawn? I've been through the bay area.


Company picture is done with so the rest of the day is my own.


lisamarlene wrote:

Once again, Texas proves why we can't have nice things.

"Science makes everything possible! Let's cure cancer, AIDS, even the common cold!"
"Nah, man, let's just take some dead spiders and turn them into robots."

Those aren't robots they are just expensive and impractical grabby claws.

Edit: And it's not even a robot! It's just harnessing the power of biology! I hate deceptive articles like that!


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Feros wrote:
Celestial Healer wrote:
Afternoon, all. What did I miss?
Captain Yesterday unwisely unearthed a hidden chamber and most likely doomed us all. Other than that, same old-same old.

In fairness, Kurt is the one that unearthed the chamber I just stood around and took pictures while whatever was in there probably escaped.

But, it was on a property adjacent to a golf course so unless it forms some sort of golfer amalgamation and gets into the genetically engineered bull semen down the road (oh yes, this is also in the bull semen capitol of the world) we should be fine.


Multitasking today! In between waiting for truckloads of clear stone I can put in a hole so I can eventually build a patio atop the sealed elder evil chamber I'm also cleaning the hardscape trailer that former coworker and his guy have been trashing for the last 4 weeks.


Limeylongears wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Feros wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
All I'm saying is if an elder evil starts rampaging through downtown Chicago tonight I definitely had something to do with it. But it was mostly Kurt.

...

Exactly what pattern did you lay those bricks out in, anyway?

No pavers yet. We uncovered something.
You certainly did...

Like most rules, dress codes don't apply to Captain's. Something the other Captain has been taking to extreme lengths of undress for the field of work.


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Feros wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
All I'm saying is if an elder evil starts rampaging through downtown Chicago tonight I definitely had something to do with it. But it was mostly Kurt.

...

Exactly what pattern did you lay those bricks out in, anyway?

No pavers yet. We uncovered something. A chamber of some sort.


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All I'm saying is if an elder evil starts rampaging through downtown Chicago tonight I definitely had something to do with it. But it was mostly Kurt.


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I can confirm that people from France are familiar with D&D, or at least the french exchange students that lived with us every summer played it or knew people that did.


lisamarlene wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

I like pizza hut.

But I used to work there and the owner of the store nearest us is a good friend so I might be a bit biased.

Never had Domino's.

Personally, I also love Rocky Rococo.

I haven't had Rocky Rococo's since 1988. Do they still have the cups of Italian ice for dessert?

I couldn't tell you, never had it.

I assume they do.


I like pizza hut.

But I used to work there and the owner of the store nearest us is a good friend so I might be a bit biased.

Never had Domino's.

Personally, I also love Rocky Rococo.


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Limeylongears wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
It's that day of the year again.

Have a grand time! Today, if anyone raises a support ticket with you because their PC won't work after they watered it because it looked thirsty, you can punch them in the nose. It's in the US Bill Of Rights.

Also, to celebrate your birthday, I sawed a sofa in half this afternoon, as I'm sure you're delighted to discover.

Were you reenacting the sofa/stairwell scene from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency?
Not purposefully. I haven't read that book since... 1994, maybe?

The General is reading right now.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I know I was pretty low maintenance and I'm no longer a customer.

You and I are definitely low maintenance, but how much in sales do we individually generate? Meanwhile, how much do the problem customers generate?

(Hint: Your cheapest customers tend to make you work the hardest.)

That is true!


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:


CS has dropped since Sara Marie and Diego left. The new person is not visible on the forums, and they need to get their act together if they do not want to lose more fans and customers than they have. That is on them. Whether they mean to ignore or not, that is the end result.
The real question is if losing those fans/customers actually loses them any real money. If all those fans are is just a drain on manhours without sales to make up the cost, they’re better off without them.

I know I was pretty low maintenance and I'm no longer a customer.


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Vanykrye wrote:
It's that day of the year again.

Indeed, Gorgeous Grandma Day is one of the highlights of summer!


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Ed Reppert wrote:
So are you going to play 5e going forward?

Maybe. I'll at least give it another look. Most of people I know already play it so might open things up for me socially at least!

I have next to zero knowledge of 5th edition so research will be required.


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Anorak wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
I wish they'd stop hiring f$+*ing idiots. I can't even cancel my subscriptions or orders, right.
Come now, dear Captain. Even if you're right, vinegar will get you nowhere fast. In the interim, you can remove your payment methods.

Now I can now that they finally figured out how to do their job.

It's pretty sad when their most senior member of a team can't even do their job correctly. Which is why I'll never buy anything from Paizo.com ever again.


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What gets me is they brought it on completely by themselves when they forced out Sara Marie.


David M Mallon wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
One of my favorite part of construction type jobs is the prevalence of nicknames.

I don't know why, but I've never been given a nickname. Case in point: the last landscaping company I worked for had four other guys named David*, and I couldn't go by my middle name, because there were also three guys named Michael**. When I started working there, instead of giving me a nickname, I simply became the only one without a nickname.

For reference:
* Big Dave, Old Dave, Cooter, and Google-Eye
** Old Mike, Shop Mike, and Red Mike

I just realized that there was a fourth Mike that I forgot about. Sorry, Greeny.

I'm the guy that walks in a room and is immediately assigned a nickname, pretty much ever since birth.

It's not a hard name to pronounce, nor overly long or especially uncommon (though good luck finding a mug or keychain with it).

It's just one of those mysteries of life.


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Long story short, more than a week ago I tried switching to a Starfinder Adventure subscription, then tried getting customer service to switch the current adventure in the pending order to the subscription.

Well they made a mess of things, cancelled the current adventure in my order and spawned not one, but two separate orders for Red Shift Rally and the Kobold King Hardcover, while leaving the current bigger order in limbo.

I've been trying to reach customer service department for EIGHT DAYS and have heard absolutely nothing. I've tried responding to the original email chain, and I've tried starting a new email chain, all to no avail.

Well, you're not getting any more of my money if you're going to ignore me.

Cancel everything.

So far my only recourse is to change the expiration date on my payment method, hopefully that's enough.


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A new guy noticed me grabbing the cut off saw this morning so he says "What are you cutting today?" "Nothing" I say "what do you need the saw for then?" "Comfort" I say.


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I finished the swimming pool I was working on.

Only took me three weeks, which is pretty good I think, especially considering it was just me except for two days right before the 4th of July weekend.


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gran rey de los mono wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
David M Mallon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
No tattoos or piercing here either.

I used to work with a guy who everyone called "Tacklebox."

Shortly after I signed on, one of the other new hires asked him about his nickname-- "Do you like fishing?" he asked. "F!#% no," replied Tacklebox.

"Then why does everyone call you Tacklebox?"

"Well," said Tacklebox (paraphrasing here), "when I was in my early 20s (circa the early 90s), I had a bunch of facial piercings. I was working with a couple of old timers who started calling me "Tacklebox" and snickering at me whenever they thought I couldn't hear. When I finally asked them what the hell was so funny, they pointed at my face and told me I looked like I got into a fight with a tacklebox and lost. By that time, everyone around the job site was calling me Tacklebox, and the name just kind of stuck."

One of my favorite part of construction type jobs is the prevalence of nicknames. Two people named Scott? No problem! That's Tiny and over there is Scooter!
Tiny, of course, weighs 275lbs, and Scooter rides a Harley.

So you HAVE worked in construction before!


David M Mallon wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
No tattoos or piercing here either.

I used to work with a guy who everyone called "Tacklebox."

Shortly after I signed on, one of the other new hires asked him about his nickname-- "Do you like fishing?" he asked. "F!#% no," replied Tacklebox.

"Then why does everyone call you Tacklebox?"

"Well," said Tacklebox (paraphrasing here), "when I was in my early 20s (circa the early 90s), I had a bunch of facial piercings. I was working with a couple of old timers who started calling me "Tacklebox" and snickering at me whenever they thought I couldn't hear. When I finally asked them what the hell was so funny, they pointed at my face and told me I looked like I got into a fight with a tacklebox and lost. By that time, everyone around the job site was calling me Tacklebox, and the name just kind of stuck."

One of my favorite part of construction type jobs is the prevalence of nicknames. Two people named Scott? No problem! That's Tiny and over there is Scooter!


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Does this one crash on the first fight every single time like Kingmaker does on the playstation.


I'm almost finished with the pool, I would have finished it today but there was an excavator operater for a different company flailing around with his bucket on the last side I had to install the concrete paver edging around. So I'll get it tomorrow morning.


Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:

Yeah, I've been trying to get my Red Shift Rally switched over to a subscription. So far in four emails all they've done is put Red Shift Rally in my sidecart. Congratulate themselves for putting it in my sidecart. And then finally put it in an entirely separate order with the Kobold King Hardcover which doesn't come out until September.

Not very confident in the customer service department to be honest if they can't figure out a simple request.

I am so sorry that you have going through this experience. I wonder how our friends in Europe are doing with their customs questions.

I dunno, hopefully it's going better for them! I know I still haven't heard back since last week.

Apparently they assume if they don't do anything about an issue it'll go away (which always works!).

I'll give them another couple of days.

Edit: Also I just now realized I put this in the wrong place. Whoopsie!!


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I have no tattoos or piercings.


I told the boss Friday I'd need a couple of people to help mix and spread the concrete paver edging Monday or Tuesday.

Everyone else was rained out Friday and apparently delayed two days because I'm not getting any help.

It's for the best.


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Ezekieru wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
but after two years

Are you saying that the issues that have plagued Paizo's distribution for the entirety of the pandemic are why you are cancelling? Said issues that are still occurring, since the pandemic isn't over yet?

I mean, it's your choice, and I can certainly sympathize with the frustrations as a customer. But I doubt any company, especially one that deals primarily with book products shipping to local game stores, would be able to recover quickly after these events. And I doubt the recovery is gonna start until we're well and truly past the pandemic.

That coupled with the customer service brain drain coupled with the fact that everyone who could have trained them is now gone coupled with the fact that it's now actually easier and cheaper getting it from my local game store I'd rather give my money directly to the game store. Also people I know and trust from Toys R Us work there and I can't say that about Paizo anymore.

The breaking point waa having to send 5 emails to get my Red Shift Rally switched over to a sub and they STILL haven't gotten that right and all they've done is congratulate themselves for messing up my sidecart and current order so nothing will ship until it's resolved but instead of resolving they've decided to ignore me (last email I got from Paizo was Wednesday of last week. It wasn't a difficult request and shouldn't have been allowed to fester this long.


Cancelling my subs except Pathfinder AP. I can't deal with Paizo's inconsistency and incompetence as a distributor any longer.

I've been very patient and hopeful that they would get their s~~@ together again but after two years I don't think that's happening. So I'm out.


NobodysHome wrote:

Needless to say, Shiro already knew.

Apparently in Michigan when high school kids were driving old rustbuckets they'd take out the passenger seat and put in a lawn chair. He has personally done this.

He doesn't know of anyone who tried to take a driving test with one, but he said it was pretty common in Michigan in the 1970s, so he wouldn't be surprised.

That was also done in Wisconsin. When I dated the General in high school her brother gave us a ride for our first date in a 70s Chevelle that had makeshift seats.


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My favorite way to eat broccoli is fresh with ranch dip.

Or cooked and then drenched in cheese sauce.

As far as smell, considering I haven't had much of a sense of smell in 3 years (I can still smell coffee and manure) I'd love to smell a pot of overcooked broccoli.


The General (last night): It's supposed to rain tomorrow hopefully that means we get to have you home?

Me: Unfortunately I still have to go in and wrestle with a silt sock in the mud even if it rains.


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Yeah, I've been trying to get my Red Shift Rally switched over to a subscription. So far in four emails all they've done is put Red Shift Rally in my sidecart. Congratulate themselves for putting it in my sidecart. And then finally put it in an entirely separate order with the Kobold King Hardcover which doesn't come out until September.

Not very confident in the customer service department to be honest if they can't figure out a simple request.

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